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VOL. 9, No. 17 From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort Myers APRIL30,2010
Experience One Of The
Best Birding Sites In Lee County
Visions Opens At
Davis Art Center
V sions will open May 7 through
27, showcasing artists from
v around the world represented by
Maria Kann at the Sidney & Berne Davis
Art Center in Fort Myers.
The international art show fea-
tures Otto von Kotzebue of Germany,
Patricia Mulko of France, Gloria Audo
of Argentina, and Sandi Badash of the
The opening reception starts at 6 p.m.
May 7 during the downtown Fort Myers'
Art Walk. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 5
Gloria Audo studied with the mas-
ters in her native Argentina, Ponciano
Cardenas and Carlos Canas. She has
illustrated books, painted murals, and
exhibited around the world.
continued on page 20
On Mother's Day, Sunday, May 9, bring Mom to see the sunset and the beau-
tiful birds of Bunche Beach from 6 to 8 p.m.
Meet in the parking lot at Bunche Beach, off Summerlin Road (drive south
on John Morris Road until it dead-ends)
Birding at Bunche Beach is excellent for both migrant and resident wading and
shorebirds working the mudflats at low tide due to the diversity of micro-invertebrates.
continued on page 4
Cinco De Mayo
The merchants of Downtown Fort
Myers, also known as the River
District Alliance, announce the
biggest party of the year for Cinco de
Mayo to celebrate the fact that 4,000
Mexican soldiers smashed the French
and traitor Mexican army of 8,000
at Puebla, Mexico, 100 miles east of
Mexico City on the morning of May 5,
In celebration of the underdog defeat-
ing the French, the Downtown River
District is hosting a huge celebration on
Wednesday, May 5.
There will be five or more stages of
live music throughout the night, five
blocks of entertainment and dancing, five
specialty beers served all night long and
five hours of fiesta starting at 6 p.m.
There will be free parking, no admis-
sions charges and give-away prizes
throughout the night.
The River District Alliance is a group
of Downtown Fort Myers merchants,
residents and concerned citizens who,
with the support of sponsors and the
Downtown Redevelopment Agency, pro-
mote events and culture that complement
the City of Fort Myers and enhance life
in the River District. To learn more about
becoming a sponsor or to volunteer,
contact Michael Piggott at 344-1621 or
Susan Lewis at 826-0356.0
Leads In Pepsi
he Kanzius Cancer Research
Foundation moved into first place
last Sunday in Pepsi's online com-
petition for a $250,000 grant.
If the foundation still holds one of the
top two spots at the end of April, which
is Friday, it will get the grant from the
continued on page 3
Untitled 3 by Beth Everhart
Arts for ACT Gallery will hold an opening reception and art walk for May fea-
tured artists Beth Everhart, Andrea Cambio and Africa Valdez on Friday, May
7 from 6 to 10 p.m.
Everhart is a photographic artist working in Fort Myers. Currently, she teaches
visual arts at Island Coast High School in Cape Coral. She is also an instructor in fine
arts/digital photography at Barry University's Adult Education Program.
She received her MFA degree from Hunter College of the City University of New
York in 1989, and has been teaching since. Before relocating to Florida, she taught
continued on page 21
Knick Knack Love by Sandi Badash,
acrylic on canvas
Arts For ACT Exhibit
Opening And Reception
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Historic Downtown Fort Myers, Then And Now:
The Fort Myers Public Library
On Bay Street
by Gerri Reaves
T his 1930s photo shows the Fort Myers Public Library
I when it was located near the northeast corner of Bay and
In those days, Jackson led to the City Dock and the
Caloosahatchee River approached Bay Street.
Margie Kelly Johnson remembers the Bay Street library very
well. Her father, Silas Kelly, ran Kelly's Seafood Market just
across Jackson Street. The market is clearly visible to the library's
left in the photo.
That intersection was the second location for the seafood busi-
ness, which had started in East Fort Myers in 1928.
Margie says that she and her brother James spent a lot of
time exploring that corner of downtown. They used to sit and read in the rocking
chairs on the library's back porch.
The public library began in 1900 as a public reading room and moved often in its
first three decades. However, when it moved to Bay Street in 1926, it had a long run
in what was then the oldest structure in town, the former staff headquarters of the old
U.S. Army Fort Myers.
It was built sometime between 1841 and 1850, either during the Seminole Indian
Wars, when the fort was named Fort Harvie, or later, when the fort was reestablished
after being abandoned for several years.
It originally stood facing First Street at Jackson amid lush foliage, where the Sidney
& Berne Davis Art Center is today.
Many early settlers resided in the house over the decades, the last being Harvie
Heitman, who died in 1922. The Heitman estate planned to build a 250-room luxury
hotel on the site.
During the 1930s, the Fort Myers Public Library was located near the northeast corner of Bay
streets. Kelly's Seafood Market, to the left of the library, faced Jackson Street.
courtesy of the Southwest Flori
Neither the public library nor the City Dock still exists at Jackson and Bay, but a new
library complex is coming soon just a couple of blocks away
photo by Gerri Reaves
However, the economic woes delivered by the hurricane of 1926 and the stock
market crash of 1929 intervened, so the project never materialized.
Instead, the estate sold the land and the old Heitman house was moved back,
across Bay Street and the public library moved into it.
As for the old fort site, the Works Project Administration built a post office there,
which opened in 1933. The structure has been an architectural jewel ever since.
In January 1939, as preparations for the construction of
.- the yacht basin got underway, the public library moved to the
^American Legion Building on East First Street.
The old fort headquarters that had been home to so many peo-
ple was demolished, taking a chunk of Fort Myers history with it.
Walk down to Bay and Jackson Street, once the scene of river-
front business, serious reading at the library, and childhood play.
Then head to the Southwest Florida Museum of History at
2031 Jackson Street to learn more about the public library's early
Ask about the museum's Evenings with an Egyptologist lec-
ture series, a perfect complement to the ongoing Tutankhamum
For information, call 321-7430 or go to swflmuseumofhis-
tory.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 genealogical research,
be sure to check out the Southwest Florida Historical Society at
10091 McGregor Boulevard.
The society would appreciate your help in completing
its collection of the Fort Myers High School yearbook, The
Caloosahatchian. Check your shelves and closets for years 1986
to 2005. Call 939-4044 or drop by on Wednesday or Saturday, 9
a.m. to noon.
Sources: The Story of Fort Myers by Karl H. Grismer and the
and Jackson archives of the Southwest Florida Historical Society.
da Historical Society
Greter Fort mers
and Ken Rasi
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Kanzius Project Leads In Competition
The foundation will use the grant to hire a molecular biologist and a physicist. The
money also would help publicize the progress being made on an invention that could
treat and detect cancer without side effects.
The competition has been going on for a month. Votes are cast online and the
competition for the money has been fierce
Voting is easy.
Log on to www.RefreshEverything.com/KanziusCancerResearch
Click on the "vote for this idea" button. (If it is your first time on the site, follow
the simple steps to register.)
Be sure to click "vote for this idea" after you register.
The third annual Hunger Summit,
sponsored by the Harry Chapin
Food Bank, will be held Friday,
April 30 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at
Hodges University, Colonial Boulevard,
Fort Myers. The all-day event will be
attended by 130 people from area agen-
cies providing food to families in need
and other members of the community
who are interested in fighting hunger.
The annual event will feature a Hunger
Study Report, Hunger Task Force update,
major issues, and reports from various
groups. A special presentation will be
made by John Arnold, executive director,
Second Harvest Gleaners Food Bank of
West Michigan, since 1989. This agency
provides 1,150 charity agencies in 40
Michigan counties about 68,000 pounds
of food per day.
Several years later, the food bank
launched its widely copied mobile food
pantry program. Arnold's handbook,
titled Charity Food Programs That Can
End Hunger In America, and Web site,
endhungerinamerica.org, is the food
bank's blueprint for ending hunger and
is one of the results of the Waste Not
Want Not Project Research. The research
won the International City/County
Management Association Award for
Programs for the Disadvantaged.
Four workshops will be held in the
afternoon. Workshop presenters include
lan Connell, OMC, community partner
liaison, Department of Children and
Families; Celia B. Hill, Lee County
Extension Director, University of Florida;
Christine Nolan, MSW district director,
Catholic Charities of Lee, Hendry, and
Glades counties; and Anne Douglas,
director of Programs, Community
Foundation of Southwest Florida.
Reservations for the Hunger Summit
are required for attendance and may be
made by contacting Suzanne Foster at
334-7007, ext. 29.
For additional information about the
Harry Chapin Food Bank, call 334-7007
or go to harrychapinfoodbank.org.2
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The Lee County Genealogy Society
will be holding its monthly meeting
on Thursday, May 20. The meet-
ing will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at
the Wesley Memorial United Methodist
Church, located at 4141 Deleon Street in
The meeting is open to the public.
There is no admission fee and refresh-
ments will be served. For more informa-
tion email GenHelp@LCGSFL.org.4
he Edison Restaurant is hosting
a Celebrity Waiter event on May
13 from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be
free drinks and appetizers in addition to
the celebrity waiters. All tips will go to
Voices For Kids of Southwest Florida.
All are invited. The Edison Restaurant is
on McGregor Boulevard at Fort Myers
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Best Birding Sites
For more information call 707-3015
or log onto www.birdpatrol.org. This
event is free and provided in cooperation
with Lee County Parks and Recreation.
Bring binoculars, sun protection, shoes
that can get wet, a bottle of drinking
water, your curiosity and love of nature.4
She Gateway to the Islands Kiwanis
Club has recruited 47 restaurants
in Lee County to offer dining dis-
counts in a buy-one-get-one-free book
that is available for $20. All discounts are
valid now through November 15. All the
profits from the book will go back to help
local children and the community.
A few of the restaurants featured in
the Delicious Dining Discounts book
include Big Hickory, Bella Sera, Cantina
Captiva, Waterside Seafood Grille, Buon
Appetito, Luna Rossa and Coconuts.
"It is amazing that in such hard eco-
nomic times these restaurants are still
willing to help out," said Viki Luster
of the Gateway to the Islands Kiwanis
Club, "We hope to get the community to
respond in return. It is a win-win thing for
To purchase a Delicious Dining
Discount book, contact Gateway to the
Islands Kiwanis Club at 494-5086. For
the participating restaurants, go to the
Web site www.kiwanisggti.com and click
on the "Events" page.
Kiwanis is a global service organiza-
tion of volunteers dedicated to changing
the world one child and one community
at a time. The club is looking for more
service-minded individuals and business
professionals who would like to make a
direct impact on the community through
volunteering. Meetings are held every
Tuesday at 11:45 a.m. call 415-3100 for
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Adventure Camps Offer
Hands-On Summer Fun
These boys are comparing dinosaurs
T he Imaginarium Hands-On Museum ,,
& Aquarium and the Southwest
Florida Museum of History will host
a variety of summer camps again this -
year packed with interactive experiences,
educational hands-on activities, special
guests, demonstrations and exhibit explo-
Camp Imaginarium & Fun at the Fort
are offered Monday to Friday June 21
through August 20. Young girl holding a tarantula
Weekly camp themes include Super
Slime, Animal Adventures, Raucous Rockets, Gadgets & Gizmos, Architecture
Adventure, Super Hero Science, Mythbusters, Under the Sea, Treasure Hunters, Dino
Dig, Dig up the Past, Radical Robots and Magical Mysteries. The camps use an inno-
vative curriculum integrating science, the arts, and humanities, to inspire the imagina-
tion and encourage a love of learning!
Both museums provide a positive and supportive learning environment with a
high level of personal attention for each camper by museum education staff, certified
teachers, and specially trained junior camp assistants. Campers are grouped by their
upcoming grade level, which allows the staff to design appropriate academic curricula
based on the Sunshine State Standards, and promotes, healthy social experiences for
Camp sessions for rising K-7th graders begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4p.m. Pre-
campers may be signed in as early as 8 a.m. Post-campers must be signed out by
5:30 p.m. Camp registration is on a first come first served basis and must be done in
advance. Early registration and sibling discounts are available. Register at www.imagi-
nariumfortmyers.com/camps or call 321-7410.0
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until Friday, May
14 to register for
the 15th annual
Circles of Care Lee Knapp
for Saturday, May 22 at the Fort Myers
campus of Edison State College.
The conference is presented by Child
Care of Southwest Florida, Inc., in coop-
eration with Edison State College.
Motivational speaker Lee Knapp of
Knapp Consultants in Fort Myers will be
the keynote speaker. Knapp helps com-
panies bring out the best in their employ-
ees. She has worked with Fortune 500
companies as a business coach and train-
ing specialist and specializes in people
Hands-on workshops are planned
throughout the day to interest teach-
ers working with all ages, from infants
through school-age children. Other
presenters include Jennifer Faber, who
conducts school-age training throughout
Florida, and Mar Harmon from Music
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More than 500 people are expected
to attend the conference for early child-
hood educators, administrators, family
child care providers, students, and par-
"This is a wonderful learning event.
The day is filled with a variety of work-
shops presented by experts in the field.
There are so many excellent choices,
along with opportunities to visit with fel-
low professionals," said Nancy Coker,
chief operating officer of Child Care of
Southwest Florida, Inc.
Knapp, Faber and Harmon will be
among 25 presenters during the day.
Presenters come from throughout Florida,
and include teachers, professors, admin-
istrators, special educators, librarians and
Vendors will exhibit their latest edu-
cational toys, audio and videotapes, and
other materials for young children, as well
as provide information about available
Circles of Care will last from 8:30
a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and offers up to five
hours of annual in-service credit for child
Pre-registration is $30 if payment is
received by May 14. Cost is $40 after
May 14. Participants may register in per-
son or by mail by sending payment and
a completed registration to Child Care of
Southwest Florida, 6831 Palisades Park
Court, Suite 6, Fort Myers, FL 33912.
Online registration is available at www.
Center To Hold
Summer Camp at Alva Community
Center offers a full day of excite-
ment. Camp is for children ages
six to 13 and begins at 7:30 a.m. and
ends at 6 p.m. Day camp activities
include arts and crafts, sports, organized
games, quiet play, educational speakers,
water activities, outdoor activities, field
trips, skating, and swimming. To ensure
your child's safest experience possible,
each carefully chosen camp counselor
has passed a background check, and has
undergone training in CPR/first aid.
Regular registration is $67 per week
per child. Register online for 10 percent
off per week ($60) at www.leeparks.org.
Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack are
For more information call 728-2882.
Only 60 spots are available per week.
The Alva Community Center is at 21471
North River Road.0
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Sanibel And Captiva Residents
Raise Over $231,000 For United Way
Carla Johnston and Louise Johnson
Mike Badenock and Jeff Shuff
The Sanibel-Captiva volunteer campaign committee for the 2009-2010 United
Way Campaign of Lee, Hendry and Glades announced that residents contrib-
uted $231,208 to the campaign. The announcement was made at a celebra-
tion held at 'Tween Waters Inn on April 22.
Campaign committee members include co-chairs Tony Lapi and Bob Wigley and
committee members Dick and Debbie Riley, and Tom and Linda Uhler who organized
the volunteer effort. The Sanibel-Captiva campaign included 10 Alexis de Tocqueville
members who give $10,000 or more annually, and 44 Keel Club Members who
give $1,000 to $9,999 each year. The combined total of the money raised in Lee,
Hendry and Glades counties was $8,022,330. Approximately 65 Sanibel and Captiva
residents attended the hog roast at 'Tween Waters Inn, which honored the Alexis de
Tocqueville Society and Keel Club Members.
"Sanibel and Captiva residents dug deep when it was greatly needed. The United
Way and its 72 partner agencies will help thousands of people because of the gen-
erosity of our islands. A successful campaign directly benefits our islands through the
services provided by Sanibel FISH and agencies located in the Sanibel United Way
House," said Lapi.
"We are very proud to be part of a caring and generous community," said Cliff
Smith, president of United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades. "We are pleased that
we will be able to fully fund our 72 partner agencies. With the very difficult economy,
more children, and families than ever before are in need of agency services. A heart-
felt thank you to all of the contributors and volunteers who are active in the campaign
and who support the United Way."
In addition to raising funds for human service organizations in our community, the
United Way promotes partnerships and collaborations among agencies and initia-
tives, helping them to work together focusing on issues and solutions that continue to
The United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades was established in 1957. For more
information call 433-2000 or visit www.unitedwaylee.org.4
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Food Drive In
Lee And Collier
Residents of Lee and Collier coun-
ties are encouraged to participate
in the National Letter Carrier Food
drive on Saturday, May 8. The Stamp
Out Hunger drive is a tradition entering its
18th year of success and has become the
largest one-day food drive in the country.
The U.S. Postal Service is supporting the
National Association of Letter Carriers
food drive. Food collected in Lee County
will be donated to the Harry Chapin Food
Bank; Collier County's food will go to
With current economic conditions,
even more area citizens are struggling to
provide the essentials for their families.
This drive is especially important this year
to those who have lost their jobs and to
the millions more who face economic
uncertainty. Over the past few months,
more and more people are turning to
food banks for assistance.
Letter carriers, other postal employees
and volunteers do their part on this day to
provide as much food as possible.
The Campbell Soup Company has
been the principal corporate supporter
for the food drive since 1997. Each year
it prints postcards for delivery by let-
ter carriers in the week before the food
drive. Valpak Direct Marketing Systems
also supports the food drive by featuring
Stamp Out Hunger inserts in its mailings.
All postal customers need do is to
place non-perishable food in unbreak-
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able containers next to their mailbox
before their letter carrier delivers mail on
Saturday, May 8. The food is taken back
to a postal station, sorted and delivered to
the food banks. Snowbirds departing prior
to May 8 may drop off non-perishable
foods at any post office to be held for the
Volunteers are needed to help both the
postal service and the food banks. Contact
Marta Hodson (Lee County) at 334-7007,
ext. 32 or Collier Harvest at 239-455-
3663. Individuals who can assist the post-
al service by using their own vehicles to
collect food may contact Debra Mitchell,
573-9638 in Lee County or Jesse Costin
in Collier County, 239-537-0020.5
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Summit Christian Scholars Awards
Summit Christian School in south Fort Myers has announced the recipients of the first
annual Summit Scholars Award. The $500 scholarship will be bestowed annually to up to
three fifth graders demonstrating academic excellence. This year's recipients are, from
left, Chance Kirchner of Sanibel, Trey Cerwinsky of Fort Myers, and Katerina Mavridou-
Hernandez of Fort Myers.
Food Bank With $50,000
Lois Thome, WINK News anchor; Chris Robinson, Harry Chapin Food Bank food resourc-
ing manager; Chasity Thompson, Cape Coral Panera general manager; Jay Disser,
Southwest Florida Panera district manager; Al Brislain, executive director of the Harry
Chapin Food Bank; and Fred Richards, Harry Chapin Food Bank development director
Panera Bread of Southwest Florida helped guarantee a full table this summer
for many of the area's hungry by donating more than $50,000 to the Harry
Chapin Food Bank. Because Harry Chapin is able to multiply that money
through partnerships with food companies, it will bring nearly $300,000 worth
of food to people in need in Southwest Florida. The donation is part of Panera's
Operation Dough-Nation campaign, which ensures that purchases made at Panera
Bread feed back into the communities its bakery/cafes serve. ^
Event To Support ACT
MOM's Prosperity Network of Southwest Florida, a group of like-minded
moms who want to have and share wealth in all aspects, announced that it
will host a Pay It Forward for Prosperity event and fundraiser to benefit the
Lee County chapter of Abuse Counseling and Treatment (ACT).
The Pay It Forward event will be on Thursday, May 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the
Nirvana Indian Fusion Restaurant, 9101 College Parkway in Fort Myers.
"The Pay It Forward event is an opportunity for us to make a meaningful, con-
scious decision to help others, and make a difference for such a great organization in
our local community," said Trish DeFeo, founder of the MOM's Prosperity Network
of Southwest Florida. "We are very excited to host this event, which will raise money
for the victims of domestic abuse and their children, victims of sexual assault, and the
homeless people of our community. We hope to encourage moms to realize their
worth and reach the potential in every aspect of their lives, and to make their and their
children's lives better."
DeFeo says the MOM's Prosperity Network wanted to do something significant in
honor of Mother's Day, and that's when her group came up with the idea for the Pay
It Forward fundraiser.
There will be motivational speakers, door prizes, special giveaways, free Mom-tinis
(martinis) and live music. All monetary donations will benefit the Lee County chapter
For more information, visit http://www.momsprosperitynetworkswfl.org.,
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ALL FAITHS UNITARIAN CONGREGATION
has moved to its new home
on 2756 McGregor Boulevard
Fort Myers, (6 blocks south of the
Edison Home; 2 miles north of Colonial
Reverend Dr. Wayne Robinson
Sunday Services: 9 and 11 a.m.
Children's Education: 9 a.m.
Adult Education: 10 a.m.
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. Reverend N. Everett Keith II;
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
a.m.; 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 LUTHERAN/EPISCOPAL
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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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
music, meditation in a loving environment.
Service held at 28285 Imperial Street,
Bonita Springs. Call 947-3100.
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From page 8
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.o
CCMI Adds New
appointed to the
board of directors
CCMI is the
for the Soup Joe Catti
Food Pantry, Meals on Wheels, Senior
Transportation, Montessori Preschool
and Social and Homeless Services.
Bank president Joe Catti, retired con-
struction company president Steve Shimp
and attorney Guy Whitesman recently
joined CCMI's board.
Catti is a director, president and CEO
of FineMark Holdings Inc., and president
and CEO of FineMark National Bank
& Trust. A Florida native and graduate
of Florida International University, he
has 25 years of banking experience in
Florida. Since moving to Fort Myers in
1992 he has been extensively involved in
the Lee County community. He currently
serves on the finance committee of the
Lee Memorial Health System's publicly
elected board of directors, is an executive
and finance committee member of Lee
Memorial Health System Foundation,
and is a member and a past chairman of
Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation.
Catti is a member of the Board of
Directors of the Southwest Florida
Community Foundation, as well as a
member of the board of directors of the
following institutions and organizations:
Lee County Public Education Foundation,
Cypress Cove, The Salvation Army,
Abuse Counseling and Treatment, Lee
Health Care Resources, and finance com-
mittee chairperson of the Edison Ford
Winter Estates Foundation.
In 2005, he received the Lee County
Philanthropist of the Year Award in the
area of fundraising. Catti was also recog-
nized with the Boys Scouts of America
Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award
for Lee and Collier counties in 2009. He
was also campaign chairman for United
Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades and
served on the board of directors from
Shimp, former president of Owen-
Ames-Kimball Company, holds a bach-
elor's degree from Denison University, a
Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Ohio
State University and a Master of Science
with a construction management empha-
sis. His military service encompasses
assignments in the Officer Candidate
Schools of the Ohio and Wisconsin Army
National Guards. Shimp is well known for
his many volunteer activities and for his
support of educational initiatives. He has
chaired the Foundation for Lee County
Public Schools, Edison Community
College's Foundation and various
Horizon Council efforts in furthering
education interests, was a member of the
Constitutional Accountability Commission
and is the current chairman of Good
Wheels. Shimp is also credited with initi-
ating the Lee County Schools Work Skills
In addition, he has been honored with
the Distinguished Citizen of the Year
Award by the Southwest Florida Council
of Boy Scouts in 2002, the Richard
McGlaughlin Award from the Florida
Economic Development Council in 2005
and the Business Leadership Hall of
Fame Laureate from Junior Achievement
in 2005. Shimp founded Owen-Ames-
Kimball Company in 1982.
Whitesman is an attorney and stock-
holder with Henderson Franklin Attorneys
at Law. He will be chair of the tax section
of The Florida Bar for the 2010-11 year
beginning July 1, is board certified in tax
law and has served as chairman of the
Tax Law Certification Committee, which
oversees the board certification process.
Whitesman is also chair of Henderson
Franklin's Business Organizations &
Planning, Tax, and Intellectual Property
practice areas. For four consecutive years,
he has been named by Florida Super
Lawyers magazine as one of the top
attorneys in Florida. He currently serves
as trustee for the Southwest Florida
Community Foundation and Edison-Ford
Winter Estates Foundation, director of the
Edison Pageant of Light Inc. and is one
of the founding trustees of the Jewish
Community Foundation of Southwest
Florida. He is also trustee emeritus and
past president of the Calusa Nature
Center and Planetarium, past president of
the Rotary Club of Fort Myers South and
past president of the Jewish Federation of
Lee County. He received his undergradu-
ate and juris doctorate degrees from the
University of Michigan and his LL. M. in
taxation from the University of Florida.
He was admitted to The Florida Bar in
For more information, call 332-7687
or visit www.ccmileecounty.com.0
THERIVER APRIL30,2010 9
Village Church At Shell Point
Welcomes Korean Choir
Korean Children's Choir
hell Point Retirement Community welcomes the Korean Children's Choir as
they present an inspirational concert with colorful costumes and traditional
dances. The concert is open to the public and will be held on Sunday, May 16
at 6:15 p.m. in the Shell Point Church Auditorium.
"The Korean Children's Choir presents a special musical dynamic. The energy and
zeal of youth are evident in their singing," said Randy Woods, minister of worship and
music at The Village Church. "The traditional Korean music and arrangements of con-
temporary sacred music performed by these children will surely encourage and inspire
The Korean Children's Choir was organized as a ministry of the Far East
Broadcasting Company in Korea and choir members are selected through a rigorous
audition process. The children, ranging in ages from seven to 13, receive training from
a voice teacher, choreographer and conductor. A variety of concerts are performed
throughout the year at cultural centers, theme parks, universities, and many churches
both in Korea and the United States. Cheerful adaptations, warm smiles and thorough
professionalism characterize the performances.
Tickets are available for $10 each by calling 454-2147, or go to http://www.shell-
The Village Church at Shell Point is a ministry of the Christian and Missionary
Alliance and serves a congregation of more than 600. The church is located near the
entrance to the Island at Shell Point, just two miles before the Sanibel Causeway, and
seats 1,000 people.0
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Along The River
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at an all
day fiesta The Bar Association
Bistro and Lounge.
Cinco de Mayo, which means the fifth
of May in Spanish, commemorates the
victory of the Mexican Militia over the
French Army at the Battle of Puebla in
1862. It is a celebration of freedom and
liberty that includes traditional food, music
The Bar Association opens its doors
at 11 a.m. on Wednesday for a day-long
celebration of Mexican food, fun and
music. Ample parking is available in the
lot across from the restaurant and all over
downtown. Beginning at 6 p.m, a block
party organized by several of the River
District's businesses, including The Bar
Association, gets underway.
Directions: from McGregor
Boulevard, continue straight through the
intersection at Cleveland Avenue, where
McGregor turns into Martin Luther King
Boulevard. Make a left onto Hendry
Street. The parking lot is on Hendry
between Second Street and Main.
Treat your mother to a gourmet Mother's Day brunch or dinner at The Sandy Butler
The Bar Association is located at
1609 Hendry Street, Fort Myers in the
historic Peeples Courtyard. It opens at
11 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Call
Treat your mother to an exquisite
gourmet meal at The Sandy Butler
Restaurant this Mother's Day. On
Sunday, May 9, the restaurant offers a
four course brunch from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. which is served with a complimen-
tary Bellini or Mimosa.
First Course: Mixed berry Parfait with
Mascarpone cream or Poached Pear with
Amaretto and Vanilla Bean Mousse.
Second Course: Chocolate Chip
Pancake or Blueberry Waffle.
Third Course: Smoked Salmon and
Chive Omelet topped with Boursin
cream Sauce, Quiche Lorraine or Oscar
Forth Course: Chicken Pot Pie,
Sole Amandine or Beef Burgundy over
The Sandy Butler Restaurant is also
serving a gourmet Mother's Day dinner
from 5 to 9 p.m.
The Sandy Butler Gourmet Market
and Restaurant is located at 17650 San
Carlos Boulevard, Fort Myers. For reser-
vations and directions, call 482-6765.
Ugly's Waterside Bar, the place
"where everybody gets prettier," features
happy hour with live music from 6 to
10 p.m. The waterside bar is located at
Nervous Nellie's Crazy Waterfront
Eatery on Fort Myers Beach and is open
Friday, April 30 features Vytas Vibe;
on Saturday, Mark Kobie; on Sunday,
The Oysters; on Tuesday, Chucky from
Kentucky; on Wednesday, the Hightide
Band; and on Thursday, The Oysters.
Nervous Nellie's features regga with No
Way Jose every Sunday for brunch/
Directions to Nellie's: after crossing
the bridge to Fort Myers Beach, take your
first two right turns and follow First Street
to the waterfront. You can't miss it!
Nervous Nellie's Crazy Waterfront
Eatery is open for Sunday brunch, lunch,
dinner and snacks in between. Call 463-
8077 or go to www.nervousnellies.net.
If you are too tired to drive after a day
or night out in Fort Myers Beach, call
Errol's Taxi for a safe ride home. The
24-hour taxi service offers transportation
all around Southwest Florida, includ-
ing Fort Myers Beach, and Sanibel and
Captiva Islands. Call 770-3333.0
Please visit the 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.
The Sidney & Berne Davis Art
Center's (SBDAC) annual gala
is scheduled for November 6.
Proceeds will benefit the restoration of
the art center's historic building located
in the downtown historic River District of
Fort Myers. The theme for the event is
Illuminating an Era of Art II.
Designed by prominent Florida archi-
tect Nat Gaillard Walker, the Old Post
Office opened in 1933 as one of the
nation's finest neoclassical revival struc-
tures. It was converted to a federal court-
house in 1965 and later vacated in 1998.
Many of its original fixtures were removed
or destroyed and the building fell into
disrepair until the art center took over it,
dedicated to its preservation with the cre-
ation of a community cultural center.
The final restoration phase will stop
deterioration of the building's historic
elements, preserve this community gem,
and complete the transformation of a
once-abandoned building into a modern
The art center has been under renova-
tions since 2003 and, upon completion,
will feature 23,000 square feet of studio,
performance, classroom, and community
Volunteers are needed for seasonal
events and programming. Contact Kathy
Robinson at 333-1933 for more informa-
tion or go to www.sbdac.com.0
BEACH CONDITIONS REPORT
Go to: www.lslandSunNews.com & Click on Beach Conditions.
For up-to-date information on local beaches.
ing the Volusia County Council to
chip in $600,000 from the county's
Environmental, Cultural, Historic and
Outdoors Grants funds.
New Smyrna Beach kicked in another
$130,000 on top of $150,000 from
the wildlife foundation. Local organiza-
tions Artists Workshop Inc. and Marine
Discovery Center Inc. generated
The project is the first phase of a
10-year plan that will begin with demoli-
tion of unusable buildings and renovation
of others on the campus of the former
New Smyrna Beach High School.
The Artists Workshop and the Marine
Discovery Center will lease one of the
buildings and provide marine environ-
mental and cultural learning experiences,
and outdoor recreation activities for local
residents and visitors. Another build-
ing will house Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC) officers
"Eventually, the project will include
birding trails along the shoreline, an
observation tower and kayak trails in the
lagoon," Boston said.
THERIVER APRIL30,2010 11
Once completed, the facility will
include a hatchery for redfish and sea
trout and propagation of reef fish for
stocking local waters.
The final phase will involve developing
additional FWC and public facilities on
Our E-Mail address is
Sheryl and Donald "Chip" Lesch
The Florida Gulf Coast University
Foundation recently received a
generous gift from Sanibel resi-
dents Donald and Sheryl Lesch to estab-
lish a scholarship fund that will benefit
students who plan careers in environ-
The couple donated $15,000 to cre-
ate the Sheryl and Donald A. Lesch
Scholarship Endowed Fund, proceeds of
which will provide scholarships to under-
graduate or graduate students majoring
in environmental studies or environmen-
tal science. Preference will be given to
employees and family members of JN
"Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge,
Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife
and Sanibel-Captiva Land and Wildlife
Donald Lesch serves as vice chairper-
son of the FGCU Foundation. He and
his wife were motivated to give, he says,
because "We realized FGCU is the epi-
center of community life, culturally and
educationally. The university has done so
much for the community. There is not
an area the university does not touch,"
he said. "It is a good time to give and we
expect that the scholarship will pay many
benefits over the years. We hope that
others will be inspired to join us in doing
something for the university, too," Lesch
Center In Volusia
A$900,000 project to convert
a former Volusia County high
school to the Mosquito Lagoon
Marine Enhancement Center is good
to go. Funding is in place to begin con-
struction this summer.
The Wildlife Foundation of Florida
spearheaded organizing public and
private partners, including approach-
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12 THERIVER APRIL30,2010
Tourney A Test Of
by Capt. Matt
or the first
time in months
I spent time
fishing and scouting
for snook for the
Cabbage Key 2010
week. With some
of the best snook
anglers in town entered it was going to
be a good indication of how our snook
stocks held up after the freeze.
In general there were more quality fish
caught than I expected. Even though the
bite was pretty slow with 15 of the 46
teams entered not catching a snook of
any size on the first day, there were still
good numbers of fish over the 33-inch
slot caught and released.
The tournament format was all catch
and release with one fish per day per
team to be measured, photographed and
carefully released unharmed. The most
total inches for two fish over the two days
of fishing was the winner. The usual for-
mat of this tournament is to bring in two-
slot sized fish per day which are weighed
and then released, but with the emer-
gency closure of our spring snook season,
the format had to be changed.
Day one of the tournament we got
on a pretty good bite catching five snook
within a half hour of pulling up at our
first spot. Over the two days we caught
three slot sized fish and only seven snook
total. Our biggest fish measured only 32
inches. Fishing was not on fire by any
means. I did see good numbers of snook
when I was out scouting but the fish
seemed to be very spread out and were
on the move. Though not in the big num-
bers of previous years, I still saw more
snook than I expected scattered all over
Congratulations to Team Lake and
Bay Boats which won the tournament
with a total of 78 inches. Day One they
measured a 37-incher, then a monster
41-incher on day two that turned out to
be the biggest fish caught over the two-
day tournament. Thanks again to the
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.
National Safe Boating Week
Boaters are dying because they don't wear life jackets.
A startling number of boating accident deaths occur each year because peo-
ple are not wearing a life jacket. The leading cause of these deaths was drown-
ing. Rear Admiral James A. Watson, the Director of Prevention Policy of the United
States Coast Guard, stated that in over two thirds of fatal boating accidents, people
weren't wearing life jackets.
During National Safe Boating Week (May 22-28) the United States Power
Squadrons will encourage all recreational boaters to wear a life jacket. It is also recom-
mended that the over 70 million recreational boaters in the U.S. without boating train-
ing register for a safe boating course to protect them and their families.
Greg Scotten, chairman of the USPS Marketing/PR Committee, said, "This year,
in the weeks leading up to and following National Safe Boating Week, over 450 loca-
tions will be offering programs in America's Boating Course 3rd Edition as well as criti-
cal seminars and demonstration days."
Scotten encourages all recreational boaters to take personal responsibility for their
safety and that of their passengers. Go to www.usps.org and click on Take A Boating
Course to find a local program taught in a short classroom session or call 1-888-FOR-
USPS for more information.
l ~*10 a.m. Island Cruise to
Useppa Or Cabbage Key
Boca Grande Cruise
4 p.m. Dolphin Watch Cruise
* Beach & Shelling Cruise
* Sunset Serenade Cruise
with Island Musicians
Call For Departure Times
Our best snook of the two-day tournament measured 32 inches
Wells family for another great time at
Trout fishing remains the best I have
seen in years with some real "gator trout"
all over the area. While trying to catch
snook over the last few days we caught
many big trout all of the 23-inch-plus
variety. The trout are simply all over,
from mangroves and flats to the passes
and the beach snags. Use live baits includ-
ing big live shiners and medium-small
pinfish if you're looking for the really big
ones. Both freeline and fishing under a
float work depending on the depth of
water you are targeting them in.
Tarpon fever is really starting to heat
up with reports of fish both gulfside and
in the bay. While I was running around
the sound this week searching for snook I
saw quite a few free-jumping fish. Reports
from other fishing guides were of good
numbers of tarpon in all the usual places
though the majority of the fish reported
Be a Marine Biologist is a 90-min-
ute hands-on scientific inquiry
for all ages offered by Captiva
Cruises. Crab traps and plankton nets
will be hauled for a look at some of the
components of the food chains. Use
compasses for navigational aids and
magnifying viewers to see the things
we can't usually see. Take part in actual
scientific research that will be used
by the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation
Foundation's marine lab. Shoreline
Travel to a secluded beach for a guided
shoreline walk to discuss coastal sea life
and beach dynamics. Explore mudflats
and use nets within the shallow sea grass
beds for an up-close look at some of the
smaller yet amazing inhabitants of the
back bay estuary ecosystem. Bring wad-
ing shoes and your sense of adventure for
this Sea Life Encounter.
Sailing Under The Stars Cruise allows
participants to experience day turning
into night. Planets, stars and constella-
tions will be identified along the way.
Mythology, mysteries and features of our
Milky Way Galaxy, as well as the greater
Universe, will be viewed under the magic
of the night sky.
Additional information and reserva-
tions can be obtained by logging on to
were in the south end of the sound and
down south between Knapp's Point and
Fort Myers Beach. With the water tem-
perature at least five degrees cooler than
it was this time last year I am surprised
there are so many tarpon around already.
I am very excited about changing it up
and chasing tarpon this week.
After months of trout, redfish and
sheepshead, my favorite type of fishing of
the year is about to be in full swing.
Capt. Matt Mitchell moved to Sanibel
in 1980 and has fished local waters for
more than 25 years. He now lives in St.
James City and has worked as a back
country fishing guide for more than 10
years. If you have comments or ques-
tions email email@example.com.
Fishing Fleet Tour
O stego Bay Foundation Marine
Science Center is continuing its
three-hour guided tours every
Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon.
This includes a 11/2-hour guided visit to
the museum with a touch tank, hands-
on beach area and several aquariums
and exhibits. The tour continues with
a visit to the commercial fishing fleet,
which includes Erickson & Jensen Supply
House, Trico Shrimp Company and
See how the boats arc unloaded, the
trawl doors are built for the protection
of turtles, the shrimp nets are hand-
sewn, the seafood is processed and other
important factors used in this unique
The cost is a donation of $15 for
adults and $10 for children over eight
years of age. Reservations are required.
The Marine Science Center is open
Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost is a donation of $5 for adults, $2
for children five and over.
The Ostego Bay Foundation is a
501(c)3 non-profit organization. The
Marine Science Center provides interac-
tive educational experiences for children
and adults. The touch tank and aquari-
ums hold various local marine life and
the exhibits reflect the Southwest Florida
THE RIVER APRIL 30, 2010 13
CROW Case Of The Week:
by Brian Johnson
T'yler Haisman was riding his scooter in his yard in Fort
Myers on April 7 when he heard a "squeak" come from
t thhe grass.
He went over to his mother, Tina, and said, "Mom, I think I
found a mouse.
They walked over together and found a little eastern cot-
tontail. "He was buried in the grass, and we dug him out," said
Tina, who noticed one of his back legs didn't quite look right.
You can't imagine how tiny he was -- he really fit in the palm of
She went online to research rabbits and also put in a call to
In the morning the 65-gram creature was in the same place, and so Tina took him
to the vet clinic at Miracle Mile, a CROW drop-off site.
At CROW it was determined that he had fractures in a front leg as well as a back
leg. "That's pretty significant when you weigh about two ounces," said Veterinarian Dr.
PJ Deitschel. "Needless to say, the first thing we did was get him pain medication."
Staff gave him Rebound, an electrolyte solution which quickly rehydrates the body,
as well as Rescue Remedy (with Bach Flowers) to calm the panic.
On Day 3, after giving him time to stabilize, Dr. Amber McNamara put him under
anesthesia and took a radiograph. Looking at the x-ray, they could see that the front
fracture was so displaced that it required a splint.
The back fracture
was in an area that
made it impractical
to splint, but they D '
felt confident, from
past cases, that it
would heal well by
The key to
recovery would be
providing the right
type of supportive
care. Success rates
with rabbits tend to
be less than with
other animals in
many wildlife hospi-
tals around the U.S.
because these crea-
tures are so high ,
stress; they don't
feel very relaxed sit-
ting in a cage when
there is a hawk
across the aisle, and
a raccoon, perhaps,
ambling around on
the floor above.
Over the years Eastern cottontail
Dr. PJ and the
CROW staff have developed a system that improves the recovery rate, and CROW has
become a model for other organizations in Southwest Florida.
"The key is good husbandry," Dr. PJ said. "It's important to provide the right food
and the right environment. That's good medicine."
In the new hospital at CROW there is a private and quiet Rabbit Room removed
from the other animals. They use a milk formulated especially for cottontails, and a
salad-blend hay from Oxbow, among other custom-designed features.
By Day 7 the rabbit was "eating everything" in sight, including monkey biscuits,
greens, and hay. They discontinued the pain medication and put him in a minimal
On Day 10 they took another radiograph, which revealed healing bones. A callus
had formed to stabilize the fractured areas.
The very next day the cottontail was sitting happily on top of his hide box in his
hutch. "It was unbelievable to see him jumping around in such a short time," said Dr.
Meanwhile Tina and Tyler called in for updates, and Drs. PJ and Amber were able
to give them favorable news.
On April 25 CROW released the rabbit back to Fort Myers. "They let you know
when they're ready," Dr. PJ said. "If you keep them too long, they can hurt them-
"CROW is a huge blessing," said Tina. "We are so grateful. They love the animals
enough that the vet was able to get on the phone and talk, which is a special learning
experience about caring for animals."
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:
14 THERIVER APRIL30,2010
by Gerri Reaves
stellaris) is a star-
shaped member of
the gentian family whose
blooms can be seen through-
out the year in south Florida.
Keep an eye out for this
lovely wildflower in freshwater
wetlands, coastal marshes,
and even undeveloped lots
Also called rose-of-Plym-
outh, its flowering peaks in
The flowers are one to
one and one-half inch across
and have five to six petals.
They range in color from
pink to white, appearing
on delicate erect stems that
reach one to two feet tall.
One of the flower's most
striking features is the red jag-
ged line that borders the yel-
low center. The lance-shaped
smooth leaves grow at right
angles to one another.
This hardy no-mainte-
nance flower will grow well
in a moist wildflower garden
with rich soil. Plant it in full
sun to create a landscape dot-
ted with pink stars all year.
seeds from the
capsule or with
Roger L. Hammer
practices that will
help you create a
Marsh-pink blooms sporadically throughout the year in
A jagged red line borders marsh-pink's yellow center
photos by Gerri Reaves
Science at Sea Cruise
Be a marine biologist during this
90-minute hands-on scientific inqui-
ry. Crab traps and plankton nets will be
hauled for a look at some of the compo-
nents of the food chains. Use compasses
for navigational aids and magnifying view-
ers to see the things we can't usually see.
Take part in actual scientific research that
will be utilized by The Sanibel-Captiva
Conservation Foundation's Marine Lab. !
Shoreline Discovery Cruise
Travel to a secluded beach for a guided
shoreline walk to discuss coastal sea life
and beach dynamics. Explore mudflats
and use nets within the shallow sea grass
beds for an up-close look at some of the
smaller yet amazing inhabitants of the
back bay estuary ecosystem. Bring wad-
ing shoes and your sense of adventure for
this hands-on sea life encounter.
Sailing Under The Stars Cruise
Watch the sunset, experience day
turning into night, linger out on the water
and sail under the stars. Planets, stars
and constellations will be identified along
the way. Mythology, mysteries and fea-
tures of our Milky Way Galaxy, as well as
the greater universe, will be appreciated
under the magic of the night sky.
Additional information can be obtained
at www.captivacruises.com. Reservations
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News For The
With spring in full bloom, some
positive signs have emerged
about Florida's endangered
panther. Biologists with the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission
(FWC) and Big Cypress National
Preserve (BCNP) have been busy docu-
menting active Florida panther dens
filled with kittens.
A total of four dens, with three kittens
apiece, have been documented so far in
2010. These particular dens were found
in palmetto thickets in Picayune Strand
State Forest and BCNP in Collier County.
The births are significant because they
offset panther deaths and hopefully mean
the population will continue to grow. The
panthers' numbers declined to approxi-
mately 30 cats by the early 1980s, but
research and monitoring by FWC biolo-
gists have helped in restoring the genetic
health and vigor of the panther popula-
Florida panthers breed throughout
the year, but peak activity occurs in the
spring. Biologists attempt to visit the dens
when the kittens are approximately two
weeks old. At that time, litter size and
composition are noted, samples (skin,
hair, blood, fecal) are taken for genetic
testing and health screening, transpon-
ders are inserted for identification pur-
poses. This information helps biologists
learn about the genetic structure of the
population. Also oral deworming medica-
tion is administered to help give the kit-
tens a healthy start.
The kittens stay in the den for about
two months, after which they begin fol-
lowing their mother to kills and begin the
weaning process. Kittens stay with their
mother for about 14 months. Females
set up a home range near or overlapping
their mother's home range. Males dis-
perse away from their natal range, some-
times covering hundreds of miles before
settling into their own home range.
"It's quite rewarding when we can
follow Florida panthers throughout their
lives," said FWC panther biologist Mark
Lotz. "Active dens are tangible evidence
that the Florida panther is reproducing.
We learn so much about panthers when
we track them from birth through adult-
Details on this year's births can be
found at www.FloridaPantherNet.org;
click on "Panther Pulse."
State funding for panther research and
monitoring comes from fees collected
when Florida residents purchase panther
specialty license plates. Visit www.buy-
aplate.com for more information.
To report dead or injured panthers call
the Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-
Read us online at
The shark posed a challenge for Lauren Lauren reeling it in
Lauren Tucker of Columbus, Indiana fought what turned out to be a seven-
foot sand shark with Captain Jimmy Burnsed. The shark was caught during
Lauren's spring break.
Captain Jim charters out of Jensen's Twin Palms Marina.
The catch was made near Blind Pass, fishing on the bottom with cut lady fish.0
Tarpon Bay Tour Schedule Changes
With season officially over, Tarpon Bay Explorers has changed its tour sched-
ule as follows:
Kayak Trail Tour: Daily 8:30 and 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Sunset Rookery Paddle: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6 p.m.
Breakfast Cruise: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 a.m.
Nature and Sea Life Cruise: Daily 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Evening Cruise: Daily 6 p.m.
Aquarium and Touch Tank: Daily 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and Monday through
Friday, 3 p.m.
Refuge Tram Tour: Daily (except Friday) 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.
Ostego Bay Marine Science Camps
The Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center has finalized plans for the
2010 Marine Summer Camp. The center is offering another season of camps
for children ages six and up. All instructional materials will be provided and a
graduation luncheon will he held on Fridays.
Children can explore the beautiful barrier Islands and the waters of Estero Bay.
Field and beach trips will introduce campers to sea grass communities, plankton popu-
lations, mangrove tangles and bird nesting areas. The staff of state-certified teachers
oilers a wide diversity of expertise providing highly personalized instruction. Camp runs
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Sea Stars Camp: (finished K to eight
Years) June 28 to July 2
Tiger Sharks Camp: (ages 11 and up)
BOA July 12-16
B O A Loggerheads Camp: (ages nine to 11)
RENTALS years) July 26 to 30
Fishing Cabbae Key Loggerheads Camp: (ages nine to 1
Fishing Cabbage Key 1) August 2-6;
Dolphin Watching Adult Surruner Camp, minimum of
Captains Available five participants, reservations are required.
For an application, call 765-0181 or
4 7 2-5 800 log onto www.ostegobay.org.
THE RIVER APRIL 30, 2010 15
Finally, a shot of the fisherwoman with her big catch
16 THERIVER APRIL30,2010
Under The Influence: Daniel Calvert,
Joshua Myers And Paul Rodino
400/500 Block by Paul Rodino
Love is the Only Thing by Joshua Myers
In May, the Alliance for the Arts presents a photography exhibition featuring
three local artists' exploration of various photographic techniques. Under the
Influence: Daniel Calvert, Joshua Myers and Paul Rodino opens on May 7 with
a special opening reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibition will be on display
May 7-29 at the Alliance for the Arts, on the corner of Colonial and McGrego bou-
levards, Fort Myers.
Under the Influence encompasses three artists' work concentrating on the photo-
graphic image. Calvert, Myers and Rodino initiate their artistic process with a single
digital image then apply manipulation, layers and rendering to further represent their
Daniel Calvert was introduced to the art of photography growing up a block away
from Des Moines Art Center where work from artist such as Hopper, Wood, Bresson
S n and Rauschenberg regularly adorned the
gallery walls. His largest influence and for
mal training occurred under photographer
Archie Lieberman. Today, Calvert lives
blocks away from downtown Fort Myers
where he is inspired by the aesthetically
and philosophically pleasing subjects and
landscapes of the area.
An artist living in the Fort Myers,
Joshua Myers is best known for his pho-
tography which has been published in
magazines and displayed in galleries around
Florida and the US. Myers received the
Merit Award from Black & White maga
zine's Single Image Contests in 2005 and
2009 and has received additional awards in
gallery competitions around the state. He
W4 currently serves on the board of directors
of two local art organizations and is pas-
sionate about donating time and artwork to
local charitable events and causes, notably
Red Snapper by Daniel Calvert those that support cancer research and
Paul Rodino explains his work as, "A sum of all the individual items, colors, shapes
and experiences I've witnessed up til now and represent the magic I find in the every-
day." His past influences span from pop culture during the Beatles era to the introduc-
tion of the Walkman, Kodak Instamatic and Polaroid camera. He describes his inspira-
tion with photography as, Collecting moments in everyday life. Each one becoming
its own keepsake, these slices of time are what I hold dear in my ever-expanding curio
cabinet of photography."
The opening reception will be catered by LaMotta's Italian Restaurant & Pizza.
To find out more about these artists and upcoming exhibits visit www.ArtlnLee.org
or call 939-2787.0
At Lakes Library
Next month's roster of activities
at Lakes Regional Library offers
topics for all ages. The following
activities are free to the public:
6 p.m. Monday, May 3, 10, 17, 24
Practice your English with English
Cafe, a free, conversation session for
adult ESOL and ESL students. Each
90-minute session provides adult learn-
ers an opportunity to practice speaking
English with native speakers.
Book Discussion: Sarah Shun-Lien
Bynum's Ms. Hempel Chronicles, 2
p.m. Tuesday, May 18
Ms. Beatrice Hempel, teacher of sev-
enth grade, is new new to teaching,
new to the school, newly engaged, and
newly bereft of her idiosyncratic father.
Grappling awkwardly with her newness,
she struggles to figure out what is expect-
ed of her in life and at work. Registration
Wii Bowling for Adults
10 a.m. Thursday, May 27
Have fun bowling on the big screen
with the Wii gaming system. No heavy
balls to lift, and just as much fun.
Sponsored by the Friends of Lakes
Regional Library. Registration is required.
Baby-Parent Rhyme Time
Crawlers: 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 3,
10; Walkers: 10:30 a.m. Monday, May
This 20-minute program is filled with
songs designed to introduce rhyming
and movement to infants. Registration is
10 a.m. Tuesday, May 4, 11
10 a.m. Wednesday, May 5, 12
Children age two and their caregiv-
ers participate in song, fingerplays and
short stories. Toddler storytime lasts
approximately 30 minutes. Registration is
11 a.m. Wednesday, May 5, 12
This program is for the whole family
and lasts about 30 minutes. Registration
11 a.m. Tuesday, May 4, 11
Preschoolers (ages 3-5) attend this
30-minute storytime independently while
parents or caregivers wait nearby in the
Kids Read Down Fines
2 3 p.m. Saturday, May 15
Children and teens can earn a $2
coupon for every 15 minutes of reading
during the allotted time in the designated
area of the library. For ages 18 and
younger. Coupons may be applied to
cards issued to patrons age 18 and under
10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 18
Angelina Baina Ballerina is a little dancer
with a big heart. Celebrate her adventures
with stories, games and a special craft.
Come dressed in your tutu if you wish.
For ages 2-5. Registration is required.
Meet Frog and Toad
10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 22
10:30 a.m. Monday, May 24
10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 25
Frog and Toad are best friends, and
they're coming to Lakes Regional Library.
Grab your camera and get ready to meet
everyone's favorite book characters. We'll
read a story, play games, sing songs, and
then the guests of honor, Frog and Toad,
will pose for pictures with everyone For
ages 2-5. Registration is required.
Lakes Regional Library is at 15290
Bass Road in Fort Myers. For more infor-
mation about a program or to register,
call the library at 533-4000.
May Programs At
Fort Myers Library
Next month's roster of activities
at Fort Myers-Lee County Public
Library offers topics for all ages.
The following activities are free to the
Card Stitching Easy and Elegant
10 a.m. Tuesday, May 4
Learn the basics of traditional card
stitching and make a beautiful piece for
greeting cards or framing.
Book Discussion: Cornelia Read's
Noon, Wednesday, May 19
Second Helpings The books to be
read this year are the second novels of
debut novelists tread in this book discus-
sion group during the past several years.
Small Business Series: Understanding
2 p.m. Monday, May 24
Topic: Profit & Loss Statement,
Balance Sheets, Cash Flow, Breakeven
and Forecasting and how to use them.
Registration is requested.
Preparing for Genealogical Searches
on the Internet
10 a.m. Saturday, May 29
The Internet is a wonderful research
tool for locating ancestors, as long as you
know its limitations. Success depends on
how much time is spent gathering rel-
evant data about your family and knowing
what pre-search strategies to follow. This
seminar will focus on the steps neces-
sary to facilitate a successful search and
suggest ways to get around the inevitable
brick walls that develop when you don't
always find ancestors where they are sup-
posed to be.
10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 5, 12
This program is for the whole family
and lasts about 30 minutes. Registration
Baby-Parent Rhyme Time
10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 20, 27
This 20-minute program is filled with
songs designed to introduce rhyming
and movement to infants. Registration is
Kids Read Down Fines
5-6 p.m. Wednesday, May 12
Children and teens can earn a $2
coupon for every 15 minutes of reading
during the allotted time in the designated
area of the library.
Wacky Wednesday: Suncatcher Craft
4:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 19
Make a beautiful crystal suncatcher
to dress up your kitchen or bedroom
window or give it as a gift to someone
special. For ages 6-12. Registration is
Papier Mache African Mask
5 p.m. Wednesday, May 5
continued on page 24
Buell Lee Whitehead:
Printmaker Lithographer Artist,
A True Southern Treasure
by Priscilla Friedersdorf
A author and collector Ronald
Newsom has compiled a B
fine tribute to artist Buell
Lee Whitehead. This book,
Buell Lee Whitehead, A True
Southern Treasure, contains
exquisite color reproductions of .-
the artist's work which spans 50
Newsom writes, "He
(Whitehead) excelled in charcoal,
oil, pastels 'and engravings to
name a few, however his love
The book, in representing
the artist's works, also traces his
life; he was born in the Florida
panhandle town of Panama City
in 1919 and very early on his
near Fort Myers. Buell and his
family suffered many setbacks: a
hurricane destroyed their home;
work was hard:and hard to come .. I
by during the Depression; and he i.
nearly died from a farm accident. : B
Possibly his long recuperation
during childhood enabled him Book cover for Ronald Newsom's Buell Lee
to develop artistic powers of Book cover for Ronald Newsom's Buell Lee
observation. These were fostered Whitehead lithograph book
during his teen years
in the Fort Myers th
began collecting the
artist's work when
he found a print of
Pig Snatcher at a
Fort Myers garage
sale. "My love for
art and the old south
helped me realize the
true quality of Buell's
work," he says.
Buell's art was
not static or predict-
able like the work of
many famous artists;
he was continually
techniques and rep- Apple Market
is what makes this
book such a treasure. It is hard to believe that the same artist in the year 1946 created
such disparate painting styles: pale ghostly images of Seminole Family contrast with
Wood Choppers, which has a George Bellows ruggedness, and his Western litho-
graphs are reminiscent of Georgia O'Keefe.
Travelling the country, he began selling his work door to door and Newsom docu-
ments his emergence as a successful and well known artist whose lithographs were
displayed in galleries and purchased by-major hotels. Nevertheless he continued his
cross-country sales route.
"At the age of 32 he had sold more pictures than any other artist his age in the
Buell's life as so carefully researched by Newsom is a fascinating-story of man from
humble beginnings who attained nearly everything he sought in life: artistic excellence
and education in our country's finest universities and art academies. He was the first
graduate from the University of Florida to earn a Masters of Fine Arts. However, his
campaign to become a Lee County judge was his last attempt at public office.
This very readable and beautifully illustrated book by Ronald Newsom will be
enjoyed by artists, historians and those of us who appreciate a well written and care-
fully researched biography.
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18 THERIVER APRIL30,2010
As Red Sox Falter, Rumors Abound
That Ortiz May Be On Trading Bloc
by Ed Frank
SN struggling, falling six games out of first place after just 19
games into the new season, the Boston Red Sox appear
in desperate straits.
So don't be surprised if the Red Sox part ways with David
Ortiz if a trade can be made for the big slugger who began the
%%V Vweek batting a measly .160 with only one home run and four
4 f Big Papi, once a hero in the Red Sox Nation with those mon-
2 strous home runs, is in the final year of a four-year deal that pays
him $12.5 million a year with a club option of another $12.5
million in 2011.
It's a foregone conclusion that Boston will not exercise that option. More likely,
they will seek a trade for the big man this year. But with that big salary, and unless
Ortiz starts hitting, his value is questionable.
There were reports last week that the Red Sox were shopping for a catcher after
allowing 38 of 39 attempted stolen bases. That includes 14 in a three-game series
against the Texas Rangers.
As the week began, the Red Sox had an 8-11 record, six games behind the Tampa
Bay Rays who owned the best record in baseball at 14-5. They also trailed arch-rival
New York by 4-1/2 games in the American League Eastern Division.
Perhaps it's too early in the season to drop the curtain on Ortiz as he started poorly
last year, but ended the season batting.238 with 99 RBIs and 28 home runs. That
type of run production cannot be ignored.
However, his slumping start this year caused Red Sox manager Terry Francona to
pinch-hit for him last week when the game was on the line. Then, with the Rangers
throwing left-handed pitching the next two games, Ortiz wasn't in the lineup.
He admitted that being pinch-hit for was a tough blow. He told MLB.com that it
was the first time it had happened since he came to the Red Sox in 2003.
"It was my first embarrassing moment wearing this uniform. We were looking for a
win and I wasn't swinging the bat very good. The manager sometimes has to make a
decision," he said.
Big Papi came to the Red Sox when the Minnesota Twins let him go after the
2002 season. Former Twins general manager Terry Ryan admitted later that it was a
Ortiz came up through the Twins orga-
nization and played here in 1997 for the
SFort Myers Miracle when he advanced
all the way to the majors in that single
His booming bat was a major factor in
the Red Sox World Series titles in 2004
and 2007. From 2003 through last sea-
son, Ortiz hit a total of 259 home runs
and knocked in 713 runs.
I ^ub But those figures are yesterday's news.
The Red Sox need help today, and it will
come as no surprise if Big Papi is traded.
S Miracle Continue to Struggle
The Fort Myers Miracle started this
week with a 5-11 season record after
t vLJtS &4 a tough weekend series at home when
they lost two straight to the Palm Beach
The lack of hitting has been the princi-
& J i J JfJ j r pal problem for the Miracle in this young
!ir Te'om iuziauno After completing a nine-game home
stand Monday, the team is on the road
A Golf Pro this week, returning to Hammond Stadium
next Monday for six games three
C rf0omp ssns avi against Jupiter and three against St.
. r a... Lucie. All are 7:05 p.m. starts.,
Our E-Mail address is
For up-to-date information
on local beaches
Take A Run On
J oin the Fort Myers Recreation
Division, in partnership with the
Fort Myers Track Club, for the 5K
Memorial Day Run on the Green which
will be held at Eastwood Golf Course
located beside the Calusa Nature Center
at 4600 Bruce Herd Lane in Fort Myers
just off of Ortiz Boulevard. Here's your
opportunity for a one-of-a-kind trip
through one of the city's finest golf
courses. The route will take you through
the back 9 and finish at the clubhouse.
Medals will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and
3rd place finish in each age group.
Registrants will receive a race T-shirt,
race course map, post-race refreshments
and be eligible for door prizes if present
after the race.
The run will be on Monday, May 31,
check in at 6:30 a.m, start time7:30 a.m.
Entry fee is $20 prior to May 25. Fee is
$25 on race day. Register online at www.
T he 12th annual P s
Southwest Florida, Inc.
(PASFI) Golf Challenge
will be held Saturday,
May 8 at the Club at
Mediterra. Registration is
at 8 a.m. and the shot-
gun start is at 9 a.m.
The cost is $225 per
golfer or $800 for a team of four players
This includes continental breakfast and
luncheon buffet The Golf Committee is
challenging the Southwest Florida com-
munity to help raise $50,000 for pro-
grams and services that will improve the
quality of life for residents with Parkinson
disease and their care partners.
The Parkinson Association of
Southwest Florida, Inc. (PASFI) is a pre-
dominately volunteer organization provid-
ing most programs and services free of
charge to over 1,000 families.
Call 254-7791 or visit www.pasfi.org
for a registration form. For more infor-
mation call Curt Edwards, Golf Challenge
The Cape Coral Parks & Recreation
triathlon will travel through the
beautiful historic part of Cape
Coral. Check-in will be at 6:15 a.m. on
Saturday, May May 15 and the race will
begin at 7 a.m. The event will include
a 14-mile swim in the river, biking 12
miles and a 5Krun. An awards cer-
emony and music will follow the event.
To register visit Active.com or call Cape
Coral Yacht Club at 574-086.
Cost for adults is $45 and $25 for
ages 10 to 17. Regisster at Cape Coral
Yacht Pavilion and Beach, Yacht Club
Community Park, 5819 Driftwood
Parkway. Call 574-0806.,
Gala Benefit For
weet Memories: Pirates, Pearls
& Paradise will be held May 1
from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. to ben-
efit the Dubin Alzheimer's Resource
Center. The gala will be held at Heritage
Palms Golf & Country Club, 10420
Washingtonia Palm Way in Fort Myers.
This event will offer an opportunity to
sample delectable chocolate creations by
area chefs and bakers including Cypress
Lake Country Club, Heritage Palms
Country Club, Irresistible Confections,
and The Flying Pig.
Participants can bid on an array of
items and beautiful baskets donated by
local shops and businesses at the silent
and live auctions to benefit Alzheimer's
programs in Lee County. Ticket contribu-
tions also includes lavish hors d'oeuvres
throughout the evening.
Len Jennings and Stacey
Deffenbaugh, ABC 7 news anchors, will
serve as hosts for the evening. The gala is
sponsored by Arden Courts Alzheimer's
Assisted Living and The Palms.
Tickets are $75 per person.
Sponsorship opportunities are available,
including table sponsors of $1,000 which
includes a table for eight. Fun attire to
complement the pirates, pearls, and para-
dise theme is suggested.
The Dubin Alzheimer's Resource
Center, a United Way partner agency,
provides a variety of services including
support groups, a quarterly newsletter,
a lending library of books and resource
materials, a Safety Program, educational
seminars, and training programs for pro-
fessionals as well as family caregivers.
All funds raised to benefit the Dubin
Alzheimer's Resource Center are used to
provide services in the local Lee County
For more information or to purchase
tickets, call 437-3007.5
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High Tech Central Students Win
At SkillsUSA State Championships
Jay Caruthers, Jennifer Meyers, Joe Johnson and Will Jewel
he following students from Lee County High Tech Center Central won gold
medals at the Florida SkillsUSA Skills Championships held in Bradenton April
The first place students were: Jay Caruthers, electronic technology, post-secondary;
Joe Johnson, carpentry, High School; Will Jewel, carpentry, post-secondary; and
Jennifer Meyers, American Spirit Contest, post-secondary.
They will represent High Tech Central and the State of Florida at the national
championships to be held in Kansas City, Missouri, June 20-25.
SkillsUSA is a national career and technical student organization serving a quarter
million high school and post-secondary students who are enrolled in technical, skilled,
and service occupations schools throughout the country.
The SkillsUSA Championships are designed to evaluate a student's ability in his/her
chosen field of study and urges them to take pride in their work. It also provides pro-
spective employers with an opportunity to see dedicated, motivated potential employ-
ees at work.0
Dodgeball At Bay Oaks
B beginning on May 12, Bay Oaks Recreation Campus on Fort Myers Beach will
be hosting a dodgeball league. The league will be an adult coed league, 6 on
6. The cost is $200 per team and that includes league fees and team shirt.
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At Davis Art Center
Greece by Gloria Audo, oil on canvas
Sandi Badash has done one-woman shows around the country in California,
Connecticut, New York, and Arizona, as well as in Cambridge, England.
Patricia Mulko, of France, has had exhibits all over Europe, at Agora Gallery in
New York, and Sweet Art Gallery in Naples, Florida.
Otto von Kotzebue's exhibitions took him to Italy, France, Germany, and all over
the United States. His work shows his special love for American cities like New York
and Chicago and more rural landscapes like the plains of the West.
Volunteers are needed for the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center to assist with the
2010 Gala, Race 2 the Finish, and other scheduled seasonal events. Contact Kathy
Robinson at 333-1933 for more information
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A Call To Artists
Call to artists from Arts for ACT
Gallery is for the Open Themed
Juried Group Exhibit for July.
This year artists will have a choice of
Spoked and Take a Walk on the Wild
Side. The artist should use his own judg-
ment to interpret the themes.
The judge will be Britney Traucht, a
2009 Art History graduate of Florida
Cash prizes: 1st place, $100; 2nd
place, $75; and 3rd place, $50.
Art will be received Monday, June 21
through Saturday June 26 from 11 a.m.
to 4 p.m.
Artists may submit up to six pieces
of original work for each theme. All wall
artwork must be wired and ready to hang.
There are no size limits. Both two- and
three-dimensional media are acceptable.
Art can not have previously exhibited at
Arts for ACT Gallery. Art must be labeled
on the back.
Entry fee t is $8 for one piece, $15
for two and $20 for three, payable in
cash/check or credit card. If the piece
sells while on exhibit the artist will retain
60 percent of the sale with 40 percent
going to benefit ACT, the domestic vio-
lence and sexual assault center serving
The gallery is located at 2265 First
Street in downtown Fort Myers.#
Fort Myers Beach Art Association
Student Scholarship Show Winners
A t a reception on
Sunday, the Fort
Myers Beach Art
Association with support .
from the Town of Fort
Myers Beach, announced
the winners of its annual
These tuition scholar-
ships are given to senior
art students from Cypress
Lake High School and
Cypress Lake School for
the Arts who intend to
study art and design at
the secondary education
level. Cypress Lake Middle
School art students also
had work shown and were
Senior high winners:
1st place Inga
2nd place Tabia Lees -
3rd place Jordan
Cypress Lake Middle
1st place Emily Logelin
2nd place Sophia Unson
3rd place Sanissa
The gallery is on Donora
Street and is open May Painting by Inga Charlamova, senior winner
1 until October 26 on
Wednesday and Thursdays 9 a.m. to noon. For more information on any FMBAA
activity slog onto www.fortmyersbeachart.com or call the gallery at 463-3909.0
450 Harbor Ct. Ft. Myers Beach, FL 33931
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Arts For ACT Exhibit
courses at a number
of New York City
colleges and univer-
artwork for publica-
tion for galleries,
museums and art-
ists. Her photogra-
phy uses a variety
of camera formats
such as pinhole,
and older medium
format box cam-
eras (circa 1950s
and 1960s), and is
usually printed in
black and white.
Her work has been
shown most recent-
ly in a one-person
exhibit at Snug Untitled by Africa Valdez
Center on Staten Island. Everhart was the recipient of a grant from the Brooklyn Arts
Essentially self-taught, Cambio was born in New York City. Her fascination with sci-
ence and art was conceived early on in her youth. Both chemistry-set experiments and
painting came naturally to her. She was taught by her father, a jewelry designer, that
there is no correct way to hold a paintbrush. From an early age, she began to freely
interpret life on a canvas. She has chosen a career in dermatology because it is a
natural combination of medicine and the visual arts. By clinically applying her "eye" to
patients, she continues to strengthen and sharpen her gift of observation a key ele-
ment in the creation of her art. Cambio has had multiple exhibits of her painting in the
New York City area. Her work can also be found in private collections throughout the
world. When not painting, she can be found practicing medicine in Southwest Florida,
as well as spending time with her husband and two daughters. Working primarily in
acrylic and oil bar on canvas, her subject matter includes historical, cultural and reli-
THE RIVER APRIL 30, 2010 21
Valdez was born in Venezuela into a family that was highly involved in the arts. She
learned about art appreciation from birth rather than a course at the undergraduate
level. She attained a degree in fashion design in her native country of Venezuela with
an emphasis in art. She also received a certificate of completion at the Art Instruction
School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Although portrait and traditional painting is her
focus, her repertoire includes a love for mixing abstract art with realism to produce
a unique and special meaning and feeling to every painting, she creates. Valdez is a
rare tri-cultural artist. She blends her native South American art with the European old
world establishment art of Italy. To add additional flavor she has added the influence
the North American modern style.
ACT Gallery is at 2265 First Street in downtown Fort Myers.4
Mastersingers Selected To Sing
Star Wars Event At Germain Arena
known as the greatest film saga of all time, Star Wars will be shown in concert
at Germain Arena on May 13 and will feature the Fort Myers Mastersingers.
The local group was selected by the producers of the show, which is on a
worldwide tour and will be coming to the United States for a 15-city tour, with Fort
Myers being the first stop.
Star Wars in concert is a unique event that combines John Williams' unforgettable
music performed by symphony orchestra and chorus with specially edited footage
from all six Star Wars movies. Through each piece audiences will experience the key
themes, characters and story elements of the epic Star Wars saga from a new per-
spective. The editors of Lucasfilm have created an original montage on a giant multi-
media screen to accompany each of the musical sections.
"The Mastersingers are already in rehearsals for the show," said Jeff Faux, artistic
director for the group. "We'll be ready. Our singers are experienced enough to handle
this engagement and we look forward to it with excitement."
"It's a huge honor to be selected to participate in a production of this magnitude,"
said Jim George, president of the Mastersingers. "It will be a once-in-a-lifetime expe-
rience for our group. This past season we sang in languages as diverse as Russian,
French, German and Italian, and now we'll be doing alien."
The 70-voice Mastersingers are known for their versatility and innovative program-
ming which was a key factor, according to the producers of the show. The group
appeared with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra in October and recently staged two
opera-in- concert performances in Naples and Fort Myers.,
22 THE RIVER APRIL 30, 2010
FGCU Inducts Students
Into Hall Of Fame
Seated from left: Kathleen Equite, Ysatiz Pinero, Casey Smith, Cady Walker, Emily
Hennessey; Standing from left: Dr. J. Michael Rollo, VP for Student Affairs; Jomayra
Cestero, Michael Nachef, Andrea McCrary, Frank Losada, Jarrett Yingling, Dr. Wilson G.
Forida Gulf Coast University students were honored during a recent induction
ceremony to the FGCU Hall of Fame. Jomayra Cestero, Kathleen Equite,
Emily Hennessey, Frank Losada, Andrea McCrary, Michael Nachef, Ysatiz
Pinero, Casey Smith, Cady Walker, and Jarrett Yingling accepted membership in
the 2010 FGCU Hall of Fame hosted by the Division of Student Affairs.
The FGCU Hall of Fame is the highest recognition given to student leaders at the
university. It is reserved for students with demonstrated superior leadership, integrity
and achievement through leadership activities, service and scholarship while members
of the FGCU community. It is limited to 10 students per academic year.
"Induction into the Hall of Fame is part of the student leadership experience at
FGCU," said President Wilson G. Bradshaw. "As a result of their exceptional impact
on the campus community, these student leaders have distinguished themselves from
many other outstanding students."
For additional information, visit the Student Affairs' Web page at studentservices.
fgcu.edu or call 239-590-7900.
Bower School Of Music Graduation
F orida Gulf Coast University's Bower School of Music will graduate its first class
during spring commencement exercises at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 2 at Germain
Arena in Estero.
Through specialized curricula and extensive general education offerings, the Bower
School of Music seeks to prepare professionals for service in music education, music
performance and pedagogy. The school also provides rich musical opportunities
for students majoring in other disciplines and furnishes cultural enrichment for the
Southwest Florida community and beyond.
In addition to meeting the university's general education requirements, members of
the graduating class have pursued extensive course work in music theory, history and
literature, as well as participation in large and small ensembles and applied lessons.
The graduates are Katherine Abbott, Bradenton; Francesca Da Silva; Justin Goff;
Satoko Hayami, Wakayama, Japan; Edward Rizo, Miami; Anthony Schons, Cedar
Falls, Iowa; Jamie Spagnola, Fort Myers.
The Bower School of Music accepted its first class of music majors in fall 2006.
The school has grown significantly in the four years since the first class was admitted,
and expects to see more than 100 music majors enrolled by fall 2010.
The school offers two degree programs bachelor of arts in music (education) and
bachelor of arts in music (performance). The latter prepares students, through the state
of Florida's Alternative Certification Program, to teach music in public and private
schools. This degree can also help prepare students to develop a private instrumental
or vocal teaching studio. Students in this degree track choose a choral, instrumental
or general music education track, and many also pursue a minor in general education.
The bachelor of arts in music (performance) serves students who seek careers in music
performance. This degree program is also appropriate for those planning to specialize
in private applied performance teaching at all levels.
The Bower School of Music was established with the support of a gift from Alan
and Marilyn Korest in memory of Edwin H. Bower, Marilyn's father and a well-loved
Naples philanthropist. For more information go to www.fgcu.edu/cas/bsm.,
Middle School Students Qualify In
Duke's Talent Identification Program
Duke University has released the results of its 2009/10 talent search, known
as the Talent Identification Program (TIP.) Duke University conducts the pro-
gram, which seeks to identify academically talented middle school students in
a 16-state area.
One aspect of TIP is giving middle school students the opportunity to take the SAT
or ACT, tests that are normally for advanced high school students. This year, 178 7th-
graders in middle schools across the county took the SAT or ACT test while still in the
7th grade. When the final results were tallied, 60 Lee County students earned State
Recognition. This is the highest total in recent history. In addition, two students earned
the prestigious Grand Recognition designation. The 2009/10 students are:
Bonita Springs Middle: Brian Benton and Elisa Parrish;
Challenger Middle: McKenzie Schultz and Margaret Yui;
Cypress Lake Middle: Samuel Buckner, Alexandra Bueno, Sydney Eskin, Danie
Etienne, Amelia Green, Cameron Green, Kenneth Harwood, Noah Hendry, Zoey
Massie, Alexandra Neal, Courtney Oleksa, Andrew Ratz, Alyssa Taylor, Alexander Van
Duijn and Brianna Williamson;
Dunbar Middle: Sarah Bura, Cassidy Cerami, Benjamin Engstrom, Jose Gress,
Kamryn Lewis, Rachel McGuire, Alexander Matasa, Jonathan Nguyen, Michael
Santucci, lan Sexton, Jay Swami, Kyle Tan Kyi and Francesca Whitt;
Fort Myers Middle Academy: Andrew Suh;
Gulf Middle: Lissie Gil, Jamal Gonzalez and Daniel Ruiz;
Lehigh Acres Middle: Tyler Colmery*, Matthew Evans, Colton Sacks and John
Lexington Middle: Sophia Angeletti, Andrea Berrian, Punith Kumar Chilakala,
Grant Goodman*, Shane Heindl, Gabrielle Jones, Haley Tingle and Michael Weber;
North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts: Alyssa Dempsey and Anastasia Petrik;
The Sanibel School: Casey Wexler;
Trafalgar Middle: Devin Keith, Meagan McBride and Rebecca Watson;
Three Oaks Middle: Paige Harris, Katherine Schultz and Enzo Stacey;
Varsity Lakes Middle: Mason Andrew, Sophia Borghese and Beatriz Gonzales.
Denotes Grand Recognition winners
This program identifies academically talented 7th-graders based on standardized test
scores achieved while attending elementary or middle school. Scores in the 95th per-
centile on the national norms of a standardized achievement, aptitude or mental ability
test qualify for the program. Candidates are identified and invited to complete either
the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT Assessment college entrance examination.
Duke TIP provides all participants with comparative information concerning their
academic abilities and resources for unique educational opportunities. The goal is to
assist young people with excellent mathematical or verbal aptitude. Students are pro-
vided with information about their abilities and introduced to a network of services and
programs. Students are encouraged to enroll for several reasons:
To pursue an above-level testing experience, which will provide them with more
information about their academic abilities; this information can help teachers, parents,
and students plan effectively for the coming high school years;
To learn more about their academic abilities and be able to compare the results
with other academically able youth;
To learn more about educational opportunities and options for the future;
To receive recognition of their outstanding achievements.w
Over 1,100 students will graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University at 2 p.m.
May 2 at Germain Arena.
Germain Arena is located at 11000 Everblades Parkway, in Estero.
Tickets will be required of all guests. Participating graduates have been allocated
tickets for their guests.
FGCU alumnus Dr. John Little will deliver the commencement address to graduates
and over 5,800 family members and guests.
Little earned an executive MBA from FGCU in 2003. He serves on the FGCU
Foundation Board of Directors. He was the inaugural chair of the FGCU Alumni
Association Board of Directors, and was honored as the 2004 Alumnus of Distinction.
Commencement ceremonies are held twice a year, in May and December.
The commencement ceremony will be viewable via Webcast at the following link:
www.fgcu.edu beginning at 2 p.m.
For more information, contact interim University Registrar Susan Byars at 239-
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Student Wins College Scholarship
T he prestigious Young Epidemiology
Scholars (YES) Competition, the
nation's leading public health com-
petition for high school students, has
awarded a $15,000 scholarship to a
student from Fort Myers. Carl Nist-Lund
was chosen for his project on the emerg-
ing threats of mosquito-borne diseases in
In total, 12 national finalists were
announced. They presented their projects
to a panel of judges comprised of leading
epidemiologists and public health experts.
Two students will each receive the $50,000 /
top prize, two will receive $35,000 scholar- o-
ships, two will receive $20,000 scholar-
ships, and six students, including Carl, will
each receive $15,000.
Carl, who attends Canterbury School in
Fort Myers, researched Emerging Threats
of Mosquito-Borne Diseases in Southwest
Florida, Specifically Dengue Fever and
Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever. Carl Nist-Lund
After hearing about the recent cases of
dengue fever in Key West, the first U.S. cases of endemic dengue in 40 years, Carl
decided to focus his project on mosquito-borne diseases and center his study around
Southwest Florida. He was surprised that "to a statistically significant degree, types of
larval habitats were related and dependent on the local neighborhoods of Lee County
in which they were found."
He hopes that the information from his study could be used to craft public health
messages about how to eliminate or reduce potential habitats for these mosquitoes.
Ffinalists' presentations to judges took place on Sunday, April 26 at Renaissance
Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.
To date, YES has awarded more than $3 million in scholarships. With America
facing a shortfall of more than 250,000 public health workers by 2020, according to
the ASPH, these scholars represent the next generation of public health talent.4
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Canterbury Students Garner Awards
At Science And Engineering Fair
Canterbury students Jacob Dufault, Amanda Podlasek, Irina Ahmad, Abby Neill and
Joshua Liebowitz received awards at the State Science and Engineering Fair
The following Canterbury School students received recognition for their
research at the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair:
Eighth grader Amanda Podlasek received a second place award for her environ-
mental science research on red tide. Amanda's research is titled Comparing Filter
Feeding of Karenia Brevis by Tunicates and Oysters. Amanda is the daughter of Brian
and Elke Podlasek of Fort Myers Beach.
Edison State Student Receives
Appointment To Marine Academy
Abby Neill, a 7th grader, received a third place plaque for her behavioral and social
sciences research entitled The Effects of Positive and Negative Persuasion on Readers.
Abby is the daughter of Bruce and Evelyn Neill of Sanibel.
Irina Ahmad, also a 7th grader, received a fourth place award for her botany sci-
ences work, The Effects of UV Radiation on the Germination of Rapid Radishes. Irina
is the daughter of Imtiaz and Nitol Ahmad of Fort Myers.
Jacob Dufault, an 11th grader, received third place in the computer science divi-
sion for his work, Examining the Effects of Different Random Number Generators on
Perlin Noise With Different Number Distributions. Jacob will continue on to the Intel
International Science and Engineering Fair where he will compete with the world's
brightest young scientists for scholarships and prizes. Jacob is the son of Allen and
Leslie Dufault of Cape Coral.
Joshua Liebowitz, a 10th grader, received special recognition in behavioral and
social sciences for his work on the Effect of Pain-induced Stress on Lymphocyte
Count. Joshua is the son of Fred and Robin Liebowitz of Fort Myers.
Essay Contest Winner
R ebecca Mann, a fourth grader
at Summit Christian School in .
Fort Myers, beat out over 9,000
entrants to take first place in the south-
east division of an essay contest.
Bic challenged students to pen a 100-
word essay explaining what super power
they would like to have and why.
Rebecca wished for the power to trans-
form landfills and garbage into healthy -
food and polluted rivers into clean drinking
water. She explained how her super power
would help the Haitian earthquake survi-
vors as well as others around the globe.
Just for fun, she would also create some
ice cream mountains and rivers of choco-
Rebecca will receive an award of $500
plus $100 for her classroom.
Edison State College student Richard
Anthony Zyvolski III, or "Trey" to
most who know him, has received
an appointment to the United States
Merchant Marine Academy(USMMA). His
application was supported by numerous
letters, interviews and a Congressional
Nomination from Senator Connie Mack.
USMMA is one of five U.S. service
academies, and is highly respected among
both private and public universities. The
Princeton Review stated that "The well-
rounded core curriculum is demanding and
extremely comprehensive," and further
notes that academy students "are highly
sought after by maritime industry compa-
nies once they graduate."
Upon completion of the USMMA,
students choose either a five-year commit-
ment to the Naval Reserve or may join the
military as commissioned officers. Zyvolski,
a "military brat" whose father and grand-
father were both air force officers, plans
to pursue an engineering degree and then
join the armed forces. Zyvolski is consider-
ing eventually becoming a pilot-with the air
Optimist College Frompage 16
.r'hnlnrs.hin Library Programs
he Sanibel-Captiva Optimist Club
is offering one four-year college
scholarship to a graduating senior
in the Lee County schools. The scholar-
ship is $1,250 per year ($5,000 total).
The competition is open all graduating
seniors. Applications are available at most
Lee County high schools (see your guid-
ance counselor) and at Sanibel City Hall.
Applications must be postmarked no
later than June 11, 2010. The scholar-
ship committee plans to make the final
selection later in June.
Applicants should be aware that aca-
demic records, financial need, extracurric-
ular activities and civic/community service
records are integral parts of the selection
criteria. The application package gives
African masks are dramatic portraits
of spirit beings, departed ancestors, and
invisible powers of social control. Each
mask is created according to traditional
style. Make your own paper mache
African mask. Supplies are provided
and space is limited. For grades 6-12.
Registration is required.
Tiki Tapa Bookmarks for Teens
5 p.m. Wednesday, May 26
Make your own Tahitian bookmark.
The pattern and design is inspired by
the native art of Tahiti. All supplies are
provided. For grades 6-12. Registration is
The Fort Myers-Lee County Public
Library is located at 2050 Central
Avenue in Fort Myers. For more informa-
tion about a program or to register, call
the library at 533-4600.^
Trey Zyvolski, 20, an Edison State College
student, has received an appointment to
the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
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Brettholtz Appointed To
Museum Foundation Board
S teve Brettholtz, president and shareholder
of Myers, Brettholtz & Company, PA,
Certified Public Accountants & Business
Consultants, has been appointed to the board
of directors of the Southwest Florida Museum of
Brettholtz recently volunteered for the muse- -
um's committee that oversees nominations for
the History Maker of the Year Award. He holds a
bachelor's degree from the University of Miami.
His years of accounting experience include
numerous assignments in all phases of com-
mon interest realty association development and
administration, nonprofit organizations and vari-
ous business entities. A past chair of the Florida
Institute of Certified Public Accountants Common
Interest Realty Association Committee, he also is
a member of the American Resort Development
Association and serves on its Federal Issues and
Resort Management Committees and is a past Steve Brettholtz
National Trustee for Community Associations
In addition to being a frequent lecturer for both local and national organizations,
he is also recognized as an accredited provider of continuing education courses for
the State of Florida Licensed Community Association Managers. He is a member of
the Florida, California, Hawaii, Nevada, New York and American Institute of Certified
Public Accountants and an associate member of the Association of Certified Fraud
The Southwest Florida Museum of History is dedicated to the collection, preser-
vation and interpretation of history and traditions, with particular emphasis on Fort
Myers and Southwest Florida. It is located at 2031 Jackson Street in historic down-
town Fort Myers, in the former Atlantic Coastline Railroad depot.4
Silent Auction Benefits
Lisa Hubbard and Sandy Clark Cecilia St. Arnold and Stacey Deffenbaugh
Chicks, Old Bags
silent auction at
Bell Tower Shops.
The night under
the stars featured
more than 180
fabulous designer Jodie and Sarah Greenhoe Sue Ivy
purses, some new
and others previously loved, as well as raffle prizes, live entertainment and goodies.
The event raised more than $4,600 to benefit Junior Achievement of Southwest
Florida, to help teach young people the economics of life.4
S q. by Jennifer Basey
Day happens on
the last Friday of
some states have
dates for their own
Arbor Day obser-
vances. Over the years, Americans have
planted millions of trees on this day,
improving the environment, reducing
erosion and leaving an invaluable gift
to future generations. But the concepts
behind Arbor Day can also be trans-
ferred to other realms such as invest-
ing. So this year, why not take steps to
establish your own Financial Arbor Day?
Here are some ideas to consider:
Plant some "seeds." Even the mighti-
est trees started out small and the same
is true of the investment portfolios of
many successful investors. If you're just
beginning to invest, put whatever you can
afford, however minimal, into an IRA and
a 401(k) or other employer-sponsored
retirement plan. If you've been investing
for a while but still need to move closer
toward your goals, you may have to seek
out some new fields of opportunity and
invest in them.
Nurture the "roots." To grow, tree
roots need to be fed through water, oxy-
gen and minerals. And once you've plant-
ed the seeds of your investments, they
need to be nourished, too. So, for exam-
ple, once you've opened your 401(k),
boost your contributions whenever you
get a salary increase. Also consider fully
funding your IRA until you've reached the
Seek out variety. If you look around
your neighborhood, you will likely find
many different types of trees. And that's
a good thing, because when Dutch elm
disease or some other ailment strikes
one type of tree, you and your neighbors
still have others that can thrive. And the
same principle applies to investing. If
an economic downturn or some other
event primarily strikes one type of asset,
and most of your money is tied up in
that asset, you could run into trouble.
That's why you need to diversify your
investment dollars among stocks, bonds,
certificates of deposit (CDs), Treasury bills
and other securities. While diversification
by itself cannot guarantee a profit or pro-
tect against a loss, it can help reduce the
effects of volatility on your portfolio.
Be patient. When you plant a seed,
you know it will take many years for your
efforts to reach fruition. Over time, your
tree will lose some branches and bark,
and it will be buffeted by heavy winds,
scorching sun and driving rains. However,
if it has a strong set of roots, it can sur-
vive and grow. You need to show the
same patience with your investment port-
folio, because it, too, will face a variety of
challenges over the years, and at times it
may appear beaten down.
But if you follow a consistent strategy,
supported by a mix of quality investments
that reflects your risk tolerance, time hori-
zon and long-term goals, and if you have
the patience and discipline to ride out
downturns, you can help yourself reach
When people use their shovels and
hoes on Arbor Day, they create some-
thing that will literally last a lifetime. And
the same thing can happen when you
declare your own Financial Arbor Day -
so get out your investment "tools" and
get to work.
Jennifer Basey is a financial advisor
in Fort Myers. She can be reached at
T he Lee County Visitor &
Convention Bureau (VCB) and
the Greater Fort Myers Chamber
of Commerce Inc. are busy judging 60
entries in their first annual Chrysalis
Awards to honor businesses and individu-
als who have positively impacted the local
Any local business could nominate
itself or others, regardless of whether
the nominees are directly a part of the
tourism industry. Award recipients will be
announced at a jointly hosted Celebration
of Business & Tourism Awards Luncheon
and Trade Show on May 20, from 10:30
a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Harborside Event
Center in downtown Fort Myers.
Nominees include area attractions,
accommodations, retailers, educational
institutions, arts and cultural organiza-
tions, transportation companies, and
other local businesses in the six categories
of business development, eco-innovation,
cultural achievement, education, sports
and sales & marketing. The new awards
are designed to foster a stronger alliance
between the tourism industry and the
county's business community. A seventh
award category is the VCB's long-stand-
ing Junonia Award, created to recognize
those individuals who have positively
impacted the local tourism community by
demonstrating unique capabilities, leader-
ship, commitment, and dedication.
The event, also sponsored by the
Hotel Indigo and the Butterfly Estates,
will celebrate the value of tourism and
the community teamwork involved in
maintaining and enhancing tourism as a
major economic engine for the county. It
is being held to commemorate National
Travel and Tourism Week as part of the
VCB's year-round Team Tourism infor-
mational program to strengthen destina-
A panel of local business community
leaders is judging nominations and will
select one award recipient in each of the
six categories; and, as in past years, the
Junonia will only be awarded at the sole
discretion of the VCB. Businesses and
individuals nominated for the six Chrysalis
Awards are being judged on their inno-
vation in their respective category, how
they have distinguished themselves in the
continued on page 40
26 HERIVER APRIL 30, 2010
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From left: Larry Hart, United Way Board Chair; Joe Catti, 2009-10 United Way Campaign
Chair; Publix District Managers Mike Kot, Ron Tennant and David Barth.
Publix Gives $475,500 To United Way
P ublix Super Markets presented a check for $475,500 to the United Way
of Lee, Hendry, and Glades for the corporate contribution to the 2009-10
United Way Campaign. Publix's employees contribute to the campaign and
the employee gifts plus the corporate gift totaled $1,133,777.
Publix District Managers Mike Kot, Ron Tennant and David Barth presented the
check to United Way Campaign Chair Joe Catti and United Way Board Chair Larry
Hart at a recent United Way board meeting.
"Publix has been a phenomenal United Way partner for many years," said Cliff
Smith, president of United Way. The employees have been very supportive through
their own gifts and the corporation has shown its commitment to our community
through its continual support."
continued on page 32
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A support group specifically
for adults who have a parent
with Alzheimer's disease or a
related disorder will meet at the Dubin
Alzheimer's Resource Center, 10051
McGregor Boulevard, Suite 101, Fort
Myers. Interested caregivers can attend
on Tuesday, May 4, at 6:15 p.m.
Meetings are held each month on the
first Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. The meetings
are sponsored by the Dubin Alzheimer's
The focus of this support group meet-
ing is issues, concerns, and questions
adult children face as they provide care
to a parent with memory loss or strive
to learn more about Alzheimer's disease.
The group is open to all interested indi-
viduals at no charge.
For more information, call 437-
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Cowboys Of The Silver Screen
our legends of the silver screen get
their first-class stamps of approval
tomorrow when the postal service
issues the Cowboys of the Silver Screen
stamps and stamped postal cards. The
stamps honor four extraordinary perform-
ers who helped make American Westerns a
popular form of entertainment: Gene Autry,
William S. Hart, Tom Mix and Roy Rogers. a t
The dedication ceremony took place at
the National Cowboy & Heritage Museum
in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, when the
44-cent first-class stamps and 28-cent
stamped postal cards went on sale nationwide
April 17. The ceremony coincided with the
museum's 2010 Western Heritage Awards TT
Weekend, honoring the legacy of those
whose works in literature, music, television
and film reflect the significant stories of the
Stamp artist Robert Rodriguez of Los
Angeles, California, created the artwork
under the direction of art director Carl Stamps immortalize Gene Autry, William
Herrman of North Las Vegas, NV. S. Hart, Tom Mix and Roy Rogers as the
Relatives of Tom Mix and Roy Rogers Cowboys of the Silver Screen
attended the dedication.
Have a stamp idea? Visit this link to learn the criteria for submitting your ideas in
The postal service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the
sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They
may purchase new stamps at local post offices, at The Postal Store Web site at www.
usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-STAMP-24. They should affix the stamps to enve-
lopes of their choice, address the envelopes to themselves or others, and place them in
a larger envelope addressed to:
Cowboys of the Silver Screen Stamp, c/o Postmaster, 4025 West Reno Avenue,
Oklahoma City, OK 73125-9998.
After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the postal service will return the
envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark. All orders must be
postmarked by June 17.0
The Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer's
Resource Center offers monthly
support group meetings for care-
givers throughout Lee County.
The May schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, May 26, 1:30 p.m.,
Sanibel Congregational United, Church
of Christ, 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel,
Tuesday, May 11, 2 p.m., Senior
Friendship Centers, 3600 Evans Avenue
(Carroll Corners) 437-3007.
Wednesday, May 12, 9:45 a.m.,
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 9065
Ligon Court, 437-3007.
Wednesday, May 26, 9:45 a.m.,
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 9065
Ligon Court, I Need a Break Exploring
Respite Options. Speaker: Elise Eifert,
Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer's Resource
Wednesday, May 19, 10 a.m. Fort
Myers Congregational Church, 8210
College Parkway, 437-3007.
Wednesday, May 19, 2:30 p.m.,
Dunbar United Way House, 3511-B
Drive, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard,
North Fort Myers
Thursday, May 27, 2 p.m., Pine
Lakes Country Club, 10200 Pine Lakes
Boulevard, 3.5 miles north of Shell
Factory on U.S. 41, 437-3007.
Thursday, May 6, 2 p.m., Gulf Coast
Village, 1333 Santa Barbara Boulevard,
Thursday, May 20, 2 p.m., Gulf Coast
Village, 1333 Santa Barbara Boulevard,
I Need a Break Exploring Respite
Options. Speaker: Elise Eifert, Alvin A.
Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center, 437-
Thursday, May 6, 10:30 a.m., Pine
Island United Methodist, 5701 Pine Island
Rd., Bokeelia, 437-3007.
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of challenges over the years, and at times
it may appear beaten down. But if you
follow a consistent strategy, supported
by a mix of quality investments that
reflects your risk tolerance, time horizon
and long-term goals, and if you have the
patience and discipline to ride out down-
turns, you can help yourself reach your
When people use their shovels and
hoes on Arbor Day, they create some-
thing that will literally last a lifetime. And
the same thing can happen when you
declare your own Financial Arbor Day -
so get out your investment "tools" and
get to work.
Jennifer Basey is a financial advisor
in Fort Myers. She can be reached at
OF LEE COUNTY
CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH ATTENTION DEFICIT/HYPERACTIVITY
INVITES YOU TO
A FAMILY FORUM
AN INTERACTIVE FORUM LED BY PSYCHOLOGISTS FOR FAMILIES AND ADULTS WITH
CHRISTINA M. HANSEN, PSY.D.
HEATHER D. HURD, PH.D., NCSP
GABRIEL NEWMAN, PH.D.
Marriage & Family Therapy
SHEBA P. KATZ, PH.D., NCSP
DEBORAH COE SILVER, PSY.D., ABPP, NCSP
Clinical & School Psychology
Participants will be divided into elementary, middle and high school
groups for Demonstration of innovative treatment,
Discussion, Sharing and Brainstorming
PARENTS ARE INVITED TO BRING THEIR ELEMENTARY,
MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
LEE COUNTY TEACHER INSERVICE CREDITS ARE AVAILABLE
One (1) CEU through Genesis Counseling of Fort Myers for mental health
professionals Florida Board of Clinical Social Work,
Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling
Provider BAP #206, exp. 03/31/11
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The School District of Lee County is neither endorsing nor sponsoring this event, product or service nor
endorsing the views of the sponsoring organization.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 7 9 P.M.
Lee Memorial Hospital Med Room 2-3,
2776 Cleveland, Fort Myers, FL
For more information, please contact Lynne Lampila, Chapter President, 466-1167, or
M. Jean Gavin, Publicity Coordinator, 472-9758
CHADD provides information and education about AD/HD t o our members and the
general public. We encourage you to use the information you receive at CHADD
meetings to talk with your local health care provider. CHADD does not provide any
medical or diagnostic services and does not recommend or endorse any products,
services, publications, medications or treatments.
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WGCU TV Special Explores
Florida's Spiritual Communities
Members of the Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp in the 1890s dressed in costumes. Cassadaga
is considered the oldest continuously active spiritualist center in the southern United States.
photo provided by Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp
Since the late 1800s, Florida has been a haven for spiritual pioneers searching for
the "ideal life" in what many consider the ideal communal environment. From
the Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp in Central Florida to Koreshan Unity in Estero
to Kashi Ashram in Sebastian to Collier County's Ave Maria, WGCU's one-hour pro-
gram Florida: Heaven on Earth? explores the ideas behind each of these spiritual
communities and attempts to answer the question: Did followers of these individual
spiritual communities find heaven on earth? The program premieres Thursday, May
13 at 8 p.m. on WGCU TV.
Florida: Heaven on Earth? was produced by award-winning Naples-based writer
and producer, Lynne Howard Frazer and funded through a grant from the Florida
Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
"Our goal with this program," said Frazer, "was to examine the importance of a com-
mon ideology in the formation of successful communities."
In the film, Stetson University Professor of Religious Studies Phillip Charles Lucas,
PhD, who served as a humanities scholar to help guide the project, describes why
Florida is conducive to spiritual communitiesL: "It's a place where people come to
retire. It's a place where people have a vision of a kind of ideal life, so people are
drawn to Florida for that reason."
Spiritualists were drawn to Central Florida in 1894 by "spirit guides" to establish
the Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp. Now considered the oldest continuously active spiri-
tualist center in the southern United States, Cassadaga's core belief is in the continuity
of life and that those who pass into the "spirit world" can communicate with the living.
The camp has survived for more than 100 years and is functioning in the 21st century
with what Lucas calls "new age spirituality that's very eclectic."
Through two world wars, a depression and the current economic down turn,
Cassadaga has adapted to meet the needs of its followers. The same cannot be said of
the once-thriving Koreshan Unity in Estero. In the late 1800s, Cyrus "Koresh" Teed
envisioned a "New Jerusalem, a city of ten million that would usher in a new world
order." The Koreshan lifestyle was based on Teed's belief that we lived inside the earth
and that God was both male and female. He and his followers believed in celibacy,
communism and equal rights for women.
For more than 40 years, the Koreshans lived along the Estero River developing
their community to include a machine shop, boat-building operation and bakery. As
Teed worked to incorporate his Koreshan community, he found himself embroiled in
the politics of Lee County from disagreements over taxes to accusations of block vot-
ing. Tensions grew and as a result of a political fist fight, Teed was injured and eventu-
ally died. The community survived Teed's death and remained a vibrant but stagnant
- commune for another 30 years. In the documentary, Lynn Rainard, PhD professor
of history at Tidewater Community College, says there are lessons to be learned from
the Koreshans. "Other communities can learn from them. Both the mistakes they
made... and the things they did right."
While the Koreshans believed that we live inside the earth, a group in Sebastian,
Florida, known as Kashi Ashram, believes that the only religion is a religion of kind-
ness. Founded in the mid-1970s by a Jewish homemaker from Brooklyn, New York,
who received a visit from Jesus Christ who told her to "Teach all ways, for all ways are
mine," this 80-acre community is home to more than 70 believers.
Kashi's focus on service recently inspired a partnership with the state of Florida to
create an independent living center for low-income seniors known as By the River. In
WGCU's documentary, Lucas says, "I think what By the River is doing is very impor-
In 1921, the Koreshans had an exhibit at the Lee County Fair. In this photo, two Koreshan
members pose with a sign for the Koreshan Premise. Koreshans believed that the earth
was hollow and that we lived inside the earth.
photo provided by Koreshan State Historic Site
tant because I think baby boomers want something they believe in, something that
makes a difference in the world."
Known for their work with the elderly, homeless and hungry, and as a meditation
and yoga center, Kashi's future will be dependent on how closely the community ties
itself to its founder, the former Joyce Green who goes by the name Ma Jaya Sati
Bhagavati, and more importantly, if the community is strong enough to sustain itself
after she's gone.
The inspiration of one person's vision was the impetus behind south Florida's
newest spiritual community: the town of Ave Maria in Collier County. In 2002, Tom
Monaghan, founder of Domino's Pizza, was searching for a new home for a Catholic
college when the Barron Collier Development Company offered to give him 750 acres
and in return, the company would build a residential and commercial development
around the new university. "I think its God's will to do this," said Monaghan.
As the university began to build and the town around it took shape, Monaghan's
vision was questioned. Florida: Heaven on Earth? explores those who questioned
Monaghan's idea of a "Catholic community" and those who envision living in a com-
munity based on conservative Catholic teachings. Glenn Whitehouse, professor of
religion and philosophy at Florida Gulf Coast University, describes the Ave Maria com-
munity as "a community for like-minded people of a certain Catholic bent."
What happens when the desires of those like-minded people to live in a spiritual
community come up against the laws of the land, including fair housing and civil rights,
is explored in Florida: Heaven on Earth?
Since the 1800s, people have come to Florida to find their "Utopia." For some,
that utopia is based on their spiritual beliefs. Florida: Heaven on Earth? explores the
development of four spiritual communities, providing a look into what draws people to
them and their impact on the state of Florida.
The program is part of the statewide project examining community in Florida and
is funded by the Florida Humanities Council. WGCU-TV will air all of the Florida pub-
lic television community programs on Sunday, May 16 beginning at 3:30 p.m. with
Imagining a New Florida; 4:30 p.m. Jacksonville Beach: Against the Tide; 5 p.m.
St. Petersburg: New Place in the Sun; 5:30 p.m. Venice, Florida: Moving Forward
by Looking Back; and at 6 p.m. Florida: Heaven on Earth?.
30 THERIVER APRIL 30, 2010
New Consumer Web Site
For Local Beaches
T he Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB)
launched a next-generation consumer Web site at
www.FortMyers-Sanibel.com on April 13 that opti-
mizes the visitor's experience by bringing the destination
to life online.
The new site aligns what prospective visitors find impor-
tant in their online information needs related to destination
decision-making, as well as trip planning and booking once
the destination has been solidified. By evolving its current .
site, the VCB hopes to better offer prospective visitors
access to content that is focused on what they care about Part of the new VCB W
and look for in a leisure destination Web site. The orga-
nization markets the destination internationally to leisure
and meetings travelers as The Beaches of Fort Myers &
"We've created this new leading-edge site to immerse B
visitors in our brand in a visually-charged environment
that engages them in the way they use the Internet
today," said Tamara Pigott, VCB executive director.
"We've embraced the future with new technology; and Go to: wwr
we've incorporated social media features to maximize the
site's relevance, including consumer ratings of our content
and multiple avenues for sharing that content with friends
The VCB created the site in partnership with its inte-
grated marketing agency bvk, which enlisted help from digital market-
ing partner Miles Media; and, as part of the site development, the
VCB conducted two rounds of usability testing with consumers to
guide the content, design and execution of the new site.
Since the destination's Web site oftentimes is the first encoun-
ter potential visitors have with the brand, the VCB incorporated
enhanced features, content and navigation to immerse potential
vacationers in the destination's unspoiled island sanctuary. Heavy use
of vivid, compelling photography immediately communicates to users
the breadth of the destination's offerings. Key features of the new
site are: interactive user interfaces, content ratings, social sharing,
multiple paths to access content, full-screen videos, immersive maps,
large backgrounds, and booking and planning tools.
Pigott said the VCB was mindful of current Internet trends when
developing the new site, including the facts that 80 percent of U.S.
adults are online, most with high-speed access; and 78 percent of
consumers consult the Web for travel information. She said social
media has shifted travel behavior, with people sharing their thoughts
and experiences on line by writing reviews, tagging photos, and
"It was important to bring our destination to life through these and
other interactive functions to capture and sustain consumer interest in
visiting us," said Pigott.
Visitors who access the new site will view a 12-second introducto-
ry video that opens onto the home page, featuring two main ways to
access information. The experiential/left navigation returns featured
experiences and destination highlights through articles and videos;
while the "Plan Your Trip"/right navigation returns comprehensive,
detailed drill-down information on specific properties, activities or din-
ing options. There also are links along the bottom of the home page
that offer quicker access to the same information for visitors who All
already are familiar with the destination and know the specific details
they need for vacation planning. S pC
Those who access articles on the experiential/left navigation can
post comments about them, rate them using a five-shell rating sys-
tem, and share them with others via a variety of avenues, including V
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flicker. Visitors also can sort the
content by most recent, most favorite and most commented articles.
The usability testing reported that users found the site to be com-
prehensive and robust, with tons of information. They also left with VE
a good impression of the destination, with descriptions that captured v a
many of the desired and intended brand imagery characteristics
that included: beachy, very Florida, fun, clean, natural, uncrowded,
upscale, and a place with lots to do. Furthermore, the site enticed Vie
people, making them want to learn more and visit the area.
"We're very encouraged by the positive reviews our usability test-
ing garnered for our new Web site, and we've made quite a few
changes to the design and content to further enhance the visitor
experience based on our testing results," said Pigott. "We're definitely
going to a whole new level online."#
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United Way partner agencies including the Alvin A Dubin Alzheimer's Resource
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All adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, age-appro-
priate vaccinations, rabies vaccination and county license
if three months or older, flea treatment, worming, heart-
worm test for dogs six months and over, feline AIDS and
leukemia test for cats, training DVD, 10-day health guar-
antee, and a bag of Science Diet pet food. The adoption
package is valued at $500.#
LAWN AND GARDEN MAINTENANCE
ISLAND HOME SERVICE
licensed Lawn and Garden Maintenance
reliable weekly service
Island owned and operated
Call Edwin for free estimates and references
Tel. (239) 472 5247
www. Islandhomeservice.com Sanibel Veget. Comp. # 9-10435
904 Lindgren Blvd.
Sanibel Island, FL 33957
Ph: 239-395-0978 / 317-509-6014
New Spring Products!
MAGGIE BUTCHER Career information available
Gift ideas available
IMPACT WINDOWS & DOORS/GLASS
"SWFL Window and Door Specialist"
Licensed & Insured
Windows Plus SCC131150832
PGT Windows & Doors Phone: 239-267-5858
10831 Sunset Plaza Circle, Unit 107 Fax: 239-267-7855
Fort Myers, FL 33908 Fax: 239-267-7855
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 239-872-0709
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INTERIOR & EXTERIOR
DECORATIVE FAUX PAINTING
"Since 1986 Ron is still on the job
satisfying his Sanibel and Captiva customers."
Visit our gallery of pictures at
Complimentary Estimates Insured
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We are currently seeking applicants
for several volunteer positions,
If you are interested, please contact
Marguerite Jordan at 472-3644 Ext. 3
or visit our website www.crowclinic.org
A time-sensitive training is involved in all of our patent-care. We do
ask our volunteers to make a service commitment of 3 consecutive
months per year wth a minimum of 3-5 hours per week
SR 9/5 N TFN
SANIBEL BEAD SHOP
PT temp salesperson,
Monday 11-5 pm May 3-August 30.
Retail sales & beading experience necessary.
Apply in person at
1101 Periwinkle Way M-F 11- 4 pm
SR 4/23 BTFN
Part-time position available
for experienced line cook.
Please call 472-8686 and ask for Vince.
SR 4/23 BTFN
The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is
seeking Talented Volunteers:
Excel Data Entry and Analysis
Scan & Photoshop Articles
If interested, call Diane Thomas
SR 4/30 B 4/30
BP STATION ON SANIBEL
Full-time manager. Must have
mechanical and computer knowledge
and enjoy dealing with the public.
Sales experience a plus. Salary $35,000.
Fax resume to 239-472-1878.
SR 4/30 B TFN
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 email@example.com
SR 1/11 V TFN
(Carpentry, maintenance-toilets, faucets, ceiling fans, sliding doors, etc)
768-0569 or Cell 464-6460
RS 11/14 M TFN
B & B CONDO PROS
Property Management & Care.
Home Watch Pool Service
SR 9/11 BTFN
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
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
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 3/12 V 4/30
HELLE'S CLEANING SERVICES
Residential Cleaning to Satisfaction
Sanibel & Captiva *239-565-0471
Sanibel Lic. #11412 Lee Co. Lic. #051047
SR 11/13 BTFN
Interior Windows Carpet Cleaning
SR 11/13 N TFN
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
BOA I CANOES KAYAKS
Hourly, Daily, Weekly
Captiva Island 472-5800
SR 1/30 BTFN
-FIJRNITIJRF FOR SAI F-
JVC I'Art 32" TV
Silver case, good looking, good working
order, w/remote and manual. $75
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
SCHWNN AIRDYNE UPRIGHT EXERCISE Bike.
Heart Rate Monitor, Time, Distance, Calories. $200.
SR 1/8 N TFN
CAR COLL-EC I ORS
2 CLASSIC CAR PRINTS
Matted and Framed
Like New $50 each
SR 4/30 M 4/30
Read the River
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While you are away by
retired architect, Sanibel resident.
SR 9/30 DTFN
Antique Chest/Coffee Table $75.
21" TV/VCR Stand, Perfect $35.
Two 4'x6' Wool Tufted Rugs,
Black on White, Pier 1, cost $200,
Like New $50 each.
Two Classic Car Pictures, 53"x41",
Beautifully Matted and Framed
Like New, $50 each.
Much more wall art,
Queen Anne style tea table, etc.
SR 4/30 M 4/30
Retired Police Captain
Lives on Sanibel
Will Check Your Home Weekly
Very Reasonable Rates
SR 4/9 B TFN
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135 0 PALMFLOWER LANE
NOVELLI INTERNATIONAL REAL ESTATE
RS 11/27 N TFN
Pfeifer Realty Group
Sanibel Island, FL
SR 2/12 BTFN
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 $1,000,000
3BR/3BA remodeled duplex in Dunes
with sweeping golf course views and
granite, marble, tile, pavers, 3rd floor
office, 1763 so.ft. $499,000
1663 Bunting Lane
Beautiful Corner Lot!
3BR/2BA, Lake View
5 Mobile: 910-3099
a a si'-www.BrianSanibel.com
SR 8/6 N TFN
CONDO FOR SALE
Two bed/two bath unfurnished ground
floor condo, close to Sanibel and
Fort Myers Beach, $95,000.
Charming, old Florida-esque unit in
Periwinkle Park. Cosy, unique home with
covered porches & sweet gardens.
Flexible terms. 472-4246.
SR 3/12 N TFN
Let us share
over 30 years
of Island Living
Homes Condos Land
Time Shares as low as $6,000
The Sanibel Cottages
Casa Ybel Resort
Tortuga Beach Club
Work with a
AICP Land Planner/Realtor/Owner
It's our job to know the
property you are about
to buy or sell better
SR 12/11 BTFN
Send email to:
Tarpon Beach 204
Great View! Great Income!
!! Panoramic Gulf View!!
Great Updates & Income
FANTASTIC PRICE $519,000
Thinking of Selling?
We'll sell your property
within an agreed upon
time or we'll pay you up
to $5,000 at closing:
ASK US ABOUT OUR
Robyn & Robb
of the Islands
SR 4/16 B TFN
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4A573 CASIED CASIED 4A573
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 B TFN
800 Sq. ft. Doc Ford's Center. New large white
tiles on floor. New bathroom. Raised ceiling
and new windows. Motivated owner some
FREE RENT. Call Nancy :.. l..-.
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 SPACE FOR LEASE
Retail, Office, Take Out, Etc.
Attractive Rates Offered!
"Islander Center" on Sanibel
Prime Periwinkle Frontage
High Traffic Tenants
Flexible Space Available
SR 4/30 B TFN
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 B TFN
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.
SR4/13 V TFN
ANNUAL OR SEASONAL RENTAL
Sanibel 2BR/2BA- Furnished, Central A/C,
Wet Bar, Vaulted Ceilings, Direct TV, Internet,
Pool, Screened Lanai, Garage. Call 954-605-
3325 or 800-618-3325 for details.
SR 7/17 M TFN
LOVELY SANIBEL CANAL HOME
Watershadows, direct access, no bridges,
new dock, 3-bd/2-bath, walk to Bay.
Immaculate. Available annually for
$2,195/month. Call for seasonal rate.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-986-0005.
RS 2/5 V 4/30
Pleasant one-bedroom furnished apartment
on Sanibel, near Gulf beach and causeway.
Florida room and deck, ground-level,
natural setting, carport. w/d.
Available April-December. $700/monthly.
All utilities furnished. Call owner:
Cell 859-749-7574 or 859-289-5401.
SR 4/16 M 4/30
BEAUTIFUL 2 BD/2BA
Available June 1, close to Sanibel and Fort
Myers Beach, utilities included, pool, work-
out room, tennis, $550/month.
SR 4/30 V 4/30
IFAflnNAI SPFCIAI I
Meticulously remodeled 3BR/3BA Duplex
in the Dunes with panoramic golf course
views, granite, marble, tile, pavers, large
kitchen, and loft/office available as season-
al rental for one month or series of months.
Call Jean Johnson 703-548-0545.
SR 3/7V TFN
Want to Improve Your Rental Income?
We provide enhanced marketing
services that compliment your property
manager promoting your Sanibel
condo or home on 15 leading websites,
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We guarantee success.
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RS 2/19 A 4/30
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Million $ Views Await You!
Cottages Condos Homes *
Miles of Beaches & Bike Paths
S 10/9 BTFN
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
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
Bay to Sea is FREE!
Captiva & SanibelVacation Rentals
Rent directly from more than
300 property owners!
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SR 2/12 BTFN
For a complete list visit our Website
Call Dustyn Corace, RE/MAX of the Islands
RS 10/9 BTFN
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
SANIBEL EAST END HOME
Heated pool, Gulf access
Grd. level 2BR/2BA
SR 3/12 A TFN
SANIBEL ANNUAL RENTAL
Single family home in wonderful, quiet,
natural development west end of Sanibel.
Large landscaped lot one home away
from beach with private beach path. 3-4
bedrooms (most with private porches), 3
baths, large open living area, kitchen open
to large dining area, screened porch off
living/dining areas. Laundry room on main
floor features second fridge. House has
elevator & two-car garage. Community has
several pools, tennis courts & lovely natural
lagoons. $5,300/mo. + util. Annual rental only
RS 4/9 M 4/30
CUSTOM HOME, PRIVATE, riverview, guestloftwith
sun porch, pool, tennis, beach. No smoking or pets.
Available monthly beginning April. 405-210-2341 or
ARA(1/YARID SALE-S -
GARAGE SALE ONE DAY ONLY
Sat., May 8 from 8:30am to 1:30pm
Multi-family. Much misc. Our things are
your treasures! NO EARLY BIRDS!
2100 Sunset Circle, Sanibel
(off Meridian & Periwinkle)
RS 4/30 A 5/7
Saturday only May 1,
8 a.m. to 12 noon.
Garage Sale Lots of great stuff.
1294 Sand Castle Road, Sanibel.
SR 4/30 P 4/30
FOR ONLY $12 PER WEEK -YOUR CLASSIFIED CAN BE SEEN
FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD!
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East End. 1/2 Duplex.
Walk to beach near Causeway.
2-1 completely remodeled.
Deck, new kitchen, bath and tile.
RS 3/12V TFN
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Anew series of non-credit legal studies
courses including Paralegal and Advanced
Paralegal, LegalNurse Consultant and
Legal Secretary certificate programs will
begin this summer through Florida Gulf Coast
University's Office of Continuing Education.
The Paralegal Certificate Course consists of 84
hours of instruction offered in both live and online
formats. For the Advanced Paralegal Certificate
course, students will complete six advanced para-
legal course topics for certification, including con-
stitutional, criminal, family, bankruptcy and immi-
gration law. The LegalNurse Consultant Training
Course prepares medical professionals for a career
in the legal field as a legal nurse consultant.
As of March 15, FGCU and The Center for
Legal Studies finalized a new partnership that
will make their programs available to students in
Florida. The new courses include paralegal train-
ing, test preparation and many other courses in
the legal studies field. Students can choose to take
courses online, independent study or in a live lec-
"We are extremely pleased to bring affordable
non-credit legal studies training to Florida in part-
nership with FGCU, and look forward to doing our
part to assist anyone who wishes to gain entry into
the legal field in the most cost and time effective
manner possible," said Gary Knippa, president of
The Center for Legal Studies.
The Paralegal Certificate Course can be
completed in as short as six weeks for $1,089.
Students interested in gaining more information
about non-credit paralegal training and other pro-
grams offered by FGCU and The Center for Legal
Studies can visit www.legalstudies.com or call
1-800-522-7737 for immediate assistance.
For more information contact John Guerra,
director for Continuing Education and The
Renaissance Academy at 434-4838 or jguerra@
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Lee County Sheriff's Office .............. ........ 477-1200
Florida Marine Patrol ................ .........332-6966
Florida Highway Patrol.................................. 278-7100
Poison Control................................... 1-800-282-3171
HealthPark Medical Center.................1-800-936-5321
Ft. Myers Chamber of Commerce...............332-3624
Foundation for Quality Childcare.................425-2685
Ft. Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce...........454-7500
Fort Myers Beach Library.............................463-9691
Lakes Regional Library.................. .................533-4000
Lee County Chamber of Commerce............931-0931
Post 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
BIG 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 Symphony...................................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
Animal Refuge Center..................................731-3535
American Business Women Association............463-1221
Audubon of SWFL......................................339-8046
Audubon Society........................ .................472-3156
Caloosahatchee Folk Society......................677-9509
duPont Company Retirees ..........................454-1083
Edison Porcelain Artists.............................415-2484
The Horticulture and Tea Society.................472-8334
Lee County Genealogical Society................549-9625
Lee Trust for Historic Preservation ................939-7278
NA RFE(Nationa Active& Retired Federal Employees)....................... 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 M years South....................... ................ 691-1405
Gateway to the Islands..............................415-3100
lona-M cG regor........................... ................ 482-0869
Fort M years 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
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Southwest Florida Museum of History... ......321-7430
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at Shell Point
The public is invited and many
of these events are FREE!
I J, Shell Point Tour & Presentation
May 4, 11,18, 26 at 1:30 p.m. May 5, 12, 19, 25 at 9:15 a.m.
.POINT Join us for one of these group presentations about the Lifestyle and Lifecare available
H at Shell Point followed by a narrated bus tour of the community. Light refreshments.
Space is limited, so call 466-1131 to reserve your place.
Mother's Day at the Palm Grill a
May 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Woodlands at Shell Point
As a special treat for Mom, plan on having Mother's Day at the Palm Grill. The
Palm Grill will be serving a special menu featuring Shrimp Cocktail or the popu-
lar Palm Grill Lobster Bisque. For entrees, choose from: twin Tournedos of Beef Tenderloin, Florida Snapper,
Chilean Sea Bass and Gulf Shrimp Scampi, or Woodsong Chicken. The Palm Grill will also feature
homemade desserts. Reservations are not accepted. Call 454-2059 for information.
Korean Children's Choir in Concert
Sunday, May 16 at 6:15 p.m. The Island at Shell Point
Colorful costumes and traditional dances will add to the excitement and pageantry
as the Korean Children's Choir presents their inspirational concert. With members
ranging in ages from seven to thirteen, the Children's Choir was organized as a
ministry of the Far East Broadcasting Company in Korea. Cheerful adaptations,
warm smiles and thorough professionalism characterize the performances. Tickets $10, call 454-2147.
Signature Style Event Outdoor Spaces
TTuesday, May 25 at 1:30 p.m.
O The Woodlands at Shell Point
Take advantage of your outdoor living space by extend-
ing your interior design to the outdoors. Join Robb &
Stucky licensed Interior Designer Domnick Minella
and Patio General Manager Kim Southerland as they Photos courtesy of Robb & Stucky
share the latest trends in beautiful fabric and furnishings that can be used in the home or
outdoors. This event is free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Call 454-2054.
Tuesday, May 25 at 5 p.m. am
King's Crown Assisted Living on The Island at Shell Point
Kick off summer with a relaxing cook out as you enjoy a presentation about Shell Point's
Assisted Living options presented by Rita Southern, Director of Assisted Living. The presentati,"-
will be followed by a tour of the award-winning facility. It's a relaxing way to start your summer the .hJl 1 umn
way! The event is FREE, but seating is limited. To reserve your seat, call McKenzie Boren at 454-2077.
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community, the results of their efforts to
promote the destination, their contribu-
tions to business and tourism partnerships
for the overall benefit of the county, and
their work to foster growth and sustain-
ability. Honorees will be recognized
for their commitment to excellence in
improving community growth, creating
job opportunities for the citizens of Lee
County, and encouraging more vacation-
ers to the destination.
"To have 60 nominations from a
broad cross-section of our community
in the first year of this awards program
is very encouraging. Selecting just six
honorees will be a tough challenge, since
we have very high quality entrants," said
Tamara Pigott, VCB executive director.
"The level of participation fosters our
goal of helping the business community
gain greater awareness of the tourism
industry's role in our economic livelihood,
while helping tourism partners better
understand the needs and role of the
larger business community."
Pigott said the awards committee
chose the name Chrysalis for the new
program because it signifies the final
stage before a butterfly emerges from
its cocoon, the metamorphosis in which
its growth and differentiation occur.
Committee members see it as an appro-
priate symbol of the desire to build and
foster a stronger strategic partnership
between tourism and the larger business
While the VCB has always pooled its
resources with those of local chambers
for the common good of the destination,
this is the first such alliance between the
VCB and a local chamber. In addition, all
local chambers are involved with the new
The Celebration of Business &
Tourism Awards Luncheon and
Trade Show where the awards will be
announced will feature a trade show from
10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the awards
luncheon will take place from 11:45 a.m.
to 1:30 p.m. Cost to attend the event
are $25 for a single admission and $250
for a reserved table for eight attendees.
Those who wish to exhibit in the trade
show will pay $120 for a booth, which
includes two admission tickets. The event
is projected to attract about 300 attend-
Those who wish to register to
attend the luncheon and trade show or
exhibit there can do so through a link
to the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of
Commerce Web site at www.fortmyers.
org. For questions or further event details,
contact either Christine Davlin at the
VCB at email@example.com or at 338-
3500, Glee Ann Agius at the Greater
Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce at
GleeAnn@fortmyers.org or at 332-2930,
ext. 211, or Colleen DePasquale, event
chairperson, at Colleen.DePasquale@hil-
ton.com or at 790-3500.0
Shell Point is located in Fort Myers. 2 rniles before the Sanibel Causeway.
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