River weekly news
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FREETake Me Home VOL. 11, NO. 10 MARCH 16, 2012From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort MyersRead Us Online at IslandSunNews.com Southwest Florida Seafood Festival, Classic Car & Bike Show This WeekendThe Matlacha Mariners will host the 11th annual Southwest Florida Seafood Festival, Classic Car & Bike Show from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. this Saturday, March 17 at the German American Club, 2101 SW Pine Island Road in Cape Coral. The event will showcase a wide variety of fresh seafood, live music and the areas best classic cars. New this year are custom and classic bikes. This years event will feature the doo-wop sounds of Brylcream and local favorite Ground Zero. There will be seafood and landlubber specials, together with plenty of ice cold beverages to wash it all down. No coolers will be admitted. Activities are planned for the whole family with arts and crafts vendors, 50/50 drawings and new games and entertainment for the kids. Car and bike trophies and award presentations will begin at 4 p.m. continued on page 7 Molire Comedy At Theatre ConspiracyTheatre Conspiracy will open the comedy The School For Wives by Molire on March 23 at 8 p.m. at the Foulds Theatre in Fort Myers. The School For Wives was written by the 17th century French playwright Molire and considered by some critics to be one of his finest achievements. A pompous middle-aged bachelor thinks hes established a surefire antidote to adultery in a wife. Can his scheme create the perfect wife docile, adoring, amorous on demand, or will his plans fall prey to a determined rival suitor, a pair of inept servants, and true love? The show is directed by Theatre Conspiracys Producing Artistic Director Bill Tayor who last year brought Medea, another classic, to life. Scott Thomson, last seen in Beckys New Car, takes on the lead role of Arnolphe. The rest of the cast includes Rick Sebastian, Pam Erdman, Thomas Marsh, Bernard Gomez, Robert Feigenblatt, Brittany Albury and John Saco. The School For Wives plays through April 7. Shows are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. with one Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on March 25. Tickets are $18. Opening night March 23 is pay what you will, where you name the ticket price.continued on page 7 A scene from The School For Wives Classic Rock At Davis Art CenterRedemption SWFL, a classic rock band and local favorite, will play on the outside stage at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center on Friday, March 16. The Music Walk performance will begin at 7 p.m. and continue until about 11 p.m. The Davis is located at 2301 First Street in downtown Fort Myers.Redemption SWFL covers songs from the s through the s. They are known for continued on page 7 Redemption SWFL Fairly Lovely Afternoon At The Burroughs Home & GardensMothers, grandmothers, daughters and granddaughters all are invited to attend a whimsical afternoon tea on the grounds of the Burroughs Home on Sunday, April 1. Girls will be delighted with a variety of fairy activities and dessert fare guaranteed to delight even the most skittish of these creatures. Fairy costumes are encouraged for the fairy parade. Cost to attend is $25 for adults and $30 for children. Reservations must be made by March 26. To purchase tickets, visit www.burroughshome.com/events.cfm, call 337-0706 or send an e-mail to Christine@burroughshome.com. Girls may come dressed as fairies at the special Burroughs Home event


The River Weekly News will correct factual errors or matters of emphasis and interpretation that appear in news stories. Readers with news, tips, comments or questions, please call (239) 415-7732 or write to: The River Weekly News, 1609 Hendry Street, Suite 15, Fort Myers, FL 33901. Fax number: (239) 415-7702. E-mail: press@riverweekly.com. The River Weekly News reserves the right to refuse, alter or edit any editorial or advertisement.Independently Owned And Operated COPYRIGHT 2012 The River Weekly News LORKEN Publications, Inc.Co-Publishers Lorin Arundel and Ken Rasi Advertising Sales Isabel Rasi Office Coordinator Patricia MolloyGraphic Arts/ProductionAnn Ziehl Sarah Crooks Kris See Photographer Michael Heider Writers Gerri Reaves, Ph D Anne Mitchell Jeff Lysiak PRINTED ON RECYCLED PAPER Contributing Writers Read Us Online: www.IslandSunNews.com Click on The River Jennifer Basey Kimberley Berisford Suzy Cohen Ed Frank Max Friedersdorf Priscilla Friedersdorf Jim George Dr. Dave Hepburn Joan Hooper Audrey Krienen Scott Martell Capt. Matt Mitchell Patricia Molloy Laura Zocki Puerto Di Saggau Scott White THE RIVER MARCH 16, 20122 Historic Downtown Fort Myers, Then And NowSt. Michael Lutheran Churchby Gerri ReavesThe quaint church in the historic photo suggests an earlier era than early World War II. The original St. Michael Lutheran Church at Lafayette Street and Grand Avenue resembles many starter sanctuaries built by newly formed congregations decades earlier in Fort Myers the first St. Lukes Episcopal, for example, which was built in 1889 at Second Street and MLK Boulevard (then called Anderson Avenue). Two crosses have been removed and the front entrance modified, but otherwise, the churchs exterior looks basically the same. Even the pretty stained glass windows remain in the building that is now the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The largely residential neighborhood of the 1940s has changed, however. The City of Palms Park lies only a block away, and heavily traveled U.S. 41 two blocks east provides continual background noise. How did this diminutive sanctuary come to be? Around the turn of the twentieth century, Lutheran missionaries visited the small town of Fort Myers and considered forming a congregation. By that time, several other denominations had well-established churches. However, it was not until 1931 that a Lutheran congregation was formed. The event coincided with the official opening of the Edison Bridge, which made it possible for new members to travel to Fort Myers to worship. Those emissaries canvassed the town and held services attended by as few as seven people. But that effort eventually culminated in the birth of St. Michael Lutheran Church in 1939, when Rev. H.E. Hartman of Trinity Lutheran in Delray Beach brought a delegation of 38 Walther Leaguers or young adults to Fort Myers. They took on the daunting task of calling on 800 families, work that would lead to the organization of a Lutheran mission. Until the Rev. Art Weber was assigned the job of full-time pastor, various pastors shared the job. Weber assumed his post in September 1941. In those early days before the church had built a sanctuary, they held services on the Municipal Pier downtown, also known as the Pleasure Pier, which had an auditorium. The church was formally chartered as St. Michael Evangelical Lutheran Church of Fort Myers on September 29, the day the Lutheran Church celebrates the festival of Archangel Saint Michael and all Angels. About six months later, the congregation dedicated the sanctuary on the northwest corner of Lafayette Street and Grand Avenue. St. Michael sold the church in 1953 and moved to larger accommodations. continued on page 12 The first St. Michael Lutheran Church was built on Lafayette Street at Grand Avenue circa 1945 courtesy of the Southwest Florida Historical Society, Sara Nell Gran Postcard Collection The original St. Michael Lutheran Church is now home to the St. Vincent de Paul Society photo by Gerri Reaves The churchs exterior has changed little, as evidenced by the stained-glass windows photo by Gerri Reaves


3 THE RIVER MARCH 16, 2012Estates Directors Tour In ClewistonExperience the history, nature and agriculture surrounding Floridas most important water source, Lake Okeechobee with president & CEO Chris Pendleton, Edison & Ford Winter Estates; Phil Flood, South Florida Water Management District; Hunter Lathan, Clewiston Chamber, Sugarland Tours; and Butch Wilson, director of the Clewiston Museum. About a hundred years ago, the Edisons and Fords were exploring the lake area for connections to their rubber and plant research, fishing spots, and recreation. The famous friends also met with sugar industry leaders to study agriculture and manufacturing and learned about famous architect John Nolans plan to create an urban model for Clewiston, then known as the city on the lake. Henry Ford purchased nearby Fort Thompson for his agriculture plans, and the friends explored the Caloosahatchee and neighboring waterways. Plans for the day include a windshield tour of the sugar factory, then on to the historic Herbert Hoover Dike followed by a lecture and lunch with Clewiston Mayor Rich Miller, and tour of the Clewiston Museum (from mammoths to prisoner of war camps, sugar cane agriculture and plans for the city). Wilson will take the group through areas not open to the public including USSC sugar factory and a large organic farm. The tour will finish up at STA #5 with the Margret England, Hendry Glades Audubon for birding and Florida hydrology. The annual Hendry Glades Audubon Festival is in March so it should be a great opportunity for bird watching. The cost for Edison Ford Members is $90, volunteers are $85, and non-members are $95. Call 334-7419 for reservations. Includes transportation, lunch, behind-the-scene tours and refreshments. Excellent birding opportunity Spring Egg Hunt In The ParkThe City of Fort Myers Recreation Division, Fort Myers Metro Kiwanis, and Elevation Ministries at the First Baptist Church in downtown Fort Myers, invite children (six and under) to join in for the annual Spring Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 1 at Centennial Park. Four thousand eggs will cover the park grounds, and a floppy eared visitor is expected. The fun begins at 10 a.m. with free childrens activities including face painting, a sidewalk chalk area, bean bag toss, and a pre-egg hunt warm up with Mr. Gary. Concessions will be available and there will be photo opportunities with the bunny. The egg hunt begins promptly at 11 a.m. Children must be able to walk on their own. Parents will not be able to assist them. There will be a drawing for special prizes following the egg hunt. Children should bring their own basket to collect the eggs. There is no registration or fee required. Bring the whole family. Irish SayingGo n-eiri an t-adh leatPronunciation: Goh n-iri leathMeans: Good Luck Ma Ma Ma Ma M M rk rk rk rk k k et et et et e o o o o pe pe pe pe pe n n n n 7 7 7 da da da da ys ys y ys : : 11 11 a a .m .m m . to to to 9 9 9 p p p p .m .m .m . Re Re Re Re R Re st st st st st st au au au au au u ra ra ra ra a nt nt nt nt : : : : Su Su Su n. n. n. T T T hu hu hu hu r. r. r. r 1 1 1 1 1 1 a. a a. m. m. m 9 9 9 p p .m .m ., ., F F F ri ri . Sa Sa t. t. t 1 1 1 1 a. a. a m. m. m 1 1 0 0 0 p. p. p. p m. m. m. 17 17 17 17 17 65 65 65 5 0 0 0 Sa Sa Sa n n n Ca Ca Ca rl rl rl os os os B B B lv lv lv d. d. d , Ft Ft Ft . My My My er er e s, s, s F F F F L L 33 33 33 93 93 9 1 1 23 23 23 2 9. 9. 9. 9 48 48 48 8 2. 2. 2 67 67 67 6 7 65 65 65 5 | | Sh Sh Sh Sh oa oa oa ls ls ls Wi Wi Wi W ne ne Ba Ba a r. r. r co co o c m m m m Locally owned, fresh and fun! f Locally ow MAR CH WINE DINNER 1 st C ours e Beer-Battered Conch Fritters chFritters 2nd Cours e Mahi Mahi Fa j ita 3rd Cours e Rib Eye with Steak Frie s All paired with Hacienda Araucano wines Ma r c h 2 7 | 7 p .m RSVP by March 2 6 $ 40/Perso n 3-Course Tastin g Mea l


THE RIVER MARCH 16, 20124 Powerful Tools For CaregiversLee Memorial Health System Older Adult Services, in collaboration with and funded by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and Senior Choices of Southwest Florida, is pleased to present Powerful Tools For Caregivers, an educational series designed to provide you with the tools you need to take care of yourself. Classes consist of six sessions held once a week. Two experienced Class Leaders conduct the series (many are experienced caregivers themselves, who have successfully applied the techniques they teach). Interactive lessons, discussions and brainstorming will help you take the tools you choose and put them into action for your life. Classes will be held at the Rotino Senior Center, 5817 Driftwood Parkway in Cape Coral, from March 21 through April 25. Sessions are held every Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. For information about respite care or to register, call 343-2751. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. This program helps family caregivers reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate feelings better, balance their lives, increase their ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources.You will receive a book, The Caregiver Helpbook, developed specifically for the class. A donation of $25 to help defray the cost of the book is suggested, but not required to attend the class. Daughters Of The ConfederacyThe Fort Myers United Daughters of the Confederacy Chapter 2614 meets on the third Saturday of every month at Perkins Restaurant, 12300 South Cleveland Avenue, Fort Myers from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. Call 7283743 to make reservations. Wiener Dog DerbyThe 3rd annual Florida Wiener Dog Derby will be held on Saturday, March 24 at the Lee Civic Center in North Fort Myers. Pre-race ceremonies begin at 10:45 a.m. and the races commence at 11 a.m. This will be a fun-filled family day with vendors, dog demonstrations, entertainment and activities. A new event, the Wiener Wannabe Race will be debuted. All leashed dogs are welcome. There is no fee for admission but there is a $5 Lee County parking fee. Race registration is available online at www.floridawienerdogderby.com. Prospective vendors and sponsors can visit the website or contact Donna Ellis at donna@floridawienerdogderby.com. The Florida Wiener Dog Derby, Inc. is a non-profit organization devoted to the support of local animal welfare organizations. Craft & White Elephant SalePalmetto Palms RV Resort will hold a Craft & White Elephant Sale this Saturday, March 17 from 8 a.m. to noon. The RV Resort is located at 19681 Summerlin Road in Fort Myers. Coffee and donuts will also be available. The public is invited to attend this sale. Additional information can be obtained by calling Marge Gregg at 466-5331. Greeters Club April MeetingLooking to make new friends and join in monthly activities? Attend the next luncheon meeting of The Greeters Club of Greater Fort Myers on Thursday, April 19 at Colonial County Club, 9181 Independence Way in Fort Myers. Join some new friends and hear guest speaker Kristin Vaughn of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Naples, recognized as a premier auction house and frequent Antiques Roadshow guest. Call today to join this dynamic group of women of Lee County. Luncheon cost $18 with reservations required. Call Janet Gambuzza 454-5750 or Linda Fitzpatrick at 437-5653 or send an email to Greeters.Lunch@comcast.net. Check them out on Facebook at Greeters of Fort Myers. League Of Women Voters April MeetingThe League of Women Voters of Lee County will conduct their next monthly meeting on Saturday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 12601 University Drive (corner of Summerlin and College Parkway) in Fort Myers Nuclear Power As An Alternative Energy Source will be the topic for the meeting. Arthur Weissbach, a retired official with the National Institute of Health, will speak. Cost to attend the meeting and luncheon is $20. Meal choices are New York strip steak, turkey wrap or vegetarian. Student rates are available. League members and the interested public may make reservations by e-mailing fishpatricia@yahoo.com or calling 466-8381. The League of Women Voters of Lee County Florida is a non-partisan organization that promotes political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Information on the programs and issues of the League of Women Voters is available at www.lwv.org, www.lwvfla. org and www.lwvlee.org. Call 278-1032 or e-mail lwvlee@yahoo.com for more details. Electrifying Play At Lab Theaterby Di SaggauPlaywright Sarah Ruhls wickedly humorous In the Next Room or The V ibrator Play is now playing at Laboratory Theater of Florida. The play was a contender for both the Pulitzer Prize in drama and a Tony Award for best play. Directed by Lois C. Kuehne, it is a play about sex and the dawn of electricity, set in the 1880s after the Civil War. Dr. Givings (Timothy Gunderman) has conceived an electrical instrument and is administering it to his hysterical, mostly female patients to soothe their high strung nerves and restore a healthy pink to their cheeks. Gunderman portrays a well-meaning but patriarchal clueless individual who is unable to understand why his aloof, respectful behavior is so devastating to his wife. With him its not about sex, its all about science. The set is divided in half with the doctors examination room on one side, and the tawdry Victorian living room on the other. Of course, the 21st century audience knows that the women who arrive at Dr. Givings door are not hysterical, they are victims of a society that keeps them horribly oppressed. The historically accurate costumes are spectacular. The doctor and his stolid assistant continued on page 9 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 Lobster Fest Every Thursday at 5


5 THE RIVER MARCH 16, 2012 Lee County Employees And Dogs Walk For Their Health And A HomeLee County government is among the many employers nationwide that are encouraging their staff to stay fit and healthy. Employees in the Domestic Animal Services Department decided to join the effort by forming a Fitness Club, but with an ulterior motive in mind. As employees walk for their health, they are taking some four-legged walking partners along. The plan is to show off the shelters resident canines on a twice-a-week expedition so let the public see what great pets they could adopt as permanent walking or jogging companions. Its wonderful our employees can enjoy fresh air on their break while promoting pets for adoption, said Donna Ward, LCDAS director. This is a great way to encourage our staff to stay healthy and provide an outlet for the dogs to release some energy right before our Adoption Center opens. Animal Services volunteers also will be joining the staff and dogs every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. The walk route begins at the shelter and treks down Six Mile Cypress Parkway to The Home Depot on the corner of US 41 and back. The welltraveled route is visible to hundreds of drivers and passengers. All pets available for adoption can be viewed online at www.leelostpets.com. The website updates hourly. Visitors have the option of submitting an adoption application online so they can spend their time visiting with the pets when they get to the shelter instead of filling out paperwork. Adopters should also check the website for current promotional discounts. All adoptions include spay or neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, flea treatment, de-worming, heartworm test for dogs six months and older, feline leukemia and aids test for cats, Lee County license for pets three months and older, a bag of Science Diet pet food, behavior help line and 10-day health guarantee. In addition, Lee County invites the community to join in its year-long 125th anniversary celebration. The county named in honor of Civil War General Robert E. Lee was carved from Monroe County and incorporated on May 13, 1887. Visit www.lee-county.com/125th for a schedule of events throughout 2012 as well as a recommended reading list, historical photo gallery, trivia questions and more. Lee County workers pose for a picture with their pooches in front of LCDAS headquarters Walkers with their canine partners enjoy a brisk stroll twice per week The adoptable dogs get as much benefit from the walks as their human companions SUNDAY, MARCH 18, AT 6:15 P.M.Prolific American composer/arranger and editor of Beckenhorst Press, Craig Courtney, will be in concert with The Village Church Choir. Church community choirs and university choirs around the world enjoy singing Courtneys choral music. This program will feature the inspired stories behind Craig Courtneys music. 15100 SHELLPOINTBLVD. FORTMYERS, FL 33908 CALL(239) 454-2147for information or visit www.shellpoint.org/seasonofpraise to get tickets.Craig Courtneywith The Village Church ChoirConcert Series Tickets Just $10 THE VILLAGE CHURCH AT SHELL POINT Dorothy Rodwell, LMFTLicensed Psychotherapist11615 Chitwood Drive, Suite 120 Fort Myers239-851-7166 Helping you liberate your mind and go where you are joyful


THE RIVER MARCH 16, 20126 Kiwanis Club Leadership Spends A Day In TrainingMore than 20 Kiwanis leaders from the 15 Kiwanis clubs of Lee County and Labelle recently joined together for a day of training called Kiwanis Education Day at the Boy Scouts of America office in Fort Myers. Clubs were also awarded honors earned in the 2010-11 Kiwanis year. This was an important day of training and sharing for these leaders who guide over 550 Kiwanis members in the area in service to the community, said Kiwanis Division 19 Lt. Gov. Bruce Boyd. Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Founded in 1915, Kiwanis and its sponsored service organizations, including CKI at the college level, Key Club at the high school level, Builders Club at the middle school level, K-Kids at the elementary school level, and continued on page 7 Kiwanis leaders join together for day of training at the Boy Scouts of America office in Fort Myers Bill Pearson of the Fort Myers Beach Kiwanis Club accepts awards for Distinguished Club; Honorable Mention, Community Services; Membership Growth (5); and first place, Every Child A Swimmer Lt. Gov. Bruce Boyd presents Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club with awards for Distinguished Club; Outstanding Service; Honorable Mention, Public Relations; Honorable Mention, Youth Services; Membership Growth (7); first place, Club Bulletin; first place, Every Child A Swimmer; first place, Interclub; Top Bulletin Award; and Wilbur Gold Effectiveness Award Hortoons Indispensable Advice from Dr. Dave Get your copy of Dr. Daves Book at Sanibel Island Books and Gifts,1571 Periwinkle Way 472-5223 Email editorial copy to: press@riverweekly.com


7 THE RIVER MARCH 16, 2012Aktion Club for adults with disabilities, dedicate more than six million volunteer hours annually to strengthen communities and provide service to children. To find a Kiwanis Club in Lee County or Labelle, visit www.kiwanis19.com, call Bruce Boyd, Division 19 Kiwanis Lt. Gov., at 369-3775 or e-mail bdklg12@ gmail.com. Floridas Kiwanis Division 19 can also be found on Facebook. Lt. Gov. Bruce Boyd presents Susan Rolfe of the Cape Coral Kiwanis Club with awards for Distinguished Club, Outstanding Service, Honorable Mention CKI, Membership Growth (14) and the Thomas J. Deen Jr. Membership Award Rachel Toomey of the Fort Myers South Kiwanis Club accepts awards for Distinguished Club, Honorable Mention Interclub and First Place Club Bulletin 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., 23, 2012 1131 1st St., Ft. Myers Beach www.nervousnellies.net GPS COORDINATES: FREE MARINA DOCKAGE with Dock Attendants Assistance Where its Happy Hour all the time!!! Snacks in Between 11am-10pmJoin Us St. Pattys Day! The Areas Largest St Pattys Day Celebration...Over 1000lbs of Corned Beef! Sheperds Pie! Bangers and Mash! Fish and Chips, Irish Eggrolls and More!! Live Music ALLDAY!!HUGE OUTDOOR CONCERT STARTING AT NOON TIL 10PMFEATURING THE STONES And Local Bands FAMILY FUN!!! From page 1School For WivesBorn in 1622, Molire was a French playwright and actor who is considered to be one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature. His best known works include The Misanthrope, The School for Wives and Tartuffe or the Hypocrite. He served as the official playwright for the French royal court. Quite apropo, Molire died on stage performing Argan in his final play, The Imaginary Invalid. From page 1Classic Rockthe variety of their song list, most of which is up-tempo. Led by frontman Danny Reese, the group are definitely entertainers and not just musicians. The band came together in April of 2011 and performed their first gig on September 2. After three gigs and overflow crowds each time, they were booked monthly by that first venue for all of 2012. Band members include Robert Sizemore on guitar, harmonica and vocals; Danny Reese, lead vocals/rhythm guitar; David Neuser, lead guitar/vocals; Sean Dooley, keys/vocals; Bob Dooley, drums/vocals; and Greg Melzler on bass. Their repertoire spans four decades and includes Johnny Be Good by Chuck Berry, Born To Be Wild by Steppenwolf, Brown-Eyed Girl by Van Morrison, Jumpin Jack Flash by the Rolling Stones, Black Magic Woman by Santana, Sharp Dressed Man by ZZ Top and Bad Case Of Loving You by Robert Palmer, among others. From page 1Seafood FestivalAdmission is just $5 for adults and children 12 and older; children 11 and under are free with a paid adult admission. The annual event raises funds for the Matlacha Mariners, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that, in turn, contributes to many deserving local community charities and support groups throughout the year. There will be plenty of ample parking and picnic tables. Come relax and enjoy an afternoon of great live entertainment. For complete details and vehicle registration forms, visit www.MatlachaMariners.org. For more information, contact Rick Williams at 898-5004; (Cars) John Jones at 699-9393; and (Bikes) Mel Suran at 994-2257.


THE RIVER MARCH 16, 20128 Along The RiverSaint Patricks Day is this Saturday, March 17. Celebrate the occasion with good food and live music at one of these local establishments. For the second year in a row, The Morgan House Restaurant in downtown Fort Myers is the Official St. Patricks Day Sponsor of the Boston Red Sox. Were thrilled to participate with the Boston Red Sox as the Official St. Patricks Day Sponsor once again this year. We honor the tradition of the Red Sox and St. Patricks Day and welcome the team to their new Spring Training Facility, JetBlue Park in Lee County. After the game, we invite all Red Sox fans in Southwest Florida to celebrate St. Patricks Day with us on the Patio de Leon in downtown Fort Myers, said Patti Price, co-owner of The Morgan House Restaurant. Called the St. Paddy OParty, this years St. Patricks Day celebration will be enormous, encompassing the entire Patio de Leon district of restaurants, nightclubs, art galleries and shops. Party-goers will enjoy a fun Irish festival with live music from 4 p.m. to midnight featuring Moonlight, Memphis 56, Stolen Fruit and Ghost Radio. A traditional St. Patricks Day community toast is at 8 p.m., there will be a Luck of the Irish balloon drop with prizes and giveaways, Chef Corrys famous corned beef and cabbage, traditional Irish fare, Guinness on draft, and multiple outdoor bars. Nervous Nellies Crazy Waterfront Eatery on Fort Myers Beach is hosting the first annual St. Pat ROCKS Day Music Fest from noon to 10 p.m. The outdoor music festival features local tribute bands Led-Hed (Led Zeppelin), The Stones (Rolling Stones) and Crossroads (Eric Clapton), along with raffles, vendors, green beer and cabbage bowling. Proceeds benefit the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Sit on Nellies expansive waterfront patio and choose from holiday specials such as corned beef and cabbage, sheperds pie, bangers and mash, fish and chips and Irish eggrolls. Enjoy happy hour all day, every day upstairs at Uglys Waterside Bar, the place where everyone gets prettier. Nervous Nellies and Uglys are located at 1131 First Street, Fort Myers Beach. Parking for your car or boat is free for patrons. The GPS coordinates for Nellies Snug Harbour Marina are 26.41 N 81.18 W. Call 463-8077 or go to www.nervousnellies.net. The Cracker Box Seafood Restaurant is serving traditional corned beef and cabbage and shepards pie along with live music from Jim & the Cracker Box Band. It is open Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight. The Cracker Box restaurant was established in 1962 as the last stop before Sanibel and is the second oldest restaurant in Lee county. Owned and operated by the Welker family for the past 38 years, it has the rustic old look of Florida, a warm atmosphere and a friendly staff. Its a place where you can walk in and feel right at home. The Cracker Box serves homemade food, appetizers, sandwiches and seafood in addition to live music six nights per week. The Cracker Box is located at 16910 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, near the Sanibel Causeway. For reservations, call 466-4344. If college basketball is more your game, catch spectacular NCAA mens tournament play at Shoals Restaurant & Wine Bar Watch the third round games on March 17 and 18 on the restaurants seven flat-screen TVs, including a 70 inch set that really brings the action home. March Madness continues through Monday, April 2, when it concludes with the National Championship game. During March Madness, Shoals is offering special prices on food and beverages during game times. They include 12 peel-and-eat shrimp for $9; six chicken wings for $6; three beef sliders for $6; two empanadas for $6; avocado dip for $8; nachos for $6; onion rings for $4; chips and salsa for $3; and pitchers of domestic beer for $10. If you are planning to host your own March Madness viewing parties, shop next door at The Sandy Butler Market for beer, wine and specialty foods in a luxurious atmosphere. The gourmet market has an extensive selection of products that will meet whatever your needs may be. If you prefer to leave the catering to professionals, the chefs will make sure that you and your guests tastes are delighted, whether its an elaborate party or a small, casual gathering. The Sandy Butler Market and Shoals Restaurant & Wine Bar are located at 17650 San Carlos Boulevard, Fort Myers. Both are open seven days per week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call 482-6765 or go to www.sandybutler. com. Enjoy March Madness food and drink specials at Shoals while watching the games on the restaurants seven flat-screen TVs Nervous Nellies on Fort Myers Beach is hosting an outdoor concert for St. Paddys Day 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.


9 THE RIVER MARCH 16, 2012 Kiwanis Club Of Fort Myers Welcomes New MembersThe Kiwanis Club of Fort Myers Gateway to the Islands increased their ability to serve the children of the local community with the addition of three new members at a recent meeting. Eryka Aptaker, Barbara Farrell and Laura Ruzicho joined the Kiwanis Club as the group prepares for its major fundraising event, the Delicious Dining Discount book for sale in April. Aptaker works for East Commerce Solutions, a merchant service provider for local businesses to make credit card processing simple. She is a member and ambassador of the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce and is actively involved with numerous veterans organizations. Aptaker was sponsored by Terry Luster, CEO for a national vehicle license plate and title company. Farrell is the Summerlin Crossing Market manager and vice president of Florida Gulf Bank at Winkler Road in South Fort Myers. She is a director on the board of Partners for Breast Cancer Care and the board of the Candlelighters of SW Florida, as well as an active member of the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce. Farrell was sponsored by Terry Luster, who is also the club secretary. Ruzicho is a new resident to Fort Myers from Kentucky, accepting an invitation to attend a Kiwanis meeting within the first two weeks of arriving in the area. She has a love for horses and has a media background. Ruzicho was sponsored by Gary Hudson, who does consulting and is president-elect of Gateway to the Islands. The club welcomes service oriented business professionals and individuals to join in the effort to make a difference in the world, one child and one community at a time. Meetings are held every Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. at First Watch in the McGregor Blvd. Design Center, except the second Tuesday when an 11:30 a.m. lunch meeting is conducted at Sunshine Grille, northwest corner of Gladiolus and Winkler. For further details about the club and what they do, visit www.kiwanisgtti.com or contact president David Stauffer by calling 940-7181 or e-mailing him at pastordavidstauffer@yahoo.com. From page 4Electrifying PlayAnnie (Lois Kuehne) proceed to administer therapeutic electric massage to his latest patient, Mrs. Daldry (Laura Nin), who is sensitive to light, prone to weeping, and according to her husband Mr. Daldry (Jack Weld), sexually unresponsive. The procedure is a success. Lucy Harris as Mrs. Givings, is a picture of troubled wistful gentility, corseted and bustled within an inch of her life, and oozing with sexual desire. She too is unsatisfied with married life as the doctors matrimonial bedside manner leaves much to be desired. Also in the cast are Yvonne Shadrach as Elizabeth, wet nurse to the Givings baby, and Mike Carlip as Mr. Irving, a frustrated artist. The first act of the play is well done, providing lots of laughs and I especially enjoyed the performances by Harris and Gunderman. The second act is a little flat. With respect to the playwright and director, there were too many unnecessary scenarios thrown into the plot. I applaud Artistic Director Annette Trossbach for bringing unique theater to our area. In The Next Room is actually a sweet love story, it just takes awhile to get there. It plays through March 24 at Laboratory Theater of Florida, 1634 Woodford Avenue, corner of Woodford and 2nd Street in Historic Downtown Fort Myers. For tickets visit brownpapertickets.com or call 2180481. Sponsor Gary Hudson and president David Stauffer with new member Laura Ruzicho, and new member Barbara Farrell with sponsor Terry Luster and new member Erkya Aptaker 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.Irish SayingPronunciation: kayd meeluh foll-tjuhMeans: One hundred thousand welcomes! Cead Mile Failte!


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 Saturday, Worship 5 p.m. Sunday, Worship8 and 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays during Lent soup dinner at 5:30 p.m., Compline Service at 7 p.m. Peace is a member of the ELCA. We celebrate weekly communion with traditional liturgy, organ and choir. 15840 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, 437-2599, www.peaceftmyers.com, peace@peaceftmyers.com 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.comcontinued on page 15THE RIVER MARCH 16, 201210


11 THE RIVER MARCH 16, 2012 Rose Theresa Cavanaugh Lewis, 88, passed away suddenly on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at her home in Fort Myers. The daughter of the late Thomas Aloysius and Jeannette Ward Cavanaugh, she was born in Baltimore, Maryland on February 24, 1924; was preceded in death by her siblings, Phillip, Regina, Thomas and Peter and her first child, Frederick. Rose met the love of her life, Frederick E. Lewis, in 1940, just before he entered the U.S. Navy, and she the U.S. Coast Guard. Both served during World War II and were married on March 17, 1946. They began their marriage of 66 years living in Baltimore, Maryland, relocated to Arnold, Maryland where they raised their nine children. The Lewiss retired to Fort Myers in June of 1982. A celebration of her life was held on the Sanibel Causeway on March 7, where the family was joined by many, many wonderful friends and relatives from near and far, and we thank you all. She was an extraordinary person, always smiling, always caring, always mom to all. Surviving Rose is her husband, Frederick, children, Linda (Jim), Fred Jr. (Debbie), Patricia, Jan, Paige, David (Terry), Mary Jo (Matt), Steven (Liz), Thomas (Kirke); grandchildren, Jessica, Jennifer, Brett (Sarah), Jay (Tuesday), Megan, Corrie Ann (Todd), Cara (Brandon), Matthew, Heather (James), Ryan (Cori), Paul (Christina), Neil, Evan (Ashley), Scott (Samantha), Christopher (Katie), Colin, Fiona and Ailsa; great grandchildren Sandy, Nathan, Emily, Noah, Gracie, Ainsley, Kellen, Kai, Gillian and soon to be born baby, Cooper. A very special thank you to Matt Asen for everything, Father Carmen Caruso for your wonderful words and anecdotes, to Theresa Rose Shea See who wonderfully sang Moms favorite hymn, the bagpiper and especially Valerie Leonard, who loved mom as her own. We are eternally grateful. OBITUARY ROSE THERESA CAVANAUGH LEWIS Weekend Of One Raises Awareness Against HungerThe Harry Chapin Food Bank organizes Weekend Of One to raise awareness and mobilize action against hunger. Faith partners team up with the Harry Chapin Food Bank to help spread the word and raise funding to support the purchase and distribution of food. Every $1 donated allows the organization to distribute $6 worth of food. Faith partners will talk about hunger and encourage each person to donate at least $1. Last year, 16 faith-based groups participated by informing their congregations about the food bank and asking their congregations to donate $1 each. Since not all faiths meet on the same weekend day, it is Weekend Of One. In 2011, more than $6,000 was collected, which translated into $36,000 worth of food that could be purchased The following faith-based churches, houses of worship, synagogues, temples and organizations participated last year: All Faiths Unitarians, Cape Coral First United Methodist, Temple ShalomNaples, Temple Beth El, Word of Life, First Baptist Church, Peace Lutheran Church, United Universalist, Cypress Lake Presbyterian Church, Faith Presbyterian Church, Unity Church of Peace, Unitarian Universalist, Fellowship of Charlotte County, Blanchard House Museum, Temple Beth-El Punta Gorda, and St. Marks Missionary Baptist Church. Today in the United States, over 50 million people are going hungry. Places of worship and local charities are often the first places families turn to when they require food assistance. Around Southwest Florida, faith partners work in local communities to provide food to neighbors in need. This years Weekend Of One will be held March 23 to 25. Faith-based organizations are asked to contact Bedzaida Bryen at the Harry Chapin Food Bank at 334-7007 ext. 141 for additional information and a commitment to participate. Additional information about or to contribute financially to the Harry Chapin Food Bank, contact 334-7007 or go to www.harrychapinfoodbank.org. GATHER US IN: Songs and Hymns for Our Generation Sunday, March 25, 2012 3:00 PM The y dont sin g em like the y used to. We invite y ou to en j o y a musical pro g ram performed b y Wayne Hill and Friends, an unusual quartet featuring baritone Wayne Hill and soprano Pamela Cooper-White, together with eminent pianist Michael Matsinko and Gerald Christianson, Gettysburg Seminary emeritus professor of Church History, as host and narrator. Join in a journey through hymns and songs written in the last fifty years, as we travel to four son g destinations alon g the wa y : community, calling, healing, and confidence. Audience participation is encouraged. Wine and cheese reception will be served after concert. Come and See! 15840 McGregor Blvd Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 437-2599 www.peaceftmyers.com P Peace Lutheran Church presents... www.VocalArtistry.org Proceeds to Benefit: Footsteps to the Future, empowering young women to successfully transition from foster care to living independently.www.footstepstothefuture.org Kellyn Celtic Arts Irish Dance Academy, is dedicated to providing the highest quality instruction, artistry, and performance excellence, heightening cultural awareness and unity through dance.FEATURING KELLYN CELTIC ARTS IRISH DANCE ACADEMY WILLIAM LARSEN, PRINCIPAL FLUTE OF THE SWFL SYMPHONY Join us for a program inspired by the Emerald Isle. Jigs, folk songs, reels, and exquisite choral music will be performed by one of the most dynamic new choral ensembles. This event is underwritten through the generosity ofHighlights Include: Danny Boy, Brian Borus March, Flogging Molly Reel, The Gallant Weaver, Byker Hill as sung by Chanticleer, and the Irish Blessing by ChilcottFirst Baptist Church 1735 Jackson Street, Downtown Fort MyersJoseph Caulkins, Artistic Director This performance is an outreach of the Music Ministry of First Baptist Churchwww.Dance-Irish.comJaime Knaub, Director & Co-Founder


THE RIVER MARCH 16, 201212 From page 2St. Michael Lutheran ChurchThe building then housed the Unity Church of Christianity until the early 1990s, when the Diocese of Venice bought the property. Today, it is the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Take a trip to see the little church at Lafayette and Grand. Then go a few more blocks to the Southwest Florida Museum of History, at 2031 Jackson Street, to learn more about that historic neighborhood. For information, call 321-7430 or go to www.swflmuseumofhistory.com. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Visit one of the areas best research centers, the Southwest Florida Historical Society, where you can indulge your curiosity about church history in Fort Myers. 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, Pages from the Past Prudy Taylor Board and Esther B. Colcord, and www.smlcs. org. Celtic SpectacularVocal Artistrys next concert sets toes a-tappin with its latest collaboration. In celebration of Irish traditions, the Kellyn Celtic Arts Irish Dance Academy dancers will perform alongside the 22-voice choir. Audiences will revel in Celtic Spectacular this Sunday, March 18 at 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Fort Myers in the River District. The concert is free and all are welcome. Artistic director Joseph Caulkins says Kellyn Celtic Arts Irish Dance Academy gets a wow every time. They bring such energy and excitement that audiences are spellbound. From their innovative choreography, to sparkling costumes and dynamic performers of all ages, this group will always leave you wanting more, said Caulkins. The musical pieces in Celtic Spectacular play to the dancers and singers strengths with jigs, reels, traditional Irish ballads and folk songs. Highlights include Danny Boy, Brian Borus March, Flogging Molly Reel, The Gallant Weaver, Byker Hill as sung by Chanticleer and The Irish Blessing by Chilcott. The concert also features Southwest Florida Symphony principal flutist William Larsen. Larsen has become an audience favorite, participating in many past Vocal Artistry concerts including the December concert This Is Christmas. I have had the privilege of working with Bill over the past 10 years, and always find his playing to be superb, a combination of sheer beauty and technical mastery, Caulkins said. I know audiences will be blown away by the two special James Galway arrangements Bill has selected for this concert. Proceeds from a free will offering collected during the concert will benefit Footsteps To The Future. This organization, under the direction of Judi Woods, empowers young women to successfully transition from foster care to living independently. For more details, visit www. FootStepstotheFuture.org.For additional information about the Celtic Spectacular concert, visit www. VocalArtistry.org or www.Dance-Irish. com. Live Oak Arts FestWestminster Presbyterian Church in Fort Myers announced that the Live Oak Arts Fest will be held on Saturday, March 31 from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. This arts and crafts event will feature the works of local artists and craftsmen. Enjoy live music and food for all, as well as bounce houses and face painting for the kids. Westminster Presbyterian Church is located at 9065 Ligon Court (by Lexington Country Club) in Fort Myers. Call 481-2125 for additional information. Case Studies & ObservationsHOPE Biblical Counseling & Training Center of Fort Myers is offering a course entitled Case Studies & Observations on Tuesday evenings, beginning on April 3 and continuing through June 5, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. This course will give students the opportunity to observe outstanding counselors and assess the counseling with the class. It will observe recorded sessions involving: Relationship Issues Marriage Issues Conflict Resolution Perfectionism Anorexia Anxiety It will also prepare students for: Certification by the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors Certification by the International Association of Biblical Counselors Undergraduate credit through Covenant Life University HOPE has been ministering in the Fort Myers area for over 20 years, is recommended by the Association of Biblical Counselors and is a NANO Approved Training Center.HOPE Biblical Counseling & Training Center is located at 9065 Ligon Court in Fort Myers. For more information or to register, call 481-0777 or e-mail HOPEoffice@hopebiblicalcounseling.org. Juried Art Now Being AcceptedJuried art is now being accepted by curator Cello Bennett for an exhibit at the Southwest Florida Community Foundation. Bennett is responsible for curating an ongoing display of local artists work within the Community Foundations public spaces, located at its office at 8771 College Parkway, Building 2, Suite 201 in Fort Myers. Plans call for the collection to include pieces on loan and for sale from local artists, including Jacke McCurdy, Ellen Sheppard, Gale Bennett and others. The exhibit is open to all artists from the foundations five-county service area including Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades and Hendry as space allows. A share of the proceeds of artwork sales will fund the Fund for the Arts in Southwest Florida that supports nonprofit art organizations in the area. To be considered for inclusion in the exhibition, which will be on display for approximately 10 months, artists are invited to submit up to six digital photos of original drawings, mosaics, paintings (including acrylic, collage, oil, mixed media and watercolor), photography, pottery, sculpture and textile art. Entry forms and additional information for submissions can be found on the Foundations website at www.floridacommunity.com. Each juried artists work will be hung together in a grouping of three to five works, depending on size and space available. Online submissions must be received by Tuesday, July 10. Artists will be notified by Tuesday, August 28 if their work has been juried into the exhibit. This community has the great fortune of being the home to many incredible artists whose work has shaped both Southwest Florida and the nation, said Sarah Owen, CEO of the SWFLCF. We are thrilled that our offices will host a collection that honors this tradition, will inspire all who visit our offices and be a testament to our commitment to the arts in Southwest Florida. Ms. Bennett is also donating two pieces by her late husband, Gale Bennett. One of the pieces will be for the permanent collection while the other will be auctioned off with all proceeds going to the foundations arts fund. We are looking to showcase artists across a broad spectrum, whose works will contrast with and complement one another, said Cello Bennett. You can get a much better feeling for an artists artistic vision if you see three or four pieces of the same artists work displayed together. Cello Bennett operates Cello Bennett Artists LLC, an artists portal for select visual and performing artists. The display is expected to be completed and ready for public viewing in the fall of 2012. 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THE RIVER MARCH 16, 201214 Trout Fishing Just Keeps Getting Betterby Capt. Matt MitchellWhat another great week it was out on the water with fast moving tides and summer-like conditions making for lots of options. Trout fishing remains about as good as it gets with lots of big fish over that magic 20-inch size being caught throughout the sound. Good afternoon high water also had redfish feeding better than they have for weeks. Although trout can be found throughout the sound, larger numbers of some real gator-size models have been up around North Captiva. These bigger trout seem to school together and one sand hole often produces three or four of these larger fish. Large shiners and small pinfish fished two to three feet under a rattling popping cork have been my rigs of choice. Most of my trout fishing this week was done while targeting sand holes from Redfish Pass to Captiva Pass. This water in the middle to northern end of the sound remains clear even after windy conditions really dirtied the southern portion. Finding this nice clean and clear water seemed to make all the difference in the world when looking for four-poundplus trout. There are several natural channels and sloughs on the east side of North Captiva that run from east to west. Clear water makes these easy to spot. During low tide periods the trout have been on the edges and out in these somewhat deeper channels. As the tide comes up, they move up over the grass and into the numerous white sand holes that have salt and pepper bottoms. I move a lot while targeting these trout. If a sand hole or channel edge does not produce a big trout within five to 10 minutes, I slide down the edge of the channel or move to the next set of holes. If the trout are laid up, the bite will be almost instant or within a few seconds of the bait slapping the water and the bobber being popped a few times. Often, after you catch half a dozen or more fish, the bite will quit and its time to move on. While fishing the back side of North Captiva and areas just north of Chino Island this week, I saw quite a few free-jumping and rolling tarpon. With our water temperature now at an amazing 76 degrees for March and still rising, we will see more and more tarpon pouring into the sound. Although I have not begun to tarpon fish yet this year, I have started to carry a few tarpon rigs with me just in case the opportunity presents itsself. Usually my first tarpon hook-up of the season comes while targeting trout and is totally unexpected. Hooking a full size tarpon on a trout rod is like bringing a knife to a gunfight and although fun to see, its usually over pretty quickly. Afternoon high water over a two-foot tide mark has been the perfect setup to chase redfish under the bushes. With wind directions seeming different almost daily if not hourly, I had the opportunity to fish some favorite shorelines I have not had the right set-up to fish since the last good high water in the fall. On an afternoon redfish trip this week with longtime client Jerry Raffa from Sea Isle, New Jersey, the wind was blowing hard from the northwest. As we idled out of the canal I had one shoreline on my mind that was just made for this wind direction and incoming tide. For 30 minutes plus it was on fire with redfish coming almost every cast. If the bait landed in the right spot it would not even make it to the bottom before a redfish grabbed it. There were a few slot-sized fish in this little mangrove creek mouth but most of the stacked-up reds were on or just below the 18-inch minimum. What these redfish lacked in size though, they sure made up for in numbers. However, we did manage two nice 23-inch redfish.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 email 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. Spring break trout and redfish caught on Capt. Matt Mitchells boat this week ISLAND MARINE SERVICES, INC. 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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.


15 THE RIVER MARCH 16, 2012 From page 10Churches/TemplesAffiliated: Union for Reform Judaism TEMPLE 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 10811 Sunset Plaza Circ. #401, behind Zoomers. Rev. Gabriella Cahaley officiates worship services on Sundays at 11 a.m. during the season. Other worship events are held on the beach in Fort Myers Beach. See our webpage http://www.newchurchflorida.com/ or call for more information 239-481-5535. 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. Season Of Praise Concert Series Welcomes Courtney To Shell PointThe Village Church at Shell Point Retirement Community will welcome Craig Courtney, American composer/arranger/pianist and senior editor of the Beckenhorst Press to perform on Sunday, March 18. This concert will be held at 6:15 p.m. in the Village Church Auditorium on The Island at Shell Point, and is part of the 2011-12 Season of Praise Concert Series. Because of Craig Courtneys significant contributions of quality sacred music to the church; it will be a very special privilege for our choir to sing his music with him, said Pastor Randy Woods, minister of worship and music for The Village Church. Craigs music gives melody to inspirational messages with his creative compositions and arrangements. Courtney will be in concert with The Village Church Choir. Church community choirs and university choirs around the world enjoy singing Courtneys choral music. This program will feature the inspired stories behind the music that Courtney has composed. Tickets are available for purchase at $10 each and can be purchased online at www.shellpoint.org/villagechurch/events. For more information about the series, call 454-2147. Craig Courtney Taiz Worship With New Church SWFLAll are invited to attend Taiz Worship On The Beach this Sunday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. Presented by the New Church of SWFL; the service involves singing of prayer chants with simple melodies and responsive readings without preaching. Experience Taiz worship in the stillness of the evening on the beach at Newton Park, located at 4650 Estero Blvd. in Fort Myers Beach. They will gratefully accept donations of canned food items for their Emergency Food Pantry. For more information, call Rev. Gabriella at 481-5535 or visit www.newchurchflorida.com. 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 timeTHE BEST WAY TO SEE 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 BOAT RENTALSFishing Cabbage KeyDolphin Watching Captains Available472-5800Jensens Marina Captiva Island Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702 or email press@riverweekly.com


THE RIVER MARCH 16, 201216 Conservancy To Host Free Earth Day FestivalThe Conservancy of Southwest Florida will host its annual free Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 21 at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center, located at 1450 Merrihue Drive in Naples. The earth-friendly event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature special environmental exhibits, vendors, childrens carnival, face-painting, educational presentations, live entertainers and guest speakers. No on-site parking is available at the Conservancy, due to ongoing renovations. Free parking will be available at the Colonial Square complex, just south of the Post Office, within walking distance of the Conservancy Nature Center. Guests will be able to walk across the new road and bridge on Smith Preserve Way, the new entrance from GoodletteFrank Road, to enter the free Earth Day Festival. Electric boat rides will be available hourly until 3:30 p.m. Free admission is made possible by the presenting sponsor, Fifth Third Bank. Other support for the event has been provided by Subaru and Florida Power & Light.For more information about the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, call 262-0304 or visit www.conservancy. org. Earth Day guests participate in a mini Fossil Dig A Conservancy of Southwest Florida intern shows an Earth Day guest how to find hidden treasures under the microscope Six Mile Cypress Slough PreserveImmerse yourself in the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve. Staff and volunteers will offer a wide variety of programs for the public during the month of March. Opportunities along the boardwalk (or in our Interpretive Center) abound to explore nature, the arts and yourself. Guided Nature Walks Offered twice daily (seven days a week), from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and from 1:30 to 3 p.m.Visitors will stroll along our fully accessible raised boardwalk trail with an experienced Volunteer Naturalist. Walk is 90 minutes long and travels three-quarters of a mile. Tour is free with paid parking of $1 per hour per vehicle. No reservations are necessary and no groups of eight or more.Yoga Classes Tuesdays through May 8 from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Relax and restore in the sanctuary of the Slough with Terri Fields in this beginner to intermediate level traditional yoga class. Students must be capable of getting up and down from the floor and must have some ability to stretch and move. The fee is $50 for a six-week session or $10 per class. Meet on the back deck of the Interpretive Center with a mat and towel (a small number of mats will be available for use). Reservations are required by calling 533-7440 or online at www.leeparks.org Tai Chi Classes Thursdays through May 10 from 2 to 3 p.m. This program offered by Vicki ElliotBrown is designed to improve the quality of life for people with arthritis using Sun style Tai Chi. The movements will not require deep knee bending or squatting, which makes it easier and more comfortable to learn. The class will be offered as a six-week session for $60 or you may drop in at any time for $12 per class. (Excluded date is March 22) Reservations are required by calling 533-7440 or online at www.leeparks.org. Working Your Digital Camera Class Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn how to use the various settings on your digital camera to take better pictures. Discover how to use focus, flash, shutter and program controls to make the most of your photo opportunities. Class is taught by Geoff Coe, a professional nature photographer. Geoff will also show you five easy ways to improve your composition. There will be a 45-minute break for lunch (on your own). Reservations are required by calling 533-7440 or online at www.leeparks.org. Contact Geoff at 2091209 with any questions. New Special Program at the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve March 23, 24 and 25 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bill Marple, head tracking instructor of Tom Browns Tracking, Wilderness Survival & Awareness school, will be presenting three very unique classes at the Slough. If you ever wanted to learn about animal tracking, this is a fabulous opportunity! Learn to identify different species of animals in your area at a glance, gain the ability to think like the animal by studying its gait pattern, and unlock the secrets of the ancient Apache Indian Pressure Release System to determine the specific details of an animals movement. You will be amazed at the information you can learn from a single track. There will be plenty of hands-on learning and individual attention. Space is limited to 10 students. Class descriptions and registration are on Bills website at www. billmarple.com. Cost is $110 per class. Bring your own lunch. Call 533-7555 with any questions. For other Slough program information, visit www.leeparks.org or call 533-7550. Friends Gathering Wednesday, March 28 from 7 to 8 p.m. Join the Friends of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve for their monthly gathering. Speaker will be Amy BennettWilliams journalist with the News-Press and author of Images Of America: Along The Caloosahatchee River. Meet in the Interpretive Center. Reservations are required by calling the Friends at 5337557. The Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is a beautiful Lee County Parks and Recreation wetland preserve with a raised boardwalk open to the public seven days a week from dawn until dusk. Visitors to this site will see examples of old Florida in the plants and animals that live there. This natural setting provides the perfect backdrop for Florida wildlife such as wading birds, turtles, alligators, otters, squirrels, woodpeckers, butterflies, dragonflies and more. Opportunities to see wildlife are plentiful whether walking out on the trail or sitting at a pond overlook. For more information, visit www. leeparks.org or contact Heather Gienapp at 533-7556..


17 THE RIVER MARCH 16, 2012 CROW Case Of The Week: Screech Owlby Patricia MolloyHave you ever taken a walk at night and heard a spooky sound from an invisible source? Ever felt the hair stand up on the back of your neck as you imagine being watched by piercing yellow eyes emanating from the dark? Whoohoooooo could it be? Possibly an Eastern screech owl. Unless you are a small mammal or large insect, you have nothing to fear from the majestic raptor that is only seven to 10 inches tall. Screech owls (Megascops asio) are one of the smallest species of owls in the world. They are strictly nocturnal hunters who are difficult to detect during daylight hours due to their habit of occupying the cavities of trees. On March 1, a screech owl was admitted to CROW after it was hit by a car. Upon being X-rayed, it was determined that it had not sustained any broken bones, however, it did have internal bleeding result ing in anemia. Dr. Heather immediately administered pain medication, fluids and iron to help it regenerate its red blood cells. Aft er only 24 hours of care at the clinic, it was standing and perching. While still quite weak from the accident, it was able to eat solid foods with a little help from CROWs team of wildlife experts. Fortunately for Dr. Heather, a raptor does not have a lot of strength in its beak to bite; a screeching owls real power is in its talons (note the raptor gloves being worn in the photos). This rare Eastern screech owl, patient #0400, is expected to make a full recovery and be released under the cover of night. CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Inc.) is a non-profit wildlife hospital providing veterinary care for native and migratory wildlife from the Gulf coast of Florida. The hospital accepts patients seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mail donations to P.O. Box 150, Sanibel, FL 33957. Call 472-3644 or visit www.crowclinic.org. This extraordinary patient being fed by Dr. Heather and gently held by an assistant OUR PATIENTS CANT PAY THEIR BILLS BUT YOU CAN HELP INSURE THE ANIMALS AT CROW CROW Join CROW for Walk on Walk on the the Wild Side 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 for helping insure the care and feeding of our patients


THE RIVER MARCH 16, 201218 Plant SmartCoconut Palmby Gerri ReavesAsk any resident of visitor in South Florida if the iconic coconut palm (Cocos nucifera) is a native, and the answer will likely be yes. After all, doesnt everyone who comes to Florida lounge under a graceful coconut palm and sip from a straw stuck in a coconut? And what about the Marx Brothers 1929 movie The Coconuts, which relied on the iconic palm to recreate Miami on a Hollywood set? In fact, this coastal palm so identified with the Florida tropics originated in the East Indies, but is considered naturalized in parts of South Florida and in the Keys. This graceful wind-resistant tree reaches up to 100 feet tall. With a swollen base and slender gray-brown trunk, it leans, curves or extends over the water, thus creating a convenient natural place to recline on the beach. The trunk has marked rings and cracks, or leaf scars. The feather-shaped leaves or fronds can be more than 20 feet long. Pale yellow plumes of flowers appear on the panicle stems low on the crown. The tree produces both the flowers and its famous fruit throughout the year. Coconuts are about 16 inches in diameter. Immature fruit has a fibrous smooth green outer husk. Inside is jelly coconut that can be scooped out with a spoon or piece of coconut shell. The outer husk ripens to a golden yellow, eventually drying out and turning brown. When it is cracked open, the dark brown hairy shell or nut is revealed. Inside the shell is a layer of snowwhite meat or copra which encases a cavity filled with sweet juice. Without those delectable offerings, there would be no pina coladas, coconut cream pie, Thai coconut soup or macaroons. The flowers and terminal buds are edible as well. The fiber, oil and thatch are economically important. Beginning in the early 1970s, the states population of the symbolic seaside palm has been drastically reduced by the fatal lethal yellowing disease. However, disease-resistant varieties have now been developed. It prefers full sun, moisture and welldrained sandy soil. It is highly saltand drought-tolerant, but suffers from even brief exposure to freezing temperatures. Perhaps because coconut palm was over-planted decades ago or because it propagates easily, the tree is listed as a Category II invasive by the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council. Sources: Trees of Everglades National Park and the Florida Keys by George B. Stevenson, National Audubon Society Field Guide to Florida by Peter Alden et al., and Wild Plants for Survival in South Florida by Julia F. Morton. Plant Smart explores sustainable gardening practices that will help you create an environmentally responsible, low-maintenance South Florida landscape. The coconut palm is deemed the most useful of all palm species for its nuts, thatch, fiber and oil Falling coconuts present a real danger to life and propertyphotos by Gerri Reaves 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 NO IRRIGATION -NO FERTILIZER -NO TRIMMING NO PES T CON T ROL Discover 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! Custom, upsca l e l an d scaping to t any b u d get. www.SeabreezeN u rseries.com (239) 5 60-142 2 Dragon Boat Festival Roars Into Punta GordaLaishley Park will host the Second Annual Punta Gorda Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday, April 14. Racing begins at 9 a.m. Approximately 1,000 Dragon Boat paddlers from across Florida are expected to battle it out on the Peace River and compete for cash prizes. Sponsored by the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce and Charlotte Harbor Paddlers (www. charlotteharborpaddlers.com), this amateur racing event is an official Southeastern Regional Dragon Boat Association (SRDBA) points race. Dragon boating is a co-ed team sport. Twenty people paddle the 40-foot-long dragon boat 400 meters (just less than a quarter-mile) in about two and a half minutes. The 2011 inaugural event attracted more than 3,000 visitors to the destination, with 31 teams and 700 competitors participating. This year promises to attract even more competitors and spectators. The Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce is challenging anyone interested in competing to put a team together to benefit a charity of their choice.continued on page 19


19 THE RIVER MARCH 16, 2012 Caring For Your PlantsA Focus On Florida Royalsby Justen DobbsYouve undoubtedly seen them all over Southwest Florida, especially along McGregor Boulevard: Royal palms (Roystonea regia). Their columnar, concrete-grey trunks, slender emerald-green crownshafts (necks) and gorgeous plumose fronds convey an image of extravagance and luxury. I consider Royals to be the most beautiful Florida native palm, with the Cherry palm (Pseudophoenix sargentii) in close second. Here in Florida, Royals are full sun ready at any size, drought tolerant, easy to transplant and able to live off our native rainfall without any need for irrigation. During our recent record frost in January 2010, we saw 30 to 32 degrees for several nights in a row here in Fort Myers. Almost all Coconut palms (Cocos nucifera), Christmas palms (Adonidia merrillii), and Bottle palms (Hyophorbe lagenicaulis) were badly damaged, whereas the Royals sustained little to no damage. Additionally, Royals here in Florida can live in swampy conditions, with their roots submerged in water for weeks, if not months. During this period, they store water in their thick trunks to be used later during periods of drought. The tallest Royal in the state of Florida can be found at the Edison Home in downtown Fort Myers; last I heard it was around 93 feet tall. This is rare because Royals typically succumb to death by lightening strike once they reach 60 to 80 feet. Florida is, after all, the lightning capital of the world. There are several types of Royal palm species ranging from Florida down into South America. Some of these include the Florida Royal (Roystonea regia), the Venezuelan Royal (Roystonea oleracea), the Puerto Rican Royal (Roystonea borinquena), the Purple Royal (Roystonea violacea), and the Jamaican Royal (Roystonea princeps). The Venezuelan Royal attains the widest trunk diameter and greatest overall height (up to 120 feet in habitat), the Puerto Rican Royals fronds never droop below the horizontal, and the Jamaican Royal has a thin trunk that tends to bend towards the sun as it grows. I recommend Florida Royals for large residential yards and commercial properties. They become a little too large for smaller homes and gardens. Plant them at least 10 feet apart so they have enough space to grow and try to keep them away from driveways and walkways as the dead fronds that fall can weigh up to 70 pounds! Dobbs is a landscape architect in south Florida specializing in custom, upscale landscapes. He can be reached at seabreezenurseries@gmail.com. Thomas Edison and his crew planted the famous row of Royal palms stretching for miles along north McGregor Boulevard An 18-foot Royal palm, such as this one on Fort Myers Beach, costs around $500 to $700 Great Birding At The Big O Birding FestivalThe Big O Birding Festival will be held in LaBelle from March 28 to 31 offering an opportunity to discover the inland natural heritage in neighboring Hendry and Glades counties. Visitors can explore a variety of habitats and home to more than 400 species of birds, including wood storks, Everglade snail kites, limpkins, crested cara cara, swallow-tailed kites and painted buntings and see if you can spot the elusive smooth billed ani. SCCF (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) is once again a sponsor of this Hendry County tourism event. The foundations Rae Ann Wessel will guide a paddle trip through some historic, unique and colorful Hendry County oxbows not included on her regular boat trips on the Caloosahatchee, and Kristie Anders will guide trips on Lake Okeechobee. The event program and registration form can be accessed at www. BigOBirdingFestival.com. A festival activity pass is available that provides four full days of programs and exclusive tours led by prestigious experts, birding activities, scheduled meals, and transportation to and from the guided tour sites including Lake Okeechobee. This years Registration Roost is located at the Port LaBelle Inn, off State Road 80, two miles east of downtown LaBelle. Through March 1 there is a special room rate of $60 per night, available by calling 863-675-4411 and using the promo code: BOBF2012, or logging onto http://www.portlabelleinn.com/. From page 18Dragon Boat Festivalchoice. All that is needed to participate are 20 coworkers, good friends or fellow students. Included in the entry fee are two practices, each of one hour length in the week before the race. Then on Saturday, the team is ready to compete. In addition, area Breast Cancer Survivors are being recruited to form a team. BCS teams from Tampa and Miami have been invited and will show the way for the first time competitors. Registration and additional information about the Second Annual Punta Gorda Dragon Boat Festival can be found on the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerces website, located at http://bit.ly/pgdragonboat.


THE RIVER MARCH 16, 201220 FMB Art Association Upcoming EventsThe following is a list of upcoming events at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association: 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 on shows or classes, call 463-3909 or visit www.fortmyersbeachart.com. Batik Parrots by M. Buelow photo by M Buelow An Astonishing Life At Florida Rep Studio Theatreby Di SaggauAs the one-man-show Tru opens, we find Truman Capote (Mark Chambers) lounging on a gorgeous antique love seat, talking on the phone to a dear friend. His list of friends have dwindled since he wrote his tell-all novel, Answered Prayers. Its early in the evening on December 23, 1975 as Capote parades around his lavish apartment in the United Nations Plaza, on New Yorks East Side. A door bell rings and he is delivered A very horse trough of unspeakable poinsiettas. He says, They are the Bob Goulet of botony. As he hangs up from his friend, he says, I adore you, you precious thing. Dont you ever die. Chambers perfectly captures Capote, with his high-pitched drawl and quirky mannerisms, as he makes reference to many of the more infamous events from his storied life. This includes his 1966 Black & White Ball, dubbed the party of the decade, the struggles he faced writing In Cold Blood, an evening of drinking with Ava Gardner, and how he was raised by three aunts after being abandoned by his mother. I have lived an astonishing life, said Capote. Im not like anyone else. I can type 60 words a minute and Im an alcoholic. He drops a lot of names as he talks to himself and the audience, adding, The only thing being famous is good for, theyll cash your checks in small towns. The play, by Jay Presson Allen, is adapted from Capotes work and taken from his own words. Tru focuses primarily on the alienation Capote experienced after he allowed a chapter from his unfinished Answered Prayers to be published in Esquire magazine. He is devastated that his friends have deserted him, especially Babe Paley. In a mix of primarily one-sided phone calls, reenactments and monologues, Chambers as Capote justifies everything from his salacious writing to his alcoholism with sharp wit and an entertaining delivery. Capote, a conflicted, complex and colorful character, truly was not like anyone else, Christopher Simpsons stylish set contains bookshelves crammed with collectables. Capote calls it The decorators despair. Tru is directed by Jason Parrish and its an incredibly fun production to watch. The show runs through March 17 in Florida Reps Studio Theatre. Tickets have been going fast. If youre lucky, you can still see it by calling 3324488. Mark Chambers as Truman Capote GC Symphony To Present Richard Rodgers SongbookThe Gulf Coast Symphony, Southwest Floridas premier community orchestra, presents renditions of luscious melodies by great American composer Richard Rodgers on Sunday, March 18 starting at 7:30 p.m. This performance features music from some of the most famous Broadway musicals of all time Oklahoma, State Fair, Carousel, The Sound of Music, South Pacific and much more. This onenight-only concert also features performances by Broadway veteran guest stars Lisa Vroman, William Michals and Mark Sanders. This concert is sponsored in part by 21st Century Oncology. Richard Rodgers Songbook takes place at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. Single tickets cost $37, $42, $47 and $57 and can be purchased online at www.gulfcoastsymphony.org, by calling 481-4849 or at the box office one hour prior to the concert. For more information, send an e-mail to amy@gulfcoastsymphony.org. William Michals Lisa Vroman Mark Sanders Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702 or email press@riverweekly.com


21 THE RIVER MARCH 16, 2012 I Love New York Coming To The Davis Art CenterThe Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center will welcome home Zack Dobbins for a one-night performance and art installation, I Love New York: Theres No Place Like Home, on Saturday, March 17. Combining his performing career and success as a sculptor, window designer and conceptual artist in Manhattan, Dobbins not only will give guests a performance of music from Broadway and a never before heard original single from his upcoming album, but will also transform the space at the Davis into his vision of a modern day Oz through the lens of his Manhattan home. Dobbins returns to Fort Myers for his first local performance in more than 15 years. He attended high school at Cypress Lake Center for the Arts and was awarded the Van Sickle Scholarship by the Southwest Symphony Orchestra. He was given a full scholarship to New York University, where he studied acting, singing and liberal arts. Dobbins was cast as the youngest member of the world premiere of Elton Johns and Tim Rices Elaborate Lives (later renamed Aida) and understudied and performed the leading role of Radames. He left the theater and went into the recording studio as well as soldout music venues around Manhattan such as the legendary Joes Pub and the beloved Metropolitan Room. He then, by a twist of fate, was hired to design windows and interiors for Barneys New York on Madison Avenue. Following his passion for fashion design has led him to engagements with icons of modern fashion including Ralph Lauren, Valentino and Tory Burch. Recently, he partnered with longtime friend and designer David Wright to establish Dobbins & Wright Creative. They have created windows and sculpture for brands including Debeers Diamonds, Christian Louboutin, The Soho Grand Hotel and The Tribeca Grand Hotel. Dobbins continues to write and record music as well as act and sing. He and his work have been published in the New York Times, the L.A. Times, ELLE UK, WWD as well as other publications. He said he is thrilled to be home designing and performing and honored to be working for The Sidney and Berne Davis Art Centers I Love New York. Yasuhiko Yaz Fukuoka will accompany Dobbins on piano. An award-winning composer/pianist, Fukuoka began his music career at the age of 15 when a local TV producer discovered him. By the age of 18, he had already composed and arranged for TV, film and concerts. His works include music for orchestra, TV, film, theater, multimedia as well as various concert pieces. Fukuoka has performed at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, Birdland, Webster Hall and Berklee Performance Center, and his works have been performed in North America, Asia and Europe. He resides in New York City and works with various artists internationally. His new orchestra work will be premiered at Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center) in June. Wonderful tapas will be served all evening. Andi Horowitz is chairing the event, which begins at 7:30 p.m. The Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First Street in downtown Fort Myers. Tickets are $75 (non-members) and $57.50 (members). Purchase tickets online at www.sbdac.com or call 3331933. Zack Dobbins Yasuhiko Yaz Fukuoka Independent Film Screening At The AllianceOn Saturday, March 24 from 2 to 3 p.m. the Fort Myers Film Festival will screen independent short films at the Alliance for the Arts, including the documentary Kaziah The Goat Woman. Its the story of goat rancher Kaziah Hancock, who lives close to the earth in a remote valley in Utah. But, she is also known as an American hero for her extraordinary and dedicated work as an artist. She has painted nearly 1,000 oil portraits of fallen soldiers killed since the attacks on September 11, 2001. Hancock also created a foundation called Project Compassion to extend her effort to paint every soldier killed serving their country abroad since 9/11. Its team of artists has now painted more than 2,500 portraits, each of which has been presented to the soldiers family. This film delves into Kaziahs life in polygamy, her escape to freedom, achieving her dreams of becoming an artist and raising her precious goats. After the screening, Fort Myers Film Festival founder Eric Raddatz will present one of Kaziahs portraits to the family of 2nd Lt. Michael McGahan of Orlando. The University of Florida graduate was killed in 2010 while leading a platoon in Afghanistan. He is now buried in Arlington National Cemetery. The event is free, with a $5 suggested donation, a portion of which will go to Project Compassion. The Fort Myers Film Festival runs March 21 through March 25 with screenings at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center and the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. More information is available at www.artinlee.org or www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com. The Alliance for the Arts is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. Does for Charles Bukowski Anita Thompson, author, wife of Hunter S. Thompson Frank Messina, NY Mets Poet Lauren Hutton, actress, super-model Ron Whitehead, Kentucky outlaw poetavailable at www.amazon.comYoure invited to the Release Party!Sun. March 25, 3pmReading, Book Signing, ReceptionSpace 3939 Patio de Leon, Fort Myers, 239.690.0004


THE RIVER MARCH 16, 201222 Ninth Annual Young Artists Awards GalaOn March 4, the Ninth Annual Young Artists Awards Gala was held at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. More than 400 people in attendance viewed the best of performing young artists from throughout Southwest Florida. Thirty-three scholarships were awarded and proceeds from the silent auction benefitted families undergoing the financial challenges of childhood cancer at the Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida. Priscila Navarro was named Audience Choice Award winner and Instrumental Music Category Winner while Misty Drake was named the judges Overall Event Winner. The Young Artists Awards is a notfor-profit organization. More information can be found online at www.youngartistsawards.org. Host Lois Thome of WINK-TV Frank Bireley, Jr., Roger Bireley and Betty Bireley Brian Hamman with 2012 Young Artists Award Winners Halie Boling, Priscila Navarro, Misty Drake, Danielle Marcucci, Sarah White, Lorena Vargas and Katherine Boren Sarah White, dance category winner Instrumental Music and Audience Choice Award Winner Priscila Navarro Edwards Book Signing EventAuthor Jan M. Edwards, a resident of Punta Gorda, will be available to sign copies of her novel, Shadows of Love, on Saturday, March 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Florida Authors Conference at Edison State College, 8099 College Pkwy. in Fort Myers. When Tiffany Long returns to her hometown of Maggie Valley, North Carolina, after being gone for sixteen years, the last thing she expects is to be reunited with an old friend and an old flame. Growing up with an overbearing, immoral father and an alcoholic mother does not provide Tiffany with a fairytale childhood. But when she meets Luke Silvers, she thinks she finally has something to live for. Her father, however, has other plans. When Tiffany graduates from high school, her father ships her off to Washington to live with her aunt and uncle. Determined to make the best of her less-than-desirable situation, Tiffany enrolls in college. When a burglar breaks into her aunt and uncles home and rapes her one evening, Tiffany is distraught. After much prayer and support, Tiffany thinks she is finally getting over her nightmare. She even meets a man, Don Springer. Just as their relationship is getting serious, Tiffany finds out she is pregnant. Don is overly supportive and suddenly proposes. Tiffany, believing Don is the only man who will ever have her, she accepts. She decides to give the baby up for adoption and start married life with a clean slate. Soon after the wedding, Don shows his true colors, becoming both verbally and physically abusive. Fearing for her life, Tiffany leaves him. Her thoughts soon return to the son she gave up for adoption and the man she was forced to leave, Luke Silvers. A meeting in Maggie Valley provides Tiffany with an excuse to reunite with Luke. Although hesitant at first, the couple eventually picks up where they left off sixteen years earlier. Soon, however, painful secrets emerge from Shadows of Love. Is Tiffany and Lukes relationship strong enough to survive? For more information, contact Chris Coffey at 888-361-9473 or ccoffey@ tatepublishing.com. Three Book Signings With NonemakerAuthor Laura Allen Nonemaker will be appearing at three upcoming book signing events, the first of which will be held this Saturday, March 17 at the Harborside Event Center, 1375 Monroe Street in Fort Myers. A resident of Cape Coral, Nonemaker will be signing copies of her latest book, Bennys Angel: A Gods Secret Garden Adventure, from 1 to 4 p.m. Nonemaker will also attend a book signing on Monday, March 19 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Curves, 1213 SE 47th Terrace in Cape Coral and on Saturday, March 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 13751 S. Tamiami Trail (Market Square) in Fort Myers. Who stole the flowers in Gods Secret Garden? Find out in Bennys Angel, a delightful tale which uses animals, nature and a visit from an angel to teach the importance of prayer and the value of trusting God. The book also makes a wonderful addition to an Easter basket. For more information, contact Traci Jones at 888-361-9473 or traci@tatepublishing.com. Anne Douglas, Southwest Florida Community Foundation Send your editorial copy to:press@riverweekly.com


23 THE RIVER MARCH 16, 2012 Florida Pompano with Blue Crab in Citrus Cream 1/2 cup dry white wine 1/4 cup shallots, minced 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 cup heavy cream 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel 8 ounces fresh blue crabmeat Salt and pepper, to taste 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon shrimp boil or seafood seasoning 4 sixto eight-ounce pompano fillets, skinless 1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped Combine wine, shallots and lemon juice in small saucepan. Boil over medium-high heat until mixture is reduced to 1/3 cup. Add cream; simmer 5 minutes until thickened. Add butter cubes a few at a time and whisk until melted. Stir in lemon peel. Add crabmeat to sauce and heat through. Add salt and pepper to taste; set aside and keep warm. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Season fillets with seafood seasoning and add to pan; cook 4 minutes per side until opaque in center. Place fillet in center of serving plate and top with crabmeat. Spoon additional sauce over all; sprinkle with parsley and serve. Yields four servings Nutritional Value Per Serving Calories 760, Calories From Fat 541, Total Fat 61g, Saturated Fat 29g, Trans Fatty Acid 1g, Cholesterol 241mg, Total Carbohydrates 6g, Protein 43g, Omega 3 Fatty Acid 1.29g Look for Fresh from Florida ingredients at your grocery store. Florida Pompano with Blue Crab in Citrus Cream 1101 Periwinkle Way #105, Sanibel, FL 239-472-0044 www.engelvoelkers.com/Sanibel ENGEL & VLKERSFor Showings please call Isabella Rasi: 239-246-4716 EAST END RETAIL CENTERNewly renovated retail center with high visability on Periwinkle toward Lighthouse beach. $1,399,000 List Local. Sell Global. MCGREGOR WOODSSpacious fully furnished Home with 3 BR and 2.5 BA on large lot. Community Pool, Spa, Clubhouse, Tennis, Fishing Pier. Close to beaches, restaurants & shops. SALE PENDING by Di SaggauNorman B. Coffey, a bartender for the Captiva Island Yacht Club, has written an eBook, cleverly titled Behind Bars. Its a novella-length memoir about the things he learned and saw and a lot of the funny things that happened to him during his 44 years tending bar. I laughed out loud reading the first page, but wont spoil it for you by revealing why. Some of the paragraphs involve St. Patricks Day. Theres one about celebrating the holiday in Manhattan, and another on Long Island. You may never view a Bloody Mary in the same light. Youll also enjoy an amusing tale about volunteer fireman in New York and how a dairy strike affected serving Irish Coffee. Youll recognize some local names and locations and youll definitely get a feel for what its like working behind bars. Behind Bars is a quick, easy, fun eBook to read. It contains entertaining stories from a lifetime behind the bar and its available for $2.99 through Amazon, Barnes & Noble or by contacting Norman Coffey at Norman@ TheBehindBarsBook.com. St. Paddys Day Tales Behind The Bar To advertise in The River Weekly News Call 415-7732


THE RIVER MARCH 16, 201224 A College Scholarship Or A $1 Million Twins Signing Bonus The Dilemma Faced By Fort Myers Hudson Boyd by Ed FrankWhen youre 18 years old and have the opportunity to pitch for the University of Florida on a full-ride scholarship or garner a $1 million signing bonus from the Minnesota Twins, which do you choose? That was the dilemma that confronted Fort Myers native Hudson Boyd last summer. The burly fireballing graduate of Bishop Verot High School, whose fastball has been clocked in the high 90s, pondered a decision until the last day and the last hour of the contract-signing deadline before accepting the Twins seven-figure offer. And last week, Boyd was one of more than 100 Twins minor leaguers who reported to spring training at the Lee County Sports Complex. Pro baseball has always been my dream. I need to prove myself to the Twins organization. Im anxious to get going and want to be the best, the six-foot-two, 240-pound Boyd said. The youngster was selected by the Twins in the first round (55th overall player) of the 2011 Major League Draft after a phenomenal high school record. In his senior year he went 12-0 with a miniscule 0.46 ERA with 123 strikeouts in 73 innings pitched. That included a complete game shutout in the Class 3-A state semifinals. A fast ball and a curve ball are his favorite pitches and, in fact, Baseball America, the bible of professional baseball, rates his curve ball as the best in the Twins minor league system. He smiled when told of this distinction, saying, I have to learn to be more consistent. Boyd knows full well that high school baseball and professional baseball, even at the lowest level, are far different. After spring training and extended spring training, Boyd is likely to be assigned to the rookie Gulf Coast League Twins whose home field is at the Lee County Sports Complex. I grew up watching the Twins here in spring training so it will be pretty neat starting out in my home town, he said. Despite his youth, the young pitcher showed maturity on several accounts. He still lives with his dad to save money and has turned to an uncle, who is a financial planner, to manage his hefty signing bonus. I got what I was asking for what it would take to pass up college, Boyd said, but that doesnt mean he will forego a college education. Professional baseball clubs provides college scholarships for their players, and Boyd plans to enroll in some online courses once he settles in on his pro career. In his outstanding high school play, Boyd also served as designated hitter when not pitching. As a senior, he batted .391 with nine home runs and 39 RBIs and drove in the winning run in a 4-3 victory over Pensacola Catholic in the 3-A championship game. But he was quick to say that he was drafted by the Twins for his pitching, and that will be sole concentration in professional baseball. Weve written so often and its a proven fact that minor league baseball here, the Gulf Coast League Twins and the Fort Myers Miracle, have developed numerous major league stars. But Hudson Boyd might be the first Fort Myers native to earn that distinction. The New Florida Tarpons Win First Game The Florida Tarpons are the fourth local indoor football team the first three failed but the Tarpons of the Ultimate Indoor Football League got off to a good start last week defeating the Mississippi Hound Dogs 58-35 at Germain Arena. The Tarpons were led by quarterback Brian Harris, a veteran of two seasons with other indoor football teams, who threw for six touchdowns. Tarpons co-owner Andrew Haines was pleased with his teams first-game performance and the attendance at Germain. He said approximately 4,000 tickets had been sold for the contest. Florida does not return to action until Sunday, March 25, when it hosts the Lakeland Raiders. Everblades Win Two of Three on the Road The Florida Everblades improved their post-season hopes by winning two of three games on the road last weekend. The local hockey team split a pair against the Wheeling Nailers and defeated Trenton 8-2 Sunday, moving into seventh place in the ECHL Eastern Conference. The top eight teams qualify for post-season play. The Everblades are home at Germain Arena for three games this week against the South Carolina Stingrays -Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. Fort Myers native Hudson Boyd, left, poses with Jim Rantz, senior director, minor leagues, Minnesota Twins, prior to the start of 2012 spring training Spring Training Home Baseball ScheduleBoston Red Sox JetBlue Stadium Thursday, March 15 St. Louis Cardinals; 2:35 p.m. Friday, March 16 Minnesota Twins; 7:05 p.m. Saturday March 17 Baltimore Orioles; 1:35 p.m. (split squad) Monday, March 19 Minnesota Twins; 1:35 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 Toronto Blue Jays; 7:05 p.m. Minnesota Twins Hammond Stadium Thursday, March 15 Pittsburgh Pirates; 1:05 p.m. Friday, March 16 Baltimore Orioles, 1:05 p.m. Sunday, March 18 Pittsburgh Pirates; 1:05 p.m. Thursday, March 22 Baltimore Orioles, 1:05 p.m. 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 Red Sox, JetBlue Launch Community Corner ProgramAs part of their continuing outreach efforts, the Boston Red Sox and JetBlue are helping raise awareness of and support for local community groups through their second annual day-of-game initiative, the JetBlue Community Corner program. JetBlue is the sponsor of JetBlue Park at Fenway South, the Red Soxs new 106-acre spring training and player development complex located at 11581 Daniels Parkway in Fort Myers. A different non-profit organization will occupy a kiosk booth on Fenway South Drive at each home game where they can distribute information to the 11,000 fans that regularly attend Red Sox spring training games. The JetBlue Community Corner initiative invites nonprofit groups to bring a small number of volunteers to a Spring Training game to distribute literature and bring awareness about their organization to fans attending a game at JetBlue Park, said Katie Haas, director of Florida business operations. JetBlue strives to be a part of the communities we serve, said Tracy Morgan, airport manager Fort Myers, JetBlue Airways. We have proudly served Lee County for more than 11 years and we are excited about this new partnership which will allow us to encourage Red Sox fans to also become engaged in this great community. Community Corners include: Thursday, March 15 vs. St. Louis Island Coast AIDS Network Friday, March 16 vs. Minnesota Special Equestrians Monday, March 19 vs. Minnesota Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium Tuesday, March 20 vs. Toronto Wake Up America Thursday, March 22 vs. New York Brotherhood Ride Saturday March 24 vs. Philadelphia March of Dimes Tuesday, March 27 vs. Tampa The Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida Thursday, March 29 vs. Toronto Cajun Classic Foundation Sunday, April 1 vs. Minnesota The Harry Chapin Food Bank Monday, April 2 vs. Washington PACE Center for Girls The April 1 game will feature a food drive for the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Ticket holders are asked to bring non-perishable food donations to these games.


25 THE RIVER MARCH 16, 2012 Team Kurokawa Earns 33 MedalsAthletes with Fort Myers-based Kurokawa Martial Arts won 33 medals at the Florida District Karate Championship in Fort Pierce on February 25. More than 350 athletes representing teams from throughout Florida competed at the tournament, sponsored by the Amateur Athletic Union. At the championship event, Kurokawa founders Dr. Timothy Brooks (Soke) and Lady Teruko Kurokawa-Brooks were introduced as special guests. They have been proponents of the art of authentic karate for almost 50 years. Team Kurokawa, now in its second year, was among the largest at the tournament. Team Kurokawa athletes, coaches and referees who participated included Zoe Apicella, Anthony Barbato, Joel Coffin, Justin Coffin, Nathan Coffin, Jacob Corey, Kent Corey, Halley Deleeuw, Ben Diaz, Carmen Diaz, Fernando Espinoza, Dillon Fretwell, Bryant Grafton, Jean Gruss, Sam Gruss, Andrew Hanlon, Jay Herbst, Nicole Herbst, Damon Lamont, Taylor Lamont, Jeff Lentz, Matthew Lentz, Alex Martinez, Jose Martinez, Jeanne Michelle McCaughey, Max Modica, Sofia Modica, Bryan Niven, Sardor Nosirov, Caleb Owens, Donavon Owens, DonAngelo Vaccaro and Elise Vertich. For more information about tournament participation, karate, or to view pictures from this event, go to www.fortmyerskarate.com. Team Kurokawa won 33 medals at a recent karate tournament Diamond Dinner At JetBlue ParkThe Lee Memorial Health System Foundation announced last week that tickets are now on sale for the Boston Red Sox Childrens Hospital 15th Annual Diamond Dinner, scheduled for Tuesday, March 27 at 6 p.m. This one-of-a-kind event offers guests the opportunity to dine on the beautiful grounds at JetBlue Park. Guests will enjoy a delicious dinner provided by Outback Steakhouse of Fort Myers, an interactive panel discussion with Boston Red Sox players and management and the chance to bid on a great selection of fantastic auction items including handsigned Boston Red Sox memorabilia and a chance to watch a game from atop Fenway Parks famed Green Monster. Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine (scheduled to appear) serves as Honorary Chair for the event. Proceeds will benefit an expansion of The Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida. All funds raised will be matched dollar for dollar by a generous philanthropist. Tickets are $50 per person or $375 for a table of eight. Children under 10 are $20 per ticket. To purchase tickets or for more information, e-mail BostonGolf@leememorial. org or call the Lee Memorial Health System Foundation office at 343-6067. Tickets to the March 27 game are not included in the Diamond Dinner ticket price. In the event of inclement weather, attendees are asked to consider their ticket purchase a donation to The Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida. Man About Town Fundraiser HeldAttorney Heather Fitzenhagen, marketing director of Condo & HOA Law Group, PLLC, hosted Man About Town, a fundraising event featuring a GQ-style mens fashion show with celebrity models that included Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott, Fort Myers Police Chief Doug Baker, Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson, chef Brian Roland and NBC-2 reporter Chad Oliver. The event raised thousands of dollars to benefit the local American Red Cross chapter, and was held on March 1 at Saks Fifth Avenue in the Bell Tower Shops. Man About Town also featured specialty beer and fine wine tastings, BLACK by Norman Love Confections, a selection of hearty appetizers prepared by top chefs at CRU, Blu Pointe Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill, Bistro 41 and TGI Fridays, and amazing raffle items from Eyetopia, Key West Boutique, Grimaldis Pizzeria, Trini In Private, Thistle Lodge and more. Fitzenhagen is one of the celebrity dancers for StarStruck 2012, the annual fundraising gala for the Red Cross, which will be held on Saturday, March 24 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort. She hosted Man About Town to raise money and build awareness for the American Red Cross. Sponsors for StarStruck 2012 are Condo & HOA Law Group, PLLC; ICI, The Martel Agency; White House Black Market; Wittenborn Plastic Surgery; and Home-Tech. Sheriff Mike Scott, Chad Oliver, Andrew Sicnolf, chef Brian Roland, attorney John Agnew, Police Chief Baker, David Collins and Maxwell Thompson Gina Birch, Lora Ulrich, Stephanie Davis and Bob Goodman Gina Birch and Brian Simon Sheriff Mike Scott and event host Heather Fitzenhagen Anne Wittenborn and Nicole Laquis Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702 or email press@riverweekly.com


THE RIVER MARCH 16, 201226 School Smartby Shelley M. Greggs, NCSPDear Shelley, There are many slogans that support the importance of reading for children such as Reading Is Fundamental, Blast Off With Books, Reading Rocks and many, many more. These slogans are all true. Being a competent reader and having a love of reading are two of the most important behaviors for children to acquire. Childrens literature started to become popular in the early 1800s with Mother Goose and The Brothers Grimm tales and stories. In 1837, novels for children appeared and illustrated childrens books became widely available in the 1890s. Since then we have seen this genre develop and grow enormously. Childrens books now make up about 25 percent of all books sold. Childrens literacy is a major focus for both parents and educators. Literacy skills are strongly linked to success in school and in life. Access to books is a key factor for developing reading skills. Studies indicate that the number of books in the home typically can predict a childs achievement. In middle-income neighborhoods, the ratio is 13 books per child. In low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is one book per 300 children. Outcome data are not favorable for children with low literacy levels. Half of youth with substance abuse problems have reading problems and only 2 percent of children with low literacy skills graduate from a four-year college. Further bad news is that 85 percent of all juveniles who have contact with the juvenile court system are functionally non-literate, that means that they read at about a third grade level. In 2003, the National Institute for Literacy reported that limited literacy skills cost businesses and taxpayers approximately $20 billion a year in lost wages, profits and productivity. Clearly literacy skills must be a primary focus for families and schools. Teaching children to be strong readers will give them many more opportunities for a successful life. Right now as many of our textbooks and pleasure reading books shift to a digital format, we may be able to encourage children to read more since the digital format offers many interactive tools to aid reading skills, But no matter the format, the key to reading is access to books and encouragement to read. In the United States, March is National Reading Month, which began March 2 with National Reading Day in honor of Dr. Seuss birthday. There are many celebrations, contests and activities held all over the country to engage both children and adults in this most wonderful pastime. Locally, one of the best events to celebrate reading is the Southwest Florida Reading Festival. This years Festival will be held at Centennial Park, on Saturday, March 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be authors for all to meet, book signings, presentations, story telling, technology exhibits, contests and, of course, food. The event is held rain or shine and it is free to attend. For a schedule of events see http:// readfest.org/. See you there! 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. FGCU Hosts Spring Expo Open HouseThe public is invited to attend the Graduate Studies Spring Expo to learn about graduate, doctoral and certificate programs offered at Florida Gulf Coast University from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 in the Cohen Center ballroom. Faculty and staff will be available to discuss programs in business, counseling, criminal forensic studies, criminal justice, education, English, history, mathematics, environmental science and studies, health professions, public administration and social work. In addition, FGCU offers certification and continuing education programs for career enhancement. Representatives from FGCUs Testing Center, Financial Aid and Scholarship Office will provide information about their services. The Graduate Studies staff will discuss admission requirements. Prospective students are encouraged to RSVP by e-mail at graduate@fgcu.edu or call 590-7988. Financial FocusGiving Your Portfolio A Spring Cleaningby Jennifer BaseySpringtime is almost here. If youre like many people, the arrival of spring means its time to spruce up your home. But why stop there? This year, consider applying some of those same spring-cleaning techniques to your investment portfolio. Here are some ideas you may want to put to work: Get rid of clutter. You probably dont have to look too far around your home to find things that are broken or simply no longer useful to you. If you poke around your portfolio, you might make similar discoveries: an investment that has chronically underperformed, duplicates another investment or met your needs in the past but is less relevant to your current situation and goals. Once you identify these types of investments, you may decide to sell them and use the proceeds to take advantage of opportunities that may prove more valuable to you. Consolidate. Over the years, you may have accumulated multiple versions of common household items brooms, mops, hammers which pop up mysteriously in various parts of your home. You might find it more efficient, and even less expensive, if you consolidated all these things in one centralized location. As an investor, you also might find that consolidation can offer you some benefits. Do you have one Individual Retirement Account (IRA) with one financial services provider and a second IRA with another? Do you have a couple of old 401(k) accounts with former employers? And have you scattered investments here, there and everywhere? By consolidating all these accounts in one place, you can cut down on paperwork, reduce fees and, most importantly, unite your investment dollars so that its easier for you to see what you have and then follow a single, coherent investment strategy. Prepare for turbulent weather. As you know, springtime can bring heavy rains, hail, strong winds and other threats to your home. As part of your overall spring cleaning, you may want to check the condition of your roof, clear branches away from your house, clean your gutters and downspouts, and take other steps to protect your property from the ravages of Mother Nature. And just as you need to safeguard your home, youll want to protect the lifestyles of those who live in that home namely, your family. You can help accomplish this by reviewing your life and disability insurance to make sure its still sufficient for your needs. Get professional help. You may find that you cant do all your spring cleaning by yourself. For example, if your carpets and rugs are heavily soiled, you may need to call in a professional cleaner. Or if your tree branches have grown out of control, you might need to bring in a tree trimmer. Similarly, when you decide to tidy up your portfolio, youll need some assistance from a financial professional someone who can study your current mix of investments and recommend changes, as needed, to help ensure your holdings are suitable for your risk tolerance, time horizon and shortand long-term goals. Spring cleaning can reinvigorate your home and your overall outlook. And by tidying up your investment portfolio, you can help gain some of that same optimism for your future. Jennifer Basey is a financial advisor in Fort Myers. She can be reached at jennifer.basey@edwardjones.com. CATS & DOGS Locals Named To Honor ListThe following students were named to the Honor List of Oxford College, the two-year liberal arts division of Emory University located in Oxford, Georgia, for the 2011 fall semester. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher to be named to the Honor List. Amelia Van Pelt of Cape Coral daughter of James Van Pelt of Fort Myers and Margaret Van Pelt of Cape Coral. William Heise IV of Fort Myers son of William Heise III and Beth Heise. Emory University is known for its demanding academics, outstanding undergraduate experience, highly ranked professional schools and state-of-the-art research facilities. Emory encompasses nine academic divisions as well as the Carlos Museum, The Carter Center, the Yerkes National Primate Research Center and Emory Healthcare, Georgias largest and most comprehensive health care system. Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702 or email press@riverweekly.com


27 THE RIVER MARCH 16, 2012 Condo and HOARequirements For Condo And HOA Board MeetingsBy Richard D. DeBoest II, Attorney at LawCertain legal requirements must be adhered to for all board meetings of condominium and homeowner associations. I will outline them in the next two columns. 1. Notice of all general board meetings must be posted at least 48 hours in advance on the property at a pre-designated location for posting notices. Board meetings at which special assessments are to be considered, the budget adopted or rules affecting the use of a parcel adopted must be noticed by posting and mailed to all members at least 14 days in advance of the meeting. 2. Owners are entitled to attend all board meetings. 3. The only exception to the foregoing rule is when the board is meeting with the associations attorney to discuss proposed or pending litigation, or the board is going to discuss personnel matters. In such cases, the homeowners may be excluded from the meeting. When a meeting is to be closed, the meeting should be noticed but the notice should state that it is a closed meeting. In an emergency the board may meet with less than 48 hours notice or no notice if necessary. Owners may attend the emergency meeting, however, if they learn of the meeting. Very few matters are considered an emergency. As they say, only matters involving fire, flood or blood are an emergency. There is no such thing as meeting in executive session except when the attorney is present or personnel matters are discussed. 4. A personnel matter means a matter involving an employee or prospective employee of the association. Most associations do not have employees, but rather have contracted vendors who are not employees. 5. The notice of a board meeting must include the date, time and place of the meeting and an agenda of the matters to be discussed. If special assessments or rules affecting the use of a unit are to be considered, these items must be specifically identified on the agenda, including the amount of the proposed special assessment. 6. A vote or abstention from voting, on each matter voted upon for each director present, must be recorded in the minutes. This means recording the vote as unanimous in the minutes is improper. You should record each directors vote, i.e. John Doe Yea, Mary Smith Nay, etc.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. Beckwith To Be Featured On VoiceAmericaHope HealthCare Services President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith will be a guest on The Dr. Melanie Show, a web-based talk radio program with 2.5 million listeners worldwide. Beckwith will address the roles of social workers in caring for people with serious and advanced illness. Beckwith received an undergraduate and Masters degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University. She is a Licensed Certified Social Worker and an inductee in The Ohio State University College of Social Work Hall of Fame. She has also been honored by the National Association of Social Workers. The Dr. Melanie Show, hosted by Dr. Melanie Barton, focuses on education and resources related to health and wellness. In observance of National Social Work Month in March, Beckwith and Dr. Melanie will discuss social work issues including care management, managing the activities of daily living; in-home safety; encouraging socialization; and caregiver support. The program will originally be aired on Thursday, March 22 at 1 p.m. on the VoiceAmerica Health & Wellness Channel, online at www.voiceamerica. com/show/1929/the-dr-melanie-show. It will be archived on the site for future access. Samira K. Beckwith 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 Marian Denk Marian Denk phone: 239.395.9159 phone: 239.395.9159 cell: 630.532.4861 cell: 630.532.4861 Karen Whittemore Karen Whittemore phone: 317.339.3464 phone: 317.339.3464 Naples/Bonita Springs Naples/Bonita Springs Tickets: $100.00 per person Tickets: $100.00 per personBENEFITING THEJohn Kanzius Cancer Research FoundationYOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE, PLEASE JOIN USMARCH 25TH, 2012 3:00 TO 7:00 P.M. TRADERS RESTAURANT1551 PERIWINKLE WAY, SANIBELLIVE AUCTION & SILENT AUCTION OILS WATERCOLORS SCULPTURE JEWELRY GLASSAND MUCH MORE! For further information, to make a donation, or to purchase tickets For further information, to make a donation, or to purchase tickets please contact please contact


THE RIVER MARCH 16, 201228 deaRPharmacistAntibiotics Are Stupid: Its Up To You To Be Smartby Suzy Cohen, RPhDear Pharmacist: My son takes an antibiotic for acne and I need one for urinary tract infections. My question is not about natural alternatives I dont believe in that stuff. I just want to know what the side effects are of antibiotics and any other safety precautions. Thanks for letting me pick your brain. TE, Decatur, Illinois There are well over 100 antibiotics and they are the single most frequently prescribed medication of our time. Some people with viral and fungal infections are often prescribed antibiotics, which only target bacteria. Big mistake. Antibiotics are actually derived from mold/fungus so its recommended that you avoid antibiotics if you have any fungal infection or various immune system disorders. The first patented antibiotic was penicillin. We have hundreds of prescription antibiotics today, but prior to that, doctors prescribed colloidal silver, turmeric, oregon grape root, oregano oil, olive leaf extract, garlic or other naturally-occurring antimicrobials. These are all still available in health food stores for others who are interested. Physicians often prescribe antibiotics based on the tissue that is infected. So your son is taking doxycycline, a drug that penetrates the skin cells well, while you are on an antibiotic that goes into your kidney, bladder and/or urethra with the sole task of annihilating foreign bacteria that have taken up residence. Kids with ear infections are often given cephalexin or amoxicillin because those two drugs really get into the ear canal. Some experts suggest taking your antibiotic on an empty stomach to achieve higher blood levels but this often backfires. As a pharmacist for 23 years, Ive noticed that people commonly throw up when they do this, so I think its better to take your antibiotic with food (and keep it down) than to take it on an empty stomach and potentially lose it. The final word on this should come from your personal health care advisor. Antibiotics are stupid. They cant distinguish bad bacteria from good ones, which means your camp of friendly flora or probiotics is destroyed. So to answer your question about long-term side effects, they are tied to the potent drug mugging effect, meaning antibiotic drugs literally mug you of your probiotics. You said you dont believe in dietary supplements, but I would be remiss if I didnt suggest a probiotic supplement (especially those containing lactic acid bacteria) which rejuvenates your gut integrity and replenishes your friendly camp of good gut bugs. B complex would be excellent, too. I promise you, poor probiotic status can lead to unspeakable misery, with problems that put you on a medication merry-go-round. Short term effects are indigestion, stomach pain, gas, nausea, constipation and irritable bowel symptoms. Long-term suppression of probiotics can lead to weight gain, yeast overgrowth, vaginal yeast infections, skin problems, chronic fatigue, body aches, joint pain, immune suppression and a leaky gut (which then promotes sudden food sensitivities to wheat and dairy, for example). That last one is a life-changer! 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. March Is National Nutrition MonthEach March, the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (formerly The American Dietetic Association), the worlds largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, encourages consumers to follow the dietary Guidelines for Americans which were revised in 2010. In 1973, National Nutrition Month was initiated as a week long event and, in 1980, became a month long observation in response to growing public interest in nutrition. March annually gives us an opportunity to remind consumers that there is science and evidence based research they can understand and apply to their everyday lives. As of June 2011, the My Plate theme replaced the My Pyramid by dividing a plate into four sections for each food recommended, with a glass to represent dairy products, all which will benefit us for a lifetime. The 2010 guidelines recommend: Consume increased fruits and vegetables, grains and proteins. Balance calories with physical activities to manage a healthy weight. National Nutrition Month will help to remind ourselves what foods to eat and amounts that should be on our plate, creative ways to combine foods and to think outside the box to make meals both healthy and enjoyable. For more information, visit www. health.gov/dietaryguidelines.org. 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, I have enjoyed very good health and feel compassion for those less fortunate. I have tried to help when people were sick with meals, gifts and taking people to their doctors. I felt that I should help those in need. Recently, I had to have an operation with a long recovery. My friends and those I had helped were nowhere to be found. No telephone calls, cards, food or anything. I was completely dependent on my husband and hired help. I am very disappointed that when in need, I was ignored and I am going to rethink my generosity. Have you heard this from others? Bessie Dear Bessie, Yes, I have. Many people are takers and not givers they accept all of the help from others, but will give nothing in return. Many people in our mobile society just seem to disconnect and keep the focus on themselves and disregard their weakened friends. I recently heard about a family that moved from a third world country to the USA. They were delightful people and showed compassion to their neighbors, and especially to a sick elderly neighbor. Good people are everywhere, but there are also many self-centered individuals who just keep their eyes totally on themselves. Lizzie Dear Bessie, I understand your situation and how you feel. I can relate that to my work life. I have helped many people with increasing their referrals, making introductions and assisting a few start their own business. More times than not, my time and kindness were not returned in any way. I have not stopped helping people because that would change who I am. However, I am a little more selective in my attention. So maybe you should rethink your generosity. You will choose to continue to give to others, but be a little more selective. Pryce Lizzie and Pryces e-mail address is momandmeaging@hotmail.com. A NIGHT FOR LIFE V A NIGHT FOR LIFE VDinner Show to Bene t ORGAN TRANSPLANT RECIPIENTS ORGAN TRANSPLANT RECIPIENTS OF SW FLORIDA, INC. 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29 THE RIVER MARCH 16, 2012 Dr. DaveOprah Called... Dr. Dave!by Dr. Dave HepburnOprah: Is this Dr. Dave, the Canadian? Dr Dave: Depends. Is this Revenue Canada? Oprah: This is Oprah Winfrey. Ill get right to it. Oz is skipping on down the yellow brick road somewhere over the rainbow. Besides, hes a cardiologist and as such we figure he knows little of common topics like toenail fungus. We took one look at you, and immediately we thought FUNGUS! Dr. Dave: I see. Oprah: Wed like you to cohost a show on OWN, a show that deals with embarrassing yet common problems that folks have a hard time discussing with their doctor. Dr. Dave: Well as you know medical integrity is important to me so let me ask, does it pay well? Oprah: Youll make 1/9987239792606206884th of my salary. Dr Dave (hand covering the phone): Honey, were rich! And then I woke up. Sort of. It wasnt really Oprah, but it was close. It was Erin Redden, who is one step away from my wonderfully warped soul sista Heather Hawthorn Doyle, half a step away from Bag Media, a step below Mitt Romney (who bows to Pope Benny Rat), a few feathers away from the archangel Michael and finally, up to Oprah. Like I said... close. The OWN network features shows like Shania Twain Sings Like An Ostrich and Anna and Kristinas Shoplifting Bags. Not a lot of shows with wrenches, Sherman tanks or hockey player hilights, unless theyre undergoing blonde hilights in the latest metrosexual makeover show. No, when it comes to OWN, there are a lot of women involved. The bidet in the executive washroom was a bit of a hint. So, at our very first team meeting, I looked around the room at all of these lovely estrogenic executives. We have decided that the first topic for our show will be... Now Im the kind of guy who prefers to shop at places with a tire or a burger on the roof. I like monster truck rallies and hockey fights better yet, monster hockey fights. If I ever accidentally find myself in the wrong (monarch butterflies and absorbent clouds) aisle at a grocery store, I all but go catatonic. ... will be female orgasms. My jaw fell so hard that it knocked the lint out of my navel. Theyre testing me. I looked around for a camera. Nothing. The little Oompa Loompas running around my frontal lobe were heading to their panic stations. Dr. Dave, as our expert what do you think of... Expert?? I dont even know how to use a bidet, for Oprahs sake! So I dont think were doing that topic first thing. But I might be wrong. We tackle common yet embarrassing medical topics, ranging from foot odor to halitosis to infinity and beyond. And we pop up in malls and bars and such to impart some fascinating, pertinent and very useful tidbits that you the everyday health consumer can use. I have been tutored by bonny Scottish co-host Isla Traquair. Together, we are the stunning and the stunned. And shes very, very funny. Not funny as in Mrs. Hepburn, that son of yours is, well, a little funny. She is worth the price of admission alone. If you dont own OWN you wont see Isla or I, as apparently Oprah doesnt share her shows with ESPN, meaning the only way I will ever get on ESPN is if I climb the hockey glass naked again. To my patients and staff, I beg your forgiveness for the past several months as I have had to leave town to film. Arnold, I will be right back to close up your biopsy wound. Heather, please keep compressions going on Mrs. Bloggins, until Im back. Remember, two breaths for every 30 compressions. So please join me at the ranch for the launch of Buy.o.logic on April 3 at 9:30 p.m. So far it is me, my dog Leo and my wife, who promises to peek her head in during commercials. Ill have peanuts, chips, wobbly pops, fluffy pillows and for those of you so inclined... Ive got a new water fountain in my executive washroom. 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THE RIVER MARCH 16, 201230 Vintners Challenge Takes Wine Fest Over The Top, Nets Record $2 MillionThe 2012 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, held on February 24 and 25 at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club, raised a record-breaking $2 million (net, after expenses) thanks to Joe Anderson of Benovia Winery. In the final minutes, Anderson made a $100,000 pledge and inspired dozens of generous bidders to make additional donations. The proceeds of the event will be donated directly to three charities benefiting childrens health care in our area. The weekend started with nine Chef Vintner dinners held the evening before in host homes from Naples, Miromar Lakes and Bonita Springs to Fort Myers. Special touches and exciting auction lots included the NFL Baltimore Ravens cheerleaders dancing and igniting the auction goers, the celebrity of AC/ DC bass player Cliff Williams, an appearance by a Danica Patrick look-a-like, the trip of a lifetime to Cuba including mass with Pope Benedict XVI and a VIP trip to Benovia Winery in Sonoma Valley. This years Fund A Cause surpassed all expectations by raising more than $400,000 to purchase GE Giraffe baby incubators for The Childrens Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Over the past three years, generous Wine Fest patrons have given enough to purchase seven of these specially equipped beds that mimic the mothers womb. This years Fund A Cause will provide an additional nine incubators. The signature painting created by 7-year-old oncology patient Olivia Ramsey, generated $125,000 in donations. The original piece will be donated back to the hospital and featured along with previous years child art on a wall named in memory of Jerry Schmoyer, long-time supporter of Wine Fest who lost his battle with cancer last year. Professional auctioneer Scott Robertson, voiceover artist Chris Corley and NBC-2s Kellie Burns guided several hundred attendees through Saturdays bidding and festivities at the Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club. Along with the auction, local chefs joined more than a dozen wineries and distributors in the events Grand Tasting of wine and food. The Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida will receive the majority of the proceeds from this years event as the primary beneficiary. Edison State College and Florida Gulf Coast University will receive donations to support Edisons pediatric nursing program and FGCUs music therapy program. We exceeded our expectations again this year, thanks to our very philanthropic supporters. We netted $1.6 million last year, said Steve Machiz, MD, Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest founding chairman. The trustees, dinner hosts, wineries, chefs and donors really stepped up to take this event truly over the top. I am always amazed by the generosity of the wonderful people attending Wine Fest. Northern Trust was the title sponsor of the 2012 Wine & Food Fest. Along with Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club, other supporters of the event included Norman Love Confections, Angelinas Ristorante and Palm Printing Strategic Solutions. The Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest is a signature event of the SWFL Childrens Charities, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides funding to local charities serving local children. For more information, visit www.swflwinefest.org or call 278-3900. Cliff and Georganne Williams with Baltimore Ravens cheerleaders Southwest Florida Food & Wine Fest Trustee Dave Copham with Signature Vintner Joe Anderson of Benovia Winery Host Kellie Burns with Lee Memorial Hospital President and CEO Jim Nathan and auctioneer Scott Robertson Davina & The Vagabonds Continues Outdoor Concert Series At AllianceThe Alliance for the Arts Bruce T. Gora Sunday Sunset Concert Series continues this Sunday, March 18 with Minnesota-based Davina & The Vagabonds. The high energy, five-piece jazz/blues/rock band is known in The Twin Cities as one of the busiest bands in town, averaging more than 300 performances a year. John Bream of the Star Tribune said Davinas voice evokes Adeles with more depth, sass and humor. The band is comprised of Davina Sowers on vocals, piano and ukulele; Michael Carvale on vocals and upright base; Connor McRaie on vocals and drums; Dan Eikmeier on vocals and trumpet; and Ben Link on vocals and trombone. The group rocked the Alliance Concert Series in 2011 and were so well-received theyre back by popular demand. Chairs, blankets and coolers are not only welcome, but recommended. General admission is $20. Rebekah Pulley & Band will conclude the series on April 22. Call 939-2787 or buy tickets online at www.ArtInLee.org. Concerts begin at 5 p.m. and gates open an hour earlier. Proceeds from the concert series benefit Alliance year-round Education and Outreach Programming. Davina & The Vagabonds Davina & The Vagabonds in concert Davina Sowers at the piano


31 THE RIVER MARCH 16, 2012 Foundation Holds Spring Legacy Society ReceptionThe Southwest Florida Community Foundation held its spring luncheon for Legacy Society members on February 29 at Cypress Lake Country Club in Fort Myers. Guest speaker Jim Nathan, president and CEO of Lee Memorial Health System, addressed the 100 attendees on why giving matters from real people offering real solutions for real community change. Santini grant recipients were also presented including Cecilia St. Arnold, program director Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, Jessica Pralle, program manager Boys & Girls Club Charlotte County, Alexis Loukota, student at Port Charlotte Middle School, John Gamba, board of trustees, AFCAAM, Robert Kenny, Ph.D., department chair, Leadership, Counseling and Educational Technology, FGCU and Veronica Torres, Digital U. program student. Legacy Society members include any individual who has established an endowed fund or informed the SWFLCF that, upon their passing, an endowed fund will be established. Being a member of the Legacy Society provides opportunities for meeting other supporters of the community foundation and developing new friendships. The Southwest Florida Community Foundation has been supporting the communities of Lee, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry and Collier counties for 34 years. With assets of more than $59 million, the community foundation has provided more than $48 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves. For more information, call 274-5900 or visit www.floridacommunity.com. Ed Kominowski and Berne Davis Karen and Jim Nathan with Dawn-Marie Driscoll Betty Bireley and Ron Penn Cecila St Arnold, Alexis Loukota and Jessica Pralle John Sheppard, Marilyn Leland and Ellen Sheppard Kathy Bruno, Fred Morgan and Melvin Morgan Al Hanser, Rusty Whitley and Robert Kenny Carolyn Rogers and Robbie Roepstorff John and Gloria Fassett


THE RIVER MARCH 16, 201232 DID YOU KNOW PUZZLE ANSWERS 1. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What term refers to a type of patterned sock or sweater and a region within a country? 2. LOGOS: What is the of cial logo of the Atlanta Braves baseball team? 3. HOLIDAYS: When was Fathers Day rst celebrated of cially? 4. CHEMISTRY: What is the color of sulfur at room temperature? 5. ANATOMY: What human organs are responsible for cleaning waste from blood? 6. HISTORY: In what year did U.S. law require cars to include turn signals? 7. FOOD & DRINK: Which vegetables are used primarily in succotash? 8. BIBLE: What is the longest book in the Old Testament? 9. U.S. GOVERNMENT: Which Constitutional Amendment deals with self-incrimination? 10. MOVIES: What new category was added to the Academy Awards in 2001? TRIVIA TEST1. Argyle (sock and sweater) and the Argyll region in western Scotland 2. A tomahawk 3. 1910 4. Yellow 5. Kidneys 6. 1954 7. Corn and lima beans 8. Psalms, with 150 chapters 9. The Fifth 10. Best Animated Feature. ANSWERSMy Stars FOR WEEK OF MARCH 19, 2012ARIES (March 21 to April 19) This is a good time to reassess important relationships, both personal and professional, to see where problems might exist and how they can be overcome. Keep communication lines open. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Its not easy to bring order to a chaotic situation, whether its in the workplace or at home. But if anyone can do it, you can. A pleasant surprise awaits you by weeks end. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Be careful that you dont make an upcoming decision solely on the word of those who might have their own reasons for wanting you to act as they suggest. Check things out for yourself. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) A personal relationship that seems to be going nowhere could be restarted once you know why it stalled. An honest discussion could result in some surprising revelations. LEO (July 23 to August 22) That unexpected attack of self-doubt could be a way of warning yourself to go slow before making a career-changing decision. Take more time to do a closer study of the facts. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) A workplace problem needs your attention, now, before it deteriorates to a point beyond repair. A trusted third party could be helpful in closing the gaps that have opened. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) A recent family situation could give rise to a new problem. Keep an open mind and avoid making judgments about anyones motives until all the facts are in. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Rely on your always-sharp intuition to alert you to potential problems with someones attempt to explain away the circumstances behind a puzzling incident. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Although you still need to do some snipping off of those lingering loose ends from a past project, you can begin moving on to something else. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) With your self-confidence levels rising, you should feel quite comfortable with agreeing to take on a possibly troublesome, but potentially well-rewarded, situation. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Travel is favored, both for business and for fun. The end of the week brings news about an upcoming project that could lead toward that promised career change. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) You might feel suddenly overwhelmed by a flood of responsibilities. But if you deal with each one in its turn, youll soon be able to hold your head above water and move on. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a wonderful way of offering comfort as well as guidance. You would do well in the healing arts. On March 23, 1836, in hopes of keeping pace with the furious march of technology, the U.S. Mint unveils its first steam-powered press. The new-fangled contraption helped crank out coins more efficiently. On March 25, 1911, at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New Yorks Lower East Side, a fire quickly engulfs the factory and claims 146 lives, mostly young women. Because management had locked the exit doors, many of the garment workers either expired from asphyxiation or leapt from windows -a fatal, 10-story fall. The factorys owners were eventually found guilty on charges of manslaughter. On March 20, 1920, Bugatti delivers its first 16-valve car to a customer in Switzerland. The Bugatti was a symbol of wealth and status, and its cars were equipped with massive racing engines. The renowned American dancer Isadora Duncan was riding in a Bugatti when her trademark long scarf caught in a rear wheel of the vehicle, and she was instantly strangled to death. On March 22, 1947, President Harry Truman issues an executive decree establishing a sweeping loyalty investigation of federal employees in every department and agency. The program uncovered only a few employees whose loyalty could be reasonably doubted. On March 19, 1952, the one-millionth Jeep is produced. The name Jeep is reportedly derived from the Armys 1941 request that car manufacturers develop a General Purpose vehicle. G.P. turned to Jeep somewhere along the battle lines. On March 21, 1971, The Andromeda Strain, the first movie to use computer animation, opens. The sci-fi thriller, featuring scientists racing against time and an alien virus, was the first of many films to be made from a Michael Crichton book. On March 24, 1989, the worst oil spill in U.S. territory begins when the supertanker Exxon Valdez runs aground on a reef in Prince William Sound in Alaska. An estimated 11 million gallons of oil eventually spilled into the water, polluting more than 700 miles of coastline. Its still not known who made this sage observation: Wisdom is divided into two parts: a) having a great deal to say, and b) not saying it. In 1931, the Newspaper Enterprise Association predicted that crime would be nearly gone in 20 years. Do you subscribe to the adage A rose by any other name would smell as sweet? Consider this: Would that teen heartthrob of an earlier day, Bobby Darin, have become so popular if he had been known by his given name, Walden Cassotto? At one time, Canadas CBC network banned the childrens cartoon Rocky and Bullwinkle because of its sometimes unflattering portrayal of the Mounties. The Goodrich company, known primarily for its tires, also invented the first modern golf ball. Sometimes scientists get to express their creativity when they have the opportunity to name things. Take deep-sea sites, for example: in the North Atlantic is the Porcupine Abysmal Plain, Clam Acres is off the west coast of Mexico, and theres a site near the Galapagos Islands called Hole-to-Hell. Those who study such things have found that a sneeze leaves your mouth at more than 100 m.p.h. Donald Ducks middle name is Fauntleroy. The game of chess originated in India in about 2,000 B.C. -it was called chaturanga. And it didnt look quite like the modern version that is played all over the world today. Chaturanga had only four kinds of pieces: elephants, chariots, horses and foot soldiers. A Rochester, Mich., law states that anyone who is bathing in public must be wearing a bathing suit that has been inspected by a police officer. You may do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm. -Colette THIS WEEK IN HISTORY STRANGE BUT TRUE THOUGHT FOR THE DAY SPORTS QUIZ1. Who holds the Los Angeles Dodgers record for longest hitting streak? 2. Since 1940, name the only two players to retire with a career batting average better than .335. 3. Who holds the NFL record for most consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass? 4. Name the last Wooden Award winner (top collegiate player) before Kevin Durant to go on to win an NBA season scoring title. 5. Which No. 1 overall draft pick recorded a hat trick the earliest in his NHL career? 6. Name the only two drivers to win from the pole position in NASCAR Cups Homestead-Miami Speedway. 7. When was the last time before 2012 that no male U.S. tennis player made the nal 16 at the Australian Open?1. Willie Davis hit in 31 consecutive games in 1969. 2. Ted Williams (.344) and Tony Gwynn (.338). 3. Johnny Unitas, 1956-60. 4. David Robinson, in the 1993-94 season. (Durants came in the 2009-10 season.) 5. In 2011, Edmontons Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had three goals in this third NHL game. 6. Bill Elliott (2001) and Kurt Busch (2002). 7. It was 1973. ANSWERS


33 THE RIVER MARCH 16, 2012 Mastersingers Are Paired With Soloists In MarchFour fine voices whose work has been critically hailed not only across the United States but internationally will perform with the Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers in concert on Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25. The Mastersingers are presenting their annual spring concert in Fort Myers and Naples featuring the music of George Frideric Handel, Gabriel Faure and Franz Joseph Haydn. Guest soloists are Candice Hoyes, soprano; Abigail E. Wright, mezzo-Soprano; James Patterson, bass, and Nicholas Houhoulis, tenor. Mastersingers artistic director Jeff Faux announced their appearances by saying, They are superb singers. Two have just finished engagements with the Metropolitan Opera. Our bass, James Patterson, is a local talent who has sung with the San Francisco Opera and many other opera houses around the country. They have all electrified theater and opera goers and were very anxious to bring them to Southwest Florida audiences. Hoyes will be singing the lovely Pie Jesu from Faures Requiem. That movement is the most famous of the composers large works and cited by some as the ultimate Pie Jesu. Her smooth soprano has been recognized in competitions on the east and west coasts and has taken her to Carnegie Hall and the Amadeus Open Ensemble in Salzburg, Austria. Wrights credits range from the popular Nellie in South Pacific to the challenging mezzo-soprano part in Verdis Requiem and performances with the Metropolitan Opera. The Washington Post lauded her portrayal of Mary Boleyn in Anne of the Thousand Days. Wright also received critical acclaim for performing with delicious flair and in impressively good voice as Concepcion. Patterson makes his home in Naples and performs with major operas and symphonies throughout the United States and Canada. Internationally, he has sung in France, Spain and with the Netherlands Opera. He has been praised by some of the most respected critics in the country, including Andrew Porter of the New Yorker who called called him a bass to watch sonorous and beautiful in timbre. Houhoulis is currently singing in Gotterdammerung with the Metropolitan Opera and has also appeared in Met productions of Aida, Boris Gudonov and Khovanshchina. He is respected as an excellent interpreter of romantic and character repertoire. The Fort Myers concert is at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 24 in Faith United Methodist Church. The Naples concert is at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 25 in Moorings Presbyterian Church. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students. To purchase tickets, call 275-5557 (day or evening) or 936-4129 (evenings only). Candice Hoyes Abigail E. Wright James Patterson Nicholas HouhoulisFree Cupcake Concerts Coming To SymphonySouthwest Florida Symphony will present free performances in March, April and May, three each at the Cape Coral Library and the Alliance for the Arts, of a new family ensemble series called the Cupcake Concerts. Part performance, part family outing, these affordable afternoons will spark the imagination of the whole family. The concerts are designed to be educational and engaging. Members of the Southwest Florida Symphonys percussion section, to include principal percussionist Todd Betz and principal timpanist Tom Suta, will present an hour program on Saturday, March 10 at 10 a.m. at the Cape Coral Library (921 SW 39th Terrace, off Mohawk Pkwy.) and on Sunday, March 11 at 2 p.m. at the Alliance for the Arts (10091 McGregor Blvd. in Fort Myers). The program will include the performance of several trios for percussion ensemble, using both traditional and non-traditional percussion instruments. Children will be invited to join in a drum circle and use small hand percussion instruments to learn about pulse, time and rhythm. Instruments will be on location for children to try and also available for parents to take pictures of children with the bass drum, gong, or cymbals. Additional programs in the series are: Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m. at Cape Coral Library Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m. at the Alliance for the Arts Members of the Southwest Florida Symphony Brass Quintet will present a program about the history of the brass instruments. Saturday, May 5 at 10 a.m. at Cape Coral Library Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m. at Alliance for the Arts Members of the Southwest Florida Symphony String Quartet will present a program entitled Dance Music Through The Centuries. The programs are free of charge thanks to the sponsorship of LCEC and the City of Fort Myers. For more information, call the Symphony office at 4180996 or visit www.swflso.org The Cupcake Series is part of an expanded Southwest Florida Symphony educational program that includes an extensive youth orchestra program, ensembles in the schools and most recently a free educational program featuring the entire orchestra that introduced 1,800 students to a live symphonic experience. A Hollywood Night In Black & WhiteDress For Success SW Florida will host A Hollywood Night In Black & White, a red carpet event filled with inspiration, glamour, notable speakers and client success stories from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday,March 28th at Clive Daniel Home in Naples. Guests will be treated to fashion, photos, hors doeuvres and cocktails, entertainment by Daniel Melvin and Christine Bradford singing favorite Hollywood tunes, plus special presentations by Donna Noce, president of White House Black Market, and Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress For Success Worldwide. Barbara Melvin, vice president at Wells Fargo Bank, will emcee the evening. Barbara Dell, executive director of Dress For Success SW Florida, said a highlight of the event will be the makeover reveal and personal testimonies of two clients who overcame tremendous obstacles to become confident, self-sufficient women who are succeeding in the workplace. These ladies have come through the Dress For Success program, worked really hard and have transformed both inside and out, said Dell. In addition to offering motivation, support, and skills training for their clients, Dress For Success also mentors women so they can be successful in their new jobs, including providing them with a free womens professional networking group. Clients of Dress For Success have overcome extreme poverty, homelessness, job loss and domestic violence to become confident, productive and self-reliant. Tickets to A Hollywood Night In Black & White are $60 each or $100 for VIP passes. They can be purchased online at www.dressforsuccess.org/swflorida. All proceeds will benefit Dress For Success SW Florida, so that the organization can continue and expand. Seeing Red At Florida Repby Di SaggauRed, now playing at Florida Repertory Theatre, is a unique character study about a very complex man, artist Mark Rothko. The play begins with the arrival in Rothkos New York studio of a quiet young man, Ken, played by David McElwee. Its 1958 and Ken is there to assist Rothko as he creates a series of paintings intended to hang in the Four Seasons, an upscale Manhattan restaurant in the new Seagram Building. Considering Rothko is a ferocious defender of artistic integrity, this is an unusual commission for him. The abusive Rothko rails and pontificates about art history, and his contemporaries such as Pollack, Warhol, Lichtenstein and Rauschenberg. continued on page 38 William McNulty and David McElwee


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REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE VACATION RENTAL VACATION RENTAL ANNUAL/SEASONAL ANNUAL 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 16, 201237 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 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 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 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. Price reduced to $69,900. Ground rental $541.66/mo. Key at of ce. Dorisdavenport@hotmail.comRR 3/9 CC 3/30 NEWLY DECORATED 1BR APTTV, WI, hot tub, bikes, 5 minute walk to beach. $105 per night, Sorry no pets, please call 239-433-1660 request e-mail picturesNR 3/9 CC 3/16 DUNES SEASONAL RENTAL3 BR, 3 Bath home with pool Lake views, fabulous sunsets Master suite with jacuzzi Available Sept 2012, 3 month minimum Call 860-559-5471NR 3/9 CC 3/30 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. RS 3/2 NC 3/30 WALK TO BEACHAdorable 2 bedroom 1 bath. 1/2 of duplex. East End of Sanibel Great Monthly rates! Call Bob 410-913-2234 or email tidewaterbob@comcast.netRR 3/9 CC 3/30 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.netBOATERS ALERT: This lot has more than 200 feet on a direct access canal, 10,000 boat lift in place, cleared of pepper, on sewer, City water and ready for your house plans. Large enough parcel to handle just about any house plans! Now asking $389,555 RR 3/16 CC 3/16 2 OPEN HOUSES SUNDAY MARCH 18 + PICK UP GLENNS REAL ESTATE THE CARRETTA REPORT2294 Wulfert Rd 4/4 lake front pool, spa, den includes nanny quarters, crown molding, high ceilings, replace, walls of windows, EIK with granite and corian all new window protection,3600+ sq. living + NEW price adjusted to $ 1,037,000. Mostly furnished. (Sancap north past Sanibel School to Wulfert Roadtake R, then rst L past Troon Court, go about 4 homes on right. Look for address on mailbox. Real estate signs not allowed) Time for Wulfert open is 10am1pm phone Glenn for more information 239-850-9296! teamsanibel.com 1314 Isabel Drive Bay fronts Best Opportunity! 150 Bay front, nearly 1/2 acre. Bay front pool and bay front views are focal point for classic ranch style 4000+ sq. residence. Dream views from everywhere...perfect for extended family or nanny privacy. Must see the family room with stone replace and walls of windows... New Price adjusted $2,194,000. Go to 1314isabeldr.com for photos and video. Optional safe harbor dock available. (From Periwinkle go to Bailey Rd to Bay Drive to Isabel) Time for Isabel open 2PM6PM phone glenn for more information 239-850-9296 Glenn Carretta Broker Associate John R. Wood Island Real Estate Inc. 239-850-9296 www.TeamSanibel.com NR 3/16 BM 3/16 AFFORDABLE YEAR-ROUND OR SEASONAL LIVING ON BEAUTIFUL SANIBEL!Less than a half mile walk or bike ride to shelling and white sand beach swimming. Modi ed permanent travel home in a quiet restricted private Periwinkle Park. Original 35Z Prowler Regal Trailer was professionally elevated 3.5 feet and made semi-permanent with central air conditioning/heating and electric hot water. Installed a 9.5 feet wide by full 35 feet long addition consisting of a bedroom, 7foot wide clothes closet and a living/dining area. The added space provided room for a combination washer/dryer, a second full size newer refrigerator and a pantry. Original trailer area contains an of ce/ computer room, a dinette area that can be adjusted to provide extra sleeping place, and a family/TV room. New air conditioning/heat and humidistat in 2011; new PEX piping in 2009. Fully furnished with beautiful wood grain cabinets; includes two sofas that convert into extra beds and has two ceiling fans. Professional window treatments throughout with new screens in 2011. Basement area has a cement oor, ve access doors and is excellent for storage. Has outside lighting for outdoor grilling. Cement block walkway leads to a secluded patio that is furnished with a table and chairs with an umbrella. Front door has a cement walkway with stairs to a covered landing. Lot rent is approximately $6500/year including water and sewer. Buyer must interview with and be accepted by Periwinkle Park management and agree to Park terms and conditions. Secure your place in paradise today! Only $69,000 239-395-2630 NR 3/16 CC 3/16GUEST HOUSE FOR RENT1245 Buttonwood Lane on San Marcos Bay private pier, private pool, 2bed/2bath. Ideal for entertaining and shing. $750 a month, option for reduced rent with minimal care taker duties. Call 319-210-4010. NS 3/16 PC 4/6 EAST END2 BR-2 BA. Heated Pool-Canal Dock. One Story-Unfurnished. 395-1786RR 3/16 CC 3/23 MASTIQUE HIGH RISELocated two miles from the causeway. Three b/r, two bath over 2,000 sq. ft. plus large lanai. This 10th oor unit overlooks a 25 acre natural lake and has expansive views of the Gulf and Sanibel. The gated community offers a large clubhouse with state of the art tness room, pool/card room, media room and kitchen, walk-in heated pool, large spa,tennis courts and lakeside walking path. There is a shing dock and boats for the use of residents. Assigned parking for two cars and a large storage room. Annual rental of $1,700 includes cable and internet. Unfurnished. Contact owner at 267-1148 or 516-967-3789.NR 3/16 CC 3/23 GARAGE SALECombined Family Sale Wicker, furniture, antiques, craft supplies, many household treasures, LPs 1457 Sandcastle, Sanibel Sat Mar 17, 9am-1pm NS 3/16 PC 3/16 GREAT BIG YARD SALELots of Art, Supplies, Books, Jewelry and household items. Friday 03/16, 9-3, and Saturday 03/17, 9-2. 1429 Jamaica Drive, off the Sanibel-Captiva Road. New items both days. Early birds will be shot!NR 3/16 CC 3/16 FINAL MOVING SALESaturday, March 17 8am 1pm 1684 Bunting Lane, Sanibel Gumbo LimboNR 3/16 CC 3/16


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 415-7732THE RIVER MARCH 16, 201238 Free Autism Screening For Young Children The Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida, in partnership with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida, offers a free monthly autism spectrum disorder screening for toddlers 18 months to 5 years of age. The next screening will be held on Friday, March 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sanctuary Outpatient Center, 8950 Colonial Center Drive in Fort Myers. It is estimated that one in every 150 children is diagnosed with some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder, making it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. Medical consultants for the project stress that an early diagnosis can make a vast difference for toddlers and their families. They say early intensive behavioral intervention can make an immense difference not just in the development of the child, but in their families as well. The ASD screening is conducted by the Neurosciences Center at The Childrens Hospital, under the guidance of pediatric neurologist Jose Colon, MD, MPH. The screenings are administered by an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, who has extensive training and experience in typical child development and developmental disorders. A physician referral is not required. To schedule a screening, call 343-6838. From page 33Seeing RedAt one point he says, Do you really think that an Andy Warhol will be hanging in a museum 100 years from now? He smokes almost non-stop as he complains about the stupidity and ignorance of people, the corruption of commercial success, and anything else that comes to mind. Its no surprise that the young man can only take the verbal abuse for so long. He explodes and hurls mouthfuls of insults back at Rothko. This prompts the artist to re-evaluate his young helper. They form a bond during a theatrical sequence in which they prime a large canvas with an undercoat of red paint as classical music blares. Talk about a powerful scene. The set by Richard Crowell is impressive, representing Rothkos hermetically sealed industrial studio the artist hated natural light. McNulty and McElwee make their Florida Rep debuts in this powerful drama. Both throw themselves into their roles with great force and skill. McNulty plays Rothko with great defiance and McElwee is equally impressive as the young assistant enthralled with his mentor. A movie is in the works with Broadway stars Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne in their original roles. Directed by Robert Cacioppo, Red is the kind of play that gets you thinking. You dont have to appreciate Rothkos contributions to the art world to enjoy this crowd pleasing production. Its a 90-minute show with no intermission and its one that will sell out fast, so order tickets now. Call the box office at 332-4488, or go online at floridarep.org. Red plays through March 25. Florida Repertory Theatre is in the Historic Arcade Theatre on Bay Street between Jackson and Hendry in the Fort Myers River District. Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702or email press@riverweekly.com


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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-2092-12The public is invited and many of these events are Shell 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! UpcomingEvents2012 FREEMar.18 Composer/Arranger Craig Courtney at 6:15pm. Prolific American composer/ arranger/pianist and Senior Editor of Beckenhorst Press, Craig Courtney, will be in concert with The Shell Point Village Church Choir. This program will feature the inspired stories behind the music that Courtney has composed. Tickets are $10. Call (239) 454-2147or visit shellpoint.org/villagechurch/events.Mar.19 The 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.Mar.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 of the community. Light refreshments will be provided.Call (239) 466-1131 for reservations.Mar.21 The Crucix in Art and Artistic Portrayals of Women in the Biblefrom 10:15am to 2:45 pm. During this Lunch and Learn from the Academy at Shell Point, Professor Roxanne Precopia will offer two sessions about art in religion.Tickets are $25 (box lunch with the lecturer included). Call (239) 454-2054 to reserve your place.Mar.22 Senior Living Speaker SeriesHow to Approach a Parent about Assisted Livingat 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. Join Rita Southern as she explains everything you need to know about Assisted Living and tour our new assisted living facility, The Springs at Shell Point. Call (239) 454-2077 to reserve your place.Mar.23 Bruch and Beethoven Southwest Florida Symphony at 7:30pm. The shifting harmonies reflect the dreaminess of a lonely lover in Voyage by the celebrated Academy Award (The Red Violin) winning composer, John Corigliano. Bruchs Violin Concerto in G minor is one of the most popular violin concertos in the repertoire. Tickets are $20 each. Call (239) 454-2067 or visit shellpoint.org/concerts. FREE! (239) 466-1131 www.shellpoint.org Visit www.shellpoint.org/LES for full listings of this months events! FREETHE RIVER MARCH 16, 201240