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FREETake Me Home VOL. 11, NO. 6 FEBRUARY 17, 2012From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort MyersRead Us Online at IslandSunNews.com Sample Locally Grown Food At The AllianceThis Saturday, February 18, visitors to the Alliance for the Arts GreenMarket will be treated to a free sampling of locally grown, caught, and cultivated foods and goods. Visitors can try fresh produce grown in Alva and Buckingham, seafood and organic microgreens from Pine Island, as well as locally baked breads, pastries and cookies. We love to see the growing interest in local food, said Anita Escalon, who grows organic herbs and microgreens and is a regular GreenMarket vendor. There will be a great selection of local staples for folks to try, from the very simple to the more unusual. Depending on availability, visitors can expect to get a taste of things like starfruit, avocado, smoked fish, shrimp, honey, preserves, more than a dozen different organic sprouts from broccoli to basil, as well as a full range of vegetables.continued on page 16 Shopping the Alliance for the Arts GreenMarket on a Saturday morningPorcelain Artists Show And SaleOn Saturday, February 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Edison Porcelain Artists celebrate their 40th annual show and sale at St. Hilarys Church in Fort Myers. Admission is free. 40 Years of Fine Art From the palaces of Europe to the governors mansion of Florida, beautiful handpainted china has been treasured through the ages. The tradition of this timeless art continues here in Fort Myers through the efforts of the Edison Porcelain Artists. For over 40 years, the group has provided educational, exhibition and sales opportunities for local porcelain artists. Working in techniques employed by artisans of fine china such as Dresden and Limoges, the artists decorate each piece of glazed porcelain by hand, applying layer upon layer of specially prepared paint. The porcelain is then fired in electric kilns to create permanent images of incredible depth and beauty. Accents of gold and platinum are added with subsequent firings. The Early Days The group was begun by Alma Willis, an award-winning Fort Myers businesswoman and entrepreneur, who in addition to managing and expanding her familys businesses, wanted to learn to paint on china. She located a teacher, Ethel Garett in Zolfo Springs, and together with her friend Martha Barnes, traveled there twice a week to spend the day, china paint and, according Alma, have a wonderful time. To quote her, It was just like a holiday! In 1970, with 20 other potential porcelain artists recruited by Willis, the Fort Myers China Painters was officially organized. Over the years, the mission of the Fort Myers China Painters evolved and so too the name of the group; adopting their current name, The Edison Porcelain Artists, in 1980, when they affiliated with the Florida State Association of Porcelain Artists. In 1972, they held their first show at Recreation South. In 1974, the event was moved to the Fort Myers Exhibition Hall Annex, and the following year into the Main Hall, where it continued until 1985. 40th Show and Sale In present times, the annual show is held at St. Hilarys Church, located at the corner of McGregor and Colonial Boulevards in Fort Myers. Visitors to the show will find dinnerware, teapots, vases, jewelry boxes, tiles and other home accessories. Designs range from romantic florals and dreamy landscapes, to whimsical animals. There will be door prizes, raffle pieces and refreshments. Admission is free. Shellabration! 2012 Is HereThe official celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Sanibel Shell Fair & Show begins with the Sanibel Stoop on Friday, February 17. Meet at Bowmans Beach at 10 a.m. and be part of an attempt to beat the record for the Largest Treasure Hunt in the Guinness Book of World Records. Put on your dancing shoes for the Shellabration! Gala on Sunday, February 19 at 5:30 p.m. at The Sanctuary Golf Club and experience the sounds of Tom Tiratto and his orchestra as they transport you back to the Sinatra years. The gala will be a memorable evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing. The Shell Couture Fashion Show will feature original fashion designs inspired by gifts from the sea. The luncheon and show begin at 11 a.m. on February 27 at The Sanctuary Golf Club. The Community House will host Rusty Browns performance of In Celebration of Anne Morrow Lindbergh on March 4 at 1:30 p.m., followed by an old fashioned ice cream social. For reservations or more information call The Community House at 472-2155 or visit www.sanibelcommunityhouse.net or www.shellabration2012.com. Hand-painted china is an age old tradition Students Shine In Lab Theaters Romeo & Julietby Di SaggauRomeo & Juliet is one of Shakespeares best-loved plays, a timeless story of tragic love and its playing at Laboratory Theater of Florida. What is amazing about the show is that 12 of the 22 players are under the age of 18. Its inspiring to see these young people hone their craft. You know the story. Two families in Verona, the Montagues and Capulets, have been feuding for years. When young Romeo looks into the eyes of Juliet, its love at first sight for both. However, after Romeo kills Tybalt, one of Juliets kinsmen, he must flee for his life, while Juliet is promised in marriage to another. continued on page 3 Juliet (Gabriela Picket) and her nurse (Denyea Clarkson) Romeo (Kyle Tague) and Friar Laurence (Dale Hoover)


Historic Downtown Fort Myers, Then And NowWilliam Towles House Crosses The Boulevardby Gerri ReavesOn Valentines Day 2004, the historic William Towles house left the spot where it had stood for 119 years and moved across the street. It was thought to be the oldest building in Fort Myers. Towles built the home soon after coming to Fort Myers, but didnt live in the home for long. The cattle baron, politician, businessman, and larger-than-life character subsequently built at least two other homes for himself and one for his daughter Corinne. In its early years, various citizens lived in the house, but in the 1930s it became the Engelhardt Funeral Home, and in the late 1980s, a bank. In the boom of the last decade, Fifth Third Bank planned to demolish the house, just west of the Caloosahatchee Bridge on McGregor Boulevard, and build a new bank and rental offices. Architectural plans for the new complex were intended to reflect the Mediterranean Revivalist style of other nearby buildings such as the historic Miles Building a little farther west on McGregor. The community outcry against the destruction of the home resulted in a compromise. The house was still sound not surprising, since Towles had a reputation for doing things well and thoroughly. The bank offered to give the house to anyone who would move it. Attorney Mike Fink bought the house for $1 from the bank, with plans to relocate it to his lot across McGregor Boulevard. Weeks before moving day, preparations began. Excavations around and under the house made room for equipment and a small building was demolished to make room on the houses proposed site. On moving day, the massive and delicate ballet brought traffic to a standstill as spectators witnessed a successful preservationist story. Even the ramp to the Caloosahatchee Bridge had to be shut down. Flint & Doyle, Inc. saved the day, as workmen elevated 189 tons of house, rotated the structure 180 degrees, and painstakingly carted it to the new foundation Fink had built. Moving and renovation costs, shared by Fink and Fifth Third, were significant, but so were the benefits of saving history and avoiding the costs of a new structure thus demonstrating that historic preservation makes good economic sense. Today the house is the offices of Boyle, Gentile, Leonard & Crockett, P.A. at Law. It remains a part of the downtown landscape, although the view from the porch has changed drastically. Walk down McGregor Boulevard to gaze at the site where a fine house sat for 119 years before moving across the street. Then walk a few blocks to the Southwest Florida Museum of History at 2031 Jackson Street to learn more about Towles fiery career in Fort Myers. For information, call 321-7430 or go to swflmuseumofhistory.com. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Dont forget to visit the Southwest Florida Historical Society, one of the regions best research centers. Time travel by perusing historic photos or investigate your favorite historical mystery.continued on page 5 The River Weekly News will correct factual errors or matters of emphasis and interpretation that appear in news stories. Readers with news, tips, comments or questions, please call (239) 415-7732 or write to: The River Weekly News, 1609 Hendry Street, Suite 15, Fort Myers, FL 33901. Fax number: (239) 415-7702. E-mail: press@riverweekly.com. The River Weekly News reserves the right to refuse, alter or edit any editorial or advertisement.Independently Owned And Operated COPYRIGHT 2012 The River Weekly News LORKEN Publications, Inc.Co-Publishers Lorin Arundel and Ken Rasi Advertising Sales Isabel Rasi Office Coordinator Patricia MolloyGraphic Arts/ProductionAnn Ziehl Sarah Crooks Kris See Photographer Michael Heider Writers Gerri Reaves, Ph D Anne Mitchell Jeff Lysiak PRINTED ON RECYCLED PAPER Contributing Writers Read Us Online: www.IslandSunNews.com Click on The River Jennifer Basey Kimberley Berisford Suzy Cohen Ed Frank Max Friedersdorf Priscilla Friedersdorf Jim George Dr. Dave Hepburn Joan Hooper Audrey Krienen Scott Martell Capt. Matt Mitchell Patricia Molloy Laura Zocki Puerto Di Saggau Scott White The 1885 William Towles house at its original location on McGregor Boulevard eight years ago in a view from Henley Place courtesy of the Southwest Florida Historical Society The former site of the historic home still awaits Fifth Third Banks new building photo by Gerri Reaves Onlookers watch as the historic Towles house inches its way to a new site. On the right horizon is the Sun Trust tower and obscured by the house is the Caloosahatchee Bridge overpass courtesy of the Southwest Florida Historical SocietyTHE RIVER FEBRUARY 17, 20122


THE RIVER FEBRUARY 17, 20123 Ma Ma Ma a M rk rk rk r r et et et t o o o o pe pe pe p n n n n 7 7 7 7 7 da da da da a ys ys ys ys s y : : : : 11 11 11 1 a a a .m m .m m m . to to to o 9 9 9 9 p p p p p .m .m m .m m m . Re Re Re R st st st t au au au au ra ra ra ra nt n nt nt n : : : : Su Su Su S Su n. n. n n. n T T T T T T hu hu hu hu hu r. r. r. r. 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 a. a. a. a. m. m. m. m. m 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 p p p p p p p .m .m .m m . Fr Fr F Fr i. i i i. S S S S S at at at . 11 11 11 a a .m m .m m m . 10 10 10 10 10 p p p .m .m m .m . 17 17 17 65 65 65 0 0 Sa Sa n n Ca Ca C rl rl l os os s B B B lv lv d. d. d , Ft Ft F . My My My M er er er s, s, s F F F L L L L 33 33 3 93 93 3 1 1 1 1 23 23 23 9. 9. 9 48 48 8 2. 2. 2 2 67 67 67 65 65 65 | | | Sh Sh Sh Sh oa oa ls ls Wi Wi W ne ne ne ne Ba Ba Ba r. r. co co co m m m Locally owned, fresh and fun! LIVE E NTE R TAINMENT A T SHOAL S E very Tuesday and Friday 6 to 9 p.m W ith Sanibels Gene Federic o From page 1Romeo & JulietA plot is hatched by a sympathetic Friar to reunite the lovers, but the scheme goes terribly wrong, leading to unspeakable tragedy. Artistic Director Annette Trossbach said, What you see is a fast-paced, rollercoaster ride of a tragic love story. Truer words were never spoken. Romeo & Juliet, edited for a modern audience, takes viewers through 24 different mini-acts that move like wild fire from the streets of Verona, to the Capulets costume ball, to the tender scenes between the star-crossed young lovers. Kyle Tague and Gabriela Picket capture the innocence of youth as they try to escape from their feuding parents. The stage combat between the dueling Montagues and Capulets is excellent. When Tybalt (Vladimy Bellefleur) knives it out with Mercutio (Christian Cooper) the action is so realistic you expect someone to intervene. I was amazed at the acting abilities of these two young men. The production doesnt shy away from Shakespeares bawdy puns, particularly the overtly sexual Mercutio, who tackles a plethora of double entendres, often going to extremes that are hilarious but not appropriate to print. Denyea Clarkson is Juliets nurse, and she is a strong character who not only shows motherly affection but also adds many humorous moments. Beth L. Yazvac and Jack Weld play Juliets selfish parents and Dale Hoover is the friendly Friar. The costuming is modern and it works well. Romeo wears a black leather jacket, and most of his friends have jeans with gigantic holes in the knees. Some characters wear hoodies and others can be seen in four-inch heels. For the ball, Mrs. Capulet dresses in a French maids costume. Romeo & Juliet is a fast-paced, emotionally-rich production that will have you falling in love with Shakespeare. It plays through Saturday, February 25 at Laboratory Theater of Florida, located in downtown Fort Myers at 1634 Woodford Avenue. For tickets, visit www.laboratorytheaterflorida.com or call 218-0481. Edison Festival Tail-Light PartyThe Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center will host the Edison Festival Parade Tail-Light Party on Saturday, February 18 from 9 to 11 p.m. The Davis is located at 2301 First Street in the downtown Fort Myers River District. The Derek Trenholm Band will begin playing at the end of the parade, about 9 p.m. There will be drinks and dancing as the band plays from its broad repertoire. Whether its Herbie Hancock, Johnny Cash, Bruno Mars or even Kings of Leon, theres always a curveball in each set keeping the energy level of the band at a constant high. Trenholm, 29, is a Berklee College of Music graduate with a degree in Music Business and Management. He has been playing guitar for over 20 years and has been a performer on the music scene in southwest Florida for the last six years. The event is free to attend, but donations are appreciated. Tybalt (Vladimy Bellefleur) and Mr. Capulet (Jack Weld) Our email address is press@riverweekly.com


THE RIVER FEBRUARY 17, 20124 United Way Push Toward $8 Million GoalThe United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades is approaching the conclusion of the 2011-12 United Way Campaign, with only four weeks left. As of January 30, the United Way Campaign had raised just over $7.1 million, which is 89 percent of the goal of $8,030,533. The United Way of Lee, Hendry & Glades will wrap up our annual campaign February 29, and, although were 89 percent of the way to our goal of $8,030,533, we need everyones help to get this done, said Tom Uhler, United Way Campaign chair. We must make this years goal so that we can fully fund the United Way network of agencies. I am passionate about what United Way and its 70 partner agencies do for our community. I hope you will share my passion and help make a difference in someones life. Uhler continued, You have the power to make a difference in the lives of your neighbors, friends, co-workers, and even your own family members who may need the services of a United Way Partner Agency. A single contribution to United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades helps create opportunities for a better life for everyone in our community. Your United Way gift means food for hungry families, shelter for the abused, respite for Alzheimers caregivers, and a healthy start for babies and toddlers, Uhler added. Your gift does these things and more and your gift stays here in our own community. The support of the community will allow the network of 70 United Way Partner Agencies and more than 140 programs and initiatives to receive their full United Way funding. This means that essential human services will be available in our community at time when there are record needs. Since the inception of United Way in 1957, over $100 million have been raised in our community. All money raised in the United Way campaign stays in the local community to help support the local human service network. United Way Partner Agencies and initiatives such as the Alvin A Dubin Alzheimers Resource Center, Childrens Advocacy Center, Harry Chapin Food Bank, The Salvation Army, and United Way 211 serve a diverse range of needs in our community. A heartfelt thank you to those who have already given so generously. But to those who have not yet given to United Way, it is not too late. Your gift is important to our community and the need is very real. The need for services has continued increasing as the local economy drags on, explained Uhler. Please donate by calling 433-2000 or visiting the United Way website at www.unitedwaylee.org/donate. In addition to raising funds for human service organizations in our community, the United Way promotes partnerships and collaborations among agencies and initiatives, helping them to work together focusing on issues and solutions that continue to improve lives. The United Way advances the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for everyone in our community. United Ways thermometer a selection of exquisite wines creatively paired with tapas by Chef CorryThe Morgan HouseProudly serving Certi ed Angus Beef www.morganhouserestaurant.com ite M h The M h it uisite with wi th The M wi ith i it g C ith it th it M rving C wine tasting & tapasTuesday, February 21st 6pm to 8pmReservations Recommended:239 337-3377 G R I L LR A W B A RSEAFOOD IF OUR SEAFOOD WERE ANY FRESHER, WE WOULD BE SERVING IT UNDER WATERTHE LAZY FLAMINGOBeautiful Downtown Santiva 6520-C Pine Avenue472-5353 LAZY FLAMINGO 316501 Stringfellow Road Bokeelia283-5959 LAZY FLAMINGO 2Beautiful Downtown Sanibel 1036 Periwinkle Way472-6939 LAZY FLAMINGO 412951 McGregor Boulevard Fort Myers476-9000 Chinese & Japanese Cuisine Downtown Fort Myers (Post Oce Arcade Hotel Indigo) 1520 Broadway For Takeout & Delivery Tel: 334-6991 OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEKMon-urs 11am 10pm Fri-Sat 11am 11pm Sun 12pm 9pm Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702 or email press@riverweekly.com


THE RIVER FEBRUARY 17, 20125 Artwork Celebrates International Women In Commissioners OfficeLee County Commissioner Tammy Hall is supporting local artists by giving them an opportunity to display their artwork in her Fort Myers office. This month, two local artists are featured in celebration of International Womens Day next month. Alejandra Maria Espinola is displaying pieces that reflect her Mexican-American heritage. The display includes colorful oils and acrylics that focus on the journey of human spirit. The second artist is Gabriella Linnep. Her artwork is reflective of nature and universe. Linnep is originally from Europe and markets her pieces locally as well as in Germany, Italy and Switzerland. The work will be on display until March 30. International Womens Day will be observed March 8. The public is welcome to stop by and view the work and learn more about the artists. Call 533-2226 to confirm office hours. The arts are an important part of the cultural and development of our community said Hall. I believe that government can play an important role in public awareness, developing the use of public spaces for display and interaction of art, and for the encouragement and commitment of continued financial support both public and private of all the arts. Other local artists will be featured every six weeks. Commissioner Halls office is on the first floor of the Old County Courthouse, 2120 Main Street in downtown Fort Myers. Gabriella Linnep Alejandra Marie Espinola Citizen Of The Year FinalistsThe Lee County Board of Commissioners has announced the finalists for the 2011 Paulette Burton Citizen of the Year Award. They are: Dr. Margaret Banyan (Fort Myers) Community Sustainability Committee, Multi Modal Transportation advocate, instrumental in Lee Countys awardwinning Complete Streets Resolution, Founding Member of BikeWalkLee, involved in the devolpement of several community plans, helped foster public participation in some of Lee Countys most active communities and created a planning certificate at FGCU to promote development of local planners. Kevin Berry (Cape Coral) Chair of Lee County ADA, helps persons with disabilities overcome the challenges of accessibility, instrumental in the awareness of additional revenue to fund accessibilty programs and active in the Local Center for Independent Living by following up with complaints of Inaccessibility Michel Doherty (Cape Coral) Cape Coral Civic Association, Fort Myers Womens Community Club, Veterans Clinic of Cape Coral, founding member of Tiger Bay Club of Southwest Florida, Four Mile Ecological Park, chaired the American Red Cross Simply Red Gala, Voices for Kids, Lee County Homeless Coalition, Giving Heart for Cancer, Abuse Center for Women, Pace Center for Girls, Downtown River District Art Walks, Boys and Gils Club of Southwest Florida, Hope Hospice Planning Committee, along with various other organizations and most recently was named Grande Dame Honoree 2012. Nola Theiss (Sanibel) Sanibel City Council member and mayor, Zonta International Organization, instrumental in the formation of Lee County Human Trafficking Task Force and served as Chair, Co-Chair, Coordinator & Outreach Coordinator, Liaison between Task Force and Southwest Florida Regional Human Trafficking Coalition, founded Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships and a part of Lee Memorial Caring People, Caring For People campaign The award will be presented to the winner at the Lee County Commissioners Board Meeting on Tuesday, February 21, at 9:30 a.m. in the commission chambers. From page 2William Towles HouseThe all-volunteer non-profit organization is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard on the campus of the Lee County Alliance for the Arts. Contact the society at 939-4044, or drop by on Wednesday or Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon. Sources: The archives of the Southwest Florida Historical Society and The Fort Myers News-Press, and The Story of Fort Myers by Karl H. Grismer. Summit Run For FunSummit Christian School students enjoyed their annual Run For Fun event and fundraiser on Friday, February 10. Students from the Sanibel campus preschool joined the Pre-K through eighth graders at the Fort Myers campus for a day full of fun, games and, of course, running. Fifth graders Mary Ellen Gutwein of Sanibel Island, Jaslyn Cintron of Fort Myers and Abigail McKay of Fort Myers Craft And White Elephant SalePalmetto Palms RV Resort will hold a Craft and White Elephant Sale on February 18 (Saturday) from 8 a.m. to noon. The RV Resort is located at 19681 Summerlin Road in Fort Myers. Coffee and donuts will be available. The public is invited to attend. Additional information can be obtained by calling Marge Gregg at 466-5331. Laughter Yoga Lee County Parks & Recreation invites visitors and residents to this fun-filled free event at the beach: Laughter Yoga at Lynn Hall Park Laugher Yoga is mind-body approach to exercise. Its good for the mind, body and soul. Anyone can participate in this free fun group. Program meets every Friday from 8 to 9 am. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a towel and bottled water. No yoga experience needed. Lynn Hall Park is located at 950 Estero Blvd on Fort Myers Beach. This program is free, but there is a parking fee of $2 per hour. Visit www.laughteryogawithmegscott.com for more details. To advertise in The River Weekly News Call 415-7732


THE RIVER FEBRUARY 17, 20126 -NO IRRIGATION -NO FERTILIZER -NO TRIMMING -NO PES T CON T RO L Discover the next g eneration of money-savin g plants 2 FREE p l ants wit h y purchase of $50 or mo We ship worldwide. & trees. y ou r o re! Custom, upscale landscapin g to t any bud g et. w ww.SeabreezeN u rseries.com ( 239 ) 5 60-1 4 2 2 Hortoons Fundraising Gala Tickets On Sale The Junior League of Fort Myers (will host its annual Spring Fundraising Gala at The Atrium Building located on the corner of College Parkway and Winkler Avenue in Fort Myers on Saturday, March 3, from 7 to 10 p.m. This years event is themed Passport to Europe and will transport guests to six European destinations including France, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Greece and Italy without packing a single suitcase. Tickets to this food, wine and beer tasting are on sale for $50 per person and can be purchased online at www. jlfm.org, or by calling Ashley Hull at 225-3661. The ticket price includes hors doeuvres, beer, wine, and live entertainment. All proceeds from the JLFM Spring Gala will go toward funding community service projects that benefit many local organizations including The Childrens Hospital, The Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida, Dress for Success, and The Heights Foundation among many others. Attendees will receive a passport listing all the activities and destinations to visit while on their journey with the Junior League. A silent auction featuring eclectic lots will be one stop along the road. Performances from ballerinas in France, flamenco dancers in Spain or a game of darts in Ireland can all becontinued on page 25 Fiddlesticks Residents For United WayAlthough the Fiddlesticks United Way poster and thermometer said $202,210 raised, the residents who attended the leadership thank you event for the end of the campaign decided to raise the thermometer higher. The campaign had raised as much as the previous year, but had not reached its 2011-2012 goal of $210,000. Fiddlesticks Campaign Chair Jack Rogers wrote in an email about the event, The Lord works in mysterious ways. After the presentation tonight, Carl Berry launched his own post campaign drive. Berry made a successful plea for additional pledges to take the Fiddlesticks Campaign to $210,000. He wanted the residents to do it for United Way and all of the good its 70 partner agencies do for thousands of local residents every year. But he also wanted them to do it for Jack Rogers who has chaired the Fiddlesticks United Way Campaign for years and is passionate about the good United Way does. Before the evening was over, Carl Berry had commitments for over $13,000 additional dollars to take the campaigns grand total raised to $215,510. continued on page 27 Fiddlesticks Community Campaign Committee members. From the left are: Gerry Wolken, Jack Rogers, Nancy Clair, Marc Lobdell, and Paul Pearson Read us online at IslandSunNews.com


7 THE RIVER FEBRUARY 17, 2012 Fort Myers South Kiwanis Inducts New MembersThe Kiwanis Club of Fort Myers South welcomed two new members at a recent meeting, Krista Ruska and Ken Nakamura. Ruska is a Fort Myers resident and teacher at Cypress Lake Middle School. She serves as an advisor to the Cypress Lake Middle School Builders Club, which is a sponsored leadership program of the Kiwanis Club of Fort Myers South. The students in Cypress Lake Builders Club are a part of more than the 42,000 Builders Club members in 18 nations that participate in the Kiwanis family program, which promotes community services, leadership and fellowship. Ruska was sponsored as a new member by Todd Adams, president of Mills-Price & Associates. Nakamura is a Cape Coral resident and Edison State College business major. Nakamura was sponsored as a new member by Matthew Toomey, physical therapist at Orthopedic Specialists of Southwest Florida. The club is looking for more serviceminded individuals and business professionals who would like to make a direct impact on the community through volunteering. Meetings are held every Tuesday at 7:15 a.m. at Edison State College.For details on joining the Fort Myers South Kiwanis club, call Rachel Toomey at 940-3893, email Rachel.Toomey33@gmail. com or go to www.fmskiwanis.com. Todd Adams and new member Krista Ruska Matthew Toomey and new member Ken Nakamura The Kiwanis Club of Fort Myers South new members and their sponsors with Kiwanis 19 Lt. Governor Bruce Boyd. Left to right: Matthew Toomey, Ken Nakamura, Lt. Governor Bruce Boyd, Krista Ruska and Todd Adams Fort Myers Republican Womens ClubMike McAlister, a Republican candidate for Floridas U.S. Senate seat, will be a speaker at the Fort Myers Republican Womens Club monthly luncheon on Tuesday, February 21. The program will be rounded out by Betty Parker, known for her Parker on Politics column in The News-Press. She will discuss current Lee County Republican politics, the upcoming primary election, and how the media covers the world of politics. The public is invited to attend the luncheon and the program being held at The Helm Club, The Landings, South Fort Myers. A social hour begins at 11:15 a.m. The noon lunch, business meeting, and program follow. The luncheon cost is $16. Reservations are required by Thursday, February 16, and may be made by contacting Tina Laurie, 489-4701. The Fort Myers Republican Womens Club is affiliated with the Florida Federation of Republican Women and the National Federation of Republican Women. Additional information about the club may be obtained by contacting the president, Gaile Anthony, 292-5212. 11am-10pm Su n 10% OFF LUNCH 10% OFF LUNCH BILL ONLY. ONE COUPON PER TABLE Can not be used with any other offer. 18% Gratuity may be added to bill before discount. 11am 3pm, Expires Feb., 24, 2012 FREE


THE RIVER FEBRUARY 17, 20128 Along The RiverLooking for a great lunch and dinner spot in downtown Fort Myers? Stop at local favorite Ichiban, in the historic Post Office Arcade. The family owned and operated restaurant features an extensive sushi menu, Japanese Bento boxes and daily Chinese lunch and dinner specials. Choose from Chinese dishes such as shrimp with lobster sauce, General Tsos chicken and Kung Po pork served with fried or white rice and egg roll. Lunch specials start at $5.95 and dinner specials start at $8.95. Vegetarian selections are also available. Sit at Ichibans sushi bar and watch the chefs prepare sushi and sashimi along with Japanese favorites like the California roll, spicy tuna roll and green dragon roll. Cool off with an ice cold Kirin Ichiban beer or enjoy cold or hot sake. Ichiban is located at 1520 Broadway, Fort Myers. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m. Free delivery is available within the River District. For more information, call 334-6991. Have you ever wanted to learn about cheese? Delicious, stinky cheese? The Sandy Butler offers cheese classes at its wine and cheese bar every Friday and Saturday night at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Each class is 30 minutes and costs only $10. Participants receive a $10 voucher to spend in the market at the end of class. The markets cheese and wine department has been meticulously stocked to offer the best of international foods. Whether its homemade mozzarella, Italian ParmigianoReggiano, Spanish Manchego or French Brie de Meaux, the experienced staff discerns the right amount of salt, sweetness, tanginess or dryness, affording you and your guests the best possible culinary experience. Beginning this month, Carmine and Sally will also show you how to pair wine and cheese with delicious chocolate. Classes continue through April. Seating is limited, so call ahead for reservations. The Sandy Butler Market is located at 17650 San Carlos Boulevard, Fort Myers. It is open seven days per week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call 4826765 or go to www.sandybutler.com. Nervous Nellies in Fort Myers Beach serves great food, good drinks and island jams every day at its waterfront eatery. Just upstairs from Nellies is Uglys Waterside Bar, the place where everyone gets prettier. Enjoy happy hour all day, every day at Uglys. On Friday, February 17, Harrold Antoine plays downstairs from 1 to 5 p.m. followed by the TroubleMakerz from 6 to 10 p.m. while Just Us Two plays upstairs from 6 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, its Deb and the Dynamics downstairs from 1 to 5 p.m. followed by the Facahatchee Blues Band from 6 to 10 p.m. while Smokin Bill plays upstairs from 6 to 10 p.m.; Sunday, No Way Jos downstairs from 1 to 5 p.m. and Island Time upstairs from 6 to 10 p.m.; Monday, Mary Winner downstairs from 1 to 5 p.m. followed by Left of Center 6 to 10 p.m. while Vytas Vibe plays upstairs from 6 to 10 p.m.; Tuesday, Smokin Bill plays downstairs from 1 to 5 p.m. followed by Harrold Antoine from 6 to 10 p.m. while Mike Glean plays upstairs from 6 to 10 p.m.; Wednesday, Just Us Two downstairs from 1 to 5 p.m. followed by High Tide from 6 to 10 p.m.; and Thursday, Laurie Star Duo downstairs from 1 to 5 p.m followed by The Island Doctor from 7 to 10 p.m. and The Oyster Band upstairs from 6 to 10 p.m. Nervous Nellies Crazy Waterfront Eatery is located at 1131 First Street, Fort Myers Beach. Parking for your car or boat is free for patrons. The GPS coordinates for Nellies Snub Harbour Marina are 26.41 N 81.18 W. Call 4638077 or go to www.nervousnellies.net. On Saturday, February 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Peace Lutheran Church is holding its first-to-be-annual art show. Admission is free. Members and friends of the church will display their artwork throughout the building: paintings, needle work, wood working, quilting and more. Peace Lutheran Church is located at 15840 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers. Call 437-2599 or go to www.peaceftmyers.com. Take a wine and cheese class at The Sandy Butler Jam to rock and reggae beats with No Way Jos on Nervous Nellies waterfront patio Randys Auto Repair, LLCwww.RandysAutoRepairLLC.com16191 San Carlos Blvd, Ste 1Fort Myers, FL 33908Tel. 267-2556FOREIGN & DOMESTIC BUMPER TOBUMPER OIL CHANGE SPECIAL $17.99 (up to 5 qts.)Lic No. MV 81675 HOURS: M-F: 9am 5:30pm Sat & Sun: By Appt.Ich spreche Deutsch Please visit our River Weekly News online advertisers at www.islandsunnews.com. You can click through to their Web sites for more information about real estate, shopping, restaurants and services. Just click on the logos surrounding the front page. 75th Annual SANIBEL SANIBEL SHELL FAIR SHELL FAIR & SHOW & SHOWMarch 1st, 2nd and 3rd


THE RIVER FEBRUARY 17, 20129 Wine Tasting And Tapas At The Morgan HouseOn Tuesday, February 21 from 6 to 8 p.m., The Morgan House is featuring a wine tasting and tapas pairing by chef Corry Blanton. Reservations are recommended. First course is a scallop with tangello butter chive and candied tangerine paired with the Estrada Creek Savignon Blanc; crisp and floral with lemon and tangerine notes. Second course is ravioli with fig reduction and mascarpone paired with the Corte Del Rose Pinot Grigio; floral with hints of pears, apricots and banana. Third course is a coffee rubbed pork loin with blackberry compote and asparagus paired with the Wall Cellars Cabernet; bold, full-bodied cab, rich blackberry fruit and sweet. Fourth course is black garlic strip steak with Malbec potato puree paired with the Maipe Malbec; complex plum, fig and strawberry flavors. Rounded by velvety tannins. The final course is a cheese plate with Sangria honey and grapple toast points paired with the Morada Sangria; sweet fruits enhance this sangria which is very soft on the palate. The Morgan House is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner is served Monday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. and from 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant and bar features 14 beers on tap, full liquor bar and daily happy hour. Casual dining is available either inside with music and big screen TV, outside on the terrace, upstairs at Top of the Town or in the posh Miami-style Red Corner. The Morgan House is located at 33 Patio de Leon in downtown Fort Myers historic River District. Call 337-3377 or go to www.morganhouserestaurant.com. The Morgan House is located in the historic Patio de Leon Take your pick theres something for everyone at The Morgan House Chef Corry Blanton Serving 11:00 am 10 pm seven days a week. Happy hour daily with a special bar menu and Live music Sunshine Seafood Cafe has a new home... Right next door!8700 Gladiolus Drive. (Winkler and Gladiolus) across the street from Sweet Bay. Reservations accepted. Party rooms for private functions. 239-489-2233.


Churches/TemplesALL FAITHS UNITARIAN CONGREGATION Member of UUA 2756 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers Six blocks south of the Edison/Ford Winter Estates; 2 miles N of Colonial Boulevard Minister: Reverend Dr. Wayne Robinson Sunday services: 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. Kids Intangible Gifts sessions, kindergarten through sixth grade Unitarian Summer: 11 a.m. Tapestry of Faith Programs, child care provided Adult workshops: 9:30 a.m. Faith Like a River: Themes from UU History. 226-0900, Email: allfaithsuc@embarqmail. com, Website: www.allfaiths-uc.org ALL SAINTS BYZANTINE RITE CATHOLIC CHURCH 10291 Bayshore Rd., N. Fort Myers Divine Liturgy is on Sun. at 10:30 a.m.; Rosary begins at 10 a.m. Lenten services (Presancti ed Liturgy) will be on Wed. evenings at 6 p.m. starting on Feb. 22. Administrator is Very Rev. Peter Lickman, ph. 305-651-0991. We are a Church of the Eastern Catholic or Byzantine Rite, 1.5 mi. east of Int. 75. ANNUNCIATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH 8210 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers Reverend Fr. Athanasios Michalos Orthros Service Sunday 9 a.m. Divine Liturgy Sunday 10 a.m. Fellowship Programs, Greek School, Sunday School, Community Night 239-481-2099 BETH SHILOH MESSIANIC SYNAGOGUE 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. 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. CHAPEL OF CYPRESS COVE 10200 Cypress Cove Circle Fort Myers 239-850-3943, Located at Cypress Cove Retirement Center on HealthPark Campus An ecumenical non-denominational community of believers. Sunday Worship Service, 10 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study, 7 p.m. Reverendt Ted Althouse, Pastor revtedalthouse@aol.com 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. COVENANT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 2439 McGregor Boulevard, 334-8937 Rev. Dr. Kathleen Weller, Temporary Supply Pastor. Reverend David Dietzel, Pastor Emeritus. Traditional Sunday service 10 a.m. Nursery available CYPRESS LAKE BAPTIST CHURCH 8400 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, 481-5442 Randy A. Alston, Reverend. Sunday Services: Bible study, 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship, 11 a.m., Evening Worship, 7 p.m., Wednesday Prayer Meeting, 6:30 p.m. CYPRESS LAKE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 8260 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, 481-3233; Clint Cottrell, pastor Sunday services: 8 and 11 a.m. Traditional; 9:30 a.m. Contemporary; 9:45 a.m. Childrens Church K4J Kids for Jesus CYPRESS LAKE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 8570 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, 482-1250 8 and 11 a.m. Sunday Traditional Service 9:30 a.m. Praise Service Sunday School all times FAITH FELLOWSHIP WORLD OUTREACH MINISTRIES 6111 South Pointe Boulevard, Fort Myers, 278-3638. Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m.; Voice of Faith, WCRN 13.50 AM Radio, Sunday, 1:30 p.m.; Thursday Service, 7:30 p.m.; Friday Youth Service, 7:30 p.m. Nursery care for pre-school children and Childrens 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 8:45 a.m.; Contemporary, 10:30 a.m. Go south on McGregor Boulevard. The church is 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 Estates. Sunday Morning Service and Sunday School, 10:30 a.m.; Wednesday Evening Testimony Meeting, 7:30 p.m. 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.christianscience.com FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE 13545 American Colony Boulevard off Daniels Parkway in the Colony, Fort Myers, 936-2511 Pastor: Reverend 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. FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH in the Downtown Fort Myers River District 2466 First Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901 239-332-1152, www.fumcftmyers.org Sunday: 9 a.m. Contemporary Worship 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Coffee Fellowship 10:30 a.m. Traditional Worship 5 p.m. Youth Program 7 p.m. Spanish Worship FORT MYERS CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST) A STEPHEN MINISTRIES CONGREGATION 5916 Winkler Road, Fort Myers, 437-4330 Reverend 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: 11:30 a.m. HOLY THEOTOKOS MONASTERY 111 Evergreen Road, North Fort Myers, 997-2846 Eastern Orthodox mens monastery. Liturgical services conducted in the English, Greek and Church Slavonic languages, 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. IONA-HOPE EPISCOPAL CONGREGATION 9650 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers 454-4778 The Reverend Dr. John S. Adler, pastor. Weekly services: 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 with Healing. Child care available at Saturday 5 p.m. and Sunday 9:30 a.m. services. JESUS THE WORKER CATHOLIC CHURCH: 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, 218-8343 Pastor Randy and Anita Thurman 10:30 a.m. Sunday Service All are welcome. LAMB OF GOD LUTHERAN/EPISCOPAL CHURCH Corner Cypress View Drive and Koreshan Boulevard, Three Oaks area, Fort Myers, 267-3525 Walter Fohs, pastor; Becky RobbinsPenniman, associate pastor Sunday worship services: 8 a.m. Early Grace Traditional 9 a.m. Awesome Grace Contemporary 10:30 a.m. Classic Grace Traditional 8:45 & 10 a.m. Sunday School Gods Group MESSIAH REFORMED CHURCH Worship Gathering Sunday 10 a.m. Pastor Alan Bondar Fort Myers Villas Civic Association Bldg. 2306 Sunrise Blvd. Fort Myers 220-8519 website: messiahreformed.com 6:30 p.m Wednesday Bible Study noon Sunday Fellowship Lunch Monthly Teen Events see website for podcasts, special events, ministries, calendar, blogs, etc. NEW BEGINNINGS CENTER New Home Church, 8505 Jenny Cae Lane, North Fort Myers, 239-656-0416 Weekly Friday Meeting Meet & Greet: 6:30 p.m. Kingdom Teaching: 7 p.m. Fellowship and refreshments after service. nbcministry@embarqmail.com, www.facebook. com/nbcministry. Alex & Patricia Wiggins, Ministers NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH OF FORT MYERS 16120 San Carlos Boulevard, Unit 10 239-985-8503 9:45 a.m. Sunday School for all ages 11 a.m Sunday Morning Worship. 7 p.m. Wednesday Evening Bible Study NEW HOPE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 3825 McGregor Boulevard. Fort Myers Pastors: Bill Stephens, Stu Austin and Howard Biddulph, Associate Pastor 8 & 9:30 a.m. Traditional Worship 11 a.m. Contemporary Worship 8, 9:30 & 11 a.m. Sunday School Youth and Childrens programming runs concurrent to Sunday services. Nursery care provided at all services For more information visit: www.newhopefortmyers.org PEACE COMMUNITY CHURCH Meets at Ft. Myers Beach Masonic Lodge 17625 Pine Ridge Road, Fort Myers Beach 267-7400. Pastors Bruce Merton, Gail & RC Fleeman 9:45 a.m. Traditional Worship 11:15 a.m. Contemporary Worship Phone 267-7400 Fax 267-7407 Web site: peacecommunitychurch.com e-mail: peace1265@aol.com PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH 15840 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers Walter Still, Senior Pastor, 8 and 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship mile south from the intersection of McGregor, San Carlos and Gladiolus. A congregation of the ELCA. REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH 3950 Winkler Ext., Fort Myers, 274-0143 8:15 and 10:15 a.m. Sunday Services Daily early learning center/day care RIVER OF LIFE ASSEMBLY OF GOD 21580 River Ranch Rd, Estero 239-495-0400 Senior Pastor: Todd Weston 8 and 9:45 a.m Services; 11:30 a.m. Legacy Service, multi-generational SAMUDRABADRA BUDDHIST CENTER Meditation classes. All are welcome. Guided meditations offering many methods 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. MeditationInFortMyers.org. SOUTHWEST BAPTIST CHURCH 16940 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, 454-3336 Robert G. Kasten, Pastor Sunday Worship Service 11 a.m. Nursery available 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. Wednsday Service 6 p.m. ST. COLUMBKILLE CATHOLIC CHURCH 12171 Iona Road, Fort Myers, off McGregor and north of Gladiolus. 489-3973 Father Joseph Clifford. Weekly masses: 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 Saturdays at noon and by appointment SAINT JOHN THE APOSTLE METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH 3049 Mcgregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, 344-0012 Pastor Reverend 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 239-939-4711, www.smlcs.org 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 childrens Bible Study, plus marriage enrichment studies. Divorce Care on Thursdays 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 E-mail: rabbi.barras@templebethel.com Cantorial soloist: Lawrence Dermer Temple educator: Dale Cohen, Ma.Ed., R.J.E Shabbat Services, Friday, 7:30 p.m. Torah Study, Saturday, 9:15 a.m. Religious Education; Sunday School and Midweek classes, Preschool Classes, Monday through Friday Web site: www.templebethel.com Affiliated: Union for Reform Judaism continued on page 11THE RIVER FEBRUARY 17, 201210


11 THE RIVER FEBRUARY 17, 2012 From page 10Churches/TemplesTEMPLE JUDEA (CONSERVATIVE) 14486 A&W Bulb Road, Fort Myers, 433-0201, Rabbi: Rabbi Elyssa Auster President: Keith Grossman Minyan: Monday & Thursday at 9 a.m. Services: Friday night at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Religious School Sunday morning Web site: www.tjswfl.org Preschool director: JoAnn Goldman email templejudeapreschool@gmail.com 433-0201, Web site: www.tjswfl.org Affiliated: United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism THE CHABAD LUBAVITCH OF SW FLORIDA ORTHODOX 5620 Winkler Road, Fort Myers Rabbi Yitzchok Minkowicz 433-7708, E-mail: rabbi@chabadswf.org Web site: www.chabadswf.org Services: Friday 6:30 p.m.; Saturday Kabbalah class 9 a.m.; Shacharit 10 a.m.; Kiddush at noon Minyan: Monday and Thursday 7 a.m. 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. Reverend Nadine Spiritual Recovery, Wednesdays 10 a.m. Healing Service, Wednesdays 11 a.m. and Fridays 6:30 p.m. Sunday Worship Services, 11 a.m. Call for information 481-5535. THOMAS A. EDISON CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH 1619 Llewellyn Drive Fort Myers Just off McGregor across from the Edison/ Ford Winter Estates 334-4978 Senior Minister: Douglas Kelchner Traditional Worship Sundays 10:15 a.m. Website: www.edisonchurch.org UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH FORT MYERS 13411 Shire Lane (off Daniels Parkway one mile west of I-75) Minister: The Reverend Allison Farnum Sunday services and religious education at 10:30 a.m. For information on all church events call 561-2700 or visit www.uucfm.org. UNITY OF BONITA SPRINGS Family Service 10 to 11 a.m. Healing Circle 11 a.m. Hospitality and Fellowship, 11 a.m. Inspiring lesson, uplifting and dynamic music, meditation in a loving environment. Service held at 28285 Imperial Street, Bonita Springs. Call 947-3100. WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 9065 Ligon Court, Fort Myers, across from HealthPark Hospital, 481-2125 Senior Pastor: Robert Brunson Sunday Service: 9:30 a.m. Sunday School for all ages 11 a.m. Blended Worship www.westminsterfortmyers.org 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, Interim Pastor Jim Eggert Pastor Peter Weeks Sunday Services: 8:30 a.m. Traditional; 10 a.m. Blended Traditional and Contemporary; 11:30 a.m. Contemporary. Childrens Sunday School, Adult /Teen Bible Classes, 10 a.m. Talk By German Genealogical Researcher Southwest Florida Germanic Geneology Society will present Jumping Over Hurdles in German Research with Leslie Albrecht Huber on Saturday, March 10 at Faith Lutheran Church. Huber, an award-winning freelance writer and speaker, has written nearly a hundred articles that have appeared in over 20 different publications. Her articles and essays have won first place in both of the only two national family history writing contests. Her first book, The Journey Takers, has been her project-in-the-making for nearly 10 years. The narrative nonfiction book represents thousands of hours of research in libraries and archives across the country and the world. Huber visited her ancestors hometowns in Germany, Sweden and England and followed in their footsteps across the Oregon Trail to Utah. She has a bachelors degree in history and a masters of public affairs. She has worked as a professional genealogist tracing German families both for a large company and through her own business. Her topics will include 300 Years of German Immigration; Jumping Over Hurdles in German Research; Getting the Most Out of FamilySearch.org; and Eight Ways to Cross the Ocean. Pre-registration by March 5 is required and includes a buffet luncheon.. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. and the seminar starts at 9:15 a.m. Cost is $30 for Southwest Florida Germanic Genealogy members and $35 for non-members. Faith Lutheran Church is at 4005 Palm Drive, Punta Gorda, For more information? Visit www. SWFLGG.org. Leslie Albrecht Huber Peace Lutheran Church presents Singing the Windows A Spring Choral Presentation Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 3pm Come celebrate the beauty of our Sanctuary windows. The Peace Festival Choir, under the direction of Richard D Jaeggi, will sing the choral music of Rutter, Bliss, Drennan, Rambo, and Delmonte celebrating the story as depicted by the individual window. Joining in song will be soloists, Michelle A Giesel and Bob Hesch. Pastor Walter Still will guide us through each window as it comes to life through scripture and song. Special guest Ronald Estep of the White Stained Glass Studio of Sarasota, FL will be discussing the creation of the windows. Audience will be encouraged to join in singing the hymns of the windows. Free will offering. Reception to follow. 15840 McGregor Blvd Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 437-2599 www.peaceftmyers.com Peace Lutheran Church Invites you to: First To-Be-Annual Art Show Saturday, February 25, 2012 10ampm Join with Peace as the artwork of members and friends is showcased throughout the building. The displays will include woodworking, paintings, needle work, quilting, and more! Dont miss this opportunity to share our friends gifts! Admission is free. 15840 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 437-2599 www.peaceftmyers.com


THE RIVER FEBRUARY 17, 201212 Land Sea Air Event To Benefit CCMIThe 2nd annual Land Sea Air event will be held Saturday, March 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva. Arriving in style or in a unique way is the idea for this fundraiser where guests choose their method of transportation by land, sea or air. Cocktails and heavy hors doeuvres are served, theres entertainment, and a live and a silent auction. The event raises funds for Community Cooperative Ministries Inc., the umbrella agency for the Everyday Caf and Marketplace, Home Delivered Meals, Community Montessori Preschool and Social and Homeless Services. Guests really went all out last year in being unique and fun in their arrivals from driving an antique 1906 Ford Model N to a cow themed convertible, antique Rolls Royce and even decked out golf carts, said Tracey Galloway, CEO of CCMI. It was exciting to see the helicopter and sea plane circle above before landing nearby and we cant wait to see how creative our friends and neighbors are in their choices of arrival this year. Ticket prices begin at $250 and depend upon the type of arrival method chosen by guests, including a sea plane, helicopter, yacht, fire truck, chartered boats, personal watercraft, limousine, parasail, kayak, golf cart, or celebrity chauffeur. According to organizers, attendance will be capped at 100 couples. Last year the event raised $75,000. With the money we raised last year, we were not only able to continue helping our community but also develop new and innovative ways to fight hunger and homelessness, said Galloway. Those things included opening Southwest Floridas second customer centered Choice Marketplace, establishing Baby U classes for expectant families, serving more schools last summer with CCMIs Mobile Food Pantry, converting the former Soup Kitchen into the Everyday Caf and Marketplace and adding more schools and students to its weekend backpack program. The latest astonishing statistics we continued on page 33 Boca Grande sea plane Linda Flewelling and Dan Hickey Evette Zurbriggen Sam Galloway, Jr. and Kathy Galloway Tricia Dorn, Karen Ryan, Michael and Canella Mullins Black History Celebration, Banquet To Benefit Local Youth FoundationOn Saturday, February 25, the James Boosie Brunson Youth Development Educational Foundation (JBF) is hosting an awards recognition banquet at the Crowne Plaza Fort Myers. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. A social hour is being held from 6 to 7 p.m. and the banquet begins at 7 p.m. Special guest and former presidential candidate Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. is attending the event to celebrate Black History Month and raise funds for the local foundation. The JBFs mission is to create universal understanding through educational scholarships to recipients who are trying to make a better life for themselves and their families. With an education, local youth can achieve their goals and the foundation continues to assist students in making their dreams come true. The Crowne Plaza Fort Myers is located at 13051 Bell Tower Drive in Fort Myers. Tickets are a $100 per person donation that benefit the educational foundation.For ticket information, call Chanetta Campbell-Brunson at 297-9650 or 334-6922. The Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. is attending the local gala celebrating Black History Month Edison Porcelain Artist40th AnnualShow & SaleSaturday, February 25, 2012 10 am 3 pmBrowning Hall at St. Hilarys Church Corner of McGregor & Colonial Blvd. Fort MyersDrawings, Door Prizes, Raffle Pieces & Refreshments


13 THE RIVER FEBRUARY 17, 2012 Blessings In A BackpackThe 3rd Annual Girls Night Out committee has announced they collected more than $15,000 for Blessings in a Backpack via their recent event held at Fort Myers Harley-Davidson last Friday, with an estimated 220 people attendeding. Looking to raise at least $12,000, the amount collected last year, the group exceeded its fundraising goal. The group collected a total of $15,408, securing food for 192 children in Lee County for an entire year. We are so thankful and excited by the outcome of the event, commented Peri Bluemer, event chair. Feeding the less fortunate children of our community is important to their future and ours. Were honored to be able to play a role and appreciate everyones support. Blessings in a Backpack is a non-profit organization designed to feed elementary school children who qualify for the federal free and reduced meal program and may not have any or enough food on the weekends. Eighty dollars feeds a child for an entire school year. One hundred percent of the proceeds will directly benefit the local effort currently focused at four elementary schools in Lee County. For more information visit www.blessingsinleeco.org or contact the local effort via mail at 12271 Towne Lake Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33913. Christian Academy Scores In MusicStudents from Southwest Florida Christian Academy participated in the Florida Bandmasters District Music Performance Assessment Saturday, February 4, at Lehigh High School. The students pictured received superior ratings. Jon Angoluan, Aylen Bernal, Hayden Brown, Alexis Hollan, Isabella Hrunka, Logan Lemke, Eileen Little, Baxton Munn, Max Pringle and Amanda Sabean Food Atmosphere Service 1/2 10/7/11 12984 S. Cleveland Ave. Fort Myers 239-433-4449Michael Bratta & Brenda Biddle invite you to experience our newly renovated dining room.LIVE MUSIC NIGHTLYDance Floor HAPPY HOUR 4 pm 6:30 pm 1/2 price drinks and discount appetizers SERVING LUNCHMon-Fri 11 am 4 pm Dinner 7 days 4 pm closeBennigans, Biddles & now Brattas has never tasted so good!!!Go to our website for additional coupons www.brattasristorante.comIf You Liked Biddles on Summerlin, You will LOVE Brattas on 41 EVERY DAY EARLY BIRD4 pm 6 pmServing Lunch & DinnerTwo Dinners for $19.99 FIND USWE HAVE ADDED MORE SEAFOOD TO OUR MENU!STONE CRAB, KING CRAB, LOBSTER TAIL, SNOW CRAB, CLAMS CASINO, CRAB STUFFED MUSHROOMS, SHRIMP & CRAB CEVICHE & MUCH MORE TRY OUR EVERYDAY EARLY BIRD 2 ENTREES FOR $20.00 4pm-5:30pmWith the purchase of two beverages (enjoy Happy Hour with this o er) NEW MENU ITEMS LOBSTER TAIL, ALASKAN KING CRAB LEGS, CRAB STUFFED MAHI, SHRIMP & CRAB CEVICHE & SO MANY MORE 1 /2 Thomas Sievert received a superior rating on a class 7 piano solo. He is now eligible for the FBA State Solo and Ensemble Music Performance Assessment in March 2012. Read us online at IslandSunNews.com Read us online at IslandSunNews.com


THE RIVER FEBRUARY 17, 201214 ISLAND MARINE SERVICES, INC. NEW MOTOR SALES REBUILT POWERHEADS FACTORY TRAINED MERCURY MARINER JOHNSON EVINRUDE SUZUKI YAMAHA OMC I/O'S MERCRUISER 1Courteous Professional Marine Repair Service Dockside Service Serving Sanibel & Captiva For Life472-3380 466-3344 NEW M O T O R S ALE S REB U ILT P O WERH E A D S FA C T O R Y T R A I N E D MER C U RY MARINER JO HN SO N EVINR U DE SUZUKI YAMAHA OMC I / O'S MER C R U I S E R C ourteous Pro f essional Marine Repair S ervice Dockside S ervic e S ervin g Sanibel & Captiva For Lif e Your Bottom Your Bottom Specialist Specialist Call on Paint Prices Call on Paint PricesDave Doane Tough Conditions Call For Hard Workby Capt. Matt MitchellLast weekend brought a quick cold snap with a 20-degree drop in temperature and 25-knot plus north winds. This cold blast was a reminder that our winter is not quite done. With temperatures rebounding back into the 80s by midweek, it should be like it never happened and we will quickly get back to the spring-like conditions we were experiencing on the water in weeks prior. I often have clients book charters months out as they are only in town for a few days or only have one day to get together with family and friends to go fishing. This week was no different with a charter booked two months prior for Saturday, the day the strong cold front blew through. The night before, I had offered them another date later in the week when conditions would improve, but with everyones plans and travel arrangements it was not an option for them. With low expectations, we headed out from the marina as my mind was racing thinking of places I could hide from the wind during a low tide and at least keep everyone somewhat comfortable. A strong north wind is without a doubt one of the toughest wind directions to hide from in the sound. Crossing the bay along the powerlines was bumpy, to say the least. Once between Buck Key and Wulfert Keys, I now had options and it was at least manageable to fish. The strong north wind was not letting the tide come in, so we anchored up on a wind-blown corner where the wind was moving the water. After catching a short snook and a few sheepshead, we finally got our first keeper fish: a nice 19-inch flounder. With the wind now blowing even harder, I worked my way down the Roosevelt Channel fishing a few favorite docks and mangrove shorelines. Action was pretty slow with the strong wind making it hard to even feel the bite. We did manage a few more small fish, including gag grouper and mangrove snapper. Crazy windy days like this are the days you work the hardest as a guide. The harder the wind blows and the lower the tide is, the fewer options you have. Tough days like this, I often return to what I refer to as my neighborhood and work every nook and cranny. After a slow bumpy ride back across the sound, I tucked in around St. James City working some deeper docks while the tide slowly began to come up. The docks were slow action, too, only holding a few ladyfish. Making another run, I headed up the south end of Matlacha Pass ducking into St. James Creek. Finally I had found somewhere out of the wind with good tide movement and at my first stop, the action was instant. While fishing a tideripped deeper mangrove shoreline, we caught snook, sheepshead and trout and even added a few more fish to the box. As we moved further north up the mile-long creek, I stopped and fished every little deep hole and shoreline that was hidden from the wind. Although it was not on fire, just about every stop produced a few fish including a few rat reds. With the sun now shining and the tide getting high enough to give us more options, things were starting to look up. For our last stop of the day, I made my way into some favorite mangrove keys in the mouth of the river. Although the water was really stirred up, I had caught fish around these same keys most of the week. Sand holes around these keys held a few really nice trout. It did not take long to get our biggest one of the day: a fat 23-incher that ate a live pinfish. Casting small weighted pinfish up tight under the trees also resulted in one 26-inch redfish. Although this was far from the best trip I have ever had with these clients, with a lot of work we managed to catch a few quality fish. On days like this when the conditions are all against you and you still come home with a nice cooler of fish, you really feel you accomplished something. We are not always going to have perfect days with perfect tides and despite the fact I was looking for a way to reschedule this trip, Im glad we got out. On crazy weather days like this, its all about beating the odds and getting it done.Capt. Matt Mitchell has been fishing local waters since he moved to Sanibel in 1980. He now lives in St. James City and works as a back country fishing guide. If you have comments or questions, e-mail captmattmitchell@aol.com. Windy day rewards: a 26-inch redfish and an 18-inch sheepshead caught while fishing with Capt. Matt Mitchell this weekSend Us Your Fish TalesThe River Weekly would like to hear from anglers about their catches. Send us details including tackle, bait and weather conditions, date of catch, species and weight, and include photographs with identification. Drop them at the River Weekly, 1609 Hendry Street, Suite 15, Fort Myers, FL 33901 or e-mail to press@riverweekly.com. Miss Cher UNDER THE BRIDGE AT r BONITA BILLS DOCK, Fort Myers Beach 2 3 9-940-0621 Shrim Right Off The Boat B RI DG E A rs B Fish ID ClassThis class is geared for those new to Southwest Florida or new to fishing. During this class you will learn how to identify a wide variety of fish that can be found on grass beds, reefs, and ledges. Samples of live fish and marine life will be present. Attendees must be 16 or older. The class will be held Thursday, February 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. Residents fee is $15; or $22 for non-residents. Location is the Cape Coral Yacht Club. Pre-registration required. Contact the Cape Coral Yacht Club, 574-0806.


15 THE RIVER FEBRUARY 17, 2012 Calusa Heritage Day Offers New Boat Tour Across Pine Island SoundCome by water to the annual Calusa Heritage Day, the largest annual event at Pineland on northwest Pine Island. New this year, Captiva Cruises is offering a ride from Captiva Islands McCarthy Marina across Pine Island Sound to the docks at Tarpon Lodge. This boat ride creates an easy way for visitors and others on Sanibel and Captiva and even south Fort Myers near the Sanibel Causeway to enjoy a day on Pine Island Sound and also attend Calusa Heritage Day without the hassle of driving, said Cindy Bear, coordinator of Randell Research Center, which hosts the event. The boat will depart McCarthy Marina at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 10. Passengers will get a narrated tour of the harbor and its fish shacks and then have lunch at the Tarpon Lodge on Pineland before attending the festival. The lodge is across the street from the Calusa site. The boat will return passengers to Captiva after a three-hour stay on Pine Island. Fare for the boat ride and tour is $45; lunch is not included, but admission to Calusa Heritage Day is included for passengers. Reservations required by calling Captiva Cruises at 472-5300. Calusa Heritage Day is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 10 at the Calusa Heritage Trail, Randell Research Center, 13810 Waterfront Drive, Pineland. (Please note: GPS users should input Bokeelia instead of Pineland.) Admission is $5 for adults, free to children; Randell Center members also are free. Park at adjacent Pineland Marina; handicapped parking is available on site. Free water is available throughout the day; participants are encouraged to bring a refillable water bottle. Food is for sale by Pine Island-based Little Lillies Island Deli and Mel Meos fish wagon. For more information, call 283-2062 or 283-2157 or visit www.flmnh.ufl.edu/rrc/. Randell Research Center is dedicated to archaeology, history, ecology and preserving the Calusa legacy. Attention native plant lovers: Purchase plants while learning about their uses for native people. Native plants will be for sale during the March 10 Calusa Heritage Day. Attendees can visit the Paleoethnobotany Area, where theyll find All Natives Nursery of Fort Myers selling a variety of native plants with information about how the vegetation was used by people of past. Fermented leaves of wax myrtle, for example, were used medicinally for headaches, fevers and worms. Storyteller and author Gerald Hausman will return to Calusa Heritage Day with two performances and ongoing hands-on activities throughout the day. Hausman is the author of more than 70 books, which have been translated into a dozen foreign languages. He will be sharing folktales at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. During his 35 years as a storyteller he has entertained children of all ages. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will be handson Calusa-inspired arts and crafts and face painting plus an opportunity to meet live reptiles, courtesy of Lee County Parks & Recreation. Attendees also can participate in narrated tours of the Calusa Heritage Trail. Also Florida Public Archaeology Network will host atlatl throwing throughout the day. An atlatl is an accurate throwing stick that was developed long before bow and arrow and used by the Calusa. It was likely the type of weapon used to wound Ponce de Leon (he died from the wound). Children and adults will get to try it for distance and accuracy. The Randell Research Center is dedicated to archaeology, history, ecology and preserving the Calusa legacy. Fun and skill with an atlatl at last years Calusa Heritage Day Basket weaving at Calusa Heritage Day 2011 Calusa Heritage Day is Saturday, March 10 Learning aboaut native plants and how the Calusa used them BOAT RENTALSFishing Cabbage KeyDolphin Watching Captains Available472-5800Jensens Marina Captiva Island JACARANDAThe Entertainment Nightly in Sanibels Social Scene1223 PERIWINKLE WAY, SANIBEL 472-1771 Happy Apps $5.95Sesame Encrusted Ahi Tuna, Crispy Fried Calamari, Chilled Oysters, Steamed Shrimp, BBQ Beef Satays, Snow Crab Legs, Chicken WingsSanibels Best HAPPY HOUR4 7 p.m. Nightly in the lounge1/2 Price DrinksCall & Well Liquor, Draft Beer Selections, Select House Wine Reservations Required for All Cruises All Cruises(239)472-5300Cruises depart from beautiful Captiva Islandwww.captivacruises.com Call for departure time THE BEST WAY TO SEE THE BEST WAY TO SEE THE ISLANDS IS FROM THE WATER THE ISLANDS IS FROM THE WATER 10 a.m. Island Cruise to Useppa Or Cabbage Key Adventure Sailing Cruises 4:00 p.m. Dolphin Watch Cruise Beach & Shelling Cruise Sunset Serenade Cruise with Island Musicians


THE RIVER FEBRUARY 17, 201216 From page 1GreenMarketThe GreenMarket at the Alliance for the Arts strives to create a space where local growers, bakers, and artisans can interact with the community and offer their wares. GreenMarket is held every Saturday morning on the Alliances 10-acre campus on the corner of McGregor and Colonial boulevards in Fort Myers. Visitors can enjoy live music, often catch a free gardening class or cooking local demonstration, surf the web on the free Wi-Fi, or just stroll in the shade of the mango trees and along the pond with their children and pets. Inside the Alliances main building, which is also open on Saturday mornings, learn more about a full range of classes and cultural activities for people of all ages, check out three art galleries open to the public, and shop in a gift shop packed with handmade, locally created items. Alliance for the Arts Executive Director, Lydia Black, explained, We as an institution have been striving to become more sustainable, raising awareness of environmental issues in addition to our mission as a forum and incubator of the Arts. The GreenMarket, along with activities such as recycling drives and other energy-saving measures, is a big part of that commitment to do our part for a healthier world, and a healthier Southwest Florida. Black said regular GreenMarket attendees recently started an impromptu organic food garden on Alliance grounds. In fact, we are in the process of reimagining our landscaping, incorporating concepts such as the use of native plants and ground covers, xeriscaping, and a light environmental footprint in general. At the same time, and following our mission, local artists are getting involved in these projects, providing an interactive Locally grown star fruit Eat your vegetables, then sample locally baked bread, pastries and cookies Sample a wide variety of homegrown fruits and vegetablesexperience that incorporates nature and art in equal parts, Black added. GreenMarket is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. More information is available at www.ArtInLee.org or 939-2787. Local Waters And Charts Classby Cdr. Mary SmelterThe San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadrons, will be offering the popular Local Waters/Local Chartsclass on Saturday, March 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The class is directed towards new boaters and boaters new to the area, as well as those wishing to learn chart reading. It will provide 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 class. Optional on-the-water training will be offered at a later date. Check with the class instructor for details. The cost of the class is $40. The class is being taught at the San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron Classroom located at 16048 San Carlos Boulevard, at the corner of Kelly Road (across from ACE Hardware). Students can register online at www.scbps.com or call 466-4040. Americas Boating CourseThe San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadrons, will be offering an Americas Boating Course on Saturday, February 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This course is recognized by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. The State of Florida recently passed legislation requiring anyone born after January 1, 1988 to have passed a safe boating course and obtain a Boating Safety Education ID card which is valid for life in order to operate a boat with more than 10 HP. Each student will receive a card/certificate from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission upon completion of the class. The course consists of two sessions on consecutive Saturdays. The second session will be on Saturday, February 25, also from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Topics covered include hull design, docking, anchoring, handling boating emergencies, reading channel markers and many other topics to make each boating experience safer and more enjoyable. Successful completion of this course entitles the boater to six months free membership in a United States Power Squadron. The cost of the course is $40, with a $20 cost for a second person sharing the instruction materials. The course is being taught at the San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron classroom, located at 16048 San Carlos Blvd. (at the corner of Kelly Road, across from ACE Hardware) in Fort Myers. Students can register online at www.scbps.com or call the office at 466-4040. CATS & DOGSLee County Purchases 219 Acres Of Environmental Lands On Pine IslandLee County on Monday purchased a 219-acre conservation preserve on Pine Island Mat a cost of $772,000. The acquisition was funded by the Conservation 20/20 Program with a $20,000 contribution from the Calusa Land Trust and Nature Preserve of Pine Island. The parcel is located south of Pine Island Road along the shoreline of Pine Island Creek. It is directly across the creek from the Little Pine Island Mitigation Bank preserve. The parcel has 82 acres of mangrove wetlands along Pine Island Creek, 45 acres of submerged (creek bottom) land in Pine Island Creek and 92 acres of uplands. Mangroves are important as a nursery for juvenile fish and to filter water pollutants before they reach Pine Island Creek. The uplands are currently vegetated primarily with the invasive exotic tree species melaleuca (or paper tree). They will be restored to native pine flatwoods. Once restored, the pine flatwoods could be home to eagles, osprey, gopher tortoise, beautiful pawpaw and other listed species. The Conservation 20/20 program buys environmentally important lands for preservation. Its funded by a property tax, which was approved by referendum in 1996. It is 50 cents for every $1,000 of taxable property value. Since the first purchase in 1997, the Countys Conservation 20/20 program has made 109 land purchases and the land inventory now stands at 24,448 acres. Map shows boundaries of the land


THE RIVER FEBRUARY 17, 201217 OUR PATIENTS CANT PAY THEIR BILLS BUT YOU CAN HELP INSURE THE ANIMALS AT CROW CROW Join CROW for Walk on the Wild Side Walk on the Wild Side March 30, 2012 8am For more information, visit www.crowclinic.org or phone 472-3644 ext. 229 for helping insure the care and feeding of our patientsGo to www.crowclinic.orgClick on Help Insure a CROW Patient Choose your favorite patient Make your pledge with a credit card Receive a certi cate with a photo of your chosen animal by reply e-mailFor more information, phone 472-3644 ext. 231Please thank our Case of the Week ad sponsor for supporting CROW:thanks ad sp CROW Case Of The Week: Gopher Tortoiseby Patricia MolloyIt is a common sight for drivers in Southwest Florida to see a gopher tortoise slowly, but determinedly, crossing a road. Be patient. These gentle terrestrial beings have survived on this planet for 60 million years; a few minutes of your time pales in comparison. If you feel compelled to accelerate its journey and protect it from less attentive drivers, please relocate it in the direction it is traveling. If you return a tortoise to its point of entry, it will simply try to cross again once you have driven on your merry way. Originating in North America, the gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) has shovel-like front feet and elephantine hind feet which play a major role in its unique ability to dig very large burrows. As one of the few tortoises to build elaborate shelters, they are able to protect themselves from extreme temperatures, fires and predators. Gopher tortoises are exceptionally tolerant of their neighbors (a trait from which we humans could learn a thing or two) and are known to share their burrows with other species, including lizards, opossums, frogs, snakes, rabbits and burrowing owls. Some of these roommates are so dependent on the burrows that they will disappear if a gopher tortoise abandons its home. Thus, these special turtles have earned the nickname keystone species. CROW is currently treating two gopher tortoises, one male and one female, each having suffered spinal trauma after a run-in with a careless driver. After a spinal injury, a tortoise can often move its hind quarters but will simply drag its back legs, leading to muscle atrophy. The clinics staff has developed a unique way to treat some of these patients: golf ball therapy. A golf ball is affixed to the bottom of its shell with an adhesive. It elevates the back of the shell allowing the patient to use its hind legs. The slick floor of the clinics turtle room provides the perfect surface by which a grazers progress can be evaluated by the staff. It takes approximately four months for a shell fracture to heal and an additional six to 12 months for full recovery and removal of the zip ties. If you would like to sponsor either of these two gopher tortoises on their long road to recovery, go to CROWs website and refer to patient #4110 (female) or #4212 (male). Next week, learn about the snapping turtle that Dr. Heather has dubbed the chunky monkey. CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Inc.) is a non-profit wildlife hospital providing veterinary care for native and migratory wildlife from the Gulf Coast of Florida. The hospital accepts patients seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mail donations to P.O. Box 150, Sanibel, FL 33957. Call 472-3644 or visit www.crowclinic. org. Ordinary zip ties were glued to her fractured shell and are tightened regularly to correct the divisions caused by the auto accident Note the artificial burrow in the background. Gopher tortoises need a place to feel safe and secure while sleeping


THE RIVER FEBRUARY 17, 201218 Plant SmartMelaleuca, Scourge Of Floridaby Gerri ReavesThe best use of melaleuca (Melaleuca quinquenervia) in the landscape is as mulch. Since being introduced to Florida, this native of Australia, New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands has wreaked incalculable destruction on the natural environment. It has earned the distinction of being one of the most unwanted plants ever in Florida, and millions have been spent on eradicating it. The first record of melaleuca importation was in 1887, when the Reasoner brothers in Manatee County imported seedlings for the Royal Palm Nurseries for use as ornamentals. A more famous instance of introduction is the scattering of seeds from airplanes in the 1930s in the Everglades. The goal in the Everglades was to dry up the states wetlands and make the land useful for agriculture and development. But this tree needs no help in spreading, it turned out, for Floridas seasonal fires and other stressors -release the seeds from the wood capsules. Unfortunately, seeds can remain viable for up to 10 years, and one tree alone can hold up 100 million seeds. Today, efforts and dollars go toward trying to undo a portion of the resulting damage, and there has been some success with insect biological control. Melaleuca is listed as a category 1 invasive exotic by the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council. The species listed on that most damning category are documented as having caused ecological damage by altering native plant communities, displacing native species, changing community structures or ecological functions, or hybridizing with natives. A propensity to displace native cypress and sawgrass makes it a particular threat. Almost everyone visiting South Florida has noticed this tree, usually because of the unusual bark. The off-white multilayers of peeling spongy bark give it the common name paper-bark tree. Other names include cajeput, punk tree, and white bottlebrush tree. This member of the myrtle family can also be identified by stiff lance-like grayish green leaves of about five inches that smell of camphor when crushed. Creamy spikes of flowers can bloom several times a year and emit the odor of boiled potatoes. This tree easily takes over a landscape, growing up to 100 feet tall. The crown can grow up to six feet per year. Oils in the crown support extremely hot crown fires, making melaleuca stands a serious threat not only to the environment but to residential and commercial development. Those volatile oils, when released during flowering, for example, can cause respiratory irritation, asthma attacks, headaches, or rashes in susceptible people. So unwanted is the tree that it is illegal to possess, sell, cultivate, or transport it in Florida without a special permit. But ground into mulch, the invader serves the noble purposes of helping more desirable plants survive and conserving moisture in the soil. Melaleuca mulch is also termite resistant. Sources: fleppc.org, ifas.ufl.edu, and ddr.nal.usda.gov. Plant Smart explores sustainable gardening practices that will help you create an environmentally responsible, low-maintenance South Florida landscape. The distinctive peeling bark makes invasive melaleuca easy to identify photos by Gerri Reaves Melaleuca shown in a residential landscape Caring For Your PlantsFlorida Native Palmsby Justen DobbsFlorida has the largest variety of native palm trees in the continental United States and the most palm genera out of all 50 states. Some, such as the cabbage palm (Sabal palmetto) are very common and number in the millions. Others, such as the Miami palmetto (Sabal miamiensis) are extinct in habitat and found only in a couple private gardens. In an effort to preserve the native flora in Florida, some places such as Sanibel Island in Southwest Florida have adopted landscape laws that require all yards to have at least 75 percent native palms and plants. While I believe this to generally be a good practice, one downside is that abundant species such as cabbage palms end up being used and rare or endangered Florida natives are almost never utilized. The main reason that rare palms such as the needle palm (Rhapidophyllum hystrix) and key thatch (Leucothrinax morrisii) are not planted more in Southwest Florida is that it does not make sense financially for nurserymen to grow these due to the difficulty of obtaining seeds and slow rate of growth. Thus, you will have to visit a private collector or botanical garden to see them. Additionally, I find that many of our city officials are not privy to these rare species. Maybe Fort Myers and Sanibel should adopt an endangered native palm propagation program? We put millions of dollars into the mangrove trees and native wildlife preservation. Why not palm trees? Utilizing native palms in a Florida landscape is beneficial in that they can survive on natures sun and rainwater once established. Thus, there is no need to run irrigation or heavy fertilizer. Silver saw palmettos can be used as a low hedge, while royal palms can be used in imposing rows to line an avenue, such as the ones along McGregor Boulevard. For those with smaller gardens, the cherry palm is a smaller, slower growing version of the royal palm. Following is my list of Florida native palms. Other lists may differ slightly, but that is likely because they are out-of-date or have neglected the more uncommon species: 1. Cabbage palm (Sabal palmetto) 2. Dwarf cabbage palm (Sabal minor) 3. Miami palmetto palm (Sabal miamiensis) 4. Scrub palmetto (Sabal etonia) 5. Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) 6. Needle palm (Rhapidophyllum hystrix) 7. Royal palm (Roystonea regia) 8. Thatch palm (Thrinax radiata) 9. Key thatch palm (Leucothrinax morrisii) 10. Silver thatch palm (Coccothrinax argentata)continued on page 24 The saw palmetto comes in a silver variety (pictured) and green variety. It matures at around six to eight feet Cherry palms look like dwarf royals. Their name is derived from their bright red, cherry-sized fruits


19 THE RIVER FEBRUARY 17, 2012Singing The WindowsPeace Lutheran Church presents Singing the Windows, A Spring Choral Presentation February 26 at 3 p.m. The Peace Festival Choir, under the direction of Richard D Jaeggi, will sing the choral music of Rutter, Bliss, Drennan, Rambo, and Delmonte celebrating the story as depicted by the individual window. Joining in song will be soloists, Michelle A Giesel and Bob Hesch. Pastor Walter Still will guide attendees through each window as it comes to life through scripture and song. Special guest Ronald Estep of the White Stained Glass Studio of Sarasota will be discussing the creation of the windows. The audience will be encouraged to join in singing the hymns of the windows. Free will offering. Reception to follow. The church is located at 15840 McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers, 437-2599, www.peaceftmyers.com. Window at Peace Lutheran Church Lee County Band ConcertThe Lee County Community Band will present a lively mix of traditional Irish music, Dixieland, light classical, old favorites and spirited marches at 3 p.m. on March 11 at Mariner High School. The concert is free of charge (donations accepted) and open to the public. Mariner High School is at 701 Chiquita Boulevard North, Cape Coral. The program includes Imperial March, Leroy Andersons Sandpaper Ballet, a medley of Best Loved Irish Melodies, Danny Boy, Latin Reeds, and Original Dixie Concerto. The last concert this season is set for April 1 and will also take place at Mariner High School. The bands February, March and April concerts were moved to Mariner due to construction under way at Cape Coral High. The band is comprised of 52 professional and amateur musicians from Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. Director is Richard Bradstreet; emcee and vocalist is Norman Jones. For more information, visit www. leecountyband.org or phone Norman Jones at 995-2097. Movie NightZanzibar: Dance, Trance & Devotion will be shown at Movie Night at All Faiths Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2756 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 20 This is Tamalyn Dallals second documentary film, an anthology of 26 traditional dances. It is of interest to those who want to experience vibrant dances and music from one of the most exotic places on earth. The East African islands of Zanzibar are a melting pot of cultures (African, Persian, Ottoman, Arabic, Indian). Each village has a diverse display of movement, rhythm, spirituality. [ The film is 80 mins. long and there will be an intermission after 45 minutes. RSVP by calling 226-0900. A $2 donation is requested for refreshments and to support All Faiths UUC. Zanzibar DVD cover Send your editorial copy to:press@riverweekly.com Enjoy Poetic Presentation Of Visual Art ArtPoems, the collaborative transmedia poet and artist project of Southwest Florida, will celebrate its sixth year at BIG ARTS Schein Performance Hall Friday, February 24. There will be a reception beginning at 7 p.m., with the presentation to follow at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission. Ranging from the Peace River to Sanibel, from Cape Coral to Fort Myers and Naples, the group of 12 artists and 12 poets collaborated to produce poems inspired by artworks and artworks inspired by poems. Poets will perform their poems, villanelles, ballads, Fibonacci poems and free verse while the paired paintings, sculptures, photography and mixed media artwork are exhibited during the reception and digitally on stage during the performance. This year Dance Alliance, a dance troupe collaborative, will join the writers in this performance with African drummers, two guitarists, a flutist, and a multiinstrumentalist. Collaborating visual artists are Peg Cullen, Pascale Doxy, Cheryl Fausel, Stephen Hayford, Philip Heubeck, Shelia Hoen, Hollis Jeffcoat, Dennis Joyce, David King, Doug MacGregor, Andi McCarter and JR Roberts. Jim Brock, Dorothy Brooks, Carol Drummond, Katelyn Gravel, Sandy Greco, Bob Maxeiner, Jesse Millner, Joseph Pacheco, Marsha Perlman, Sid Simon, Larry Stiles and Lorraine Vail are the poets. BIG ARTS Schein Performance Hall is located at 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. ArtPoems will be presented at the Alliance for the Arts, Fort Myers 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1. Alliance for the Arts is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers. Mosaic by Andi McCarter was inspired by a poem by Don Brock A Jaw-Dropping Play At Theatre Conspiracy by Di SaggauImagine everything you did between the years of 1976 and 1992. Now, remove all of it. Words from Sunny Jacobs, a hopeful hippie, convicted and sentenced to death for a crime she did not commit. Sunny is just one of six people represented in the play, The Exonerated, who were sent to death row for crimes they did not commit. This is an intense and deeply affecting play, written by Jessica Blank and Eric Jensen, after conducting interviews with 40 former death row prisoners who spent from 2 to 22 years in prison before being released. During this 90-minute, intermissionless play, we also meet Gary, a midwestern organic farmer condemned for the murder of his parents and later exonerated when two motorcycle gang members confess to the crime. We are introduced to Robert, an African-American horse groomer who spent seven years on Floridas death row for a murder he did not commit. We meet Delbert, a poet who serves as a type of narrator, providing not only his own story, but often an amusing commentary between the many scenes. He was convicted of a rape/murder in the Deep South during the 1970s and later freed when evidence showed he was not even in the state when the crime occurred. The play moves between first-person monologues and flashbacks to events and courtroom testimonies. The Exonerated tells their side of the story, which was what the police and the legal system initially failed to recognize. It also tells what its like returning to the real world, and how some are treated because of their mistaken criminal past. The minimal set, lighting and sound effects greatly enhance the performance. The main roles are played by Ken Johnson, Cory Campbell, Michael Graves, Denise Scott and Curtis Jones, who stepped in at the last minute for Don Manley who was ill. Jamie Hutteman, Tiffany Campbell, Mike Breen and Jamie Carmichael play multiple roles. All do an exceptional job of making the audience sit up and listen and think about injustice, prejudice and the death penalty itself. The Exonerated is directed by J. Mitchell Haley. Its an extraordinary play that will have you thinking about it long after you leave the theater. It plays through Sunday, February 19 at Theatre Conspiracy in the Foulds Theatre, Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers. For tickets, call the box office at 936-3239.


THE RIVER FEBRUARY 17, 201220 Shell Point Welcomes Back The Barbary Coast Dixieland BandShell Point Retirement Community will welcome the Barbary Coast Dixieland Band, who will perform on Tuesday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are required and the concert will take place in the church auditorium on The Island at Shell Point. The Barbary Coast Dixieland Band is such a popular group, and when we have had them perform on property in years past, they have received excellent reviews and attendance, said Dawn Boren, director of resident life for Shell Point Retirement Community. They always manage to get audience members toe-tapping to every song they play and offer a vibrant energy that visitors can feel from the stage, so we are very happy to have them offer another wonderful performance. The Barbary Coast Dixieland Band has been performing for 40 years, was elected into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, and rated among the finest dixieland bands in the country. The band plays everywhere from paddleboats in Mississippi to Nagasaki, Japan. The group is comprised of six talented musicians who play 18 instruments, and who are such versatile musicians that they occasionally swap instruments on stage without missing a note. Tickets for this concert are $15 each. To purchase tickets or receive additional information about this concert or other concert series, visit www.shellpoint.org/concerts or call 454-2067. Barbary Coast Dixieland Band ArtPoems Returns To AllianceArtPoems returns to the Alliance for the Arts for the third straight year on Thursday, March 1. This unique, collaborative event pairs poets with visual artists. A pre-show reception begins at 6:45 p.m., with the stage presentations beginning at 7:30 p.m. Twelve poets will present new poems inspired by artwork created by 12 visual artists, and 12 visual artists will present new artwork inspired by the 12 poets. The poets will perform their work on the Foulds Theatre stage while the painting, sculpture, photograph or mixed media work is displayed next to them. All of the original pieces will be exhibited during the opening reception. A dance element has been added to this years collaborations. Dance Alliance, together with a class of African drummers, two guitarists, a flutist and a multi-instrumentalist, will provide accompaniment to the ArtPoem performances. Collaborating visual artists include Peg Cullen, Pascale Doxy, Cheryl Fausel, Stephen Hayford, Philip Heubeck, Shelia Hoen, Hollis Jeffcoat, Dennis Joyce, David King, Doug MacGregor, Andi McCarter and J.R. Roberts. The poets are Jim Brock, Dorothy Brooks, Carol Drummond, Katelyn Gravel, Sandy Greco, Bob Maxeiner, Jesse Millner, Joseph Pacheco, Marsha Perlman, Sid Simon, Larry Stiles and Lorraine Vail. The artwork from this event will remain on display in the Alliance Theater Gallery until March 28. For more information go to www.artinlee.org or www. artpoems.org. The Alliance for the Arts is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. It is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. Sex, Drugs & Chamber MusicParticipate in a lively and thought-provoking discussion group, Sex, Drugs & Chamber Music, moderated by Gulf Coast Symphony trumpet player John Winters. Through analysis of the stage play Opus, written in 2007 by violistturned-playwright Michael Hollinger, see the side of classical music performance that few people are privy to. Discussion participants will rotate reading lines from Opus, breaking frequently to discuss the human dynamics of a string quartet and the emotions that can be conjured through playing music together; especially classical music. Winters holds degrees from the University of Minnesota, the University of Chicago and Cornell University. After completing his studies, he taught political science for three years before teaching one year at a law school. He left teaching to be a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. After four years of trying cases for the federal government, Winters returned to his home state of Minnesota to practice law. While practicing law, he was elected County Attorney, a part-time position he held for six years. In 2003, he retired and moved to Florida. In retirement, he has been pursuing his lifetime hobby of playing the trumpet, currently playing with the Gulf Coast Symphony. The group is limited to 20 participants and takes place at the Atrium Executive Center, located at 8695 College Parkway, Suite 1181 in Fort Myers on consecutive Mondays, February 20 and 27 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $35 for Renaissance Academy members and $45 for non-members. (Renaissance Academy annual individual memberships costs $50 or $80 per couple.) Pre-registration for this group is required. To register, call 425-3272 or visit http://RegisterRA.fgcu.edu. Opus was written by violist-turned playwright Michael Hollinger Tobin Workshop And LectureSarasota painter, sculptor, writer and filmmaker K.D. Tobin will present the workshop Gel Skins & Image Transfers For Painting & Collage at the Alliance for the Arts on Saturday, March 3 from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Explore a variety of ways to make transferable gel skins and other methods of transferring images directly into paintings and collages. Admission to the workshop is $90 or $75 for Alliance members. Tobin is a GOLDEN Certified Working Artist, which means hes undergone extensive, in-depth study of the technical aspects of acrylic painting practices and teaching tools for artists of all experience levels. Earlier in the day, Tobin will present a GOLDEN A To Z Of Acrylics lecture and demonstration from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Learn about the basics of acrylics, mineral and modern pigments and the creation of new colors. Explore a variety of gels and mediums and how they can change texture, saturation and intensity of color. All attendees will receive a valuable information packet and free samples of GOLDEN products. Admission to the lecture/demo is just $10, or free for Alliance members. Call 939-2727 or go to www. artinlee.org to learn more about these, or any of the more than 75 classes and workshops offered at the Alliance. The Alliance for the Arts is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. Free Wood Carving ExhibitWood carvers, both experienced and novices, will be exhibiting their carvings and demonstrating their various carving techniques at the annual Woodcarving Exhibit on Saturday, February 25 at the Estero Community & Recreation Center, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd. The exhibit will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The public is invited to attend the exhibit, presented by the Bonita Wood Carvers. There is no charge for admission or parking. Attendees will be able to view carvings from recent competitions as well as completed projects and carvings in progress. Wood carving supplies and equipment will be available for purchase. Bonita Wood Carvers meet weekly throughout the year on Wednesday afternoons at the Estero Community & Recreation Center. Instruction is available for beginners and advanced carvers enhance their skills during the regular club sessions. Additional information about the exhibit or Bonita Wood Carvers may be obtained by calling Lynn Sheeley at 4826822. Send your editorial copy to:press@islandsunnews.com


THE RIVER FEBRUARY 17, 201221 Voted BEST OF THE ISLANDS Specials Every Day Florida Rep & Alliance Spring Fever Arts CampSpring break is just around the corner, and what better way for children to spend their days than engaging in the arts at Spring Fever Arts Camp, presented by Florida Rep at the Alliance for the Arts. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade will get to act, sing, dance and create during this five-day, award winning camp that runs March 12 to 16. Professional performing and visual artists Rachael Endrizzi, Claire Guy from Florida Rep and professional visual artist Ray Hernandez will instruct participants in adapting classic stories and fairytales, with a grand finale performance and exhibition for family and friends on Friday in the Foulds Theatre at the Alliance. Classes throughout the day will include visual art, acting, storytelling and improvisation. Campers will have tons of fun while being exposed to the world of professional theater and art. Spring Fever Arts Camp is $175 for kids grades kindergarten through sixth. Seventh through 12th graders may register to be Stars-In-Training for $150. Space is limited. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, with the final performance at 3 p.m. on March 16. Drop-off begins at 8:30 a.m. and pick-up is between 4 and 4:15 p.m. Post-camp care is available until 5 p.m. for an additional $25 for the entire week. Contact Rachael Endrizzi at Florida Rep by calling 332-4665 or go to www.floridarepeducation.org. The Alliance for the Arts is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. Pictures from previous camps at the Alliance for the Arts White House Black Market Sponsors This Years Grande Dames TeaPACE Center for Girls of Lee County has announced that womens specialty retailer White House Black Market has signed on as the title sponsor of the Grande Dames Tea for 2012, which will honor three more of our communitys most revered women. White House Black Market is delighted to support the PACE Center for Girls and the Grande Dames Tea, said Donna Noce, White House Black Market brand president. We can think of no better way to help our community than by supporting PACE and the young women it serves. The honorees for 2012 are Michel Doherty of Cape Coral, Mavis Stinson Miller of Fort Myers and Anna Boots Tolles of Cape Coral. The Grande Dames Tea will take place on Tuesday, March 20 at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre on Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. MeiMei Chan, News-Press Media Group president and publisher, will once again serve as mistress of ceremonies. Invitations will be mailed in mid-February and tickets may be purchased at that time either online at www.pacecenter.org/lee or by phoning 425-2366 ext. 25. The Grande Dames Tea was originated by PACE Center for Girls of Lee County to honor women who have played major roles in Southwest Florida history through decades of service, philanthropy and helping others. The theme is The Wisdom of Age Honoring the Female Spirit. Other major sponsors include the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre and Edison National Bank. The first Grande Dames to be honored in 2009 were philanthropists Berne Davis, Eleanore Kleist and Barbara B. Mann. The 2010 honorees were Jeanne Bochette, Helen Hendry and Veronica Shoemaker. Last years Grande Dames were Myra Daniels, Kathleen Nealon and Mimi Straub. PACE Center for Girls, Inc. is a non-residential delinquency prevention program targeting the unique needs of girls, ages 12 to 18, facing challenges such as physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse, foster care, neglect, death of a parent, family history of incarceration and declining grades. For more information about this event, contact PACE Director of Development Melissa Simontis at 425-2366 ext. 25 or Grande Dames Tea chair Dena Geraghty at 851-1028 or visit www.pacecenter.org/lee.


THE RIVER FEBRUARY 17, 201222 Spring Juried Show Opens At Beach Art GalleryFort Myers Beach Art Associations Spring Show, sponsored by Santini Marina Plaza and FishTale Marina, opened on Sunday with a demonstration by Carol Frye, NWS ISEA, who is teaching a full workshop this week. This show is a beautiful example of the wide range of talents and abilities of the local artists who are members of the art association. In Studio II, Pauline Healey has a display of her fine watercolors and mixed media artwork until March 2. This Sunday, February 19 at 1 p.m., Bea Pappas will do a gallery talk and discussion about the artwork displayed, followed by an awards reception from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The public is welcome to visit the gallery for these events as well as during open hours. The working gallery on Donora and Shellmound in Fort Myers Beach, is open during the hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more information on shows or classes, call the gallery at 4633909 or visit www.fortmyersbeachart. com. Upcoming FMBAA events February 23 to 25 Fort Myers Beach Art Association artist Neil Walling will teach plein air painting during the morning at various sites. March 4 The Fort Myers Beach Art Associations annual Art Bazaar will be held on the sidewalks at Santini Marina Plaza from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All original artwork will be for sale and proceeds benefit the student scholarships given to local art students continuing on to graduate level programs in April. March 17 to April (TBD) Members show Anything Goes artwork is on display in Studio I. Studio II will have a two week show of Patty Kanes watercolor class starting March 2, followed by the experimental group show until the student show is hung. For additional information, call 4633909 or visit www.fortmyersbeachart. com. Outdoor Family Movie Nights At The AllianceOutdoor family movie nights are back beginning on Friday, February 24 at the Alliance for the Arts. Bring your chairs, blankets and picnic baskets and enjoy family-friendly movies under the stars, projected onto a portable movie screen. The series kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on February 24 with Lemony Snickets A Series of Unfortunate Events starring Jim Carrey, Meryl Streep and Jude Law. Based on the popular childrens books, this PG-rated film tells the story of the Baudelaire children, who lose both of their parents in a fire. The children are sent from relative to relative before winding up the dastardly Count Olaf, who knows the children are to receive a huge inheritance when the oldest girl is of age and wants their money for himself. The highly intelligent children figure out his intentions in this devilishly fun comedic adventure. Bee Movie is next in the series on Friday, March 23 at 8 p.m. Its the story of Barry B. Benson, a bee played by Jerry Seinfeld who just graduated from college. Hes disillusioned with his only job prospect of making honey and when he ventures outside of the hive he breaks the cardinal bee rule by talking to a florist named Vanessa. Barry is shocked to learn that humans have been stealing bees honey for centuries and decides to sue them in this hilarious animated comedy, rated PG. Wrapping up the series on Friday, April 27 at 8 p.m. is Dolphin Tale, rated PG. This live action film stars Morgan Freeman, Kris Kristofferson, Harry Connick, Jr. and Ashley Judd. Based on true events, Dolphin Tale tells the story of a young dolphin named Winter who lost her tail in a crab trap, and Sawyer, the introverted 11-year-old boy who befriends her. Sawyer meets the rescued dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and rallies her friends and family to save Winter by convincing a pioneering doctor to create a unique prosthetic tail to restore the dolphins ability to swim. Join in on the fun of free family movie nights at the Alliance for the Arts, located on the corner of Colonial and McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers. A suggested $5 donation will help ensure free family programming at the Alliance. Support is provided by Briers CPA, Riverside Realty, Staging Matters and Winged Foot Title. Two dozen nationally acclaimed authors will descend on Fort Myers eager to meet their fans and talk about their books and writing at the 13th Annual Southwest Florida Reading Festival on March 17 at the Harborside Event Center and Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers. Authors in general lead solitary lives when writing and working on their next potential best seller. They are always eager to meet their audience and see what they have to say, said Southwest Florida Festival Coordinator Margie Byers. Folks who attend the Southwest Florida Reading Festival always tell us how much they enjoyed all the activities and authors! The Reading Festival is free and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. The Reading Festival brings in nationally known authors from all over the country to stimulate the community with a culture of reading and literacy. The festival is a day-long event filled with fascinating and dynamic author presentations, lively programs and activities for children, the latest library technology, contests, booksellers, book signings and good food! The festival draws an average of 18,000 people annually. Some of the award-winning authors scheduled to speak at the festival include Erik Larson, Zane, Iris and Roy Johansen, Michael Palmer, Anna Godbersen and Michael Buckley. The Reading Festival is free to the public and caters to all ages. This is an outstanding event for families and people of all ages. There is an author for all tastes, whether it is non-fiction, romance, thrillers, emotionally poignant, cooking, teen or young humor, said Byers. In addition to the author presentations there will be activities and entertainment, e-library demonstrations, kids and teens programs, a book for every child and a festival marketplace full of vendors. The Reading Festival is 100 percent community supported through donations, sponsorships and grants. To help ensure the continuation of this free community event visit www.readfest.org to make a secure online donation. Complete author information, schedules of festival activities, dates of partner events, directions to the event and more, are available at www.readfest.org or call 337-READ (7323). Southwest Florida Reading Festival Authors: Adult Diana Abu-Jaber Lisa Black Jane Green Iris Johansen Roy Johansen Alex Kava Erik Larson Daisy Martinez Michael Palmer Caroline Todd Teen Anna Godbersen Nancy Holder Lauren Oliver Obert Skye Debbie Viguie Children Michael Buckley Christopher Paul Curtis Sara Pennypacker Judith Schachner David Ezra Stein Two Dozen Nationally Acclaimed Authors Coming To Fort Myers Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702or email press@riverweekly.com


THE RIVER FEBRUARY 17, 201223 Isabella Rasi 239-246-47161101 Periwinkle Way #105, Sanibel, FL 239-472-0044 ENGEL & VLKERS List Local. Sell Global.Excellence in Real Estate A step above! International Client Base 600 Shops Worldwide Multi-Lingual Staff Your success is my aim. Rock Shrimp Cheese Strada 1 pound rock shrimp, peeled 6 slices whole-wheat white bread 3 tablespoons butter, softened 1 cups shredded Cheddar cheese 2 tomatoes, thinly sliced 6 eggs, beaten 2 cups half and half 1 teaspoon salt Add shrimp to boiling water and cook for two minutes; drain well and set aside. Spread butter on both sides of bread slices and then cut off the crusts. Place buttered bread in a greased 13x9-inch baking dish. On top of bread, layer in this order: rock shrimp, cheese and tomatoes. Combine eggs, half and half, and salt. Mix well and pour over tomatoes. Cover casserole and chill overnight. Remove from refrigerator 15 minutes before baking. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes or until set. Remove from oven and let cool for five minutes before serving. Yields eight servings Nutritional Value Per Serving Calories 328, Calories From Fat 158, Total Fat 18g, Saturated Fat 9g, Trans Fatty Acid 0g, Cholesterol 285mg, Total Carbohydrates 17g, Protein 26g, Omega 3 Fatty Acid 0g Look for Fresh from Florida ingredients at your grocery store. Rock Shrimp Cheese Strada Speaker Series On Civil WarFGCU will host a speaker series on the Civil War in Southwest Florida to celebrate Florida Archaeology Month in March. The Southwest Regional Center of the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN), hosted at Florida Gulf Coast University, presents, More than a Trifling Affair: A Tour of Southwest Florida in the Civil War. Lectures are free and open to the public. March 1, 7 p.m. FGCU Professor Irvin Winsboro presents Race and Civil War in Southwest Florida followed by a book signing session at the Southwest Florida Museum of History in Fort Myers. March 8, 7 p.m. Tara Giuliano, a University of West Florida graduate student presents Legend of the Field Stones in Old Bethel Cemetery: Using Archaeology to Explore Social Memory at Pieter Westergaard House in Moore Haven. March 15, 7 p.m. Jacqueline Brown from Charlotte County Historical Center presents Charlotte County in the Civil War at the Historical Center in Port Charlotte. March 22, 7:30 p.m. Bill Mack, FGCU adjunct professor presents Between Two Fires: The Civil War in Southwest Florida at the Clewiston Museum. March 29, 7 p.m. Duane and Hollycontinued on page 33 Read us online at IslandSunNews.com


THE RIVER FEBRUARY 17, 201224 Shell Point Home & Garden ShowShell Point Retirement Community will open its doors for a Home & Garden Open House on Thursday, February 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. This event is free and open to the public. The theme of this open house, Home & Garden, focuses on the unique lifestyle and natural setting that Shell Point can offer residents, along with the security of lifecare. A few of the attractions on property for the day include a synchronized swimming show, floral demonstrations, craft bazaar, farmers market, model train room display and more. There will be refreshments, door prizes, a health fair and boat ride tours around The Island at Shell Point. Guests will also have the opportunity to take self-guided tours of the community and visit several decorated models. Shell Point is such a unique place to live, with so many services and amenities, and the open house is a perfect way for senior adults to visit the community and see the lifestyle it offers while also visiting with residents of the community, said Lynn Schneider, assistant vice president of marketing and communications. The Home & Garden Open House will encompass all three Shell Point neighborhoods The Island, The Woodlands and Eagles Preserve. Trams, buses and golf carts will provide transportation to all events and locations throughout the community. The Open House will also include tours of five decorated models, ranging from a one-bedroom deluxe, two-bedroom deluxe, two-bedroom traditional, three-bedroom executive, and a onebedroom den. Staff members will be on hand to answer specific questions, while others will present seminars explaining Shell Points lifestyle with lifecare model for retirement. There will be questionand-answer sessions following each presentation. Visitors will receive a printed map and schedule of events when they arrive so they can determine which activities, tours, and presentations best suit their personal interests, said Schneider. We always look forward to welcoming guests to this annual event that showcases everything Shell Point has to offer for gracious retirement living. For more information about the Home & Garden Open House, call 466-1131 or visit www.shellpoint.org. Synchronized swimmers at Shell Point Orchids in bloom Aerial of the Shell Point property Sales counselors will be offering detailed presentations Knowledgeable sales counselors will be on hand in model units Image of Shell Points model unit Author Rollins To Speak At SBDACThe Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center presents the Famous Author Luncheon Series, lectures sponsored by FineMark National Bank & Trust, in partnership with the Nick Linn Lecture Series and the Friends of the Library of Collier County. The Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First Street, in the downtown Fort Myers River District. The author James Rollins will speak on Tuesday, February 21, followed by Andrew Gross on Monday, March 12. Brad Meltzer opened the series on Sunday, February 12. All three are national bestselling authors. Each of the lectures/luncheons will begin at 11 a.m. with a VIP reception. A salad luncheon by Friscos Catering will be served at noon in the Grand Atrium of the historic Davis Art Center. Rollins is the bestselling author of seven thrillers in the Sigma Force series ( Sandstorm, Map of Bones, Black Order, The Judas Strain, The Last Oracle, The Doomsday Key and, most recently, The Devil Colony), the blockbuster movie novelization of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and six stand-alone adventure thrillers. He is author of the Jake Ransom Series for kids and adults ( Jake Ransom and the Skull Kings Shadow and Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx). A multiple New York Times bestselling author, Rollins is a co-founder of International Thriller Writers, Inc. and, in 2009, served as that organizations coPresident alongside author Steve Berry. Special lower ticket prices to the Famous Author Luncheon Series are $35 per individual author (lecture only) for members or $60 for non-members. Lecture and lunch for the remaining authors are $50 for members or $75 for non-members; Gold Circle tickets, with a VIP reception, is $60 for members or $85 for non-members. From page 18Native Palms11. Cherry palm; Buccaneer palm ( Pseudophoenix sargentii) 12. Coconut palm (Cocos nucifera)* 13. Everglades palm; Pouritis palm (Acoelorraphe wrightii) The coconut palm has been included, although it likely originated in the South Pacific and made its way over here as flotsam. Dobbs is the first person in the Western Hemisphere to create TeddyTriangle hybrid palms through manual cross-pollination. He is a landscape architect in south Florida specializing in custom, upscale landscapes. He has served on the board of the Palm Society of Southern California and is a member the International Palm Society and the Florida Farm Bureau. Brent can be reached at seabreezenurseries@ gmail.com.


THE RIVER FEBRUARY 17, 201225 School Smartby Shelley M. Greggs, NCSPDear Shelley, My daughter is developmentally disabled. She enjoys it when I read to her and I was wondering if there are any good childrens books that feature disabled children. I think she would like to hear a story about a child that faces some of the same challenges that she does. Megan N., Fort Myers, Florida Megan, There is some bad news and good news on this topic. Your desire to help your daughter learn more about herself through books is a wonderful idea. Children can learn a lot from models that are like them. Kids really enjoy finding characters in books with which they can identify. According to a recent report in Journal of Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, children with disabilities are very underrepresented in the more acclaimed childrens literature like the Newbery and Caldecott Award-winning books. In an analysis of 131 winners of the Newbery Medal and Honor researchers found that just 31 included a main or supporting character with a disability between 1975 and 2009. Tina Dyches, a special education professor at Brigham Young University and a co-author of the study reported, Wed like to see children with disabilities more accurately depicted and representative for what is found in schools. She further stated, Weve got so many wonderful authors in the world and we would love to see more inclusive characterizations in high-quality books, where kids with disabilities are being recognized for who they are and not just for the limitations of their disabilities. Now for the good news! The Council for Exceptional Childrens Division recognized four childrens books in January for authentically portraying characters with developmental disabilities on autism and developmental disabilities. The books, two chapter books and two picture books, were the winners of the Dolly Gray Childrens Literature Award. This honor is given every other year (since 2000) and goes to books that include main or supporting characters with developmental disabilities. The winners included the chapter books Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine and Waiting for No One by Beverley Brenna, both of which center on characters with Aspergers syndrome. The picture book My Brother Charlie written by actress Holly Robinson Peete and her daughter Ryan Elizabeth Peete won for portraying life with a sibling who has autism. And, Rebecca Elliotts picture book Just Because is being honored for including a girl with multiple disabilities. Engaging books that feature people with disabilities as individuals with personalities, strengths and talents as part of the storyline, have the exponential power to change attitudes and promote inclusion in education, jobs and community life, said Fran Prezant, one of the Dolly Gray Award panelists. These are important, not only for young readers with and without disabilities, but for parents and teachers who read books to them and model societal attitudes through words and actions. Here are two links that provide some additional titles featuring disabled children and teens, http://www.scope.org.uk/ campaigns/scope-campaigns/childrenpicture/books-list and http://writerinawheelchair.blogspot.com/2011/06/ books-with-disabled-characters-part-3. html. Ms. Greggs is adjunct faculty at Edison State College where she teaches psychology and education courses. She is also Nationally Certified School Psychologist and consultant for School Consultation Services, a private educational consulting company. Questions for publication may be addressed to smgreggs@gmail.com. Not all questions submitted can be addressed through this publication. Samantha Jill Chestney of Fort Myers has been named to the Deans List at Clemson University for the fall 2011 semester. Chestney is majoring in health science (health services administration). To be named to the Deans List, a student must achieve a grade-point average between 3.50 and 3.99 on a 4.0 scale. Lauren Pellecchia has been named to the Marist College Deans List for the fall 2011 semester Pellecchia, of Fort Myers, is a member of the Class of 2013 and is majoring in Psychology Special Education. Berklee College of Music announces that Stefano Di Blasio of Cape Coral has earned placement on the Deans List for the fall semester of the 2011 academic year. To be eligible for this honor, a full-time student must achieve a grade point average of 3.4 or above; a part-time student must achieve a grade point average of 3.6 or above. From page 6Gala Ticketscaught along the way. Live music by The Derek Trenholm Band will top off the evening. Those who join the fun will have the opportunity to win prizes which include everything from a pair of designer sunglasses to a private shopping experience at the Chicos Sample Sale during a silent auction that will take place throughout the gala. Raffle tickets will also be sold for a price of $25 per ticket. All the details for the raffle have yet to be announced but we have been told that this years winning ticket holder will need to get those suitcases out after all and the winner will not need to be present to win. The Junior League of Fort Myers is still accepting silent auction items and event sponsorships for Passport to Europe. For more information on this jaunt with the Junior League, contact event organizers Andrea McKiddie or Amanda Gavini at 277-1197. For more information about Junior League, visit www.jlfm.org. Read us online at IslandSunNews.com To advertise in The River Weekly News Call 415-7732 DEANS LIST


THE RIVER FEBRUARY 17, 201226 Its An All-New Look For The 2012 Boston Red Soxby Ed Frank(The following is the preseason outlook for the Boston Red Sox, one of two Major League baseball teams that train in Fort Myers)The 2012 baseball season dawns anew with an all new setting for the Boston Red Sox a new manager, a new general manager and sparkling new JetBlue Park, a $79 million spring training facility. And perhaps this is just what the Red Sox need after last years late seasons collapse, the worst in Major League history. Ben Cherington takes over the GM role after his boss, Theo Epstein, departed for the Windy City where he hopes to end the 104-year World Series famine of the Chicago Cubs. In turn, Cherington brought in much-traveled Bobby Valentine as manager following the ouster of Terry Francona who took the brunt of the Red Sox September disaster. While much of the Red Sox roster remains intact from a year ago, there also are several new additions to hopefully bolster the gaps brought on by trades and departures. New to Red Sox uniforms are Andrew Bailey, Nick Punto, Ryan Sweeney, Mark Melancon, Cody Ross and Kelly Shoppach. Bailey, a right-handed reliever, is expected to replace the departed closer Jonathan Papelbon, the best in Red Sox history. Punto, fresh from last years World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals, will compete with Mike Aviles for shortstop, the result of Red Sox trading away Marco Scutaro and Jed Lowrie. Ross, a tough right-handed hitter who is effective against left-handed pitching, should be a strong addition to the outfield. Sweeny is the projected starting right fielder who has a good range, something so important in the spacious confines of Fenways right field. Veteran Mark Melancon was acquired as the Red Sox set-up man after serving as closer last season for the Houston Astros. And finally, Kelly Shoppach, a former Red Sox minor leaguer, returns where he started his professional career to serve as the back-up catcher to Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Of course, there are many additional unanswered issues such as the hopeful rebound of left-fielder Carl Crawford who, in his first year of a huge multi-year contract a year ago, was a disaster. A measly .255 batting average and only 11 home runs and 56 RBIs are not what the Red Sox expected when they signed him to a seven-year $142 million deal. One major problem that was resolved just hours before the Red Sox and David Ortiz were to enter arbitration hearings on Monday was an agreement with the big slugger on a one-year contract that reportedly will pay Big Papi $14.575 million. Recognized as the best designated hitter in baseball, Ortiz, a seven-time All-Star, will be starting his 10th season with the Red Sox. Will all the changes for the Red Sox in 2012 erase the memories of last seasons collapse? Time will tell. Everblades Home this Week for three against South Carolina The week started with the Florida Everblades six points behind the South Carolina Stingrays in the ECHL South Division. But the local hockey team has the opportunity to catch the Stingrays in the next few days with three home games at Germain Arena Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. Florida split a pair of road contests last week, losing to the first-place Gwinnett and defeating South Carolina. Cape Coral Cup Mini Golf TournamentFour-year-old Landon Enderby, center, with his trophy for best score in his age category. Also pictured is Sarah and Michael Enderby, with their trophy for best family team score Trophies donated by A-1 Trophy Three-year-old Gabriela Tejero, right, with her trophy for the best score in her age category. Also pictured is Brittany, Elena and Jordi Tejero Six-year-old Kaden Totten, front, with his trophy for best score in his age category and The Green Putter Award. Also pictured is Lyndsey Grayson, 9, with her trophy for best score in her age category, along with Christy Grayson, Stephanie Grayson and Paul Sickmond, with their trophy for best family team score Austin Vecciarelli, 15, with The Green Jacket Award, pictured with Rose and Ernie Bartlett, who won a trophy for the best adult team score. Not pictured are adult team winners Julie Barkleys Team and Cliff Smiths Team as well as family team winners the Galabinski/Connolly Team Minnesota Twins Celebrity Golf ClassicLee Memorial Health System Foundation announces the 14th annual Minnesota Twins Celebrity Golf Classic is set for Thursday, February 23 on the championship-level Wee Friendly and Long Mean courses at Fiddlesticks Country Club in Fort Myers. Sponsorships and golf slots are available. Past participants include 2009 American League MVP Joe Mauer, Hall of Famers Bert Blyleven, Rod Carew and Paul Molitor; Brian Duensing, Matt Capps, Danny Valencia, Tony Oliva, Kent Hrbek, 2010 American League Manager of the Year Ron Gardenhire and many other Twins celebrities and players. The Classic supports programs and treatments at Lee Memorial Health Systems Regional Cancer Center. The tournament includes luncheon, golf, on-course beverages, dinner and a chance to bid on one-of-a-kind handsigned memorabilia from the worlds of sports and entertainment, luxurious spa and jewelry items, a trip to Napa Valley with a private vintner tour and a trip to the 2012 Masters at Augusta. Lee Memorial Health System Chief Foundation Officer Sharon A. MacDonald said, We are delighted to again partner with The Minnesota Twins and Fiddlesticks Country Club to deliver a first class day on the courses in support of those battling cancer. We are grateful for our outstanding partnership with the Minnesota Twins organization in our mission to save lives. Individual golf slots are $300. Nongolfers and Twins fans may also participate by purchasing a $50 ticket to the dinner auction. To register, purchase sponsorship or secure tickets to the dinner auction, call 343-6950 or email TwinsGolf@ LeeMemorial.org. Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702 or email press@riverweekly.com


THE RIVER FEBRUARY 17, 201227 Financial FocusExplore The World Of International Investments by Jennifer BaseyYoure probably accustomed to measuring the progress of your investments and the overall condition of the investment world by checking on indexes such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500. And since these types of benchmarks focus almost exclusively on American companies, you might get the idea that the best investments are located right here in the United States. But that impression would be false because there are, literally, a world of investment opportunities beyond the U.S. borders. In fact, as of the end of 2010, U.S. stock markets constituted less than a third of the total global stock market value, according to the World Bank. And you can probably just look around at the products you use in your daily life to identify many successful foreign companies. Why invest a portion of your portfolio internationally? Here are a couple of reasons to consider: Growth potential The United States is a mature, highly developed economy. That doesnt mean, of course, that we have no upside here. However, you can also find considerable growth potential in emerging markets countries such as China, India, Brazil and Mexico that are characterized by younger, less mature economies. Diversification The worlds financial markets are somewhat dependent on one another, but that doesnt mean they constantly move in unison. In any given year, the U.S. markets may be down, but international markets might be doing better. Consequently, if during that year, you had invested only in U.S. companies, your portfolio may have taken a hit. Its important to diversify your portfolio by investing in many different vehicles, but you can also boost your diversification through geography. (Keep in mind, though, that diversification cant guarantee a profit or protect against loss.) While international investing can be beneficial, it does not come without risks. For one thing, when you invest overseas, you may encounter political instability, which could threaten the financial markets of a country or region. Conversely, financial problems such as the European debt crisis can result in loss of confidence in individual governments. Also, you might experience currency risk, which means that changes in the value of the U.S. dollar relative to foreign currencies could harm the value of your investments. And in any given year, any market, foreign or domestic, may be down. Ultimately, you should probably limit your exposure to international investments to no more than 20 percent to 25 percent of your overall portfolio, with the exact amount, if any, depending on your situation your goals, risk tolerance, time horizon, financial situation and other factors. You may also want add an international flavor to your portfolio by investing in quality U.S. companies that do a considerable amount of business abroad. In any case, given the more complex nature of international investing, youll want to consult with a financial professional before writing a check. Still, consider the international investment world. With a little exploring, you may discover some good possibilities out there. Jennifer Basey is a financial advisor in Fort Myers. She can be reached at jennifer.basey@edwardjones.com. Brightest Horizons Earns APPLE AccreditationLast week, Brightest Horizons Child Development Center announced their re-accreditation as a Gold Seal, APPLE Accredited Center. This is the fourth year of APPLE accreditation for the Center, which recognizes them as an outstanding academic institution. This fully accredited status demonstrates that Brightest Horizons is committed to quality education and developmental programs, professionalism and confirms their well-deserved reputation. APPLE (Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment) is a national early learning program accreditation. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the states minimum licensing requirements. When a center is awarded accreditation they are meeting very rigorous national standards in health, safety, administration and teacher qualifications, curriculum, communication and community involvement. To maintain their certification, accredited centers must continually exceed high national child care standards Brightest Horizons provides early education to all children; while focusing on raising financial support for children of low income working families. This program gives children the chance to read, learn and play in a safe environment while their families may struggle to make ends meet and put food on the table. In addition, the program helps children to develop their emotional, developmental and social skills with trained professionals. Brightest Horizons is a safe haven where children get to experience being a child without the economic struggles and worries to take away from the fun. For more information about Brightest Horizons Child Development Center, visit http://brightesthorizons.org or contact Connie Martin at 481-2100. From page 6FiddlesticksThe tremendous enthusiasm and hard work of the Fiddlesticks campaign committee really made a difference. The residents were able to raise $12,500 more than the previous year. Incredible! said Cliff Smith, president of the United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades. Fiddlesticks residents have truly shown that they want to make our community a better place for all of us by helping people when they need it the most. For information about United Way, or to make a contribution call United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades at 433-2000 or visit www.unitedwaylee.org. To advertise in The River Weekly News Call 415-7732


THE RIVER FEBRUARY 17, 201228 Florida Estate Planning WorkshopsAttorneys Craig R. Hersch and Michael B. Hill of Sheppard, Brett, Stewart, Hersch, Kinsey & Hill, PA will present two informative Florida estate planning workshops on February 28 at 9 a.m. and March 8 at 2 p.m. The February 28 workshop will be held at Temple Beth El, 16225 Winkler Road, Fort Myers. The same workshop will be held on March 8 at The Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. All attendees will receive a complimentary Florida Estate Guide and DVD. New and partial-year residents will learn how Florida laws differ from other states and the advantages of declaring residency and updating their wills and trusts to Florida law. Attendees will also learn why all Florida residents need to have their estate planning documents reviewed following recent law changes that impact their estate plans. Those who bring a copy of their current estate planning documents and arrive a half hour early will receive a confidential, complimentary review and written analysis following the presentation. Hersch and Hill are both Florida Bar Board Certified attorneys in wills, trusts and estate planning, specializing in estate planning, probate and trust administration, and asset protection strategies. Hersch writes Will Power, a weekly estate planning column in the Island Sun. He has also been nationally published in professional estate and tax journals, such as The Florida Bar Journal, The Practical Tax Lawyer, and Trusts & Estates magazines. Reservations required by calling 425-9379 or online at http:// www.sbshlaw.com/seminars.shtml. Michael B. Hill Craig R. Hersch PACE Elects New Board MembersPACE Center for Girls of Lee County announced newly elected members of its board of directors. They are: Mark Blust, Prawnbroker Restaurant Group; Heather Fitzenhagen, Condo & HOA Law Group; Cheryl Komnick, Caloosa Tent & Rental; Kathy Toll, Lee Memorial Health System; and Diana Willis, Jasons Deli of Southwest Florida. Continuing their service on the board is Gail Markham, chair; Dena Geraghty, vice chair; Christin Collins, vice chair; Donna Caruso, treasurer; Amy Sanford; secretary; Douglas E. Baker; Patricia Bell; Marshall T. Bower; David Collins; Margaret Depew; Karen Johnson Crowther; Cora Molloy; Sandra Pavelka; Sonya Sawyer; and Sandra Stilwell. Chaired by Bower, PACEs Advisory Board consists of Mary Fischer, Josephine Gagliardi, Tammy Hall, Stephanie Miller, Steve Russell, Mike Scott, Jim Seals and Kathleen Smith. PACE Center for Girls is dedicated to providing girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy. PACE Lee is funded by the Department of Juvenile Justice, The School District of Lee County, Lee County Human Services, United Way of Lee County, grants and corporate and private donations. For more information about PACE, visit www.pacecenter. org/lee. Heather Fitzenhagen Cheryl Komnick Mark Blust Condo and HOARoberts Rules Of Order And Association Meetings Part 2By Richard D. DeBoest II, Attorney at LawIn the last column I discussed Roberts Rules of Order and some common misconceptions about how they relate to community association meetings. Here are a few more misconceptions: Common Misconception #4 An abstention counts as a yes vote. An abstention does not count as a yes vote and in fact it is not counted at all. Florida law provides that a person who has abstained because of an asserted conflict of interest is deemed to have taken no position for or against the action. If the board is deadlocked because of an abstention, there is no majority and the motion fails. Common Misconception #5 Members have the right to speak at meetings of the Board of Directors on any topic they choose by stating Point of Order or Point of Information. Under Roberts Rules of Order, members of an assembly have the right to speak without being recognized by the chair and ask any question by stating Point of Order or Point of Information. However, this is not the case at community association board meetings. Pursuant to Florida Statutes, members have the right to attend meetings of the board and to speak about all items on the agenda. The board may, however, adopt reasonable rules governing the frequency, duration and manner of unit owner statements. So, if the item is not on the agenda the member does not have the right speak on the topic unless the chair allows it. Common Misconception #6 All motions are debatable. Roberts Rules of Order does not require that all motion be debated. Types of motions that are not debatable include: motion to adjourn, question of privilege, motion to table consideration of an issue, motion to end debate on a main motion, point of order, a call or division and a request for information from the chair This information is general and is not intended as specific legal advice applicable to your association. DeBoest recently co-authored a chapter in Florida Condominium and Community Association Law published by The Florida Bar and he regularly speaks and writes on community association law topics. He can be contacted at inquiry@ condoandhoalawgroup.com. SFCA Scores For Breast Cancer AwarenessSouthwest Florida Christian Academys girls varsity basketball team honored those fighting breast cancer by hosting a Think Pink game against Evangelical Christian School. Susan G. Komen representatives gave out vital information on fighting this disease, while the money from the gate and concessions went to the foundation to help find a cure. All families that have been touched by breast cancer were honored and prayed for that evening. Shelly Baker, an academy parent and breast cancer survivor, said, Its nice to be able to give back to an organization that has done so much for breast cancer awareness. What I went through wasnt in vain. It has given me the opportunity to educate others on this subject. A large audience showed up to support this cause and to watch a close game as the academy girls pulled off a win over the Evangelical team by two points! The Southwest Florida Christian Academy girls varsity team Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702or email press@riverweekly.com


THE RIVER FEBRUARY 17, 201229 Florida Estate Planning Workshop Complimentary Written Trust AnalysisBring your current documents to the workshop one-half hour early for a complimentary written analysisTuesday February 28, 20129:00 am PresentationTemple Beth El 16225 Winkler Rd. Fort Myers 33908Thursday March 8, 20122:00 pm PresentationSanibel Community House 2173 Periwinkle Way Sanibel 33957 In this in f ormative workshop, you will learn : ALL ATTENDEES WILL RECEIVE A FREE FLORIDA ESTATE GUIDE & DVD Presente d b y:9100 College Pointe Ct., Fort Myers, FL 33919 www.sbshlaw.com | 239-334-1141 Cr Cr ai ai g g R R. H H er er sc sc h h Mi Mi ch ch ae ae l l B B. H H il il l l F l or id a Ba r Bo ar d Ce rt i ed Wi ll s, T ru st s & Estate s Atto rn ey s SHEPPARD, BRETT, STEWART, HERSCH, KINSEY & HILL P.A.Attorneys at Law R eserve y our space. C a ll : 2394 25-93 7 9 or Anonymous Couple Bequeaths $728K To Edison State College FoundationAn anonymous Fort Myers couple carried a deep respect for nurses. The late wife had always wanted to be a nurse, but never had the chance. On Monday, the Edison State College Foundation announced the couples estate gift of $728,000 to the School of Nursing on Lee Campus. Now, the late wifes generous gift will give others the opportunity for a strong nursing education and increase the number of qualified nurses in Southwest Florida. Were grateful that this gift allows us to sustain our superior record of training and educating nurses for the future, said Mary Myers, Interim Dean of Professional and Technical Studies. It is comforting to know that when you need care Edison State College nurses are well prepared to respond. The generous support of this couple enhances our mission to deliver quality care. More than 200 students are enrolled in The Nursing Program at Edison State College. The National Council Licensure Examination passage rates for the Associate of Science Nursing Degree was more than 90 percent for the last testing period. This large gift shows that there is tremendous trust in Edison State College and our Nursing Program, said J. Dudley Goodlette, Interim District President. This gift will make a significant impact on nursing care in our community and in our ability to continue providing excellent educational opportunities. For more information, visit www.edison.edu. Deans ListEmily Franz, a senior Communication Studies major at Grove City College, has been named to the Deans List with Distinction for the Fall 2011 semester. Franz is a 2007 homeschooled graduate and is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Gerald Franz from Fort Myers. Students eligible for the Deans List have a GPA of 3.40 to 3.59; for the Deans List with Distinction a GPA of 3.60 to 3.84 and for the Deans List with High Distinction a GPA of 3.85 to 4.0. Founded in 1876, Grove City College is located 60 miles north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It has an enrollment of 2,500 students and teaches the liberal arts, sciences and engineering. Canterbury Adds New Director Of Middle SchoolCanterbury Head of School Tony Paulus announced that, following an extensive national/international search, Ken Hansberry has been appointed as the schools new Middle School director. He will begin his new position on July 1. Hansberry received his B.A. from Dartmouth College and his M.A. from Stanford University, where he attended the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP). He has taught and coached (soccer, basketball and tennis) and has served as an administrator both in the United States and abroad. Immediately after graduating from Stanford, he taught at Wooster School in Danbury, Connecticut, where he was a college counselor and history department chair. Hansberry has extensive experience at four international schools including Zurich International School, Switzerland; Graded School, Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Taipei American School, Taiwan. During the summers of 2007-10, Hansberry was the curriculum director, assistant head, and interim head of the Exploration Senior Program at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where he managed a six-week residential school with 675 students and 110 faculty and staff. Currently teaching and serving as an administrator at International School of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Hansberry has taught history and social studies in grades six to 12, including Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. Hansberry is married to Becky Hansberry, an AP and IB Biology and Chemistry teacher. They have two children, ages 7 and 5. Edisons Programs Earn State ApprovalThe Florida Department of Education has approved five bachelor degree programs offered at Edison State Colleges School of Education. The bachelor level programs receiving this approval are: Mathematics (grades 6-12) Middle Grades Mathematics (grades 5-9) Middle Grades English (grades 5-9)/ESOL Endorsement/Reading Endorsement Biology (grades 6-12) Middle Grades General Science (grades 5-9) In 2009, the Elementary Education program gained state approval. Since that time, more than 90 percent of the program graduates have joined the workforce as educators. The states approval of our teacher programs is further endorsement of the rigor and quality of the bachelors degrees that our students earn at Edison. This approval is above and beyond what is required by SACS, our accrediting agency, said Dr. Erin Harrel, interim vice president of academic affairs and dean of the school of education. Our students graduate with an exceptional level of expertise that makes them effective educators and leaders.


THE RIVER FEBRUARY 17, 201230 New Crib Safety Standards Put Into Practice Thanks To Early Learning Coalition And Local United WayNew regulations for crib safety are being put into practice locally, thanks to funds made available by United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades. Beginning last year, any crib used by childcare facilities or in family childcare homes must meet new and improved federal safety standards. For many local facilities, the change was crippling, meaning large investments in new cribs that just wasnt feasible. Thats where the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida stepped in. The Early Learning Coalition used funds made available through a United Way grant to purchase 173 cribs at $175 each and donate them to local childcare providers. It was a priority, successfully addressed and sure to save lives. All childcare facilities, family child care homes and places of public accommodation must prepare to replace their current cribs with new, compliant cribs before December 28. The new standards address deadly hazards previously seen with traditional drop-side rails. Now requiring more durable hardware and mandating more rigorous crib testing, the new standards apply to all full-size and non full-size cribs including wood, metal and stackable cribs. Judy Shaw with Lee Memorial Health System Child Development Centers standing among a few of the donated cribs deaRPharmacistEven Baby Aspirin Has Risksby Suzy Cohen, RPhDear Readers, A few weeks ago newspaper headlines called aspirin therapy into question. Currently, almost one third of older Americans take a baby aspirin every day to help prevent heart attacks. And a new study, the headlines shouted, shows that while aspirin therapy does indeed help prevent heart attacks, it also creates other problems. For every heart attack that aspirin therapy prevents, the London study says, it causes two bleeding events. This study is not the first to show potential dangers with long-term use of aspirin. Weve known for decades that aspirin can harm the delicate lining of the digestive tract. And if you read my Drug Mugger book, youd know aspirin is a drug mugger of vitamin C which you need to keep your arteries elastic, and potassium which is needed for healthy blood pressure. The 64 thousand dollar question here is: What exactly do the researchers mean by bleeding events? By definition, these events could include hemorrhagic stroke, bleeding from ulcers, and bleeding from the lower gastrointestinal tract. These are pretty serious conditions; impending signs of a bleeding event may include abdominal pain or heartburn. The supplement called Glutamine (about 1,500 mg per day) offers protection against aspirin-induced stomach ulcers. And FYI, ginger is an effective blood thinner which soothes your GI tract, rather than stripping it. The most effective thing you can do to reduce heart attack risk is move! Even walking briskly for 20 minutes a day offers aerobic benefits. Eat plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables and avoid anything fried or greasy. Do not eat processed foods. No more carbs or grains, they raise cholesterol. Consider nutrients like vitamin C and D, magnesium, taurine, aged garlic and the herb called Hawthorne. Last week I wrote about CoQ10 and fish oils for cardiovascular benefit. To receive this article via email, sign up for your free health tips newsletter at my website. Drink more water, go to sleep earlier, meditate and reduce micro-stressors in your life. Constantly replaying bad situations in your mind doesnt help you and stress is a killer. It contributes to stroke, heart attack, obesity, diabetes and cancer so dont sweat the small stuff. Our culture trains us to pop a pill for all our ills. As a pharmacist, I assure you that many drugs just blow the smoke out of the house while the fire rages. You must uncover the underlying imbalances and deficiencies and genetic SNPs (snips) continued on page 33 Mom And Me by Lizzie and PryceLizzie and Pryce answer your questions and give advice about aging concerns from a two-generational perspective. A mother and daughter team, Lizzie is a retired RN and health educator, and Pryce is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice who specializes in the care of elders and people with chronic illnesses. Dear Mom & Me, My husband retired at 55 and he was in very good health. Since he had worked his 30 years and he was eligible for retirement, he decided to take it but I thought it was entirely too early. He has puttered around the house but hasnt really done much, and I think I deserve a halo for keeping my sanity. He is now 85 years old and his health is beginning to fail. What lies ahead for us is not good. Please tell others that retirement takes planning and adjustment. It isnt much fun unless you are self motivated. I think it is better to work until you drop. What do you think? Tessy Dear Tessy, A few years ago, many people like your husband were eager to retire. They may have been bored with their job, tired and a little depressed, so they thought all of their problems would be over if they just left. Many found that after just three months, they were still bored, tired and a little depressed. Retirement takes exactly what you have said, and only now many want to stay working for as long as possible. The shuffleboard mentality seems to be over. Personally, as long as my health is good, I will stay working and I do think you do deserve a halo. Lizzie Dear Tessy, Individuals can live approximately a quarter of their lives in retirement. It is critically important to begin planning for retirement when one starts working save, develop interest, create a social network and take care of your health. Individuals I have had the pleasure of meeting who have planned all aspects of their retirement report retirement as joyous and engaging. Pryce Lizzie and Pryces e-mail address is momandmeaging@hotmail.com. Fort Myers Pediatric Ofce 9350 Camelot Drive Fort Myers (239) 481-5437 www.ppcsw.com Convenient South Fort Myers ofce Visits 365 days a year for ill children Same day appointments FREE prenatal visits Physicians Primary Care of Southwest Florida also specializes in pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology throughout Lee County.LEADERS IN Pediatrics


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PUZZLE ANSWERS My Stars FOR WEEK OF FEBRUARY 20, 2012ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Your ideas are finally reaching those who can appreciate them. But dont expect any immediate reactions. That will come later. Meanwhile, a personal matter needs your attention. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Your energy levels are rising, and youre feeling restless and eager to get into some activity, whether its for profit or just for fun. In either case, the aspects are highly favorable, so go for it. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A relationship seems to be winding down from passionate to passive. Its up to you to decide what the next step will be. But dont wait too long to take the initiative. Delay could create more problems. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) A decision looms. But be very sure that this is what you really want before you sign or say anything. Once you act, therell be little or no wiggle room for any adjustments. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Money matters improve, but you still need to be cautious with your spending. Also, set aside that Leonine pride for a bit and apologize for contributing to that misunderstanding. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) A tempting financial situation could make the usually unflappable Virgo rush in before checking things out. Be alert to possible hidden problems. Get the facts before you act. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Its nice to know that youre finally getting due credit for your efforts. You also should know that new opportunities will follow. A family member brings important news. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Any uncertainty that begins to cloud an impending decision could signal a need to reexamine your reasons for wanting to take on this commitment. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) You benefit from taking time out of your currently hectic schedule to do more contemplation or meditation. This will help re-energize you, both in body and soul. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Nursing hurt feelings can zap the energies of even the usually self-confident Sea Goat. Best advice: Move forward. Success is the best balm for a painful ego. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) A display of temperament surprises you, as well as those around you. It could be all that pressure youre under. Consider letting someone help you see it through. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Some things dont seem to be working out as youd hoped. Dont fret. Instead, take some time out to reassess your plans and see where changes could be made. BORN THIS WEEK: You enjoy traveling and meeting people. You are especially good with children and would make an excellent teacher. On Feb. 24, 1786, Wilhelm Karl Grimm, the younger of the two Brothers Grimm, is born in Hanau, Germany. The brothers collection of oral folktales include Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel. On Feb. 25, 1890, Vlacheslav Skryabin, foreign minister for the Soviet Union who took the revolutionary name Molotov, is born in Kurkaka, Russia. Molotov advocated the use of throwing bottles filled with flammable liquid and stuffed with a lit rag at the enemy, and the famous Molotov cocktail was born. On Feb. 26, 1903, Alexander Winton, driving his Winton Bullet, sets the first speed record ever achieved at Daytona Beach, Fla. Built in 1902, the Bullet Number 1 drove a measured mile at more than 65 mph. On Feb. 23, 1945, during the battle for Iwo Jima, U.S. Marines raise the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, an event captured on film by AP photographer Joe Rosenthal. Although the photograph has long led people to believe that the flag raising was a turning point in the battle, fighting continued for 31 more days. On Feb. 22, 1950, Walt Disneys animated feature Cinderella opens. Based on a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, Cinderella featured songs like A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes and became one of Disneys most beloved films. On Feb. 20, 1986, France and Britain announce that a tunnel under the English Channel linking the two countries would soon become a reality. Trains, cars and buses would be able to speed through the tunnel in less than half an hour. Construction began in December 1987, and the chunnel was finally completed in 1994. On Feb. 21, 1994, CIA operative Aldrich Ames is arrested for selling secrets to the Soviet Union. At least 10 men were killed after Ames revealed their identities, and more were sent to Russian gulags. Both Ames and his wife were later convicted. Ames was sentenced to life in prison while his wife, as part of a plea-bargain agreement, was given a five-year sentence. It was American author James Thurber who made the following sage observation: Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility. If youre a fan of the original Wizard of Oz movie, you might be surprised to learn that the actress who played Glinda the Good Witch, Billie Burke, was 54 years old when the film was shot. The award for the most needless war in history could very well go to Paraguay, whose president, Francisco Solano Lopez, believed himself to be an excellent tactician. He was a great admirer of Napoleon Bonaparte and wished to emulate the French emperor, but he had no wars to fight. To remedy the situation, in 1864 Lopez declared war on all three of his neighboring countries, Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil. His tactical abilities seem to have been of little use, however; it is estimated that 90 percent of Paraguays male population was killed during the course of the war. During this time of election madness, misology could be a useful word to know. It means hatred of reason. French novelist Marcel Prousts magnum opus, Remembrance of Things Past, has been hailed as a literary masterpiece, but not everyone was a fan at first read. As Proust was trying, unsuccessfully, to find a publisher for his seven-volume work, one publisher said, I may be dense, but I fail to see why a chap needs 30 pages to describe how he tosses and turns in bed before falling asleep. The author finally published the first volume with his own money; after the book was hailed as a masterpiece by critics, the same publishers who had rejected Proust competed for the opportunity to print the other six volumes of his work. Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories. -John Wilmot THIS WEEK IN HISTORY STRANGE BUT TRUE THOUGHT FOR THE DAYDID YOU KNOW1. TELEVISION: What was the theme song of The Mary Tyler Moore Show? 2. MUSIC: What rock group was featured in the documentary The Kids Are Alright? 3. MYTHOLOGY: In Norse mythology, who were the Norns? 4. MOVIES: Actress Shirley MacLaine played a nun in which movie? 5. CARTOONS: What were the names of Daisy Ducks nieces? 6. MEDICINE: Who discovered that yellow fever was transmitted by mosquitoes? 7. LITERATURE: What was the rst novel written by Raymond Chandler? 8. AD SLOGANS: What company advised motorists to trust your car to the star? 9. ANATOMY: What is a human beings normal body temperature in Celsius? 10. GEOGRAPHY: The tiny principality of Andorra borders which two European countries? TRIVIA TEST1. Love Is All Around 2. The Who 3. Norse goddesses of fate 4. Two Mules for Sister Sara 5. April, May and June 6. Dr. Walter Reed 7. The Big Sleep 8. Texaco 9. 37 10. Spain and France. ANSWERS SPORTS QUIZ1. The top two home-run hitters for the decade of the 1950s were both Dodgers (Duke Snider, 326 homers; Gil Hodges, 310). Who was No. 3 in the decade? 2. In 2010, Texas Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler became the second set of teammates to each hit three home runs in a playoff series of ve or fewer games. Who was the rst? 3. Which team holds the NFL record for most rushing TDs in a season? 4. In 2011, Illinois Demetri McCamey became the second player in Big Ten mens basketball history to have at least 1,600 points and 700 assists for a career. Who was the rst? 5. Pittsburghs Jaromir Jagr won the NHL scoring title four consecutive years (1998-2001). How many different players have won it since? 6. Kenyas Patrick Makau set the world record in the marathon in 2011 with a time of 2:03:38 in Berlin. From what country was the previous record holder? 7. In 2011, Tom Lewis tied an amateur record by shooting a 65 in a mens golf major (British Open). At which major have three amateur golfers shot a 65?1. The Braves Eddie Mathews, with 299. 2. Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth did it in 1928. 3. The Green Bay Packers had 36 rushing touchdowns in 1962. 4. Michigans Gary Grant (1984-88). 5. Nine. 6. Ethiopia (Haile Gebrselassie). 7. James McHale (1947), Jim Simons () and Nick Taylor (2009) all did it at the U.S. Open. ANSWERSTHE RIVER FEBRUARY 17, 201232


THE RIVER FEBRUARY 17, 201233 Walk For Wishes 5K Walk/RunThe Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida will be holding its Walk For Wishes 5K Walk/ Run on March 24 at Florida Gulf Coast University Recreation Field at 10501 FGCU Boulevard South in Fort Myers. All ages are encouraged to participate to help make wishes come true for local children with life-threatening medical conditions. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the 5K walk/run beginning at 8:30 a.m. The race will be a timed 5K run. Participants are also invited to walk. Its all about participation, having fun and raising funds to grant local wishes. At the end of the race, there will be a Family Fun Day complete with a bounce house, face painter, food and activities. Family Fun Day begins at 9 a.m. and continues until 11 a.m. Pre-registration fees for the Walk For Wishes are $25 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for children 12 years of age and younger. Event-day registration is $30 for adults, $20 for students and $15 for children 12 and under. Registration is available at www.walkforwishes.net to sign up as an individual and to register a team. Any team that raises $2,500 or more will be named a partner in sponsoring a childs wish, and any team that raises $5,000 or more will be named a sponsor for a childs wish. Sponsorships are still needed, ranging from $500 to $5,000. The goal is to raise enough money to grant five local wishes. Organizers ask that the community help make local wishes come true walk, run, create a team participate. Contact Lesley Colantonio at 992-9474 or lcolantonio@sflawish.org to reserve a sponsorship. From page 23Speaker Series Shaffer present The Battle of Fort Myers and the Cow Cavalry at the Collier County Museum in Naples. FPAN is a new direction to protect and preserve cultural resources and to involve the public in the study of the past. Regional centers around Florida serve as clearinghouses for information; places for learning, training and study; and headquarters for public participation in archaeology and historic preservation. From page 30Baby Aspirinthat increase heart attack risk. Take control of your lifestyle and diet, its never too late. Im recommending two books to help inform you and minimize your risk for cardiovascular disease. These are both by Stephen Sinatra, MD; Reverse Heart Disease Now and The Cardiac Solution: Metabolic Cardiology. In an upcoming article, I am going to devote a column to the importance of nitric oxide in the heart, and will share some truly pioneering cardiovascular research by Dr. Nathan Bryan. Stay tuned for that. This information is not intended to treat, cure or diagnose your condition. Suzy Cohen is the author of The 24-Hour Pharmacist and is a registered pharmacist. To contact her, visit www.dearpharmacist.com. Free Autism Screening For Young Children The Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida, in partnership with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida, offers a free monthly autism spectrum disorder screening for toddlers 18 months to five years of age. The next screening will be held on Friday, February 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wellness Center of Cape Coral, 609 SE 13th Court in Cape Coral. It is estimated that one in every 150 children is diagnosed with some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder, 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 families. They say early intensive behavioral intervention can make an immense difference 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 Childrens Hospital, under the guidance of pediatric neurologist Jose Colon, MD, MPH. The screenings are administered by an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, who has extensive training and experience in typical child development and developmental disorders. A physician referral is not required. To schedule a screening, call 3436838. From page 12Land Sea Airare seeing is that over 700 Lee County school children are considered homeless, Galloway said. And if they are homeless, I guarantee they are also hungry. CCMI has been refocusing its hungerfighting efforts toward implementing sustainable customer-choice centered models for long-term hunger elimination. This re-examination of the traditional soup kitchen setting changes both the mindset of those who serve and those being served, as well as the physical spaces and delivery model created for the distribution of food. CCMIs Everyday Caf and Marketplace concept makes food more easily available to everyone in the community who is hungry. The market model also decreases the stigma associated with standing in line for a hot meal or groceries and reduces significant waste in the preselected grocery bag model. We can and did make a difference, said Galloway. When hunger affects our community, it impacts everyone of us in some way, and if everyone of us does a small part to impact change, change will happen. Tax-deductible sponsorship opportunities are available from $1,000 to $20,000. For more information or tickets call 274-0001. South Seas Island Resort is offering a special rate of $249 (plus resort fee and taxes) for event guests and sponsors on Saturday, March 10 by calling 472-7565. Modern Piracy Class At Shell PointThe Academy of Life Long Learning at Shell Point invites the public to attend an academy class regarding Modern Piracy, Somali Pirates and The International Efforts Against Them on Thursday, March 1 in the Church Auditorium on The Island at Shell Point Retirement Community. Tickets are required to attend, and can be purchased for $10 each by calling 454-2054. Award winning maritime author and lecturer Robert Macomber returns to Shell Point to offer an overview of the piracy situation in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden. Guests will learn about the pirates, the merchant ships they prey upon, and the efforts of the international community to lessen the threat. Macomber will include in the presentation unclassified portions of his project for the Center for Army Analysis at Ft. Belvoir (Metro Washington, D.C.) and personal anecdotes from his own confrontation with pirates in Columbia. Robert Macomber has offered intriguing and informative presentations as part of our academy in the past, and we are so pleased to welcome him back, said Teri Kollath, manager of academy and volunteer services. The topic of piracy has been in the news quite often in recent years, and this presentation will offer insight into this terrifying situation and the efforts that are taking place to help keep waters safe. The Academy of Life Long Learning at Shell Point is a lifelong learning educational initiative for the residents of the retirement community. The academy provides anywhere from 70 to 90 classes each semester, that encompasses a well-rounded curriculum of educational opportunities for senior adults. The academy was named as one of 2008s most innovative active aging programs by the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), an association that supports professionals who develop wellness/fitness facilities and services for age 50-plus adults. Shell Point Retirement Community is just off Summerlin Road and McGregor Boulevard, two miles before the Sanibel Causeway. Robert Macomber Indispensable Advice from Dr. Dave Get your copy of Dr. Daves Book at Sanibel Island Books and Gifts,1571 Periwinkle Way 472-5223 Read us online at IslandSunNews.com


Pets Of The Week THE RIVER FEBRUARY 17, 201234 PROFESSIONAL DIRECTORY COMPUTERS BUILDING CONTRACTOR Helenbrook Homes, Inc.Licensed & InsuredCerti ed Building ContractorCBC026067Serving Sanibel & Captiva for the last 25 yearsNew Homes Remodeling FramingDave Helenbrook 239 / 466-4030 CONSTRUCTION/REMODELING FINANCIAL SERVICES THE RIGHT INVESTMENTS IN YOUR IRA CANMAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE. To learn about the bene ts of an Edward Jones IRA, call or visit today.www.edwardjones.com Member SIPC Jennifer L Basey Financial Advisor1952-2 Park Meadows Dr Ft Myers, FL 33907 239-437-5900 CONTRACTORS 24/7 Rapid Response Line239-472-1888License # CMC056884 Honest Honest * Reliable Reliable * Dependable DependableCOSMETICS MAGGIE BUTCHER 904 Lindgren Blvd. Sanibel Island, FL 33957 Ph: 239-395-0978 / 317-509-6014 mbutcher@marykay.com Products: www.marykay.com/mbutcher Career information available Gift ideas available New Product! Night Restore & Recover Complex Hi, my name is Sammy and I am a nine-year-old white and tan male Shih Tzu. I have been with a foster family while waiting for my fur-ever home. I like other dogs and cats and I love, love to snuggle in my bed and curl up in my blanket. I hope to meet you soon. I can be seen by appointment only so please call 533-9201 or 533-9233 to make an appointment today. Love is waiting. Adoption fee: free for pets six years and older during Februarys My Furry Valentine promotion. My name is Princess and I am a domestic medium hair female tortie age two. I was found hanging out at Wal-Mart but Id rather hang out with you. Im an affectionate, playful girl with green eyes and a beautiful tortoiseshell coat. Would you like to be my Valentine? Adoption fee: $25 (regularly $50) during this months promotion, Cats and kittens can be adopted at a two-fot-one price. For information about this weeks pets, call 533-7387 (LEE-PETS) or log on to Animal Services website at www.LeeLostPets.com. When calling, refer to the animals ID number. The website updates every hour so you will be able to see if these or any other pets are still available. The shelter is open for adoptions from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers, next to the Lee County Sheriffs Office, off Six Mile Cypress Parkway. All adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, rabies vaccination and county license if three months or older, flea treatment, worming, heartworm test for dogs six months and over, feline AIDS and leukemia test for cats, training DVD, 10-day health guarantee, and a bag of Science Diet pet food. The adoption package is valued at $500. Princess ID #525743 Sammy ID #526209 photos by squaredogphoto.com


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HELP WANTED HELP WANTED SERVICES OFFERED SERVICES OFFERED BOATS CANOES KAYAKS AUTO FOR SALE MISC FOR SALE COMMERCIAL SPACE RENTAL WANTED TIMESHARE REAL ESTATETHE RIVER FEBRUARY 17, 201236 NS 10/28 BM TFN PROFESSIONAL CLEANING SERVICESResidential Commercial Interior Windows Carpet Cleaning Jennifer Watson 239-810-6293SR 11/13 N TFN Bob AdamsResidential Renewal ServicesHandyman(Carpentry, maintenance toilets, faucets, ceiling fans, sliding doors, etc.)768-0569 or Cell 464-6460RS 11/14 M TFN Licensed & Insured 25+ years experienceCOMPANION SERVICE Sanibel-Captiva Care and Companion Service, LLC Medical appointments, general transportation, shopping, light meal preparations, and light cleaning. Our services are customized to meet our clients needs. Call 239-395-3591, or for an emergency call 239-472-0556.SR 10/3 B TFN HELLE'S CLEANING SERVICES Residential Cleaning to Satisfaction Sanibel & Captiva 239-565-0471 Sanibel Lic. #11412 Lee Co. Lic. #051047SR 11/13 B TFN DORADO PROPERTY MANAGEMENTHOME WATCH/CARE Full Range of Services Excellent Organizational Skills Island Resident Licensed & Insured 24/7 Call Lisa 239-472-8875RS 10/1 BM TFN MUSIC INSTRUCTIONSIn piano, saxophone, ute. On Sanibel/Captiva or South Fort Myers. Quali ed, experienced teacher. Call 239-989-7799RR 10/8 CC TFN HOUSE CARE While you are away by retired architect, Sanibel resident. Call 395-1649.RS 11/12 NC TFN DOCKAGEHourly, Daily, Weekly and Monthly. Captiva Island 472-5800SR 1/30 B TFN 3883 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel, Fl Phone: 239-472-3644, ext 1 Fax: 239-472-2334 www.crowclinic.orgHELP US PLEASE!!We need volunteers for: Clinic emergency patient admissions desk and baby animal feeders Visitor education center greeters and gift shop cashiers CROW (239) 472-3644, ext. 231 or volunteers@crowclinic.orgRS 10/28 NC TFN OFFICE SPACE FOR LEASE700 square feet. Good Periwinkle location. Call Joe 516-972-2883. RS 1/6 PC 2/24 FRONT OFFICE AGENT3-11 p.m. shift Full Time. West Wind Inn, Sanibel is seeking a Front Desk Agent. Previous hotel Front Desk experience preferred. Send resumes to: wwinn@westwind.comRS 1/27 CC 2/17 CONDO TRADEAre you looking for a larger condo but haven't sold or listed yours? Owners of Luxury Sanibel Condo may entertain a trade. Contact G.G. Robideau, Broker Associate, John R Wood Island Real Estate, 239-940-7878 or GG@GGandLori.com RR 2/3 BM 2/24 MAINEKennebunk. 3 family. 2 units rented w/ long-term tenants. Owners unit has 4 BR, 2.5 baths, formal DR & LR, great room w/ FP. Jacuzzi tub in MBR. Of ce or possible 5th BR. 6 car garage. Walk to town. Town services. Main house built it early 1700s. Only minutes to the beach! $560,000. Call Ron, 207-286-6128.NR 2/3 CC 2/24 VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDAt The Sanibel School Call Michelle Wesley 239-910-8000 RS 2/10 NC 3/2 PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT CAPTIVA CRUISESis seeking motivated and energetic Part time staff for two types of positionsCREW-DECKHAND and RESERVATIONBOOKING AGENT. Must be able to work weekdays, weekends and nights. Pre-employment drug testing and enrollment in DOT mandated Random drug testing program will be required. Must be physically t, able to swim, climb ladders and lift moderate weights up to 40 lbs. Direct inquiries, questions and resumes to chrismoore@captivacruises.comNR 2/10 BM 2/17 TENNIS LESSONS Tennis Lessons. Racquet stringing & regripping; Pick Up & Delivery (24 Hour Service). USPTA certi ed. Tony Fittipaldi 239-896-6385. RS 2/10 PC 2/24 97 SeaRay 17.5Bowrider w/trlr A-1 Cond. Low Hrs. I/O, Many extras, $7K 239-395-6758NR 2/10 CC 2/24 HOSPITAL BED$2,400 new. Like new Double bed. Call 560-1314. Ask for George.NS 2/10 NC 3/2 TIMESHARE FOR SALESanibel Beach Club II, 2 bd, 2 ba, lower unit, week 7 $26,000 651-226-1708 mary.kass@hotmail.comRR 2/10 CC 2/17 FOR SALE BY OWNER 2008 MOBILE HOMEAT PERIWINKLE PARK 1 Bed room new queen bed. LR with sofa bed, kitchen, refrigerator ice maker, dinning area, Bosch washer dryer, dishwasher. Trane A/C with Pro 4000 programmable thermostat. Full tile oors. Full vinyl deck. Pavers. Oodles of space. Hurricane sun & window protection lm. Home in ex. cond. Much more, too numerous to mention. Priced at $75,000. Ground rental $541.66/mo. Key at of ce. Dorisdavenport@hotmail.comRR 2/10 CC TFN RETAIL ASSOCIATE PTRetail Associate to work part-time at Tarpon Bay Explorers gift shop in The J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Must enjoy customer service and have basic computer skills. Shifts are Sun-Tues 10am-6pm. Please stop in at 900 Tarpon Bay Rd to fill out an application or email resume to Wendy at EcoErler@aol.com. Position open immediately. Seasonal or annual. NR 2/17 CC 2/17 PROJECT MANAGER/SOUTH FLORIDA/FL KEYS AREAGeneral, Civil, Marine Contractor seeking seasoned Project Manager for the South Florida / FL Keys Construction Division. Must have a minimum of 15 years project management experience along with the following: Federal & State contracting experience (required) Facilities Construction Marine Construction DOT roadway/highway Site Utilities Computer Skills in Microsoft Word / Excel /Project and Project Management software Bachelors degree in area of specialty (preferred) Ability to manage multiple projects Excellent communication skills verbal and written Flexibility to work weekends if required Ability to travel Valid Florida drivers license Must be U.S. Citizen or National Able to PASS Federal Background Check Drug Free Work Place Equal Opportunity Employer Please send all resumes with cover letter to: PO Box 463688 SR 200, Suite 1 #427 Yulee, FL 32097 NR 2/17 CC 2/17CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE1974 Norton Commando 850, 10,250 original miles, one owner, (mint) running and registered, Sanibel owner, $11,500. Call Doug at 239-898-9776.NR 2/17 CC 2/17 RENTAL WANTEDIsland resident looking for 3br or large 2br to lease. Home on market? I will accommodate showings. Home watch etc or other options possible. 322-8642NR 2/17 CC 2/17 FOR SALEStanley sleeper sofa and love seat, light green, like new. Call 239-395-9449.NR 2/17 CC 2/17 UNIQUE PIANO FOR SALE1935 Steinway black ebony upright. Made in Germany, #280608, Model V. One family owned. All parts original including curved seat. Asking $6,000 OBO. Call 239-466-6135.NR 2/17 CC 2/24 OFFICE EQUIPMENT2 cherry wood laminate of ce desks, chairs including le cabinet & work station w keyboard tray. 7 Yrs. Old, barely used. Call to see. 239-633-3085NR 2/17 CC 2/17 LONG CANAL VIEWS2BD/1BA Tennis Place Condo. Just steps to the Bay and seconds to the Gulf. Dockage, Tennis, Pool and more. Small and quiet complex with low fees. Owners asking $245,000. Phone 239-395-2919 for appt. Open house every Tuesday 10-noon. RS 2/17 CC 2/17


REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE VACATION RENTAL LOST AND FOUND ANNUAL RENTAL PROPERTIES AVAILABLEFor a complete list visit our Website www.remax-oftheislands.com Call Dustyn Corace, RE/MAX of the Islands 239-472-2311RS 10/9 B TFN SCAN CODE FOR A FREE LIST OF ALL ISLAND PROPERTIESFOR SALEVISITwww.FreeSanibelList.comPfeifer Realty Group Sanibel Island, FL239-472-0004RS 6/17 BM TFNTHE RIVER FEBRUARY 17, 201237 WALK TO BEACHAdorable 2 bedroom 1 bath 1/2 of duplex East End of Sanibel Great Monthly rates! Call Bob 410-913-2234RR 9/16 CC TFN The River EMAIL: Ads@RiverWeekly.com NEAR BEACH PRIVATE HOME 3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH3 bedroom, 2 bath Home with heated pool, in quiet Sanibel neighborhood. Seasonal and monthly rentals. 239-472-0692 or www.4sanibel.com. RS 10/14 CC TFN Isabella RasiIbt Rt En Cbnt Isabella Rasi (239) 246-4716EftIsabellaRasi@aol.com RS 12/30 NC 1/20McGREGOR WOODS GREAT FAMILY HOME IN McGREGOR WOODS! 3/3/2...make an offer!SANIBEL EAST END Elegant, Sanibel East End Canal Front Home with Boat Dock. Like New! ASKING $1,795,000MATLACHA WATERFRONT Unique artists home in midst of art galleries, restaurants & shing community. $550,000EAST END RETAIL CENTER Newly renovated retail center with high visability on Periwinkle toward Lighthouse beach. Great business opportunity. $1,399,000LOST FISHING/TACKLE BAGA Camo Fishing/Tackle Bag with shing lures, line, tackle, etc. in it. It was lost the evening of January 21 at Calm Bayou Pass. Please if you have seen it or picked it up call me at 239-267-6130 or 239-229-6659. You would make a boys day if you found it. Thanks so much.NR 1/27 NC 2/17 LIGHTHOUSE REALTYPaul J. Morris, Broker VACATION RENTALS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & SALES 359 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island 239-579-0511RR 1/27 CC 2/17 DAVIS COURT 2 bed/2 bath top oor condo for rent. Minutes to Sanibel, $795/month plus utilities. Available April 1. First and security required. Call Chris at 851-3506. NS 2/10 NC 3/2 OPEN HOUSETROPICANA CO-OP 55-plus resident-owned park Sunday, Feb. 19, 1-3 p.m. 16711 McGregor Blvd. (Corner McGregor & John Morris Rd.) 239-243-0822 Door Prizes www.tropicanacoop.comNR 2/17 CC 2/17 SOBCZAK KNOWS SANIBEL!As a VIP Realtor, Charles Sobczak has closed more than 700 properties on Sanibel & Captiva in 68 subdivisions and 36 condominium developments. As the author of Living Sanibel A Nature Guide to Sanibel & Captiva Islands Charles Sobczak knows the history of the Island and the Sanibel Plan as well as the names of all of your fellow islanders, from gopher tortoises to sabal palms. With more than 27 years of Island experience, call Charles Sobczak for all your real estate needs!(239) 850-0710 or e-mail him at livingsanibel@ earthlink.netTHIS WEEKS FEATURED LISTING! This oversized corner lot is within a short stroll to a private beach access. The homesite has sewer, water and plenty of room for a lovely home and a pool. Reduced to $269,555 and a fantastic value. Located in the Tradewinds subdivision. RR 2/17 CC 2/17 FREEREAL ESTATESeminar Thinking of buying on Sanibel or Captiva?Learn about the market, neighborhoods, condos, regulations, zoning, costs, rentals, contingencies, inspections, disclosures, contracts, clauses, etc.No Obligation No Sales Pitch Just Information Monday 4 PM Bank of the Islands1699 Periwinkle Way, SanibelRobyn & Robb MoranREALTORS(239) 443-0110 to con rm John Gee & Company NR 2/17 BM 3/9LOT FOR RVUp to 35 ft. in ve star resort near Bunche Beach at Palmetto Palms. 55 and over. No pets. $600 per month or $3,000 for 6 months Tel. 239-489-2360RR 2/17 CC 2/27 SANIBEL CONDO FOR SALEMOTIVATED SELLER! 1 bed, 1 bath garden condo only $145,900. Close to beaches, marina, lighthouse, restaurants and shopping. Contact Terri McHenry Shr odi, Selling Floridas 1st Choice Realty. 239-395-1742, cell 239-247-3972.RS 2/17 CC 2/17 SANIBEL APT FOR RENT1 br duplex wash/dry; mod. kitch. on quiet str. Walk to shops, bank, restaurants. $1,050/mo. 239-395-8774RR 2/17 CC 2/17 MASTIQUE HIGH RISELocated two miles from the causeway. Three b/r, two bath over 2,000 sq. ft. plus large lanai. This 10th oor unit overlooks a 25 acre natural lake and has expansive views of the Gulf and Sanibel. The gated community offers a large clubhouse with state of the art tness room, pool/card room, media room and kitchen, walk-in heated pool, large spa,tennis courts and lakeside walking path. There is a shing dock and boats for the use of residents. Assigned parking for two cars and a large storage room. Annual rental of $1,800 includes cable and internet. Unfurnished. Contact owner at 267-1148 or 516-967-3789.RR 2/17 CC 2/17 EAST END2 BR-2 BA. Heated Pool-Canal Dock. One Story-Unfurnished. 395-1786NR 2/17 CC 3/9 See Next Page ForGARAGE MOVING YARD SALES


Read us online at islandsunnews.com Read us online at islandsunnews.com SUDOKUTo play Sudoku: Complete the grid so that every row, column and every 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 through 9 (the same number cannot appear more than once in a row, column or 3x3 box.) There is no guessing and no math involved, just logic.answer on page 35THE RIVER FEBRUARY 17, 201238 If you would like your club/organization listed in The River Calling Card, phone 415-7732 Emergency...................................................911 Lee County Sheriffs Of ce...........................477-1200 Florida Marine Patrol.....................................332-6966 Florida Highway Patrol..................................278-7100 Poison Control....................................1-800-282-3171 HealthPark Medical Center.................1-800-936-5321 Ft. Myers Chamber of Commerce................332-3624 Foundation for Quality Childcare..................425-2685Ft. Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce............454-7500 Fort Myers Beach Library..............................463-9691Lakes Regional Library......................................533-4000 Lee County Chamber of Commerce.............931-0931Post Of ce...........................................1-800-275-8777Visitor & Convention Bureau.........................338-3500 ARTS Alliance for the Arts.......................................939-2787 Arts For ACT Gallery & Studio......................337-5050 Art League Of Fort Myers.............................275-3970 Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall..........481-4849 BIG ARTS.....................................................395-0900 Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre....................278-4422 Cultural Park Theatre....................................772-5862 Edison Festival of Light..................................334-2999Florida Repertory Theatre at the Arcade............332-4488 Florida West Arts..........................................948-4427 Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers..........472-0168 Gulf Coast Symphony...................................489-1800Harmony Chorus, Charles Sutter, Pres..............481-8059 Naples Philharmonic.............................239-597-1111 The Schoolhouse Theater.............................472-6862 S.W. Florida Symphony.................................418-0996 Theatre Conspiracy.......................................936-3239 Young Artists Awards...................................574-9321 CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Angel Flight...................................1-877-4AN-ANGEL Animal Refuge Center...................................731-3535American Business Women Association.............357-6755 Audubon of SWFL.........................................339-8046 Audubon Society...........................................472-3156 Caloosahatchee Folk Society.......................321-4620 Cape Coral Stamp Club................................542-9153 duPont Company Retirees ...........................454-1083 Edison Porcelain Artists................................415-2484 Ft Myers UDC Chapter 2614 (United Daughters of the Confederacy )....728-3743 Friendship Force Of SW FL..........................561-9164 The Horticulture and Tea Society..................472-8334 Horticultural Society......................................472-6940 Lee County Genealogical Society.................549-9625 Lee Trust for Historic Preservation ...............939-7278 NARFE(National 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 Kiwanis Clubs: Fort Myers Beach.....................765-4254 or 454-8090Fort Myers Edison.............................................694-1056Fort Myers South..........................................691-1405 Gateway to the Islands.................................415-3100 Iona-McGregor..............................................482-0869 Lions Clubs: 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.....................472-6940United Way of Lee County.................................433-2000 United Way 211 Helpline (24 hour).......211 or 433-3900AREA ATTRACTIONS Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum....................395-2233 Burroughs Home..........................................337-9505 Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium............275-3435 Edison & Ford Winter Estates.......................334-3614 Fort Myers Skate Park..................................321-7558Imaginarium Hands-On Museum & Aquarium........321-7420JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge.........472-1100 Koreshan State Historic Site.................239-992-0311Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center..........765-8101 Skatium............................................................321-7510Southwest Florida Museum of History.........321-7430 True Tours....................................................945-0405 GARAGE MOVING YARDSALES CAUTION HUGE GARAGE SALE Friday, Saturday & Sunday, February 17, 18 & 19. 8 a.m. 4 p.m. 923 Deep Lagoon Lane, Town & River, Fort Myers. Retail gift shop merchandise, holiday and party ware, cards, Christmas ornaments, of ce supplies (ink cartridges and toner), tools, shing poles, furniture, household, adult and childrens clothing, queen size mattress with box spring and headboard books, toys. Tons of miscellaneous. NS 2/10 NC 2/17 SETTLING ESTATE SALEAll manor of antiques, household linens, china, etc. Excellent opportunity for dealers, collectors, and individuals. Priced to sell. FRIDAY, 24 FEB and SAT, 25 FEB 9AM 4PM only. NR 2/17 CC 2/24 GARAGE SALESaturday Feb 25, 9 a.m. to 1 pm, 1170 Sand Castle Rd, Sanibel NS 2/17 PC 2/17 COMMUNITY YARD SALESaturday, February 25th 7:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Vendor spots only $5 FREE admission Estero Recreation Center, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd, Estero. 239-498-0415RR 1/20 NC 2/24 GARAGE SALESaturday 2/18 from 8-1 5280 Umbrella Pool Rd. (Sanibel Bayous off SanCap Rd.) GREAT STUFF NO JUNK! Furniture, large rugs, womens clothing size small, books, Music CDs, Movie DVDs, tap shoes, jingly hip scarves, and more.NR 2/17 CC 2/17 MULTI-FAMILY SALEFebruary 18th 8:00 2:00 1813 Long Point Ln, Sanibel. Furniture, microwave, books, CDs, DVDs, household items, much more.NR 2/17 CC 2/17 MOVING SALESat 2/18 only 7a-4p. 1019 Lindgren Blvd., Sanibel. Books, CDs, Lawn Mower, Chain Saw, Trimmer, Blower, Kayak, Tools, Fishing & hunting equipment, cast nets, some furniture, household items, small Refrig, small freezer.NR 2/17 CC 2/17 NEIGHBORHOOD SALECoconut Creek Annual Neighborhood Sale 2/18/12 from 8 am to 4 pm. Coconut Creek is off McGregor just west of Kelly Road, Fort Myers. NR 2/17 CC 2/17 GARAGE SALESat. 18th, 9am to 1pm, Good household items, bike, wagon, large oak sideboard, boys toys, video games. 756 Donax St., SanibelNS 2/17 CC 2/17 Send your editorial copy to:press@riverweekly.com Read us online at IslandSunNews.com