River weekly news
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Publication Date: 03-02-2012
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FREETake Me Home VOL. 11, NO. 8 MARCH 2, 2012From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort MyersRead Us Online at IslandSunNews.com Award Winning Vocalists Coming To Art LeagueThe 2011 and 2012 Young Artists Awards winning vocalists Halie Boling, Sam Bostic and Sarah Daigle will be performing at the Art League of Fort Myers from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 2 during Fort Myers Art Walk. Boling, 16, a student at Cypress Lake Center for the Arts, and Bostic, 17, a senior at Lehigh Senior High School, are finalists in contemporary voice/ musical theater at this years Young Artists Awards Competition, to be held on Sunday, March 4 at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. Daigle, 16, a junior attending North Fort Myers High School, was an age category scholarship winner at the 2011 Young Artists Awards. The Young Artists Awards program is a not-forprofit performing arts organization serving students from throughout Southwest Florida and is a monthly partner with Art Walk. Information about tickets to the organizations gala on Sunday, March 4 will be available that evening. The Art League of Fort Myers is located at 1451 Monroe Street in the downtown Fort Myers River District. Sarah Daigle Sam Bostic Halie Bolling Italian Olympian Joins Museum To Inspire YouthArt, sport and Olympic history will come to life in Southwest Florida in the coming weeks. Art of the Olympians Museum and Gallery (AOTO) is celebrating the 2012 Olympic Games through an array of engaging and inspiring programs each month leading up to the opening ceremonies. This month, the non-profit organization welcomes Italian Olympian Emanuela Pierantozzi and renowned concert pianist Nadia Fanganza to Southwest Florida to aid in its public outreach programs. At its core, AOTO is a global learning center founded and supported by Olympians dedicated to promoting Olympic ideals and a spirit of corporation to inspire individuals to achieve personal excellence. During a two-week visit, Pierantozzi and Fanganza will help the community come alive with an Olympic passion. The duo will continued on page 25 Emanuela Pierantozzi working on a new sculpture Nadia FanganzaFort Myers Beach Art Association To Host Art BazaarThe Fort Myers Beach Art Associations annual Art Bazaar will be held this year on Sunday, March 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Santini Marina Plaza at 7205 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach. Each year, the association holds a sale of artwork to fund the scholarships given to local students going on to study art at college level. This sale was formerly held on the gallery grounds and the artwork was hung on clotheslines. Now, they are sponsored by Santini Marina Plaza and hold the sale on the sidewalks of the shopping center. This allows more variety in artwork, framed work and unframed, as well as silk scarves, cards and other varieties of art. The profits from this sale go into the fund to supply the scholarships which will be awarded in April during the annual Student Scholarship Show. This is an opportunity to help out a striving art student and pick up some local art great prices. The art association is holding a raffle of a framed painting by Dale Laitinen, with all proceeds to benefit the scholarship fund. The drawing will be on continued on page 16Fort Myers Art Walk Showcases New Exhibits Fort Myers Art Walk will take place on Friday, March 2 with local art galleries and art stops featuring new exhibits and shows. This regular cultural event draws between 1,500 and 2,500 people each month to the downtown Fort Myers River District. Then on Saturday, March 3, the organizers of Art Walk present the seasonal Saturday Art Fair. This juried art event showcases individual local artists at tables along the sidewalks of First Street. The Saturday Art Fair runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to attend. Forty-three artists and art vendors are scheduled to be there. The monthly Art Walk runs from 6 to 10 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. The March Art Walk will include numerous art galleries and art stops and will feature new art shows, live music and the traditional after party. Earlier in the day, the City of Fort Myers will dedicate its new public art Fire Dance in Centennial Park. Sculptor David Black will be on hand for the dedication at 4 p.m. Downtowns newest art space joins Art Walk in March, too. Artist Marcus Jansen will hold a grand opening that night for Unit A at 1922 Evans Avenue. Highlights of the March 2 Art Walk include:continued on page 25 Painting by Dale Laitinen photo by G Buelow


Historic Downtown Fort Myers, Then And NowThunderbird Apartmentsby Gerri ReavesThanks to the economic downturn and some creative rethinking, the Thunderbird Apartment buildings will probably reach the age of half a century. The 1964 photo shows the apartments soon after they were built. Notice the tiny newly planted shrubs, vintage automobiles and the unobstructed view to the Caloosahatchee River. While the modern apartment complex was no doubt welcome in the 1960s as a downtown residence for both seasonal and year-round residents, it had its detractors. In order for the riverfront apartment complex to be built, the Floweree home, one of Fort Myers premier historic residences, had to be demolished. In January 1899, John T. Murphy and Daniel Augustus G. Floweree, two wealthy cattlemen of Helena, Montana, visited Fort Myers after learning about the lucrative cattle trade between Punta Rassa and Cuba. They stayed the entire winter at the Royal Palm Hotel and decided to build winter homes. Murphy bought 450 feet of riverfront property on First Street just east of Fowler for $3,500. The two men decided to divide the property into two parcels and tossed a coin to see who would get the northeast corner lot. Murphy won, and thus went on to build one of todays historic treasures, the Murphy-Burroughs home. Floweree got the east side of the parcel, where he built his own home called Hunters Rest, said to be more impressive than his friends estate. For more 60 years, the home was a private residence and, beginning in the early 1950s, a tourist home. Then, to the distress of many locals who admired the house, it was demolished in the 1960s so the Thunderbird Apartments could be constructed. In the late 1990s, the Thunderbird became Riverwalk Garden Apartments. The saga of the old Thunderbird offers an interesting story in the ups and downs of downtown redevelopment.continued on page 6 The Thunderbird Apartments, seen here in 1964, were built on the riverfront site of the historic Floweree home on First Street courtesy of the Southwest Florida Historical Society The thunderbird, rather than the phoenix, rises again. Calusa Harbour towers in the background photo by Gerri Reaves 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 A view to the river in 1964 courtesy of the Southwest Florida Historical SocietyTHE RIVER MARCH 2, 20122


THE RIVER MARCH 2, 20123 Ma Ma M Ma rk rk rk et et et e t o o o pe pe pe n n n 7 7 7 7 da da da da a ys ys ys ys : : : : 11 11 11 a a a .m m m .m m m . to to o to 9 9 9 9 9 p p p p .m .m m .m m . Re Re Re R st st st s au au au u au ra ra ra ra nt nt nt nt : : : Su Su Su Su n. n. n n n. T T T T T hu hu hu u hu r. r. r. r. 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 a a. a. a a. m. m. m. m m m 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 p p p p p p .m .m .m m m m . Fr Fr Fr Fr i. i i i. S S S S S at at at . 11 11 1 a a a .m .m m m m 10 10 1 0 p p p p .m m .m .m . 17 17 17 65 65 5 0 0 0 Sa Sa n n Ca Ca C rl rl os os os B B lv lv d. d. d , Ft Ft Ft Ft . My My y er er er s, s, s F F L L L L 33 33 33 93 93 9 9 1 1 1 23 23 23 9. 9. 9 48 48 8 2. 2. 67 67 67 65 65 65 | | | Sh Sh Sh Sh oa oa ls ls ls Wi Wi W W ne ne ne n Ba Ba B Ba r. r. r. co co co o m m m Locally owned, fresh and fun! LIVE ENTE R TAINMENT A T SHOAL S Every Tuesday and Friday 6 to 9 p .m With S anibels G ene Federic o March Programs At Edison & Ford Winter EstatesIn addition to tours and regular activities at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, there are special programs and activities to engage both visitors and residents throughout the week. The month of March is highlighted with the return of the Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival, Directors Tour to Clewiston, Emerging Inventors Early Learning Classes, Home School Class, and Behind The Scenes Tours as well as a variety of other special programs throughout the month. Call 334-7419 for additional information. Registration is now open for the Edison Ford Inventors Summer Camp that begins May 29 and runs through August 3 in science, art and nature. Camps are separated by grade levels, first to third and fourth to sixth. Students in the seventh grade and above can qualify as Summer Camp Councilors. Cost for Edison Ford Members is $200; nonmembers are $230. May 29 to June 1: Super Solar Scientists June 4 to 8: Space & Rockets June 11 to 15: Kitchen Chemistry June 18 to 22: Animation June 25 to 29: Movie Making Magic July 9 to 13: Eager Engineers July 16 to 20: Time Travelers July 23 to 27: Physics In Motion July 30 to August 3: Smarts In Arts Ucoming programs and events include: Emerging Inventors Early Learners March 1 and 15 from 9 to 11 a.m. Emerging Inventors Early Learners class is a child and parent learning class for children ages 1 to 3 years. Each class includes first hand learning on the historical site as well as changing seasonal themes combining science, invention, reading and hands-on activities. Edison Ford members $5; non members $15 (one adult, one child); additional $5 per child. Drawing In The Gardens: An Introduction To Botanical Illustrations March 2 from 5 to 6 p.m. and March 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The two-day workshop begins with an evening botanical tour with the Edison Ford horticultural staff to view plants and flowers and plan the next day drawing class. Day two is instruction with artist Megan Kissinger in the gardens. Megans work is featured in the Edison Caretakers Gallery and has been selected for national juried exhibition. Edison Ford members $50; non members $60; as well as $10 for supplies. Registration required. Floorcloth Painting Class with Marie Dyer March 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Artist Marie Dyer, best known for her vivid floral and still-life paintings, will teach participants how to transform a piece of unfinished canvas into a continued on page 4 Edison Maria Film Festival Directors Tour to Lake Okeechobee and Clewiston, Lake Okeechobee circa 1926


THE RIVER MARCH 2, 20124 From page 3Estates Programstropical and practical floor covering. No prior painting experience is necessary. Materials included. Edison Ford members $70; non-members $75. Registration required. Edison Ford Garden Talk: Heritage Butterfly Plants March 10 at 9 a.m. Join Edison Ford horticulturists in the butterfly garden located in the Edison Ford Heritage Garden and learn how to create, plant and care for a butterfly garden in Southwest Florida as well as tips to make your garden butterfly friendly. Edison Ford members are free, nonmembers $5; all participants will receive 20 percent off in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe. Home School: DNA Science We Are Family March 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. Home School students will explore DNA, chromosomes and heredity. Students and their parents can enroll in a two hour program with curriculum that follows the Next Generation Florida Sunshine State Standards. Pre-visit curriculum materials will be mailed to registered families. Registration required. Program recommended for grades 1 to 6. Edison Ford members $5; non members $15 (one adult, one child) additional $5 per child. Monthly Volunteer Meeting March 13 at 9:30 a.m. Learn about history, shopping and restaurants with Edison Ford staff and True Tours on a historical walking tour of downtown Fort Myers. Volunteers will meet in the courtyard at 1412 Dean Street at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and the tour will begin shortly after. Free parking is located under the bridge or volunteers can meter park at the Harborside Convention Center parking lot. This is a regular monthly volunteer meeting. Directors Tour: Clewiston and Lake Okeechobee March 16 at 8 a.m. Experience the history, nature and agriculture surrounding Floridas most important water source, Lake Okeechobee with Edison Ford president and CEO Chris Pendleton, South Florida Water Management District Manager Phil Flood and Clewiston Museum director Butch Wilson. About a hundred years ago, the Edisons and Fords were exploring the lake area for connections to their rubber and plant research, great fishing spots, and out of doors opportunities. The famous friends also met with sugar industry leaders to study their agriculture and manufacturing activities and certainly learned about famous architect John Nolans plan to create an urban model for Clewiston, then known as the city on the lake. Henry Ford soon purchased Fort Thompson for his agriculture plans and the friends explored the Caloosahatchee and neighboring waterways. Plans for the day include a tour of the Herbert Hoover Levy and historic dike, lecture, lunch and tour of the Clewiston Museum (from wool mammoths to prisoner of war camps and sugar cane agriculture) and finish up at STA #5 with the experts for birding and Florida hydrology. Registration required. Edison Ford members $90; volunteers, $85; non members $95. Price includes transportation, lunch, behind the scene tours, refreshments and historical background lecture on trip to Clewiston. Painting In The Gardens with Leoma Lovegrove March 19 and 20 Edison Gardens March 12 and 13 Lovegrove Gallery and Gardens, Matlacha Artist Leoma Lovegroves work is well known for dazzling color and plein air style. Lovegrove will teach two separate two-day sessions in the gardens at Edison Ford and also at her gallery and garden (Monet in Matlacha). Cost for Edison Ford session is $300 and $250 for Edison Ford members. Call the Education Department 334-7419 for additional information. For details on class requirements, call 822-4109. Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival March 30 at 7:30 p.m., Edison & Ford Winter Estates on the riverside lawn RSVP for riverside dining options. March 31 at 7:30 p.m., Edison State College, Fort Myers The award-winning Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival will be back for a sixth season in Southwest Florida since the festival began its national tour in 1981. Film faculty of the festival and college will introduce films and facilitate discussion afterwards. The films included are short films including both animated and a variety of photography and film techniques. Tickets may be bought in advance at the Edison Ford, 2350 McGregor Blvd. in Fort Myers. Tickets are $8 per evening for adults or both nights at $15. Edison Ford members will receive a $3 discount for March 30 show and Edison State College students are free on March 31. For more information, call 334-7419 or visit www.blackmariafilmfestival.org. Behind The Scene Tours Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Curators and staff lead a very special tour inside the Edison and Ford homes and the Edison Botanic Research Lab. The Tours focus on history, conservation and antiques. These unique tours are offered at no cost to Edison Ford members and $40 for non members. Tour space is limited and registration is suggested. Sunday Brunch & Historic Tours of Edison Ford and Downtown Fort Myers Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Participants will step back in time at the homes, gardens, lab and museum at Edison Ford; learn the history of downtown Fort Myers with True Tours; and enjoy a delectable brunch at Vino De Notte Hotel Indigo in historic downtown Fort Myers. For more information and reservations, call 945-0405. Cost is $39. For additional information about the Edison Ford Winter Estates, call 3347419 or visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org. 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


THE RIVER MARCH 2, 20125 ISLAND INSURANCE SERVICE Kathleen Papaleo President Mark OBrien General Manager Susan Barnes Personal Lines Gina Loeber Agent 703 Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel, FL (239) 472-3022 Summer is over and its time to enjoy those beautiful winter days in Paradise. Have an insurance question? Call our office today for a new Auto quote. Grande Dames Tea Tickets Going FastTickets are now on sale for the Grande Dames Tea, presented by PACE Center for Girls of Lee County. The Grande Dames Tea honoring Michel Doherty of Cape Coral, Mavis Miller of Fort Myers and Anna Boots Tolles of Cape Coral will be held Tuesday, March 20, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre located at 1380 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers. Mei-Mei Chan, The News-Press Media Group President and Publisher, will once again serve as mistress of ceremonies. Tickets for the tea are $50 per person and may be purchased either online at www.pacecenter.org/lee or by phoning 239-425-2366, ext. 25. Table sponsorships are also available. As a special added attraction this year, nationally renowned artist Wellington Ward has contributed his talents by inviting several well-known local artists to join him in creating artwork that will be available for sale during a silent auction. I have asked each of the artists to create a still life of teapots or tea kettles, in keeping with the tea concept, said Ward. Each artist will give his or her own interpretation in acrylics, oils or mixed media of their choice. I will be as excited as the guests will be to see what they create. Each piece of artwork will be an original measuring 12 inches by 16 inches and framed in black, according to Ward. We are delighted that an artist of Wellington Wards stature recognizes the good work of PACE and wants to contribute to helping our young ladies reach their full potential, said Grande Dames Tea co-chair Dena Geraghty, who also is vice-chair of the PACE Lee Board of Directors and a trustee of PACE, Inc. The theme of the Grande Dames Tea is The Wisdom of Age Honoring The Female Spirit. I am very excited about the ladies who are being honored. I really look forward to hearing them interact with the PACE girls, said Grande Dames Tea co-chair Sandra Stilwell, who also is a board member of PACE Lee. This is the fourth year of the historic Grande Dames Tea. Previous honorees have included philanthropists Berne Davis, Eleanore Kleist and Barbara B. Mann in 2009; Jeanne Bochette, Helen Hendry and Veronica Shoemaker in 2010; and Myra Daniels, Kathleen Nealon and Mimi Straub in 2011. 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 agenda for the tea will include interaction between the PACE girls and the three Grande Dames, in a question and answer format, that Geraghty and Stilwell said is sure to be thought-provoking and poignant. White House Black Market is the title sponsor of the Grande Dames Tea. Other major sponsors are the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre and Edison National Bank, along with media sponsors Grandeur Magazine, The News-Press Media Group and NBC-2. For more information about the Grande Dames Tea, contact PACE Director of Development Melissa Simontis at 425-2366 ext. 25, or Grande Dames Tea co-chair Dena Geraghty at 851-1028 or visit www.pacecenter.org/ lee. Grande Dame Mavis Miller. Her advice to young women today: Dont put your faith in any one person. Put it in God and He will never lead you astray. God doesnt take something from you without giving you something to replace it. Be thankful every day for what you do have. Grande Dame Michel Doherty. Serving as a mentor to young women, today her advice is: Never stop learning. Find something in others that is inspirational to you. Grande Dame Anna Boots Tolles. Her advice to young girls who are struggling with difficult times: Look for the strength within yourself. It may not be easy to find, but it is there. Look for someone else to help you find it. MOAA SpeakerThe guest speaker at last weeks Lee Coast Chapter MOAA meeting was Imam Mohamed Al-Darsani of the Islamic Center for Peace in Fort Myers. He discussed the commonality of religious thought of the three Abrahamic religions: Islam, Christianity and Judaism with about 85 MOAA members. This was a unique meeting that touched on reaching common objectives rather than military affairs. For more information on the Lee Coast MOAA contact Corky Boyd at 3950464 or email corkyboyd@ embarqmail.com Doug Quelch, president of the Lee Coast Chapter of MOAA presents an American flag to Imam Mohamed Al-Darsani of the Islamic Center for Peace in Fort Myers


THE RIVER MARCH 2, 20126 Hortoons From page 2ThunderbirdOnly several years ago during the booming real estate market, the vacated apartment complex was fronted by an imposing sign announcing the future Riverwalk at Sunset, 52 luxury townhomes, condominiums, penthouses and villas. The markets downturn put a hold on the plans for penthouses and villas, but, on the bright side, also saved the Thunderbird from demolition. Instead, the apartments have been completely renovated and reopened, thus serving as an innovative model in redevelopment rethinking and recycling. Walk down First Street to see a postWorld War II apartment complex that has reinvented itself to survive perhaps as long as its predecessor, the Floweree home. Then, stroll a few blocks to the Southwest Florida Museum of History at 2031 Jackson Street to learn more about the changes that the 1960s brought to First Street east of Fowler, where many out-of-state millionaires built winter homes. For information, call 321-7430 or go to www.swflmuseumofhistory.com. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Be sure to put the Southwest Florida Historical Society on your research itinerary. Comb the archives for forgotten stories and for clues to historical mysteries. The 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. Veterans Park Yard SaleClean out your closets, garages and homes. Turn your junk into anothers treasure. Take advantage of the crowds that a community yard sale can generate. Veterans Park Recreation Center in Lehigh Acres is holding a Community Yard Sale in their indoor, air conditioned gymnasium on Saturday, March 10 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Set-up starts at 7 a.m. and the doors open at 8 a.m. Cost is $5 per six foot table and space or bring your own six foot table for $3 per space. Stop by the center or call 369-1521 if you are interested in additional tables or if you are interested in renting a space. Veterans Park will also host their annual Colored Coconut Hunt on Saturday, April 7. If a rabbit can lay eggs, then people most certainly can lay coconuts! Colored coconuts and eggs will be hidden in designated areas of the recreation center park grounds. Bring your Easter basket and join the hunt. There will be games, face painting and activities for the participants. There will also be a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny. The hunt will be broken in to four different age groups with colored coconuts and eggs in each patch. Bring your camera for that once-in-a-lifetime photo. Prizes will be given for different colored coconuts. The Colored Coconut Hunt will be held from 10 a.m. to noon for ages infant up to 13 years old. Cost is $5 per child. You must pre-register as the event is limited to 100 participants.The hunt begins at 10:30 a.m. sharp, no exceptions. If you have questions, call the center at 369-1521. Veterans Park Recreation Center is located at 55 Homestead Road South in Lehigh Acres. Visit www.leeparks.org for more information. Junior League To Host Attic SaleThe Junior League of Fort Myers is happy to announce a save-the-date for our second annual Attic Sale, which will take place on Saturday, March 31 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Crown Plaza Hotel Ball Room near Bell Tower Shops in Fort Myers. The Attic Sale features new and gently used items at bargain prices. Profits from the event support Junior League sponsored projects in Southwest Florida and other operations of the Junior League. Organizers are currently accepting new or gently used donations including items such as furniture, appliances, electronics, books, childrens toys, housewares, holiday decorations, clothes and more. If you are interested in contributing to The Junior League Attic Sale or would like more information, contact Kristen Delizia at 277-1197 or visit www.jlfm. org. Greeters Club Looking to make new friends and join in monthly activities? Attend the next luncheon meeting of The Greeters Club of Greater Fort Myers on Thursday, March 15 at Colonial County Club, 9181 Independence Way in Fort Myers. Join the Greeters Club as they honor Jennifer Benton, executive director of ACT (Abuse, Counseling & Treatment, Inc.), a non-profit agency which serves to protect, support and educate victims of domestic violence. Call today to join this dynamic group of women of Lee County. Luncheon cost is $18 per person, with reservations required. Call Janet Gambuzza at 4545750 or Linda Fitzpatrick at 437-5653 or e-mail Greeters.Lunch@comcast.net. Republican WomenThe next luncheon meeting of the Lee Republican Women Federated will be held on Monday, March 12. Social hour begins at 11:15 a.m., with lunch and the program to follow. The meeting will take place at Hilton Garden Inn-Fort Myers, located at 12601 University Drive. The guest speaker will be Trey Radel, candidate for Floridas 14th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Cost to attend the meeting is $16 all inclusive. To make reservations, call 432-9389 or send an e-mail to cindylignelli222@gmail.com.


THE RIVER MARCH 2, 20127 Bowl-A-Thon Raises More Than $16,000Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida (JASWFL) raised more than $16,000 during the 2012 JA Bowl-A-Thon. The money raised goes directly to Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida to support its programs throughout Southwest Florida schools. The JA Bowl-A-Thon events were held in Lee County at Gator Lanes on January 28 and in Collier County at Bowland Beacon Lanes on February 4. A total of 27 teams participated, each raising $600 per team. In addition to bowling, the events included a raffle, a trivia game and contests for Most Team Spirit, Best Costumes and Best Decorated Bowling Pin. Local businesses donated prizes. This years sponsors included Martek Unlimited Partners LLC and BlueCross BlueShield of Florida. The JA Bowl-A-Thon returned this year after an eight year hiatus, and plans are underway for the 2013 event. For more information about Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, contact Anne Frazier at 225-2590 or info@jaswfl.org. Their website is www.JASWFL.org. Comcasts Mardi Gras Team, from left, is Barb Bradford, Gram Ossorio, Robert Mostiller, Jerry Stephenson, Mark Graves, Andy Vaspasiano and Karen Vaspasiano Mardi Gras King and Queen bowling pins Sanibel Captiva Community Banks Team, from left, is Lana Hollier, Tobi Bellani, David Hall, Jessica Barrett, Gail Hall and Brian Terrell 11am-10pm S u 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 Mar., 9, 2012 1131 1st St., Ft. Myers Beach www.nervousnellies.net GPS COORDINATES: FREE with Dock Attendants Assistance SAVE $500.00 with this ad on any job valued at $2500 or more. All phases of workRemodels: kitchens, baths, decks, staircases, windows, doors, all phases of trim, framing, drywall (hang and nish)Additions: extra bedrooms, garages, second oors.Repairs: pressure washing, painting, rot repair, general maintenance.Water Damage: remove, treat, replace.For an appointment, call Hank Shaudys Building Contractors CBC 058960 (239)481-5819Fax


THE RIVER MARCH 2, 20128 Along The RiverDo you think pirates are just for kids? Think again! Now you can spend the evening with Captain Jack, Pickpocket Pete, Everlynn Gray and the rest of the crew for the all new adults only Friday Night Pirate Party on the Pieces of Eight. The 90-minute cruise leaves the dock at Salty Sams Marina every Friday at 7:30 p.m. and features a fun interactive show that includes a boatload of pirate shenanigans. Tickets are $20 and cruisers will receive a complimentary Painkiller rum cocktail upon boarding the ship. The ship has a full bar and snacks available on board and also offers $3 specialty rum drinks for the duration of the cruise. Salty Sams Marina is located at 2500 Main Street, Fort Myers Beach. Call 7657272 or go to www.piecesofeight.com. Nervous Nellies in Fort Myers Beach is neurotic about great food, good drinks and live entertainment. Sit dockside on the restaurants expansive waterfront patio or inside in air-conditioned comfort. 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, March 2, Harrold Antoine is downstairs from 1 to 5 p.m. and Cat Daddy Blues is upstairs from 6 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Smoking Bill is downstairs from 1 to 5 p.m. followed by The Island Doctor from 7 to 10 p.m. and upstairs is Backlash Blues from 6 to 10 p.m.; Sunday, Just Jeff is downstairs from 6 to 10 p.m. and High Tide is upstairs from 6 to 10 p.m.; Monday, Mike Glean is downstairs from 1 to 5 p.m. followed by Left of Center from 6 to 10 p.m. and Mary Winner is upstairs from 6 to 10 p.m.; Tuesday, Harrold Antoine is downstairs from 6 to 10 p.m. and Rob Matson is upstairs from 6 to 10 p.m.; Wednesday, Dave Collaton is downstairs from 1 to 5 p.m. followed by Ira Wilkes from 6 to 10 p.m.; and Thursday, Laurie Star Duo is downstairs from 1 to 5 p.m. followed by Mike Glean from 6 to 10 p.m. and The Oysters Band is 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 Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m., The Edison Restaurant & Bar is serving 1.25pound Maine lobster dinner while supplies last. The sweet, succulent shellfish is served with cole slaw and fries for $14.95. Pair it with an ice-cold Edison Light beer for an additional $3.25. Happy hour is daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Live entertainment begins at 7 p.m. The Edison Restaurant & Bar is open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and cocktails. It is located at 3583 McGregor Boulevard overlooking the historic Fort Myers Country Club. Call 936-9348 or go to www.edisonfl.com. Did someone say happy hour? The Morgan House in downtown Fort Myers serves drink specials Monday through Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at its upstairs bar, Top of the Town. Seating is available inside or outside overlooking the historic Patio de Leon. The Morgan House offers 12 beers on tap, cocktails and wines, along with appetizers, sandwiches and entres. Enjoy live entertainment four nights a week. 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 Morgan House is located at 33 Patio de Leon, Fort Myers. Call 337-3377 or go to www.morganhouserestaurant.com. As local seafood lovers know, The Lazy Flamingo is a great place for grouper sandwiches, raw oysters on the half-shell, conch chowder and mussels marinara served in a nautical-themed atmosphere. The Lazys motto is If our seafood were any fresher, we would be serving it underwater. The restaurant is also known for its secret recipe Flamingo garlic bread, buffalo wings and giant burgers; best enjoyed with a frosty mug of Fosters on tap. Dont have time to drive to Sanibel or Bokeelia for a Lazy fix? Stop by the Fort Myers location in the Bridge Plaza near the College Boulevard intersection. Happy hour is served daily from 3 to 5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. to midnight. The Lazy Flamingo is located at 12951 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers. It is open daily from 11 a.m. to midnight. Call 476-9000 or go to www.lazyflamingo. com. Yo ho ho ho! Its the pirates life for me! Raw oysters, stone crab claws, fried grouper basket and ice cold beer at The Lazy 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. 10 weeks *Best Seller* Amazon Kindle!Available in paperback at MacIntosh Books 2407 Periwinkle Way Sanibel, FL 33957 or amazon.com www.jocelynmiller.com Tanglewood PlantationbyJocelyn Miller


THE RIVER MARCH 2, 20129 Russian, American Folk Songs ConcertNew Hope Presbyterian Church welcomes Russian soprano Svetlana Strezeva and pianist Milana Strezeva in concert on Saturday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. Svetlana has been praised as The Russian Nightingale by Russias St. Petersburg Press. She has recorded with the Bolshoi Opera Orchestra, Moscow Pops Symphony and the orchestra of Russian Folk Instruments. Now residing in the United States, she has performed throughout the country, as well as in Italy, Denmark, Germany, Ukraine, Romania, Moldova and China. For more information about Svetlana, visit her website at www.strezeva.com. Milana is the founding member of the award winning Manhattan Piano Trio, one of the most prominent and active chamber music groups in America. Along with her trio, she has performed over 300 concerts in the U.S., South Africa and Australia. For more information about Milana, visit her website at www. manhattanpianotrio.com. This concert is free and open to the public and will feature Russian and American folk songs. For more information, call the New Hope church office at 274-1230 or visit www.newhopefortmyers.org. New Hope Presbyterian Church is located at 3825 McGregor Blvd., just one block south of the Fort Myers Country Club. Milana Strezeva Svetlana Strezeva 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. Mid-Week Lenten WorshipAll are welcome to worship each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. throughout the season of Lent at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Fort Myers Beach. Pastor Lorrie Davison will talk about forgiveness the time of Lent as a time of learning and spiritual renewal through the word of God, and what it has to do with who we are as Christians who need confession and forgiveness. All are invited to enjoy Soup & Bread Suppers (free of charge freewill offering) each Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. as a warm and friendly way to prepare continued on poage 21 Douglas Renfroe Pair Of ConcertsDouglas Renfroe will be heard in two upcoming concerts in the Lee and Collier County area. This Sunday, March 4, Dr. Renfroe will be joining concert pianist Jodie Disalvo, accompanist for the Naples Philharmonic, in a full concert at East Naples United Methodist Church. The concert begins at 3 p.m. and is open to the public. Performance pieces include Robert Schumanns Dichterliebe, an original work entitled Quotations as well as a few Broadway favorites. On Thursday, March 8, Dr. Renfroe will be performing A Night To Remember, including Broadway favorites, selections from Les Miserables and a Memorial Tribute to the Holocaust. Joining in the concert are sopranos Sarah Hoag and Nancy Bischoff. Their accompanist is Joy Bowe, who is accompanist for Temple Bat Yam and pianist at Beach United Methodist Church. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and is part of the Beach United Methodist Churchs Hibiscus Series. A reception will follow this concert, with a free will offering collected to offset expenses. Dr. Renfroe is an internationally acclaimed bass baritone who made his continued on page 21 Douglas Renfroe


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: Stu Austin and Howard Biddulph 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 274-1230. 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, MaEd, RJE 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 MARCH 2, 201210


11 THE RIVER MARCH 2, 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. PAUL E. CRAMERPaul Edward Cramer, 61, of Packwaukee, Wisconsin passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2012 in Madison, Wisconsin. As a decorated Vietnam War veteran, Paul was awarded three purple hearts and various other military honors. Paul enjoyed life to the fullest, especially after being diagnosed with stage four melanoma as a 23-year-old U.S. Army sergeant in 1973. He treated each day as a gift. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, painting, quilting, traveling and doing things for others. He loved children and they loved him, many times mistaking him for Santa Claus. Paul coached girls softball on Sanibel and worked with Dick Muench in the concessions for many years. Paul was also in Kiwanis. He loved Walt Disney World, and would take his girls to Disney at the end of each season. Paul was very active at the Sanibel Elementary School (now The Sanibel School) in PTO. He created a large map of the world for former principal Barbara Ward, which is still on display at the school. He is survived by his wife, Patricia (Annie) Register; two brothers, Sanford and Kevin; two sisters, Diane and Sharon; nieces and nephews; extended family; and many friends. Paul requested to be cremated and to have his ashes scattered in Oahu, Hawaii. A celebration of Pauls life will be held in the spring. OBITUARY 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 Dorothy Rodwell, LMFTLicensed Psychotherapist11615 Chitwood Drive, Suite 120 Fort Myers239-851-7166 Helping you liberate your mind and go where you are joyful Read us online at IslandSunNews.com Get your tickets today! purchase online at shellpoint.org/concerts or call (239) 454-2067 SHELL POINT SPEAKER SERIESThe Miracle on the HudsonDAVE SANDERSONTuesday, March 6 at 7:00 pmReturning home from a routine business trip on January 15, 2009, Dave Sanderson survived The Miracle on the Hudson. After a bird struck flight 1549, there was no choice for the crew but to ditch the plane in the Hudson River. Sitting on the plane, in what many would consider to be the wrong place at the wrong time, Dave knew he was exactly where he was supposed to be. Thinking only of helping others in the crisis, Dave became the last person off the plane that day, and was responsible for ensuring that others got off safely. 2011-2012 Shell Point is located in Fort Myers, 2 miles before the Sanibel Causeway. 2012 Shell Point. All rights reserved. ACT-590-12 Single Tickets$25


THE RIVER MARCH 2, 201212 Tarpon Sightings And Trout Tacticsby Capt. Matt MitchellTrout fishing remained one of the most reliable bites out on the water this week. Finally, we are starting to see good numbers of sea trout over that 20-inch mark. After a few warm days, the larger trout really seemed to make that switch Ive been waiting for and began eating baitfish and not just the live shrimp they have been eating all winter. The sheepshead bite in and around the passes was also still going strong, with spawning sheepshead up to four pounds pretty common. This week also brought some of the first tarpon sightings of the year. While running out from Hemp Key towards Captiva Rocks mid-week, I saw a free-jumping tarpon. Even though conditions were sloppy, there was no mistaking the 80-pound-or-so silver king going airborne. I also had a report this week from a fellow guide of rolling tarpon out a few miles in the gulf around the Sanibel Causeway reef. Another friend of mine just returning from bridge fishing down in the Keys said tarpon were all over down there. It really seems early to be seeing tarpon, but a good run of days in the mid 80s will do that. Generally, my first tarpon hook-up of the year comes while trout fishing and really under gunned tackle wise, after a few jumps the battle is usually over pretty quickly. Redfish action was a little hit and miss in the mornings until the tide got up high later in the day, then redfish could be found all over mangrove keys throughout the sound. Southwest winds really helped the bite with tides up much higher than the tide charts forecast, making the periods to chase redfish much longer than expected. Most ran on the smaller side but fishing through the shorts generally produced a few keepers. Finding good numbers of trout was as simple as finding the clean water. Most of the open water at the southern end of the sound remained coffee colored all week with the windy conditions we have experienced. The water color got much prettier once you got a little further north or up around the Flamingo Bay channel on the eastern side of the sound and up past Redfish Pass on the western side. On cooler mornings, I have been catching trout while bouncing the bottom with live shrimp on a jig. Deeper channels and sand holes just off the grass flats have held lots of trout just around slot size or better. Fast-moving tidal creeks with clearer water that are sheltered from the open wind churned bay also held good numbers of trout during colder mornings. As conditions quickly rebounded and warmed back up, the trout moved back out onto the clearer flats and on the edges of the flats. Sandholes and channels from Redfish Pass north produced some of the bigger trout of the week. During periods of southwesterly winds, I concentrated my efforts on the leeward western side of the bay. Then during periods of strong eastern winds, I worked the leeward eastern side. The leeward side of the bay will always have the cleaner water and that really has been the main factor in finding good numbers of quality trout.When fishing shallow flats and sandholes, a rattling popping cork like a Cajun Thunder is really hard to beat. Advantages these floats have over the traditional tried and true popping cork is that they make a lot more noise, do not tangle up as easy and cast be cast a mile. I prefer the type with the concave top as its the loudest. Not only do these rigs work well out on the flat they also catch redfish while mangrove fishing. I like to rig mine with about 2 or 3 feet of 20# leader and a 1/4 oz. jig head. Use just enough leader that the bait will be seen when the fish come in to investigate the noise. The popping sound these bobbers must sound like other fish feeding or a bait splashing around on the surface. Rattling popping corks can be fished either with a soft plastic bait or a live bait. Although they are very effective with a soft plastic bait they are deadly with a live bait.Working sandhole to sandhole on the eastern side of North Captiva with small pinfish and shiners popped loudly caught trout after trout. Simply pick a sandhole out in the grass flat, anchor just within casting distance and cast into it, if you dont hook a trout within a few casts, keep moving. Move sandhole to sandhole, some held no trout while others held 20-plus fish. Certain periods while fishing for redfish this week were really tough. I often went for an hour or more on my boat without a single bite, so it was great to be able to mix it up and chase another species. We would simply take a break from the redfish hunt and go to non-stop trout and sheepshead action. Once dinner was in the live well and the conditions and tide got just right, we would go back and try for redfish, usually getting it done. Several times this week, I would set up on redfish and simply could not get them to eat a bait until I returned later when the conditions were just right.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. Send 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, Florida 33901, or email to press@riverweekly.com. One of the better redfish caught while fishing with Capt. Matt Mitchell ISLAND MARINE SERVICES, INC. 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THE RIVER MARCH 2, 201213 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. 229Go 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 PLACEIsland Restaurant CROW Case Of The Week: Indigo Snakeby Patricia MolloyThe eastern indigo snake (Drymarchon corais couperi) is the largest nonvenomous snake native to North America. In addition to being protected under the federal Endangered Species Act of 1978, it has been classified as a threatened species by the Florida Game and Fresh Water Commission since 1971 and by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since 1978. It is illegal to capture, harm or kill an eastern indigo snake without special federal and/or state permits. On February 10, Chris Lechowicz, director of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, found an injured indigo at the JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel. The adult male had become entangled in construction equipment, possibly in an effort to find a warm place to rest during the recent cold snap. Like all reptiles, he is a cold-blooded creature that is at the mercy of environmental temperature extremes. CROWs team quickly went to work cleaning and bandaging his multiple wounds. Topical and systemic antibiotics were administered along with fluids to keep him hydrated. Dr. Heather noted that while being an extremely good-tempered patient, the indigo has a habit of regularly snaking out of his bandages. Between feedings and medical treatments, he spends his time basking under a heat lamp in the clinics reptile room. CROWs staff is particularly excited to have the opportunity to treat and release this eastern indigo snake; as a sexually mature male, he can play a vital role in saving his own species.CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Inc.) is a non-profit wildlife hospital providing veterinary care for native and migratory wildlife from the Gulf Coast of Florida. The hospital accepts patients seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mail donations to PO Box 150, Sanibel, FL 33957. Call 472-3644 or visit: www.crowclinic.org. Jordan Donini, CROWs resident reptile expert, helping Dr. Heather treat and bandage the patients wounds An ideal patient: responsive to treatment and mellow in temperament This adult male indigo is approximately five to six feet long


THE RIVER MARCH 2, 201214 Plant SmartBishopwoodby Gerri ReavesBishopwood (Bischofia javanica) is one of many plants introduced to Florida with good intentions. But the tree soon proved to be harmful to the state. This large evergreen shade tree was imported by a nursery grower as an ornamental, probably in the 1940. However, in a relatively short time in South Florida, the native of tropical Asia and the Pacific Islands proved itself an invader of native habitats such as intact cypress domes and hardwood hammocks. That is why it has earned a place on the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Councils most damning list of category-1 invasive species. Bishopwood can reach up to 60 feet in height. The rounded dense crown makes it an attractive, fast-growing tree. Leaves are six to eight inches long with smalltoothed margins. Clusters of tiny inconspicuous flowers are visible on many of the female trees this time of year. Petal-less and greenish yellow, they bloom from spring to summer. Later, numerous pea-sized fleshy berries will appear, brown, reddish or blueblack in color. Unfortunately, birds will eat the fruit and disperse the seeds, continuing the trees invasion. The tannin-rich bark contains a red dye used to stain rattan baskets. Many large bishopwoods in the Fort Myers area date to when they were approved as ornamental shade trees. Consider replacing bishopwood trees in your yard with native or Florida-friendly trees that will also provide shade and food for wildlife without posing an environmental threat. Other reasons to replace the tree include the messy fruit that stains sidewalks, an aggressive root system, and susceptibilities to breakage and pests. Sources: fleppc.org, worldagroforestry. org, and ifas.ufl.edu. Plant Smart explores sustainable gardening practices that will help you create an environmentally responsible, lowmaintenance South Florida landscape. Bishopwoods rough brown bark is distinctive photos by Gerri Reaves Invasive bishopwood was introduced to Florida decades ago as an ornamental Inconspicuous greenish yellow flowers bloom spring to summer Caring For Your PlantsVariegated Palms And Plantsby Justen DobbsVariegated palm trees are defined as palms with yellow or white striping on the leaves, and sometimes stems, caused by a viral infection or genetic hybridization. For the most discerning collectors, variegated palms are the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Some, like variegated lady palms (Rhapis sp.), have been propagated (reproduced) and grown for hundreds of years and there are hundreds of types of registered cultivars (sub species) in the world, with some fetching prices of up to $20,000 for one plant! Others, like watermelon flame thrower palm (Chambeyronia macrocarpa var. watermelon), native to New Caledonia in the South Pacific, have a variegated stem but no striping on the leaves. Most collectors are drawn to variegated palms due to their rarity and beauty, while most average home owners are turned off by them due to their sick look of having yellow or white striping. This is sometimes confused with nutrient deficiencies by those who dont understand or appreciate their value and beauty. Variegated cycads (cycads are plants which are closely related to palms) are even more difficult to find. Most variegated palms and cycads fetch prices of $100 to $10,000 each on the open market. You will notice many variegated plants and hardwood trees in South Florida landscapes such as arboricola, mahoe, clusia, loriope, dianella, and ginger. Arboricola and clusia are small, bushy plants that make good hedges. Mahoe are larger trees available in a variegated variety that has white and pink on the leaves very ornamental! Loriope, dianella, and ginger are smaller, grasslike plants that work as ground-cover or filler plants for large planters. All of these plants are often produced by commercial growers using air-layering or tissue culturing. Landscapers find value in variegated plants because they add some color duality and character to otherwise green environments. However, variegated plants and trees should be used as an accent, not the primary theme. They compliment plants with green foliage and also colorful blooms, but they should never steal the show. Unfortunately, there are no variegated Florida native plants that are readily available. There is a small collector market who deals in variegated needle palms continued on page 15 These Aechmea bromeliads (left) and flax lily (right) provide beautiful dual-colored foliage Variegated lady palms (Rhapis) make very ornamental container plants. These ones sell for about $75 each.


THE RIVER MARCH 2, 201215 -NO IRRIGATION -NO FERTILIZER -NO TRIMMING -NO PES T CON T ROL D iscover the next g eneration of money-savin g plants 2 FREE p lants with y purchase of $50 or mo We ship worldwide. & trees. y our o re! C ustom, upsca l e l an d scaping to t any b u d get. w ww.SeabreezeN u rseries.com ( 239) 5 60-142 2 BOAT RENTALSFishing Cabbage KeyDolphin Watching Captains Available472-5800Jensens Marina Captiva Island Miss Cher UNDER THE BRIDGE AT r BONITA BILLS DOCK, Fort Myers Beach 23 9 9 40-0621 Shrim Right Off The Boat B RI DG E A rs B Free Guided Walks At The BeachLee County Parks & Recreation invites visitors and residents to explore the ecosystem and wildlife at local beaches, parks, preserves and shorelines. Barrier Islands Guided Walk Join a naturalist as they lead you through Bowditch Point Park. Learn the importance of the barrier islands, their unique ecosystem, and how they protect the mainland. Explore the beach front tropical hardwoods, coastal scrub and wetland plant communities. Walks are held every Tuesday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and every Friday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Parking is $1 per hour or free with a valid Lee County Parks & Recreation parking sticker. Meet on the upper patio for this free walk. Bowditch Point Park, 50 Estero Blvd. in Fort Myers Beach, is at the north tip of Estero Island. Low Tide Loafing At Sunset Join a naturalist and leisurely explore the Bunche Beach mud flats to see what mysteries the low tide uncovers, and enjoy a beautiful Florida sunset as well. Bring a camera, sun protection, shoes that can get wet, bug spray and drinking water. The next walks are scheduled for Tuesday, March 6 from 5 to 6 p.m. and March 20 from 6 to 7 p.m. Parking at Bunche Beach, 18201 John Morris Road in Fort Myers Beach, is $1 per hour or free with a valid Lee County Parks & Recreation parking sticker. Meet at the picnic tables on the beach for this free guided walk. Mangrove Walk Take an educational and inspirational guided walk through Matanzas Pass Preserve out to the Estero Bay. Learn about the diverse plant community including a maritime oak hammock, transitional wetlands, and a mangrove forest. Walks are held each Thursday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. This is a free walk and parking is free, but space is limited so come early. Meet at the entrance of Matanzas Pass Preserve, 199 Bay Road in Fort Myers Beach, behind the Beach Library and School. Visit www.leeparks.org or call 239-533-7444 for more information. Exploring Ethnobotany Learn how indigenous plants can be used for such things as food, shelter, medicine and clothing. Find out about the historical importance of some of Floridas plants to humans. This program is offered the fourth Wednesday of every month from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Matanzas Pass Preserve. The next program is scheduled for March 28. This is a free walk and parking is free, but space is limited so come early. Meet at the entrance to Matanzas Pass Preserve, located behind the Beach Library and School. For more information about these programs, visit www.leeparks.org or call 533-7444. SCBS&PS Offers Boating Courseby Cdr. Mary SmelterThe San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadrons, will be offering Americas Boating Course on Saturday, March 24 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 held on Saturday, March 31, also from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost of the course is $40, with a $20 cost for a second person sharing the instruction materials. 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 course is being taught at the San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadrons classroom, located at 16048 San Carlos Blvd., at the corner of Kelly Road (across from ACE Hardware). Students can register online at www.scbps.com or call the office 466-4040. Special Occasion Expo At CCYCCome see the largest Special Occasion Expo in Cape Coral on Sunday, March 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Cape Coral Yacht Club. More than 30 vendors will be on hand to help meet all your special occasion needs. Planning a wedding, quinceanera, anniversary party or other special event? Find all the professionals who can assist you together in one place, including caterers, florists, photographers and more. There will be door prizes awarded throughout the day. Admission is $2 per person. Interested vendors should call 5740806 to register for a table. Cape Coral Yacht Club is located at 5819 Driftwood Parkway in Cape Coral. For more information, contact Coby Palmer at cpalmer@capecoral.net or 5740806. From page 14Plant Care( Rhapidophyllum hystrix), cabbage palms (Sabal palmetto), and coconut palms (Cocos nucifera), but their high cost precludes them from being utilized by the typical home owner. I know of one needle palm that was sold to a European customer for $1,500 because it was nicely striped. There are probably less than five of them in existence! 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. Dobbs can be reached at seabreezenurseries@ gmail.com. Airport Travelers AdvisoryThe busy travel season has arrived in Southwest Florida. If you are traveling out of Southwest Florida International Airport, especially during March and April, the Lee County Port Authority recommends that you arrive to the airport at least two hours prior for a domestic flight and three hours prior for an international flight departure. Passengers should allow extra time for arriving at the airport, checking in and clearing through airport security. For more information on security-related procedures, visit the Transportation Security Administrations website at www. tsa.gov. For more travel tips and airport information, visit Southwest Florida International Airports website at www. flylcpa.com. 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.


THE RIVER MARCH 2, 201216 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 SWFL Historical Day Trips To Venice, UseppaThe SWFL Museum of History will be conducting the last escorted day trips of 2012 featuring Clyde Butcher Gallery and Useppa Island. On Tuesday, March 6, visit Clyde Butchers Gallery and Darkroom and the Venice Train Depot Museum. An award-winning black and white fine art photographer, Butchers exhibit The Photographic Journal of Clyde Butcher was specially designed for the 30th anniversary of the SWFL Museum of History. Butcher shares his process creating iconic portraits capturing the natural beauty of our region and country. Now, the museum has been offered an exclusive opportunity to visit Butchers Venice Gallery with a private guided tour that goes behind-the-scenes of his beloved darkroom where the real photographic masterpieces are developed. Then, Clyde will meet with tour-goers and sign merchandise before the group embarks on an exploration of the Venice Train Depot after lunch at the Venice Island Cafe. On Friday, March 16 and Tuesday, April 3, join SWFL Museum of History buff for a journey to Useppa Island and the Collier Inn. Whisk away to a private island for a little learning, lunch and time to lounge in the lap of luxury. Participants will leave the museum and enjoy a leisurely drive to Captiva Island. There, the morning boat trip transports tour-goers from Captiva through Pine Island estuaries with a narrated tour to a picturesque barrier island to begin a guided tour of this exclusive island paradise, and then enjoy lunch at the elegant and historic Collier Inn. After lunch, take time to relax and enjoy the beach, stroll the lush, exotic Pink Promenade path of shells, crystalline sand and tropical foliage, and tour the Barbara Sumwalt Museum before departing this exclusive old Florida retreat. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 321-7430 or registering online at www.swflmuseumofhistory. com. Wa-Ke Hatchee Park Presents Family Fun DayCome out to Wa-Ke Hatchee Park on Saturday, March 3 and enjoy their Family Fun Day with lots of free activities for everyone. Guests can arrive at 10 a.m. for their annual Arts & Crafts Show, with a wide variety of vendors on site until 3 p.m. The band Catalyst will be performing from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition, a Car Cruise sponsored by the Gulf Coast Mustang Club will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. and will feature various cars, trucks and bikes. They will also have a free bounce house set up from 5 to 7 p.m. for the kids to enjoy. At 7 p.m., the last activity will be their annual Movie In The Park, featuring Yogi Bear, sponsored by Chick-Fil-A, Cypress Lake Plaza. Free popcorn will be sponsored by Lexington Country Club. A variety of food vendors will be available all day long. Admission to all activities are free. Please use the park entrance at 16760 Bass Road to access the event. There are still craft vendor spaces available. For more information about the event or to become a craft vendor, call Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center at 432-2154. Legendary photographer Clyde Butcher Useppa Islands famous Collier Inn From page 1Art BazaarMarch 4 at 2:30 p.m. at the Art Bazaar. The working gallery, on Donora and Shellmound in Fort Myers Beach, is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday (turn at the blinking light at Estero and Donora). For more information on shows or classes, call the gallery at 463-3909 or visit www.fortmyersbeachart.com. Upcoming FMBAA Events Now through March 15 Spring Juried Show continues in the main Gallery at Fort Myers Beach Art Association. Pauline Healey, member artists, has a show in Studio II gallery until March 2, when it will be replaced by work done in teacher Patty Kanes watercolor students until March 16. March 8 and 9 Florence Zdanowitz will give a Batik workshop at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association. Cost is $50 per day. The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 463-3909 to sign up and for the list of materials. March 16 to April 12 Fort Myers Beach Art Association Members Show Anything Goes will hang in the main gallery until the Student Scholarship Show begins in April. This is an open show for all members and will feature emerging artists as well as local favorites. In Studio II, the Experimental group will hang a show of their work with mixed media and intuitive painting style. April 14 to 18 Student Scholarship Show will be on display at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association gallery during the hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Saturday. On April 15, the awards reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. and all are welcome to attend. After April 18, the working gallery will be open from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and Thursdays only until mid-October. For more information, call 463-3909 or visit www.fortmyersbeachart.com. GC Symphony To Perform JetBlue Stadium OpeningThe Gulf Coast Symphony, Southwest Floridas premiere community orchestra, has the distinct honor of performing the National Anthem for the Boston Red Sox opening day game against the Minnesota Twins at the brand new, state of the art JetBlue Stadium on Sunday, March 4 at 1:35 p.m. The Symphony will play to a sold out audience of over 10,000 baseball fans. This is a pretty big deal for us! said Symphony marketing director Amy Padilla. Were thrilled to be performing our National Anthem at the inaugural Red Sox game. Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702 or email press@riverweekly.com


17 THE RIVER MARCH 2, 2012 A Mystical Musical At Broadway Palmby Di SaggauLerner and Loewes mystical Brigadoon is playing at The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, and it makes for a magical evening. The musical is beautifully played, exquisitely staged, and performed by a phenomenally gifted cast. Two Americans, Tommy Albright (Jason Fleck) and Jeff Douglas (Victor Legarreta) stumble upon a mythic 18th century Scottish village that appears but once every 100 years. The two are complete opposites. Tommy is the serious one, and Jeff a glib tongued rascal who throws out numerous funny one-liners that have been updated since the productions debut in 1947. Their time on stage together was lots of fun.The two arrive on the day of a wedding between two of the young townfolks. Tommy becomes mesmerized by a charming Scottish lass, Fiona MacLaren (Jeannie Shubitz), and their strong, clear voices help to weave the magic of the story. They are perfectly paired for several love songs, The Heather on the Hill, The Love of My Life, Come to Me, Bend to Me, There But For You Go I, and the classic Almost Like Being in Love. Its some of the best music ever written.Another bright spot is Sal Pavia as Charlie Dalrymple, with his soaring tenor voice in Ill Go Home with Bonnie Jean, as well as other numbers. Many in the talented cast get short solos and all are delightful. Meg Brockie (Morgan Springer) plays an exuberantly amorous milkmaid who bewails her husband-hunting woes to wryly resistant Jeff, the more jaded American visitor. Springer romps through the tale of My Mothers Wedding Day with relish. The dance numbers, choreographed by Dottie Lester White, are lively and exquisite, especially during the wedding scene. Theres a beautiful dance solo by Alyson Bloom who plays Fionas sister, Jean MacLaren. The sword dance is another highlight. Brigadoon is romantic and moving and whisks the audience away to another time and another place. Theres a wealth of talent, no weak links to be found. Director M. Seth Reines has done a beautiful job with the entire ensemble. Adding greatly to the show is Len Wood from Phoenix, Arizona playing the bagpipe. He opens the show by coming down the aisle playing the magnificent pipes and later plays again for the assembling of the clans. Well done Len. I recommend you see Brigadoon before it once again disappears into the mist. It plays through March 31 at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. For tickets visit www.BroadwayPalm.com, call 278-4422 or stop by the box office. Meg (Morgan Springer) and Jeff (Victor Legarreta) The dramatic Sword Dance See Matlacha Through The Eyes Of Island Artist Leoma LovegroveLeoma Lovegrove will lead walking tours of Matlacha on Tuesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. The tours include information on the history and ecology of the area. Individual walk-ins are welcome. Tours depart from Lovegrove Gallery & Gardens, located at 4637 Pine Island Road NW in Matlacha. Beginning at 9 a.m. (complimentary coffee is served at 8:30 a.m.), participants who take the 30-minute guided walking tour will learn how a sleepy fishing village became a mecca for artists and tourists. Admission for the History & Nature Tour is $10. Guests will also see and learn about local plants and wildlife in their native habitat. Complimentary ice cream in a coconut shell will also be served. A walking tour with a continental breakfast (reservations required) costs $15. Enjoy coffee and pastries in the waterside botanical gardens. In addition, a walking tour with lunch provided (reservations required) costs $20. Participants will enjoy relaxation plus a light lunch and beverage. For additional information, for group inquiries or to make reservations, call Lovegrove Gallery & Gardens at 283-6453. Leoma Lovegrove, right, leads a walking tour of Matlacha


THE RIVER MARCH 2, 201218 Exceptional Homes of Exceptional Size NOW EXCEPTIONALLY PRICED NEAR SANIBEL ISLAND... Only 3 Homesites Remain 21 COUNTRY ESTATES LOCATED IN THE IONA-SANIBEL CORRIDORIt all adds up to an exceptional lifestyle at Shenandoah, and it begins with extraordinary luxury homes of uncommon size and character by CarltonNaumann Homes. ese elegant estate homes with three, four and ve bedrooms are situated around a picturesque ve-acre lake on spacious wideopen 1-acre home sites. Choose from courtyard-style homes and other grandiose residences that boast the nest upgrades, comfort and beauty. Follow McGregor to Iona & Cook Roadsemail: cnchomes@earthlink.netFor Information Contact Mark Naumann 239.454.1333 or 239.898.2928 Student Scholarship Show To Open At Fort Myers Beach Art Association Students and teachers attend the 2011 Scholarship Show photo by G. Buelow The Fort Myers Beach Art Associaton with support from the Town of Fort Myers Beach is hosting the annual Student Scholarship Show at their gallery on Donora Street. Artwork will be hung on April 13 and the gallery will be open for viewing on April 14 during regular hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Saturday and from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Featured art is from senior art students from Cypress Lake High School and Cypress Lake School of the Arts. Those who intend to study art and design at the secondary education level are competing for college tuition scholarships awarded by the art association. Cypress Lake Middle School art students will also have work shown and be awarded prizes. There will be a reception and awards presentation on Sunday, April 15 from 3 to 5 p.m. which is open to the public as well as students and their guests. There will be a wide range of styles, subject matter and materials used. The show will run until April 18. The gallery is located on Donora Street, at the blinking light off Estero Blvd. After April 19, gallery hours will change to Wednesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to noon only until mid-October. For more information on any FMBAA activity, visit www.fortmyersbeachart.com or call the gallery at 463-3909. Visitors and new members are always welcome.


THE RIVER MARCH 2, 201219 Gulf Coast Symphony To Hold Annual Dinner & Auction FundraiserBe transported to the land of dragons, unicorns and magic at the Gulf Coast Symphonys Fairy Tale Ball themed Annual Dinner & Auction fundraiser. Come dressed as a princess, a king or one of your favorite fairy tale characters and join the merriment on Sunday, March 11 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Renes on Winkler, located at 7050 Winkler Road, Unit 111 in Fort Myers. Join Maestro Kurtz for a full dinner fit for royalty and ballroom dancing to live entertainment. There are opportunities to bid on a large array of enticing auction items, from restaurant and entertainment gift certificates to artwork, weekend getaways and electronics all evening long, plus a live auction. Tickets to this lively event are only $75 per person (plus handling fees) or a table of eight costs $600. Tickets can be purchased by calling 2771700 or by visiting www.gulfcoastsymphony.org. Fairy Tale Ball MozART To Perform At Shell PointThe final concert in Shell Points 2011-12 Fine & Performing Arts Concert Series will be MozART. This concert will take place in The Village Church Auditorium on The Island at Shell Point on Saturday, March 10 beginning at 7:30 p.m. This years Fine & Performing Arts concert series has been amazing, said Dawn Boren, director of resident life. And we know that our final concert of the season with MozART will delight audience members with their sophisticated, perfectly arranged, humorous performance. With an a la Victor Borge style, the MozART group is a string quartet that consists of well-educated instrumentalists who graduated from the prestigious Academies of Music in Warsaw and dz, and decided to play classical music in a humorous way. They created a worldwide unique musical cabaret where the music, not the words, is the source of joy and laugher.continued on page 33 MozART Our email address is press@riverweekly.com Open House Extravaganza Saturday and Sunday, March 3rd & 4th, 12 -3 pm St. Charles Harbour Yacht & Racquet Club. .Fort Myers Best Kept Secret At the end of Iona Road, and only minutes from Sanibel Island, sits a hidden treasure St. Charles Harbour.St. Charles is a gated community tucked along the shores of the Caloosahatchee River offering an impressive array of amenities normally found in much larger communities a marina, rst-class food and beverage facility, two Har Tru tennis courts and more. St. Charles Yacht Club is member of both Florida Council of Yacht Clubs (FCYC) and the Yachting Club of America. 15750 Waite Island DriveCasual Elegance describes this 5 bedroom, 6.5 bath home, that offers 200 of unobstructed river views. 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THE RIVER MARCH 2, 201220 Students Discover A Passion For The OlympicsA passion for creativity starts at an early age at Immokalees Lake Trafford Elementary School. On Friday, 150 kindergarten students flooded through the doors of Art of the Olympians Museum and Gallery in downtown Fort Myers to learn about art, sport and simple Olympic values of friendship, respect and fair play. According to Ms. Kulik, kindergarten teacher at Lake Trafford Elementary, the students spent time learning about the Olympic Games in preparation for their class field trip to the museum. She noted that for many, this was their first field trip. The experience was made possible through the generosity of Gregory Shepard, a member of the 1998 Nagano Olympic bobsled team for Puerto Rico. I enjoy helping students discover their creativity and the love of sport, said Shepard. The museum offers such great programs and opportunities. It just makes you feel good to see the children smile and know that you have helped inspire a future generation. Visiting USA Olympic Diver Lesley Bush surprised students by joining the Olympic history station and sharing her Olympic stories. As a special treat, she showed the children her 1964 gold medal. Museum volunteer Todd Urban helps the Olympic story come to life for visiting student groups. A retired school teacher, Urban leads lessons in art, Olympic history and drawing. According to kindergarten teacher Myra Cruz, the students were very excited to see Olympic memorabilia and to meet an Olympian in person. Sandy Talaga, operations manager at AOTO, has assisted numerous field trip groups through the museum. Talaga looks forward to the visits to see the excitement on the childrens faces as they learn the story of the Olympics. For more information, visit www.artoftheolympians.org. Jesus Garcia and Mercedes Caseres begin drawing pictures to show how they will change the world Sanday Talaga shows students an Olympic shotput Kindergarten students from Lake Trafford Elementary School visited the Art Of The Olympians Gallery Olympian Lesley Bush shows students an Olympic discus Olympian Lesley Bush joins students as they watch a cartoon on Olympic history Musical Opening At The FirehouseHooray for Hollywood a Musical Revue will debut at the Firehouse Community Theatre this Friday, March 2 at 7 p.m. under the direction of Nick Fidanza. This original musical revue will feature some of Hollywoods best loved songs along with some fancy footwork performed by the Firehouse Singers. Additional shows are March 3, 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. and March 4 and 11 at 2 p.m. The March 10 and 11 shows are sold out. Singers include Julia Beals, Barb Brandenburg-McDowell, Breanna Brown, Martha Pierce, Jesse Cuello, Ed Soulliere, Suzanne Hardee-Hubbart, Al Tagliente, Tina Kirby, Jean Wallace, Terri Lazar and Joe Wallace. Accompanying them on the piano is Linda Reecer. Choreography is by Jenny Randolph. Tickets are $12 in advance; tickets cannot be guaranteed at the door. Call the box office at 863-675-3066 or email info@firehousecommunitytheatre.com. The Firehouse Community Theatre is at 241 North Bridge Street in historic downtown LaBelle. Martha Pierce and Nick Fidanza rehearsing


THE RIVER MARCH 2, 201221 From page 9Lenten Worshipfor the evening Lenten worship at 7:30 p.m. Weekend worship services from now through Easter are scheduled at 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. on Sundays. Holy Communion will be shared every weekend throughout Lent. St. Peter Lutheran Church is located at 3751 Estero Blvd. in Fort Myers Beach. Call 463-4251 for more information. From page 9Renfroe ConcertsLincoln Center debut and Carnegie Hall debut under the direction of Loren Maezel and Leopold Stokowski. He has appeared with Placido Domingo and Beverly Sills at Washington Opera, has sung with Sarah Caldwell for Boston Opera, sung with the Sarasota Opera and has toured with Columbia Artist Management. He is sought after as a guest soloist and conductor throughout the United States and Europe, and is returning to Quebec City in the summer of 2012 for an extended concert tour. In addition to his classical work, he has toured as Tevye in Fiddler On The Roof in the United States, Bulgaria and Israel. In addition to his work as Cantor at Temple Bat Yam on Sanibel since 2001, he has served as Director of Music and Fine Arts for Beach United Methodist Church on Fort Myers Beach since 2008, and has been artistic director for the Voices of Naples since 2010. Anything Goes Art Show OpensThe Fort Myers Beach Art Association spring member show opens on Friday, March 16 at the beach art gallery, located on Donora and Shellmound in Fort Myers Beach. It is one of only two shows a year that allows all members to show their work of any type including photographs. New and emerging artists will be on display along side the seasoned artists in this final show of the season. The Experimental painting group will hold a show in the Studio II small gallery and will be an interesting mix of media and techniques as well as subjects. These shows will run until April 12. The working gallery, on Donora and Shellmound in Fort Myers Beach, is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday. After April 18, the gallery will be open from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and Thursdays only until mid-October. For more information on shows or classes, call the gallery at 463-3909 or visit www.fortmyersbeachart.com. Concrete by MB Buelow photo by M. Buelow Andrew Gross At Sidney & Berne Davis Art CenterThe Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center presents an exciting new lecture series this season, the Famous Author Luncheon Series. The lectures are 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 downtown Fort Myers. Author Andrew Gross will speak on Monday, March 12. Gross is the last lecturer of three authors in the series, which included Brad Meltzer on February 12 and James Rollins on February 21. All three are national bestselling authors. The lecture/luncheon begins 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. Gross is the author of five national and international bestsellers, including Reckless, The Blue Zone, Dont Look Twice and The Dark Tide, which was nominated for the Best Thriller of the Year Award by the International Thriller Writers. He is also co-author with James Patterson of five #1 international bestselling novels, including Judge & Jury and Lifeguard. Over a seven-year period, Gross co-wrote six novels with Patterson, which became The Womens Murder Club Series, one of the leading crime fiction series of all time. His latest novel is a stand alone titled Eyes Wide Open. Released in July 2011, it became an instant bestseller. The Gold Circle VIP Reception will begin at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon, with the lecture beginning at 1 p.m. Special lower ticket prices to the Famous Author Series (Individual Author Lecture Only) are $35 for members or $60 for non-members; (Lecture & Lunch) $50 for members or $75 for non-members; (Gold Circle with VIP Reception) $60 for members or $85 for non-members. Group discounts and table sponsorships are also available. Andrew Gross Read us online at IslandSunNews.com


THE RIVER MARCH 2, 201222 Performance At Davis Art CenterFGCU Theatre presents Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead on March 9, 10, and 11 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. All performances begin at 8 p.m. at the Davis, 2301 First Street, in the River District. When CBs dog dies, he begins to question the existence of an afterlife. But a chance meeting offers CB a peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits. Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion and sexual identity collide and careen toward an ending thats both haunting and hopeful. The play, by Bert V. Royal, is directed by Tyler Layton, assistant professor in the FGCU Department of Visual and Performing Arts. Layton graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 1995 with a masters in fine arts degree in theater. She received her undergraduate degree in theatre in 1990 from the University of Alabama. For over 20 years she worked as a professional television and stage actress. Some of her credits include recurring roles on Ellen and Charmed; series lead on Silk Stalkings; guest starring roles on Chicago Hope, Men Behaving Badly, Brotherly Love, The Sentinel, and Spy Game. She spent seven seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where she played such roles as Callie in Stop Kiss, Cressida in Troilus and Cressida, Brooke in Noises Off, Joan in Henry VI part one, Rosaline in Loves Labors Lost, Cherie in Bus Stop, and Izzy in Rabbit Hole. The show conveys adult themes. Tickets are $10 and are available online at www. sbdac.com, or by calling 333-1933. Shell Point Concludes Speaker Series Dave Sanderson will offer the final presentation, The Miracle on the Hudson, in Shell Points annual Speaker Series on Tuesday, March 6. The event will start at 7 p.m. in The Village Church Auditorium on The Island at Shell Point. The series this year focused on the theme In The Face of Courage, with speakers who told their stories of how they overcame a range of adversities. All residents of Southwest Florida are invited to attend, but tickets are required. This speaker series has been so inspirational, and I know that Dave Sanderson will offer a wonderful presentation on the miracle that happened that day on the Hudson River, said Dawn Boren, director of resident life for Shell Point. The annual speaker series has grown over the last four years, and we look forward to offering it again in 2013 with more engaging and exciting speakers. Returning home from a routine business trip on January 15, 2009, Dave Sanderson survived The Miracle on the Hudson. After a bird struck flight 1549, there was no chance for the crew but to ditch the plane in the Hudson River. Sitting on the plane, in what many would consider to be the wrong place at the wrong time, Sanderson knew he was exactly where he was supposed to be. Thinking only of helping others in the crisis, he became the last person off the plane that day, and was responsible for ensuring many others got off safely. Though facing fear and exposed to frigid water and freezing temperatures, he remembered the words of his mother, If you cant, you must, and he summoned the inner strength to persevere. Tickets are $25 each. Visit www.shellpoint.org/concerts. Call 454-2067 for more information. Shell Point Retirement Community is just off Summerlin Road and McGregor Boulevard, two miles before the Sanibel Causeway. Dave Sanderson Shell Point To Host Art Show & SaleThe annual Shell Point Art Show & Sale is scheduled to take place on March 9, 10 and 11 inside the Social Center and the Resident Activity Center on The Island at Shell Point. The show, open to the public, runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10, and from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 11. The art show continues to offer unique and beautiful artwork that inspires and captivates its viewers, said Suzanne Bennett, Shell Point resident and art show coordinator. We are pleased to invite the public and to offer a chance to view and purchase original works of art created by talented Shell Point residents throughout the year. This years exhibit will feature paintings, pottery, sculptures, stained glass, polished stonework, wood carvings and unique jewelry, all created by Shell Point residents. New this year, stunning photography by Shell Point residents will be available to view and purchase. For more information, call program coordinator Melody Desilets at 454-2057. Hand-crafted jewelry Beautiful pottery Hand-crafted wood work Detailed artwork Paintings by Shell Point residents


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THE RIVER MARCH 2, 201224 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 Ryan Answers Why He Resumed GM Role After Team Lost 99 Gamesby Ed FrankThe question is why? Why would you step back into an all-consuming, high-pressure job a job you held for 13 years to return as general manager of a team that lost 99 games last season, worst in the American League? Because the owner asked me to, was the quick response from Terry Ryan, who resumed the GM job of the Minnesota Twins last November after a four-year absence. Whether you win 99 games or lose 99 games, baseball is always a challenge. The St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series last year and I guarantee you they face tough challenges this year, Ryan said. The likeable Ryan resumed the GM role on an interim basis when the Twins ownership fired Bill Smith, his successor, after the 2011 season disaster. Just as Ryan had remained as a senior adviser during his four-year sabbatical, Smith likewise remains with the Twins in an advisory role a trademark of Twins family-like operation. As the Twins began spring training last week, Ryan was upbeat and optimistic pointing out that we won a lot of games over the last 11 to 12 years. Those wins included four American League Central Division titles in his former GM reign during which time he was twice named Sporting News Executive of the Year. The bullpen is the No. 1 problem facing the Twins this year, Ryan said. The lack of an effective bullpen in 2011 was a major factor in last seasons collapse. We need some people to step up and we do have capable people, he said. We need Matt Capps to get back to where he was in 2010, he said of his closer. Glen Perkins, who Ryan said had a great year in 2011, is his set-up reliever, but the remainder of the bullpen slots are up for grabs. Although the Twins brought 33 pitchers to spring training in the hopes of finding the right bullpen mix, one hopeful, Joel Zumaya, was lost for the season just one day into spring training. The flame-throwing Zumaya, who has a long history of injuries, was signed to a one-year deal, but suffered a season-ending elbow injury after throwing just a few pitches. Health is Issue No. 2 for the Twins this year as the team topped the Majors last season with players on the disability list. Zumayas early flame out is certainly not a good omen for the Twins. Zumaya aside, Ryan said everyone reported here in good health, not the case a year ago. Former MVP and twice League Batting Champion, Joe Mauer, is healthy as is first-baseman Justin Morneau, another former MVP. Both missed major portions of last season to multiple injuries. With Mauer out for half the season, the catchers position was a major disappointment as both fill-ins batted less than .200. As a result, Ryan signed the veteran Ryan Doumit in the off-season in a $3 million deal. Doumit also can play the outfield and serve as designated hitter. Obviously finishing last in the AL Central last year leaves the 2012 Twins nowhere to go but up. But Ryan said the defending division champion Detroit Tigers will be the team to beat. Their signing of slugger Prince Fielder will likely make them even stronger, he said. Asked whether the Twins even considered going after Fielder, who signed a $214 million contract with the Tigers, Ryan pointed down the field and said, We have our first baseman. Morneau. Throughout baseball, Ryan is recognized as a shrewd evaluator of talent and one of the best deal makers. But these attributes will be tested to the fullest as he attempts to return the Twins to winning baseball. Everblades Face Uphill Playoff Battle The Florida Everblades enter the final month of the regular 2011-2012 season facing an uphill battle to reach post-season play. The local hockey team is home this week at Germain Arena for three games against the tough Kalamazoo Wings who are first is the ECHL North Division. Following the series opener Wednesday night, the Everblades face off against Kalamazoo Friday and Saturday nights. Florida lost two of three road games last weekend, splitting a pair against the Chicago Express and losing to the Cincinnati Cyclones. The Everblades began the week with a 27-23-6 season record (58 points) with just 16 games remaining in the season, nine at home and seven away. Terry Ryan GC Symphony To Perform JetBlue Stadium OpeningThe Gulf Coast Symphony, Southwest Floridas premiere community orchestra, has the distinct honor of performing the National Anthem for the Boston Red Sox opening day game against the Minnesota Twins at the brand new, state of the art JetBlue Stadium on Sunday, March 4 at 1:35 p.m. The Symphony will play to a sold out audience of over 10,000 baseball fans. This is a pretty big deal for us! said Symphony marketing director Amy Padilla. Were thrilled to be performing our National Anthem at the inaugural Red Sox game. Second Golf Classic To Benefit Food BankGolfers in Southwest Florida are invited to participate in the second annual Harry Chapin Food Bank golf classic being held at Grandezza Golf and Country Club in Estero on Wednesday, May 9. The fourplayer scramble shotgun start begins at 1:30 p.m., with registration beginning at 12:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Golfers, sponsors at all levels, and silent auction items are all needed for the event. The $125 cost per player includes green fees with cart, awards, and dinner. Grandezza is a challenging course that will test golfers of every ability. Every dollar raised at this event enables the food bank to distribute $6 worth of food to those in need. If youre not a golfer, there are many ways to support this event without actually playing, including auction donations, volunteering, and a variety of sponsorships. Co-chairs of the golf classic are JoAnna Bradshaw and Nancy Klaas. To register for the classic, to obtain sponsorships, to donate silent auction items, or to be a volunteer, contact Chris Robinson at chrisrobinson@harrychapinfoodbank.org or go to www.harrychapinfoodbank.org for additional information. Boys & Girls Club To Host Fourth Annual BaseBALLThe Boys & Girls Club of Charlotte County is gearing up to host the Fourth Annual BaseBALL Dinner Auction on Saturday, March 31 at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center. The event will start at 6 p.m. Guests will be invited to join Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon, his coaching staff and players for a celebration of baseball, kids and community. All proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Charlotte County. Maddon is the honorary chairperson for the event. The evenings activities include dinner, dancing, a silent and live auction, Rays update from Maddon, lots of fun plus a few special surprises. The BaseBALL event helps to ensure the future of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Charlotte County and the vital role we have providing a positive, safe environment to over 450 local children every day. Without special events supported by the community we would be unable to serve all the kids we do every day, said Lynn Dorler, executive director. Our success is dependent on community support. Partnering with our program connects the community to an organization that people all over the world trust to help save lives and build our countrys future leaders. Tickets to the Fourth Annual BaseBALL Dinner Auction are $100 per person and tables of 10 are priced at $1,000. Tickets are available online at www.bgcofcc.org or by calling 941-979-8379.


THE RIVER MARCH 2, 201225 Winners Of Music Competitions Announced By SWFL SymphonyTalented young singers and performers competed for cash awards and scholarships in the 46th Annual scholarship competition held by the Southwest Florida Symphony. This years Jillian Prescott Music Awards Competition and Van Sickle Vocal Competition were held at the FGCU Bower School of Music on February 4 and 5. The awards dinner honoring the winners was presented by the Symphony Society at The Landings on February 15. Judges for the Jillian Prescott Music Awards were Southwest Florida Symphony music director Michael Hall, violist Steven Grant and hornist Jennifer Masciulli. Vocal judges for the Van Sickle Vocal Competition were Deborah Ann Polkinghorn of Southeastern University and Beth Wininger, soprano section leader for the Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers. Approximately 30 performers competed in a variety of categories. The Jillian Prescott competition is open for instrumental and vocal competitors ages 12 to 22 years old. The overall winner receives a $1,000 prize and the opportunity to perform with the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. The Marilyn Van Sickle Competition is held every two years for vocalists under the age of 22. A prize of up to $8,000 ($2,000 per year of college study) is awarded toward the winners college music education. Sponsors for the competitions were the Jillian Prescott Memorial Fund, the Southwest Florida Symphony Society, the Joseph and Marilyn R. Van Sickle Vocal Scholarship Fund and Fox 4. Also assisting with the project were Florida Gulf Coast University Bower School of Music and Jay and Kay Organ and Piano Company. The project was chaired by Pam Simon. Winners of the Jillian Prescott Music Awards include: Competition Winner Overall $1,000 Pricila Navarro, 17 y.o. FGCU Young Adult Category $500 Pricila Navarro Young Adult Piano & Percussion $400 Pricila Navarro Young Adult Brass & Woodwinds $400 Madeline Tarantelli 21 y.o. FGCU Youth Category $500 McClaren Hayes 16 y.o. Barron Collier High School Youth Strings 1st Place $400 McClaren Hayes Youth Strings 2nd Place $200 Nathaniel Cornell 18 y.o. Barron Collier High School Youth Piano & Percussion $200 Noah Waddell 10 y.o. Homeschooled Youth Voice $200 Selena Masters 17 y.o. Lehigh High School Winners of the Symphony Society Scholarship Fund include: Rising Star Young Adult Piano & Percussion $100 Olivia Farrell 18 y.o. FGCU Rising Star Youth Strings $100 Misty Drake 15 y.o. Homeschooled Rising Star Youth Strings $100 Lucca Delcompare 14 y.o. Homeschooled Rising Star Youth Brass & Woodwinds Ty Christoff $100 14 y.o. Fort Myers High School Rising Star Youth Voice $100 Kira Vehse $100 12 y.o. Good Shepherd Day School Rising Star Young Adult Voice $100 Raul Escalona 21 y.o. FGCU Honorable Mention, Rising Star Youth Voice $100 Nadia Marshall 18 y.o. Barron Collier High School The winner of the Joseph and Marilyn Van Sickle Vocal Competiton was 21-yearold FGCU student Lorena Vargas. For information on scholarship and education programs offered by the Southwest Florida Symphony, visit www.swflso.org or call 418-0996. From page 1Italian Olympianvisit with students in Lee County schools, children at the Southwest Florida Childrens Hospital and will participate in both art and cultural programs through the museum and community events. Fanzaga is a renowned Italian concert pianist. She graduated with honors from the music academy Conservatorio G. Frescobaldi, Ferrara (Italy), under the leadership of the Bulgarian pianist Ruth Pardo and has had a successful career as both a solo concert pianist and as part of an orchestra ensemble. Pierantozzi began training in judo and in 1989, she won a gold medal at the World Championships, an honor she duplicated in 1991. Her passion for sport and raw talent earned her a place on the Italian Olympic Judo Team at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona where she brought home a sliver medal. Her passion only grew. Peirantozzi competed in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and went on to the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney where she earned a bronze medal. Like many Olympian athletes, Pierantozzis accomplishments in the athletics arena are equally matched in both academics and artistic talents. Pierantozzi transitioned her love of sport into a passion for the arts, particularly focused on the core of man and the beauty of the human physique. Today, Pierantozzi is a professional sculptor, judo instructor, and is on the faculty of the University of Bologna. Pierantozzis passion for art and sport comes to life in her sculptural works. She uses bronze, stone, and other natural materials to capture the strength of the human form. Her works will be on display in a new exhibit, Chiseled: The Core of Man, in AOTOs Olympic Art Gallery through May. Pierantozzi and Fanganza will also be featured guests at both the Fort Myers and Naples fundraising event, Una Bella Notte, to support the enrichment of children through arts, education and Olympic values. Tickets are still available for the Naples fundraiser on Tuesday, March 6. For ticket informationa, call 239-3325055. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays. For general museum information, visit our web site at www.artoftheolympians. com. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter. com/artofolympians, fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/artoftheolympians or call 332-5055. From page 1Art Walk Art of the Olympians: Opening new exhibit Chiseled: The Core of Man featuring Italian Olympian artist Emanuela Pierantozzi. Art League of Fort Myers: Opening reception for The World Around Us exhibit. Young Artists Awards vocalists Halie Boling, Sam Bostic and Sarah Daigle will be performing from 7 to 9 p.m. Arts for ACT Gallery: Opening reception for new exhibit featuring artists Mary-Louise Biasotti Hooper, Michelle Rothaker and Lisa Freidus Coloring The World: The gallery featuring the art of Stephen Gray Blancett daas Gallery: Opening reception for Paintings & Prints: The Art of Daniel Venditti Gallery Showcase and Information Center at IberiaBank. Art Walk t-shirts are available at this location as well as buttons, maps and brochures. The Franklin Shops: Featuring The Blind Dog Gallery, Creative Images by Judi (also photography, wildlife and Florida), Leo Navarro (mixed media), Joe Rossi Art Studio (acrylic mixed media), Frills Gallery (painted Florida Style wall hangings) and Julene Miville (watercolor) Hotel Indigo: Ceiling art exhibition by Leoma Lovegrove (Van Gogh series) HOWL Gallery: My Name is Art: Opening of Pat Collins solo show (stencil art). In One Instant: Opening for new exhibit by photographer Michael John Andersen. Art at The Oasis Condominiums: New exhibit introducing visual artist David Fisher. Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center: Opening for Project Tolerance: Faces of Anne Frank exhibit by Sanibel artist Myra Roberts. Space 39 Gallery: Group art show. UNIT A: Grand opening of new art space by Marcus Jansen. A map of Art Walk, showing transportation and parking will be distributed by participating galleries. Art Walk is a rain or shine event. For more information on Art Walk, participating galleries and links to gallery websites, visit www.fortmyersartwalk. com. Emanuela Pierantozzi Laughter Yoga At The Beach Is FreeLee County Parks & Recreation invites visitors and residents to attend Laughter Yoga at Lynn Hall Park, a fun-filled free event at the beach. Laugher Yoga is mind-body approach to exercise. Its good for the mind, body and soul, and anyone can participate in this group activity. This program meets every Friday morning from 8 to 9 am. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a towel and bottled water. No yoga experience is needed. Lynn Hall Park is located at 950 Estero Blvd on Fort Myers Beach. This program is free, however, 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 Read us online at IslandSunNews.com


THE RIVER MARCH 2, 201226 Take Stock in Children Immokalee program participants and staff The Immokalee Foundation continued its mission to provide sustained educational opportunities for Immokalees youth with the induction of 27 middle and high school students into the Take Stock In Children Immokalee college scholarship and mentoring program. The seventh-, eighthand ninth-grade students at Immokalee Middle and Immokalee High Schools pledged at the ceremony to maintain good grades throughout middle and high school as well as good behavior and attendance, meet regularly with a mentor and remain drug and crime-free. Their reward for fulfilling that commitment will be a two-year scholarship at a community college and a two-year scholarship to any state college, university or vocational school. The Immokalee Foundation supports and operates the Take Stock In Children program in Immokalee. More than 80 community volunteers from Lee and Collier counties currently mentor students in Immokalee, but more are needed. To learn more about TIF or volunteering as a mentor, call 430-9122 or visit www. immokaleefoundation.org. TIF Inducted New Class Into Take Stock In Children Immokalee Program School Smartby Shelley M. Greggs, NCSPDear Shelley, I think its very important for children to have arts education, but my wife does not. She wants to enroll our children in more of an academic boot camp-type charter school. I have heard that the arts help kids learn. Is this true? Jose P., Fort Myers Jose, There is ample evidence that the arts support learning across the curriculum. The National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Education collected research on this topic about 10 years ago. Their report was based on an analysis of 62 studies of various categories of art ranging from dance, drama, music and visual arts, by nearly 100 researchers. It was the first to combine all the arts and make comparisons with academic achievement, performance on standardized tests, and improvements in social skills and student motivation. The study reported that, School children exposed to drama, music and dance may do a better job at mastering reading, writing and math than those who focus solely on academics. It also suggested arts education may be especially helpful to low income students and those in need of remedial instruction. The following academic and personal growth skills increased by various arts instruction include the teaching of drama that helps with understanding social relationships, complex issues and emotions; concentrated thought and story comprehension. Teaching music improves math achievement and proficiency, reading and cognitive development; boosts SAT verbal scores and skills for second-language learners. Dance instruction helps with creative thinking, originality, elaboration and flexibility; improves expressive skills, social tolerance, self-confidence, and persistence. Visual arts instruction improves content and organization of writing; promote sophisticated reading skills and interpretation of text, reasoning about scientific images and reading readiness. Instruction in multi-arts or combination of art forms helps with reading, verbal and math skills; improves the ability to collaborate and higher-order thinking skills. A more recent study in California has supported what was learned previously and with dramatic results. The Developing Reading Education with Arts Methods or DREAM led by California State University San Marcos and the San Diego County Office of Education, is in its third year of implementation and trains thirdand fourth-grade teachers to integrate the arts into their lessons and sends artists into the classroom to provide weekly coaching. By using everything from performance to puppetry, CSUSM faculty helped local elementary school teachers create lessons to boost reading, said CSUSM President Karen Haynes. In January 2012, officials announced their findings, including what they described as an astonishing 87-point average gain on the state standardized reading test for third graders in 2010-11. Thats more than three times the control group, said Patti Saraniero, the independent program evaluator hired by the county Office of Education to gather and analyze all the data, which is then reported to the Department of Education. And the lowest performing kids made the most dramatic gains. While there is no one magic cure to solve all the problems that schools face today, this data strongly suggests that the arts are a key element for increasing academic skills and learning. Heres a link to a very interesting article on this topic: www.edutopia.org/arts-music-curriculumchild-development. 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. Wymes Named To Presidents ListMohawk Valley Community College, located in Utica and Rome, New York, announced that Celeste Wymes from Cape Coral has completed the Fall 2011 semester with academic excellence and qualified for the Presidents List. The Presidents List includes 814 students who achieved a grade-point average of 3.75 or higher (of a possible 4.00). For more information, visit www. mvcc.edu. FGCU To Host Social Media Boot CampThe Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Florida Gulf Coast University, in partnership with Relevanza Inc., a full service website and social media agency, hosts a three-week series Social Media Boot Camp and interactive Q&A on social media from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, March 3 10, and 17 at FGCU Lutgert Hall, Room 1203. Cost is $99 per person for the three-week series. Birgit Pauli-Haake, owner of Relevanza and presenter of the series, will teach the hands-on instruction on how to use social media and web optimization to increase website traffic. We are continually educating our small business owners on the latest tools in technology and beyond, said Harry Looknanan Jr., certified business analyst with the SBDC at FGCU. Our goal is to provide the best resources available for them to succeed in their business. The SBDC hosts a variety of workshops and seminars throughout Southwest Florida for small business owners and entrepreneurs. In addition, it provides no-cost confidential business consulting. To register for this and other SBDC seminars, go to www.sbdcseminars.org or call 745-3700 for more information. Read us online at IslandSunNews.com


THE RIVER MARCH 2, 201227 Student Leaders Traveling To D.C. For Highly-Selective Journalism ForumTwo local students have been nominated as National Youth Correspondents for the 2012 Washington Journalism & Media Conference at George Mason University. Roberta Jacquet and Miguel Diego, both students at Fort Myers High School, have been nominated to represent the state of Florida. These individuals have been awarded the opportunity to join a select group of students from across the country to participate in an intensive week-long study of leadership in journalism and the media. They received their honor because of their academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in leadership in journalism and media studies. National Youth Correspondents participate in hands-on, experiential learning through decision-making simulations that challenge them to solve problems and explore the creative, practical, and ethical tensions inherent in journalism and media. The experiential portion of the program is complemented by speakers who are wellknown leaders in the media community. Presenters include prominent journalists, CEOs of major media outlets, researchers and recent college graduates already successfully entering the field. Last years conference included Hoda Kotb, Chuck Todd, Ann Kornblut and Jessica Yellin. With distinguished faculty, guest speakers, and direct access to elite D.C. practitioners, The Washington Journalism & Media Conference offers aspiring journalists an unparalleled experience. The week-long program, held at George Mason Universitys state-of-the-art campus, encourages and inspires young leaders who desire a unique experience focused on successful careers in this dynamic industry. The 2012 Washington Journalism & Media Conference will be held from July 8 to 13. For more information, visit www.wjmc.gmu.edu. Anti-Aging SeminarA pioneer in the nutraceutical industry, on specialized nutrition, anti-aging and cellular regeneration, Dr. Doug Gabbert, DC will be holding a seminar based on his latest discoveries for anti-aging and cellular regeneration. Dr. Ernesto J. Fernandez, DOM, AP, LMHC is hosting the seminar on Tuesday, March 6 from 7 to 9 p.m.. at the Pelican Preserve Town Center Theater Room. The Fountain of Youth lies within your cells. The aging process can be effectively slowed down and even reversed by increasing your cellular health. For the first time in human history, we can naturally and inexpensively intervene in the aging process, restore many aspects of youth, resist disease, substantially improve quality of life and perhaps extend the life span itself, states Gabbert. I am positive this investment of a few hours time will greatly benefit anyone over 40 years old. Dr. Gabbert will show the seminar attendees innovative breakthroughs in anti-aging including specific and practical steps to increase your cellular health and add quality years to your life right now. He will also point out the common breakdowns in cellular health that makes you age faster. Admission is free. The Pelican Preserve Town Center Theater Room is located at 10561 Veneto Drive, Fort Myers. For more information, call Dr. Fernandez at 813298-9862. Shakespeare At Renaissance AcademyShakespeare For Everyone, a series of six lectures presented by Nicholas Branson, will be offered to the public at FGCU Renaissance Academy at 10 a.m. on the following Tuesdays: March 6, 13, 20 and 27 as well as April 3. Through Bransons lecture, film and discussion, participants will explore the moral vision contained in works such as The Taming of the Shrew, Henry V, Hamlet, King Lear and Antony and Cleopatra. Lectures will be held at the FGCU Atrium Executive Center, 8695 College Parkway, Suite #1181 in Fort Myers. Individual lectures cost $25 to attend; the entire series is priced at $95. Register online at https://RegisterRA.fgcu.edu or call 425-3272. Pellecchia Studies AbroadLauren Pellecchia of Fort Myers is spending the spring semester studying abroad in Florence, Italy, through a program run by the International Programs office at Marist College. Pellecchia is a Junior Psychology/Special Education major and graduate of Canterbury High School. Marist International Programs offers a variety of study abroad experiences that support a broad range of educational objectives, with program offerings at dozens of sites on six continents. To advertise in The River Weekly News Call 415-7732


THE RIVER MARCH 2, 201228 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 Condo and HOARoberts Rules Of Order And Association Meetings Part 4by Richard D. DeBoest II, Attorney at LawIn the last few columns I have discussed Roberts Rules of Order and some common misconceptions about how they relate to community association meetings. As you have learned, there are numerous procedural issues that can cause confusion, misunderstanding and even dissent during a community association board and member meeting. I have addressed several issues pertaining to voting and motions, and rules governing members speaking at meetings. In this final column about misconceptions, I will discuss executive sessions and ballots. I hope these four columns have helped you to better understand the procedures that govern the meetings in your community. Common Misconception #10 The Board of Directors can exclude members from attending the board meeting by holding an Executive Session. According to Roberts Rules of Order, a board may meet in executive session and thereby exclude members and keep the proceedings secret. However, in the community association context, the only time a board may meet in executive session is when the board is meeting with the associations attorney to seek legal advice with respect to proposed or pending litigation or meeting with or without the attorney to discuss personnel matters. Common Misconception #11 A member who fails to cast a ballot is counted as having voted no on the issue. It is sometimes said that if a member does not cast a ballot on a membership vote then it is counted as a No vote. This is incorrect. If a member fails to cast a ballot his or her vote is not counted at all. Only the votes on the ballots received are counted. However, failing to cast a vote may affect the outcome, because the number of votes that were actually cast are insufficient to achieve the minimum approval threshold on the matter. 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. Financial FocusSell Investments For The Right Reasons by Jennifer BaseyIts important to understand which investments to own, and when to buy them. But you should also know when its time to sell an investment and why. Unfortunately, many people sell investments for the wrong reasons. Some people want the money to purchase socalled hot investments, even if these new investments arent appropriate for their needs. Others own investments that have lost value, and fearing further losses, they decide to sell thereby violating the oldest rule of investing: Buy low and sell high. These types of behavior can lead to at least two major problems. First, if youre constantly selling investments, youll likely incur fees, commissions and taxes that can erode any returns you did manage to achieve. And second, by frequently selling off your investments and buying new ones, youll find it difficult to follow the type of consistent, long-term financial strategy thats essential to help you work toward your goals. If you shouldnt sell investments to find quick gains or to avoid losses that may not even occur, when should you sell? You might want to sell: If your goals have changed You bought certain investments because you thought they would help you make progress toward your objectives. But over time, your goals may change, so in response, you may need to sell some investments and use the money to purchase new ones that are more suitable for your new goals. For example, early in your career, you might have benefited from owning investments that offered high potential for growth, but as you near retirement, you may need to shift some but certainly not all of your growthoriented vehicles to income-producing ones. If the investments themselves change You might have bought a stock because you liked the companys products, business plan or management team. If any of these factors change significantly, though, you might need to re-evaluate your ownership of this investment. If you need to rebalance your portfolio You may have decided that your investment portfolio should be composed of specific percentages of stocks, bonds and cash instruments. But due to changes in the value of your investments, these percentages can shift somewhat, resulting in a portfolio that no longer reflects your goals and risk tolerance. If that happens, youll need to rebalance your holdings, which may require you to sell some of your investments. If an investment has chronically underperformed Sometimes, an investment simply doesnt perform as well as you had hoped. When this happens, you may be better off by selling the investment and using the money to pursue new opportunities. However, dont rush to judgment. Before you sell an underperforming investment, try to determine why it hasnt done well. Is it because the market as a whole has slumped? If so, your investment could rebound when the market does. Or are there separate factors, unique to this investment, that have caused its problems? If the investments fundamentals and prospects still look good, you might want to simply give it time to prove its worth. By knowing when you should hold an investment, and when you shouldnt, you can avoid costly mistakes and help improve your chances for long-term investment success. So think carefully before putting up the For Sale sign on your investments. Jennifer Basey is a financial advisor in Fort Myers. She can be reached at jennifer.basey@edwardjones.com. Airport Travelers AdvisoryThe busy travel season has arrived in Southwest Florida. If you are traveling out of Southwest Florida International Airport, especially during March and April, the Lee County Port Authority recommends that you arrive to the airport at least two hours prior for a domestic flight and three hours prior for an international flight departure. Passengers should allow extra time for arriving at the airport, checking in and clearing through airport security. For more information on security-related procedures, visit the Transportation Security Administrations website at www. tsa.gov. For more travel tips and airport information, visit Southwest Florida International Airports website at www. flylcpa.com. Email your editorial copy to: press@riverweekly.com


THE RIVER MARCH 2, 201229 Discover How to Nourish the Part of the Cell that Repairs and Regenerates, and is Responsible for Longevity. You Can NOW Add Quality Years to Your Life By Increasing Your Cellular Health!Learn how the disease of the mitochondria (the powerhouse of your cell) leads to: Dr. Gabbert will reveal a simple system thousands of individuals in 11 countries are using for reclaiming their health and vitality. These benefits are commonly experienced by using this powerful system: PRESENTER: Dr. Doug Gabbert, DC is an advocate of complementary medicine with over 28 years experience as a clinician, researcher and consultant in the nutraceutical industry, training medical doctors in using nutraceuticals. Besides being sought as national speaker for wellness, anti-aging and cellular regeneration, he is credited for bringing together cutting-edge technologies saving thousands of Americans from the high cost of todays healthcare. FREE To ALL Participants!!!Pelican Preserve Town Center Theater Room, 10561 Veneto Drive, Fort Myers Tuesday, March 6 at 7 pm. Arrive early. Seating is limited. For More Information Call: Dr. Fernandez, DOM at 813-298-9862 PA Geraci Child Development Center Earns National AccreditationPA Geraci Child Development Center in Fort Myers has earned accreditation from the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs (NAC) for outstanding early childhood programs which meet national standards of quality. The center, operated by Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc., is located at 3713 Canal Street in Fort Myers and is licensed to care for 116 children from infancy to age 8. Enrollment is now open for the Voluntary Pre-K program, which begins this fall. The child care center is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. P.A. Geraci Child Development Center is very honored to be recognized for our efforts to provide exceptional child care education for our children. This demonstrates to parents that we have earned the Gold Seal for quality child care programs from the State of Florida, said director Dieula Dominique. To view Gold Seal requirements and a list of centers that have earned the accreditation, visit www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/childcare. Accreditation is not meant to replace parents on-site visits to centers as a means of selecting the program that best meets their childs needs, said child care director of operations Nancy Coker, but accreditation does help parents recognize the varied components that should be present in a quality program. To become accredited, P.A. Geraci Child Development Center had to meet a variety of strict criteria related to providing a developmentally appropriate program for pre-school children. These criteria range from providing a program that exceeds state licensing requirements to providing professional development opportunities for staff, as well as parental involvement. Accreditation includes an on-site study of the program by an early childhood professional followed by a final assessment of the center by commissioners from the National Accreditation Commission For Early Care and Education Programs. P.A. Geraci Child Development Center is among six child care centers operated by Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc. The private, non-profit organization provides high quality child care services throughout Southwest Florida from infancy through age 8. In addition to providing child care, Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc., conducts and coordinates training for child care workers, and administers the federal Child Care Food Program for child care centers and family child care homes. For more information about P.A. Geraci Child Development Center, call 337-4995 or visit www.ccswfl.org. Playing on stumps in the natural playscape at P.A. Geraci Child Development Center in Fort Myers Kiana, 3, from P.A. Geraci Child Development Center


THE RIVER MARCH 2, 201230 A NIGHT FOR LIFE V A NIGHT FOR LIFE VDinner Show to Bene t ORGAN TRANSPLANT RECIPIENTS ORGAN TRANSPLANT RECIPIENTS OF SW FLORIDA, INC. OF SW FLORIDA, INC.Buffet Dinner Silent, Chinese & Live AuctionsMarch 26, 2012Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, Fort MyersTickets: $35 & $50 VIP seating Silent Auction begins 5:00 p.m. Buffet begins 5:30 p.m.For Tickets & Info: 239-768-1814www.organsupport.org501c3 NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION Music by The Del Prados Comedy by BJ Odom deaRPharmacistCiticoline: Another Brain-Saving Supplementby Suzy Cohen, RPhDear Pharmacist: On Facebook, you mentioned this supplement called Citicoline for memory, and it interests me because my mother has Alzheimers and my wife had a mild stroke. Would it help? JL, Newark, New Jersey I think so. Very few people have heard of Citicoline, which is sold as a dietary supplement known scientifically as Cytidine 5 diphosphocholine or CDP Choline. Citicoline could help many brain disorders. Researchers are currently evaluating its effect on stroke patients because of everything Im about to tell you, plus its ability to reduce free fatty acid build up which occurs at the site of the stroke; very hard to fix that with drugs, but citicoline might. Citicolines most beautiful feature is that it can help you make phospholipids, which encase every brain cell. Without a healthy cell membrane, your skull would hold one giant glob, and youd have the IQ of a worm, so anything that helps you make phospholipids, improves brain function. Citicoline donates choline to make two important phospholipids called phosphatidylcholine and phosphatidylserine. Both of those are sold over-the-counter, too. Citcoline also helps you make the memory molecule called acetylcholine. Low levels of acetylcholine and you might be told you have Alzheimers disease. To that end, citicoline blocks beta-amyloid deposition, another kink in the brain tied to Alzheimers disease. What about Parkinsons? In fact, citicoline slightly raises dopamine levels, giving more hope to those afflicted with Parkinsons disease. The effects of nourishing your brain with these brain-loving compounds cant be bad. In fact, I think after six weeks of supplementation (with either citicoline. phosphatidylserine or phosphatidylcholine), you might see improvement in memory, problem solving, mood, tremors, mental clarity and orientation. Im not promising, Im just thinking out loud and shining a flashlight into a dark room in case you have been told theres no more time or theres nothing more we can do for you. Citicoline may help stroke patients as I mentioned earlier. Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability in the United States, and each year, about 795,000 people suffer one! Ask your neurologist to look up studies on pubmed that show cytidine 5 diphosphocholine to prevent neuronal cell death (brain decay), and increase sphingomyelin while simultaneously reducing the neurotoxin arachidonic acid. This is huge to a recovering person and hard to accomplish with medication alone. Early intervention is key. A 2006 study from Barcelona, Spain concluded Citicoline has also been shown to be effective in Parkinson disease, drug addictions and alcoholism, as well as in amblyopia and glaucoma. No serious side effects have occurred... The three supplements Ive shared today have promise for many of you. Some contain soy, a common allergen, so read labels carefully. Also, be patient, optimal effects take two or three months and most importantly, gain your physicians approval, especially if you take blood thinners, antihypertensives, psychostimulants or antidepressants. 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. Plan Your Future HealthcareWhen a loved one becomes seriously ill or critically injured, unable to communicate, will you know their preferences for medical care and treatment? Although much of life is about planning grocery lists, household budgets or weekend activities many studies have found that most American adults have devoted no time at all to prepare for what should be among our highest priorities: future healthcare needs. Hope HealthCare Services has launched a community-wide campaign to encourage this decision-making process before the need arises. Hope is offering a free advance directives document, Five Wishes, to address the decisions that must be made when a serious illness or incident occurs. The booklet explains possible medical and legal choices that may need to be made and assists people with exploring personal, spiritual and family preferences. Five Wishes provides information for the family and physicians such as: 1. Who you want to make medical decisions for you if you are unable to make them 2. The kind of medical treatment you want or dont want 3. How comfortable you want to be 4. How you want people to treat you 5. What you want your loved ones to know Discussing these wishes with loved ones and sharing them with the family physician will help to ensure that the choices are understood and followed. The completed booklet should be kept in a location known to the family. Hope has set a goal of placing Five Wishes in the hands of 10,000 people in the community this year. Everyone is invited to participate in 50,000 Wishes For Hope. We encourage all adults including those in good health as well as those coping with illness to make these important decisions now, said Hope president and CEO Samira K. Beckwith. Completion of Five Wishes can bring peace of mind when the family needs it most. In the event you are unable to speak for yourself, you voice will still be heard. This is an important gift to your loved ones. Five Wishes is considered a legal document in Florida and 41 other states, and in most cases, does not require the participation of a lawyer or notary. To request a complimentary copy, call 855-454-3100 or e-mail@hopehcs.org. The document can also be downloaded at www.hopehcs. org/fivewishes. 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, We moved around a lot because of my husbands job. We always quickly adjusted, made new friends and then moved to the next place. But now that we have retired, making friends is not so easy, and I miss having a female confidante. All I want is another gal to discuss my problems with, but this is very difficult and my husband is totally unable to comprehend female concerns. What would you suggest I do? Betty Sue Dear Betty Sue, Use the skills you developed earlier in your life! It may be harder now, but you developed your networking skills, were successful in the past and will be successful in the future. As far as your husband not understanding your concerns well, what can I say? That is a harder nut to crack! Pryce Dear Betty Sue, Making new friends gets increasingly more difficult as we age. Many seniors are isolated, have health problems and cannot travel around to clubs and other meeting places. Senior couples also have difficulty meeting other well functioning senior couples, but with perseverance and an element of luck, new friendships can be formed. As far as a female confidante is concerned, a lot of senior women will not discuss any of their problems with others and only if absolutely needed will they consult a family member or a professional. Lizzie Lizzie and Pryces e-mail address is momandmeaging@hotmail.com.


THE RIVER MARCH 2, 201232 DID YOU KNOW PUZZLE ANSWERS My Stars FOR WEEK OF MARCH 5, 2012ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Youre correct to want to help someone who seems to need assistance. But be careful that he or she isnt pulling the wool over those gorgeous Sheeps eyes. You need more facts. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Your Bovine optimism will soon dispel the gloom cast by those naysayers and pessimists who still hover close by. Also, that good news you recently received is part of a fuller message to come. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Feeling jealous over a colleagues success drains the energy you need to meet your own challenges. Wish him or her well, and focus on what you need to do. Results start to show in mid-March. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Youre likely to feel somewhat Crabby these days, so watch what you say, or you could find yourself making lots of apologies. Your mood starts to brighten by the weekend. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Your pride might still be hurting from those unflattering remarks someone made about you. But cheer up, youre about to prove once again why youre the Top Cat in whatever you do. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) A misunderstanding with a co-worker could become a real problem unless its resolved soon. Allow a third party to come in and assess the situation without pressure or prejudice. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Call a family meeting to discuss the care of a loved one at this difficult time. Be careful not to let yourself be pushed into shouldering the full burden on your own. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) An upcoming decision could open the way to an exciting venture. However, there are some risks you should know about. Ask more questions before making a commitment. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Personal matters need your attention during the earlier part of the week. You can start to shift your focus to your workaday world by midweek. Friday brings news. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Youve been going at a hectic pace for quite a while. Its time now for some muchneeded rest and recreation to recharge those hardworking batteries. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) This is a good time to upgrade your current skills or consider getting into an entirely different training program so that you can be prepared for new career opportunities. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Keep a low profile in order to avoid being lured away from the job at hand. Focus on what has to be done, and do it. Therell be time later to enjoy fun with family and friends. BORN THIS WEEK : You can be a dreamer and a realist. You dream of what you would like to do, and then you face the reality of how to do it. On March 6, 1899, the Imperial Patent Office in Berlin registers Aspirin, the brand name for acetylsalicylic acid, on behalf of the German pharmaceutical company Friedrich Bayer & Co. In its primitive form, the active ingredient, salicin, was used for centuries in folk medicine. On March 10, 1902, in the case of Edison v. American Mutoscope Company, the U.S. Court of Appeals rules that despite his claims, Thomas Edison did not invent the movie camera. The court did, however, admit that Edison invented the sprocket system that moved perforated film through the movie camera. On March 9, 1913, English author Virginia Woolf delivers the manuscript of her first novel, The Voyage Out, to her publisher. In 1941, fearful for her own mental state and afraid of the coming world war, she filled her pockets with rocks and drowned herself. On March 7, 1923, the New Republic publishes Robert Frosts poem Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening. The poem begins with the famous line Whose woods these are, I think I know. Although Frost never graduated from a university, he had collected 44 honorary degrees before he died in 1963. On March 5, 1963, the Hula-Hoop, a hip-swiveling toy that became a huge fad across America when it was first marketed by Wham-O in 1958, is patented by the companys co-founder, Arthur Spud Melin. An estimated 25 million Hula-Hoops were sold in its first four months of production alone. On March 11, 1970, author Erle Stanley Gardner, creator of Perry Mason, dies. The crime-solving attorney Perry Mason appeared in numerous novels and became the star of a top-rated TV show starting in 1957. The show starred Raymond Burr as the titular hero and ran for nine years. On March 8, 1986, Mask, starring Eric Stoltz and Cher, opens in theaters. Cher, who had launched a serious acting career with her appearance in Robert Altmans film Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean in 1982, received the Best Actress prize at the Cannes Film Festival for her role in Mask. It was English philosopher Francis Bacon who made the following sage observation: The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses. Im sure youve seen photos of those picturesque covered bridges. It seems that they would have provided a welcome haven for people driving buggies caught out in the rain. You may be surprised to learn, though, that the bridges werent designed with a roof for the comfort of travelers. Being made of wood in an era before protective sealants, the bridges themselves needed to be protected from the elements. Most frogs lay their eggs in the water; that way, when the tadpoles hatch they are already in their element. The red-eyed tree frog, however, protects its eggs from aquatic predators by attaching its eggs to the underside of leaves that hang out over a body of water. Once the eggs hatch, the tadpoles fall into the water. The next time you travel to the United Kingdom, if you visit the university towns of Cambridge or Oxford, you should keep off the grass. Professors are the only ones allowed to walk on most of the green swards in those towns. In ancient Rome, it was widely believed that holding in gas could cause a person to catch a disease or become poisoned. This was such a concern to public health that Emperor Claudius went so far as to pass a law making it legal to fart at banquets. Have you ever known someone who keeps making the same error over and over again despite being corrected? The next time you run into this person, youll know what to call him or her: a mumpsimus. I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. -Albert Einstein THIS WEEK IN HISTORY STRANGE BUT TRUE THOUGHT FOR THE DAY1. MEASUREMENTS: How often would a tricennial celebration occur? 2. MOVIES: What movie is considered to be the rst feature-length talking picture ever made? 3. HISTORY: In 1973, who became the second special prosecutor in the Watergate scandal? 4. MYTHOLOGY: What area of in uence is the Norse god Bragi associated with? 5. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What country once had emperors called kaisers? 6. MUSIC: In musical terms, what is an opus? 7. THEATER: Who wrote the play The Odd Couple? 8. GEOGRAPHY: What river runs through Baghdad? 9. GAMES: How often is soccers World Cup held? 10. POETRY: What poet wrote the lines, Two roads diverged in a wood, and I ... /I took the one less traveled by? TRIVIA TEST1. Every 30 years 2. The Jazz Singer 3. Leon Jaworski 4. God of poetry 5. Germany 6. A composition 7. Neil Simon 8. The Tigris 9. Every four years 10. Robert Frost. ANSWERS SPORTS QUIZ1. Name the last rookie manager before Don Mattingly of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011 to beat the defending World Series champions on Opening Day. 2. Only two major-league teams since 1900 started a season 0-6 and made the playoffs. Name either one. 3. Name the last 11-win team to not make the NFL playoffs. 4. In 2011, Doc (1980) and Austin Rivers became the second father-son basketball duo to be named McDonalds All-Americans. Who was the rst? 5. When was the last time an NHL team won back-to-back Northeast Division titles? 6. Name the rst Major League Soccer team to win consecutive U.S. Open Cups? 7. In 2011, Joseph OBrien became the youngest jockey to win a Breeders Cup race. How old was he?1. The New York Yankees Lou Piniella, in 1986. 2. The 1974 Pittsburgh Pirates and the 1995 Cincinnati Reds. 3. The New England Patriots, in 2008. 4. Milt (1981) and Dajuan (2001) Wagner. 5. Never since the division was formed before the 1993-94 season. 6. Seattle Sounders FC won three consecutive Cups (2009-11). 7. Eighteen. ANSWERS


THE RIVER MARCH 2, 201233 Support GroupA support group specifically for families of nursing home and assisted living facility residents will meet on Tuesday, March 20 at 10 a.m. at the Dubin Alzheimers Resource Center, 10051 McGregor Blvd., Suite 101 in Fort Myers. The focus of this support group meeting is issues, concerns, and questions families face as they cope with placing a loved one in a long-term care facility. The group is open to all interested families of nursing home or assisted living residents at no charge. The Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimers Resource Center, a United Way partner agency, provides informational, educational, and supportive assistance to individuals with Alzheimers disease and related disorders and their caregivers. For more information, call the Center at 437-3007. Alzheimers Caregivers Support MeetingsThe Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimers Resource Center offers monthly support group meetings for caregivers throughout Lee County and neighboring areas. The caregivers support group meetings include an opportunity for caregivers to meet others who are facing similar challenges and to learn more about Alzheimers disease and effective coping strategies. Select meeting locations feature a guest speaker as well as an informal time for sharing. Fort Myers Tuesday, March 13 at 2 p.m. Broadway Community Church 3309 Broadway Avenue 437-3007 Wednesday, March 14 at 9:45 a.m. Westminster Presbyterian Church 9065 Ligon Court 437-3007 Wednesday, March 28 at 9:45 a.m. Westminster Presbyterian Church 9065 Ligon Court 437-3007 Wednesday, March 21 at 10 a.m. Fort Myers Congregational United Church of Christ 8210 College Parkway 437-3007 Wednesday, March 21 at 2:30 p.m. Mt. Herman Baptist Church 2856 Douglas Avenue 437-3007 North Fort Myers Thursday, March 22 at 2 p.m. Pine Lakes Country Club 10200 Pine Lakes Blvd. (3.5 miles north of Shell Factory on U.S. 41) 437-3007 Cape Coral Thursday, March 1 at 2 p.m. Gulf Coast Village 1333 Santa Barbara Blvd. 437-3007 Thursday, March 15 at 2 p.m. Gulf Coast Village 1333 Santa Barbara Blvd. 437-3007 Pine Island Thursday, March 1 at 10:30 a.m. Pine Island United Methodist 5701 Pine Island Road, Bokeelia 437-3007 Lehigh Acres Monday, March 19 at 2 p.m. Lehigh Acres United Way House 201 Plaza Drive, Suite 3 437-3007 Bonita Springs Monday, March 26 at 10:30 a.m. Hope Lutheran Church 25999 Old 41 437-3007 Sanibel Wednesday, March 28 at 1:30 p.m. Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel 437-3007 Labelle Wednesday, March 7 at 1 p.m. First Christian Church 89 Ford Avenue, Labelle 437-3007 Dean W. Larson, M.D. Board Certi ed Eyelid Surgeon since 1990 Diplomat of e American Board of Ophthalmology Over 15,000 surgeries performed successfully Serving Lee, Charlotte & Hendry County patients for over 19 yearsWe are conveniently located on the corner of Summerlin and Winkler. Plastic & Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery Eyelid Surgery Center Fort Myers O ce 239.481.9995www.EyelidsOnly.comWE OFFER One-surgeon practice -you always see the same doctor No assembly-line surgery youre the only one Personalized post-operative attention Specialty-trained nursing sta Catered, accommodating care, tailored to your needs NO DOCTOR REFERRAL NEEDEDOver 65? Think eyelid surgery is not a ordable? Medicare STILL pays!Eyelid QuizCan you see your eyelids? Do you have to raise your eyebrows to see more clearly? Have you hit your head on a cabinet door while open? Is it di cult to see beside you without turning your head left or right? Do your eyelids close while you are reading? When you play tennis, do you have trouble serving? Do your eyelids feel heavy?If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you qualify for a FREE, no obligation eyelid screening performed by Natasha, COA.Screening candidates receive a $25 movie gift card. Before After After Natasha, COA Before From page 19MozARTThe musicians of the MozART have been playing together since 1995. They made their debut in 1997 at the PAKA competition of young Polish cabarets in Krakow. In the same year, they presented their first cabaret program entitled Mozarts Still Alive. Since then, they have presented concerts in all of Europe, Canada, the United States and Asia. Tickets for this concert are $35 each and can be purchased online at www. shellpoint.org/concerts. For questions, call 454-2067. To advertise in The River Weekly News Call 415-7732


PROFESSIONAL DIRECTORYTHE RIVER MARCH 2, 201234 Pets Of The Week TREE & LAWN CARE Jesus Hernandez J LAWN CARE & TREE SERVICE482-7350 12 years serving San-Cap & Ft. MyersLandscaping Tree Service Stump Grinding Landscape Design Ponds Landscape Refurbishing Pepper Clearing Lbtn Cbfr Db Licensed & Insured Free Estimateswww.jesuslawncare.comEMAIL: jesuslawncare@gmail.comIMPACT WINDOWS & DOORS/GLASS Windows PlusPGT Windows & Doors10831 Sunset Plaza Circle, Unit 107 Fort Myers, FL 33908 E-mail: windowsplusllc@earthlink.netLicensed & InsuredSCC131150832Phone: 239-267-5858 Fax: 239-267-7855 SWFL Window and Door SpecialistWindows Plus License # 0707041 09-00014233Phone (239) 267-8405Robert CrawfordDRAPERY CLEANING WINDOW BLIND CLEANING & REPAIRWe Come To You!www.theblindrepairshop.com 10% OFF ANY SERVICEWith is Ad CLEARVIEW CERTIFIED TECHNICIANSDRAPERY/WINDOW BLIND CLEANING & REPAIR COSMETICS 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 My name is Lee and I am a 1-year-old male hound mix, white with brown spots. Are you looking for an extreme pet? Im extremely handsome, extremely playful and would be extremely happy to focus all my attention on a loving family. In short, Im extremely charming! My adoption fee is $45 during Animal Services Find Your Lucky Charm adoption promotion (regularly $75) My name is Eric and I am a 5-year-old male brown tiger domestic short hair. Hey, Im super cute, inquisitive but not annoying, cuddly but not clingy. With all my charms, youll wonder how you ever got along without me. My adoption fee is $25 during Animal Services Find Your Lucky Charm adoption promotion (regularly $25) 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. The shelter is located at 5600 Banner Drive in 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. Eric ID# 528426 Lee ID# 528614 photos by squaredogphoto.comShare your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702or email press@riverweekly.com


THE RIVER MARCH 2, 201235 PROFESSIONAL DIRECTORY PUZZLE ANSWERS SUDOKU SCRAMBLERS 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 Light Tackle Sport Fishing Tarpon Snook Red sh & More CAPT. MAT CAPT. MAT T T MI MI TCHELL TCHELL USCG USCG Licensed Licensed & Insured & InsuredC: (239) 340-8651www.captmattmitchell.com email: captmattmitchell@aol.comFISHING CHARTER COMPUTERS 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 Dependable answer on page 35


HELP WANTED SERVICES OFFERED SERVICES OFFERED BOATS CANOES KAYAKS AUTO FOR SALE MISC FOR SALE LOST AND FOUND FICTITIOUS NAME COMMERCIAL SPACE REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATETHE RIVER MARCH 2, 201236 NS 10/28 BM TFN VISIT:SanibelOpenHouses.com Pfeifer Realty Group Sanibel Island, FL2394720004SANIBELOPEN HOUSES POSTED DAILYPROFESSIONAL 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 239-989-7799 RR 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 VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDAt The Sanibel School Call Michelle Wesley 239-910-8000 RS 2/10 NC 3/2 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 LOST IN SANIBELSTERLING SILVER MEXICAN BRACELET Gift, sentimental value. $50 Reward. 472-1254 or 810-9153NR 2/24 NC 3/16 FOUNDA ladies watch. West Gulf Beach, Sanibel. Call 239-472-0238 to identify.NS 2/24 NC 3/16 TO PLACE AN AD LOG ON: IslandSunNews.com& click on Place Classified COMPUTER ASSISTANCEComputer (Mac or PC), iPod, iPhone and Kindle assistance. After a brief (FREE) consult I will assist you with you tech needs. Anything from how to use your iPad to troubleshooting problems with your PC. Easy/cheap rates and I will come to you (Sanibel and Captiva only). John 312-375-5803NR 3/2 CC 3/9 CADILLAC DEVILLED ELEGANCE 79,000 miles (original owner) Silver w/black leather interior. Clean and in good condition. For sale as is at $4,500 Call 239-395-0467 (Sanibel) NR 3/2 CC 3/2 FICTITIOUS NAMENOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned, desiring to engage in business under The fictitious name of NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DAY TRADERS (NADT.US.COM), located in Lee County, Florida, with an address of 18120 San Carlos Blvd #906, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 has registered said name with The Division of Corporations of the Department of State, Tallahassee, Florida. Dated the 24th Day of February 2012. Evergreen Industries, Inc. Joseph L. Whitcraft, PresidentNS 3/2 CC 3/2 SOFAS FOR SALETwo matching beige sofas, 89, Sherrill, with down wrapped cushions. Excellent condition. $300 each. 482-0810NR 3/2 CC 3/2 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.RR 3/2 CC 3/9 OFFICE SPACE FOR LEASE700 square feet. Good Periwinkle location. Call Joe 516-972-2883. RS 3/2 PC 3/23 Isabella RasiIbt Rt En Cbnt Isabella Rasi (239) 246-4716EftIsabellaRasi@aol.com RS 3/2 NC 3/23McGREGOR 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. $1,299,000


REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE VACATION RENTAL ANNUAL RENTAL SCAN CODE FOR A FREE LIST OF ALL ISLAND PROPERTIESFOR SALEVISITwww.FreeSanibelList.comPfeifer Realty Group Sanibel Island, FL239-472-0004 RS 6/17 BM TFNTHE RIVER MARCH 2, 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 GARAGE MOVING YARDSALES CAUTION 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 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 & CompanyNR 2/17 BM 3/9EAST END2 BR-2 BA. Heated Pool-Canal Dock. One Story-Unfurnished. 395-1786NR 2/17 CC 3/9 LIGHTHOUSE REALTYPaul J. Morris, Broker VACATION RENTALS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & SALES 359 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island 239-579-0511RR 2/24 CC 3/16 RE/MAX OF THE ISLANDSPutting owners and tenants together Call Dustyn Corace www.remax-oftheislands.com 239-472-2311RS 2/24 BM 3/16 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.netJUST LISTED! This quiet street is located in the heart of #1 Sanibel Island. The homesite is 100 X 140, on City sewer and water, and best of all, priced at $212,555. Call Charlie for details. RR 3/2 CC 3/2 FOR SALE AT PERIWINKLE PARKIdeal arrangement, bedroom/bath at each end of a 60 foot mobile home. FL room with dining area added later giving an open concept of LR and kitchen, plus bedrooms and baths. Two sofa beds and stacked washer & dryer. A delightful deck with a big presiding frog and storage Bldg. in back and carport in front. $159,000. 5 E Street, unit 314. 239-472-3403.NS 3/2 CC 3/23 BAY FRONT OPEN HOUSE SUN, MAR 4 from 12-4 pm#1314 ISABEL DRIVE (Periwinkle to Bailey to Bay to Isabel) 150 Bayfront. Nearly 1/2 acre on islands most prestigious drive. Over 4000 sq. feet. 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bath, den, fam room w/stone replace, nanny quarters, formal dining. Walls of windows with bay front pool enhancing perfect water views. $2,295,000 www.1314isabeldr.comSUNSET SOUTH 2 bedroom Plus den garage + storage all remodeled $564,000 beautifully furnished and appointed. Gulf peak from oversized lanai.4 BEDROOM 4 BATHwhich includes guest house plus den. Beautifully furnished, crown molding, upscale, pool, spa now $1,037,000 must see!.. Has the wow factor! Glenn Carretta Broker Associate John R. Wood Island Real Estate Inc. 239-850-9296 www.TeamSanibel.com NR 3/2 BM 3/2 LOT 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 3/2 CC 3/2 MARINER POINTE TOWNHOUSEUnfurnished-ground level; 2 BR 2-1/2 BA; 2 encl porches; Bay/Canal views; shing pier; Lease includes Cable TV, water, pest control, refuse collection. Boat dock lease available. No pets. Rate negotiable. 239-395-1786 NR 3/2 CC 3/9 PRIVATE ORCHID COLLECTIONFOR SALE Many rare species. ALL MUST GO! Sat., 3/3 from 10-4 3061 Poinciana Circle, SanibelNR 3/2 CC 3/2 GARAGE SALELots of toys, books, clothes (some adult, mostly children) and household items. Saturday, March 10 from 9am to 2pm at 5307 Lady nger Lake Drive on Sanibel Island.NR 3/2 CC 3/2 HUGE MUTLI-FAMILY YARD SALESATURDAY, MARCH 3 from 9 AM 1 PM KITTIWAKE CIRCLE (in the Dunes), Sanibel. Home/holiday decor, household items, tools, sport/exercise equipment, lots of treasures!NR 3/2 CC 3/2 GARAGE SALESat, March 3rd, 8 a.m. Hundreds of great items, high quality stuff, no junk. 1694 Bunting Lane, Gumbo Limbo, Sanibel (off Dixie Beach)NS 3/2 CC 3/2 ESTATE SALESaturday March 3, 8am 2pm, 1708 Sand Pebble Way, Sanibel. Appliances, furniture, boat, grill, clothes & lots of misc.NR 3/2 CC 3/2 READRIVER WEEKLYONLINE: IslandSunNews.comclick onRead the River SANIBEL, BEACH ACCESSAnnual rental, 2BR, 1 BA, 1/2 Duplex, near beach. Private laundry, dishwasher, unfurnished. No pets, non-smoker. PH 708-557-1083 NR 3/2 CC 3/9


THE RIVER MARCH 2, 201238 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 35 Read us online at islandsunnews.com Read us online at islandsunnews.com 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 Art of the Olympians Museum & Gallery......332-5055 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 Chapter DAR.....................482-1366 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 If you would like your club/organization listed in The River Calling Card, phone 415-7732First Radio-Transmitter Study Under Way At RefugeIt may be the wallflower of the bird world, but during the next year, the mangrove cuckoo is getting big attention thanks to a first-of-its-kind study that started last week at JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel. Here you can drive through reasonably intact mangrove forest. Its much easier to work here (than in other mangrove forests), and we know there are birds, said John Lloyd, senior research ecologist with Ecostudies Institute. The study involves trapping the shy, secretive mangrove cuckoos that breed in the refuge, using recorded vocalizations and fine nylon mesh known as mist nets, then fitting them with radio transmitter backpacks that will track their movements for about one year. We want to find out what elements are critical to them, said Lloyd. Theyre here breeding and vocal March through July. Then they quit being vocal. Do they get quieter or are they moving? Ding Darling Deputy Refuge Manager Joyce Palmer was instrumental in making the study happen. I worked with (Ecostudies Institute) when I was at Ten Thousand Islands (National Wildlife Refuge) on mangrove birds. Now we have them here working specifically on the mangrove cuckoo. The non-profits survey in the Everglades was broader, studying mangrove bird populations in general through point counts. When the biologists found cuckoo populations to be declining in certain areas, they realized there wasnt much natural history available on the birds to explain why. Funding for the Ding Darling project was obtained through the refuge and the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund. How can we not know more about these birds? asked Lloyd. Our knowledge is remarkably incomplete because it so difficult to get into places where it lives. As far as we know, theres never been any banded. Lloyd and his assistant, Rachel Frieze, who will spend the year at Ding Darling, have set up an Ecostudies Institute Facebook page devoted exclusively to the project, so bird-lovers can keep abreast of results. Theres real interest in conservation, especially birds here, Lloyd said one more reason the refuge was a logical place to research mangrove cuckoos. People really care about the answers. Mangrove cuckoo at Ding Darling photo by Patty Smith


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SeriesNewOpportunitiesatShell Point a non-profit ministry of The Christian and Missionary Alliance FoundationShell Point Retirement Community is located in Fort Myers, 2 miles before the Sanibel Causeway.2012 Shell Point. All rights reserved. SLS-2063-12 Mar.6How to Sell Your Home in a Challenging Market Seminarat 2:00pm. Paula Hellenbrand of Encore Realty and Shell Point staff will offer a real estate seminar at Palmetto Pines Country Club in Cape Coral. They will offer tips on the best ways to price and stage your home. Call(239) 466-1131 or 1-800-780-1131 to reserve your place.Mar.6 The Miracle on the Hudson Dave Sanderson at 7:00pm. Returning from a routine business trip Dave Sanderson survived The Miracle on the Hudson, when the pilot had to ditch the plane in the Hudson River. He was the last personoff the plane and was responsible for ensuring that all passengers got off safely. Tickets are $25. Call (239) 454-2067to reserve your place.Mar.7,13,21&27Discover Shell Point Tour & Presentationat 10am. Join us for a group presentation about the Lifestyle and Lifecare available at Shell Point followed by a narrated bus tour ofthe community. Light refreshments will be provided.Call (239) 466-1131 to reserve your place.Mar.8 Senior Living Speaker Series Long Term Planning: Finances, Advanced Directives, and Insuranceat 6:00pm. Shell Point Retirement Community is hosting an educational series that will provide you with tools to understand the needs of your loved ones. Tim Stephenson will provide you with information about financial and medical needs. Call (239) 454-2077 to reserve your seat.Mar.9,10,11Resident Art ShowMar. 9 and10 at 9am and March 11 at noon. Stop by to view and purchase incredible works of art made by Shell Point residents, including paintings, pottery, sculptures, stained glass, polished stonework, wood carvings, stunning photography, and unique jewelry. For information call (239) 454-2057.Mar.10 The MozArt Groupat 7:30pm. A string quartet of well-educated instrumentalists who decided to play classical music in a humorous way, a la Victor Borge. They created a worldwide unique musical cabaret, where the music not the words is the source of joy and laughter. Tickets are $35.Call (239) 454-2067 or visit shellpoint.org/concerts.Mar.13 United States Naval Academys Gospel Choir Concert at 2:15pm. Comprised of midshipmen from various places, races and creeds, the Gospel Choir is truly reflective of the diverse interests and ethnicities within the Brigade of Midshipmen. This event is free, but tickets are limited and must be reserved in advance. Call (239) 454-2054to reserve your place.Mar.16Shell Point Fashion Show & Luncheonat 12pm. Shine a new light on your personal style with the charming fashions that are just right for Spring! Tickets are $35.Call (239) 454-2152 to reserve your place.Mar.19The Story of China From the Boxers to Todayat 7:15pm. Join Professor Adrian Kerr as he examines the history of this immense and varied country from the Boxer Rebellion in the 1890s to the Mao control to reform and westernization, and China the superpower. Tickets are $10. Call (239) 454-2054to reserve your place. The public is invited and many of these events are (239) 466-1131 www.shellpoint.orgShell Points Life Enrichment Series offers the opportunity to discover new things about yourself and the world you live in. Concerts, presentations, lectures, shows, special events, and more!Visit www.shellpoint.org/LES for full listings of this months events! FREE UpcomingEvents2012 FREE FREE FREE FREE FREETHE RIVER MARCH 2, 201240