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VOL. 9, No. 26 From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort Myers JULY 2, 2010
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extravaganza featuring fireworks and^ VA .40
other activities in the city's downtown '
The venue is Cape Coral Parkway
at the foot of the Cape Coral Bridge .
on Sunday, July 4 from 4 to 10 p.m.
Admission is free.
Fort Myers Beach festivities kick off .:
Sunday, July 4 with a 10 a.m. parade up
Estero Boulevard. At 15 minutes after
sunset, the fireworks show shoots off
from the Fort Myers Beach Fishing Pier.
Restaurants, lounges and other busines-
sess will have music and activity in the
Times Square area and the length of the
Sanibel will have a Freedom Rocks-
theme parade along Periwinkle Way at
9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 3 followed
by the annual Optimist Club Road Rally
at noon starting at Timbers Restaurant, -
703 Tarpon Bay Road.
The Miracle Independence Day... .
Fireworks Extravaganza will begin
Saturday, July 3 following the Miracle vs.
St. Lucie Mets game. Tickets are avail-
able by calling 768-4210.
continued on page 8 Bald eagles, pelicans and roseate spoonbills are artfully used for this version of the U.S. flag by John Swank, titled Flying The Flag
Projects Earn Award Of The Year
The City of Fort Myers Downtown Utility Replacement and Streetscape
Improvements Project has received the Project of the Year Award in the
Historical Restoration/Preservation category from the Florida Chapter Awards
Committee of the American Public Works Association (APWA).
The Fort Myers division of Naples-based Kraft Construction, which served as the
city's construction manager for the 52-block renovation and streetscape project,
replaced all streets, sidewalks and utilities while keeping businesses open and pedes-
trians moving.The four-year continuous project, believed to be the largest of its kind
completed at one time, was one of 80 throughout the state of Florida submitted for
The APWA Project of the Year Award recognizes the managing agency, engineer,
contractor and other team consultants who work together to complete public works
projects. The awards are judged on several criteria including the use of good construc-
tion management techniques and timely completion; safety programs and perfor-
mance; community relations; demonstrated awareness for the need to protect the envi-
ronment during construction; and unusual accomplishments under adverse conditions.
The Fort Myers project faced significant challenges, including meeting Americans
with Disabilities Act requirements in a historic district with narrower streets, wider side-
walks and lower street profiles. Another unique aspect of the project: More than a half-
million bricks covered for decades under asphalt on existing streets were recovered
and recycled, adding to the historic feel and preservation of the downtown area. Kraft
was also able to obtain approval for smaller traffic signals that enhanced the restoration.
continued on page 30
Downtown Fort Myers
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Historic Downtown Fort Myers, Then And Now:
Another Day At The Royal Palm Hotel
by Gerri Reaves
T his historic photo of the Royal Palm Hotel dining room
| provides a glimpse into the Gilded Age elegance once
Available on First Street.
The state-of-the-art 50-room hotel was located at the foot of
today's Royal Palm Avenue. Initially called the Fort Myers Hotel,
4 it was completed in January 1898, bringing a style and grandeur
yet unseen in the little river town.
The year before, Hugh O'Neill, a successful New York mer-
chant, had bought the property on which the Hendry House
stood. He razed the former home of Capt. FA Hendry and built
a hotel to rival others in the region, such as Henry Flagler's
Royal Palm Hotel in Miami and Henry B. Plant's Tampa Bay Hotel.
The hotel's opening received newspaper publicity in New York, Philadelphia,
Boston, and Washington. It was most significant social event Fort Myers had ever
Fort Myers' high-end tourism, the snowbird phenomenon, began. At that time, the
season lasted only a couple of months or so.
Not only the climate but the tarpon fishing lured northerners and Mid-westerners to
O'Neill's hotel was the first building in Fort Myers to be wired for electricity, only
one factor that deemed it ultra-modern.
The elegant dining room of the Royal Palm Hotel, which opened in 1898. Builder Hugh
O'Neill was the first person to plant royal palms in what became known as The City of
Palms. courtesy of Southwest Florida Historical Society
The former site of the Royal Palm Hotel at the foot of Royal Palm Avenue and First Street
Also noted is
131 in the
photos by Gerri Reaves
The riverfront hotel had its own recre-
ation pier where seasonal visitors could dock
their yachts in the pre-railroad era. Over the
years, other amenities such as a swimming
pool and tennis court were added. The hotel
was known for its beautiful garden.
The hotel ledger for March 21, 1913
conspicuously records Miss Edith Shattuck's
tarpon catch on March 19. The visitor from
Boston caught the 137-pound silver king
aboard the yacht Merry Mac.
Two things catch one's attention today
when reading and viewing photos about that
era of tarpon fishing: the size of the tarpon
and the alarming number that were pulled
from the water and lined up for photo
Like many grand wood frame hotels, the
Royal Palm declined. In its last few years it
rallied as a favorite spot for military person-
nel stationed in the area during World War
Under new ownership in 1947, the hotel
was advertised on a billboard as "A Yankee
Inn Under the Palms."
The end came soon, however, and the
1948 demolition of the landmark Royal
Palm Hotel signaled the end of an era and
the beginning of a post-World War II idea of
After buying the property, TH "Tom"
Phillips, in preparation for the demolition,
sold everything he could: tubs, chairs,
continued on page 4
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Fourth Of July Display At Local Gallery
Iwo Jima by John Swank
Eagle Eyes by John Swank
Photographs by John Swank can be seen at Harbour View Gallery in Cape
Coral, an artists-owned cooperative comprised of award winning local artists.
Swank's Flying the Flag, American Icon and Cape Coral's Iwo Jima Memorial
will be available as posters as well as fine art prints and note cards.
His work includes fine art, nature and stereo (3D) images available as archival qual-
ity prints, art tiles and note cards.
He has been honored by the Art League of Fort Myers, the Art Council of
Southwest Florida and the Potomac Society of Stereo Photographers. His photo-
Veterans" Annual Freedom Photo
Harley-Davidson/Buell of Fort Myers is inviting all past and present military
personnel to stop by on Saturday, July 3 at 10 a.m. to partake in their
Freedom Photo, in honor of the sacrifices made by local veterans to safe-
guard the freedoms that Independence Day represents.
The group photo will be taken at approximately 11 a.m. and participants are asked
to arrive by 10 a.m. They are encouraged to wear their uniform, colors and patches.
All guests will receive a copy of the photograph. Barbecue from Texas Tony's and
refreshments will be provided along with live music following the photo. No RSVP is
For more information, call the dealership at 275-4647 or visit www.hdfortmyers.
Harley-Davidson/Buell of Fort Myers is located at 2160 Colonial Boulevard.
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graphs were featured in a one-person show at the Morgan House Restaurant in down-
town Fort Myers late last year.
"I enjoy exploring and capturing the extraordinary aspects of everyday events and
places, as well as finding unique locations and points of view," Swank said. "The world
I see and strive to share is uplifting, inspiring and fun."
He shoots and prints his photographs digitally, limiting changes to traditional
darkroom adjustments. He has lived in South Fort Myers for five years, moving from
the Washington D.C. area, where he worked for members of Congress, the Maritime
Administration and Federal Aviation Administration.
Swank can be reached via his Web site at http://johnswankphotos.com or by
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The Cape Coral Stamp Club holds
monthly meetings with a program
and philatelic auction. Meetings
take placeon the fourth Tuesday of the
month in the Community Room at
Epiphany Episcopal Church, 2507 S. Del
Prado Boulevard, near corner of Everest
Parkway. Doors open about 6 p.m. and
the meeting starts at 7 p.m.
Dues are $6 a year.
Visitors are welcome.
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Royal Palm Hotel
dressers, staircases, dishes, bricks, wood-
en coat hangers, keys, dishes, kitchen
equipment, railings, and even the iconic
fence and gates that appear in so many
Thus, pieces of the Royal Palm Hotel
remain scattered in the closets and on
the shelves of locals, many of whom
remember the turreted hotel on the river
Walk down to the foot of Royal Palm
Avenue on First Street and to the site
with a long history of hospitality. Ponder
the fate of the land where Capt. FA
Hendry settled, the Hendry House greet-
ed visitors in the late 19th century, and
Fort Myers' grandest hotel once stood.
Then walk a few steps to the
Southwest Florida Museum of History
at 2031 Jackson Street, where you can
learn more about Fort Myers symbol of
the Gilded Age, the Royal Palm Hotel.
Be sure to see the Tutankhamun:
Wonderful Things from the Pharaoh's
Tomb exhibit, extended to August 15.
For information, call 321-7430 or
go to swflmuseumofhistory.com. The
museum's hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5
p.m. on Sunday.
If you'd like to see the Royal Palm
memorabilia shown in these photos,
stop by the Southwest Florida Historical
Society, another valuable historical
resource. The society is located at 10091
McGregor Boulevard. Call 939-4044 or
drop by on Wednesday or Saturday, 9
a.m. to noon.
Sources: The Story of Fort Myers by
Karl H. Grismer and the archives of the
Southwest Florida Historical Society.0
he next meeting of the Fort Myers
Camera Club will be Tuesday, July
6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Lakes
Regional Library off Gladiolus in Fort
The topic will be Macro Photography.
Come and learn about the world of
macro photography, or close-up photog-
raphy. The classical definition is that the
image projected on the "film plane" (i.e.,
film or a digital sensor) is close to the
same size as the subject. Macro can be
shot with a DSLR or a point and shoot
camera. Members will demonstrate tech-
niques. Guests are welcome.O
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Edison & Ford Estates
Summer Camp Movie Making Magic
J uly at the Edison & Ford Winter
Estates is highlighted with the return
of Henry Ford's Birthday Celebration,
a summer with a Sneak Peek Tour and
Estates Inventor's Summer Camp as well
as a variety of other special programs
throughout the month of July. The sched-
The Edison & Ford Winter Estates will
be open July 4 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Estates Inventor's Summer Camp,
For budding rocket scientists, film mak- -
ers, animators and science detectives, reg-
istration is still open for Estates Inventors'
Summer Camp. Weeklong camps continue
through August 20. Camp hours are 9
a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. Camps
are open for grades 1-6 and sessions
are separated by grade levels. Cost for
members is $200, non-members $230.
Scholarships are available. Kitchen Chemistry
Spaceships & Rockets, July 5-9 and
August 9-13. The final Frontier. Campers will explore the outer reaches of the uni-
verse with our resident spaceman. They will visit planets, collect samples and float on
a Lunar Lander.
ESI Edison Science Investigation, July 12-16
Thomas Edison, known for his ability to turn normal objects in amazing inventions,
made bamboo glow and tinfoil talk. Now it's your turn! Each day, campers will be pre-
sented with a different mystery and they will only be given normal everyday items to
solve them. This camp will exercise mind and body as the clock ticks away to solve the
Movie Making Magic, July 19-23. Act, direct, operate the camera and build sets.
Campers will be fully immersed in the art of filmmaking. Participants will study Foley
art (sound effects), movie magic (special effects), and script writing. They will learn the
basic techniques the pros use to get their ideas on the big screen. Each camper will
receive a DVD of their film.
Kitchen Chemistry, July 26-30 This mind-boggling camp is a combination of
the best experiments the Wild Wizards have to offer. Campers will learn how to take
everyday things found in the kitchen and make them do amazing things. Top it all off
with a solar cookout with hand made ice cream and root beer float party.
Eager Engineers, August 16-20. "To be a good inventor you need a good imagi-
nation and a pile of junk," said Thomas Edison. The estate will supply the junk to
jump-start the imagination. Campers will use recycled materials and develop green
inventions such as robots that will perform a number of different tasks, conduct sci-
ence experiments, participate in balloon car races, and build bridges, and more!
New volunteer orientation, July 13, 10 a.m. Learn about volunteer opportunities,
estates policies and general museum information. This is a mandatory training for all
volunteers. New and potential volunteers are welcome.
Docent training, July 22, 9 a.m. New volunteers who are interested in becoming
Edison & Ford porch, lab and museum docents, or leading group tours of the grounds
must attend this meeting.
Clara and Henry Ford at their winter estate in Fort Myers. Ford's birthday is July 30.
Quilting and Stitchery dea.m. to 1 p.m. Quilter's from the Southwest Florida
Quilter's Guild and members of the Southwest Embroidery Guild will be demonstrat-
ing quilting and stitching techniques on the Edison porch. Members of the guild will be
available to answer questions on techniques and care.
In the early 1900s Henry Ford collected, celebrated and displayed quilts and other
historical objects. The Southwest Florida Quilter's Guild presented the estates with a
replica Ford Collection Quilt that is on exhibit in the estates museum. The demonstra-
tion is free with purchase of Home and Garden Tour ticket.
Sneak Peek Tour, July 29, 9:30 a.m. A behind-the-scenes tour inside the Edison
and Ford homes. These unique tours are offered at no cost to Estates members and
$40 for non-members. Space is limited and registration is required.
Happy Birthday Henry Ford, July 30, 10 a.m. The estates will be celebrating
the 147th birthday of Henry Ford and the recently completed restoration of The
Mangoes, the winter estate of the Ford family. The celebration includes cake and a
behind-the-scenes tour of the Ford Estate. Members free; non-members, adults $20,
children $11; includes a tour of the homes, gardens, lab and museum.0
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Cattle Barons" Ball
Executive Committee Named
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Executive Committee members Mike Doto, Morgan Grimes, Melanie Geenen, Stefanie
Ink, Mary O'Toole, Cyndie Grimes, Beth Hayes (ACS Staff Partner), Erin Nelson, Teri
Hansen, Glo Cuiffi, Shawn Seliger
The American Cancer Society of Lee County has named the executive com-
mittee for the eighth annual Cattle Barons' Ball, an annual fundraiser that
will take place January 22 at the Robb & Stucky Corporate Headquarters on
Plantation Road in Fort Myers.
Cyndie Grimes, an advanced registered nurse practitioner with Schneider Centre
for Plastic Surgery, is the event chair. Mary O'Toole, a realtor with Fort Myers-based
Right Choice Realty, is the vice chair.
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Melanie Geenen and Erin Nelson; Logistics Co-chairs Mike Doto and Matt Gierden;
Revenue Enhancers Co-chairs Morgan Grimes and Glo Cuiffi; Sponsorship Co-chairs
Shawn Seliger and Stefanie Ink; and PR/Collateral Chair Teri Hansen.
The Cattle Barons' Ball benefits ACS, which for nearly a century has fought for
individuals threatened by all types of cancer. The ACS is a volunteer driven organiza-
tion with active local community involvement. Contributions from annual fundraising
events such as the Cattle Barons' Ball are instrumental in funding various cancer pro-
grams, patient services, education and research. From the early 1990s through 2005,
the overall cancer death rate dropped 15 percent which equates to approximately
650,000 lives that have been saved. This year, in the United States alone, it is now
estimated that 11 million cancer survivors will celebrate another birthday.
For sponsorship information, contact Beth Hayes, American Cancer Society, at
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Nursery Owner Speaks To Kiwanis
M ayer Berg, co-owner of Riverland
Nursery, Fort Myers was the guest
speaker at the Gateway to the
Islands Kiwanis Club's June 22 meeting.
How do you make the landscape around
your property look beautiful without spend-
ing a fortune? Riverland Nursery answers
that question with free classes. Many
people are intimidated about landscaping,
said Bergy. "This is not rocket science," he
said. "Learning about plants is fun and it
does not have to be expensive. The trick is
to choose plants wisely," Berg said.
"I learned that if you don't have the
right plants, and if they are cold or drought-
sensitive and they die, that's really dumb,"
he said. "We don't want you to be an
impulse buyer. We want successful out-
comes and happy endings."
Riverland Nursery is a premier; award- '
winning garden center and nursery special-
izing in native and other sustainable plants
designed to flourish in Florida's unique and
often drought-stricken climate. These are
plants requiring little if any irrigation, pesti- Guest speaker Mayer Berg
cides, and minimal fertilization and mainte-
nance. To find out more, visit www.riverlandnursery.com.
Gateway to the Islands Kiwanis Club meets every Tuesday at 11:45 a.m. at the
Sunshine Seafood Caf&. Guests are always welcome. For details on joining the club, or
any of the other 16 Kiwanis clubs in Lee County or LaBelle, call Viki or Terry Luster
at 415-3100, or visit www.kiwanisgtti.com.:
ummer visitors can experience the
bountiful treasures of six Southwest
Florida attractions with discounts.
Discover "IT"! Inland Treasures of
Southwest Florida promotion runs July 5
through September 6.
Visitors to the SWFL Museum of
History, Imaginarium Hands-On Museum
& Aquarium, The Butterfly Estates,
Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium,
Shell Factory & Nature Park, and the
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, may
download a coupon for a $1 discount
to visit any or all of these partner attrac-
tions. Additionally, coupons will be avail-
able at each venue beginning on July
15th for the participating partners all
within an easy drive of each other.
Visitors to the SWFL Museum of
History will able to explore Southwest
Florida's rich history and take in the tray-
eling exhibit, Tutankhamun: Wonderful
Things from the Pharaoh's Tomb. There
are 60 interactive exhibits, live animals,
marine touch tanks, hands-on fun shows,
and a 3-D film.
The Edison & Ford Winter Estates
offer visitors a glimpse into the life and
work of Thomas Edison and his friend,
Henry Ford, during their winter vacations
in Fort Myers, and The Butterfly Estates
provide a unique experience of a botani-
cal garden and butterfly conservatory,
The Shell Factory & Nature Park
provides an opportunity to peruse its col-
lection of shells, dine and shop for special
items, discover hundreds of animals and
explore the Rainforest Aviary, while the
Calusa Nature Center offers miles of
nature trails, animals, and planetarium
For more information, visit the web-
sites at: www.swflmuseumofhistory.com;
www.thebutterflyestates.com; and www.
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Along The River
Every meal at The Sandy Butler Restaurant is a culinary celebration
Nervous Nellie's at Snug Harbour Marina, Fort Myers Beach
The Fourth of July weekend is a perfect time for boating, so make a pit stop
at Nervous Nellie's Crazy Waterfront Eatery in Fort Myers Beach.
Free marine dockage with dock attendant's assistance is available for patrons.
Parking for your car is also free if you dine at the restaurant. Eat inside or outside
on the expansive patio overlooking the water.
Nellie's serves a wide variety of delectible snacks, over-stuffed sandwiches (on
homemade bread, no less!) and entrees that will please even the most finicky eater in
your group. Listen to live music and have happy hour, all day every day, upstairs at
Ugly's Waterside Bar. Starting Friday, July 2, rock to the beats of Vytas Vibe from
6 to 10 p.m. and Mark Kobie from 8 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, No Way Jose from
1 to 5:30 p.m., Vytas Vibe 6 to 10 p.m. and Mark Kobie from 8 p.m. to midnight;
Sunday, No Way Jose plays from 1 to 5:30 p.m., Vytas Vibe from 6 to 10 p.m.,
the High Tide Band from 6 to 10 p.m., and Mark Kobie from 8 p.m. to midnight;
Monday, Left of Center from 6 to 10 p.m.; and Tuesday, the Yard Dogs from 6 to 10
p.m. and the Oysters from 7 p.m. to midnight.
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Nervous Nellie's Crazy Waterfront Eatery is located at 1131 First Street, Fort Myers
Beach in the historic Baywalk district. Take-out is also available by calling 463-8077.
If you are driving your car to Fort Myers Beach for the Fourth of July festivities, call
Errol's Taxi for a safe ride home. The company provides local taxicab transportation
in Fort Myers Beach and offers a full range of taxi services. Errol's professional drivers
are available 24 hours per day and will ensure that you arrive home safely.
If you going out of town for the holiday, arrange for hassle-free service to and from
airports in Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale and Miami. All cars are non-smoking and
Town Cars are available.
Call Errol's Taxi at 770-3333.
Planning to celebrate the gourmet way? The Sandy Butler Restaurant and
Gourmet Market is offering summer specials including a new summer wine series
and prix fixe menu through the end of September. Offered daily, the restaurant's prix
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On June 23, NAPA Auto Care Center in downtown Fort Myers held its grand
opening celebration. Guests were treated to complimentary hot dogs and
hamburgers by AJ's Auto & Fleet Service Inc., proprietors of the auto shop.
The family-owned and operated company is a full-service center that also offers
shuttle service, loaner cars, service reminders and courtesy checks.
It is located at 2345 Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard. Call 334-3575 or go www.
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Summer camps are offered at the Imaginarium and Museum of History through August 20
fixe menu includes a three-course dinner and a glass of wine for $30 per person.
Through September, the $18 cork fee for wines purchased in The Sandy Butler's
Gourmet Market and taken into the restaurant is waived. Members of the Bell Ringer
Customer Loyalty Club at The Sandy Butler will receive 10 percent off all purchases in
the market and restaurant all summer long.
The Sandy Butler Restaurant and Gourmet Market is located at 17650 San Carlos
Boulevard, Fort Myers. Call 482-6765 or go to www.sandybutler.com.
Holidays are fun for all children, but most will tell you that their favorite is summer
break! Kids of all ages need fun and educational activities to keep their minds stimu-
lated during the summer months.
The Imaginarium Hands-On Museum & Aquarium and the Southwest
Florida Museum of History are hosting a variety of summer camps again this year
packed with interactive experiences, educational hands-on activities, special guests,
demonstrations and exhibit exploration.
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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.
Registration online at www.imaginariumfortmyers.com/camps or call 321-7410 for
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Bailey's Shopping Center Backyard BBQ and an Independence Day Festival at
Jerry's store will take place immediately following the Sanibel parade.
The fireworks display will be on Sunday, July 4 at dusk, launched from the north
end terminus of Bailey Road.
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A Midsummer Night's Sing
To Benefit The Soup Kitchen
Residents can help feed the hungry and give hope to the needy during an eve-
ning of music and fellowship at the 13th annual A Midsummer Night's Sing,
presented by First Presbyterian Church of Fort Myers and sponsored by the
Galloway Family of Dealerships.
The fundraiser, planned for Tuesday, July 27, at First Presbyterian Church in down-
town Fort Myers, will be a 90-minute performance of hymns, instrumentalists, and
special guests beginning at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30. First Presbyterian is
located at 2438 Second Street, between Lee Street and Royal Palm Avenue.
Admission is a voluntary cash donation and cans of non-perishable food (the more
the better) to benefit The Soup Kitchen of Community Cooperative Ministries (CCMI).
Donations of canned goods also will be picked up by The Soup Kitchen for residents
who cannot attend. Call 332-7687 to arrange pick up of food.
First Presbyterian's new pastor, Rev. Paul deJong, is urging the community to help
with canned goods and cash donations to help those in need.
"Ladies and gentlemen, we desperately need your help. The need for food is abso-
lutely critical this year. Please love your fellow neighbor and attempt to do what God
would do and want you to do," Rev. deJong said.
Rev. deJong also said that none of us knows what the potential impact could be on
our economy if the Deepwater Horizon oil spill reaches our shores.
"There is great uncertainty now as to what the future holds, so we need to be pre-
pared to feed those most in need in the event of a disaster," he said.
Organizer Sam Galloway, Jr. said cash donations are especially needed because
The Soup Kitchen can buy five times as much food at the Harry Chapin Food Bank
for the same amount of money that residents spend at local grocery stores.
"This way, we can take every dollar and make it stretch as far as is humanly pos-
sible," he said.
Galloway, who has made feeding the hungry part of his life's work, has arranged
for refrigerated trucks to take the food to the neighborhoods that most need help this
"Rising unemployment and the continued downward spiral in our local economy
has caused many of our neighbors to ask for food to feed their families for the first
time in their lives. Our director has told me, 'Sam, I cannot tell you who, but people
are coming for groceries whom you and I know.' We can't allow our neighbors and
Edison & Ford
Is Open July 4
The Edison & Ford Winter Estates,
located at 2350 McGregor
Boulevard, Fort Myers, will be
open the Fourth of July weekend includ-
ing, Sunday, July 4 from 9 a.m. to 5
Programs include regular tours of the
homes, garden and lab of the two inven-
tors as well as orientation and touring in
the estates museum. The 15,000-square-
foot air conditioned museum has an
impressive collection of inventions and
artifacts, special exhibitions and archives.
Demonstrations throughout the day
include the Edison phonograph every
half hour, and other presentations includ-
ing antique cars and the Edison research
Throughout the summer visitors of
all ages can step back into "old Florida"
and learn more about the world through
unique historical, scientific and cultural
Admission includes use of the free
audio wand tour.
In addition, the site also offers oppor-
tunities for the public to enjoy its park-like
environment for special events, weddings,
corporate functions, and art and musical
presentations as well as educational pro-
grams throughout the year.
For more information call 334-7419
or visit www.efwefla.org.4
Rev. Paul deJong, new minister of First Presbyterian Church, with A Midsummer Night's
Sing Organizer Sam Galloway, Jr. Attendees contributed about 4,000 pounds of canned
goods last year.
friends to be hungry. Please we need our community to get together and help
with all the canned goods they can. We need to raise the roof with money and food,
please." Galloway said.
Galloway annually sponsors the popular Mrs. Edison's Hymn Sing as part of the
Edison Festival of Light in February. Because more than 4,000 people attend Mrs.
Edison's Hymn Sing in the winter, organizers planned A Midsummer Night's Sing to
allow more local residents to enjoy the same type of activity during the less crowded
The First Presbyterian Chancel Choir and friends will be featured during the eve-
ning, which will include sing-a-longs of well-known hymns.
Canned goods and cash donations collected at A Midsummer Night's Sing will be
put to use immediately at The Soup Kitchen of Community Cooperative Ministries.
"Please try to bring whatever cash donation you can and at least two cans of non-
perishable food And, if you're among those impacted by our poor economy, come
anyway and have a good time," Galloway and Rev. deJong said.
For more information, call 334-2261 or visit www.fpcfortmyers.org.2
A demonstration of an Edison phonograph at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates
he deadline to register a child for
the Saturday morning youth bas-
ketball league is July 6.
Players ages 8-14 are invited to sign
up and participate. The fee is $25 per
child and includes league fees and uni-
The season will be eight games long.
The league will begin on July 17. For
more information or to register, contact
Randy at 765-4222.0
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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
Teen Events Monthly
c/website for podcasts, special events, min-
istries, calendar, blogs, etc.
NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH
OF FORT MYERS
16120 San Carlos Boulevard, Unit 10B
Tom Richards, Pastor
Sunday School for all ages 9:45 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship 11 a.m.
Sunday Evening 6 p.m.
Wednesday Evening Bible Study 7 p.m.
Special Monday Community Group service
at 7 p.m. for those who can not attend
NEW HOPE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
3825 McGregor Boulevard. Fort Myers
Pastors: Bill Stephens, Stu Austin and
Howard Biddulph, Associate Pastor
Traditional Worship at 8:00 and 9:30 am,
Contemporary Worship at 11:00am
Sunday School at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00am
Youth and Children's programming runs
concurrent to Sunday services.
Nursery care provided at all services
For more information visit: www.newhope-
PEACE COMMUNITY CHURCH:
(Meets at Ft. Myers Beach Masonic Lodge)
17625 Pine Ridge Road, Fort Myers Beach
Pastors: Bruce Merton, Gail and RC
Traditional Worship 9:45 a.m.
Contemporary Worship 11:15 a.m.
Phone: 267-7400 Fax: 267-7407
Web site: peacecommunitychurch.com
PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH:
15840 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers
Walter Still, Senior Pastor,
Sunday Worship: 8 and 9:30 a.m.
3/4 mile south from the intersection of
McGregor, San Carlos and Gladiolus.
A congregation of the ELCA.
REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH
3950 Winkler Extension, Fort Myers
Daily early learning center/day care
Sunday Services, 8:15 and 10:15 a.m.
Meditation classes. All are welcome.
Guided meditations offering many meth-
ods for relaxing the body and focusing
the mind on virtuous objects to bring
increasing peace and happiness into
daily activity. For information, class times
and locations call 567-9739 or visit www.
SOUTHWEST BAPTIST CHURCH:
16940 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers,
Robert G. Kasten, Pastor
Sunday Worship Service 11 a.m.
9:45 a.m. Sunday School for all ages
Junior Church grades one to five
Wee Church Pre-K to K
Evening Service 6 p.m.
Wednesday Service 6 p.m.
12171 lona Road, Fort Myers, off
McGregor and north of Gladiolus.
Father Joseph Clifford.
Monday through Saturday 8 a.m.
Weekend masses: Saturday 3 and 5 p.m.;
Sunday: 7, 9,11, and 5:30 p.m.
Reconciliation is available at the church on
Saturday at noon and by appointment
SAINT JOHN THE APOSTLE
METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH
3049 Mcgregor Boulevard, Fort Myers,
Pastor Rev. Steve Filizzi
An Affirming & Inclusive Congregation
Sunday Services, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Service, Wednesday 6:30 p.m.
ST. MICHAEL LUTHERAN
CHURCH & SCHOOL (LCMS)
3595 Broadway, Fort Myers
Wednesday Fellowship: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner $5, 6:15 p.m. bible studies
Worship: Saturday, 5:30 p.m.,
Sunday 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. with 9:15
a.m. adult and children's Bible Study, plus
marriage enrichment studies. Divorce Care
on Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
During Lent: Wednesday worship
noon and 6:15 p.m.
TEMPLE BETHEL SYNAGOGUE:
16225 Winkler Rd. 433-0018.
Rabbi Jeremy Barras
Cantorial Soloists Joseph/Lynn Goldovitz
Shabbat Services, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Torah Study, Saturday, 9:15 a.m.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Services, Saturday,
Religious Education Classes, Midweek,
Grades 2-7, Wednesday, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Preschool Classes, Monday through Friday
Confirmation Classes, Wednesday,
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. to noon
TEMPLE JUDEA (CONSERVATIVE):
14486 A & W Bulb Road,
Fort Myers, 433-0201.
Rabbi: Benjamin S. Sendrow,
Cantor: I. Victor Geigner.
Weekly services: Monday and Thursday, 9
a.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.
Religious school Sunday, 9 a.m. to noon,
and Wednesday, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Family Midrash services on the first and
third Fridays of the month at 7 p.m.
Pre bar/bat mitzvah class Monday, 5:30 to
7 p.m., followed by confirmation class from
7:30 to 9 p.m.
For information on early childhood educa-
tion/preschool, phone 482-1121.
THE NEW CHURCH
The New Church of SWFL is located at
10811 Sunset Plaza Circle, by Summerlin
and Pine Ridge Roads, behind Zoomers
and the ponds.
Spiritual Recovery, Wednesdays 10 a.m.
Healing Service, Wednesdays 11 a.m. and
Friday 6:30 p.m.
Sunday Worship Services, 11 a.m.
Call for information 481-5535.
THOMAS A. EDISON
1619 Llewellyn Drive Fort Myers
Just off McGregor across from the Edison/
Ford Winter Estates
Senior Minister: Douglas Kelchner
Traditional Worship Sunday's 10:15 a.m.
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.
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From page 10
UNITY OF BONITA SPRINGS:
Family Service 10 to 11 a.m.
Healing Circle 11 a.m.
Hospitality and Fellowship, 11 a.m.
Inspiring lesson, uplifting and dynamic
music, meditation in a loving environment.
Service held at 28285 Imperial Street,
Bonita Springs. Call 947-3100.
9065 Ligon Court, Fort Myers, across
from HealthPark Hospital, 481-2125
Pastor: Interim Pastor Dr. LuderWhitlock
9:30 a.m., Contemporary;
Worship and Adult Classes
11 a.m., Blended Worship
WORD OF LIFE CHURCH:
2120 Collier Ave, Fort Myers, 274-8881;
Services: Sunday 10 a.m.;
Wednesday 7 p.m.
Bishop Gaspar and Michele Anastasi
ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH:
7401 Winkler Road, Fort Myers,
481-4040, Pastor, Steve Hess
Sunday Services: 8 a.m. traditional;
9:30 a.m. contemporary; 11 a.m. blendings.
Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.4
Free Food Fridays
ree Food Fridays is a collabora-
tion between community partners
such as The Salvation Army,
United Way, Harry Chapin Food Bank,
Lee County Schools and Community
Cooperative Ministries Inc.
"Our community is still experienc-
ing the effects of a struggling economy.
Many of our neighbors and friends
remain unemployed and under employed.
Making ends meet is still an act of labor.
During the school year, the majority
of the kids are enrolled in the free or
reduced lunch programs. Now that school
is out, these families have to stretch
their grocery dollars even farther," stated
Major Tom Louden, corps officer for
The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry and
This summer feeding program will give
assistance to families who have children
in the Lee County school system. Over
67 percent of Lee County students are
on the free or reduced cost meal plan.
Over 30 schools have over 80 percent of
their students on the free or reduced meal
The Free Food Fridays and their loca-
July 2, 4 to 6 p.m., Bay Oaks
Recreation Center Pantry, 2731 Oak
Street, Fort Myers Beach
July 9, 10 a.m. to noon, Cape Coral
United Way House Pantry, 1105 Cultural
Park Boulevard, Cape Coral
July 16 4 to 6 p.m., Alva United
Methodist Church Pantry, 21440 Pearl
July 23,3 to 7 p.m. Edisto Lake
Apartments Canteen, and 4 to 6 p.m.,
Harlem Heights Pantry, 10770 Clear
Lake Loop, Fort Myers
July 30, 3 to 7 p.m., Pine Island
United Way House Canteen, 5465
NW Pine Island Road, and 4 to 6 p.m.,
United Way Pantry, Pine Island,
The Salvation Army canteen team will
consist of a Salvation Army staff person
continued on page 24
at Shell Point
The public is invited and many
of these events are FREE!
--OT. Point Tour & Presentation
!2INTTuesdavs-Juld 6, 13, 20, and 27 10a.m.
WedneJavs Jul 7, 14, 21, and 28 10 a.m.
Jo ln us to ..ri ..t ,.- r p pi.,%. r i r,.- .r- ,r -. r I Lit%., (1 ,. ,-iI
Lifecare available at Shell Point followed by a narrated bus tour of the community L 1. '* Ir. t !. -,11 r, -
Space is limited, so call 466-1131 to reserve your place.
Fishing as a Vocation, Not a Vacation
r Tue.sday, July 13 at 10 a.m. The Woodlands at Shell Point
The Academy at Shell Point presents Fishing a.s, \ iC, in. "i
Vacation with Kristie Anders, Education Direct ,i t.,i rd,. iii_ I
Captiva Conservation Foundation. In this prese r ai. ,ri K! istie will
track 10,000 years of our area's fishing history. Ir i- i i ,: hI story. of
fishing as a livelihood, and this is your chance to h%. iI l'.. i.t it
i -. from an expert. This event is free but reservatior- ,,. i
| quired. Call 454-2054 to reserve your seat.
The Naples Jazz Orchestra The Best of Big Band
Monday, July 19 at 7 p.m. The Island at Shell Point
It's heating up outside, but cool summer sounds are coming your way! Join us as
Shell Point presents the Naples Jazz Orchestra as part of the Shell Point Sum-
mer Concert Series. The Naples Jazz Orchestra is a classic "big band" in the tra-
dition of the legendary bands of Count Bassie, Duke Ellington and Glenn
Miller, and performs the music of the greatest composers, arrangers and bands in
jazz history. Get your tickets today for just $15. Call 454-2067. Also, August
2: Reiko & Friends A Night of Favorite Classical & Pops, Tickets $15
The National Parks: Our Common Land, Our Common Heart
SThursday, July 29 at 7 p.m. The Island at Shell Point
>1 ,,e 1872 national parks have been part of the American experience. Join Dr.
Craig Rademacher, from Northern Michigan University, on a visual tour
of the National Park System and explore how our understanding of na-
t. tional parks has evolved and why these magnificent places form an essen-
Alt tial link between our past and future. Dr. Rademacher will also present a
select special feature from the internationally acclaimed PBS series by
Ken Burns entitled The National Parks, America's Best Idea. This event is
--- ] free, but tickets are required. Call 454-2054.
(239) 466-1 131I w wwgs helpintiorg
Shell Point is located in Fort Myers. 2 miles before the Sanibel Causeway.
Shell Pointisa non-profit ministry of -I.- i.i: .. ..r 1 II. .. 1...-1 11 -n a -ii -ir. 1 1- .1519-10
12 THERIVER JULY2,2010
The Bad And The Sad...
Post Dorowat with Danny Hailu, family and friends
by Scott Martell
M y first week back in Ethiopia has
been full of the good, the bad
and the sad. Sometimes I feel like r c '
I'd never left this country. Other times
I think I'm on another planet. A city
bustling with construction, Addis Ababa
is much changed, in just a year's time,
with signs of new wealth popping up like
mushrooms in a field after a rain. Yet, on
downtown streets one sees homemade
huts" of rock and plastic along the side-
walk, which also serves as kitchen and
Many people nod or raise their eye-
brows in greeting, showing dignity by
respecting an older man (Me! How did
that happen, anyway?) Kids still stare,
and slap my outreached hand when I say,
"Endemena derachu tamarioch!" (Good
morning students!) Others put out their
open hands, hoping for other things.
I've met with many brothers and sisters,
with so many friends still to be contacted. New buildings soar in Addis Abeb
Fellowship is precious here, where commu-
nity is a higher value than individualism. True, there are fewer distractions to fellowship
than in the western world, but I hope it never changes.
I'm currently in language training with what most agree is a very difficult language,
Amharic, and I'm travelling all over the city by mini-bus, of which there are thousands.
Language training and such travel often adds up to exhaustion by the end of a day.
Nearing the end of my first week, I was running on empty.
However, riding the mini-bus south to Mekinisa, I opened my Bible to continue with
my reading of the Book of Mathew. You couldn't have fit a sardine in the crowded
bus. The road swarmed with traffic, pedestrians, goats. Horns blared. People shouted.
The mosque amplifier called for payer.
An older man sat beside me, surreptitiously looking over at my book. On the two-
page spread was all of Matthew 11 and most of Chapter 12. My seat partner put his
elbow into me. "Yes, I like that. He gives us rest." Not only did he read English, but
out of a dozen lessons on the two pages he'd chosen to comment on Matthew 11:25-
30 which I, too, had been studying. Extremely tired, I had focused on Jesus' words:
"Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my
yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will
find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. From that com-
ment came good conversation, and a renewal of spirit and enthusiasm. God works in
I've been hearing all kinds of news from friends good, bad and sad. The most
striking to me, in my heart, is the story of Kidane. The twin brother of Lemlem, the
young girl who graces all my prayer cards, Kidane was my student for fifth and sixth
grade, and excelled in class. I expected him to keep doing well in school, and maybe
even advancing to the upper levels of a competitive school football team. Orphans,
Kidane and Lemlem had arrived in our compound two years previously, from the far
south of Ethiopia. However, this year, knowing that he was HIV-positive he fled the
safety of the compound to return to his village. His parents had apparently died of
Ato Belay's family hosted us for church and supper
Mini buses in Addis
AIDS, and only an aunt remains. Will there be any medical facilities for him in that
rural area? Proper food and nutrition that is so critical for keeping up the immune sys-
tem? A school to keep him advancing in knowledge? A church to provide him hope?
Those questions trouble me, not knowing the answers.
Another student has had a more positive year. Taye left school in grade 10 after
receiving an invitation to tryout with the Ethiopian National Team, competing in the
marathon ("home" of Haille Gabraselasse, among other world renowned runners). He
had no club support, no money, and came from a hut in the mountains. This was just
a tryout, with no promises of any kind. He's stuck with it now for 18 months, and
three months ago he took second place in the marathon among all Ethiopia runners.
(Chariots of Fire may need a sequel!)
All in all, being in Ethiopia at this time, is exciting, and a blessing. A few verses
later in the Book of Matthew comes the story of the Sign of Jonah in which Jesus
predicts his death and resurrection after three days, paralleling the story of Jonah in
the belly of the whale. The men of Ninevah repented at the preaching of Jonah, and
Jesus proclaimed that something greater than Jonah is now in their midst (He, himself,
the Messiah.) Then Jesus says: "The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment
with this generation and condemn it, for she came to the ends of the earth to hear
the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here." The
"south" is often called Ethiopia in the Bible, and the queen referred to is the Queen of
Sheba, an empire that Ethiopians believe included the northern part of modern day
Ethiopia, and from which their ruling dynasty originated. Modern day Ethiopia is now
rising up and proclaiming the word of God. These are exciting times.
Scott Martell moved to Sanibel in 1983 and has worked with various news
organizations. He has served on a variety of boards, including CROW, Sanibel
Elementary School, Sanibel Community Association, Pirate Playhouse, and Gulf
Coast Symphony. He was called to Ethiopia to work for Project Mercy in 2006,
and now is affiliated with New Missions Systems and is working to establish
Ethiopia Hope Village (www.EthiopiaHopeVillage.com). He can be reached at
This Florida fiddlewood has both ripe and
unripe fruit photos by Gerri Reaves
by Gerri Reaves
lorida fiddlewood (Citharexylum
fruticosum) gets its catchy com-
mon name because the strong
wood supposedly is desirable in con-
structing stringed musical instruments.
Plant experts disagree, however, on
whether the plant was actually harvested
for such a use.
In any case, this
native tree's value as
and food source for
wildlife argue against
cutting it down for
In coastal pine-
lands, Florida fiddle-
wood usually grows
to only shrub size,
but in hammocks it
might reach over 30
feet in height.
This tree with
dense evergreen foli-
age is usually multi-
branched, although it
sometimes develops .
as a single-trunked
specimen. The shiny
leaves are five to
six inches long with Fiddlewood's ripene
notched or pointed
The tiny white tubular flowers are five-
lobed and fragrant. Both flowers and later
the fruit cluster at the leaf axils.
Flowers appear intermittently through-
out the year and attract butterflies. The
delicious honey that bees produce from
the flowers makes the plant a friend to
both beekeepers and humans.
The fleshy globular fruit of only one-
half inch in diameter is edible and sweet
but not palatable for humans. However,
the fruit is a desirable food source for
birds and other wildlife.
.d purple-black berries are a food source for birds and other wildlife
One of fiddlewood's most outstand-
ing ornamental features is the fruit's
color transformation from unripe shiny
orange, reds, or bronze shades to a rip-
ened glistening purple-black. Orange or
pinkish leaf stems and major veins also
Florida fiddlewood is highly drought-
and salt-tolerant once established, and it's
Plant it in sun to partial shade. Use
it as a screening plant, hedge, or shade
tree. Pruning for shape is optional.
Propagate fiddlewood with seeds or
simply let the mother plant self-sow.
Sources: Wild Plants for Survival in
South Florida by Julia F. Morton; Native
Florida Plants by Robert G. Haehle
and Joan Brookwell; and A Gardener's
Guide to Florida's Native Plants by
Plant Smart explores sustainable
gardening practices that will help you
create a low-maintenance, drought-
tolerant, hurricane- and pest-resistant
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.. Matt Mitchell
f.. l week could
I be found
I anywhere from
Fort Myers Beach
all the way up to
'.A*.' Gasparilla Island.
N. The largest con-
fish I found were
three to four hours after sunrise, the
bite was over.
Tarpon south of Redfish Pass fed
better on live threadfins either freelined
or fished under a float. The schools of
tarpon north of the pass were hungrier
for small crabs, either pass crabs or blue
crabs. The few tarpon I found in the bay
were from Cabbage Key to Foster's Point
on North Captiva and not responsive to
any baits pitched right in front of them.
I did see a few hook-ups in the bay but
the gulfside fish just seemed to be more
Redfish fishing on the higher tides was
a good bet. As long as the tide was high
and moving, they fed well. Mangrove
shorelines on Cayo Costa and North
Captiva were productive on both cut and
live baits pitched deep under the trees.
Redfish fishing has been getting better
and better every week with lots over the
slot now in the mix. Closer to home,
around the southern sound, there were
a few reds but not in the larger numbers
found in the middle to northern sound.
One of my favorite trout spots over
Fishing Cabbage Key
Beach side tarpon were feeding better last week
the last month has been the western side
of the power lines. It seems no matter
what the tide, if you find three to four
feet of water you can catch keeper size
trout. This area is mostly grass with sand
potholes and then drops into deeper
water close to the intercoastal. Small pin-
fish and shiners drifted under a popping
cork caught limits of trout just about any
When the tide is in a lower phase I
like to fish closer to the no-wake buoy
line or nearer the intercoastal where the
water is a little deeper. On a higher tide
get right on top of the flat and throw into
the white visible sandholes. On light wind
days, drift fish this area, while on stronger
wind days, anchor up. When anchored
simply lift the anchor if the fish are not
biting and drift another 20 yards or so
before re-anchoring. This method lets you
cover almost as much water as drifting
until you locate the fish.
First thing in a morning or during
low light conditions, top water plugs also
work great here. A skitterwalk or a chug
bug will get smashed on the surface.
As the sun gets up higher a subsurface
mirrordine will do the trick. If there is a
lot of floating grass, try a weedless soft
plastic bait. Pretty much anything that is
the same size and colors as a greenback
shiner will get hit as that's the pattern the
fish are on.
If you are looking for mixed bag
action, any deeper grass flat in the sound
is worth fishing right now. I look for
feeding birds, either pelicans, gulls or cor-
morants in four to eight feet of water. A
good area to get started is anywhere from
Chino Island north to Demiere Key on
the outside of the north south sandbar.
Anchor up and pitch a few handfuls of
live shiners out every five to 10 minutes
and watch for fish to break the surface. I
like to cast with the shiners rigged freeline
and simply jig them back in slowly just
like you're fishing a jig. This method
keeps them from ending up in the grass
and the rising and falling of the shiner will
trigger the bite.
The variety of fish out on the flats
right now is awesome. Expect to catch
trout, ladyfish, bluefish, Spanish mack-
erel, blacktips and jacks. Keep a ladyfish
or too because it won't take long until
one of these fish you're bringing in to the
boat gets cut in two by a bigger shark.
Once this happens cast out a half a
ladyfish and hold on. Any kind of activity
quickly will bring in the sharks.
Now we are in the summer time pat-
tern of hot and humid conditions strong
afternoon thunderstorms become an
almost daily event. Early out and early in
become the best way you can avoid the
sizzling heat and generally the quick mov-
ing bad weather. These dangerous thun-
der storms often pack strong winds and
lots of lightning. Keep your eyes open
for building storms; they can be a scary
thing when out on the water and should
Capt. Matt Mitchell moved to Sanibel
in 1980 and has fished local waters for
more than 25 years. He now lives in St.
James City and has worked as a back
country fishing guide for more than 10
years. If you have comments or ques-
tions email email@example.com.#
Send Us Your Fish Tales
he River Weekly would like to hear from anglers about their catches.
Send us details including tackle, bait and weather conditions, date of
catch, species and weight, and include photographs with identification.
Drop them at the River Weekly, 16450 San Carlos Boulevard, Suite 2, Fort
Myers, Flordia 33908, or email to RiverWeeklyNews@aol.com.
Local Waters, Charts Class
by Cdr. Ron Terciak
he San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power
Squadron, will be offering the popular Local Waters/Local Charts class on
Saturday, July 10 from 8:15 a.m. to noon.
The class is directed toward new boaters and boaters new to the area, as well as
those wishing to learn chart reading.
It will provide the boater with some of the basics of navigation, oriented to the Fort
Myers area. Students will be using chart 11427 and you must bring this chart to the
class. Optional on-the-water training will also be offered at a later date. Check with the
class instructor for details.
The cost of the class is $40 and will be taught at the San Carlos Bay Sail & Power
Squadron classroom located at 16048 San Carlos Boulevard at the corner of Kelly
Road (across from Ace Hardware).
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Rare Catches At
Shark Fest Tournament
M ore than 25
shark were LANDS J-A R .,-
caught, video .. ,
taped and shown on a --li
Jumbotron video wall to
waiting crowds at Shark .
Fest 2010 and the Are
You Man Enough Shark
Challenge 4 last week- T-1
end. This was the first
time crowds of this size
were able to watch shark
tournament fishing as it
happened. During the
unexpected happened. '
Not one, but two rare '
sawfish were caught and
releasedtwhile the video -
played to a cheering Nervous Nellie's
When Capt Jack Donlon developed his idea for this format of big game fishing that
would enable crowds on shore to watch a stadium-size screen display ing the shark catch-
es (and releases), he knew it would be exciting for the crowd, good for the tournament
and good for the shark. What he didn't realize was the possibility of a seldom seen and
less seldom documented catch and release of a rare fish to be shown to the spectators.
When the anglers on Team Bobby B hooked and brought in a sawfish boat side, they
followed all the rules, sent the video to the production crew and released the fish. Within
seconds the video of the sawfish was up on the big screen. The crowds were amazed to
see the close-up shots of the magnificent sawfish as the team quickly removed the hook
and sent it on its way. Was this a shark that earns points in the tournament? Was this
even a shark? Capt. Jack did his best to explain the uniqueness of the catch, its impor-
tance and that it did not count for points in the tournament. Even after explaining that
a sawfish is more of a ray than a shark, the buzz didn't stop. By popular demand, the
Corps Of Engineers Installs Webcams
On Okeechobee Waterway
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, recently installed web-
cams at three spillways on the Okeechobee Waterway. The St. Lucie Lock in
Stuart, the Moore Haven Lock in Moore Haven and the Port Mayaca lock in
Canal Point now each have cameras providing a 24-hour a day view of conditions
at the locks. The webcams can be accessed from the Jacksonville District's Internet
site at http://bit.ly/Okeechobee_Waterway_Webcams.
There are three ways to navigate to the webcam page from the district's home
page (www.saj.usace.army.mil): 1) go to the "Popular Pages" dropdown menu on the
far right and look for "Okeechobee Waterway Webcam," 2) go to the "Engineering
Division" or 3) "Everglades Division" pages at the top of the home page in the black
"This effort is important to improve awareness of the conditions at these spillways
for residents, mariners and others affected by or interested in the water control efforts
at Lake Okeechobee," said Jacksonville District Commander Col. Al Pantano. "By
enabling the public to see what we are doing with the discharges and being candid
about the effects, we hope to enhance transparency and build trust."
The Moore Haven and Port Mayaca spillways are the main outlets for Lake
The cameras will broadcast live with a five-minute delay.
Other real-time information such as Lake Okeechobee levels and daily operational
reports is also available on the district's website.
For more information, contact the Corporate Communications Office at 904-232-
THERIVER JULY2,2010 15
video was replayed over and over ..
to different crowds all day. There
was a lot of talk about sawfish,
shark and their importance to
us and the breakthrough in big
game tournament fishing this
On Sunday, with the memory
of the Team Bobby B's catch still
fresh in their minds, the final-
ists in the Are You Man Enough -.
Shark Challenge 4 headed out
with one goal; to be the first
team to catch an aggregate of
15 feet of shark and win the first
ever sudden death shark com-
petition. Afternoon came quick,
the catch was steady and video
streamed live back to the tourna-
ment. Then, in what seemed
like a case of d&jA-vue, a video
popped up on the screen and the -
call came from a different team...
sawfish! This time the crowd was ___________
anxious to see up close what the
team claimed to be a 16-foot
sawfish. Most knew the drill and m
Capt. Jack was shocked as the
crowd already seemed to know Jumbotron
many of the facts about sawfish
and that is was rare, needed to be
documented and relayed to the proper authorities.
Team Big Snook dot com went on to catch a five-foot bull, 6.5-foot bull, then a five-
foot blacktip shark which gave them 16.5 feet in aggregate at 2:07 p.m., stopping the
competition and winning them the top prize. Team Navionics led by Captiva Charter
Capt. Ozzie Fischer finished second amassing 12 feet of shark with a shark on the
line when the competition stopped a fitting end to an exciting weekend of big game
angling shared by thousands.
At the awards banquet Jack Donlon announced that he is in final talks with four tour-
nament directors to partner up and run simultaneous tournaments where anglers from
around the world, as far way as New Zealand, will compete head to head utilizing the
video methods and technology. Visit www.AreYouManEnoughSharkChallenge.com for
details as announced.,
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CROW Case Of The Week:
by Brian Johnson
stay at CROW
for an extraor-
dinarily long period
of time. Patient
#08892, a gopher
tortoise from Cape
Coral, arrived on
April 1, 2008 and
was just released
this summer on
June 17, 2010. That's 808 days in resi-
"She's a long timer, and she's a suc-
cess story," said Dr. Amber McNamara.
The tortoise, presumably hit by a car,
came to the clinic in woeful shape. She
had a "punched in" fracture over her hip
with a blood clot, and fractures on her
"She did not want to move at all,
which was pretty understandable," said
Dr. Amber. "She had substantial deficits
in both legs."
Staff provided her with two types of
pain medication as well as antibiotics, and
swabbed her wounds with saline dressing.
Dr. Amber jumped in with an acupunc-
ture treatment on Day 2 to try to jump
start the flow of energy through her legs.
The gopher tortoise survived the first
week, and over the next two months her
wounds and fractures healed over. She
received a total of four acupuncture treat-
ments in April.
Amnihal T thirpl
Tortoises feeding in ICU
"Compared to what we did when I
started here as a student, we have found
that employing acupuncture gets them
started on a path to recovery more quick-
ly," said Dr. Amber.
In addition, they placed her on a phys-
ical rehab program consisting of range of
motion exercises, acupressure, and walk-
ing on grass, gravel and up the ramp to
the Roberts Cage.
Through the summer and autumn
of 2008 the tortoise continued to gain
strength in her legs and head toward full
recovery. But in January of 2009 some-
"She became really dull, with dis-
charge from her nose, edema and
increased respiratory effort," said Dr.
Amber. "She looked awful, we really
thought we would lose her. She had
wounds on her elbows, so she may have
been bitten by fire ants. We still don't
know what happened to her."
CROW staff went back to the drawing
board with antibiotics, acupuncture, and
anti-inflammatories. But it took a full six
months to come out of this depressed
condition. "It was a real trough in her
recovery," said Dr. Amber.
In July she exhibited a brighter
demeanor, and work on her locomotion
"Thankfully we have a lot of volunteers
to graze the tortoises," said Dr. Amber.
"Nancy Green and Pat Appino, in partic-
ular, spent a lot of time with this patient.
The volunteers can take a lot of credit for
CROW kept her during last winter to
make sure she was strong enough for
release, and returned her to the wild on
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:
Firecracker Night Cape Coral Celebrates
Sailboat Race National Parks & Recreation Month
The Caloosahatchee Marching and
Chowder Society (CMCS) will be
hosting the Firecracker Night sail-
boat race on July 10. One distance race
is planned off of Fort Myers Beach with
the first start at 6 p.m.
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very year, July is recognized as National Parks & Recreation Month and this
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the community plenty of opportunities to come out and celebrate.
All month long, Cape Coral's parks and recreation centers will host a variety of spe-
cial activities and events, including everything from free open houses at Four Freedoms
Park, the yacht club, Lake Kennedy Center, and the youth center/Eagle Skate Park,
to a free boat trailer parking day at the city's public boat ramps. Visit www.CapeParks.
com to view a complete schedule of activities for the month.
Governor Crist and Mayor Sullivan
have both issued proclamations declar-
ing July as Parks & Recreation Month.
S is now offering cruises from Local children's artwork featuring Cape
Coral parks will be on display in city hall
RBOUR MARRIOTT throughout the month, and Coral Oaks
YERS (Punta Rassa) Golf Course will be offering several PGA
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by J. Bruce Neill, PhD
VR recent media
attention to the fact
that bacteria are
capable of consum-
ing crude oil so,
you might ask, why
don't we release
ties of it into the
gulf for a feast of
It is indeed true that bacteria will con-
sume the massive amount of oil that is
pouring into the Gulf of Mexico. Because
the waters of the Gulf of Mexico are very
warm, they will do so very efficiently.
The rate of bacterial degradation is much
more rapid in warm water than in colder,
more northern waters. One step forward
- but it's not that simple.
After a closer look at bacterial degra-
dation and its ramifications, we end up
taking two steps back.
When large amounts of organic matter
are present in the ocean, bacterial popu-
lations that consume that organic matter
grow rapidly and reach very high popula-
Like fish, mollusks, copepods, and
crustaceans, these marine bacteria
breathe dissolved oxygen from water,
which is a healthy part of ocean chemis-
try at normal levels. The problem occurs
when bacteria reach such high popula-
tion densities that they extract all (or at
least most) of the dissolved oxygen in
the water they occupy. Such areas of
oxygen-depleted water are known as
hypoxic zones. Hypoxic zones kill other
creatures that need oxygen to survive:
the fish, copepods, crustaceans and mol-
lusks that now unsuccessfully compete
with the bacterial populations for oxygen.
Hypoxic zones are known as dead zones,
which are areas with no living organisms.
The bacterial breakdown of the mas-
sive amounts of oil will create huge dead
zones in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Take one step back.
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Nitrogen, a crucial marine nutrient,
makes up between 0.1 2.0% of many
gulf crude oils by weight. When bacteria
break down and consume crude oil, they
release nitrogen from the oil into the
surrounding water, where microscopic
plant cells called phytoplankton rapidly
take it up. Phytoplankton densities are
normally limited by a scarcity of nitrogen
in the ocean, but when large amounts of
nitrogen are available to phytoplankton,
their populations increase very rapidly.
These rapid population explosions are
known as phytoplankton blooms. Some
phytoplankton blooms produce toxins
that kill marine animals and cause signifi-
cant human health impacts. These are
especially common in the Gulf of Mexico
during the summer and fall months. Take
a second step back.
To make matters worse, when a phy-
toplankton bloom eventually dies, the
individual cells sink and are consumed
by bacterial populations. This bacterial
decomposition consumes oxygen and
causes more dead zones, which brings
us back to step one. The dead zones kill
marine life and the bacteria release you
guessed it nitrogen; which of course,
will be taken up by phytoplankton. Do
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Onward To Denver In Year Two
Of Congress Baseball Adventure
9 '|"w r i i- *';'H""
John and Doug Congress at Coors Field, Denver
by Doug and Josh Congress
edited by Ed Frank
The first week of Chapter Two in our journey to visit every Major League
ball park is complete Sanibel to Denver with stops along the way in
Birmingham, Memphis and Oklahoma City.
Our 8,000-mile venture this summer will take us to 10 Major League stadiums in
the western United States, a venture that will complement the 20 stadiums we took in
last summer from Kansas City eastward.
Of course, baseball is the primary objective, but feasting is a close second.
In Birmingham, we visited the oldest professional baseball park in the United
States, Rickwood Field. Built in 1910 (two years before Boston's historic Fenway
Park), it had been the home of the Black Barons of the Negro League. Today, the field
is used for high school tournaments and some annual throwback games.
Of course, no trip to Memphis would be complete without a stop at Graceland
where the temperature must have been 1,001 degrees with 99.999 percent humid-
ity. That didn't stop us from dining at two famous rib joints Interstate BBQ and the
The next day it was onward to Oklahoma City where we checked into an ancient,
flea-bitten hotel where I quickly canceled the room and called my administrative assis-
tant (my wife) and requested she find us a more hospitable option. She quickly found
us a wonderful Sheraton just minutes away from Bricktown Ballpark, where the Triple
A Oklahoma City Redbirds were playing the New Orleans Zephyrs.
Bricktown Ballpark may not have been part of our Major League tour, but it is the
real deal. This $34-million stadium built in 1998 is nicer than half of the big league
parks we have seen. Josh said he liked it better than the new $1.5-billion Yankee
Its classic red brick exterior blends perfectly with neighboring buildings, and the
13,000-seat park provides perfect vantage from every location. We bought Row 4
seats behind home plate for a total of $26. In the bigs, this would not buy you a third
level obstructed view.
We cheered the home team to a 6-2 victory and took to the road for a night drive
to Salina, Kansas, where they must have been having a cow manure convention as
every hotel room was filled. So again I called my AA who finally found us a room in a
Fairfield Inn just off the interstate.
The next day was a long drive to Denver filled with vast miles of green prairies, dirt
roads, hay fields and abandoned farm houses all the reasons we completely opposed
flying. To pass the time, Josh finished two 400-page books.
After 33 hours and 2,100 miles of driving, alas we arrived in Denver.
We started the next day with a brisk two-mile walk to Coors Field for a 10 a.m.
tour. Coors Field, located in downtown Denver, was opened in 1995 and was con-
structed using 1.4 million bricks. Because it is a mile above sea level, the game balls
are kept in a humidor to counter the low oxygen level of the high altitude.
Coors Field is a top notch facility, but this Florida boy was gasping for breath when
we trudged to the third level of the facility. We loved the open concourses that allow
you to order food while not missing a pitch. The field is impeccable with rock and
water formations in center field and a manual scoreboard in right field that adds a clas-
Because it was a night game, we had time in the afternoon to locate a well-known
greasy spoon known as Duffy's where we consumed half-pound burgers smothered
with onions, mushrooms, Swiss cheese and bacon along with a large order of Frings
- French fries and onion rings. I failed to mention we started the meal with orders of
atomic chicken wings.
Josh and Doug at Rickwood Field, Birmingham
One hour after the meal, I had to make
my first and second visits to the Turnms J ,
But this was far from our only food
adventure of the day. Colorado is known
for a peculiar dish known as Rocky
Mountain Oysters. Perhaps you know
Back at Coors Field for a night game
between the Rockies and the Milwaukee
Brewers, we abided by our credo to taste
the local cuisine. For $7.50 we ordered
a batch from a food vendor who smirked
and stated, "You are he first to order them
today." That was not the type of recom-
mendation we were looking for.
Hastily we made our way to our seats
along with a beer chaser for me and a
coke chaser for Josh. b
Verdict? Well, the good news was they
were not spherically shaped, rather they
were thinly sliced (sounds painful), a bit
thicker than potato chips and deep fried. Josh at Bricktown Ballpark
The bottom line: Rocky Mountain
Oysters should not be consumed by
humans. They are really bad. They are chewy, strong flavored and smell lousy. We
both ate one and then I immediately had Josh take them to a far away garbage can.
Aside from the oysters, we had a great time cheering the Rockies to a 2-0 win over
the Brewers. Three cheers for Coors Field.
Next Week: Week Two begins with Day Two in Denver."
southwest Florida Christian
Academy has appointed Mark
Ackerman as both athletic direc-
tor and head football coach. He and
his wife, Jenny, have three children
and currently reside in Tyler, Texas.
Ackerman holds a master's degree in
sports administration and has served as
the AD, head football coach, and upper
school dean at a Christian school in
Texas. Previously, he served as a direc-
tor of youth ministries, as well as serving
as chaplain for the Tampa Bay Devil
Ackerman's focus is on the disciple-
ship of students and the mentoring of
coaches. He welcomes challenges and
has been a part in developing extensive
facilities where he currently serves.O
Miracle Start Second-Half Red Hot;
Big Fireworks Show Saturday
by Ed Frank
A after a rough season's first half when the Fort Myers
Miracle finished 28-42, they began the second half last
JL weekend with a three-game sweep of the Charlotte
Stone Crabs, the first-half champions of the Florida State
League South Division.
The 3-1, 7-6 and 13-inning 5-4 wins jumped started the
Miracle into first place in the early going of the second half in the
tough South Division as this week began.
Local baseball fans can celebrate the Miracle's recent success
tomorrow, Saturday, at the annual fireworks show that will follow
the 7:05 p.m. game against St. Lucie at Hammond Stadium.
The Saturday night game will conclude a three-game series with St. Lucie that
The Miracle also was honored this week when it was announced that outfielder Ben
Revere, a Florida State League All-Star last season, and current Miracle pitcher Liam
Hendriks have been selected to participate in the 12th annual All-Star Futures Game
July 11 in Anaheim, California.
Revere and Hendriks join the likes of former Miracle players, now major leaguers
Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Jason Kubel and Francisco Liriano who previously partici-
pated in a Futures Game.
Hendriks, from Perth, Australia, is a top pitcher in the Minnesota Twins organiza-
tion. He leads the Miracle with a 5-2 record and a low 1.86 ERA. The 21-year-old
right-hander joined the Miracle in May after starting the year at Low A Beloit.
Revere, now in his first season with Double A New Britain, was a first-round draft
selection of the Twins in 2007. He is currently hitting .307 with the Rock Cats.
Selection to the Futures Game is made by the Major League Baseball Scouting
Bureau and the 30 Major League baseball teams.
Rumors Abound that Twins May Trade for Former Cy-Young Winner
The baseball rumor mill was buzzing last week that the Minnesota Twins were
courting left-hander Cliff Lee to bolster their pitching corps for the stretch run.
Lee was the National League 2008 Cy Young Winner with the Philadelphia Phillies
who traded the hurler to Seattle last year. Sidelined for the start of this season, Lee
THERIVER JULY2,2010 19
has gone 6-3 with a league best 2.39 ERA since returning from the DL. He leads the
American League in four complete games.
A free agent at the end of this season, the Twins could likely sign the lefty to a
long-term deal now that their coffers are enriched as a result of their new stadium,
If the Twins are successful getting Lee, look for the trade to include their talented
catcher Wilson Ramos who is stymied behind All-Star catcher Joe Mauer.
Groundbreaking Set for new Red Sox Stadium
Construction will begin soon for the new spring training home of the Boston Red
Sox on Daniels Parkway in Fort Myers.
The ceremonial groundbreaking is scheduled for August 27 to coincide with the
Red Sox playing the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg in the hopes that Red Sox
officials will attend.
The facility is scheduled to be completed for the 2012 spring training season. The
Red Sox will return to the City of Palms Park for the final time in 2011.0
FGCU Founder's Cup Golf
Tournament Tees Off October 15
he 19th annual Florida Gulf Coast University Founder's Cup is scheduled to
be played Friday, October 15 at Grey Oaks Country Club in Naples.
Proceeds will benefit the FGCU Foundation, which provides funds to enhance
scientific, educational and athletic programs related to the mission of the university,
outside the scope of regular state funding. A perennial favorite and one of the most
successful single-day fundraisers, the tournament has raised more than $900,000
since its inception.
Activities begin with an 11:30 a.m. buffet lunch at the clubhouse. Golfers begin
play at 1:15 p.m. with a shotgun start on two of Grey Oaks' championship courses.
Following the tournament, golfers will have a dinner buffet and awards reception.
Registration is $2,000 per foursome and $500 for individuals. A championship
sponsor level is available for $2,500 and includes a four-player team and logo on a
sponsors' golf towel. Golf towel sponsorships are $750. This is a new sponsorship
this year which will include all sponsors logos on a golf towel that will be given to each
Grey Oaks is located off Airport Pulling Road, north of Golden Gate Parkway in
Naples. For more information or to register for the event, contact Michele Kroffke at
590-1074 and firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.fgcu.edu/foundation/events.2^
Appointment To State Bicyle
And Pedestrian Council
O n May 19,
Kopelousos of the
Lasche of Sarasota
to the new
Lasche has been Mike Lasch6
appointed as the
representative of the state cycling com-
munity. The council's formation was
announced on April 8. It will make policy
recommendations to FDOT and transpor-
tation partners throughout Florida on the
state's walking, bicycling, and trail facili-
ties. The council includes representatives
from multiple state agencies, local gov-
ernments and other stakeholders needed
to make statewide improvements in safety
and facilities integration, as well as recom-
mendations on design, planning, safety,
and other programs involving bicycle and
pedestrian issues. The goal of the coun-
cil is to make Florida a national model
for bicycle and pedestrian safety. The
council's first meeting will be on June 28
in Tallahassee, Lasche currently serves
on the board of directors of the Florida
Bicycle Association and as its legislative
chairman. He is the director of Bicycle/
Pedestrian Advocates and is a member of
the Sarasota County Bicycle/Pedestrian/
Trail Advisory Committee. Laschk gradu-
ated from New College of Florida with a
public policy thesis on bicycle policy and
economics in 1985.
From 1985 to 1991, he served as
executive director of the Spokespeople,
a local/state/national advocacy group
that led a broad community coalition that
brought bicycle-friendly road design to the
City of Sarasota, City of Bradenton, and
Sarasota and Manatee counties. From
1987 to 1989, Lasche was the Florida
bicycle lobbyist during which time he
was the sole lobbyist behind passage of
laws in traffic safety education, as well
as working with others in safety and
railstrails legislation. In 1988, Lasche
invited advocates from around the state
to convene to form the Florida Bicycle
In 1986, Lasche was appointed to the
Florida Bicycle Council, which advised the
governor, but this council was not contin-
ued by later governors. In 2009, Laschk
proposed the creation of a new statewide
council to the Florida Bicycle Association,
which placed it on their legislative
agenda. This was noticed by the Florida
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy which actively
advocated the idea, leading to eventual
implementation by FDOT.
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Cool Walk On A Hot Summer Night
Mud Flap by Vyd is for sale at HOWL Gallery
daas Gallery owners David Acevedo and Xavier Brignoni are celebrating the gallery's
two-year anniversary with a special exhibit at this month's Art Walk
A rt Walk is Friday, July 3 from
6 to 10 p.m. in the Fort Myers "
River District., ...
The following businesses will be par- r "
daas Gallery: Opening reception
will showcase their own in celebration
of the two-year anniversary of the gal-
lery. The exhibition is appropriately
entitled Triumph and is on display until
"This is a very important exhibition
for us. It marks two successful years of
hard work, sweat and tears," said David
Acevedo who co-owns the gallery and
will be featuring new pieces in the
show. "We all know how difficult the
art business could be and we feel very
lucky and thankful for the support."
Xavier Brignoni, co-owner, will be con-
tributing to the exhibition with his own
Art at The Oasis
Condominiums: Group exhibit called Artist Jan Ellen painting in front of The Bar
The Friends featuring artists Ana Association at Peeple's Court on Hendry Street
Abreu, Cecilia Valdez, Quintin Perez,
Kim Hambor, Rhonda C. Long, Maria Pia Malerba, Renzos Avila, Talya Schauer,
Judith Braid and Alejandra Bustamante.
Art of the Olympians: Guests are encouraged to start the night off early and
join Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre at the Art of the Olympians for a meet and greet
with the actors from this summer's upcoming musicals: Footloose, Cinderella, and
Seussical from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. Actors will perform a song from each of the sum-
mer shows from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m.
In the museum are two new art shows: The Winter Sports Exhibit and the Skip
Art League of Fort Myers: Continuation of summer art show.
Arts for ACT Gallery: Opening reception for two themed exhibits, Spoked
and Take a Walk on the Wild Side, featuring more than 50 artists. A student from the
Young Artists Awards Program will perform at the gallery that night.
Coloring The World Art Gallery: Opening of new exhibit called Freedom,
featuring a series of contemporary paintings in red, white and blue tones by artist
Enjewel: Featured artist is Terry Meza.
HOWL Gallery: Opening for SWFL Lives! second annual group show, featuring
Space 39 in the Patio de Leon
the very best artists living in Southwest Florida. Vote for your favorite artwork of the
show during Art Walk.
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center: Opening for new show featuring oceanic
photographer Michelle Tricca. The Laboratory Theater of Florida will present a free
one-act play entitled Picnic on the Battlefield at 7 and 8:30 p.m.
Space 39: Opening of a new show featuring artist George Settos.
The Gallery Showcase and Information Center is located at IberiaBank in Bayview
Court at First Street. New Art Walk T-shirts are available at the bank for a $12 dona-
tion, as well as buttons and brochures.
Another highlight will be the weekly Friday Night Live which takes place in the
Patio de Leon. Tom & Jim (folk and originals) will perform from 6 to 9 p.m.
There will be a free shuttle service courtesy of Select Transportation Inc. with stops
planned near the art venues. Parking is available at the Harborside Event Center.
Shuttle stops include The Oasis, Art of the Olympians, and Enjewel on First Street.
For more information, participating galleries and links to gallery Websites, visit
THERIVER JULY2,2010 21
Preview ACT Auction Items Now
Lisa Freidus with her collage for the live auction
A rt for ACT's auction items for the upcoming Arabian Nights fundraiser can be
previewed at Edison State College in the Richard H. Rush Library, Building J,
Fort Myers. Over 150 items will be on view Monday through Friday from 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. until August 10.
The gala event itself will be held on August 14 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point
in Bonita Springs.
Over 100 silent auction items have been priced for presale and can be purchased
immediately. All proceeds benefit ACT (Abuse Counseling and Treatment), the domes-
tic violence and sexual assault center serving Lee Hendry and Glades Counties. ACT
is a non-profit agency with two shelters in Lee County housing adult victims of domes-
tic violence and their children and survivors of sexual assault for the past 32 years.
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Angela, a sword dancer
Incidents of domestic violence have
increased over the past year while fund-
ing for the agency has dropped due to the
In an effort to generate additional rev-
enue for ACT, Darryl Pottorf has created
a limited edition print titled Two Lips Are
Better Than One, that is available now.
Each print is signed and numbered by the
artist and can be purchased for $1,500
unframed or $2,000 framed.
To purchase a print or for more infor-
mation, call Jennifer Benton or Claudia
Goode at 939-2553 0
Lisa Gould, right, the creator of a fused
glass belly dancer in the auction
Doug MacGregor looking at Darryl
Pottorf's print, Two Lips are Better than One,
available for $1,500 unframed or $2,000
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The Mind Opens
Exposures of the Mind, hosted by
the Sidney & Berne Davis Art
Center, showcases the work of sev-
eral national photographers. The show
opens on July 2 from 6 to 10 p.m. dur-
ing the Downtown Fort Myers Art Walk.
The Laboratory Theater of Florida will
also present the one-act play, Picnic on
Exposures of the Mind exhibits the
works of photographers Chris Catti,
Doug Thompson, Michelle Tricca, Kurt
Williams and John Yuccas. The works of
these photographers capture the unique
perspectives with which artists view their
subjects and the world that surrounds
them. The pieces range from award-win-
ning surf culture photography in Puerto
Rico to abstract architectural scapes of
New York City.
Doug Thompson is an architectural
photographer and Southwest Florida
native who has assisted renowned pho-
tographer Clyde Butcher. His works have
been published in a variety of magazines.
Michelle Tricca, a Naples-area
photographer, was mentored by legend-
ary surf photographer Art Brewer. Her
innovative work combines portraiture and
water photography to capture surf and
Kurt Williams is a resident of Cape
Coral and freelance photographer. He
moved to Florida from Upstate New
York. His photography explores his four-
month journey through South America
and the widely varied landscapes and cul-
tures that he experienced.
Chris Catti is a photographer based
in Brooklyn, New York who specializes
in fashion and editorial portraiture. He
recently graduated from the Hallmark
Institute of Photography in Western
John Yuccas's true passion since the
age of 16 has been wildlife and nature
photography. He tries to capture unique
and intricate moments in nature to show
his audience the beauty of the outdoor
Picnic on the Battlefield is an
absurdist piece by playwright Arrabal set
on the battlefields of World War I. Show-
times for this one-act play will be 7 and
8:30 p.m. in the Grand Atrium.
For additional venue and exhibit infor-
mation, contact SBDAC at 333-1933 or
Slated For The
he Broadway Arts & Cultural
Display in downtown Fort Myers
will have a final show on July 2.
The final show will include an exhibit in
the Broadway Street display windows
as well as an after-party and closed air
exhibit at Spirits of Bacchus on Hendry
Street, which is the official Artwalk after
The Broadway Arts & Cultural
Display was started in July 2009 with
funding from the City of Fort Myers'
Art Committee grant and the generous
support of benefactor Rene Miville. The
display gave more than 50 artists the
opportunity to display and interact with
the general public and promote down-
town, revitalized the building space, and
provided an enriching cultural and arts
experience for residents and visitors.
Artist participating in the show include
Mary Voytek, Jeffrey Scott Lewis, John
Yuccas, Doug Heslep, Carol McArdle,
Krista Johnson, Leo Johnson and Daniel
For more information on the art-
ists and the display go to www.
Go to: IslandSunNews.com
For up-to-date information
on the local beaches
Of New Play
theatre Conspiracy is adding a new
element to its new play contest
this year and inviting the public to
attend a preview party on Saturday, July
17 and vote on which script will win the
company's annual contest. Now in its
13th year, Theatre Conspiracy's new
play contest has grown to attract hun-
dreds of scripts from dozens of coun-
tries around the world. "Last year we
received 487 scripts from playwrights in
the United States, Canada and Europe
were submitted," said Bill Taylor, the
artistic director and founder of Theatre
Conspiracy. "This year we should match
that same amount of entries but we're
still sifting through the stacks of scripts
piled up in my office," said.
The new play preview party, a fun-
draiser for next season, will feature
readings from the top three scripts that
have been submitted. The evening will
start with a pre-show reception featuring
refreshments and hors d'oeuvres followed
by a scene reading from the first script
then a short intermission while the stage
is reset. The second reading will also
be followed by an intermission. At the
completion of the third scene the audi-
ence will have the opportunity to discuss
the scenes with Taylor and then vote for
their favorite script. The winning play will
be announced that night and produced in
Tickets are $50 and will include
refreshments during the intermissions
and a voucher good for one ticket to
a performance of the winning play in
October. For reservations call the box
office at 936-3239 or purchase tickets
online at www.theatreconspiracy.org.
Theatre Conspiracy performs in the
Foulds Theatre in the Alliance of the Arts
at 10091 McGregor Boulevard in Fort
Summer Movie Matinees At Museum
rom June 19 through August 28 every Saturday at 1p.m. Collier County
Museum will present movie matinees every Saturday throughout the summer.
This is a great way to escape the Florida heat and relax with classic actors like
Errol Flynn, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour,. These matinees will take you back to
vintage 40s and 50s comedy, mystery and drama.
Movies are free.
The schedule for the summer:
June 19: Adventures of Robin Hood starring Errol Flynn 1938
June 26: Till the Clouds Roll By 1946
July 3: The House on Haunted Hill starring Vincent Price 1958
July 10: Sherlock Holmes Faces Death 1943
July 17: My Favorite Brunette 1947
July 24: Meet John Doe 1941
July 31: Ghosts on the Loose 1943
August 7: You Can't Take It With You 1938
August 14: Mr Smith Goes to Washington 1939
August 21: It Happened One Night 1934
August 28: Cross Creek 1983.
For more information, visit www.colliermuseums.com or call 239-252-8476.0
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July At Lakes
Next month's roster of activities at
Lakes Regional Library includes
topics for all ages. The following
activities are free to the public:
Wii Bowling for Adults
10 a.m. Wednesday, July 7
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.
English Cafe, 6 p.m. Monday, July
19 and 26
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. Participants
may start at any time. Advanced registra-
tion is not necessary.
Book Discussion: EL Doctorow's
Homer & Langley, 2 p.m. Tuesday, July
Read and discuss this fictionalization of
the lives of Homer and Langley Collyer.
Registration is required.
Family Storytime, 11 a.m.
Wednesday, July 7, 14, 21, 28
This program is for the whole family
and lasts about 30 minutes. Registration
Baby-Parent Rhyme Time, 10 a.m.
Monday, July 12, 19, 26
Rhymes and songs for infants, up to
24 months, accompanied by an adult.
This 20-minute program is filled with
songs designed to introduce rhyming
and movement to infants. Registration is
Kids Read Down Fines, 2-3 p.m.
Thursday, July 1, 22
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
C'MON's Curious Kids Summer
Program, 10 a.m. Friday, July 23, 30
and August 6, 13
Join the Children's Museum of Naples
(C'mon) as they explore the world around
us through stories, experiments and
July 23 Produce Market and Farm:
Discover where your food really comes
from, how to make healthy food choices
and make your own healthy trail mix with
July 30 Mother Nature's House:
The Four Seasons. Investigate what
makes the weather change and how
seasons affect us all. Make a pinwheel to
study the wind at home.
For children entering grades 1 through
4. Registration is required.
Kids Read Down Fines
2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 1, 22
The Lakes Regional Library is located
at 15290 Bass Road in Fort Myers. For
more information about a program or to
register, call the library at 533-4000.
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q 1 by Jennifer Basey
T he Fourth
of July is
i u almost upon
us. To commemo-
Day, we shoot
attend picnics and
maybe even walk
in parades. While
it might not be as
dramatic, another celebration of free-
dom should eventually play a big role
in your life specifically, your personal
Financial Independence Day. And you
can speed the arrival of this day by mak-
ing the right moves.
Here are a few ideas to consider:
Boost your 401(k) contributions.
To build the resources you'll need to
become financially independent during
your retirement years, you should take
full advantage of your 401(k) or other
employer-sponsored plan. Whenever your
salary goes up, try to contribute more.
Generally, your contributions are made
with pretax dollars, so the more you
put in, the lower your taxable income.
And your contributions grow on a tax-
deferred basis. In 2010, you can put up
to $16,500 into your 401(k), or $22,000
if you're 50 or older.
Max out on your IRA. In 2010, you
can contribute up to $5,000 to your IRA,
or $6,000 if you're 50 or older. Your tra-
ditional IRA contributions may be deduct-
ible, depending on your income level,
and your earnings can grow tax deferred.
Contributions to a Roth IRA are never
deductible, but earnings can grow tax
free, provided you don't take withdrawals
until you're 591/2 and you've held your
account at least five years.
Build an emergency fund. Try to
save six to 12 months' worth of living
expenses, placed in a liquid account.
Without such a fund, you may be forced
to dip into your long-term investments to
pay for needs such as a new furnace or
a big doctor's bill and the more you tap
into your investments, the longer it will be
until you can attain financial freedom.
Cut down on your debt. It's easier
said than done, but by reducing your debt
load, you'll have more money to invest
for the future. You might want to start by
eliminating the smallest debts first, then
moving on to whittle away at the bigger
Don't "over-focus" on your invest-
ment statements. Obviously, you want to
know how your investments are perform-
ing. But you may be better off not check-
ing them every day, or even every week.
When you pay extremely close attention
to the movements of your investments,
your emotions may lead you to make
decisions based on short-term events
rather than long-term goals. Invest with
your head, not your heart.
Avoid "time traps." Many people
know they need a certain amount of
money at a certain time for a specific
goal, such as a down payment on a
home, the first college tuition payment or
even the first year's living expenses dur-
ing retirement. Yet they get into trouble
because they set aside the money in an
inappropriate investment that is, one
whose price can fluctuate greatly. If you
know when you're going to need the
money, put it in a lower-risk investment
and avoid the time trap.
Taking these steps won't instantly
enrich you. But eventually, they can lead
you down the path to your personal
Financial Independence Day and that
may be reason enough to celebrate.
Jennifer Basey is a financial advisor
in Fort Myers. She can be reached at
Clubs To Hold
wo student run clubs at Southwest
Florida College will be hosting
a rummage sale to support stu-
dents in need. The sale will be held
on Saturday, July 24 from 7 a.m. to
4 p.m. in the covered parking space
below the Fort Myers campus on 1685
The event is open to the public and
anyone is welcomed to rent a table.
Concessions will be available for pur-
The Allied Health Club is fundraising
to support children in need with valuable
school supplies. Its goal is to support 100
students this year. The IT Club is funding
a scholarship for the IT students in order
to help them pay for their certification
Vendors need to arrive by 6 a.m. to
set up. There is a cost of $20 per table
and sign-ups need to be done in advance
by calling the college at 939-4766. Ask
for Ms. Levine or Ms. Cohen. The sale
will be held rain or shine.
he Center for Cultural Interchange
(CCI) is looking for families to host
foreign exchange students from
the Academic Year Program (AYP) for
the upcoming 2010-11 school year.
AYP offers students the chance to be
fully immersed in a cultural experience
which includes connecting with a host
family in the United States, attending an
American high school, participating in
eco-focused activities through AYP and
experiencing first-hand life as a teenager
CCI needs to place 1,000 foreign
exchange students from more than 40
countries around the world.
All the students placed are 15 to 18
years old and are proficient in English.
Deadline for families to apply to host
a student is August 31. For more infor-
mation go to http://www.cci-exchange.
com/host.htm, e-mail at ayp@cci-
exchange.com or call CCI's toll-free infor-
mation number at 800-634-4771.0
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Free Food Fridays
and community volunteers. They will
serve hot lunches or dinners according to
the schedule. Also at the sites will be an
intake specialist who will assist families by
connecting them to available community
resources to help with other needs.
For more information, go to www.
FGCU Workshops And Hurricane
Seminars For Business Owners
lorida Gulf Coast University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will
host a series of workshops and business continuity hurricane preparedness
seminars in July at various locations throughout Southwest Florida for small
business owners and entrepreneurs:
Doing Business with the Federal Government: This three-week series (July 9, 23,
30) takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. at FGCU-Lutgert Hall # 4201. Learn how to secure
government contracts for your business. Cost to attend the series is $20 for each ses-
sion or $50 for the series.
Business 2day/ Independance2morrow: Mondays, July 12 through September
13, 6 to 9 p.m. at Edison State College, 1092 Cowboy Way, Labelle. Learn the
fundamentals of business including how to write a business plan. Cost is $100 for the
How to Reduce Business Costs Ways to Save: Tuesday, July 13, 11:30 a.m.
to 1:30 p.m. at Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce, 17200 San Carlos
Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach. This seminar, sponsored by the SBDC and Fort Myers
Beach Chamber of Commerce, provides tips to save on business costs during the sum-
mer months. Cost to attend is $20.
Small Business Resource Network Mixer (SBRN): Thursday, July 15, 5:30 to
7 p.m. at Embassy Suites, Estero. Join fellow business professionals at this monthly
event. Cost is $15 for SBRN members and $20 for guests and non-members.
Bonita Springs Summer Hurricane Preparedness Seminar & EXPO: Saturday,
July 17, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Sunshine Ace Hardware, 9100 Bonita Beach
Road. This free seminar is sponsored by WINK TV, Lee County Emergency
Management Operations, City of Bonita Springs, Bonita Springs Fire & Rescue, the
Small Business Administration, and Sunshine Ace Hardware. Panel discussion is 10:30
to 11:30 a.m., with Q&A to follow. Refreshments provided by Costco, and prize give-
Cape Coral Summer Hurricane Preparedness Seminar: Wednesday, July 21, 11
a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cape Coral SBDC office, 1021 Cultural Parkway. This free seminar
will prepare your business for hurricane season. Hear from City of Cape Coral officials
and learn what they are working on this hurricane season. Lunch provided (seating
Frequently Asked Questions of Starting a Business in Charlotte County: Friday,
July 23, 9 a.m. to noon at Charlotte County Chamber office, 2702 Tamiami Trail,
Port Charlotte. There is no charge for this seminar.
Frequently Asked Questions about Starting A Business (English and Spanish
Sessions): Thursday, July 22 at Immokalee Public Library, 417 N. 1st Street,
Immokalee. English session is 1 to 2:30 p.m.; Spanish session is 3 to 4:30 p.m. Q&A
follows both sessions. Workshops are free.
So You Want to Open a Franchise: Friday, July 23, 3 to 5 p.m. at Lehigh Acres
Chamber of Commerce office, 4109 Lee Boulevard, Lehigh Acres. Presented by
FranNet, Jack McKaie, Esq. The Franchise Guy, LLC. Cost to attend is $20.
Overview of Doing Business with the Government: Monday, July 26, 2 to 4:30
p.m. at the Downtown Fort Myers Public Library, 2050 Central Avenue, Fort Myers.
This free event will teach participants how to secure government contracts.
PB&J: Brown Bag Lunch: Wednesday, July 28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at FGCU-
Lutgert Hall #4201. Google your way to more business at the free open discussion
workshop sponsored by Pauli Systems.
By The Numbers Using Financial Statements: Tuesday, July 29, 3 to 5 p.m. at
Cape Coral SBDC Office, 1020 Cultural Parkway. Learn how to run your business
using financial statements. Cost to attend is $20.
Southwest Florida Small Business Workshop: Saturday, July 31, 10 a.m. to 1
p.m. at Hodges University Fort Myers Campus, 4501 Colonial Boulevard. This
workshop is sponsored in conjunction with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and
the Hispanic Institute at Hodges University. Various presenters will provide information
helpful to business owners. Cost to attend is $10.
To make a reservation, or to learn more about the SBDC, visit the website at www.
sbdcseminars.org or call the main office at 745-3700.0
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Brunch Raises Funds For Backpacks
M ore than 50
will be provided
for as a result of money
raised from Brunch For
Backpacks at The Edison
Restaurant, Fort Myers.
New backpacks and ; *I *
school supplies for
many more students will
be handed out at the
BIG Backpack Event at
Harborside Events Center,
downtown Fort Myers, on
Sunday, August 1, from
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Martha and Alaina Nagata with Miss-A-Miracle
Lee Bushong, Ginny Henderson, Caleb Bushong, Mayor Randy Henderson and Brunch For
Backpacks event organizer Connie Ramos-Williams
Leonardo Garcia, Lora Ulrich, and
Connie Ramos-Williams. Ulrich presented
the Multicultural Centre of SWFL with a
check for $500 on behalf of the We Can't
Have That Foundation at the Brunch For
Backpacks to support students in need.
Lee Bushong, Dr. Constance Jones of
Lee County Schools and Connie Ramos-
Nanci DuBois and Sharon Brotherton
Rick Williams and Gary Donabed
Lee Class Of 2010
Earns Millions In Scholarships
L ee County's graduating class of 2010 has earned millions of dollars in scholar-
ships and will be attending colleges, universities and technical centers across
he United States.
Early data show that the Class of 2010 earned $41.1 million in scholarships, an
increase of $6 million from last year. The school with the highest in scholarship mon-
ies earned was Fort Myers High at $9.6 million, an increase of $2.4 million from last
The breakdown in scholarship totals is as follows:
Cape Coral High: $3.7 million
Cypress Lake High: $3.6 million
Dunbar High: $567,870
Estero High: $2.26 million
E. Lee County High: $671,870
Fort Myers High: $9.6 million
Ida S. Baker High: $2.4 million
Island Coast High: $883,700
Lehigh Senior High: $1.36 million
Mariner High: $4.9 million
N. Fort Myers High: $2.1 million
Riverdale High: $5.5 million
S. Fort Myers High: $3.7 million
Along with scholarship dollars earned, the Class of 2010 reported on their post
high school plans. Of the students who provided information, the breakdown is as fol-
Attend a Florida public community college: 1,123
Attend an out-of-state community college: 43
Attend a Florida private junior college: 11
Attend a Florida public college/university: 1,546
Attend a Florida private collage/university: 211
Attend an out-of-state college/university: 278
Attend a Florida technical/trade/other: 242
Attend an out-of-state technical/trade/other: 27
Enter the military: 216
None of the above: 477.0
New Lee Campus President
Approved At Edison State College
dison State College District President
Dr. Kenneth P. Walker recom-
mended to the board of trustees a
new campus president to oversee the Lee
After a year-long process, the search
committee recommended Dr. James
Martin, the current vice president of stu-
dent affairs at Pensacola Junior College,
to Edison State's executive leadership
team. After careful consideration, Dr.
Walker made the decision to recommend
Dr. Martin's appointment to the board on
Tuesday, June 22.
"I am proud to recommend Dr. James
Martin to the position of Lee Campus pres-
ident and feel that the attributes and skills
he will bring to the college will complement
the entire team," said Walker. "Dr. Martin
is a long-standing professional in higher
education with a true dedication to student
Dr. Walker also shared with the board
a proposal for organizational develop- Dr. James Martin
ment including the roles and responsibilities
between the district-level and campus-level functions.
"It is important everyone understands his or her role within the organization," said
Walker. "This new structure will more clearly delineate overall district functions and
campus operations enabling the college to optimize our potential and enhance our
Walker is responsible for the oversight of the entire college; its policies, strategic
planning, development, and the direct support organizations.
With the hire of Dr. Martin, Dr. Noreen Thomas will resume her role as the execu-
continued on page 32
26 THERIVER JULY2, 2010
Elderly Dunbar Woman
Gets Extreme Home Makeover
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Builders Care accomplished a major milestone with its latest home renovation
project for an elderly Fort Myers woman. The group has provided $1 million
in emergency services since its inception in 2006. The project also was the
largest renovation project of 2010.
The recipient of the most recent extreme home makeover was Dorothy House, a
63-year-old single woman living in a small home off Edison Avenue with her two teen-
age grandchildren. Her home had an aging roof, rotting floors and no air conditioning.
With help from a partnership through the State Housing Initiatives Program, hosted by
the City of Fort Myers and Builders Care building partners, the home received renova-
tion services totaling more than $65,000, complete with the addition of a third bed-
room, new roof, floors, paint, kitchen, bathroom, and fixtures.
Dream Of Home Ownership Becomes
"It's amazing to think that we have provided $1 million in services all thanks to the
generosity of our donors," said Heidi Taulman, executive director of Builders Care.
"Mrs. House and all of the recipients from the past four years are so blessed to have
such a caring community."
Local subcontractors contributing labor and material for the latest project include:
Abash Enterprises, A-Rite Glass, Cabinets Plus, Cape Coral Plumbing, Cemex,
Cornerstone Construction, DE Moff Construction, D. Peck Roofing, Hide-Away
Storage, Mark's Dumpsters, Murphy's Handyman Services, Nilles Design, Gulfcoast
Engineering, Raymond Building Supply, Sherwin Williams, Southern State Electric,
Sunset Air, T&M Portable Restrooms, T&P Cleaning, TPI Aluminum, Universal
Engineering, Wayne Wiles Floor Coverings, West Coast Structural Concrete &
Masonry and Westcoast Insulation.
For more information, call 938-0056 or visit www.leebuilderscare.org.O
LeShaun Harrison, center, with her four-month-old baby Amiah with representatives of the donors and Habitat for Humanity
There is no place like home for the
Harrison family, recent recipients
of the newly-renovated Cape
Coral home from Habitat for Humanity
of Lee County. It was made possible by
funding through Winn-Dixie Stores and
Tthe family received the keys to their
home at a dedication ceremony on
Tuesday, June 22, after working for more
than six weeks with countless volunteers
to finish the renovations needed to make
the house a home.
Renovations began with a kick-off
ceremony in late April. Now completed,
the home, at 425 NW Juanita Court in
Cape Coral, not only serves as the new
residence for the Harrison family, but
is significant because it is the first home
purchased for renovations by Habitat for
Humanity of Lee County. This new pro-
gram helps families such as the Harrisons
get into a home sooner almost five
months faster than before.
During a six-week promotion,
Winn-Dixie Stores and Kellogg's raised
$50,000, the full cost of renovation. Each
time Winn-Dixie customers purchased two
of any Kellogg's, Keebler, Cheez-It, Eggo
or Kashi cereal products, Kellogg's donat-
ed 25 cents to help fund the renovation.
"Kellogg's has partnered with Winn-
Dixie to support the efforts of Habitat for
Humanity since 2005. Now in our fifth
year, we are excited to be working on our
16th Habitat house together," said Paul
Butler, Kellogg's key account manager.
"Through partnerships with organizations
such as Habitat, we can provide much-
needed resources and encouragement to
change people's lives and strengthen our
As required by the Habitat program,
the Harrison family contributed more
than 250 hours of "sweat equity" with
Habitat. By helping with the renovation
of her future home, Leshaun Harrison,
who works at the Department of Family
Services in Fort Myers, has secured a bet-
ter, more stable life for her two children,
three-year-old Konkeondre and four-
"Today's dedication ceremony has once
again reminded me of why I am feel so
proud to be part of the Winn-Dixie fam-
ily," said Frank Steele, district manager,
Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. "We are honored
to be a part of the Cape Coral community
and to be in the position to help others -
this is another way we can partner togeth-
er to continue to give back to families in
the neighborhoods we serve."
"At Habitat for Humanity, we are
grateful for the support and generosity of
partners like Winn-Dixie and the Kellogg
Company," said Katherine Green, CEO
and president, Habitat for Humanity of
Lee County. "Without the support of
these two companies, it would be difficult
to continue with our mission of providing
housing for those who cannot otherwise
afford a decent place to live."
Habitat for Humanity of Lee County
has built more than 1,000 homes in Lee
County since 1982. Homes are sold at no
profit on an interest-free mortgage, mak-
ing ownership an affordable reality.4
Dorothy House and Heidi Taulman
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LEAPP Event Calls Attention To
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Dan Daniels of Department of Children and Families Adult Protective Services and Dotty
St. Amand of the Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center
L ee Elder Abuse Prevention Partnership (LEAPP) held a public gathering on
Tuesday, June 15 to commemorate World Elder Abuse Prevention Day. The
event was held near the Uncommon Friends Fountain in Centennial Park in
downtown Fort Myers.
The program gave an overview of the importance of recognizing and address-
ing the issue of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. During the ceremony, LEAPP
members read letters and proclamations of support from Congressman Connie Mack,
Governor Charlie Crist, Lee County commissioners and City of Fort Myers Mayor
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is held each year on June 15. This designated
day serves as a call-to-action for individuals, organizations, and communities to raise
awareness about elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
Helen Fallert and Marilyn Gregory of the Area Agency on Aging of Southwest Florida
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The Edison State College Board of
Trustees unanimously approved
the School of Nursing within
the college. The new school provides
students and faculty a greater sense of
camaraderie and also provides more
visibility and oversight for the variety of
nursing programs at ESC.
Programs offered include:
Associate Degree Nursing (RN) -
enrollment for fall is expected to be more
than 500 students
Advanced Placement Nursing (LPN
to RN) Current enrollment is 60 stu-
dents and 60 new students will begin in
RN to BSN (Baccalaureate comple-
tion degree program) Current enroll-
ment is 130 students and the school
expects to add 70-100 in the fall.
Certified Nursing Assistant -
Certificate training program.
"This new organizational structure
positions the college to continue to devel-
op the baccalaureate mission," said Dr.
Mary Lewis, director of nursing.
Edison State nursing students remain
above the state and national averages
consistently (Edison 93 percent, state
88 percent) on the state licensure exam.
Edison State College has consistently
ranked 13-15 percent in the number of
nursing graduates in the country for com-
munity and state colleges, and student
interest in pursuing the nursing profession
continues to grow.
In 2008, 248 students graduated from
the program, 260 students in 2009, and
it is anticipated that Edison will gradu-
ate over 300 nurses in 2010. In addi-
tion, student enrollment for the Nursing
Associates degree will surpass 650
students in 2011 and more than 200 stu-
dents in the RN to BSN program.
In July 2010, a new 58,000 square
foot nursing annex will be completed.
This addition will consist of a large audi-
torium and medical museum on the first
floor and a simulation hospital on the sec-
ond floor. The implementation of simula-
tion on this large scale offers opportunity
for instructional design changes. These
changes will offer interdisciplinary train-
ing opportunities and hospital employee
integration for clinical and documentation
The Nursing program is accredited by
the NLNAC (National League of Nursing
Edison State College serves more than
20,000 students in five counties with
campuses in Lee, Collier and Charlotte,
and a center serving Hendry/Glades.
Many classes are available online at www.
Law enforcement officers from Lee County Sheriff's Office and Fort Myers Police
Approximately 24 percent of Lee County residents are in the age range of 65-plus
and 12 percent are 75-plus. As older adults experience age-related illnesses and
changes in physical abilities, the risk for isolation and potential self-neglect increases.
These individuals may also be vulnerable to exploitation and abuse as their social sup-
port network slowly deteriorates. According to the National Council on Elder Abuse
(NCEA) 2005 Facts Sheet, "for every one case of elder abuse, neglect, exploitation, or
self-neglect reported to authorities, about five more go unreported."
Lee Elder Abuse Prevention Partnership (LEAPP) is a newly established coalition
committed to creating community partnerships that effectively promote awareness of
abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older adults in Lee County. The coalition's mis-
sion is dedicated to providing education, services, advocacy and support to vulnerable
LEAPP is a collaborative effort with participating agencies and leaders including:
Lee County Sheriff's Office, Department of Children and Families Adult Protective
Services, United Way of Lee, Hendry, & Glades County, Area Agency on Aging for
Southwest Florida, Cape Coral Police Department, Fort Myers Police Department,
State Attorney's office, Office of Lt. Governor, NAMI, CCMI, Dr. Piper Center,
Senior Friendship Centers, Hope HealthCare Services, Lee County Human Services,
UF IFAS Lee County Extension, and an array of long-term care providers, elder law
attorneys, financial planners, professional guardians, county judges, and other human
Initial funding for LEAPP was made possible through a grant awarded to the Alvin
A. Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center by the National Center on Elder Abuse and the
National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. Donations are being accepted
by the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center to benefit LEAPP projects and
For additional information about LEAPP, call 211 or 433-3900. United Way 211
information specialists are prepared to help you with your concerns regarding elder
abuse, and questions about Lee Elder Abuse Prevention Partnership.,
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From page 1
Projects Earn Award Of The Year
Broadway before streetscape project
Broadway after streetscape project
First Street before streetscape project
"Our team is honored to receive this kind of recognition for the downtown Fort
Myers project," said Bob Koenig, senior vice president of Kraft Construction. "The
project was definitely complex, particularly keeping downtown operating while simul-
taneously tearing everything apart. The fact that we were able to do it on time and
on budget is something our team is proud of, and it's a testament to the cooperation
between Kraft and the City of Fort Myers, along with the Downtown Redevelopment
Agency. Being recognized at this level in our industry is certainly rewarding for every-
First Street after streetscape project
one involved." Koenig cited partners including engineering firms DRMP Inc. and TKW
Consulting Engineers, as well as Cella Molnar & Associates for handling communica-
tions efforts with the project stakeholders.
The Fort Myers Public Works Department utilized Kraft in a unique construction
manager model, which allowed the construction work to be awarded in phases, result-
ing in lowered costs as construction demand leveled off, ultimately saving the city mil-
lions of dollars in the process.O
No More Hungry
Pets Food Drive
Pet food donations for the Lee
County Domestic Animal Services
(LCDAS) Community Pet Pantry
come in on a daily basis. Unfortunately,
with more than 1,000 pets depending
on the pantry for food, much more goes
out each day than comes in and sup-
plies are quickly depleted. To make sure
no pet goes hungry, LCDAS is launch-
ing its first quarterly food drive.
LCDAS depends solely on donations
from the public to stock the pantry cre-
ated to prevent the surrender of pets
to shelters because their owners cannot
afford to feed them. Pet owners receiv-
ing public assistance are eligible for the
"More than 1,000 pets have been
able to remain in a loving home thanks
to the generosity of others," says Ria
Brown, LCDAS public information offi-
cer. "The goal of this food drive is to gain
enough support on a regular basis to
keep the pantry stocked for three months
before we need to ask for the commu-
nity's help again."
LCDAS is seeking individuals, busi-
nesses, organizations, clubs, and neigh-
borhood groups willing to donate quar-
terly. The goal is to recruit a network of
donors who will collectively contribute
30,000 pounds of food, the amount
needed to feed pets for a three-month
period. No donation is too small.
"A 10 lb. bag of food will feed a
cat for a month," noted Donna Ward,
LCDAS director. "Since two-thirds of the
1,000 pets currently being fed through
the pantry are cats, that is definitely our
For more information about participat-
ing in the Pet Pantry Network, call 533-
9202 or email email@example.com.
Information is also available online at
may be brought to the shelter anytime
at 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers, next
to the Lee County Sheriff's Office off
Six Mile Cypress Parkway. Food may be
left at the door any time the shelter is
not open. Monetary donations may be
sent to: Animal Care Trust Fund, 5600
Banner Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33912.
Social Is July 8
he Junior League of Fort Myers
will hold a fall membership recruit-
ment social at Paseo on July 8,
from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Members of
will greet attendees and provide detailed
information about the league and
membership requirements, including
the organization's charitable initiatives
which promote voluntarism, develop
the potential of women and improve
the community. Since it was founded in
1966, the league has contributed more
than a million hours and over $1 million
to community projects and programs.
Its members are career women, work-
ing mothers, stay-at-home moms, and
full-time and part-time volunteers of all
ages who represent a variety of races,
religions and ethnic origins, each com-
mitted to making a difference in the local
"Junior League of Fort Myers is so
excited to welcome new members into
our outstanding organization," stated
Catherine Doikos, president. "Through
membership, women can develop both
personally and professionally all while
making a significant impact within their
For more information on membership
or to RSVP for the recruitment social,
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.The dead-
line for joining in the fall is July 15.0
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Support group specifically for adults who have a
parent with Alzheimer's disease or a related dis-
order will meet on Tuesday, July 6, 6:15 p.m.,
at the Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center, 10051
McGregor Blvd. Ste. 101 in Fort Myers.
Meetings are held each month on the first Tuesday
at 6:15 p.m. The meetings are sponsored by the Dubin
Alzheimer's Resource Center.
Discussion includes 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 individuals at
no charge. For more information call 437-3007.0
From page 25
tive vice president, serving as the college's chief operat-
ing officer, responsible for operational leadership and
Each campus is led by a campus president. Dr.
Patricia Land provides leadership for the Charlotte
Campus, Dr. Jeffery Allbritten provides leadership for
the Collier Campus, and Dr. James Martin will lead the
Lee Campus. In collaboration with the Lee Campus, Dr.
Robert Jones, dean of the Hendry/Glades Center, man-
ages and develops the college's center in LaBelle. This
comprehensive organizational structure reinforces the
college's ability to serve local needs while achieving the
district-wide vision and mission of expanding educational
"We are excited about these changes and feel most
confident that this realignment of our executive staff will
better enable us to move forward with the Destination
2020 Strategic Plan and the Edison Education System,"
Dr. James Martin was approved unanimously by the
board of trustees. His first day at the Lee Campus will
be July 17.0
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year accreditation has put itself through
a rigorous peer review process and has
demonstrated to a team of surveyors dur-
ing an on-site visit that its programs and
services are of the highest quality, mea-
surable, and accountable," said Dr. Brian
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The Detoxification Center, Intensive
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In addition, four Adult Drug Court
programs and one Juvenile Drug Court
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SWFAS is celebrating its 30th anni-
versary of providing substance abuse
treatment and prevention programs in
Southwest Florida. More than 6,000 peo-
ple are served per year from ages nine
to 90 from five locations in Lee County
and two in Glades and Hendry counties.
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families of nursing home and
assisted living facility residents
will meet on July 20 at 10 a.m. at the
Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center,
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The focus of this support group meet-
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families face as they cope with placing a
loved one in a long-term care facility. The
group is open to all interested families of
nursing home or assisted living residents
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The Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer's
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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
SR 9/5 N TFN
Tony's Senior Barber Shop at McGregor
Blvd & Gladiolus in the Kmart Plaza is look-
ing for an experienced barber. Full or part
time. Call 489-3370. Ask for Tony or Linda.
RS 6/25 V 7/9
Housekeeper needed for Anchor Inn on
Sanibel. Full time. Call 395-9688,
ask for Diane or stop by to apply,
1245 Periwinkle Way.
SR 6/25 V 7/2
Island resident seeking clerical or
hospitality position. Excellent computer
skills, legal, and generic office experience.
Full or part-time. 472-0906 or 910-0583.
SR 7/2V 7/9
B & B CONDO PROS
Property Management & Care.
Home Watch Pool Service
SR 9/11 BTFN
SERVICES OFFERED .
(Carpentry, maintenance toilets, faucets, ceiling fans, sliding doors, etc)
768-0569 or cell 464-6460
PERSONAL HOME CARE
Assist with transportation, meals,cleaning,
home/car maintenance. Excellent organiza-
tional skills. Island Resident.
Call Lisa 239-472-8875
RS 10/23 BTFN
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 7/235
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
Interior Windows Carpet Cleaning
SANIBEL HOME WATCH
Retired Police Captain
Lives on Sanibel
Will Check Your Home Weekly
Very Reasonable Rates
SR 4/9 B TFN
On Island Free Estimates.
Over 15 Years Experience.
Offering Professional Upholstery Services,
Custom Art and Hand Painted Furniture.
Lacy@LacyMcClary.com or 918-740-4972
SR 10/23 V TFN
CHILD CARE FOR
INFANTS & TODDLERS
Phoebe's Nest Early Learning and
Development Program is accepting
enrollment for infants and toddlers ages
3 months 36 months. Full or Part time.
Contact Beth at 472-6378 or at
firstname.lastname@example.org for rates and
schedules. License pending.
RS 5/28 V 7/16
Convenient Medical Supplies offers a wide
selection of home healthcare products.
Including incontinence and urological
products, diabetic supplies, durable
medical equipment such as walkers, and
we can supply all of your enteral nutrition
needs. We provide discrete shipping
directly to the customer. Shipping on
orders over $95 is free. Visit us at
RS 7/2 V 7/23
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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
BOATS- CANOES KAYAKS
Hourly, Daily, Weekly
Captiva Island 472-5800
SR 1/30 BTFN
MISC. FOR SALE
available for summer tutoring.
Certified in all subjects.
MAPLE DESK FOR SALE
Denmark Interiors Maple Desk.
30" x 60" w/ File Drawers.
Like New, Half Price.
SR 7/2 N TFN
Everything Must Go!
Antique bedroom set with dressers.
HDTV with DVD player Kitchen equipment.
Ethan Allen dining table with chairs seats
up to 12. Couch and chaise. Bicycles,
Chariot, kids toys, clothes and more.
Fri, Sat, Sun. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
1097 Skiff Place, Sanibel
SR 7/2 P 7/2
MOVING GARAGE SALE
Couch Tables TVs. 18 foot
Enclosed Trailer. All household goods.
Sat. & Sun. July 3 & 4 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
1108 Sandcastle Road, Sanibel,
in the Dunes
SR 7/2 P 7/2
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN
that the undersigned, desiring to engage
in business under the fictitious name of
CRANKINSTEIN, located in Lee County,
Florida, with an address of 15717 Caloosa
Creek Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908 has
registered said name with the Division of
Corporations of the Department of State,
Dated the 23th day of June 2010.
SR 7/2 B 7/2
Call @ 415-7732
Fax @ 415-7702
Send an email:
log on to the
Lots of ways to get it done!
* Car Wash only $289K nets $48K
* Wigs-Work 3 days/wk net $98K
Carpet cleaning nets $67K
Jack Luiszer SWF Bus Advisor
"Sanibel's Business Broker"
SR 7/2V 7/2
While you are away by
retired architect, Sanibel resident.
SR 9/30 D TFN
SONY TRINITRON TV
36" in 7' cabinet, extra speakers
VHS & DISC Players
SR 2/5 N TFN
HELLE'S CLEANING SERVICES
Residential Cleaning to Satisfaction
Sanibel & Captiva 239-565-0471
Sanibel Lic. #11412 Lee Co. Lic. #051047
SR 11/13 BTFN
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY
13 Volumes 1978
SR 6/4 N TFN
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to your business or
Please call 415-7732
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VIP Executive Club
Multi-Million Dollar Producer
-tov Liuidly way
Zoned for both commercial and
residential use. Rare opportunity on
Sanibel Island. Asking $895,000
3BR/3BA remodeled duplex in Dunes
with sweeping golf course views and
granite, marble, tile, pavers, 3rd floor
office, 1763 sq.ft. $499,000
1663 Bunting Lane
Beautiful Corner Lot!
3BR/2BA, Lake View
30Kxi30A Lunes duplex, threat goirt
course views. Beautiful wood floors
A A;- (nomA
1613 Sand Castle Road
Dunes Golf Course Views
Beautiful Decking & Porches
3BR/3BA, Vaulted Ceilings
S Mobile: 910-3099
SR 8/6 N TFN
To HELP YOU
SHOREWOOD OF SANIBEL
Three bedroom beachfront
Views over pool to beach
NOVELLI INTERNATIONAL REAL ESTATE
RS 11/27 NTFN
CONDO FOR SALE
Two bed/two bath unfurnished ground
floor condo, close to Sanibel and
Fort Myers Beach, $89,500.
SR 10/9 NTFN
Robyn & Robb
Tarpon Beach 204
Great View! Great Income!
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
Robyn & Robb
RE/MAX of the Islands
SR 6/18 BTFN
Catch the Spirit
of the Islands!
DIRECT GULF FRONT
2/2, Loft, Updated Kitchen
BE YOUR OWN BOSS
Nick's Yogurt @ Bailey's
Fully Equipped w/ Training
FORT MYERS DREAM
4/3.5 Chef's Kitchen
Bamboo Floors $589,000
Convenient Location Near
Beaches, and More
2BR / 1.5BA
2A- Handyman Special
Needs some TLC
3A- Investor's Choice
4 2BR/1 BA Units
All Units Occupied
Investor Ready $179,000
CASA DEL SOL
1BR/1 BA Fully Furnished
Wood Deck $54.900
Cell: 850.0333 p. '
Office: 472.5187 "
SR 7/2 B 7/2
Charming, old Florida-esque unit in
Periwinkle Park. Cozy, unique home with
covered porches & sweet gardens.
Flexible terms. 472-4246.
SR 3/12 N TFN
HOME FOR SALE
Fort Myers, 5507 10th Ave, 3 BR / 2 BA
Fixer Upper, Owner Financing or Cash
Discount, $2,000 Down, $553 a Month,
RS 6/11 A 7/2
Pfeifer Realty Group
Sanibel Island, FL
SR 2/12 BTFN
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like copies of
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to your business or
READ THE RIVER ONLINE:
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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 ''.j:. .
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
PRIME SPACE FOR LEASE
Retail, Office, Take Out, Etc.
Attractive Ratp Offp.rpr.d
*"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 BTFN
Head to the mountains Highlands, North
Carolina Mountain cabin, loads of
charm, peace and quiet Get back to nature
Weekly or monthly rental
RS 6/18V 7/9
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.
ANNUAL OR SEASONAL RENTAL
Sanibel 2BR/2BA- Furnished, Central A/C,
Wet Bar, Vaulted Ceilings, Direct TV,
Internet, Pool, Screened Lanai, Garage.
Call 954-605-3325 or 800-618-3325 for details.
SR 7/17 MTFN
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 & Sanibel Vacation Rentals
Rent directly from more than
300 property owners!
FREE for Renters to use!
FREE for Owners to use!
SR 2/12 BTFN
SANIBEL ARMS 2/2
First floor condo, completely redone -
November 2005. TVs/DVDs, internet, pool/
clubhouse. Just a few steps to beach.
Call owners: 401-253-2511
SR 1/26 M TFN
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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 3/7 V TFN
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
For a complete list visit our Website
Call Dustyn Corace, RE/MAX of the Islands
RS 10/9 BTFN
One Bedroom Apartment for rent at 1506
Periwinkle Way. One bedroom one bath
apartment over the VIP Vacation Rental
office. Great location, close to everything.
$875 per month including electric.
Call David or Ronna at 472-1613.
SR 6/18 B 7/2
DUPLEX ON SANIBEL
Very private, new carpets in bedrooms,
porcelain tile throughout, hurricane
shutters. Surrounded by conservation land.
$1,000 per month. Call 916-267-7606
RS 6/18 V 7/2
ONE PERSON RENTAL COTTAGE
New tile floors, large cooking
kitchen, new bathroom, toilet
Center Sanibel. No credit check.
$870/month plus electric
3/2 SANIBEL POOL HOME
Annual or long term. Available Sept. 1.
Furnished or unfurnished. $1,675 + utilities.
1,300 sq. ft. 1/2 mile to beach.
952-220-5081 or email@example.com
RS 6/25 V 7/2
CUSTOM HOME, PRIVATE, river view, guest loft
with sun porch, pool, tennis, beach. No smoking or
pets. Available monthly beginning April. 405-210-
2341 or 405-307-8949
SR 1/8 M TFN
JUST OVER CAUSEWAY. Great Location.
Davis & Heald. 2BR-2BA. All Tile All New Paint Plus
Lanai. Washer & Dryer. Quiet & Secure. Four Unit
Building. Looking For RightTennant Not Right $$.
Call 315-378-2233. SR6/11MTFN
SR 6/11 MTFN
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Lee County Sheriff's Office ...........................477-1200
Florida M arine 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
B IG A RTS .................................. .................395-0900
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre.................... 278-4422
Cultural Park Theatre...................................772-5862
Florida Repertory Theatre at the Arcade.......... 332-4488
Florida W est Arts......................................... 948-4427
Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers..........472-0168
Gulf Coast Symphony................................. 489-1800
Harmony Chorus, Charles Sutter, Pres.............481-8059
The Schoolhouse Theater ....... ................. 472-6862
S.W. Florida Symphony................................. 418-0996
Young Artists Awards................................574-9321
CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS
Animal Refuge Center...................................731-3535
American Business Women Association............357-6755
Audubon of SWFL......................................339-8046
Audubon Society........................ .................472-3156
Caloosahatchee Folk Society......................677-9509
Cape Coral Stamp Club..............................542-9153
duPont Company Retirees ..........................454-1083
Edison Porcelain Artists.............................415-2484
The Horticulture and Tea Society.................472-8334
Horticultural Society................... ................472-6940
Lee County Genealogical Society................549-9625
Lee Trust for Historic Preservation ................939-7278
NA RF E(Natonal 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
Iona-M cG regor........................... ................ 482-0869
Fort Myers Beach...................... .................463-9738
Fort Myers High Noon................................466-4228
Estero/South Fort Myers.............................898-1921
Notre Dame Club of Lee County................ 768-0417
POLO Club of Lee County............................477-4906
Rotary Club of Fort Myers............................332-8158
Sanibel-Captiva Orchid Society....................472-6940
United Way of Lee County................................433-2000
United Way 211 Helpline (24 hour).......211 or 433-3900
Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum...................395-2233
Burrough's Hom e.........................................337-9505
Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium............275-3435
Edison & Ford Winter Estates.......................334-3614
Fort Myers Skate Park...............................321-7558
Imaginarium Hands-On Museum & Aquarium........321-7420
JN "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge.........472-1100
Koreshan State Historic Site................239-992-0311
Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center..........765-8101
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Southwest Florida Museum of History... ......321-7430
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