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VOL. 9, No. 27 From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort Myers JULY9, 2010
'Ding" Darling Days Photo Contest
Starts Clicking July 15
J uly 15 marks the
opening of the
Darling Days Amateur
The contest, spon-
sored by the "Ding"
Darling Wildlife Society-
Friends of the Refuge
(DDWS) and held in .
conjunction with "Ding"
Darling Days, October : ::
17 to 23, honors the
birthday of Jay Norwood '
Ding" Darling, one of
the foremost conser-
vationists in American
history and driving force
behind the JN "Ding"
Darling National Wildlife
Deadline for sub-
mission is 4 p.m. on
September 15. For an --
entry form and other
contest information, log
on to www.dingdarling-
society.org and click on
Photo Contest." Or
contact DDWS at ding-
firstname.lastname@example.org Joe Mikus of Winchester, Virginia, took first place in last
or 472-1100, ext. 233. year's "Ding" Darling Days Amateur Nature Photography
Winners will be Contest with his Roseate Spoonbill
announced and awarded
prizes at Conservation
Art Day on Saturday, October 23, part of "Ding" Darling Days.
Entries may be delivered in person to JN "Ding" Darling NWR or by mail to "Ding"
Darling Wildlife Society, One Wildlife Drive, Sanibel, FL 33957.
Only amateur photographers are eligible to enter. "Ding" Darling Wildlife Society is
a non-profit friends organization that supports environmental education and services
for JN "Ding" Darling NWR.
Sanibel Beaches June Attendance
Breaks All Previous Years" Levels
he City of Sanibel announced that the June 2010 attendance at the public
beaches on Sanibel exceeded all previous years' monthly activity for June.
Sanibel City Manager Judie Zimomra reported that, "Our beaches are pristine
and in excellent condition... and our summer visitors are here." The public parking
lots at Sanibel's beaches generated $132,822 for the period between June 1 and
Zimomra went on to say, "These numbers are very important to us inasmuch as the
unseasonable cold winter deflated beach parking revenues for first quarter 2010 by 24
percent, which was approximately $82,100. "Activity at Sanibel's beaches is a major
economic indicator for our community and our region." Zimomra concluded, "Thus,
we are committed to maintaining this great asset to world-class destination standards."
The City of Sanibel maintains 24.5 miles of shoreline, of which 11.75 is direct
Gulf of Mexico shoreline and can be accessed from seven public parking lots. All funds
generated from the public beach parking lots are utilized exclusively for maintaining the
beaches, fishing pier, dune vegetation, trails, bathrooms and parking lots. In addition to
the revenue generated at the public parking lot, the city receives an annual grant from
the Lee County Tourist Development Council to maintain the beaches.
continued on page 3
Photographers get out the zoom lenses at Main and Hendry for last year's Purple Martin
With The Bar
by Gerri Reaves
can the skies of downtown Fort
Myers at dusk, and you'll see the
swoop of the "early birds."
For weeks now, bird lovers have been
monitoring downtown skies for the arrival
of summertime's most celebrated visitors,
the purple martins, on their yearly migra-
In the four years that The Bar
Association Bistro has held the Purple
Martin Festival, this is the latest those
chattering birds have arrived.
But they are arriving, says Ron Kopko,
owner of The Bar Association and festival
He's seen several hundred circling the
usual roosting area, the parking lot across
from his business.
He emphasizes the importance of sav-
ing the mahogany trees in that lot where
for years the purple martins have fasci-
nated people with their aerial show as
they prepare for the nightly roost.
Properly maintaining those trees is
crucial, he thinks, for the martins are
good for downtown, bringing in large
numbers of local residents and visitors
throughout the summer.
The nightly show is wonderful for chil-
dren, especially, he says, a great family
This year's festival builds on the last
year's success, which received television,
print-media, and Internet coverage.
"It started with maybe 10 or 15
people coming down on the corners,
and within a week, we had a 100 people
every night," Kopko says.
The bar's Purple Martin "lottery" start-
ed in June and will continue throughout
the season. Each night, the first person to
be "dropped" on receives a free drink.
continued on page 3
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Historic Downtown Fort Myers, Then And Now:
Celebrating The Fourth
Of July In Early Fort Myers
by Gerri Reaves
AlImost a century ago, Fort Myers celebrated the Fourth
,_. of July with a parade down flag-bedecked First Street. In
Ikthis circa 1912 photo taken from Phoenix Hall, parade-
H goers delight in the log-cabin float pulled by two white horses
and flag-waving spectators line the balcony of the Bradford
The photographer was perched in an advantageous spot
for the occasion, the southeast corner of First and Hendry.
Phoenix Hall, located above the EL Evans Hardware Store,
served as a community center and meeting place for the 23
years of its existence. The structure was built in 1890.
The holiday crowd gathers at storefronts on the Bradford block. Businesses of
that era included Foxworthy's Clothing, Hunter's Drugstore, the U.S. Post Office,
M. Flossie Hill's Store, and Heitman's Grocery. On the south (right) side of the block
was the Grand Theatre.
A few automobiles are parked on the unpaved street in front of the Bradford
Hotel, but cars were yet to rule the road. Most people still negotiated the streets by
wagons horseback, bicycle, or just plain walking.
In Fort Myers' early history, Fourth of July celebrations were standard. One
notable exception, however, was 1887, when the yellow-fever epidemic so severely
curtailed movements that the town did not officially honor Independence Day. Strict
quarantines and sheer dread of disease kept people home.
But the spirit bounced back, most notably in 1896, when a public celebration
attended by more than 1,500 people was held at Tournament Park (at today's
Tournament Street and McGregor Boulevard). Festivities included a barbecue, races,
ballgame, and contests.
The Fort Myers Brass Band, resplendent in new white duck uniforms, played 80
tunes, and even continued the performance that evening at a public ball in Phoenix
Within a couple of years after this parade photo was snapped, this particular view
The wood-frame Phoenix Hall, like much of the rest of the south side of the
block, would soon be demolished. The dim outline of the Bank of Fort Myers (behind
the upstairs porch) signals the modernization that would soon sweep the rest of the
south side of the block.
The upstairs porch seen on the right side of the historic photo vanished to make
way for the modern buildings still standing today, the Earnhardt and Langford build-
The Evans Hardware and Phoenix Hall were replaced in 1914 with the First
National Bank of Fort Myers, an impressive granite neoclassical building.
Once the bank's columns were in place, the upstairs parade view was forever
Today Avery, Whigham & Winesett, PA is located where a photographer cap-
tured a Fourth of July moment in early Fort Myers.
Walk down to First and Hendry and imagine the Fourth of July hoopla of old Fort
Myers, when horses pulled floats by cheering spectators.
Then walk a few steps to the Southwest Florida Museum of History at 2031
Jackson Street, where you can learn more about how early Fort Myers celebrated.
Don't miss Tutankhamun: Wonderful Things from the Pharaoh's Tomb, extended
to August 15.
For information, call 321-7430 or go to swflmuseumofhistory.com. The muse-
um's hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on
Fort Myers celebrates the Fourth of July, circa 1912, seen from the southeast corner of First
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drop by on
a.m. to noon.
The Story of
by Karl H.
the archives of
courtesy of the Southwest Florida Historical Society
Today's view from Avery, Whigham & Winesett, PA in the former First
National Bank of Fort Myers
Greater Fort Mgyrs
and Ken Rasi
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From page 1
Purple Martin Festival
A prize will be awarded
to the most creative
costume. Last year, the
bartenders joined the
fun, with purple martins
nesting in their hair, and
tested the limits of avian
couture. Festival-goers will
be treated to free water
bird-whistles for emitting
in- and outdoor bird calls.
The Bar Association
will serve their traditional
Purple Martini, a cham-
pagne and pomegran-
ate delight, as well as a
special dessert inspired by
the whirling flight of the
purple martins: a wine
glass filled with fresh and
cooked blueberries swirled Martins roosting in the West Indian mahogany trees across
with hand-whipped cream from the Bar Association Bistro on Hendry Street. Purple mar-
and sour cream, tins are the largest member of the swallow family in North
Flight Schedule For America. They are about seven and one-half inches long
Survival and weigh less than two ounces.
There's a very logical
reason for the birds' change in migration schedule and patterns: last winter's record cold
What seems like a delay to mere humans is a survival strategy for the migrating birds,
who know to follow their food source.
From page 1
Sanibel Beaches June Attendance
Sanibel's natural beaches provide habitat for a number of listed and endangered
species including least terns, snowy plovers, gopher tortoises and sea turtles. In addi-
tion to being maintained in a natural state, Sanibel's beaches are noted for receiving
the following recognition:
2010 Trip Advisor Travelers' Choice Destination Awards #6, Top 10 Beach &
Sun Destinations in the United States
Fodor's Travel #1, Best Beaches for Seashells
CNN Travel #1, Best Beaches for Shells
Travel + Leisure Magazine Top Shelling Beach
Travels.com #1, Best Florida Beaches for Kids
Women's Health Magazine Best Beachcombing
Florida Beaches Guide Florida Best Beaches for Weddings
Florida Beaches Guide Florida Best Snowbird Beaches
PlacesAroundFlorida.com Best Shelling Beach
Shermans Travel #10, Top 10 Family Beaches
2008 Conde Nast Traveler Reader's Choice Award #10, Island Destination -
Purple martins eat their weight in
insects each day and are necessarily
attuned to the weather. A late cold
snap, for example, can kill-off the drag-
onflies, damselflies, beetles, butterflies,
moths, grasshoppers, bees, wasps, and
other insects that the purple martins
catch while on the fly.
Nationwide, purple martin watchers
are reporting a late migration season.
Purple martin "landlords," as they
are dubbed, await the arrival of birds
they've housed for years, sometimes
Some bird aficianados erect elabo-
rate "condos" or hang numerous
gourds, long known to be a favorite of
the largest swallow in North America.
Fort Myers has long been known as
an attractive area for the birds. Mina
Edison, a bird lover and protector,
placed purple martin houses on her
property by the river to attract them.
One advantage of a later-than-usual Let the show begin.., the Hendry Street parking
migration season? Kopko guesses that lot where thousands of purple martins roost du
the birds will stay until mid-August. ing summer migration
Don't miss them. photos by Gerri Reav
Audubon's Downtown Bird
Roger Clark, a well-known birding expert and land stewardship manager for Lee
County, will lead a downtown bird walk on Friday, July 9 at 7 p.m.
The walk is sponsored by Audubon of Southwest Florida. Approximately 50 people
took part in last year's walk, so it no doubt is a tradition in the making.
The trip will provide birders and naturalists a chance to see not only purple martins,
but other summer species, such as grey kingbirds and chimney swifts. Participants will
also learn about downtown history and the importance of downtown trees as roosting
Participants are asked to meet in Centennial Park at the Three Friends statue and
bring binoculars, water, rain gear, and a camera. Go to audubonswfl.org for more infor-
To find out more about Purple Martin Festival, call 334-8080 or stop by the Bar
Association Bistro at 1609 Hendry Street Hendry Street in downtown Fort Myers.
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Monday July 12
6:30PM Alva School
Sponsored by Alva Inc. www.alvafl.org
Speak At Forum
Candidates for Governor of Florida
are scheduled to participate
_in a forum of the Fort Myers
S-- Republican Women's Club Federated
on Tuesday, July 20. Candidates Mike
McCalister, Bill McCollum and Rick
Scott have been invited to present their
qualifications and platforms for the high-
est state level position. A question-and-
answer session will follow their prepared
comments. One of them will be selected
during the August 24 primary election
as the state's Republican nomination for
ei* a, the November general election.
The public is invited to attend the
.. _-- monthly luncheon and the candidate
forum being held at The Helm Club, The
Landings, South Fort Myers. A social
0%% hour begins at 11:30 a.m. The noon
P% lunch, business meeting, and candidate
-- ^forum follow. Those attending are invited
*** to write a check for their favorite 2010
Republican candidate running for office,
with a minimum amount of $16; the
.---- club then pays for the luncheon charge.
S--- Reservations are required by Thursday,
July 15, and may be made by contacting
Tina Laurie at 489-4701.0
Members of the Southwest Florida Small Business Resource Network will host
a small business insurance presentation, Avoiding the Blind Side, from 5:30
to 7 p.m., Thursday, July 15 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 10450 Corkscrew
Commons Drive in Estero.
Florida Gulf Coast University's Small Business Development Center sponsors the
local Southwest Florida SBRN Chapter.
Attendees will learn how to find answers to demystify business insurance, as well
as guidance in how to insure their investment. Hosts for the evening are Reggie
Blackmon, a financial consultant, of Great Florida Insurance; and John S. Kimbell of
Alliance Financial Group.
SBRN members' cost for the event is $15 per person, which includes hors
d'oeuvres. Guests and unaffiliated small business owners pay $20 per person.
Members and guests will have the opportunity to participate in the monthly
Network After Five social event where members network and exchange ideas for
growing their businesses.
To register, go to www.sbdcseminars.org. Deadline for registration is Tuesday, July
13. For more information contact Lorna Kibbey, SBRN coordinator at 745-3700.4
Chinese & Japanese Cuisine
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
Mon-Thurs 1 lam 10pm Fri-Sat 1 lam 11pm Sun 12pm 9pm
Downtown Fort Myers (Post Office Arcade Hotel Indigo)
1520 Broadway For Takeout & Delivery Tel: 334-6991
Megan Clementi with U.S. Coast Guard officers Smith and Toval, who accompanied her
on the climb
Megan Clementi about to begin her climb
of Sanibel Lighthouse's 135 steps
by Anne Mitchell
Miss Florida, 26-year-old Megan
Clementi, climbed the 135 steps
of Sanibel's historic lighthouse
on June 29 and scratched one more
lighthouse off the 30 she plans to visit
and climb before her reign ends July 10.
Clementi's Climb for the Cure, which
she created, is to scale all the climbable
lighthouses in the state, a total of 30, to
raise money for breast cancer research
for the Susan G. Komen fund. She began
her challenge in January and is closing in
on her goal.
"I thought it would bring new attention
to the cause and to highlight the need
to restore our Florida lighthouses," she
After Sanibel, Clementi went on to
Port Boca Grande and Gasparilla Island
lighthouses. The previous day she had
climbed Hillsboro and Cape Florida lights.
With her on Sanibel was John
Kennedy, treasurer of the Florida
Lighthouse Association. "Quite a few
lighthouses are not climbable," he said.
"Cape Canaveral is under construction
until August," he added. There are also
reef lights that aren't physically climbable.
THERIVER JULY9, 2010 5
"I wish I could spend more time in
each city," said Clementi. I have made so
many contacts. Her personal favorite was
the Old St. Joe Lighthouse "because a
person actually lives in it and he showed
Upon her graduation from Jupiter
High School, Clementi auditioned for
Tokyo Disneyland's only dance show,
Once upon a Mouse. Before she knew it,
she moved halfway around the world to
perform for seven months.
In the fall of 2004, she became an
Orlando Magic dancer and was named
captain for 2006-09 and was a game
emcee during the past two seasons.
Clementi attended the University of
Central Florida where she received her
bachelor's degree in electrical engineering
and minored in engineering leadership.4
he 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.
For more information call 542-9153,
log onto www.capecoralstampclub.com
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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9 am to 4 pm (noon to 1 pm lunch)
$180 paid by July 30, 5200 after
Biolchini Riverfront Studio
81 West North Shore Avenue
North Fort Myers
This information-packed workshop is designed to give
a good foundation for bold, direct palette knife painting.
The workshop will accommodate 6 to 12 painters.
Participants can expect to produce at least one painting.
To Register or for Outline
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Shell Point Completes Foundation
For New Rehabilitation Facility
S hell Point
the first phase of
construction on "',
the new rehabili- ;
station facility and ..l ...". *
administration ? -
buildings, a $5 I -
million addition -- -
to the Larsen
Pavilion, a skilled
Shell Point broke
ground on these -
two buildings in
is anticipated for
the end of this
year according to
Bob Southern, Aerial view of construction site
director of proj-
Wright Construction Group is the contractor for the project, and David Van Loon,
senior project manager for Wright, is coordinating the construction. Jeff Sinatra, proj-
ect superintendent for Wright, was responsible for the construction of the foundation
for the new building.
"The rehab addition will be a two-story structure located to the east of the Larsen
Pavilion," said Van Loon. id" and structural fill was put into place.
The new free-standing rehabilitation facility will feature 7,465 square feet of space
dedicated to providing the most advanced therapy, restorative programs, and state-of-
the-art equipment available for assisting residents in building strength, regaining agility,
and recovering movement and the highest function possible following an injury, illness,
Some of the new features will include state-of-the-art equipment for assessing and
improving balance to provide stability and reduce falls. With this new equipment the
individual's progress can be recorded and monitored to track improvement. The larger
gym will allow more people to utilize the services, and individual treatment rooms will
be available to provide privacy. The Occupational Therapy Transition Suite will allow
for better preparation in a real-world environment as patients prepare to return home,
or to their normal routines.
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A new aqua therapy pool will enhance therapy opportunities while decreasing
impact with water buoyancy. In addition there will be a private rooftop patio on the
second floor of the facility that will provide residents of the memory care unit access to
a protected and secure garden environment.
In addition, a new administration building is also underway and will be a single story
addition extending off the Southwest portion of the Larsen Pavilion. It will incorporate
a monolithic reinforced concrete floor slab with thickened integral footings beneath
bearing walls and columns.
According to Southern, the construction of the two buildings is on track and both
are scheduled to be complete by December.#
Florida Junior Civitans
Win At Convention
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Junior Civitans at the international convention
F ifty Florida teens celebrated winning first place for their statewide project, Race
for Research: Run, Walk or Roll for a Cure which all combined raised over
$6,500 for medical research at the Civitan International Research Center.
Florida Junior Civitans also received honorable mention and profile internationally
for their other state wide project, Be a NO PHONE Driver Phocus on the Road, at
the recent International convention in Jacksonville.
Florida placed third as one of the best overall Districts of the Year in International
Junior Civitan. After intensive workshops then planning for the upcoming year with
incoming Junior Civitan Governor Zachary Rivera of Bishop Moore in Orlando, their
new goal is to place first next year.
Junior Civitans across Florida are celebrating the election of Matthew Pendleton
of Sandalwood High School in Jacksonville as the 34th Junior Civitan International
President. He was Junior Civitan Governor for Florida this past year, leading 1,030
teens in community service and environmental projects. Matthew was named
Distinguished Governor of Excellence for successful team work and leadership.
Eleven Florida Junior Civitan Clubsearned Honor Club patches for their banner and
three clubs earned Honor Club of Distinction, meaning they completed all of the com-
munity service, social awareness, environmental and knowledge projects required by
Junior Civitan International as well as joint projects with their sponsoring Civitan Club.
This past year, the teens collected blankets for the poor, helped with Special
Olympics, helped restore oyster reefs, raised funds for Relay for Life, visited seniors in
nursing homes, made Christmas gifts for needy children, fed the homeless and worked
with abused children, just to mention a few of their many projects.#
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Along The River
A bold new concept is now a snap away at Snap Lites Wigs and Accessories in down-
town Fort Myers. Michelle DePalma, owner, offers custom-fitted wigs and hair pieces.
W wouldn't it be great to have instant
flexibility with the color or style
of your hair? Now you can at
Snap Lites Wigs and Accessories in
downtown Fort Myers. Owner Michelle
DePalma is a former hairdresser who can
cut, style and custom fit any of the wigs
and hair pieces in her shop. She also
offers Snap Caps, which are made-to-
order hats with hair.
Wearing hair pieces is very "in" right
now and discriminating wig wearers will
tell you that there is nothing like the ver-
satility of a human hair wig. Today's hair
pieces are natural-looking and DePalma
offers versatile styles for every budget and
Just like your real hair, modern wigs
can be straightened with flat irons or
curled with hot rollers. Additional, real
hair wigs allow the use of styling chemi-
cals to shape your hairstyle. The options
are only limited by your imagination.
Snap Lites Wigs and Accessories is
located at 1609 Hendry Street, across
from The Bar Association Bistro in the
historic Peeples Court. The shop is open
Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to
5 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from
9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday fittings are
available by appointment only. Call 738-
After updating your personal style,
stroll down to Fancy Flamingo
Antiques to find something special to
accent your home. Owner Jesse Williams'
shop consists of 3,900 square feet of
space filled with an eclectic collection of
quality antiques, heirlooms, vintage cloth-
ing and consignments. The knowledge-
able staff can help you find the perfect
pieces to suit your taste and decor.
Fancy Flamingo Antiques is located at
2259 Widman Way, in downtown Fort
Myers' River District. It is open Tuesday
through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
If you are driving down to Fort Myers
Beach this week, stop by Nervous
Nellie's Crazy Waterfront Eatery
for great food with live music and
happy hour all day upstairs at Ugly's
On Friday, July 9, jam to the beats of
Vytas Vibe from 6 to 10 p.m. and Mark
Kobie from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturday,
No Way Jose is on deck from 1 to 5:30
p.m., Vytas Vibe from 6 to 10 p.m.
and the Oysters from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.;
Sunday, No Way Jose from 1 to 5:30
p.m. and Hight Tide from 6 to 10 p.m.;
Monday, Left of Center from 6 to 10
p.m.; Tuesday, Vytas Vibe from 6 to 10
p.m.; Wednesday, High Tide from 6 to
10 p.m.; and Thursday, The Oysters
from 6 to 10 p.m. Every Thursday,
Nellie's is now featuring Open Mic Night
from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Are you and your friends regulars of
Nellie's and Ugly's? Then be sure to join
Nellie's Mug Club. Purchase one of their
18-ounce logo beer mugs and have it
refilled for only $3 for domestic or $3.50
for imported and micro-brewed beers.
Nellie's will even clean and store it at the
restaurant until your next visit!
Parking for patrons of Nellie's and
Ugly's is free, whether you arrive by car
or boat. Dock your boat with the dock
attendant's assistance at Nellie's Snug
Harbour Marina. The GPS coordinates
are 26"27'23.41" N 81"57'15.18" W.
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 call-
The fourth annual Purple Martin
Festival is on July 9, 10 and 11 at The
Bar Association Bistro in downtown
Fort Myers. It is a celebration to honor
the 30,000-plus purple martins that are
roosting in the trees across from the res-
taurant. The birds arrive every evening
around 8 p.m. and do their dance in the
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Nervous Nellie's in Fort Myers Beach is also home to Ugly's Waterside Bar, the place
where everyone gets prettier
air for approximately 40 minutes before
diving into the trees for the night.
Owners Ron Kopko and Mark
Solomon are selling hot dogs and snow
cones on the sidewalk in front of their
restaurant in the historic Peeples Court
during the weekend of the festival.
The Bar Association Bistro is located
at 1609 Hendry Street, Fort Myers. It is
open for lunch Tuesday through Friday
from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner
Thursday through Saturday from 5 to 9
p.m. Call 334-8080.3
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ALL FAITHS UNITARIAN CONGREGATION
has moved to its new home
on 2756 McGregor Boulevard
Fort Myers, (6 blocks south of the
Edison Home; 2 miles north of Colonial
Reverend Dr. Wayne Robinson
Sunday Services: 9 and 11 a.m.
Children's Education: 9 a.m.
Adult Education: 10 a.m.
8210 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers
Reverend Fr. Athanasios Michalos
Orthros Service Sunday 9am
Divine Liturgy Sunday 10am
Fellowship Programs, Greek School,
Sunday School, Community Night
BETH SHILOH MESSIANIC
15675 McGregor Boulevard. 437-3171
Rabbi: Judah Hungerman
Friday Service, 8 p.m.
Saturday Service, 11 a.m.
Shabbat School Saturday Morning
Adult Hebrew Classes
Please call for information on full program.
BREAD OF LIFE MINISTRIES
CHURCH OF GOD:
16581 McGregor Boulevard, 267-3166
(Just past the Tanger Outlet Mall)
Pastor: Barry Lentz, 281-3063
Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday Bible Study, 7 p.m.
CHURCH OF THE CROSS:
13500 Freshman Lane; 768-2188
Pastors: Jeff Moran and Michael Bulter;
A nondenominational church emphasizing
a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Sunday Service: 9 a.m. Contemporary
10:45 a.m. Traditional.
CHRIST THE KING
1188 Lake McGregor Drive, Fort Myers,
432-1724. Reverend N. Everett Keith II;
An Old Catholic Community; Liturgy
in English; Sunday Mass at 9:30 a.m.
COVENANT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH:
2439 McGregor Boulevard, 334-8937
Rev. Dan Hagmaier, pastor
Traditional Sunday service 10 a.m.
CYPRESS LAKE BAPTIST CHURCH:
8400 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers,
Danny Harvey, pastor
Sunday Services: Bible study, 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship, 11 a.m.
Evening Worship, 7 p.m.
Wednesday Prayer Meeting, 7 p.m.
8260 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, 481-
3233; Clint Cottrell, pastor
Traditional, 8 and 11 a.m.;
Contemporary, 9:30 a.m.
Children's Church K4J (Kids for Jesus)
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH:
8570 Cypress Lake Drive,
Fort Myers, 482-1250
Sunday Traditional Service: 8 and
11 a.m., Praise Service: 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School: All times
FAITH FELLOWSHIP WORLD
6111 South Pointe Boulevard, Fort Myers,
278-3638. Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m.;
"Voice of Faith," WCRN 13.50 AM Radio,
Sunday, 1:30 p.m.
Thursday Service, 7:30 p.m.
FridayYouth Service, 7:30 p.m.
Nursery care for pre-school children and
Children's Church for ages 5-12 available
at each service.
FAITH UNITED METHODIST CHURCH:
15690 McGregor Boulevard
Fort Myers, 482-2030
Pastor: David Stauffer.
Traditional services 9:00 a.m.;
Contemporary, 10:30 a.m.
Go south on McGregor Boulevard. The
church is 1/2 mile past the intersection of
Gladiolus and San Carlos Boulevard on the
way to Sanibel.
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST:
2390 West First Street, next door to Edison
Sunday Morning Service and Sunday
School, 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday Evening Testimony Meeting,
Child care provided at all services.
Visit our Reading Room for quiet study at:
2281 W. First Street, River District
www.spirituality.com and www.christian-
FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE:
13545 American Colony Boulevard (off
Daniels Parkway in the Colony), Fort
Pastor: Rev. Joey Brummett
Sunday School: 9:30 a.m.; Morning
Worship, 10:30 a.m.; Sunday Evening, 6
p.m.; Wednesday Family Night, 7 p.m.
FORT MYERS CHRISTIAN CHURCH
(DISCIPLES OF CHRIST) A STEPHEN
5916 Winkler Road, Fort Myers,
437-4330. Rev. Mark Condrey, Pastor
Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m.
Church School: 9:15 a.m.
FORT MYERS CONGREGATIONAL
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST:
8210 College Parkway, Fort Myers,
482-3133. Philip White, pastor
Morning Worship: 10 a.m.
Church School: 10:15 a.m.
Adult Forum: 9 a.m.
HOLY THEOTOKOS MONASTERY:
111 Evergreen Road, North Fort Myers,
Eastern Orthodox men's monastery.
Liturgical services conducted in the
English, Greek and Church Slavonic lan-
guages, following the Julian (Old) Calendar.
Liturgical Services: Sundays and Holy
Days: The Third and Sixth Hours at 8:30
a.m.; Divine Liturgy at 9 a.m.
9650 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers,
The Rev. Dr. John S. Adler, pastor
Saturday 5 p.m., Eucharist with Healing
Sunday 8 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite One;
9:30 a.m., Family Eucharist with Healing
and Church School
Tuesday 9:30 a.m., Morning Prayer (in
Spanish); Wednesday 9:30 a.m., Eucharist
Child care available at Saturday 5 p.m. and
Sunday 9:30 a.m. services.
JESUS THE WORKER
881 Nuna Avenue, Fort Myers, 481-1143
Masses Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.;
Sunday, 8 and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
KINGDOM LIFE CHURCH:
2154 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers,
Pastor Randy and Anita Thurman
Sunday Service, 10:30 a.m.
All are welcome.
LAMB OF GOD LUTHERAN/EPISCOPAL
Corner Cypress View Drive and Koreshan
Boulevard, Three Oaks area, Fort Myers,
Walter Fohs, pastor; Becky Robbins-
Penniman, associate pastor
Sunday worship services:
Early Grace Traditional, 8 a.m.
Awesome Grace Contemporary, 9 a.m.
Classic Grace Traditional, 10:30 a.m.
Sunday School God's Group, 8:45 and
MESSIAH REFORMED CHURCH
Worship Gathering Sunday 10 a.m.
Pastor Alan Bondar
Fort Myers Villas Civic Association Bldg.
2306 Sunrise Blvd. Fort Myers, 33907
Bible Study Wednesday 6:30 p.m.
Fellowship Lunch Sunday noon
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NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH
OF FORT MYERS
16120 San Carlos Boulevard, Unit 10B
Tom Richards, Pastor
Sunday School for all ages 9:45 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship 11 a.m.
Sunday Evening 6 p.m.
Wednesday Evening Bible Study 7 p.m.
Special Monday Community Group service
at 7 p.m. for those who can not attend
NEW HOPE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
3825 McGregor Boulevard. Fort Myers
Pastors: Bill Stephens, Stu Austin and
Howard Biddulph, Associate Pastor
Traditional Worship at 8:00 and 9:30 am,
Contemporary Worship at 11:00am
Sunday School at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00am
Youth and Children's programming runs
concurrent to Sunday services.
Nursery care provided at all services
For more information visit: www.newhope-
PEACE COMMUNITY CHURCH:
(Meets at Ft. Myers Beach Masonic Lodge)
17625 Pine Ridge Road, Fort Myers Beach
Pastors: Bruce Merton, Gail and RC
Traditional Worship 9:45 a.m.
Contemporary Worship 11:15 a.m.
Phone: 267-7400 Fax: 267-7407
Web site: peacecommunitychurch.com
PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH:
15840 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers
Walter Still, Senior Pastor,
Sunday Worship: 8 and 9:30 a.m.
3/4 mile south from the intersection of
McGregor, San Carlos and Gladiolus.
A congregation of the ELCA.
REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH
3950 Winkler Extension, Fort Myers
Daily early learning center/day care
Sunday Services, 8:15 and 10:15 a.m.
Meditation classes. All are welcome.
Guided meditations offering many meth-
ods for relaxing the body and focusing
the mind on virtuous objects to bring
increasing peace and happiness into
daily activity. For information, class times
and locations call 567-9739 or visit www.
SOUTHWEST BAPTIST CHURCH:
16940 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers,
Robert G. Kasten, Pastor
Sunday Worship Service 11 a.m.
9:45 a.m. Sunday School for all ages
Junior Church grades one to five
Wee Church Pre-K to K
Evening Service 6 p.m.
Wednesday Service 6 p.m.
12171 lona Road, Fort Myers, off
McGregor and north of Gladiolus.
Father Joseph Clifford.
Monday through Saturday 8 a.m.
Weekend masses: Saturday 3 and 5 p.m.;
Sunday: 7, 9,11, and 5:30 p.m.
Reconciliation is available at the church on
Saturday at noon and by appointment
SAINT JOHN THE APOSTLE
METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH
3049 Mcgregor Boulevard, Fort Myers,
Pastor Rev. Steve Filizzi
An Affirming & Inclusive Congregation
Sunday Services, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Service, Wednesday 6:30 p.m.
ST. MICHAEL LUTHERAN
CHURCH & SCHOOL (LCMS)
3595 Broadway, Fort Myers
Wednesday Fellowship: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner $5, 6:15 p.m. bible studies
Worship: Saturday, 5:30 p.m.,
Sunday 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. with 9:15
a.m. adult and children's Bible Study, plus
marriage enrichment studies. Divorce Care
on Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
During Lent: Wednesday worship
noon and 6:15 p.m.
TEMPLE BETHEL SYNAGOGUE:
16225 Winkler Rd. 433-0018.
Rabbi Jeremy Barras
Cantorial Soloists Joseph/Lynn Goldovitz
Shabbat Services, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Torah Study, Saturday, 9:15 a.m.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Services, Saturday,
Religious Education Classes, Midweek,
Grades 2-7, Wednesday, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Preschool Classes, Monday through Friday
Confirmation Classes, Wednesday,
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. to noon
TEMPLE JUDEA (CONSERVATIVE):
14486 A & W Bulb Road,
Fort Myers, 433-0201.
Rabbi: Benjamin S. Sendrow,
Cantor: I. Victor Geigner.
Weekly services: Monday and Thursday, 9
a.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.
Religious school Sunday, 9 a.m. to noon,
and Wednesday, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Family Midrash services on the first and
third Fridays of the month at 7 p.m.
Pre bar/bat mitzvah class Monday, 5:30 to
7 p.m., followed by confirmation class from
7:30 to 9 p.m.
For information on early childhood educa-
tion/preschool, phone 482-1121.
THE NEW CHURCH
The New Church of SWFL is located at
10811 Sunset Plaza Circle, by Summerlin
and Pine Ridge Roads, behind Zoomers
and the ponds.
Spiritual Recovery, Wednesdays 10 a.m.
Healing Service, Wednesdays 11 a.m. and
Friday 6:30 p.m.
Sunday Worship Services, 11 a.m.
Call for information 481-5535.
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.
continued on page 9
From page 8
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
Children's Home Society of
Southwest Florida received an
AmeriCorps VISTA grant to
assist with the organization's fundraising
efforts for programs that serve children
and families in Southwest Florida. The
grant will provide for three VISTA posi-
tions serving Lee, Collier and Charlotte
Founded as Volunteers in Service to
America, AmeriCorps VISTA is a nation-
al service program which sends VISTA
members to serve at non-profit or local
government agencies where they work
on programs to bring individuals, families
and communities out of poverty. VISTA
positions at Children's Home Society
will focus on increasing the number of
children and families served through
early education programs, increasing the
organization's donor and volunteer base,
and expanding relationships with area
VISTA members working with
Children's Home Society will work to
increase awareness in the organization's
programs among low-income families
through creating marketing programs and
activities. Members will also work on fun-
draising events and assist with grant and
funding research as well as working to
establish auxiliary volunteer groups.
VISTA members commit to serve
full-time for one year at the agency. In
return, they receive a modest living allow-
ance, health insurance and other benefits.
At the end of the year of service, mem-
bers receive either a Segal AmeriCorps
Education Award or a post-service sti-
"These would be ideal positions for
recent college graduates, or even more
seasoned professionals with an interest in
family and child welfare issues who want
to make a difference in our community,"
said Jacqueline House, development
director for Children's Home Society of
Florida, Southwest Division.
Those interested in learning more
about the VISTA service opportunities
at Children's Home Society can call
Jacqueline House at 275-3049 or e-mail
her at Jacqueline.House@chsfl.org.
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MARY JO (KELLER) HYNDEN
Mary Jo (Keller) Hynden, 78, of
Fort Myers, Florida, died on
June 28, 2010, surrounded by
her loving family, at HealthPark Medical
Center in Fort Myers.
Mary Jo was born on December 12,
1931 in Mason, Ohio. She graduated
Phi Beta Kappa from Miami University
(Ohio) in 1953, and she was studying for
her master's degree in English at Indiana
University when she met James R.
Hynden who was also in graduate school
there. They married on June 18, 1955 in
Richmond, Indiana and spent the next 55
years together as best friends.
THERIVER JULY9,2010 9
Mary Jo and Jim resided in Louisville,
Kentucky for 18 years prior to retiring to
Southwest Florida in 1982. They lived for
seven years in Old Naples, then moved
to Sanibel Island where they made their
home for 15 years, before moving to
Gulf Harbour in Fort Myers in 2004.
Mary Jo was an avid reader and loved
discussing books at book clubs in both
Sanibel and Fort Myers. She was active
in the Sanibel Congregational United
Church of Christ, and she volunteered
regularly at the HealthPark Medical
Center and at the South Fort Myers Food
Pantry. She was a great bridge player
and kept physically active with water
aerobics and tennis. Travel was another
one of Mary Jo's special interests, and
she enjoyed exchanging homes with
European families on a number of occa-
Mary Jo is survived by her husband,
Jim; two sons, Douglas Hynden (Melanie)
of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Eric Hynden
(Sherri) of Fort Myers; one daughter,
Amy Hynden Lyons (Shawn) of Danville,
Kentucky; and eight grandchildren, who
were Mary Jo's pride and joy.
A memorial service will be held on
Monday, July 12 at 11 a.m. at the
Sanibel Congregational United Church of
Christ, 2050 Periwinkle Way and Sanibel
with a reception to follow. In lieu of flow-
ers, expressions of sympathy may be in
the form of contributions to Habitat for
Humanity or the Harry Chapin Food
Bank in Fort Myers or to a charity of
one's own choice.4
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CROW Case Of The Week:
by Brian Johnson
S creech owls can turn up in the
On May 21 handyman Buzz
Murphy responded to a call by a vaca-
tioner from Wedgewood, a gulf-front
condominium complex, about a noise in
Murphy heard a rustling above the
stovetop so he began to disassemble the
fan motor of the vent. Hearing a flapping
sound, he put his hand into the opening and drew out, to his
astonishment, a live screech owl.
He wrapped the bird in a towel and released him out of
When he returned, he was puzzled to hear more activity in
the vent. He reached up again and was even more surprised
to find two baby owls. It was too late to get the mother back
so he called CROW.
"Our goal was to raise the babies until they were flighted
and then take them right back to the area," said CROW
Veterinarian Dr. PJ Deitschel.
The owls switched their nest from a kitchen condo to a
cage at the CROW hospital without batting an eyelash. They
were excellent patients from the beginning, and their stay
went off without a hitch.
Staff placed a mirror in the cage to help prevent them
from being habituated to humans. They fed the two birds by
sliding a hemostat instrument with a little food on the end
through the bars of the cage; not even part of a human hand
came in to view as they ate.
"The key is that they don't see us when they feed," said
Dr. PJ. "They started picking up food off the ground pretty
quickly. Life is easy once we know they are eating on their
Staff monitored them to make
sure both were getting their fair
share of bugs and mice, and cast-
ing the undigested bones and fur.
On Day 20 CROW transferred
them to the outdoor 10x10-foot
owl compound after they made it
known they wanted more space.
They flew effortlessly, and on
Day 31 staff took them back to
the area at Wedgewood. They
weighed 120 grams each, a gain
of 40 grams during the course of
"When they are babies they
are all puffed out and sit there and
look at you," said Dr. PJ. "You
know they are ready for release
when they start trying to blend into
the scenery by standing up straight
and thin. It's real funny to watch
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Ben Tucker with his 15-pound kingfish
en Tucker of Columbus, Indiana
caught a 15-pound kingfish dur-
ing a fishing trip to the islands last
Ben and his father Grant were fishing
with Capt. Jimmy Burnsed who charters
out of Jensen's Twin Palms Marina on
The Tuckers have stayed at Jensen's
for several years and enjoy the comfort-
able, friendly atmosphere and the conve-
nience that Jensen's offers.
The kingtish hit a live pilchard that
was free-lined. The fishermen were
anchored on a wreck in the gulf trying to
catch Spanish mackerel and ladyfish to
use as bait for shark, tarpon and Goliath
Ben was using light tackle, suitable
for Spanish mackerel and ladyfish, but
undermatched for the big kingfish. The
fish made a long, strong initial run, fol-
lowed by several more runs during the
10-minute battle which included several
trips around the boat for Ben.
Ben's patience and skill as an angler
were put to the test by this fish which
was photographed and released to fight
Fishing Cabbage Key
THERIVER JULY9,2010 11
Big Reds Abound
In The Sound
S water all week I
-w have been target-
,, Lx jf"'-ing redfish on most
:I charters. Action
has been very con-
sistent with moving
water being the key
to getting these fish to eat. Fishing from
Regla Island south to the mouth of the
river produced lots of reds for me this
week with generally three or four com-
ing out of each hole. Reports of good
action on reds has also been coming
from the entire sound.
Some of the biggest redfish I have
seen all year have really started showing
up well, including some real bruisers.
The monster red of the week caught
on my boat measured 38 inches and was
a whopping 18 pounds. This beast of
an inshore redfish came on the top of
the high tide while we were fishing small
mangrove keys in the mouth of the river.
We also had one other monster redfish
hooked up in the same spot that was
possibly even bigger. It ran all the way
down the mangrove shoreline before get-
ting under the trees and rubbing through
A live pinfish tail hooked and thrown
up under the trees was the bait of choice
to get in on the action. Almost all of the
reds I caught this week were over the
slot. Though not a bad problem to have,
it's hard to find one you can take home
Our redfish in Pine Island Sound don't
usually start to school up like this until
the end of July. All the other fish in the
sound seem to be running a little behind
schedule because of the cold winter.
With water temperatures up so high,
these redfish are seeking the shade of the
mangroves. Mangrove trees on the higher
stages of the tide also provide shelter and
safety from dolphins and other predators
as well as holding baitfish and crustations
for the reds to feed on.
Chumming these redfish with cut bait
is also a good way to get them feeding
or bunch them up tighter when they are
a little more spread out. Cut threadfins,
mullet or ladyfish all work well for this.
Simply cut them up into small pieces and
throw them up under the trees. Either
wait them out or fish another spot and
return in a half hour or so. Some days
the redfish seem to respond better to cut
bait as they don't have to chase it down
in the hot water.
These big oversize redfish are really
hard fighting and a blast to catch. They
should be handled and treated with the
utmost care. Remember they are the
breeding stock of the fishery and the
future of our redfish fishing. Take your
time to properly revive these fish as the
air and water temperature is so hot it
takes a little longer than usual for them to
be ready to swim off after a long battle.
The next few months is prime time to
get in on the action on these big brood
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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The seed pods resembling a string of beads inspire the shrub's common name
photos by Gerri Reaves
by Gerri Reaves
Necklace pod's (Sophora tomentosa) most notable feature is the seed pod
which gives the shrub its common name.
The tight constriction of the fruit around the seed cavity causes the four- to
eight-inch pod to resemble a string of beads.
Spikes of pea-like creamy yellow flowers bloom all year, attracting hummingbirds
The velvety leaves are covered with tiny silvery gray hairs, an ornamental feature
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Necklace pod's flower spikes attract hummingbirds and butterflies
The evergreen leaves are comprised of 11 to 21 leaflets of one to two inches long.
Necklace pod's native habitat is the edges of coastal hammocks and scrubs. Highly
salt-and drought-tolerant, it's suitable for coastal gardens, but does well inland too.
This woody shrub typically reaches five to 10 feet and is usually wider than it is tall.
However, because it tends to be leggy, most gardeners prefer to keep it pruned and to
use it as a background plant.
If carefully pruned and shaped, it will form a small tree.
Plant pest-resistant necklace pod in full sun or partial shade in well-drained soil.
Pruning and the removal of old seed pods are optional.
Propagate necklace pod with the conspicuous seeds or with cuttings.
A word of caution: Children should avoid collecting the "necklaces," for the seeds
induce vomiting if ingested.
Sources: Everglades Wildflowers by Roger L. Hammer, The Shrubs and Woody
Vines of Florida by Gil Nelson, A Gardener's Guide to Florida's Native Plants by
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At Fort Myers
This summer, saunter down to the
Downtown Farmers Market to
discover three new vendors joining
the variety of local merchants. The mar-
ket, located at 2000 West First Street
underneath the U.S. 41 Caloosahatchee
Bridge in Centennial Park, is open every
Thursday year-round from 7 a.m. to 1
The new vendors are:
Ralph's Seafood Market
Frequent shoppers will be happy
to learn that Ralph's Seafood is back.
Ralph's is well-known for fresh local
seafood right off the boats at Fort Myers
Beach. They sell sea scallops, salmon and
grouper fillets, crab cakes, calamari salad,
fresh clams, and various sizes of shrimp.
Other items will be added as they come
Paradise Handmade Soap
This new vendor sells all natural hand-
made soaps with fragrance oils. Available
are natural lip balms, foaming hand
soaps, and bath fizzies in addition to a
few accessory items such as soap nets
and all natural loofah sponges.
Experience the tasty sensation of all
natural peanut butter made with natural
honey and cinnamon, or creamy dark or
white chocolate peanut butter. Nut lov-
ers will also love the almond and cashew
Shoppers are also reminded that
ready-to-eat breakfast and lunch items are
available each Thursday from Herbeque
BBQ, which sells breakfast burritos, ribs,
pulled pork, Italian sausage, hot dogs,
hamburgers, chicken, turkey legs and
sides. Herbeque BBQ takes lunch orders
in advance and also offers catering.
The market, in operation since 1994,
features vendors offering an assortment
of goods including fruits, vegetables, a
variety of seafood, baked goods, honey,
nuts, cheese, flowers, plants, and soaps.
For more information call 321-7098.
Dine Out For
A Good Cause
T eave the cooking to the profes-
| signals while supporting a worth-
h-while cause called Stick a Fork
in Cancer. On Thursday, July 15 the
following local restaurants will donate a
minimum of 10 percent of their sales to
the American Cancer Society:
Bianca's Ristorante Italiano &
Pizzeria, 16251 North Cleveland Avenue,
North Fort Myers
Beef 'O0' Brady's, 20301 Grande
Oaks Shop Boulevard, Estero
The Loose Caboose, 4th and Park
Avenue, Boca Grande
Arizona Pizza Company, 8700
Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers
Old 41 Restaurant, 25091
Bernwood Drive, Bonita Springs
Foster's Grille, 728 SW Pine Island
Road, Cape Coral
Sasse's, 3651 Evans Avenue, Fort
Geo's Italian Restaurant, 1140
Ceitus Terrace, Cape Coral
Jason's Deli, Fort Myers, Cape
Coral, Naples, Port Charlotte and
Raymary Street Grill, 7573 Raymary
Country Roads Cafe, 1344
Homestead Road North, Lehigh Acres
Chicago Pizza, 1227 Miromar
Street, Cape Coral
Marker 92, Resort at Marina Village,
5961 Silver King Boulevard, Cape Coral
Rita's Ice-Custard and Happiness,
15880 San Carlos Boulevard, Fort Myers
Leapin' Lizards, 1719 Cape Coral
Parkway East, Cape Coral
The Jacaranda, 1223 Periwinkle
Ro'des Restaurant, 3756 Bonita
Beach Road, Bonita Springs
The American Cancer Society is hop-
ing additional restaurants will participate.
Call 936-1113, ext. 3902 or e-mail
email@example.com for additional
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To Another Croc
by Anne Mitchell
or many, Sanibel's beloved croco-
dile who died last winter will never
be replaced but a new croc
released by wildlife officials may become
the second lone example of the species
on the island.
An eight-foot American crocodile
was released May 28 near the tower in
the JN "Ding" Darling National Wildlife
Refuge on Sanibel. She was trapped in
Grove City, near Englewood having trav-
eled far north of her natural habitat of
Since she was found so far north, and
the previous crocodile had been so suc-
cessful on the refuge, Refuge Manager
Paul Tritaik gave permission to relocate
this animal to the JN "Ding" Darling
National Wildlife Refuge.
The crococile sports a red #10 cattle
tag on her tail and permanent scutes on
her tail are clipped to identify her.
Tritaik stressed that the crocodile a
threatened species was not brought
here as an "attraction" or to replace the
other croc and there are no guarantees
that she will even stay here.
Anyone who sees her is asked to
report to refuge staff by calling 472-1100
or post your sighting at the refuge educa-
Tritaik explained how the reloca-
tion came about: "FWC called me...
The crocodile is released in the refuge with its red identifying tag
and requested that they be allowed to
release a relocated crocodile that same
afternoon. A trapper called them when
responding to a nuisance alligator call
in Grove City. Fortunately, their trapper
knew the difference between a crocodile
"The crocodile needed to be relocated
because she was found on private prop-
erty and the owner wanted her removed.
She did not threaten anyone, but just
looked threatening. JN "Ding" Darling
NWR was the closest conservation land
with a history of supporting a crocodile.
Collier-Seminole State Park was too far
south," he said.
"We hope she finds a home where she
can coexist in the ecosystem, whether
here or wherever she goes," he added.
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 boat-
ers 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
S corner of Kelly Road (across from Ace
Register online at www.scbps.com or
call the office at 466-4040.4
Take A Cruise
Into The Past
Cruise to the historic Mound House
on Estero Bay where Theresa
Schober, director of cultural
resources, will conduct a tour and sneak
peek of the new underground archeo-
logical exhibit. Along the way learn
about the dynamic history and ecology
of Punta Rassa, Pine Island Sound and
Estero Bay. This new exhibit at The
Mound House offers a rare opportunity
to walk in an actual Calusa shell mound
to observe its construction, its layers
and to see this cross section of 2,000
years of Southwest Florida history.
Reservations are required as space is
limited. Cost for this unique opportu-
nity is $45 per person which includes a
donation to The Mound House Cultural
Resources Center. This Cruise into the
Past will depart Punta Rassa at 9 a.m.
on Friday July 23 and return to Punta
Rassa at 1:30 p.m.
Additional information and reserva-
tions may be obtained by calling Captiva
Cruises at 472-5300.w
Girls" Night Out At Broadway
Palm Features Footloose
Footloose at Broadway Palm
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre is cutting loose this summer with the 1980's
movie musical Footloose, playing through July 25. Every Friday and Saturday
night Broadway Palm is offering a Girls' Night Out Package (guys can come
too); with the purchase eight adult tickets there is a $10 discount off each ticket,
two bottles of wine for the table and each person will also receive a free martini of
Footloose is a high-energy dance musical that tells the story of the lively city boy,
Ren, who moves to a small town where dancing has been banned by the anxious
reverend. After the culture shock sets in, Ren tries to gain support from his friends to
overturn the extreme ban and while doing so, he catches the attention of the preach-
The Oscar nominated Top 40 score includes The Girl Gets Around, Holding Out
For A Hero, Let's Hear It For The Boy, Almost Paradise and Footloose.
Footloose also plays Wednesday through Sunday evenings with selected matinees.
Ticket prices range from $27 to $53 with group discounts available for parties of
20 or more. There is a summer special for children 18 and under with tickets for
$18 for the buffet and the show. Call the box office at 278-4422, log onto www.
BroadwayPalm.com, or go to the box office at 1380 Colonial Boulevard in Fort
New Example Internet Consulting
is producing a video that could
put the Fort Myers River District
on the national map. Called One Shot,
the video will showcase the talent, ener-
gy, and redevelopment efforts of the
"Anyone can be part of the music
video. We're looking for 100 volunteers
and passionate supporters of the River
District to participate in the music video,"
said Antonio Castillo, principal of New
Example. One Shot will go viral very
quickly and will give Fort Myers unprec-
edented exposure as a great place to live,
visit and start a business all while show-
casing the historic redevelopment and
excitement of the River District," Castillo
One Shot will feature the high points
of the River District as volunteers will be
strategically positioned along hot spots
of the district including art galleries and
other businesses while lip-synching to a
song produced by a local musician.
Videotaping will take place on
Thursday July 15 from 6:30 to 7:30
p.m. The video will be released on
Monday, August 2.
To volunteer for the music video, go to
www.newexaple.com/oneshot and sign
up online. Once registered, volunteers
will receive further instructions and be
assigned lyrics. Volunteers may unleash
THERIVER JULY9,2010 15
their creativity through costume and
The music video is 100 percent com-
munity-driven volunteer project with no
cost to produce or distribute it.
New Example is partnering with local
businesses including Indigo Hotel, Howl
Gallery, SKS Photo Shoot, Coloring the
World Art Gallery and supporters of Art
The video will be distributed under
the Creative Commons license and will
be available as a free download at www.
newexample.com. Any business, group,
and individual, is welcome to promote the
video on its site.
I envision hundreds of business
throughout the state and beyond to fea-
ture the River District's One Shot and for
the video to further infuse our city with
energy and attract new businesses and
more visitors to the area," said Castillo.
he NARFE (National Active
and Retired Federal Employees
Association) South Lee County
Chapter #1263 wil meet on Thursday,
July 15 at 11:30 a.m. at the
International King Buffet, 9061 College
Parkway in Fort Myers.
TJ Johnson of CRF Communities will
be the guest speaker. For more informa-
tion call 482-6713.4
and enthusiasts can attend a ben-
efit concert which will provide
food and financial assistance for
the Harry Chapin Food Bank. A special
concert of bands will be held at Valerie's
Lounge, 17264 San Carlos Boulevard,
Fort Myers Beach, beginning at 2:15
p.m. on Saturday, July 17. Those
attending are asked to donate a mini-
mum of five nonperishable food items
or $5 as admission.
Headlining the concert will be the
band Strange Arrangement playing at
3:30. Other bands appearing will be
Long Story Short at 2:15, The Drunk
Monkeys at 5, and the TJ Kelly Band at
7. Jet Sound is donating all sound and
lighting for the event.
Attendees can also participate in a raf-
fle for a Fender Strato Caster guitar, with
the winning ticket number being drawn
at 8 p.m. The guitar is being donated by
The concert is being organized by
Florida Gulf Coast University student Nick
Forster as part of his Civic Engagement
class, in which students select and
become involved with a non-profit
organization. Forster selected the Harry
Chapin Food Bank because he believes
the increase in unemployment, economic
recession, and the recent winter freeze
have increased the need for food banks in
For more information, contact Forster
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Fun At The
by Di Saggau
playing at The
Theater on Sanibel.
The 70s Show
just opened, and
it's another highly
that whisks the audience back to the
marvelous music of the '70s. You can't
go wrong with songs like I'll Be There,
Stayin' Alive, Proud Mary, SOS,
Dancing Queen, Get Down Tonight,
I Will Survive, and YMCA. And that's
just a sampling of the 30 songs of an
era gone by that you'll enjoy revisiting.
The talented cast consists of Lexie
Dorsett, Gina Gloria, Kevin Todd
Murphy, Geoffrey Nelson and Samantha
Rotella. Musical direction is by Sarah
Lawing with Miguel Cintron on drums.
The show is directed by Victor Legarreta
with choreography by Bobby Logue. I
saw the show last Saturday evening and
there was a good size crowd to join in the
fun as the energetic cast took us through
so many memories.
In Shell Point
The final performance in the Shell
Point Retirement Community
Summer Music Series will be
Reiko, Violinist and Friends, on
Monday, August 2, at 7 p.m. This
was the first year for the Shell Point
Summer Music Series which has offered
performances by talented performers in
the Church Auditorium located on The
Island of Shell Point.
"Reiko is a very talented performer,
and we have had her visit Shell Point
on many occasions," said Dawn Boren,
director of resident life. "We are very
happy to have her offer the final perfor-
mance of our inaugural Summer Music
Series, and look forward to having her
again in the future. She is definitely popu-
lar with our residents, and the outside
Reiko is a native of Tokyo, Japan and
attended the prestigious Tokyo University
of Fine Arts and Music, where she
received her bachelor's degree in violin
performance. Following her graduation,
Reiko came to the United States and
continued her training at the celebrated
University Jacobs School of Music, where
she studied under world renowned Italian
violinist Franco Gulli.
In 1982 Reiko moved to Fort Myers
to begin her career as the concert mas-
Gina Gloria, Lexie Dorsett and Samantha
Chances are the songs will take you
back exactly to where you were in the
'70s. The disco songs brought back great
memories for me.
The cast works well together. Most
songs are a collaboration of all five, but
solo parts are also worked in so that
everyone has their chance to shine. Their
voices and personalities truly do justice to
the great music of the '70s. With all the
fancy dance moves, you'd think the cast
might slow down for the second act, but
they come out with gusto and even more
flashy movements. It was quite amazing.
ter of the Southwest Florida Symphony.
She has served as concert master for
six orchestras and became one of the
most prominent freelance violinists in the
country. Reiko and friends will present a
concert of both classical and popular pop
Tickets for the final concert are $15.
To purchase tickets, or receive additional
information about this concert, or future
concert series, call 454-2067.
Shell Point Retirement Community is
located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin
Road, two miles before the Sanibel
Geoffrey Nelson, Samantha Rotella, Gina Gloria, Sarah Lawing, Miguel Cintron, Kevin
Murphy and Lexie Dorsett photos by Nick Adams Photography
The costumes and outrageous wigs also
add to the overall feel of the show. By
the close of the show the audience was
standing up and singing along.
The 70s Show plays Wednesdays
and Saturdays through August 14. If you
missed the other show 80s to the Max,
Sun Splash To
Family Fun Nights
un Splash Family Waterpark will
open its doors after hours on
Saturday, July 10 for families to
partake in an evening full of slides,
pools, music and fun at a discounted
The special event, which will take
place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., is the
third of five Family Fun Nights to be held
at the waterpark this season.
The evening will feature music, food
specials, a chance to meet Swish the
it runs Tuesdays and Thursdays through
August 12. Showtime is 7 p.m. for
both shows. For tickets call 472-6862.
The Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater
is located at 2200 Periwinkle Way on
Fish, and several prize drawings. Park
visitors can also experience over 14 acres
of slides, tubes, and attractions, including
Sun Splash's three thrilling speed slides,
Main Stream River, and a Tot Spot for
the little ones. Park admission for "Family
Fun Night" is $6 plus tax for Cape Coral
residents, $8 plus tax for non-residents,
and $3 plus tax for same day park guests
who wish to stay for the special evening
Sun Splash is currently open every
day of the week from 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. through August 22. Additional
Family Fun Nights will be held the sec-
ond Saturday of the month through
September (weather permitting). For
more information call 574-0558 or visit
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Dance Troupe Performing Saturday
The Hot Flashz surrounded by Pine Island mango trees and wearing their Mango Woman
costumes, back row from left: Lois Kittenplan, Shar Robinson, Vita Hawkins, Johanna
Meyers, Bev Walter; front row from left: Sun Giallomabardo, Marjean Sage, Leoma
Lovegrove, Suzanne Brusseau
forgett the heat and feel the beat as the Hot Flashz dance troupe celebrates
MangoMania this Saturday, July 10 at 3 p.m on the main stage at the German
American Club in Cape Coral.
The troupe will dance the Mango Woman dance with tropical fruit maraccas in
hand, as well as a variety of other popular songs.
Join the fun and tap your feet along with these 45 years and up gals who love
to perform to raise money for their chosen charity, Camp Boggy Creek in central
Florida. Camp Boggy Creek is a Paul Newman Hole-In-The-Wall traditional camp-
ground that is medically equipped to provide Florida children who have serious illness-
es a place to camp and feel like other kids, and allow them to spend time with kids
with like illnesses. The Hot Flashz contribute the money from performances so that
these kids can attend a week at this camp completely free of charge.0
SummerJazz On The Gulf In Naples
Late Night Brass
The 25th annual SummerJazz on the Gulf concert series will continue on
Saturday, July 24 with a free concert by the versatile 10-piece band Late
Held at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, the fun, family-friendly concerts are
free and are open to the public. A popular tradition for many Southwest Floridians,
the concerts combine the smooth sounds of jazz with gorgeous gulf views, remarkable
sunsets over the water, cool breezes, and a relaxing atmosphere.
The concert will be held on the resort's scenic Watkins Lawn overlooking the Gulf
of Mexico. The concert will be from 7-10 p.m. and there will be parking just north of
the hotel at Lowdermilk Park, with free parking provided to those with a Naples beach
sticker. Free trolley service running to and from the resort also will be available.
Guests may bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating, but coolers are not permitted.
Call 239-261-2222 for further information and directions.
Late Night Brass is a high-energy band that features a powerful four-piece horn sec-
tion, a skilled four-piece rhythm section (keyboard, guitar, bass and drums), a dynamic
male vocalist, and a very talented female vocalist. They will perform a range of songs
from such popular horn bands as Chicago, Earth Wind & Fire, Tower of Power, Blood
Sweat & Tears, and The Doobie Brothers. The band has even opened up for Chicago,
Chris Botti, Billy Joel & Elton John, Michael Buble, Earth Wind & Fire and Sting &
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18 THERIVER JULY9,2010
Experiences Of A Lifetime In Week
Two Of Congress Baseball Travels
by Doug and Josh Congress
edited by Ed Frank
Week Two of this year's Western baseball journey took us from Denver to
Anaheim, California, across some of the most breathtaking scenery in
America. By the time we reached Southern California our dusty old Toyota
Sequoia with 129,000 miles had traveled 3,700 miles the past two weeks Sanibel
But let me first tell you about our final day in Denver which Josh said "was our best
tour day ever."
For a $10 entrance fee, we were afforded the opportunity to drive up the highest
paved road in North America to Mount Evans, altitude 14,264 feet. For about 20
minutes of this one-hour summit drive up this titanic beast I allowed no radio, no talk-
ing and no movement. I needed complete and utter focus traversing this narrow, road-
way with no guard rail. The thin air made me dizzy and the 2,000-foot drop to my left
nearly caused me to upchuck.
By the time we reached the summit, I had no feeling in my fingers because of the
death grip I had on the steering wheel.
But it was an incredible reward. There are not adequate adjectives to describe the
beauty. For 30 minutes we simply enjoyed the serenity and snapped hundreds of pic-
tures. Of course, Josh couldn't resist throwing an ice ball at me.
After carefully making our way down the mountain, it was time for our second
game at Coor's Field, where we were treated to an 8-7 Rockies thriller over the
But what put this day over the top for Josh was getting an autograph of baseball's
top pitcher, Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez, who boasts this season's lowest ERA along
with the most wins in baseball.
At the end of the game as the Rockies were celebrating on the field, I saw Josh
standing by the Rockies' dugout. Somehow he made his way past the ushers to the
front row where he made eye contact with Jimenez. Just like that, the super star nod-
ded to Josh and Josh tossed
him his newly-purchas edd
Rockies cap and barn he
hooked his fish.
I must admit, as much as
I have been looking forward -
to ballgames and ballparks,
I have really been excited
about discovering the Wild --.- .
West. Within a 30-hour
period, we took a meander-
ing path from Denver to
Flagstaff, Arizona, logging .
800 miles while visiting three
magnificent national parks -
and avoiding and detouring
our way past tragic wildfires "
Our first priority was to
tour Arches National Park
near Moab, Utah. The rocky
formations were the settings
for several John Wayne mov-
ies, the Warner Brothers car-
toon hit, Roadrunner, Indiana
Jones, and many others. We
were in complete awe of the
massive rock formations and
We continued westward J
to Monument National Park
about three hours south of
Moab on the Utah/Arizona
border. Once again, Josh and
I were mesmerized by the
painted background and the
vast beauty of the park.
Unfortunately, our old
Sequoia was not.
Rather than spending Doug and Josh Congress on Mount Evans
$25 for a guided tour on
a Hummer-type vehicle with a Navajo
Indiana guide, we chose to make the dusty
drive ourselves. Three miles into the trip,
fellow tourists were covering their ears as
our little truck was hollering out in pain
making the most deafening screeching
noise one can imagine.
Panicked, I called my good friend, Tom, A -, ,
a Toyota mechanic in Naples, who began -
firing questions at me like a 911 opera- .
tor. Mercifully, moments later there was a
detour where horseback tours of the park
were available. For $120 (versus the $25 I
could have spent earlier), we played John
Wayne for two hours while giving the
Sequoia a rest.
Josh was thrilled and couldn't wipe the
smile from his face as we galloped through
the badlands and witnessed monumental
structures like true cowboys. -
Back to the Sequoia, now covered with
an inch of red desert dust, I prayed for a
miracle. Thankfully, after a few miles on Rockies win!
paved roads, the squeal disappeared.
We departed for Flagstaff with the Grand Canyon next on the schedule. But one
hour into the three-hour trip, we were met with flashing signs highway closed.
Western Flagstaff was under siege with brush fires.
Off US 89 and onto AZ 64, we traversed when we approached a huge sign to
Grand Canyon National Park. The lady at the park entrance said this was the only way
to Flagstaff, waived our $25 admission fee and for the next three hours we enjoyed a
fabulous sunset in the park, marveling at what must be the greatest gift on our planet.
Exhausted, we departed the Grand Canyon at 9 p.m. and rolled into Flagstaff at
11:30 p.m. truly a day filled with splendor and adventure.
The next day's 8.5-hour trip from Flagstaff to Anaheim was uneventful although
we did travel historic Route 66 part of the way a desolate route of small towns with
historical districts frozen in time, old deserted motels and classic diners begging for
Next Week: Anaheim and Los Angeles; Back on the Baseball Tour.0
Year 102 And Still Losing,
The Sad Tale Of The Chicago Cubs
by Ed Frank
It's a disaster; it's deplorable; it's embarrassing; it's utter
failure. It has, however, accomplished one thing extend-
ing the longest misery streak in professional sports into the
If you have any doubt what I'm talking about, it's two words:
) For all of you Cub fans in Southwest Florida, and there are
thousands, you can chalk up another year of losing baseball.
Only this year, the losing is so bad, it's almost comical. Maybe
those promoters in Naples who are working to bring the Cubs'
spring training base here from Arizona might want to give the
idea a second thought.
Now here is a team with the third highest payroll in the Major Leagues, and the
highest in the National League, at $146,859,000. Just what have those millions
Half-way through the 2010 season, the Cubs were 35-47, having lost seven of
their last 10 games and resting 11-1/2 games behind first-place Cincinnati in the NL
Central Division. At this rate they are on pace to lose 93 games this year.
The Reds came to the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field last weekend winning
three of four while outscoring the feeble Cubs 30-8. Two of those wins were by 14-3
and 13-1 slaughters in which the Reds scored nine runs and seven runs in the seventh
innings of those games.
In the one game the Cubs did win 3-1, they left 17 runners on base, one shy of the
National League record.
At this mid-point of the season, Chicago was 15-24 against their Central Division
opponents, including 3-9 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, owners of the league's worst
They also top the Majors in one-run losses (19), the most unearned runs allowed
(59) and have grounded into the second most double plays in the NL.
All of this with a payroll of $146 million!
But that's just the beginning of this woeful tale.
The team is listless; there are empty seats in once-packed Wrigley Field. And
Manager Lou Piniella, in the final year of his four-year contract, appears like a young-
ster waiting for the end of the school year.
THERIVER JULY9,2010 19
Despite last weekend's shellacking by Cincinnati, their pitching, while not great, has
not been as bad as the record shows. It is their hitting, or rather the lack thereof, that
has killed the team.
Their team batting average of .253 ranks 26th among the 30 Major League teams.
This shameful performance doesn't say much for their new batting coach, Rudy
Jaramillo, whom they are paying millions. Jaramillo is the former batting coach for the
Texas Rangers who are doing better this year without him.
The root cause of the team's miserable hitting lies with their two sluggers who pre-
viously carried the Cubs. Third-baseman Aramis Ramirez, earning $16,750,000 this
season, was hitting .177 as the week began. And first-baseman Derrick Lee, with a
salary of $13,250,000 was at .227.
The only Cub above .300 was Marlon Byrd, a free-agent acquisition and the only
Cub to make the National League All-Star team, who was batting .309. Byrd makes
just $3 million a year.
Adding to the Cubs' misery is the well-documented antics of pitcher Carlos
Zambrano, who after going ballistic in the dugout recently, was sent off for psychiatric
help and is now on the restricted list.
The Cubs owe Zambrano about $45 million over the next three years. When he
departed, his season record was 3-6 with a whopping 5.66 ERA.
We could go on with this sad, sad story. But enough is enough. We should, how-
ever, feel sorry for the Ricketts family who recently bought the Cubs for $900 million,
vowing to bring their faithful a World Series title.
Obviously, it won't be this year.
Three Rainouts in a Week for the Miracle
It was a tough week for the Fort Myers Miracle who faced three rainouts and a six-
game losing streak.
After starting the season's second-half winning three straight games, their fortunes
suddenly reversed along with the rain storms.
When this week began, the Miracle had a 3-6 second-half record with a Monday
double-header at Jupiter to make up for Sunday's postponed game.
The team returns to Hammond Stadium this weekend facing Jupiter in a three-
game series starting Saturday at 7:05 p.m. The Sunday matinee is 1:05 p.m. and the
series concludes Monday at 7:05 p.m.0
To advertise in the Island Sun Call 395-1213
The Candlelighters 16th annual
Gold Ribbon Classic Golf
Tournament will be held on
Saturday, September 25 at The Bonita
Bay Club, 26660 Country Club Drive
in Bonita Springs. This is the char-
ity's major fundraiser which provides
the necessary dollars to support local
children with cancer or blood disorders.
The children and their families are able
to attend free of charge special events
and family activities they may otherwise
be unable to afford as well as the much
needed support throughout their child's
The tournament is open to the public
and various sponsorships are available
including title sponsors, beverage carts,
holes, golfers and other opportunities
ranging from $100 to $10,000.
Advance registration is required as
there is a limit on the number of play-
ers accepted. Your $150 per golfer
fee includes a round of golf on one of
Florida's most prestigious golf courses,
practice balls, goodie bags for each play-
er, buffet lunch and awards presentation
immediately following play.
Check in begins at 8 a.m. followed by
a shotgun start at 9. There will be games
on the course as well as a chance to win
some great raffle prizes.
In addition, you can help by furnish-
ing the charity with gift certificates, gift
items to be used for a raffle or gather up
items for the golfers' goodie bags. It's a
great way for your business to receive
free advertisement and let the community
know you care about the special needs of
children living in Southwest Florida.
To learn more about the charity or
download information on the tournament
log on to www.CandlelightersSWFL.org
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through August 20.
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Camps are at the Center for the Arts,
26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs.
Cost is $135 per half day with full and
partial scholarships available.
Camps are open to students ages
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Is In (sane)
by Priscilla Friedersdorf
Dr. Dave Hepburn, who writes
a weekly column, Dr Dave for
the Island Sun and The River
Weekly, has recently published a book
the Doctor Is In (sane)." He subtitles it
Indispensable Advice from Dr Dave
and bases the chapters on his medical
practice and advice which is generously
laced with humor.
Hepburn first relates something
bizarre, hilarious, outrageous and then
"BAM" now that I have your attention,
here is my diagnosis and my advice; a
"carrot and stick" approach to medical
practice, e.g. speak with levity but carry
a big tongue depresser. And it works,
you remember the vignettes he relates
with more clarity than listlessly turning
the pages of a medical manual filled with
scientific terms and ailments.
Although Dr. Dave does not subscribe
to the theory that "laughter is the best
medicine," this book will at least lighten
your mood and alleviate your anxiety until
your condition improves. The index gives
a ready reference allowing you to browse
through your particular medical interests
without searching through the entire
The chapters are short and succinct,
as is his weekly column in the newspa-
pers. In the introduction he admits to a
wanderlust which has often taken him
out of the confines of his office and into
the wider less developed world to treat
World Cup Teams
s .-- -q by Jennifer Basey
Set's World Cup
time, and soc-
Icer fans every-
where are focusing
on South Africa,
where 32 countries
compete for what
may be the most
ship in all of sports.
As a spectator or casual athlete yourself,
you can certainly admire the skills of the
World Cup players but as an investor,
you can also learn a great deal from
Let's look at some key areas of soc-
cer and see how they may apply to your
investment philosophy and techniques.
Offense When a forward, or
"striker," scores a goal in a soccer game,
it can look almost effortless. But it's not
that simple. Before the striker could even
make the kick, the ball had to be moved
around, sometimes by almost the entire
team, before it was in the right place for
the striker to shoot. As an investor, you,
too must position your portfolio properly
In his chapter Kicking Death in the
Head Hepburn deplores the supersizedd
sedentary society" which has led to
obesity. He prescribes a dog and "...ten
thousand steps every day" in addition to
an exercise program, sitting less than 7.5
hours per day and using a waist-hip ratio
as a predictor of having "the Big Mac
We are reminded that average life
expectancy in 1900 was 48 years and
now is 76 in America (80 in Japan) with
projections anticipating 125 for later
generations. And Hepburn continues his
so that, when the occasion arises, you
can take some "good shots." Specifically,
stay invested in the market, so you'll be
prepared to take advantage of good buy-
ing opportunities, as when prices drop.
Defense In soccer, the defenders,
such as the fullbacks and the goalkeeper,
must anticipate the opposing team's
moves and then react to them. And as
an investor, you must be ready to cope
with threats, such as market volatility,
economic turmoil, inflation and so on.
When these forces appear, you may need
to adjust your portfolio in one way or
another. However, your best defense is
preparation and one of the best ways
to be prepared for any event that could
affect your investments is to build a diver-
sified portfolio. Diversification can help
smooth out the ups and downs of the
market to help reduce the effect any one
investment may have on your portfolio.
(Keep in mind, though, that diversifica-
tion, by itself, cannot guarantee a profit
or protect against a loss.)
Stamina As you watch World Cup
matches, you will see very few substitu-
tions. In fact, only three players can be
substituted throughout the entire course
of a game, which places a premium on
players' stamina. As an investor, you also
need to have the staying power to "go
the distance," despite the bumps in the
road you will encounter. But if you have
the patience and discipline to keep invest-
ing for the long term, your efforts may be
D)R. 11.AVF II E I'll R N
IS IN (sane)
In dispen sa bhle
Advice from Dr. Da ve
speculation on longevity with his light-
hearted mix of sage advice, ending with a
quote from a Dr. Ivan Popov, "Wouldn't
it be great if we all died young... late in
life." We are warned, "...the big three risk
factors for cardiac disease are smoking,
high blood pressure, and high choles-
A special chapter, On the Wild Side,
compares how personality and attitude
can affect mental outlook but also physi-
cal well-being. He quotes a psychiatrist,
"...personality style only becomes a disor-
der when it is taken to the extreme. Then
it begins to interfere with day-to-day func-
Hepburn's cover photo shows him to
be a handsome man; his patients have
A Gem Of A Fundraiser
For The Heights Foundation
P rovident Jewelry and Norman Love Confections will jointly host Jewels In July, a
champagne and chocolate-laden evening of shopping and socializing to support
The Heights Foundation on July 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Provident Jewelry
Showroom in Fort Myers.
Provident Jewelry, which specializes in the sale, trade and redesign of estate jewelry
hosts one of the country's largest collections. For one night only, clients can purchase
or upgrade an exquisite piece, and have a portion of the proceeds donated to The
Heights Foundation's programs, including efforts to construct a new cultural arts center
serving the Harlem Heights community.
"A friend introduced me to The Heights Foundation and the center they are trying
to build," said Provident Jewelry's Alison Conger. "After taking a tour, I was immedi-
ately impressed with what they were trying to accomplish, and wanted to find a way to
help support their efforts."
Conger and her friend Christin Collins, of Norman Love Confections, decided to
pair up, along with their respective employers, to put on the fundraising event. Conger
hopes to raise $5,000 to $10,000 for the new center.
Reservations are requested. Call Provident Jewelry at 274-7777.0
Teamwork For a World Cup
team to succeed, it needs outstanding
teamwork. The players must know one
another's tendencies, must communicate
well and must trust each other to make
the right plays. When you invest, you
can also benefit from working with a
team, which may consist of your financial
advisor, your tax advisor and your legal
advisor. The investment world can be
complex, with ever-changing laws and
regulations, so you'll want to be confident
that you're making the right moves at the
You may never get to play in the
World Cup, but, by observing the play-
ers and the games closely, you can learn
some lessons that can apply to your
Jennifer Basey is a financial advisor
in Fort Myers. She can be reached at
Business Workshop At Fort Myers
Beach Chamber Of Commerce
F orida Gulf Coast University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will
host a workshop titled How to Reduce Business Costs Ways to Save in the
Summer Months, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 13 at the Fort
Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce.
The workshop is designed to teach business owners ways to save on expenses dur-
ing the summer months. "We all know what summer can be like for business owners
especially now with the soft economy and other factors which come into play," said
Dan Regelski, executive director of the SBDC. "Our goal at the SBDC is to reach out
to the business owners and provide them with the necessary tools and educational
information that they can apply to their small businesses."
The chamber offices are located at 17200 San Carlos Boulevard, Fort Myers
Beach. Cost is $20. Seating is limited.
Registration can be completed online at www.sbdcseminars.org, or by calling the
SBDC office at 745-3700. The Small Business Development Center provides free and
confidential counseling to start up and second stage businesses, and is located in the
Lutgert College of Business at Florida Gulf Coast University.0
no doubt noted his resemblance to actor
George Clooney, and he often slyly refers
to the famous movie star; writing "...
if you have any doubt about a lump or
bump, be sure to have it checked out by
a professional such as George Clooney.
He can be reached a www.drdavelooka-
This amusing, informative and enter-
taining book by Dr. Dave Hepburn will
be a good reference manual and help
alleviate medical anxiety. The Doctor
Is In (sane) is available at Sanibel Island
Bookshop, from Greystone Books, 1094
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calling toll free: 800-343-4499.4
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Firm Donates To ARC And Hospital
Home-Tech Office Manager Tracey Hendershott presents ARC board member Diane
Zabell, holding Benny, a rescued puppy, with a check for $1,105
Home-Tech, a Southwest Florida air-conditioning and appliance sales and
service company and its customers donated $1,105 to Lee County's Animal
Refuge Center and $1,000 to Lee Memorial Hospital's Trauma Center in
May and June, respectively.
The donations were part of Home-Tech's Charity of the Month program, which
donates a portion of the price of new air conditioning units sold each month in
customers' names. Still in its first year, the program has already given more than
$10,700 to local charities from Sarasota to Naples in addition to the company's ongo-
ing charitable giving and sponsorship of local charity events.
The Animal Refuge Center, or ARC, of Fort Myers is a not for profit animal wel-
fare society dedicated to providing humane treatment and stopping the escalating cost
associated with animal pounds. ARC is helping to cut the large numbers of homeless
animals which eventually cuts the costs to taxpayers, which to date has reached over
half a million dollars a year.
Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson cuts the ribbon for Job-Link FA Resource Center
Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson cuts the ribbon for Job-Link Family Resource Center
ort Myers residents in the Palm
Beach Boulevard area have a
new local resource to turn to for
employment assistance and other social
services. Mayor Randy Henderson cut
the ribbon to commemorate the open-
ing of Goodwill's new Job-Link Family
Resource Center on June 30. More
than 50 people in need of social ser-
vices waited patiently for the facility's
doors to open.
Goodwill Industries is the nation's larg-
est non-profit provider of employment
services. Job-Link coordinators assist cli-
ents with resume preparation, interview-
ing skills and access to online employ-
ment opportunities. Career and job skills
training are also available at Goodwill
The Fort Myers Job-Link center
at 4162 Palm Beach Boulevard, is
Goodwill's fifth in Southwest Florida,
joining offices in North Fort Myers,
Clewiston, Port Charlotte and Bonita
Springs. The Fort Myers office is unique,
however, because it also houses other
CCMI, Catholic Charities, Literacy
Council, Literacy Volunteers of Lee
County and NAMI Lee County currently
have offices in the Palm Beach Boulevard
Job-Link, and others will have programs
at the center. Services provided by these
agencies include food stamp application
assistance, English language classes, men-
tal health information, credit counseling
and money management.
The new center is also home to
Goodwill's GoodGuides youth mentoring
program, which prepares at-risk youth
for their futures through guidance from
"By partnering with these agencies,
we've expanded our Job-Link center into
a one-stop shop for the residents of Palm
Home-Tech Office Manager Tracey Hendershott and ARC volunteer Kaci Billington cud-
dle with rescued puppies, Benny and Oliver
Lee Memorial Hospital's Trauma Center is the only trauma center on Florida's
Gulf Coast between Tampa and Miami. It is designated as a Level II Trauma Center
by the state of Florida and treats more than 2,000 patients per year in Lee, Collier,
Charlotte, Glades and Hendry counties.
"Both of these organizations are dedicated to saving lives those of people like
our customers and employees, and those of pets in need of a home. It's especially
heartwarming to be able to support such worthy and essential causes in the communi-
ties we serve," says Home-Tech president and founder Steve Marino.
continued on page 25
The Children's Hospital of
Southwest Florida, in partnership
with the Ronald McDonald House
Charities of Southwest Florida, offers a
free monthly autism spectrum disorder
(ASD) screening for toddlers 18 months
to five years of age.
The next screening will be held July
16 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the
Ronald McDonald Care Mobile at the
Family Health Center located at 2232
Grand Avenue, Fort Myers.
It is estimated that one in every 150
children is diagnosed with some form
of ASD, making it more common than
childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and
pediatric AIDS combined.
Medical consultants for the project
stress that an early diagnosis can make a
vast difference for toddlers and their fami-
lies. They say early intensive behavioral
intervention can make an immense differ-
ence not just in the development of the
child, but in their families as well.
The ASD screening is conducted
by the Neurosciences Center at The
Children's Hospital, under the guidance
of Pediatric Neurologist Jose Colon, MD,
MPH, and Pediatric Psychiatrist Marianne
Krouk, DO. The screenings are admin-
istered by an advanced registered nurse
practitioner, who has extensive training
and experience in typical child develop-
ment and developmental disorders.
A physician referral is not required. To
schedule a screening, call 985-3608.4
Beach Boulevard," said Rick Evanchyk,
vice president of administrative services.
"There's a lot of need for these services
in this community."
The center is located next to
Goodwill's Retail & Donation Center
and is open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
on weekdays. "By placing the Job-Link
center next to our store, we hope more
people will discover what Goodwill's mis-
sion is all about," says Kirsten O'Donnell
of Goodwill. "Plus, a lot of our shoppers
are the same folks who need these ser-
vices, and we want to make it as easy as
possible for people to get the help they
The Job-Link Family Resource Center
accepts drop-in clients, though not all ser-
vices are offered every day. To make an
appointment call 693-9304.
More information about Goodwill
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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 3/12V 7/23
Sanibel-Captiva Care and Companion Service,
LLC Medical appointments, general transportation,
shopping, light meal prepare ions, 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
SR 11/13N TFN
SANIBEL HOME WATCH
Retired Police Captain
Lives on Sanibel
Will Check Your Home Weekly
Very Reasonable Rates
SR 4/9 B 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
email@example.com for rates and
schedules. License pending.
RS 5/28 V 7/16
available for summer tutoring.
Certified in all subjects.
SR 6/25V TFN
Convenient Medical Supplies offers a wide
selection of home heal hcare 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
RESPITE CARE FOR THE ELDERLY
Long Term and Short Term Care. If you're
looking for a getaway and need someone
to care for your loved one, bring them to
the Topic Care Home in Fort Myers. One
on one care, lovely atmosphere, home
cooked meals, doctor visits, laundry, meds,
private and semi-private rooms.
Call 239-656-0019. License #6905782
SR 7/9 B 7/16
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
Hourly, Daily, Weekly
Captiva Island 472-5800
SR 1/30 BTFN
&SERVI@]S KFFeR :
MAPLE DESK FOR SALE
Denmark Interiors Maple Desk.
30" x 60" w/ File Drawers.
Like New, Half Price.
SR 7/2 N TFN
BROYHILL YORKSHIRE MARKET
Oak dropleaf table, 4 chairs, $600; 4 piece
entertainment center, $1,300; 2 end tables,
$275; Broyhill Torehean pine dresser,
mirror, chest, 2 night stands, $950.
SR 7/9 M 7/16
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN
that the undersigned, desiring to engage
in business under the fictitious name of
JOYFUL PATH HYPNOTHERAPY, located
in Lee County, Florida, with an address
of 5237 Summerlin Commons Blvd, Fort
Myers, FL 33907, has registered said
name with the Division of Corporations of
he Department of State, Tallahassee, FL.
Dated the 9th day of July, 2010
RS 7/9 A 7/9
MISC. FOR SALE
SONY TRINITRON TV
36" in 7' cabinet, extra speakers
VHS & DISC Players
SR 2/5 N TFN
While you are away by
retired architect, Sanibel resident.
SR 9/30 D TFN
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY
13 Volumes 1978
SR 6/4 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
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Welcome To Paradise...
REAL ESTATE Robyn & Robb
CONSULTANT Mora l t
UNIQUE PROPERTY MoHra, Realtors
-_ _Happy -7- VISIT:
To Help You Tarpon Beach 204 2 A charming, SanibelOpenHouses.com
2 bed/2 bath + den and Pfeifer Realty Group
With All 4 2 bed/1 bath, hideaway duplex Sanibel Island, FL
Of near the heart of town. Wonderful
28L aO Your Sanibel River view. Broad decks 239-472-0004
Zoned for both commercialand Real Estate with beautiful plantings. Grab a SR2/12BTFN
residential use. Rare opportunity on Needs! book and lounge with nature.
Sanibel Island. Asking $895,000 $489,000
SHOREWOOD OF SANIBEL
S\- Great View! Great Income!
!!!Great Bargain!!! I y
3BR/3BA remodeled duplex in Dunes Tw ud l
with sweeping golf course views and Thinking of Selling?
granite, marble, tile, pavers, 3rd floor We'll sell your property
office, 1763 sq.ft. $499,000 Three bedroom beachfront COpies of
Only $999,000 time or we'll pay you up
to $5,000 at closing: Realtor@ The River
For Information 1630-1 Periwinkle Way
And Showings G UARANTEED Sanibel Island, FL 33957
Please Call Cell: 239-699-4940 delivered
1663 Bunting Lane T i l l Toll Free: 866-737-2BUY
Beautiful Corner Lot! Isabella Rasi T Office: 239-472-0004
3BR/2BA, Lake View 7Ask us about Fax: 239-210-3597 t2r
Asking $492,500 (239) 246-4716 FRE Email: SEG2@comcast.net y
THE DUNES EMAIL FREE Email: E cot to your
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NOVELLI INTERNATIONAL REAL ESTATE SERVICES
RS11/27NTFN -- Robyn & Robb SR 7/9V7/9 organization,
CONDO FOR SALE M oran organi-tion
3BR/3BA Dunes duplex. Great golf Two bed/two bath unfurnished ground CUTE "COTTAGE"
course views. Beautiful wood floors floor condo, close to Sanibel and (239)CUTE 44 -0110 Please call
Asking $429,000 Fort Myers Beach, $89,500. 43 11 Charming, old Florida-esque unit in
SR 1O/9NTFN SR 6/18 BTFN Flexible terms. 472-4246. 415-7732
SR 3/12 N TFN
1613 Sand Castle Road
Dunes Golf Course Views
Beautiful Decking & Porches
3BR/3BA, Vaulted Ceilings READ THE RIVER O LINE:
me in www.IslandSunNews.com
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4A573 CASIED CASIED 4A573
TURN KEY OFFICE SPACE
Central location -1630 Periwinkle Way.Furnished
office including a Recep ion 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
Iona Schoolhouse Professional Center
Great Loca ion 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 :,' '-."'4.4,1_:..
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 wi h
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 Ratpe Offperpr.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 mon hly rental
RS 6/18 V 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.
SR4/13 V TFN
DIRECT BAYFRONT COTTAGES
Popular west end where Sanibel/Captiva
meet. 1 BR-3+BR, single story, furnished,
full kitchens, 3 docks, direct access, heated
pools, pet friendly, beach across street.
Best spot on island. 239-848-0906
RS 3/12 M TFN
Bay to Sea is FREE!
Captiva & Sanibel Vacation Rentals
Rent directly from more than
300 property owners!
FREE for Renters to use!
FREE for Owners to use!
SR 2112 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
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.
EAST END COTTAGE
Steps from he beach. 1 bdrm/1 1/2 ba h,
AC/heat, full kitchen, laundry.
$3,500/mo + tax Jan-Mar,
neg.off-season. Call for availability.
SR 1/9 BTFN
For a complete list visit our Website
Call Dustyn Corace, RE/MAX of the Islands
RS 10/9 B TFN
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 7/16
Completely renovated 1 BD/1 BA apartment
on Sanibel, 2412 Palm Ridge Road,
$793/mo. Available immediately.
Call Island Management at 472-5020.
SR 7/9 BTFN
CUSTOM HOME, PRIVATE, river view, guest loft
with sun porch, pool, tennis, beach. No smoking or
pets. Available monthly beginning April. 405-210-
2341 or 405-307-8949
SR 1/8 MTFN
JUST OVER CAUSEWAY. Great Loca ion.
Davis & Heald. 2BR-2BA. All Tile All New Paint Plus
Lanai. Washer & Dryer. Quiet & Secure. Four Unit
Building. Looking For Right Tennant Not Right $$.
Call @ 415-7732
Fax @ 415-7702
Send an email:
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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
Angel Flight ................................... 1-877-4AN-ANGEL
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 R FE(N.atnal 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
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Fort M years South....................... .................691-1405
Gateway to the Islands..............................415-3100
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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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New, Lower Lake
0 Pulse Release
by Rae Ann Wessel, natural resource
policy director, Sanibel-Captiva
On July 1, the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers began a new, 10-day
low level pulse release from Lake
Okeechobee to both the Caloosahatchee
and St. Lucie estuaries. Flows to the
Caloosahatchee are to drop from an
average 3,000 cfs to an average of 450
cfs. While the break in damaging flows is
welcome news, it is very odd timing. The
summer wet season is usually the time of
year that our flows are the highest and
most damaging but this year's weather
patterns have been pretty odd as well.
Our exceptionally wet "dry" season
raised lake levels in May to 15 feet (see
solid blue peak in graph), a level more
normal at the end of the wet season, in
August or September.
The aggressive releases that began in
March to lower the lake, in conjunction
with new longer term forecasts, have
encouraged the corps to significantly
reduce the damaging releases for now.
According to the corps the short-term
forecast is for above-average rainfall; the
longer-term forecast (three to six months)
is for an emerging La Nifia condition,
with lower than normal rainfall. This
would carry us into the remainder of our
wet season and into our normally drier
fall months. So the corps is reducing
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Graph of release schedule
releases now to conserve water in the
lake in the event that a reduction in rain-
fall could prematurely draw down water
The schedule is evaluated each week
in a scientist phone call in which we
participate with our west coast partners
- the City of Sanibel, JN "Ding" Darling
National Wildlife Refuge and Lee County
- to address conditions in the river and
estuary resulting from the releases.
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Unfortunately, blue green algae has
been spotted in Hickey's Creek and Alva
upriver of the locks so we know that
high nutrient conditions are present in
the river. With lower releases out of the
lake, we expect water clarity in the estu-
ary to improve. However, greater clarity
leads to greater light penetration, which
increases the possibility of algal blooms.
We encourage you to watch water condi-
tions and report changing conditions to
us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Restaurant and Marina)
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In response to this year's odd condi-
tions, we began tracking the lake releases
on our website home page (www.sccf.org)
and added a page with more information
about lake releases (click here). We invite
you to track the latest information on
Lake 0 levels, Caloosahatchee releases
and flows as well as water quality data
from SCCF's RECON sensor network.
One thing's for sure this year, we're
making no bets about the weather!#
Women In Business will meet
on Wednesday, July 7 from
4-6 p.m. at Shine Hair Studio
located at 13451 McGregor Boulevard,
There will be networking opportuni-
ties, door prizes and and refreshments
and attendees will be able to meet the
2010-11 Women In Business Committee.
Appetizers will be provided by the
Prawnbroker Restaurant & Fish Market.#
Go to: IslandSunNews.com
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