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FREETake Me Home VOL. 11, NO. 50 DECEMBER 21, 2012From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort MyersRead Us Online at IslandSunNews.com CCMI Receives 25 Pounds Of Tilapia From Island Coast High SchoolCommunity Cooperative Ministries, Inc. (CCMI) received 25 pounds of filleted tilapia from the recent harvest of Island Coast High Schools Academy of Natural Resources. Here at the academy, we teach the students the importance of conserving and creating as much food as we can with as little resources as we have, said Joe Mallon, Island Coast High School teacher. And if were doing well in our learning and conserving, why not share with the rest of the community, especially those in need? We plan to continue sharing with CCMI and the community as we prepare our next harvest in six weeks. Island Coast High School partnered with the University of Florida to create a one-of-akind academy in Lee County, the Academy of Natural Resources. The academy enrolls 150 students from Lee County who learn about aquaculture, aquaponics, aeroponics, alternative energies, ecological restoration and environmental stewardship. The Academy of Natural Resources provides a foundation for students planning to pursue a career in the environmental job market. Our goal is to create on ongoing partnership between Island Coast High School and CCMI, said Cherrie Sukovich, Academy of Natural Resources advisor who helped develop the program. This recent harvest donation benefits everyone involved, as the students learn the importance of giving back while CCMI is able to provide fresh food products to the population it serves. The academy plans to continue donating to CCMI with its next harvest of prawns and vegetables. In addition to the academys tilapia fillets, Mallons students donated hydoponically grown herbs and sprouts from their aquaculture classroom, while the Educational Concerns for Hunger Organizations (ECHO) donated crates of mangos and papayas continued on page 13 Meghan Madden, Tracey Galloway and Joe Mallon Adam Ceresa and Tracey GallowayFestival Of Trees Breaks Event Fundraising RecordGoodwill Industries 6th annual Festival of Trees and Tux & Trees Gala, presented by FineMark National Bank & Trust, was another successful fundraiser. The combined events raised a record $95,000 to support the Southwest Florida Goodwill Foundation. By comparison, last years Festival and Gala raised $56,000. The Festival of Trees is a week-long showcase of holiday trees, each beautifully decorated by Southwest Florida businesses, organizations, and individuals. More than 6,000 continued on page 7 Attendees mingle during the 6th annual Tux & Trees Gala on December 1Jazz Jam Session At Music WalkOn Friday, December 21, the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center will host a Jazz Jam Session with bass player Kevin Mauldin, drummer Richie Iannuzzi, and pianist Danny Sinoff. The performance will take place during Music Walk from 7 to 10 p.m. After the creative energy and swinging sound of this trio of celebrated musicians, stay for the party the Dancing at the Davis/ Hollywood Glamor Party, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. The Art Center is located in the River District in downtown Fort Myers, at 2301 First Street. Mauldin began playing bass at 13, in the Memphis City Schools system. He got his bachelors of music from Memphis State University and then a masters of music degree in instrumental performance from Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. He then won the position of principal bass in the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Association, keeping his improvisational skills by mixing with the local jazz scene there. After Chattanooga, Mauldin began his career in Naples playing in the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra (1990 to now) and the University of Miami (2000 to 2010). He has kept in touch with the local jazz scene, playing with artists from Naples and Southwest Florida. Ianuzzi is one of Southwest Floridas most reliably swinging and in-demand drummers. He hails from Toronto, where he started his first road band at the age of 18. He toured the Eastern Provinces until a move to Boston to attend the Berklee Collegecontinued on page 5 Danny Sinoff Quintet Merry Christmas

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Historic Downtown Fort Myers, Then And Now: Frierson House on Riversideby Gerri ReavesPictured in this undated early twentieth-century photo is the home that Taylor and Anna Dagenhardt Frierson built in East Fort Myers on the Caloosahatchee River not far from the mouth of Billys Creek. The couple had come to Fort Myers from Tampa in 1879 after marrying the previous year. Many family members, including Taylors parents, Major Aaron and Mary Wall Frierson, had already settled in town. Taylor was enterprising in a variety of endeavors, including real estate investments, orange groves on Twelve Mile Creek, and the cattle business. For a time, he ran the Frierson House, a successful boardinghouse-hotel established by his parents on the southeast corner of First and Jackson Streets around 1876. He also served as a Fort Myers town councilman in 1887, only two years after the town voted to incorporate. His considerable knowledge of the Seminole language, which he gained in his youth, enabled him to serve as an interpreter. Eventually, like many in the pioneer Hendry family, he and Anna settled by the river in the east end, which would eventually be called East Fort Myers. First, the family lived close to the river in a house with a veranda around two sides and a dock on the river. However, a family tragedy in August 1895 prompted the construction of another house closer to the street or more accurately, farther from the river. The Friersons oldest daughter, 16-year-old Mary Louise, drowned in the Caloosahatchee River near Beautiful Island after she accidently fell from the deck of the steamer City of Athens Her father jumped in and struggled to save her, eventually sinking below the water. himself. Captain Fred Menge rowed a boat to the rescue and saved the father, but Mary was lost, her body later recovered later by heartbroken citizens who dragged the river bottom. After that, Anna Frierson did not want to live by the river. According to local lore, the grief-stricken mother even covered windows to block the view of the river. So the second home was built near the corner of East Riverside Drive and Frierson Street. continued on page 6 The Frierson house, probably in the early 1990s, prior to the construction of Oasis Condominiums courtesy of Southwest Florida Historical Society This photo of the Taylor and Anna Frierson house at East Riverside Drive and Frierson Street is undated courtesy of Southwest Florida Historical Society The remodeled and relocated structure is now used for events photo by Gerri Reaves The River Weekly News will correct factual errors or matters of emphasis and interpretation that appear in news stories. Readers with news, tips, comments or questions, please call (239) 415-7732 or write to: The River Weekly News, 1609 Hendry Street, Suite 15, Fort Myers, FL 33901. Fax number: (239) 415-7702. E-mail: press@riverweekly.com. The River Weekly News reserves the right to refuse, alter or edit any editorial or advertisement.Independently Owned And Operated COPYRIGHT 2012 The River Weekly News LORKEN Publications, Inc.Co-Publishers Lorin Arundel and Ken Rasi Advertising Sales Isabel Rasi George Beleslin Stacy Osborn 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 DECEMBER 21, 20122

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3 THE RIVER DECEMBER 21, 2012 Fort Myers Public Art: Sun Gateby Tom HallStanding 12 foot tall and 10 feet across, the circular granite sculpture named Sun Gate greets commuters entering and departing the River District via Main Street. Located half a block west of Mains intersection with Monroe Street, Sun Gate is framed on either side by concrete park benches and nestled between the Lee County Community Development building to the north and the Lee County Justice Center to the south. Its creator is Robert Sindorf, who states that it is his ongoing quest to carve large granite sculptures for public places [that] express universal and timeless themes. Virtually all of Sindorfs sculptures incorporate a circle as their primary geometrical shape. It is perfect geometry and has no beginning or end, states Sindorf. It is a peaceful, restful form that transcends time and becomes eternal. It is a symbol of the sun, heaven, perfection and, especially, the cycle of life. Which explains why Sun Gate also goes by the name Wheel of Life. The sculptures location is problematic. First, Sindorf intended Sun Gate to be viewed from the north, meaning that commuters and pedestrians passing by on Main Street are actually looking at the sculptures backside. Secondly, Sindorf wanted people to be able to pass through the hole in Sun Gate both visually and physically. The void allows you to move through the sculpture, observes Sindorf. You are not blocked physically or figuratively if there is a hole through it. You can physically enter the work. This geometry helps you move through the sculpture. We are all accustomed to moving through geometrical shapes like houses and larger buildings. Big sculptures with voids seem architectural and make you feel that you are part of them and not just a spectator. Sindorf has a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history and philosophy from Columbia University, where he also obtained a Masters of Architecture in 1977. Although Sindorf worked eight years in the field as a project designer, his true love was monumental sculpture. Not surprisingly, the sculptor describes his style as minimal and abstract. I endeavor to reduce an overall image to its most essential form. My style is suggestive rather than overt. I work with what nature has imbued the stone. There is no forced manipulation, but rather a flow, like a river. An arts advocate, Tom Hall guides weekly walking tours of the River Districts public art collection in Fort Myers. For more information, go to www.truetours.net Sun Gate, the Robert Sindorf piece located on Main Street in downtown Fort Myers River District. It also goes by the name Wheel of Life. Soup Roast Winter Vegetable Soup Choice of Salad Holiday Field Green Salad with Herb Vinaigrette Sunshine Caesar Salad Entree Choices Roast Prime Rib of Beef rubbed with Kosher Salt, Black Pepper and Herbs, Slow roasted and sliced to order. Served with au jus and horseradish Rack of Lamb Dijon seasoned and pan seared, brushed with Dijon Mustard andcoated with rosemary breadcrumbs, then roasted and cut into Veal T-Bone 16oz hand selected grilled and seasoned with a Calgary Spice Blend. Topped Lobster and Sea Scallops An 8oz FL Lobster Tail and 4 Jumbo Sea Scallops, basted with butter and white wine, baked and served with Lemon Chive Buerre Blanc $41.99 All Entrees Above Served With Sides Of Asparagus, Ratatouille, Braised Red Cabbage and Duchess PotatoA SPECIAL HOLIDAY ENTREE FOR TWOPork Tenderloin Chateaubriand Seared and Seasoned Center Cut portion for two, served with Bernaise SauceSteamed Cauliower and Broccoli, Braised Red Cabbage, Duchess Potato $26.99 each person WOOD FIRED STEAKS & SEAFOODReservations Suggested. Party rooms for private functions. 239-489-2233 Christmas Eve Hours Christmas Special Menu (Below) Christmas Day

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 21, 20124 Reports Indicate Tourism Upswingby Anne MitchellSeveral recent reports indicate that things have been looking up for the local hospitality industry. The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB) reports a second consecutive year of record-breaking tax collections, finishing with $26.5 million in tourist tax on paid accommodations for fiscal year 2011-12. The new record is a 9.2 percent increase over last years recordbreaking $24.2 million in collections and a 21.2 percent rise from fiscal year 2008-09 collections of $21.8 million. During October, The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel reported a 48.7 percent occupancy rate, compared to 44.5 percent in October 2011. Year-to-date, occupancy rates have been at 57.7 percent, up 4.8 percent from the same period last year. The average daily room rate for the month was $98.47, which was flat compared to $98.90 last October, and up 2 percent year-to-date. Revenue per average room (RevPar) is up 9.1 percent for the month and 6.9 percent for the year, according to Smith Travel Research. Airport passengers also rose in October. Some 484,768 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport, an increase of 3.3 percent compared to October 2011. However, year-to-date passenger traffic is down 3.9 percent from the same period last year. In other news, Fort Myers placed in the top 10 lists for Christmas and New Years destinations for 2012, according the Orbitz Holiday Travel Insider Index, which analyzed hotel and flight booking data from its website to determine destination rankings. The study evaluates the average airfare and daily hotel rates in each of the most popular markets from December 23 to 27 and December 30 to January 2. Future bookings likely will get a boost when The Travel Channel airs a segment onthe Captiva Golf Cart Parade earlier this month. The decorated cart parade is part of Captiva Islands three-week-long Captiva Holiday Village celebration. No air date has yet been announced. Impact Of Health Care Reform To Be DiscussedThe next meeting of the League of Women Voters of Lee County, to be held on Saturday, January 5 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, will feature guest speaker Jim Nathan, president and CEO of Lee Memorial Health System. He will talk about the issue of Health Care Reform. Open to League members and the interested public, cost to attend the meeting is $15, which includes breakfast. Student rates are available. Hilton Garden Inn is located at 12601 University Drive in Fort Myers. To make reservations, call 462-3444 or e-mail carolbf@centurylink.net by December 31. For more information, contact Sandy Frank, League of Women Voters, at 4157654. Parks And Recreation Improvements To Bring Temporary Holiday ClosuresLee County Parks & Recreation will improve its recreation centers floors and upgrade its registration system during the holidays. Due to the nature of the work, the centers will be closed temporarily and the registration system will be down briefly. Our visitor numbers typically are down between Christmas and New Years at Parks and Recreation, and we expect these improvements will minimally impact the communities we serve, said Dave Harner, director. Crews will strip and resurface gymnasium floors at Estero Recreation Center, Veterans Recreation Center in Lehigh Acres and Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center in South Fort Myers. Closures will begin on Monday, December 24. Veterans is expected to reopen on Wednesday, January 2; the other two rec centers have a tentative reopening date of Saturday, January 5. WebTrac the departments online registration system will have its software upgraded to create a more user-friendly experience. The public will not be able to sign up for programs, events or picnic shelters on Wednesday or Thursday, January 2 or 3. Normal online registration is expected to resume on Friday, January 4. For more information, visit www.leeparks.org. Questions can be directed to 5337275 or leeparks@leegov.com. Lazy Flamingo, Inc. Lazy Flamingo, Inc. 6520-C Pine Avenue 6520-C Pine Avenue Sanibel, FL 33957 Sanibel, FL 33957 239-472-5353 239-472-5353 Lazy Flamingo 3, Inc. Lazy Flamingo 3, Inc. 16501 Stringfellow Rd 16501 Stringfellow Rd Bokeelia, FL 33922 Bokeelia, FL 33922 239-283-5959 239-283-5959 Lazy Flamingo 2, Inc. Lazy Flamingo 2, Inc. 1036 Periwinkle Way 1036 Periwinkle Way Sanibel, FL 33957 Sanibel, FL 33957 239-472-6939 239-472-6939 Lazy Flamingo 4, Inc. Lazy Flamingo 4, Inc. 12951 McGregor Blvd. 12951 McGregor Blvd. Ft. Myers, FL 33919 Ft. 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5 THE RIVER DECEMBER 21, 2012 From page 1Jazz Jam Sessionof Music. From 1979 to 1989, he coowned a recording studio where he composed and produced music for radio and television, produced recordings for bands and solo artists, and toured with live bands. After making his move to Southwest Florida in 1990, Richie put together four of the areas most popular bands playing in the jazz/blues genre. Over the years, Ianuzzi has appeared live with Livingston Taylor, Harry Belafonte, Buckwheat Zydeco, Tower of Power, Ziggy Marley and the Wailers, Gatemouth Brown and fellow Southwest Floridian Chuck Mangione. Since the founding of the Roadhouse Cafe in Fort Myers in 2009, Richie has played drums with many of the jazz groups appearing there including the Lou Colombo Orchestra and the Danny Sinoff Trio. Also at the Roadhouse, he enjoys hosting and being the air traffic controller for the lively Jazz Jam every Sunday night beginning at 7 p.m. Danny Sinoff has been a musician since the age of two. Starting with classical piano study in Newton, Massachusetts, he performed with various ensembles until he joined his first jazz band in high school. At that point he began to develop his own vocal styling. His inspiration came from listening to Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme and Harry Connick, Jr. After studying at Berklee College, Sinoff dedicated his life to jazz music and began playing professionally, entertaining audiences all over the globe with top jazz artists including the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, David Fathead Newman, Jimmy McGriff, Sweet Georgia Brown and Jimmy Norman. Mr. Sinoffs debut album, Live at Ellingtons Volume 1, was recorded in front of a live audience at Ellingtons Jazz Bar and Restaurant on Sanibel, where he regularly performed. The Dancing at the Davis themed dance parties are new this season. Get dressed up and come to the Davis Art Center for music, dancing and fun after Music Walk. Decembers theme is Hollywood Glamor. Come dressed as your favorite movie character and dance to the hottest hits. Dancing at the Davis tickets are $10 at the door or $5 in advance, through the Wednesday before Music Walk. Kevin Mauldin The Salvation Army Needs A Christmas MiracleThe Salvation Army announced on Monday that it is only 54 percent of the way toward its goal for the red kettle campaign this year. With only a few days left to ring, this means the charity will need to raise $55,000 per day to meet their stated goal. For the past three years, The Salvation Army has averaged a goal $600,000 for its traditional Christmas fundraising campaign. This years target of $720,000 represents a 20 percent increase in the goal. Funds raised in this drive are used to share the joy of Christmas with thousands of needy children and to support The Salvation Armys other programs throughout the year. Increased need in one of these programs is making the Armys fundraising success more crucial than ever before. The Salvation Army operates the only emergency shelter for homeless families in Lee County, and is overwhelmed with parents and children needing a safe place to stay. Rather than turn these families away, The Salvation Army is stretching every dollar to feed and shelter them but without additional funds, it wont be able to keep up for much longer. The increased number of families were serving over and above those weve budgeted for will cost The Salvation Army in excess of $100,000 this year, said Major Tom Louden, Area Commander for The Salvation Army. The red kettle effort is absolutely critical in raising the money to provide this essential service for the most vulnerable in our community. If ever we needed a Christmas miracle, the time is now. ISLAND INSURANCE SERVICE Kathleen Papaleo President Mark OBrien General Manager Susan Barnes Personal Lines Gina Loeber Agent 703 Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel, FL (239) 472-3022 Summer is over and its time to enjoy those beautiful winter days in Paradise. Have an insurance question? Call our office today for a new Auto quote. 2023 Altamont Ave Next to Publix 332-3945First Street Liquors Downtown Fort Myers Only Full-Service Liquor Storeoff Liquor & WineMin $30 purchase. Exp 12/31/1210%Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702 or email press@riverweekly.com

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 21, 20126 Hortoons Noodleman To PerformLaugh out loud with comedian Homer Noodleman, who will be performing at the Lake Kennedy Center in Cape Coral on January 18. Come experience the zany antics of this seasoned veteran of comedy. Noodlemans timeless humor will make you laugh til it hurts! Be prepared for an unforgettable evening of comedy that will have you laughing out loud. Admission includes the show, a fabulous dinner with dessert and a beverage. Get together with friends for a night of fun, fine food and fabulous comedy. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 7 p.m. and showtime is at 8 p.m. Reservations are required. BYOB. Cost is $18 for members and $23 for non-members. For more information, contact the Lake Kennedy Center at 574-0575. Annual Craft ShowAlva Community Center is looking for craft vendors for our upcoming Craft Show that will be held on Saturday, February 2. The show will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Alva Community Park, 21471 North River Road, Alva, Florida, 33920. Spaces are available for a nominal fee of $10.00 (10 x 10). T ables, tents, chairs, etc. are not provided. Please call 239-728-2882 to pay and reserve your tables or spots. Credit cards or debit cards are the only method of payment accepted. There is no rain date for the Annual Craft Show. Public admission will be free. Call Sandra Bates at 239-728-2882 for more information. NFM Flea MarketThe North Fort Myers Community Center, located behind the North Fort Myers Library at 2021 North Tamiami Trail, will be hosting the Annual Flea Market held outdoors under two pavilions and on the football field. This Flea Market will take place on Saturday, January 12 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Clean out your closets and turn your old stuff into cash. Six foot tables are available for $10 each under the pavilions. Six foot spots are available for $5 each on the football field (you must provide your own tables). Take advantage of the crowds a community flea market can generate. Register early to guarantee your tables or spots. Call 652-4512 to pay and reserve your tables or spots. Credit cards or debit cards are the only method of payment accepted. Table/spot rentals are nonrefundable and non-transferable. There is no rain date for the flea market. Call Jenniffer or James at 652-4512 for more information. From page 2Frierson HouseToday the Oasis Condominiums dominate the Frierson home site. The condos construction involved moving the historic structure, which is now remodeled and used for events. Visitors can ride the new free River District Trolley to the scenic east end, where historic structures are silhouetted against modern condo towers on the river. Upon returning to the business district, visit the Southwest Florida Museum of History to learn more about the early settlers of East Fort Myers. For information, call 321-7430 or go to museumofhistory.org. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Drop by the Southwest Florida Historical Society, one of the areas best research centers, to find out more about the Hendry familys role in local history. 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 visit on Wednesday or Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon. Sources and acknowledgements: The archives of the Southwest Florida Historical Society and The Story of Fort Myers by Karl H. Grismer. City Of Fort Myers Holiday ClosingsThe City of Fort Myers will observe Christmas Day on Tuesday, December 25 and New Years Day on Tuesday, January 1. City Hall and all city offices will be closed on those days. If you have any questions call 3217000. Bus Trip To HardRock CasinoPresented by the Lake Kennedy Senior Center in Cape Coral, a bus trip to the HardRock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood has been scheduled for February 7. Join the Kennedy Kruisers and experience the excitement of this 130,000-square-foot facility with over 2,100 of the hottest gaming machines and 50 live action tables. Take your chance with Lady Luck and play Seven Card Stud, Texas Holdem, Black Jack, slots and much more. Take a break from the action to peruse the plethora of fine shops or go to the Marketplace Food Court offering American, Mexican, Asian and Italian cuisine for an epicurean experience to please most every palate. The cost is $35 per member, $40 per non-member and includes $20 free play and a $5 food voucher. Pre-registration is required by February 1. For more information, contact the Lake Kennedy Senior Center at 574-0575. SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS Contact Camp Commander Robert A. 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7 THE RIVER DECEMBER 21, 2012 From page 1Fundraising Recordpeople visited this years free holiday showcase at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. The Festival concluded on December 1 with the Tux & Trees Gala, a blacktie charity auction which serves as the Southwest Florida Goodwill Foundations primary fundraiser. Auctioneer Mike Joyce and hostess Stacey Adams of WINK News sold 23 trees at the Galas live auction. This years festival exceeded everyones expectations, explained Goodwill Vice President of Communications and Development Carolyn Johnson, who served as the event chair. In the past, weve averaged about $1000 per tree at the auction. This year, we had three trees sell for more than $5,000. Nearly 250 people attended the Tux & Trees Gala, another event record. There was definitely a different energy in the room this year, said Kirsten ODonnell, Goodwills director of public relations. This was my fifth Tux & Trees Gala, and Id never experienced one like this. The room was buzzing all night. The Southwest Florida Goodwill Foundation provides long-term financial support to the programs and services of Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida. In 2011, Goodwill helped 23,000 Southwest Floridians with disabilities and other disadvantages become more independent, through programs such as Job-Link centers, the SWFL MicroEnterprise program, disabilityaccessible housing and the Goodwill L.I.F.E. Academy charter school. The Festival of Trees and Tux & Trees Gala were made possible by event sponsors FineMark National Bank & Trust, The Home Depot, Gulf Coast Consulting continued on page 13 Goodwills Festival Of Trees Committee members Mike Joyce and Stacey Adams Tree designers Lisa Yelitza Gutierrez and Russell Benzing 10% OFF Offer valid with Cash payments only...No credit cards. ONE COUPON PER TABLE Can not be used with any other offer. 18% Gratuity may be added to bill before discount. 11am 10pm, Expires Jan. 1, 2012 RI VE R Every Day: Between11am-10pm, Every Day: Between11am-10pm, FREE

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 21, 20128 Along The RiverGift the gift of life in the raw with a holiday gift certificate from The Lazy Flamingo. Buy $50 in gift cards and receive an additional $10. Buy $100 in gift cards and receive an extra $25. Walk-in only. With four great locations, the restaurant and bar has the Big Ten Network and $12 domestic buckets of beer. Happy hour is served daily from 3 to 5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. to midnight. Enjoy live music from with Robb Brooks on Tuesdays on the patio. As local seafood lovers know, The Lazy is a great place for grouper sandwiches, raw oysters on the half-shell, conch chowder and mussels marinara served in a nautical-themed atmosphere. The restaurant is also known for its secret recipe Flamingo garlic bread, buffalo wings and giant burgers... and during the season, fresh stone crab claws! The Lazy Flamingo 4 is located at 12951 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers. It is open daily from 11 a.m. to midnight. Call 476-9000 or go to www.lazyflamingo.com. Holiday House is officially under way. This years theme is Christmas Around The World. Holiday House is more beautiful than ever! said Linda Burkey, co-chair of the event. Our members have truly embellished the theme this year to create a colorful display of Christmas Around the World. According to Burkey, each room will represent the decorating flair of a different country. This years calendar calls for nightly hours of operation from 5 to 9 p.m. through December 23. Admission tickets, available at the entrance to the LangfordKingston house, are $5 for adults. Children under 10 are free. Free parking is available off Fowler Street behind First United Methodist Church. Each year, hundreds of members and volunteers of Fort Myers Womans Community Club spend hours embellishing the interior and exteriors of the Burroughs and Langford-Kinston homes, lawns and grounds with holiday dcor. In addition to walking through the two festively decorated homes and grounds, children can visit Santa each evening at the Langford-Kingston home. There is truly something for everyone to enjoy! The Burroughs Home and Gardens is located on 2.45 acres in downtown Fort Myers and is bounded on the north by the Caloosahatchee and on the south by First Street directly across First St lies the Langford-Kingston Home. Call 239-7383710 or visit www.fmwcc.com. Celebrate the holidays at The Morgan Houses Top of the Town bar. Gather your friends, family and/or co-workers and meet at Top of the Town for the River Districts best happy hour happening every weekday from 4 to 7 p.m. Half-priced appetizers and fabulous drink specials including $1.50 domestic drafts, $3.25 wells and $3.50 house wines. Fridays are extra special with a free appetizer buffet, while supply lasts. Its a great excuse to cut out early! Top of the Town is the Morgan Houses neighborhood bar upstairs from the main dining room. It offers two large bars, 12 draft beers, a full liquor bar, an exciting gourmet menu, live music four nights a week plus a late-night DJ. Seating is available inside in air-conditioned comfort or outside under the starry evening sky. Happy hour specials run weekdays along with a late night happy hour. Top of the Town serves its Terrace Bar Menu on Monday through Saturday from 3 p.m. to close. The Morgan House is located at 33 Patio de Leon, downtown Fort Myers. Call 337-3377 or go to www.morganhouserestaurant.com. Karaoke will take on a whole new twist aboard the Indian Princess authentic double-deck paddleboat in December. Every Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m., karaoke crooners and spectators can enjoy a fun-filled musical contest aboard a 60-foot paddleboat launching from Fort Myers Beach. Boarding begins at 2 p.m. and begins cruising at 3 p.m. Karaoke with Jim will lead the contest on the first decks Princess Room as the boat cruises Estero Bay. Prizes will be given to the best singers and crowd favorites. The first 40 people to book their reservation receive a free drink ticket, so dont wait to make your reservation! The Indian Princess is located before the sky bridge next to the Key West Express at 2080 Main Street on Fort Myers Beach. Call 765-8919 or visit www.indianprincessfortmyers.com. One of the rooms from this years Holiday House, a River District tradition The Indian Princess was chosen as the Peoples Choice boat for the 23rd annual Fort Myers Beach Boat Parade, held on December 1 w ww.SeabreezeN u rseries.com ( 239 ) 5 60-1 4 22 Have your front yard xed up ju s st in time for your holiday parties! FREE Lan d scape Consu l tation! V isit o u r Website for more d etail s m s, Pal m e s, nativ e n s croto n d s, bromelia d e s, buttery bush e re & mu ch m or TALK T O U S! Sanibel Island, Florida WORLDS BEST BREAKFASTLighthouse Cafe Please visit our River Weekly News online advertisers at www.islandsunnews.com. 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9 THE RIVER DECEMBER 21, 2012 Continental Women Helping Othersby Di SaggauContinental Womens Club of Fort Myers is helping the less fortunate this holiday season in a variety of ways. They provided a Thanksgiving turkey with all the trimmings to a needy family. This included more than $200 worth of canned goods from the Dollar General store on Pine Island. Members have also donated well over $600 to spend on the family. This will provide clothes, food and gifts for a mother and her three children this Christmas. There will also be enough left over to buy the children new shoes for Easter. In addition, numerous childrens books are being donated to youngsters attending Brightest Horizons in Fort Myers. They are a child development center that provides educational and developmental child care for children of low income working families. The club also collects various items at their monthly meetings in a Sharing Basket. So far this year, more than 95 pounds of toiletries and cosmetics have been donated to The Salvation Army, and nine cell phones to the Police Department. Two shopping bags full of soda can tabs were also donated to Ronald McDonald House. On January 28, the club holds their biggest fundraiser, a game day, which raises money for college scholarships to deserving senior high school girls. Continental Womens Club meets the first Thursday of every month at Colonial Country Club in Fort Myers. For more information, call 561-0965 or 561-9946. Love Your Neighbor EventLove Your Neighbor, an annual event benefiting the Heights Foundation, will be held on Wednesday, January 16 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Gulf Harbour home of Daun and Peter Dessak. Guests will enjoy an assortment of culinary creations from local restaurants along with a selection of fine wine and spirits. Live and silent auction items will be offered and all proceeds will benefit the School Success programs for at-risk children in the Harlem Heights Neighborhood. Nearly $300,000 was raised at last years event including $150,000 toward the annual fund and $150,000 to complete the capital campaign. The residents of Harlem Heights are our neighbors, said Daun Dessak. We believe it is important to support the Heights Foundation in their mission to build strong, self-sufficient families and education is the key to their success. Our School Success program includes academic tutoring, after school and summer camp programs, scholarship and college access assistance, school supplies, and tuition support, said Kathryn Kelly, president and CEO of The Heights Foundation. Each program is geared to meet the specific needs of children and young adults who seek to further their education. Tickets are now on sale for $150 each and space is limited. Purchase tickets online at www.heightsfoundation.org or call Laurie at 482-7706. Joann Eadson and Joan Grindley contribute to the Sharing Basket We Proudly Brew 2163 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, Fl 33957 Ph: 239.472.0606 www.SanibelIslandCow.com 395 7 7 P P P P P h h h h: h: 2 2 2 2 2 39 39 39 39 4 4 72 0606wwwSanibelIslandCowcom aij amandasislandjewelswww. .com amandasislandjewelsAmandas Island JewelsAvailable Here & Onlinewww.AmandasIslandJewels.com Tropical Outdoor Patio Seating Get Crabby At The Cow Get Crabby At The Cow Get Crabby At The Cow Get Crabby At The Cow with our Famous Stone Crabs1/2 lb & 1 lb. quantities Appetizers & Full Dinners Best Prices On The Planet Fun "new" Moo Wear for all ages Come Try our Come Try our NEW NEW Cowlicious Cowlicious Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Specials Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Specials Sanibels Most Award Winning RestaurantServing Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week. Snacks In-between Live Music! Outdoor Seating LIVE LIVE MUSIC MUSIC s s Always Fresh ...Always! ways! w w Always Fresh ...Always Fun! Servin A ..Always Email editorial copy to: press@riverweekly.com

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 21, 201210 Holiday Carol Sing Raises Food, Money For CCMIs Soup KitchenResidents who attended the Holiday Carol Sing at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Myers on December 11 contributed plenty of canned goods and cash to help the Everyday Marketplace & Caf (formerly known as The Soup Kitchen) of CCMI feed the hungry in Southwest Florida. About 2,500 pounds of food was donated at the 22nd Annual Holiday Carol Sing, which was sponsored and organized by the Galloway Family of Dealerships. The canned goods will be distributed immediately to families in need, according to event organizers. It is so gratifying to see our community coming together to help those less fortunate, especially during these difficult economic times. The need has never been greater, said event founder Sam Galloway, Jr. About 2.000 people attended the three performances, which featured a sing-a-long with the First Presbyterian Church Choir, special guest soloists and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. The Holiday Carol Sing is the third of three annual community sing-a-longs presented by First Presbyterian Church and sponsored by the Galloway Family of Dealerships. The other two are Mrs. Edisons Hymn Sing in February (planned next for February 5 as part of the Edison Festival of Light) and A Midsummer Nights Sing in July. All three events benefit the Everyday Marketplace & Caf of CCMI, which was founded as The Soup Kitchen by First Presbyterian Church of Fort Myers in 1984. The Holiday Carol Sing and two hymn sings are major sources of support for CCMI, which is an innovative nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of social service entrepreneurs fighting to end homelessness and hunger in our community. The agency provides more than 14,000 meals each month through their Everyday Caf and Marketplace and Home Delivered Meals programs. CCMI also educates 40 children in their Community Montessori, offers homeless and comprehensive case management services through the Cape Coral United Way Resource House, oversees an emergency mobile food pantry and supplies weekend backpacks full of food to more than 1,500 children each school year. For more information about CCMI, call 332-SOUP or visit www.ccmileecounty. com. For more information about First Presbyterian Church, call 334-2261 or visit www.fpcfortmyers.org. Sam Galloway, Jr., right, Holiday Carol Sing founder and sponsor, confers with Song Leader Doug Molloy Rev. Paul deJong of First Presbyterian Church welcomes everyone to the 22nd Annual Holiday Carol Sing Soloist Beth Wininger sings O Holy Night Vonceil Franklin, Roseanne Constaninople and James Franklin enjoy the Holiday Carol Sing CCMI CEO Tracey Galloway with her family Will Galloway, Olivia Galloway and Sam Galloway, III Santa listens to the Christmas wish list of Aileen Diaz of Fort Myers Brian Tidwell, Christin Tidwell and Madison Tidwell of South Fort Myers

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11 THE RIVER DECEMBER 21, 2012 Fresh Seafood, Steaks & PastaJoin Us For DINNERCHRISTMAS EVE AND DAY SERVING FROM 4 PM TO 9 PMRESERVATIONS SUGGESTEDJACARANDATheSophisticated Dining Raw Bar Screened Patio 1223 Periwinkle Way Sanibel Island 239-472-1771 www.JacarandaOnSanibel.com Make Your Make Your New Years New Years Reservations Reservations Bob Gibson of Fort Myers and Louise Ittner of North Fort Myers welcome everyone at the entrance to First Presbyterian Church Pint For A Pint Blood DriveLee Memorial Blood Center has partnered with Ritas Ice, located at 4666 S. Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers, to hold a blood drive on Saturday, December 22 from noon until 5 p.m. Those who donate a pint of blood will be rewarded with a pint of Ritas Ice. All blood collected remains in the Lee Memorial Health System to serve your community. Lee Memorial Health System uses 800-plus units of blood each week. With both Golisano Childrens Hospital and the only trauma center within a five-county area, the need for blood locally remains constant, and needs to be replenished daily. All blood types are currently needed. The requirements to give blood are: Age At least 17 years old (16 with written parental consent) and in good general health. There is no upper age limit. Weight Minimum of 115 pounds. Identification Must provide photo I.D. with date of birth. Food Eat a good meal before giving and drink plenty of fluids. Medications Many medications such as insulin, blood pressure, thyroid, cholesterol, aspirin, antidepressants and hormone replacement do not necessarily prevent someone from giving blood. For more donor and age requirement information, visit www.leememorial.org. Covenant With Israel CelebrationSouthwest Floridas 4th annual Covenant With Israel Celebration to honor Israel will take place on Monday, January 7 at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers. Doors open at 6 p.m. for registration and seating. The program begins at 7 p.m. The event is hosted by Gaspar Anastasi of Unlocking Kingdom Destiny. Scheduled speakers include Rabbi Gerald Meister; Mayor Moshe Goldsmith, Itamar, Israel; Robert Stearns with Eagles Wings; Rabbi Jeremy Barras of Temple Beth El, Fort Myers; and emcee Paul Lodato from WRXY CTN TV. This very special evening is a tribute to the nation of Israel and Jewish people around the world. It is an opportunity for the Christian and Jewish communities of Southwest Florida to unite and demonstrate their love and support for Israel and her children. Its purpose is to promote esteem and understanding between Christians and Jews and to emphasize the things we hold in common as believers in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The Covenant with Israel Celebration will be an evening packed with outstanding speakers, music and complimentary kosher refreshments. Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased online at www.covenantwithIsrael.com or by calling 244-3912. Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702or email press@riverweekly.com

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Churches/ TemplesALL FAITHS UNITARIAN CONGREGATION (UUA) Where diversity is treasured 2756 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers Starting November 4, two Services: 9 am and 11 am. Adult Education Ethics Workshop: 10 am. Reverend Dr. Wayne Robinson, Minister ( nal year) 239-266-0900. 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. George P. Savas Orthros Service Sunday 9 a.m. Divine Liturgy Sunday 10 a.m. www.annunciation.fl.goarch.org 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. Jeffrey DeYoe, Senior 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 First Street, River District. www.time4thinkers.com, www.christiansciencefortmyers.com, 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 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 Adult Discussion Classes: 9-10 AM Countdown to Worship (praise music): 10:10 AM Amazing Grace Worship: 10:30 AM 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. SAINT 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. SAINT 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. SAINT PETER LUTHERAN CHURCH 3751 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach, 463-4251. St. Peter Lutheran Church of Fort Myers Beach (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) welcomes all to worship Sundays at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. TEMPLE BETHEL SYNAGOGUE 16225 Winkler Rd. 433-0018. Rabbi Jeremy Barras E-mail: rabbi.barras@templebethel.com Cantorial soloist: Lawrence Dermer Temple educator: Dale Cohen, MaEd, RJE Shabbat Services, Friday, 7:30 p.m. Torah Study, Saturday, 9:15 a.m. Religious Education; Sunday School and Midweek classes, Preschool Classes, Monday through Friday Web site: www.templebethel.com Affiliated: Union for Reform Judaism 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 continued on page 13THE RIVER DECEMBER 21 201212

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13 THE RIVER DECEMBER 21, 2012 From page 12Churches/TemplesTHE 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.taecc.com 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. UNITY OF FORT MYERS 11120 Ranchette Road, Fort Myers Summer services & Childrens Hour 10 a.m. Sundays. Reverend Jim Rosemergy, minister. Our God is Love; our Race is Human; our Religion is Oneness. www.unityoffortmyers.org or 239-278-1511 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. Christmas Worship Schedule All are welcome to special candlightlight worship services at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA). On Christmas Day, December 25, there will be a worship service at 10:30 a.m. During the month of December, St. Peter will hold Sunday worship services at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m., with one single service on December 30 at 9:30 a.m. A friendly church that warmly welcomes all visitors as family, St. Peter Lutheran Church is located at 3751 Estero Blvd. in Fort Myers Beach. For more information, call the church office anytime at 463-4251. Homeless Persons Memorial DayIn 2012, at least 18 homeless individuals lost their lives while living on the streets or in shelters in Lee County. The Lee County Homeless Coalitions 16th annual Candlelight Vigil will be held on Friday, December 21 at 6 p.m. on the steps of the Old Lee County Courthouse, located at 2120 Main Street in Fort Myers. The Candlelight Vigil mourns those who have died while living on the streets or in shelters, and it educates communities that the lack of affordable housing, shelter, living wages, and accessible health care is a problem that must be addressed. The vigil will include opening remarks by Janet Bartos, executive director of the Lee County Homeless Coalition, and Fred Schilffarth, Coalition board member. The opening prayer will be presented by Reverend Allison Far-num from Unitarian Universalist Church. Music will be provided by Lee Community Youth Chorus and Taps will be performed by Jay Caruthers. For more information, call the Lee County Homeless Coalition at 322-6600 Phone or visit www.leehomeless.org. Complimentary refreshments provided!Tax Deduction DaysDecember 26-29 CommunityThrift Stor e CommunityThrift Stor e Next to Planet Fitness inMiners Plazaat the corner of McGregor Blvd. & GladiolusFurniture Clothing Housewares Art/Antiques Appliances Building Supplies Collectibles225-6529Open Tuesday through Saturday from 9amto4pm 15501 Old McGregor Blvd., Suite 2, Fort Myers, FL 33908 For END-OF-YEARTAX RECEIPTSBring in yourDonations From page 1Tilapia Donationand Lakes Regional Park donated stems of rosemary from its garden. With these added ingredients, CCMIs Food Program Manager Shelly Oprea created a trio of sauces to bake the fresh tilapia with including spicy mango-papaya, raspberry-gingermandarin and rosemary-lemon. We so thrilled to be on the receiving end of such an innovative and collaborative project, said Tracey Galloway, CCMIs CEO. Joe and Cherrie, as well as the leaders of our other partner groups, understand the bigger picture of bringing full circle the education of global sustainability with the need of our hungry neighbors. It truly is a win-win for everyone! For more information, call 332-7687 or visit www. ccmileecounty.com. Gary Koonce To advertise in The River Weekly News Call 415-7732 From page 7Fundraising RecordGroup, Aarons, Lee Designs, The Morgan House, Westco Builders of Florida, The News-Press Media Group, Azteca America SWFL, dLatinos Magazine, Sunny 106 and Two Men And A Truck. For more information or to become part of the 2013 Festival of Trees, visit www.tuxandtrees.com or call 995-2106 ext. 2213. Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702 or email press@riverweekly.com

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 21, 201214 Great Weather, Great Opportunities?by Capt. Matt MitchellIts amazing how much the weather and water temperature controls our fishing. We are currently experiencing unseasonably warm December weather after what was a much cooler than usual November. These warm temperatures quickly snapped our fishing back into a the fast action fall pattern. With water temperatures warmer than we have seen for more than a month, we suddenly have back the huge schools of small whitebait which we have not seen since late October when things first cooled off. Along with the huge amount of bait fish are all the predators, which are taking advantage of an easy meal. Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, jacks, trout and bluefish were all found in good numbers feeding in and around the schools of bait fish. Small jigs, spoons, flies and live shrimp made for non-stop action on these species on the deeper grass flats throughout the sound. Simply locate the feeding birds and as you get closer, you will see fish crashing the surface under the birds During the slick calm conditions we had for a few days, I spent some time sight fishing pot holes around Blind Pass Rocks and Red Light Shoal. With the sun up high and clear water conditions, some of these bigger sand holes up close to the sandbars held snook, trout and redfish. Our biggest trout all week a respectable 24-incher came from these shallow sand holes while bouncing hand picked shrimp on a jig head through them. The trout that are laid up in the shallow sandholes where much larger than the ones caught out on the open grass flats. Black drum still seem to be just about every place I target redfish on the low water. Live shrimp fished on the bottom caught black drum up to 28 inches this week. Although we did catch lots of redfish too, most were on the small side of the slot. The rat reds of winter are certainly here, but with a little work, getting a limit of lower 20-inch or better redfish has been very consistent. Sheepshead fishing is still a little hit and miss with the warm weather not being good for this species. This week after a very small front passed through, it did seem like there was a lot of smaller sheephead around. We did catch a few better than the average 3 to 4 pounders though while fishing the Chino Channel and Gault Island Channel. With smaller sheepshead starting to show up in better numbers, the larger ones are not far behind. Out along the beaches, fall-like fishing was also going on with lots of mackerel and even some small schools of bonita crashing baits a few miles out from shore. Running crab buoys for tripletail one day this week resulted in lots of smaller than usual tripletail being sighted. Once I got further out in the 30to 35-foot range, where the pots had not been picked over by other anglers, I did catch a couple of bigger tripletail in the fiveto 10-pound range. One bonus though, while running crab pots this week, was a 25-pound, 43-inch cobia. With only light tackle for tripletail fishing on board, the cobia put up a about a 20 minute battle with a few jumps before coming aboard. The variety of species that you can catch while fishing one spot right now is amazing. One cast will be a gag grouper, then a snook, followed by a sheepshead and who knows what will be next. These super low minus morning tides really have all the fish bunched up tight together. Once you locate a low tide honey hole, expect the unexpected. One of my anglers this week can vouch for that after catching just about everything that swims in our waters while fishing one such honey hole, he hooked a huge snook which after a impressive jump made quick work of the light tackle.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. Capt. Matt Mitchell with a 25-pound cobia caught this week ISLAND MARINE SERVICES, INC. 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The class is designed to introduce new users to GPS. The class will include discussions of marine navigation, how a GPS works, and GPS limitations. There will be an extensive presentation on what a GPS can do and what a boater can do with GPS. For those interested in purchasing a GPS, you will understand what a GPS can do for you and some of the key features to look for as you shop for a GPS. The cost of the class is $30. The class is being taught at the San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron Classroom, located at 16048 San Carlos Blvd at the corner of Kelly Road (across from ACE Hardware) in Fort Myers. Students can register online at www. scbps.com or call 466-4040.

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15 THE RIVER DECEMBER 21, 2012 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, Mussels Marinara, 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 BP Awards Ding Wildlife Society $60,000 GrantThe Ding Darling Wildlife SocietyFriends of the Refuge (DDWS) received confirmation last week that it will receive a $60,000 marketing grant established through the BP Amoco settlement. We are the only Sanibel and one of two Lee County organizations to receive a grant from the Gulf Tourism and Seafood Promotional Fund, which is to be used to promote tourism and seafood, said DDWS Executive Director Birgie Vertesch. DDWS plans to use the funding over two years allotments to promote the JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island as an ecotourism destination in markets across the nation. We are looking at a multitude of advertising and marketing ideas and looking to maximize the dollars spent by working cooperatively with others as well as on our own, said Vertesch. From magazines to newspapers to stepping up our social media coverage, You Tube videos, and creating an animated video, we aim to educate the public about our wonderful refuge and its wildlife. As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, DDWS works to support JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuges mission of conservation, wildlife and habitat protection, research, and public education through charitable donations and refuge nature shop proceeds. To support DDWS and the refuge with a tax-deductible gift, visit www.dingdarlingsociety.org or contact Birgie Vertesch at 292-0566 or director@dingdarlingsociety.org. DDWS hopes to make up visitation losses due to the 2010 oil spill using BP grant monies Conservation Model For 60 SpeciesTo achieve long-term survival for 60 imperiled wildlife species, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) discussed a new conservation model at its December 6 meeting in Apalachicola. Creating the Imperiled Species Management Plan will define measurable objectives and actions to manage and conserve these animals to keep them part of Floridas wildlife forever. Staff updated Commissioners on how they will integrate broad conservation strategies with specific actions for each wildlife species. The Imperiled Species Management Plan will include habitat conservation; wildlife management; measurable objectives (including timeframes); possible incentives, potential rule recommendations; and consideration of economic, ecological and social impacts. This approach is smart thinking, said FWC chairman Kenneth Wright. Typically, the FWC has developed and implemented separate management plans for individual species such as the bald eagle, Florida black bear, gopher tortoise and Florida manatee. With the Imperiled Species Management Plan, the FWC will retain that focus while recognizing the efficiency of developing integrated strategies that positively affect multiple species, for example those sharing a seaside marsh or upland scrub habitat. Opportunities for input from stakeholders and the public will be sought as components of the Imperiled Species Management Plan begin to be rolled out in draft form in 2013. By identifying both the common elements and specific actions needed to promote survival of 60 species, Florida can achieve broad long-term conservation success for wildlife such as the little blue heron, Eastern chipmunk and Florida sandhill crane, said Laura Barrett, the FWCs Imperiled Species Management Plan Coordinator. The Imperiled Species Management Plan will give stakeholders and the public a broad conservation vision of what the FWC plans to achieve for 60 species that have been listed as state-threatened or species of special concern, Barrett said. The FWC adopted a new conservation model in September 2010 to evaluate the status of species listed as state-threatened or species of special concern. The Commission-approved process first called for developing a Biological Status Review (BSR) for each species. The BSRs, independently reviewed by outside scientists and the public, reported on what was happening to each species, and made a recommendation on whether the species met criteria to: 1) Remain or become listed as threatened; 2) Remain a species of special concern until further data could be gathered; or 3) Be removed from the list of statethreatened species. The BSRs and their listing recommendations are available at www.MyFWC. com/ImperiledSpecies. Free Winter Walks At The ShoreLee County Parks & Recreation invites you to participate in our free shoreline offerings. Lynn Hall Park Prescription Strength Laughter Yoga on Fort Myers Beach Laughter is the best medicine and you dont need a doctors prescription. Just open wide and say Ha! Its fun and its free. Join your hosts Meg Scott and Jeanette Bevilacqua for simple rhythmic clapping, mild stretching, deep breathing and laughter exercises just for the health of it. Lift your mood and laugh away your stress every Friday mornings at 8 a.m. Fort Myers Beach at Lynn Hall Park, 950 Estero Boulevard. Lighten up and learn to take yourself and life a little less seriously. No yoga experience needed. Bring a beach towel. Program is free. There is a parking fee of $2 per hour. No experience necessary. www.laughteryogawithmegscott.com. For more information, visit www.laughteryoga.org or call 5337444. Matanzas Pass Preserve Holiday Mangrove Walk Now through January 3 Take an educational and inspirational walk through Matanzas Pass Preserve. Learn about the diverse plant community including a maritime oak hammock, transitional wetlands, and a mangrove forest. Walks are held each Thursday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. This is a free walk and parking is free, but space is limited so come early. Meet at the entrance of Matanzas Pass Preserve, 199 Bay Road in Fort Myers Beach. Visit www.leeparks.org or call 533-7444 for more information. 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THE RIVER DECEMBER 21, 201216 FWC Recognizes Lawmakers For Their Efforts To Enhance Outdoor OpportunitiesAt its meeting in Apalachicola on December 5, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recognized state Sen. Charles Dean and former Rep. Leonard Bembry for their efforts to pass a bill earlier in the year making it easier for landowners to accommodate the public and still have liability protection. The bill, signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott, amends Florida Statute s. 375.251. I want to take the lead in saluting Sen. Dean and former Rep. Bembry for carrying the ball across the goal line, said Commissioner Brian Yablonski. They are warriors for our youth hunting and fishing efforts. The changes, which went into effect July 1, provide limited liability protection to landowners who enter into a written agreement with the state to make their land available for outdoor recreation. Another component protects landowners from liability when they open their property up to any person, at no charge, primarily for hunting, fishing and wildlife-viewing activities. The landowner must provide written or posted notice of the liability protection. These enhancements make it easier for landowners to host events such as a daylong youth hunt or a weekend fishing derby. That makes it more enticing for kids and adults to enjoy Floridas great outdoors. Sen. Dean and former Rep. Bembry presented the Commission with copies of the original signed bills. For more information about youth opportunities, contact Rae Waddell at Rae. Waddell@MyFWC.com. Value Of Wetlands As Buffers Could Alter Ecological ManagementNew research by a Florida Gulf Coast University eminent scholar proves that natural and manmade wetlands have a potential to mitigate climate change that far outweighs the negative effects of a greenhouse gas they emit. Dr. William J. Mitsch, a prize-winning wetland scientist with an international reputation in ecological engineering and wetland ecology, conducted studies at wetlands around the world to measure carbon dioxide accumulated from the atmosphere and stored in the soil a natural process known as carbon sequestration. Scientists compared the data to levels of methane gas naturally released by these carbon sinks and found that sequestration more than offsets the detrimental emissions even when the emissions are given a much higher weight toward global warming than the carbon dioxide sequestered. We have shown that wetlands are much more significant in accumulating carbon than has ever been published before, said Mitsch, who holds the Juliet C. Sproul Chair for Southwest Florida Habitat Restoration and Management at FGCU and is director of its Everglades Wetland Research Park in Naples. We want people to recognize that wetlands are gigantic carbon sinks. If there is less carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, there will be less global warming and climate change. Mitschs findings, published in the journal Landscape Ecology (Springer Science+Business Media), could have far-reaching ramifications in the study, creation, restoration and management of wetlands. The paper is coauthored by seven other scientists from the United States, Denmark and Estonia. Greenhouse-gas emission has long been considered by some scientists as a serious roadblock to restoring wetlands and constructing new ones in spite of their environmental benefits. Its estimated that wetlands release 20 to 25 percent of current global methane emissions, but the gas eventually breaks down in the atmosphere. It is short-sighted to suggest that wetlands should not be created or restored because of greenhouse-gas emissions, Mitsch writes in his paper, Wetlands, carbon, and climate change. If we consider the savings that wetlands give us from fossil-fuel consumption for the ecosystem services of water-quality improvement, flood mitigation and coastal and storm protection, their service as carbon sinks is even more impressive. Dr. Robert Costanza, a senior fellow at the National Council on Science and the Environment, a scholar at the Australian National University in Canberra and founder of the sustainability journal Solutions, says Mitschs study refutes commonly held conceptions. Understanding the role of wetlands in regulating greenhouse gases is extremely important, Costanza said. The results will affect how we manage wetlands worldwide. Dr. Blanca Bernal, a post-doctoral researcher at Everglades Wetland Research Park contributed to the study and paper. She believes it is the first published account that compares carbon accumulation rates and methane emission rates using the same methodology in a range of freshwater wetlands around the world. Measurements were taken at seven locations in Ohio, Costa Rica and Botswana and modeled with 14 other wetland studies by others. Taking into account carbon inputs and outputs to the system, the wetlands are actually functioning as net carbon sinks, Bernal said. They have a positive effect in abating greenhouse-gas emissions, which means under the right conditions they can be used as a tool to mitigate climate change. Wetlands are not the key to fix years of unsustainable carbon emissions, but they can help significantly. Public awareness of the importance of carbon dioxide sinks has spread since passage of the Kyoto Protocol, part of an international environmental treaty that promotes their use as a form of carbon offset and encourages greenhouse-gas reduction worldwide. Some member countries seek to buy or trade emissions rights in carbonemission markets, creating an additional economic value to wetlands. Carbon in the Earths atmosphere comes partly from burning fossil fuels in cars and factories. Oceans, which comprise about 70 percent of the planet, are the biggest collectors of carbon. Wetlands, which absorb about 14 percent of atmospheric carbon, make up 5 to 8 percent of terrestrial Earth but are dwindling due to development. I think we have found the lost carbon sink, said Mitsch, the co-author of Wetlands, widely considered the definitive textbook on the subject. Tropical wetlands are where its happening. The temperate zone would be big for sequestration, but weve drained all the wetlands there. Florida could be a hot spot for carbon sinks. Mitsch joined FGCU in October after 27 years at The Ohio State University in Columbus, where he was Distinguished Professor of Environment, Natural Resources and Ecological Engineering. The co-winner of the 2004 Stockholm Water Prize for lifetime achievements in the management and conservation of lakes and wetlands, he oversees research at the Everglades Wetland Research Park at the Naples Botanical Garden. Read us online at IslandSunNews.com

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17 THE RIVER DECEMBER 21, 2012 Caring For Your PlantsBorder Grass Which To UseBy Justen DobbsThrough some advancement in landscaping technology, new plants have recently come out that are more drought-tolerant, more cold hardy, more robust and more inexpensive to maintain. A common plant that is used in landscaping sometimes well and sometimes irresponsibly is the ornamental grass. There are a few types of grasses that are used in landscaping here in Southwest Florida. Some of these grasses include Fountain Grass, Chord Grass, Mondo Grass, Loriape and Variegated Flax Lily. This is in addition to the three types of sod that are typically used here Bahia, Floritam and Zoysia. Sometimes, it is ideal to create a planter along your walkways or edges that contains a row of grasses with mulch in between. Again, these grasses range from Fountain Grass to Loriape, and serve to add to the ornamental appeal of the yard. In some cases, though, yards can be overdone with strips of planter beds that would be better off as grass. This is up to your own preference and your landscapers eye for design. I prefer to see Variegated Flax Lily (Dianella tasmanica) over Variegated Loriape because it is a tougher, better plant. This falls in line with my advancement in landscaping technology theme. Also, Fountain Grass requires maintenance and doesnt always look very good, so you are better off sticking with Chord Grass. Although these grasses look tough and are notoriously low-maintenance, they would benefit from some additional water and fertilizer if you want them to do well. All ornamental grasses and types of sod prefer full sun and lots of water. They can be drought-tolerant in the winter, but their growth will slow and they may not look as good. With regard to sod, I prefer Seville Sod (not listed above), which is a hybrid that doesnt mind shady conditions and doesnt mind drought. It grows slightly sideways as well, reducing the frequency with which it needs to be mowed. Again, this is a recent advancement in technology that all homeowners could benefit from if they knew about it. While grass is not a focal point in any landscape, it does have its place as a counterpart to the broad-leaf plants, palms, trees and hedges. I believe that sod should only be planted as a small area for recreation, not in huge expanses of space where the only person to touch it is the lawn maintenance crew. Ornamental grasses should be used sparingly and only to compliment other native or exotic trees in the yard. If you want a more colorful plant, look for Paintbrush Crotons, Dioon Cycads and Aechmea bromeliads. All of these will add to your tropical look without racking up your maintenance bill. Dobbs is a landscape architect in south Florida specializing in custom, upscale landscapes. He can be reached at seabreezenurseries@gmail.com. Flax Lily make a gorgeous border grass Sometimes, it is best to plant sod all the way up to your walkways Plant SmartCaesarweedby Gerri ReavesCaesarweed (Urena lobata) is one of many species belonging to the mallow family, which includes hibiscus. Thought to originate in eastern India, this shrub with pretty pink mini-hibiscus flowers is listed as a category-1 invasive plant by the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council. The council reserves this category for species that are altering native plant communities by displacing native species, changing community structures or ecological functions, or hybridizing with natives. Like many invasive species, it flourishes in sunny disturbed sites, undeveloped fields, and along roadsides. An aggressive shrub, it can grow several feet high in just the first year, ultimately reaching up to 10 feet tall. Typically two to four feet high, however, it is single-stalked, multibranched and bushy. The five-petaled flowers are produced throughout the year. Only about a halfinch across, they appear singly or in clusters in the leaf axils. The shallow-lobed alternate leaves are gray-green, hairy and memorable for their shape, which can vary. Generally eggshaped (broader base than tip), they are typically wider than they are long, with three to five shallow lobes. The small round five-lobed seed capsules sport hooked barbed spines that attach to animal fur or to clothing, thus another common name, bur mallow. Those clinging seeds are produced all year, adding to the plants dispersal and damage. Although a pest in the U.S., Caesarweed is used for fiber and jute in Brazil and Africa, as a medicinal plant in various countries, and as a famine food in Africa. Sources: The Guide to Florida Wildflowers by Walter Kingsley Taylor, ifas.ufl.edu, fleppc.org, Everglades Wildflowers by Roger L. Hammer, and freshfromflorida.com. Plant Smart explores sustainable gardening practices that will help you create an environmentally responsible, low-maintenance South Florida landscape. Canning ClassesCanning classes, presented by the UF/IFAS Lee County Extension, Family & Consumer Sciences, will be offered at the T erry Park Complex, located at 3406 Palm Beach Blvd. in Fort Myers. Cost is $10 per person. You must be registered and paid in advance to attend the class (No walk-ins). Class is limited to nine participants. Participants will learn the current science in USDA home food preservation recommendations through lecture and a hands-on pressure canning experience. Class instructors will also have available for purchase the So Easy To Preserve canning book from the University of Georgia. The cost is $18 per book. Three classes will be offered: Thursday, January 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information or to register for a class, contact Celia Hill at hillcb@ leegov.com or 533-7510. Caesarweed, a category-1 invasive pest, produces pink flowers and barbed seed capsules throughout the year photo by Gerri Reaves

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 21, 201218 CROW Case Of The Week Green Sea Turtle Rescueby Patricia MolloyOne month ago, a Green sea turtle was admitted to CROW from Fort Myers. It arrived in the worst possible condition. It was found under a good samaritans dock and the man stayed up with the turtle all night long, said Tim Eberhart, assistant wildlife rehabilitator. After staging the all-night vigil to protect the helpless turtle from predator attack, the man called CROW for advice on how to safely transport it to the Sanibel clinic. When it arrived, it couldnt even hold up its head. We filled up the tub enough that if it was laying normally, its head would not be completely submerged so it didnt have to lift its head to breathe, noted Eberhart. Green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) are the largest of the hard-shelled sea turtles. Weighing up to 700 pounds (317.5 kilograms) as adults, the life span of these reptiles is approximately 80 years. Remarkably, the ancestors of Green sea turtles evolved on land and took to the sea approximately 150 million years ago. They are one of the few species on Earth so ancient that they watched the dinosaurs evolve and become extinct. We think brevetoxin caused by red tide exposure was affecting the smooth muscle in its throat and it wasnt able to swallow on its own. It would bite the food we fed it, but it couldnt get it into its mouth and down its throat. Now its eating 300 grams of squid per day plus greens. Its a major improvement, said Eberhart. The necessary pump system for CROWs three sea turtle tanks is costly to operate. Water must circulate regularly in order to filter properly and maintain a clean environment for the patients. Eberhart drains each tank almost daily, which takes approximately two hours. During the process, he carefully places each turtle in a kiddie pool filled with a little water and a soft towel; when sea turtles are taken out of the weightless environment of salt water, their heavy shells bare down on their plastrons, or undershells. The kiddie pools arent smooth on the bottom and the towels help take some of the pressure off the turtles, he said. I want them to be as comfortable as possible. CROWs patients do not have health insurance to cover their treatment. You can help by going to the clinics website and making a donation toward the care of this extraordinary young turtle. CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Inc.) is a non-profit wildlife hospital providing veterinary care for native and migratory wildlife from our local area. 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 juvenile Green sea turtle was found by a local man under his dock. The good samaritan refused to leave its side and stayed on the dock all night to protect the sick youngster from potential predators Lecture On Wolves Kicks Off Winter SeriesThe eagerly awaited Refuge Nature Store Lecture Series kicks off at the JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel with a special presentation on Thursday, December 27 by Dr. Douglas W. Smith, senior wildlife biologist for the Yellowstone Center for Resources in Yellowstone National Park. Smith, who has appeared numerous times in television interviews and shows, will present his program The Wolves of Yellowstone: The First 15 Years in the Ding Darling Education Center Auditorium beginning at 11 a.m. Started in 1994, the Wolf Project has taken advantage of the visibility of Yellowstones wolves to explore wolf population dynamics, according to a PBS Nature documentary description. Of particular interest is how wolves interact with prey and scavenger populations in the park. Smith hopes that Wolf Project research can help replace common misconceptions about wolves with factual information. The study, which Smith calls cuttingedge research, uses radio collaring on local packs to track their lifestyles and importance to the ecosystem. We want to put real facts and real answers into place of where people like to put myths and tall tales of what they think wolves are like and what they believe them to be like, said Smith. Yellowstone is the best place to go to see wolves in the wild. Admission is free to the lecture, which is sponsored by Shell Point Retirement Community of Fort Myers and Ding Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS), as part of its 2012-13 Lecture Series. Seating is limited and available on a first-come basis. The regular Friday Lecture Series resumes on Friday, January 18 with Frank Mazzotti, a University of Florida biologist, speaking about alligators and crocodiles as part of the refuges Living with Dinosaurs Week and the unveiling of the eponymous exhibit featuring the skeleton of the refuge crocodile that died three years ago. For a complete list of lectures in 2013, visit www.dingdarlingsociety.org/lectures. For more information, call 472-1100. Doug Smith and friend in the field at Yellowstone National Park Step back in time as you travel the back bays on this authentic Paddle Wheeler 239-765-8919 w ww.IndianPrincessFortMyers.com 2080 Main Street, Fort Myers Beach e I n i an an Pr n c ce es o at at

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19 THE RIVER DECEMBER 21, 2012 Southwest Florida Community Foundation Kicks Off Art AuctionThe Southwest Florida Community Foundation kicked off a sealedbid auction for an original Gale Bennett painting which began on Friday, December 7. The auction is part of the Community Foundations juried art exhibit located in the public spaces at its office at 8771 College Parkway, Building 2, Suite 201 in Fort Myers. The piece, called Bouquet de Printemps, was painted by the late Bennett and is featured on a 2006 French exhibition poster. The piece was donated to the foundation by Bennetts widow Cello Bennett with proceeds going to the foundations arts fund. Sealed bids will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on December 23 either in person at the Community Foundation offices or by calling 274-5900. The minimum bid is $2,500. Other pieces by Gale Bennett hanging in private homes and galleries are worth upwards of $10,000, said Sarah Owen, president and CEO of the SWFLCF. We are so delighted that Cello has donated one of the last originals by Gale in her collection toward the foundations arts fund. Bouquet de Printemps (Spring Bouquet) is an iconic piece for its unique image and bold use of color. Its strong graphic image entices the eye to look at it again and again. Gale Bennett chose this piece as the poster painting for his 2006 French exhibition, Bouquets Sauvages (Wild Bouquets). I wanted to donate a piece that had a special significance, said Cello Bennett. Many of Gales students in Southwest Florida came to study in Giverny one or more times, and they can especially relate to this painting. Gale used a lot of ultramarine blue, his favorite color, in both of these paintings. A native of Southwest Florida, Gale Bennett (1939-2008) was an internationally known painter whose work can be found in collections throughout the U.S., as well as in Canada, Europe, Japan and Australia. His modern eclectic painting style included references to Abstract Expressionism, Impressionism, Cubism and even Renaissance art. Gale Bennett was the founder and director of ArtStudy Giverny in Giverny, France, a school for artists and photographers. He studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Cello Bennett operates Cello Bennett Artists, LLC, an artists portal for select visual and performing artists. She served as hospitality director of the ArtStudy Giverny and has more than 20 years experience in Europe and the U.S. as an opera and concert singer and vocal coach. Gale would be very proud, added Cello Bennett. While he was never wealthy in monetary terms, he was always willing to contribute his paintings and teaching. The SWFLCF is celebrating its 36th year of supporting the communities of Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades and Hendry Counties by connecting donors and their philanthropic aspirations with evolving community needs. With assets of more than $64 million, the Community Foundation has provided more than $52 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves. During its 2012 fiscal year, the SWFLCF granted more than $3 million to over100 different organizations supporting education, animal welfare, arts and human services. For more information, call 274-5900 or visit www.floridacommunity.com. Bouquet de Printemps 2006 Poster Musee Hotel Baudy 2006Distinguished Entrepreneur Awards At SBDCThe Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University announced the 2013 Distinguished Entrepreneur Award to recognize a small to mid-sized Southwest Florida business for the local business community to celebrate its achievements. The 2013 event builds on the success of the inaugural Distinguished Entrepreneur Award. The sold-out inaugural event was held in May and honored entrepreneur and chocolatier Norman Love of Norman Love Confections as the first Distinguished Entrepreneur Award recipient. The 2013 Distinguished Entrepreneur Award will be presented at the 2nd annual Awards Dinner on Wednesday, May 22 in the ballroom at the Cohen Center at FGCU. The SBDC will begin accepting applications for the award on February 1, and the application process will end on March 15. Southwest Florida has shown that it loves to come together and recognize the business community for its achievements, said Dan Regelski, director of the Small Business Development Center. With the 2013 Distinguished Entrepreneur Award, we continue this exciting new tradition and showcase the many successes of our local entrepreneurs. Keynote speaker for the event is Jerry Ross, executive director of the National Entrepreneur Center in Orlando. Known to be a dynamic and entertaining presenter, Ross will speak on the topic of the state of entrepreneurship and small business in Florida and nationally. Community members are encouraged to nominate a local business from the five-county area (Collier, Lee, Glades, Hendry and Charlotte) for consideration as the 2013 Distinguished Entrepreneur Award. Candidates must be in business for three or more years; display a high level of overall success; and be able to demonstrate their innovations, achievements and local impact. Full nomination rules and eligibility can be found at www. sbdcawards.com. Entries will be judged by an expert panel of community business leaders. Presenting sponsor for the Award is Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co. The dessert sponsor will be Norman Love Confections. Additional event sponsors to date include Guerilla Media, Photo Magic Events, Relevanza, Slink Ink ALL MEDIA, Gator Press and Third Eye Management. The events magazine media sponsor is Gulfshore Business magazine. Tickets for the Distinguished Entrepreneur Award and Dinner are $100 per person. To learn more about exclusive sponsorship opportunities, visit www.sbdcawards.com or contact Dan Regelski at 745-3705. Tantalizing Starters | Dazzling Entrees | Scrumptious Desserts Join us for New Years Eve Join us for New Years EveOffering live music from 6:30pm-12:30am. 3 & 4 Course Dinners Let us make your night special!Live entertainment Nightly Open Christmas Eve till midnight Open Christmas Eve till midnightClosed Christmas Day Happy Hour Daily 4pm-6:30pm Happy Hour Daily 4pm-6:30pm1/2 price on all drinks, beer & wine by the glass GIFT CARD SPECIAL AVAILABLE ONLINE12984 S. 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Events And Activities At The Davis Art CenterUpcoming events and activities coming to the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First Street in Fort Myers: Monday, December 31 New Years Eve Party Ball drop, champagne toast, games, dancing and entertainment 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are $15 each, or $60 for VIP access Friday, January 4 Art Walk: The Art of Dennis Church 6 to 10 p.m. Free Mondays, January 7, 14, 21 and 28 Fort Myers Film Festival Mixers Intellectualization: Come watch and discuss short films that are in consideration for the Fort Myers Film Festival. 7 to 9 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m., films start at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 Thursday, January 10 Connect Networking Mixer Expand your business and personal relationships. Get to know each other and connect in your community. Appetizers, raffle prizes, music, drinks and mingling 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 Saturday, January 12 Keep The Faith: Tribute to Bon Jovi 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 on the day of show Friday, January 18 Music Walk: Open Mic Night, outside on the loggia 7 to 10 p.m. Free Dancing at the Davis: Glow Party, inside in the Grand Atrium Come dressed all in white and glow under our black lights. 8 p.m. to midnight Tickets are $5 for earlybirds (purchased through December 19); then $10 Sunday, January 20 Cotillion Winter Dances 2 to 9 p.m. Monday, January 21 Berne Davis Lecture Series: Debra Dean, New York Times Bestselling Author 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, January 24 Art & Poetry Networking Mixer 8 to 11 p.m. Admission $5 Saturday, January 26 Screaming Orphans! 7 to 10pm Tickets are $60 Sunday, January 27 Cotillion Country Dances 2 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays (ongoing) Yoga & Tai Chi 9:30 a.m. $12 per class for members; $15 per class for non-members $100 for 10 classes, members; $120 for 10 classes, non-members. Keep The Faith: Tribute to Bon Jovi Debra Dean THE RIVER DECEMBER 21, 201220 Ring In The New Year Aboard The Indian PrincessSouthwest Florida residents are invited to celebrate New Years Eve aboard the Indian Princess authentic double-deck paddleboat on Monday, December 31 at 10 p.m. From 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., passengers can enjoy an adult-only cruise while watching the Fort Myers Beach fireworks display at the pier. The return time may vary, depending on the length of the fireworks display and how far the boat has the go out in order to view it. Heavy hors doeuvres and a free champagne toast will be served, while a cash bar will be available throughout the night. Adult tickets for the cruise will be $55 plus tax per person or $100 plus tax for couples. Boarding will begin at 9 p.m. Capacity will be limited to 120 people. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 765-8919. The Indian Princess paddleboat is air-conditioned and includes restrooms, a sound system and a state-of-the-art 48-inch flatscreen TV capable of monitoring several areas of the boat and waterway. On the exterior top deck, guests can enjoy spectacular views of the back bays of Fort Myers Beach. Unless reserved for a private charter, the Indian Princess offers afternoon sightseeing cruises as well as sunset cruises. Tickets start at $20 for adults and $10 for children for a two-hour cruise along the back bay of Fort Myers Beach and Ostego Bay. These cruises are popular for their wildlife sightseeing environment. Located before the sky bridge next to the Key West Express at 2080 Main Street on Fort Myers Beach, the Indian Princess is also available for private rental for sightseeing and sunset cruises as well as weddings, corporate events and private parties. For more information, call 765-8919 or visit www.indianprincessfortmyers. com. English Country DancingLearn the social dances of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries on Tuesdays, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., year round at Wa-ke Hatchee Recreation Center, 16760 Bass Road in Fort Myers. Dress is casual, and flat shoes with non-slip soles are recommended. Partners are not necessary and beginners are welcomed. The atmosphere is family friendly, with live music provided. Lessons are free after a one-time payment of $10, which covers lifetime membership to Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center. For more information, contact Gillian Carney at 603-9828 or email fortmyersdancers@hotmail.com. Edison State College Closed For Winter BreakEdison State College will be closed beginning on Wednesday, December 19 through Tuesday, January 1 in observance of the holidays. Regular classes and hours will resume on Wednesday, January 9. For more information about Edison State College, visit www.edison.edu. Indian Princess To advertise in the Island Sun Call 395-1213

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 21, 201222 Broadway Palms Concert Series Begins SoonBroadway Palms 9th Annual Concert Series begins in January. This season Broadway Palm is featuring six concerts, some returning favorites and some all new to the theatre. All Sunday concerts begin with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and concert at 7:00 p.m., Monday concerts begin with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and show at 7:30 p.m., and the matinee concert begins with lunch at 11:45 a.m. and concert at 1:15 p.m. All concert tickets are $55 for dinner and the show and $35 for the show only. On Sunday, January 27 and Monday, January 28 is Dwight Icenhowers Tribute to the King. A natural on stage, Dwight prides himself on keeping the King of Rock and Roll in our hearts forever. Coming to Broadway Palm on Sunday, February 10 and Monday, February 11 is The Great American Songbook featuring Paul Todd, Jr. Join us for a musical journey from the 1940s to the present. The Sounds of Harry James and the Andrews Sisters will grace the Broadway Palm stage for a matinee and evening performance Monday, February 25. Come see Charly Raymond and the Apple Blossoms restore the look, style and harmonies of the original bands spectacular sounds. Hitting the stage on Sunday, March 3 and Monday, March 4 will be The Belmonts. Enjoy a night of Doo Wop from the 50s and 60s. From Broadways Tony Awardwinning musical Moving Out comes Henry Haid with his Tribute to Billy Joel on Sunday, March 17 and Monday, March 18. This concert features music of the piano man, Billy Joel. The final concert is Bobby Valli and his musical tribute to The Jersey Boys on Sunday, March 24 and Monday, March 25. Bobby recreates the magnificent sound of the American icon Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, his brother, Frankie Valli. Tickets for all concerts are on sale now and going fast! Make reservations by calling 278-4422, online at www. BroadwayPalm.com or by stopping by the box office located at 1380 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. Dwight Icenhower Paul Todd Jr. Community Band Concert At CCHS The Lee County Community Band will present a program of light, bright, toe-tapping music at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 13 at Cape Coral High School. Richard Bradstreet will direct the 60-member ensemble as they play songs including A Bit of Broadway, Clarinet Candy, King Cotton, Florentiner March, Salute The Duke, Good Old Days Sing-A-Long and more. Additional concert dates are February 10, March 10 and April 7. All programs will be held at Cape Coral High School starting at 3 p.m. The events are free of charge, though donations are accepted. Band members are musicians from all walks of life career musicians, amateurs and folks renewing skills from years past who reside in Lee, Collier and Charlotte Counties. The group rehearses on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Michaels Lutheran School in Fort Myers; new members are always welcome. Emcee and vocalist is Norman Jones. For more information, visit www.leecountyband.org or call Norman Jones at 9952097. Cape Coral High School is located at 2300 Santa Barbara Boulevard, just north of Veterans Parkway. Hits From Broadway And The Silver ScreenThe Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts are proud to present the first in a series of concerts on January 24. Richard Cooper will sing Hits from Broadway and the Silver Screen under the stars at Fish Tale Marina, 7225 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach from 7 to 9:00 p.m. Richard Cooper has performed on Fort Myers Beach many times. He is at home on stage, having a powerful voice and an easy manner that has earned him the title of Mister Personality. Richard has shared the stage with such greats as The Platters, The Drifters, Peter Noone, Charo and Joan Rivers. Richard Cooper performs from coast to coast. He studied music at the prestigious Goldsmiths College in London and has toured throughout Europe with a chart-topping band. Tickets will be available at Fish Tale Marina or at the door for $25. Skippers Liquors will provide a wine tasting starting at 6:30 p.m and continuing during the concert. Please call Georgia Reinmuth 239-463-3600 X242 or email georgia@ thefishtalemarina.com. Richard Cooper to perform hit stage songs Twas The Night Before Christmas At Foulds TheatreTheatre Conspiracy will have audiences ho-ho-ho-ing and ha-ha-haing with its festive family comedy Twas The Night Before Christmas. Performances will be held at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, December 21 and 22 in the Foulds Theatre at the Alliance of the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd. in Fort Myers. Admission to the production is pay what you will. This original piece, written by Jamie Carmichael and Bill Taylor, is a hilarious take on the classic holiday poem by Clement Moore, that is such a cherished element of so many families holiday traditions. After its premiere during the holiday season last year and the overwhelmingly warm and appreciative response from audiences, Theatre Conspiracy has decided to bring their Twas The Night Before Christmas back this Christmas for area audiences to enjoy. This one-act play is full of broad high-energy, family-friendly comedy that is tailor-made for a festive holiday outing. Children and adults alike will be in stitches as the pages of the beloved story take on a life of their own, complete with classic comedic shtick and lots of cartoon inspired silliness! The cast features a merry band of Conspiracy favorites back to spread some holiday cheer. Tiffany Allen, Todd Fleck, Tera Nicole Miller and Lisa Marie will bring the zany characters to life on stage. The show is directed by Jamie Carmichael. Theatre Conspiracys Twas The Night Before Christmas is the perfect way for families to spend some time together and enjoy the holiday spirit. The show is fun and appropriate for all ages. For more information on the show and to reserve tickets, call Theatre Conspiracy at 9363239. Holiday Pops Concert At MannThe Southwest Florida Symphony will present Holiday Pops on Saturday, December 22 starting at 8 p.m. at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers. Back by popular demand, Jim Stephenson and Sara DellOmo return to Southwest Florida. Bring the entire family as the Symphony celebrates the joyous music of the season with guest conductor Jim Stephenson in a performance of selections from The Nutcracker and other traditional holiday favorites, along with several of Jims own arrangements. Vocalist Sara DellOmo from the U.S. Marine Band will return as the featured soloist. DellOmo will be featured in popular holiday favorites to include Mele Kalikimaka, Hot Santa and Santa Baby as well as Stephensons touching original composition, Timeless Treasures. DellOmo will be joined by vocalist Deborah Polkinghorn in When You Believe. The Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra will perform Holiday Overture, We Three Strings, Here Comes Santa and Jims wildly popular arrangement of Rudolph. Also on the program are selections from Tchaikovskys Nutcracker Suite and Holly-Jolly Sing-Along. For tickets to Holiday Pops, call the Box Office at 418-1500 or visit the Southwest Florida Symphonys website at www.swflso.org. Single ticket prices start at $18 while Student Rush tickets are sold for $5 each. Read us online at IslandSunNews.com

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23 THE RIVER DECEMBER 21, 2012 Isabella Rasi 239-246-47161101 Periwinkle Way #105, Sanibel, FL 239-472-0044 ENGEL & VLKERS Excellence in Real Estate A step above! International Client Base 600 Shops Worldwide Multi-Lingual Staff Your success is my aim. Fancy Florida Seafood Gumbo 12 ounces oysters, drained 8 ounces blue crab claw meat 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup chopped celery 1 garlic clove, minced 1 tablespoon butter 1 teaspoon anise seeds 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon crushed red peppers 1 10-ounce package frozen okra 2 20-ounce cans diced tomatoes Remove remaining shell or cartilage from oysters and crab and set aside. Cook onion, celery and garlic in butter until tender. Add anise, salt, sugar, peppers, okra and tomatoes. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Add oysters and simmer an additional 15 minutes. Add crab and heat thoroughly. Serve over rice. Yields eight to 10 servings. Fancy Florida Seafood Gumbo Holiday Sale And Classes At Art AssociationThe Fort Myers Beach Art Association gallery walls are chock full of original artwork created by members and no piece is priced higher than $150. The sale runs through January 10. Included in the hundreds of pieces are both framed and unframed works done in various media. The Mini Masters are also hung and ready for purchase. These small works of art, donated by FMBAA members, have become collectors items. For $10, you can buy a small painting and help support the art association as well. The gallery will be open during regular hours. Jamie Cordero will be teaching a watercolor workshop January 28 through 31 on the pouring and layering process.She will lead participants through every aspect of planning, composition, stretching paper, masking, pouring, glazing, color layering, value lessons, use of darks, finishing and critique. The workshop is $295 for members and $335 for non-members plus a $15 materials fee. For more information, call Gretchen Johnson at 464-0278 or emailing gretjohn@embarqmail.com. Sign up early to secure your space. There will be a demonstration by Cordero on January 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. There is a $10 fee. Guests are welcome. Februarys workshop will be Eydi Lampasona teaching mixed media collage/ assemblage and paper making. Her workshop is $310 for members and $350 for non-members. More information on workshops can be found on the web at www.fortmyersbeachart.com or by calling the gallery at 463-3909. An open house will be held at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association on January 4 from 9 a.m. to noon. Visit with the artists and learn more about the group and see the Creative Expressions Display of additional forms of art done by members. Refreshments will be served, guests are welcome and there is no charge to attend. Penny Fox will teach acrylic painting classes on January 3, 10, 17 and 24. Call 463-3909 for more information and fees. Patty Kane will hold watercolor classes January 7 through February 18. Call 4633909 for more information and fees. The working gallery on Donora and Shellmound, Fort Myers Beach, is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday. The gallery will be closed December 24, 25 and 31, and January 1. Read us online at IslandSunNews.com

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25 THE RIVER DECEMBER 21, 2012 A College Basketball Game Last Weekend Recalled A 1963 Game That Dramatically Altered The Sportby Ed FrankIn the wake of last weeks horrific school tragedy in Connecticut, this weeks column will dwell on the positive an historic event in sports that took place nearly half a century ago and was relived just this past week. Too often, the sports pages are filled with the foibles, criminal activities and questionable antics of athletes, amateur and professional. This week, however, we will report about basketball game on March 15, 1963, a game that altered the course of college basketball The Game of Change. The game was between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and Loyola Ramblers in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal at Michigan States Jenison Fieldhouse. But the drama leading up to that game, a game won by Loyola, the eventual NCAA champion, had a profound effect on college basketball. In 1963, an unwritten Mississippi law prohibited teams in that state to compete against integrated teams. But the Mississippi State players were determined to play that game, defying an order from Governor Ross Barnett. Before an injunction could be served prohibiting the team from playing, Mississippi coach Babe McCarthy sneaked his all-white team on a flight in the middle of the night to Michigan State. There, they faced a Loyola team that started four black players that included All-American Jerry Harkness, the captain. In an interview last week in the Chicago Tribune, Bobby Shows, the center on that Mississippi State Team, was quoted, We had two men Dean Colvard, our president, and Babe McCarthy, our coach who had enough guts to stand up against the status quo and the political machine in Mississippi to say, This is right, and these boys are going to play. Loyola defeated Mississippi State, 61-51, enroute to their 1963 NCAA Championship, but more important was the fact that the game opened the doors of basketball integration, particularly in the South. This Game of Change was recalled last weekend when Mississippi State played Loyola in Chicago with the same result, a 59-51 victory by Loyola, with members of both 1963 teams in the stands. We sure didnt know at that time the game was that important. I dont think anyone on our team gave any thought (in 1963) to the social issues, said former Mississippi State guard Larry Lee. It certainly did, however, as 1963 was the start of the civil rights movement that swept the country. And now, 50 years later, we recall one basketball game that is one important chapter in the history of civil rights in our country. Rebuilding Red Sox Add Two Key Players The Boston Red Sox added two key players last week in the rebuilding effort after last seasons dismal results. Veteran right-hander Ryan Dempster signed a two-year $26.5 million contract and outfielder Shane Victorino inked a three-year, $39 million deal. Boston, which has lacked durable pitching of late, hopes to improve with the 35-year-old Dempster, who is considered a 200-innings-per-season hurler. Last season, with the Chicago Cubs and the Texas Rangers, he compiled 173 innings, but had reached 200 innings in the four previous seasons. Victorino, 32, had played for the Philadelphia Phillies for 7-1/2 seasons before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the middle of last year. He hit a combined .255 for both teams in 2012. Twins Continue To Add Pitchers Probably no team in the Major Leagues has signed as many new pitchers in this offseason as the Minnesota Twins. But that didnt stop them from signing one more last week Kevin Correia, a right-hander. The 32-year-old former Pittsburgh Pirate agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract that will pay him $4.5 million in 2013 and $5.5 million in 2015. He was 12-11 with a 4.21 ERA last season with the Pirates and it marked the fourth straight season that he won 10 or more games. He has a career record of 60-65. Tennis Players Invited To Participate In 5th Annual Vivante TournamentTennis enthusiasts throughout Southwest Florida are invited to participate in the 5th annual New Years Doubles Challenge at Vivante on Charlotte Harbor. The popular event, which will benefit the Harry Chapin Food Bank, will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 4 to 6. USTA rules and regulations apply. Both mens and womens doubles 6.5, 7.5, 8.5 and open classifications are available. The entry fee is $40 per person and includes balls, T-shirt, party on Friday night, and brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Players must be prepared to play from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The entry deadline is Monday, December 31 at 5 p.m. Matches will be regular scoring two out of three sets. In place of a third set, a USTA league tie-breaker will be used. There will be one event per player with a feed into a consolation round for first-round losers. The first-round starting times will be available at the Players Party on Friday evening at Sandras Restaurant, 6 to 8 p.m., 111 West Olympia Avenue in Punta Gorda, or by calling Darin Schultz at 941-400-3219 beginning on Thursday, January 3. Tournament sponsorships are still being sought champion, ace, match point, set point, game point and wildcard. Additional information, registration and sponsorships may be obtained by contacting Darin Schultz at 941-400-3219 or dschultz@oasisadvantage.com. From page 15Winter Walksthe mainland. Explore the beach front tropical hardwoods, coastal scrub and wetland plant communities. Our weekly walks take place each Tuesday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and Friday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and continue each week through April 2013 (no walks on Christmas or New Years Day). Parking is $1 per hour or free with a valid Lee County Parks & Recreation parking sticker. Meet on the upper patio for this free walk. Bowditch Point Park is located at the north tip of Estero Island, 50 Estero Boulevard in Fort Myers Beach. Visit www.leeparks.org or call 533-7444 for more information. Bunche Beach Low Tide Loafing at Sunset A Guided Exploration Join a naturalist guide as you leisurely explore the mud flats to see what mysteries the low tide uncovers while enjoying a beautiful Florida sunset. Bunche Beach is a wonderful place to explore and learn about the amazing variety of shore birds, shells and possibly spot a manatee or dolphin playing along the shore! Bring a camera, shoes that can get wet, bug spray and drinking water. The next walk is scheduled for Thursday, December 27 from 5 to 6 pm. Bunche Beach Preserve is located at 18201 John Morris Road in Fort Myers Beach. Walks meet at the picnic tables on the beach. The walk is free. Parking is $1 per hour or free with a valid Lee County Parks & Recreation parking sticker. Visit www.leeparks.org or call 533-7444 for more information. Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702 or email press@riverweekly.com

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 21, 201226 Special Needs Students Volunteer At Harry Chapin Food BankStudents from the Goodwill L.I.F.E. Academy gave back to the community in October and November by volunteering at the Harry Chapin Food Bank. The Goodwill L.I.F.E. Academy is a charter school for middle and high school students (ages 11 to 22) with developmental disabilities. Two groups of eight students worked at the Food Banks fast-paced warehouse, sorting breads for shipping. The activity was part of the schools community-based learning curriculum. Harry Chapin Food Bank has organized areas that allow students to work in an assembly line to sort food products, explains L.I.F.E. Academy instructor Sheena Paivandy. Our students practiced math, vocational and social skills on the job. They learned one-to-one correspondence in marking off bar codes, and practiced math sorting as they placed products into categories. The L.I.F.E. Academy students also learned about hunger issues in our community while volunteering at the Food Bank. The Food Bank has been very warm in extending days and times for students to volunteer, continues Paivandy. Some of our students have even gone back to volunteer outside of school! L.I.F.E. Academy students also recently learned more vocational skills while volunteering at BJs Wholesale Club in Cape Coral. Volunteering and shadowing experiences are important for our students because they receive the opportunity to observe different types of vocations, says Paivandy. At the same time, they receive support from experts and veterans in that field. Having support from career personnel is important because students have a model to imitate and provide guidance. The Goodwill L.I.F.E. Academy is a tuition-free, open-enrollment Lee County charter school for middle and high school students with developmental disabilities. The schools curriculum is designed to promote self-advocacy, and develop life skills for independent living, by focusing on academic skills, daily life skills and vocational/workforce skills. The L.I.F.E. Academy is currently accepting students for 2013 enrollment. For more information about the Goodwill L.I.F.E. Academy, visit the schools website at www.GoodwillLIFEAcademy.org. Students from Goodwills L.I.F.E. Academy volunteering at the Harry Chapin Food Bank Goodwill L.I.F.E. Academy student volunteering at Harry Chapin Food Bank Volunteers pack donated goods at the Harry Chapin Food Bank Volunteers sorting food at the Harry Chapin Food Bank Big Brothers Big Sisters Adds New County DirectorAngela Melvin has joined the Lee County team of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast as community resource director. She will be responsible for development of community resources and relationships. Melvin is a third generation Lee County native, who spent the past 15 years working in media, political communications and fundraising across the country. She comes to Big Brothers Big Sisters from Washington, DC, where she worked as the communications director for a member of the U.S. Congress. Prior to that, Melvin spent more than a decade working as a television news anchor and reporter at various television stations across the country. It was while working as morning anchor in Panama City, Fla. that Melvin led the efforts to launch the charter chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters, raising money, building awareness, recruiting the founding board members, and planning and implementing the first major fundraising events. Melvin notes that she is looking forward to returning to her hometown to lead the efforts to build the Lee County chapter of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast provides one-to-one mentoring relationships to children ages 6 to 18 years old throughout the Gulf Coast of Florida in Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, Highlands, Hardee, Charlotte, Lee, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties. With a solid foundation of 44 years, proven methods and the support of a dedicated group of funders and supporters, BBBSSC has been able to give promising futures to young people in our community. For more information, visit www. bbbssun.org. Angela Melvin To advertise in the Island Sun Call 395-1213

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27 THE RIVER DECEMBER 21, 2012 High School Students Receive LaptopsHaving a computer is something many people may take for granted. Answering emails, working on spreadsheets, and downloading music have all become routine tasks thanks to desktops, laptops, tablets and an array of other devices. Students often have to fill out their college applications, check the status of an internship, or apply for a job totally online. However, not all students across Southwest Florida have access to a computer. That is where The Able Trust, the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST) and Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida stepped in. On December 11, Joey DSouza of The Able Trust presented five laptop computers to selected students from Goodwill Industries of Southwest Floridas High School High-Tech (HSHT) program. The laptop distribution program is a partnership between FAAST and The Able Trust. Out of the 80 applications we received, these five students really stood out, says DSouza. The laptops are tools for achieving their goals in life. These will be resources for getting into college, for getting through a vocational program, and for helping them graduate high school. The students selected from Charlotte County are Dennis Mathurin, Willy Starling, and Heaven Buffington. Students from Hendry and Glades Counties are Maxra Valadez and Yesenia Errequin. The students who received these laptops have focused career-training goals, says Goodwills Port Charlotte HSHT Coordinator, Angela Hemstreet. Heaven told us that having her own computer will mean having unlimited access to online training videos. Removing the barrier of time constraints on studying is a pretty big deal. The HSHT program is designed to help students determine their interests and aptitudes, offer job-shadowing and internships, and provide leadership opportunities. HSHT has been shown to reduce high school dropout rates and increase the overall self-esteem of participating students. Goodwill, The Able Trust, and FAAST all share a mission of assisting those with disabilities overcome various barriers to employment and independence. For more information about The Able Trust visit www.abletrust.org. For information regarding FAAST visit www.FAAST.org. Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc. serves Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, and Glades Counties by providing programs and services to help people with disabilities and other disadvantages. Primary funding for Goodwills programs is provided through the sale of donated and new goods at the agencys 26 Retail & Donation Centers. For more information about Goodwill visit www.goodwillswfl.org. HSHT group School Smartby Shelley M. Greggs, NCSPDear Shelley, My preschool son was just evaluated for expressive language problems. I guess hes OK because they arent going to work with him and said he just had a few articulation problems. I would like to do things at home to help him and I need some ideas. Tiffany L., Fort Myers Tiffany, There is a set of learning problems often called preschool language disorders that refer to a preschool childs difficulty with either understanding spoken language (receptive language) and/or difficulty with talking (expressive language). Children may have problems in one or both of these areas, meaning that they have difficulty with both understanding spoken language and speaking. A simple definition of articulation the ability to make and use sounds correctly is more complex than this, however, and involves four distinct processes. Articulation is an evolving skill with complete mastery appearing at about age 7 or 8. There are certain sounds that may develop later, such as the R, S, L sounds which a preschool child is not expected to make properly at his age. You may want to look at a chart to gain a further understanding of speech development. Early intervention guidelines and information suggests that a 3-year-old should be using at least 200 words, 3 to 5 word phrases and be understood at least 80 percent of the time. By age 4, a child should be 90 to 100 percent intelligible even if they continue to have some articulation errors. 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THE RIVER DECEMBER 21, 201228 Grateful Patients Meet Life-Saving EMS Crews At Phoenix AwardsRanging in age from baby to senior citizen, grateful patients and their families hugged Lee County EMS crew members and choked back tears last Wednesday afternoon as common stories were shared of being brought back to life at the ball field, tennis court, parking lot and office. About 75 people came to the 2012 Phoenix Awards Ceremony to honor nearly 30 Lee County EMTs, paramedics and dispatchers for successfully resuscitating 11 clinically dead patients, enabling those individuals to return to productive lives. The Phoenix Award-Winning Crews: Stanley Ball, Daniel Blandon and Melissa Dettloff Michelle Desjardin and Ron Hinkle Mark Hansen, Lindsey Wiggin, Bennie Baxter-Richards and Chad Wilcoxson Melissa Middleton, Jared Formosa and Anne Brown Sherri Matthews and Alma McClure Chris Wicburg, Amy Folcarelli and Guillermo Ramos Aaron Morris, Ellen Mahoney and Nancy Pogue Frederick Jenner and Gary Russell Mitchell Price and Heather ProudFunk Henry Hamilton, Ian Black and Lindsey Wiggin Melissa Middleton Letter of Appreciation Winner: Dispatcher Joeleen Jeffrey This really defines why we do what we do, said Scott Tuttle, Lee County Public Safetys interim deputy director and EMS operations manager. These are very rare occurrences. A paramedic will only see these three or four times in a career. This really reminds us of why we come to work every day. Carrie and Lucy Perk Sherri Matthews and Lucy Perk Carrie and Lucy Perk, Alma McClure, Sherri Matthews and Chief Scott Tuttle Child Care Of SWF Is Awarded $33,000 From Foulds FoundationThe Claiborne and Ned Foulds Foundation has awarded a $33,000 grant to Child Care of Southwest Florida to renovate the playground at one of its six child care centers. The grant will be used to replace the drainage system and rebuild the infant/toddler playground at the P.A. Geraci Child Development Center, located at 3713 Canal Street in Fort Myers. This grant will allow us to make improvements to the courtyard infant/ toddler playground, which hasnt been renovate since the building was built. This grant from the Claiborne and Ned Foulds Foundation is greatly appreciated and much needed, said Executive Director Beth Lobdell. Our children will have a solid rubber ground cover on which to play and a new drainage system will prevent rainwater from accumulating on the playground. The center, which was built in 1987 with a $100,000 grant from the Gannett Foundation, is highlighted by a courtyard playground. Because the playground is completely surrounded by the centers walls, children can play outside in fresh air while remaining within the safe confines of the center. The P.A. Geraci Child Development Center currently cares for 80 children from infancy through age 5, many of whom are from low-income families. Hours of operation are 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc. is a private non-profit organization dedicated to providing high quality child care services throughout Southwest Florida. The agency provides child care for children from infancy through age eight at its six child care centers in Lee and Hendry counties. In addition, it offers training for early childhood professionals, and administers the federal food program for eligible centers and family child care homes in 14 Florida counties. The agency must rely on generous donations and volunteer efforts from members of the community, corporations and foundations to build and maintain programs that make a difference to low-income children. Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc., is a United Way agency. The Claiborne and Ned Foulds Foundation was established in 1981 by the late Ned and Claiborne Foster Foulds, who moved to Fort Myers in 1958. Ned Foulds was a graduate of Harvard University and retired as a Junior Executive of the Airtemp Division of the Chrysler Corporation. Mrs. Foulds was a Broadway star during the 1930s known under her maiden name of Claiborne Foster and starred in more than 20 plays. In recognition of their achievements, Mr. and Mrs. Foulds left their estate in trust to be administered by U.S. Trust, as a 501(c)(3) Foundation in perpetuity to benefit charitable causes. To learn more about Child Care of Southwest Florida or to make a donation, visit www.ccswfl.org or call 278-1002. Kiana, 3, plays at the P.A. Geraci Child Development Center JLFM Mini-Grant Applications Now Available The Junior League Fort Myers will be providing mini-grants to their community partners. Throughout its 46-year history, JLFM has given out thousands of dollars in mini-grants. Since 1966, JLFM has been committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. JLFM supports local nonprofit organizations having 501 (c) (3) status, in the process of obtaining 501 (c) (3) status, or be under the umbrella of an agency with 501 (c) (3) status by awarding mini-grant funding projects consistent with JLFMs focus on women and children within the local community, including Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. Nonprofit organizations that meet the above guidelines and who agree to the grant agreement included in the application packet are invited to submit applications. JLFM will review the applications and award grants of up to $3,000. Applications are due no later than 5 p.m. on February 1, 2013. Visit www. jlfm.org/?nd+minigrants to print out applications. Grants will be awarded approximately 60 days after the application due date. Electronic applications will not be accepted. Verification of delivery is the responsibility of the applicant. JLFM will not notify applicants of receipt of applications. For more information about applying for a Junior League of Fort Myers Community Mini Grant, email minigrants@jlfm.org.

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29 THE RIVER DECEMBER 21, 2012 In the past few years, Americans have done a pretty good job of whittling down their debt load. If youre in this group, you may now have a chance to use your lower level of indebtedness to your advantage by investing for the future. Consider the numbers: In 2007, just before the financial crisis, the countrys household debt service ratio was about 14 percent. (The debt service ratio is the ratio of debt payments, including mortgages and consumer debt, to disposable personal income.) But by 2012, this figure had dipped below 11 percent, the lowest level since 1994. These figures are national averages, but they do translate into real-life savings for many of us. If youre in this group that is, if youve lowered your debt payments noticeably what should you do with this found money? Of course, you could spend it on material objects, which, in some cases, may make your life more pleasant today. But youd probably be better off by devoting your financial resources to your goals for tomorrow, such as college for your children and, eventually, a comfortable retirement lifestyle for yourself. Consequently, you want may want to consider these suggestions: Increase your contributions to your retirement plan. Try to put more money into your employer-sponsored retirement plan, such as a 401(k), 403(b) or 457(b). Your contributions are typically made with pretax dollars, so the more you invest, the lower your taxable income. Plus, your earnings can grow on a tax-deferred basis. Fully fund your IRA. You can put in up to $5,000 per year (as of 2012) to a traditional or Roth IRA, or $6,000 if youre 50 or older. A traditional IRA grows tax-deferred, while a Roth IRA can grow tax-free, provided you meet certain conditions. Fill in gaps in your financial strategy. With a little extra money each month, can you find ways to fill in the gaps in your financial strategy? For example, do you have sufficient life insurance and disability income insurance? Or can you add some investments that can help diversify your overall portfolio? While diversification cant guarantee profits or protect against loss, it can help reduce the effects of volatility on your holdings. Build an emergency fund. Its a good idea to build an emergency fund containing six to 12 months worth of living expenses. Without such a fund, you may be forced to dip into long-term investments to pay for unexpected costs, such as a large bill from the doctor or a major car repair. Keep the money in a liquid, low-risk account. Establish a 529 plan. If you have children or grandchildren whom you would like to help get through college, you might want to contribute to a 529 plan. Your earnings grow tax-free, provided withdrawals are used for qualified higher education expenses. Plus, your contributions may be deductible from your state taxes. (Be aware, though, that withdrawals used for purposes other than qualified education expenses may be subject to federal and state taxes, plus a 10 percent penalty.) Reducing your debt level can remove some stress from your life. And youll gain even more benefits from debt reduction by using your savings to speed your progress toward your important financial goals. Jennifer Basey is a financial advisor in Fort Myers. She can be reached at jennifer.basey@edwardjones.com. Financial FocusLower Debt Levels Mean Greater Investment Opportunities by Jennifer Basey ONeill Accepts AHA Lifestyle Change AwardCharmaine ONeill, a legal secretary for Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A., has received the 2012 American Heart Association Lifestyle Change Award. This award recognizes an individual who has made changes that will impact their quality of life and improve their health. ONeill was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a heart muscle disease which often leaves those with the condition at high risk for irregular heart beat and sudden cardiac arrest. The disease is hereditary and has taken the life of both her mother and brother at the age of 45. ONeill has lost 25 pounds in the last six months, and inspired many at the law firm to become more health conscious and physically active. Im honored the American Heart Association selected me for the Lifestyle Change Award, said ONeill. It gives me motivation to continue the path Im on, and confirms Im doing the right thing. Its a lifestyle change, its not a diet you start and end diets. This is a neverending change. The American Heart Associations mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. For more information about the AHA, visit www.heart.org. Charmaine ONeill accepting the AHA Lifestyle Change AwardFrom page 27School Smart Play games that help your child categorize Involve your child in cooking or baking activities. Talk out-loud about each of the steps Spend five minutes a day practicing sounds, words and sentence These are great suggestions for language development that all parents should consider. Remember that strong language skills are extremely important skills for successful reading. 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. Lee County Tourist Development Council Welcomes New ChairThe Lee County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has appointed Commissioner Larry Kiker as chairman of the Tourist Development Council (TDC) effective today. Commissioner Kiker brings more than 35 years of business experience to his position. He and his wife own and operate Lahaina Realty. They are residents of Fort Myers Beach. Kiker served on the Fort Myers Beach Local Planning Agency and was elected to the Fort Myers Beach Town Council in March 2007. He became vice-mayor in 2007 and mayor from 2008 until October 2012. As a member of the town council, he represented Fort Myers Beach on committees including the Southwest Florida Planning Council and the Human Resources Council. In 2006, he received the Citizen of the Year award from the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce. Commissioner Kiker has an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He worked for major corporations throughout the United States for 20 years before moving to southwest Florida in 1995. He located to the area to pursue his passion for fishing and boating. He became a United States Coast Guard licensed captain and has charted offshore fishing and diving excursions for more than 10 years. He replaces TDC Chairman John Manning. The nine-member TDC was established by the BOCC in 1983 to increase tourism to Lee County. Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau Announces New MemberThe Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB) welcomes a new member to its staff: Thomas Grissom, senior account clerk. Grissom will work with the VCB to provide additional expertise to its operations. Some of his responsibilities will include monitoring contracts, processing purchase order requests and verifying invoices. Most recently, Grissom held a position as owner/procurement analyst for TNC Holdings, Inc. in Cutler Bay, Florida. His duties included performing audits, coordinating and completing purchase requisition packages, generating statistical reports and monitoring accounts. Grissom, a U.S. Air Force veteran, holds a bachelors degree in aeronautics management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a masters degree in administration from Florida International University. Read us online at IslandSunNews.com

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 21, 201230 deaRPharmacistShocking Cholesterol Newsby Suzy Cohen, RPhDear Pharmacist: I saw Dr. Oz interview a doctor on television about cholesterol. The guest said your total cholesterol doesnt matter and I read that in your book six years ago. Suzy, I take a statin, and do a Lipid Profile annually. Is this okay? MD, Austin, Texas No, its not okay, and Im about to shock everyone, unless youve read my books, then this will be review. Recently I wrote a column about LDL and that we should not necessarily strive to lower it. We need to know the type and number of LDL particles. For example, Lipoprotein A or Lp(a) and another called apolipoprotein B or Apo B are two subtypes of LDL particles. These particular scores directly affect your cardiovascular risk. Do you have those numbers on your lab test? I bet you dont. In my first book, The 24-Hour Pharmacist from 2007 and many syndicated columns, Ive explained that statins are not very effective in reducing LDL particle number or Apo B and usually do not increase the size of your LDL particles, so thats why I dont encourage them. Its confusing for consumers (and physicians who unwittingly accept drug propaganda) because studies conclude statins reduce total LDL. And yes, they do reduce total LDL, they are also excellent anti-inflammatories, so they are not completely without merit. But Im bent on you reducing Lp(a) and Apo B, the dangerous subtypes of LDL known to raise risk for heart attack and stroke. One day Ill tell you which vitamin reduces those bad boys, since drugs cant, but now, back to this testing dilemma. Ill never submit myself for a routine Lipid Profile because it would waste my money. Half the people who have heart attacks have normal total cholesterol. If your results show a low LDL (considered the bad particle), then you may assume youre okay, but you see, a low total LDL score doesnt say much. Your triglycerides might be through the roof! You may have a huge concentration of dangerous Lp(a) and Apo B, subtypes of LDL that are never measured in that basic lipid profile. Likewise, you may be happy with your high HDL cholesterol score, (HDL is considered a good cholesterol), but what if you have the wrong kind of HDL particles? Yeah, some HDL is bad, you didnt know that?! Youre still at very high risk. These basic Lipid Profiles dont provide the crucial details. Its like a car mechanic who you hire to fix your engine, but you only let him look at the hood of your car, he cant open the hood to see inside! The better tests, sometimes covered by insurance, measure particle size, type and sometimes the actual number of LDL and HDL particles. I urge you to ask your physician to order tests from Berkeley HeartLab, a leader in this field. Theres also another one called the VAP Test by Atherotec Diagnostics, and finally, the NMR Lipoprofile by LipoScience. 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. Weight Management Clinic OfferedLosing weight is difficult for most anyone, but for those 65 and older who may be dealing with multiple health issues, weight loss can be quite a challenge. Obesity, especially in older adults, has risen to epidemic proportions and is placing them at greater risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and musculoskeletal conditions, such as worsening arthritis. Medicare now covers the cost of some weight management programs, but many patients are unaware of this benefit. Lee Physician Group has implemented a new behavior modification weight management clinic to address this issue through intense behavioral counseling and nutritional assessments. Nurse practitioners meet with patients on a regular basis and provide them with the guidance and tools necessary to lose weight and ultimately improve coexisting conditions. Patients enrolled in Medicare Part B pay no copays or deductibles for these visits provided they take place in a primary care setting. Receiving individualized support helps keep patients focused and on track to living a healthier lifestyle. This program allows us to work in partnership with the patient to keep them motivated and provide support, said Arlene Wright, a nurse practitioner at Lee Memorial Health System. To qualify, you must have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or higher in order for your doctor to refer you to the program. According to Medicare, this figure applies to more than a third of its beneficiaries. (BMI is an estimate of body fat based on a persons height and weight. Free calculators are available online, or a doctor can assist in calculating the number). Losing weight and keeping it off is not an easy task. Before beginning, participants should understand that lifestyle changes will have to be made in order to be successful. It is better to maintain small amounts of weight loss than to lose large amounts quickly, only to regain it later. This is a lifestyle change program for learning to make healthier choices. There are no fad diets or contracts involved, and scheduling is flexible to meet patients needs. With the help of compassionate medical professionals, successful weight loss is possible for Medicare recipients facing multiple obstacles on their path to better health. For more information, contact Arlene Wright, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, a nurse practitioner with the Florida State University College of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program at Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers. She can be reached at 343-3831. 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 was surfing the Internet tonight, looking for help getting my adult daughter and two grandkids out on their own and found your article. I love your advice! My daughter is divorced and she lost her job and moved back home in August 2003. She started a new job three months ago and doesnt say anything about moving. We are retired and want our house back, but cant afford to move to a condo in Florida. How much time should we give her and how do we get them out? Help!!! Thanks. Margaret Dear Margaret: Unfortunately, this is a dilemma many retirees face. You have helped your daughter and grandkids at a time of crisis, but that crisis is now over. It is time for an exit plan for all involved as soon as possible. I feel our retirement years should be as enjoyable as possible. Most of us want to live in our own space in a quiet environment. We want privacy to watch TV, eat, sleep, go where we want, when we want to and to be able to leave our medicines on our own bedside table. These are the payback years free from the normal noise, stresses and confusion of raising children. You and your husband need your home back to yourselves. Your daughter also needs to get on her own, to make a new life for herself and her children. In a quiet, relaxed time, tell her you are happy she has found a new job and you know she must be thinking of moving out. Tell her you would be happy to assist her with her budgeting, finding a place for herself because you know it is best for her to be on her own as soon as possible. Exercise a little tough love and later she will thank you for it! Lizzie Dear Margaret: I think it was great for you and your husband to help your daughter out the way you did. Divorced women with young children struggle a great deal to get by. On top of that, poor economic conditions make a difficult situation even more difficult. As old as we adult children are, as independent as we think we are, we will always need our parents. With embarrassment, I will admit when around my parents, I behave more like a kid than a grown responsible adult always the kid. I do not think my behavior is much different from others, and therein is your situation. Continue your discussion with your daughter about her future plans and goals. Generally, when someone starts a new job, the first 60 to 90 days are probationary. In some companies, benefits will not begin until after this period. Your daughter is close to, if not past, her probationary period. It is time she plans for the future. Four to six months is a reasonable time for your daughter to find a place to live, and get her life into an independent setting. Simplify your discussion; explain your needs to have your home back. You love her, want her to be happy and successful and will be there for her and she needs to be out on her own. Pryce Lizzie and Pryces email address is momandmeaging@hotmail.com. Rehab Hospital Named Center Of ExcellenceLee Memorial Health System announced that The Rehabilitation Hospital has been designated the first Center of Excellence in the U.S. by the Neuro-Developmental Therapy Association (NDTA), demonstrating a continuing commitment to quality care for adults with central nervous dysfunction. This center of excellence offers individuals with multi-system impairments NDTA Certified and trained professionals in an environment that advances clinical education and clinical excellence. What a great time to recognize this achievement as we celebrate our 25th anniversary, said Walter Ittenbach, Vice President of The Rehabilitation Hospital. The Center of Excellence designation is evidence of our continuing commitment to provide the most comprehensive, effective and outcome oriented medical rehabilitation services to our community. 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Dr. DaveHealthy Role (Or Roll) Models?by Dr. Dave HepburnShould we as doctors be healthy role models to our youth? If we arent, should we lose our jobs? Recently, a raft of rather rotund doctors in Austrias state-run clinics with a BMI (body mass index) over 25 received letters telling them to shape up or theyre fired! Fired for being fat. Fired for being a roll model. One in three kids in North America are overweight while a Big Whoppering nine million kids are classified as obese. Pediatric obesity is the greatest health threat facing our children. Some, unfortunately, are primed to be large as a genetic battle between hormones like ghrelin and leptin is waged in the internal milieu. But many others, the corpulent computer-keystered Kripsy Kremed kids, are also developing a host of co-morbid conditions associated with obesity that, up until now, have never been heard of in children. A life sentence of misery secondary to Type 2 diabetes is showing up in younger and younger kids. More recently, NASH (non alcoholic hepatitis), previously a purview of plump, portly or puffy parents is now showing up in obese youth and damaging their livers. Twelve-year-old livers are looking like theyve been abused in the Navy (Motto: We Sail Wet) for 20 years. A few tips on how to prevent your young un from becoming a big un: 1. Best thing to do for an obese child is to give him a prescription for a new set of parents. Studies indicate that many parents with obese kids, especially overweight boys, see their child through rosecolored glasses and dont see the big problem. Porkys not obese, doctor, hes just big boned. Now youve upset him. There there now, youre mommys little Piglet. Have another Oreo. 2. Breast is best. Another Navy motto, but also refers to the fact that the GUTS (Growing Up Today Study) found that children who had been breastfed were 34 percent less likely to become obese regardless of how chubby or diabetic their mother is. Of course, if your big baby is 27 years old, then perhaps hes just best left fat. 3. Role Model vs. Roll Model. OK, kid, go out and do some push ups or something just leave me alone and keep away from my remote! Kids born to overweight moms are 15 times likely to be obese by age 6 and in fact start to pack on the Gerbers by age 3. 4. Remove words like fat, exercise and diet and replace with more fun euphemisms like play, great nutrition and kumquat. (Kumquat has nothing to do with this article... I just think its a hilarious word.) 5. Dont eat in front of TV. In fact, get rid of your TV. Go ahead. In fact, if you have a 172-inch LCD, then as a caring medical professional, it would be in your best interest for me to remove that from your home. Trust me. I am only thinking of you, your children and the playoffs. 6. Eat as a family. 7. Eat like the French, Slowly all day, lunches with excessive amounts of wine. I believe this works because the diners pass out and dont wake up in time to eat supper. Make the meal a marathon, not a sprint. Try to stretch out the meal or youll stretch out your Lulu Lemons. 8. Start meals with salad or soup. Stuff em early, stuff em hard! (They wont be able to wolf down dessert.) 9. Fridge full of healthy snacks like carrot sticks, celery sticks and Snickers sticks. Obesity comes not only from eating the wrong things, it also comes from not eating the right things. Undernourished kids gain weight as they get hungry and end up eating cardboardlike products. 10. No junk food in the house. Changing eating habits as a child is easier than treating obesity as an adult. I might add that nowhere on the Snickers wrapper does it actually refer to itself as a junk food, per se. 11. Be active in promoting active lifestyle options for kids in your community. 12. Let them get their sleep. Leptin, a good guy hormone, is released during sleep. 12. Move to Vienna. Like the column? Youll LOVE the book the Doctor is In(sane), available at Sanibel Island Bookshop. Contact Dr. Dave or read more at www.wisequacks. org. Dr. Daves book The Doctor is In(sane) is now available for those with a sense of humor and half a sense of health. Pick up a copy at Sanibel Island Bookshop. Contact Dr. Dave or read more at www.wisequacks.org. Dean W. Larson, M.D. Board Certi ed Eyelid Surgeon since 1990 Diplomat of e American Board of Ophthalmology Over 15,000 surgeries performed successfully Serving Lee, Charlotte & Hendry County patients for over 19 yearsWe are conveniently located on the corner of Summerlin and Winkler. Plastic & Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery Eyelid Surgery Center Fort Myers O ce 239.481.9995www.EyelidsOnly.comWE OFFER One-surgeon practice -you always see the same doctor No assembly-line surgery youre the only one Personalized post-operative attention Specialty-trained nursing sta Catered, accommodating care, tailored to your needs NO DOCTOR REFERRAL NEEDEDOver 65? Think eyelid surgery is not a ordable? Medicare STILL pays!Eyelid QuizDo you have to raise your eyebrows to see more clearly? Have you hit your head on a cabinet door while open? Is it di cult to see beside you without turning your head left or right? Do your eyelids close while you are reading? When you play tennis, do you have trouble serving? Do your eyelids feel heavy?If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you qualify for a FREE, no obligation eyelid screening performed by Natasha, COA.Screening candidates receive a $25 movie gift card. 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THE RIVER DECEMBER 21, 201232 Animal Assisted Therapy SymposiumIn collaboration with Florida Gulf Coast University Office of Continuing Education and Off-Campus Programs, The Brody Project in Naples, offers The Impact of Animal Companionship on Human & Animal Health, a symposium for veterinarians, vet technicians, health professionals and the general public from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 16 at The Moorings, 120 Moorings Park Drive in Naples. The keynote speaker is Dr. Alan M. Beck of the Center for the HumanAnimal Bond, School of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University. Presenters also include Karen Lasker, executive director for The Brody Project; and Celeste Lynch, director for Wellness at Moorings Park. Participants will discuss the benefits of human and animal interaction; learn about research related to health benefits of companion animals; and hear details about the emerging field of animal assisted therapy. Cost for general admission is $35. In addition, 2.5 contact hours have been approved by the Florida Boards Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, and Nursing through FGCUs Continuing Education and Off-Campus Programs, Provider #50-10604. Pending approval by Floridas DBPR Board of Veterinary Medicine, 2.5 contact hours will be available for veterinarians through FGCUs Continuing Education & OffCampus Programs, Provider #5590487, PVD#149. To register for the symposium, call 768-7010 or email susannabrennan@ comcast.net. Gulf Coast Humane Societys Home For The Holidays Party A SuccessThe Gulf Coast Humane Societys 3rd annual Home For The Holiday Party on December 8 raised $80,905. All monies raised via the live and silent auctions go directly to benefit the pets in the Gulf Coast Humane Societys care. The Home For The Holidays Party was sponsored by Jacoby and Nealon Wealth Management Group and hosted by Coconut Point Ford. The Gulf Coast Humane Society is a private 501(c)3 not-for-profit animal welfare organization that receives no federal, state or county funding and no funding from the Humane Society of the United States, and relies solely on donations, grants, bequests and fundraising events to further its mission of caring for the unwanted, neglected and abandoned animals of southwest Florida. For more information about the Gulf Coast Humane Society or how to donate, contact 332-0364 or info@gulfcoasthumanesociety.org. Initiative At Cape Coral Hospital To Encourage Bonding After BirthRather than endure the hustle and bustle that typically occurs in maternity centers, the Family Birth Suites of Cape Coral Hospital is allowing mothers and their newborn babies skin to skin contact for the first hour immediately following birth. This new practice, called the Golden Hour, helps baby transition from the womb to the world and is a great opportunity for breastfeeding and bonding. The skin-to-skin contact especially during that first hour after delivery is an amazing time for mom and baby, explains Nancy Travis, RN, labor and delivery nursing director. This natural method has been done for ages; its an evidence-based practice, endorsed by our physicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics. We are thrilled to offer this experience to our new moms and babies. Now, immediately following delivery, baby is placed skin-to-skin with mom to help encourage tactile comfort and bonding as medical care is done bedside. This golden hour of contact after delivery reduces the infants pain responses of crying and grimacing, and reduces incidence of increased heart rate. During a painful procedure, like a heel stick, the majority of babies who are placed skin-to-skin and are breastfeeding demonstrate little or no response to the needle prick. If a baby requires immediate medical attention, he or she will receive that care, and once stabilized will be placed skin-to-skin with mom. This contact also helps to keep baby warm, as mother is the best heat source for newborns, rather than swaddling or warming tables. The golden hour provides a number of benefits for mothers, too. Mothers who choose not to breastfeed will still be placed skin-to-skin with their baby while feeding. This time helps to calm and relax, as well as decrease anxiety and postpartum pain. The skin to skin contact can also stimulate the release of hormones that support breastfeeding and mothering, and help to curb bleeding after birth. More than the physiological effects, the golden hour also provides a sense of control and empowerment. Nationwide, throughout the medical community, mothers who spend the first hour skin-to-skin after delivery report more maternal satisfaction and confidence. Dads or other caregivers also should practice holding the baby skin-to-skin while mom rests, showers or sleeps. And, the skin-to-skin contact should continue even after discharge from the hospital. Parents can employ this comforting technique to warm baby after baths, during feedings or when the baby is fussy or has been through a painful procedure. To implement the golden hour, the staff at the Family Birth Suites at Cape Coral Hospital are working together to ensure that all providers obstetricians, nurses and midwives are educated in this method of delivery. Information also will be included in prenatal classes so parents-to-be understand the process, reasons and benefits of this initiative. Cape Coral Hospital and the Family Birth Suites have been developing initiatives and creating an environment that serves as an optimal healing environment focused on health, prevention, healing and connectivity. The Golden Hour is one more way that Cape Coral Hospital and the Family Birth Suites are able to provide the best care to patients and their families. Visit www.leememorial.org for more information. Humane Society Receives Grant From SWFL Community FoundationGulf Coast Humane Society received a grant from the Southwest Florida Community Foundation to repair and replace aging and broken gates in Canine Cove. The grant monies were received in October and construction is being completed by CRB Contracting Inc. in late December. The existing back kennel gates are more than 20 years old and are either broken or beyond repair. The retrofit gates will be safer for the pets and easier to use for volunteer and staff. For more information, contact Gulf Coast Humane Society at 332-0364 or info@ gulfcoasthumanesociety.org. From page 30Rehab Hospitaleducation and training. It is a reflection of the capabilities of The Rehabilitation Hospital team. A NeuroDevelopmental Treatment (NDT) Trained or NDT Certified therapists education in neurology, physiology and current research is translated into daily practice. They work collaboratively with patients, families, caregivers, and other healthcare professionals to develop individualized comprehensive treatment programs based on NDT theory and philosophy. The NDT approach is used for management and treatment of individuals with central nervous system impairments. The individuals strengths and impairments are identified and addressed in relation to an individual patients assessed needs and stamina. NDT is a hands-on, problem solving approach that continues to evolve with the emergence of new theories, models, research, and information in the movement sciences. Intervention involves direct handling and guidance to optimize function. The approach is guided by the clients reactions throughout every treatment session. NDTA, Inc. is a non-profit organization that strives to promote the unique qualities of the Neuro-Developmental Treatment (DT) approach by: providing specialized clinical training to health care professionals; supporting clinical research; and supporting clients and families with education, resources and information. For more information about the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association, Inc., visit www.ndta.org. To advertise in The River Weekly News Call 415-7732

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33 THE RIVER DECEMBER 21, 2012 Eden Autism Services Florida Names Liz Quinter Advocate Of The MonthAward recognizes people and organizations who are advocates for autism by increasing awareness, raising funds or providing leadership in support of autism Eden Autism Services Florida has recognized Liz Quinter as recipient of the Autism Advocate of the Month award. The award recognizes people or organizations who are advocates for autism by increasing awareness, raising funds or providing leadership in support of autism. Quinter, the mother of a child with Aspergers Syndrome, has worked diligently to keep the Garden at Eden operations going since the gardens manager, John Puig, took a leave of absence. The goal of the garden is to provide improved nutritional and vocational training for the students of Eden Autism Services schools, as well as other interested youth and community groups. Quinter works with volunteers to maintain the farm, composting and Rent-a-Bed operations. Liz saw the positive effect that the garden had on her son and is working to ensure that others receive the same benefits, said Taire Malloy, Director of Development for Eden Autism Services Florida. Working in the garden provides opportunities for increased communication as well as valuable work skills that our students need. Edens Advocate of the Month receives a certificate of appreciation and will be invited to an annual reception. To nominate an advocate for autism who exemplifies Action in Autism, please submit your nomination including persons name, contact information and 50-word summary of why he or she should be selected to Taire.Malloy@edenautism.org or call 992-4680 ext. 5014. Eden Autism Services Florida was founded in 1996 to address the states growing need for specialized services for children and adults with autism and their families. Eden Autism Services mission is to improve the lives of children and adults with autism and provide support to their families by providing a range of community based services to meet specific needs throughout the lifespan. These services include K-12 schools in Fort Myers and Naples, clinical services, consultations and community training, and adult residential, vocational training and employment services. Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that inhibits a persons ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 88 children in the United States, and one in 54 boys. The prevalence of autism has increased 600 percent in the past two decades. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown. Liz Quinter and her son, Mike, work in the Garden at Eden Autism Services Florida More Than $16K Raised For CharitiesGood deeds can come from golf. Recently, 120 businessmen from around Southwest Florida joined together for the 16th Annual Paul Sands Memorial Slaw Dog Invitational and raised more than $16,000 for four local charities. Held at the Cypress Lake Country Club, 30 teams competed in the event founded originally by the late realtor Paul Sands of VIP Commercial TCN Worldwide and motorsports entrepreneur Scott Fischer of Scott Fischer Enterprises. This year, the tournament raised funds for four needy organizations in the area: Blessings In A Backpack, which feeds children on the weekend who are on the federally funded free or reduced meal program in select local public schools The Paul Sands Scholarship Fund, which was created to support individuals interested in pursuing a career in real estate Stockings 4 Kids, which was created by children to help other children have a happy holiday season by providing stockings and gifts Hope Hospice Adopt A Family, providing special holiday assistance for children and younger families either by making a financial gift or by purchasing and wrapping presents from someones wish list Major sponsors for the 16th Annual Paul Sands Memorial Slaw Dog Invitational included Pool Pros, Tween Waters Inn, Bartholomew Realty, Dan Kraft, Entech Computers, Risk Management Insurance and VIP Commercial. Live auction items were provided by Cru, Boston Red Sox, Scott Fischer, Nick Sands and David Grant. Scott Fischer Charities, Inc. is a non-profit charity organization. For more information, contact Cia Sherman at 690-4648. Development CityYear BuiltSquare FootageListing PriceSelling PriceDays on Market Richardsons O L Sanibel2003 4,358 4,495,0004,275,000 23 Bonita BeachBonita Springs1973 3,124 1,999,9992,600,000 21 Bonita BayBonita Springs1998 5,266 2,475,0002,375,000 5 Metes and BoundsCaptiva1983 1,148 1,750,0001,500,000 246 Hermitage Cape Coral2001 4,742 1,290,0001,160,000 92 Deerwood Bonita Springs1995 3,363 1,080,0001,080,000 38 Addison PlaceBonita Springs2006 3,024 1,199,0001,000,000 118 West Bay Club Estero2007 4,896 950,000925,000 7 Cape HarbourCape Coral1998 3,667 975,000900,000 155 Cape Coral Cape Coral1985 3,461 899,900825,000 47Courtesy of Royal Shell Real EstateTop 10 Real Estate Sales From page 30Rehab HospitalCertified therapists education in neurology, physiology and current research is translated into daily practice. They work collaboratively with patients, families, caregivers, and other healthcare professionals to develop individualized comprehensive treatment programs based on NDT theory and philosophy. The NDT approach is used for management and treatment of individuals with central nervous system impairments. The individuals strengths and impairments are identified and addressed in relation to an individual patients assessed needs and stamina. NDT is a hands-on, problem solving approach that continues to evolve with the emergence of new theories, models, research, and information in the movement sciences. Intervention involves direct handling and guidance to optimize function. The approach is guided by the clients reactions throughout every treatment session. NDTA, Inc. is a non-profit organization that strives to promote the unique qualities of the Neuro-Developmental Treatment (DT) approach by: providing specialized clinical training to health care professionals; supporting clinical research; and supporting clients and families with education, resources and information. For more information about the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association, Inc., visit www.ndta.org.

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PUZZLE ANSWERS DID YOU KNOW 1. PSYCHOLOGY: If you had choreophobia, what would you be afraid of? 2. COMICS: What comic hero has a nemesis named Ming the Merciless? 3. TELEVISION: Where were the characters of Laverne and Shirley employed in Milwaukee? 4. ARCHITECTURE: Who invented the geodesic dome? 5. LITERATURE: What were the names of The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas? 6. MOVIES: What male actor starred in the 1981 film Arthur, and who was his leading lady? 7. GEOGRAPHY: Where is the island country of Sri Lanka located? 8. CHEMISTRY: What is the Periodic Table symbol for zinc? 9. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What nickname did author Tom Wolfe give the 1970s? 10. LANGUAGE: What are corsairs? TRIVIA TEST 1. Dancing 2. Flash Gordon 3. Shotz Brewery 4. Richard Buckminster Fuller 5. Aramis, Athos and Porthos 6. Dudley Moore and Liza Minelli 7. Off the coast of India 8. Zn 9. The Me Decade 10. Privately owned warships ANSWERSTHE RIVER DECEMBER 21, 201234 My Stars FOR WEEK OF DECEMBER 24, 2012ARIES (March 21 to April 19) An old adversary wants to make amends over the holidays. The decision is yours. But wouldnt it be nice to share the upcoming new year with another friend? TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) As news of your work gets around, expect to receive a special holiday gift from influential contacts who could help you launch your new projects in the new year. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Instead of fussing over what you didnt do to prepare for the holidays, relax and enjoy the kudos for a job truly well done. A happy surprise awaits you early next year. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) The best way to shake off lingering holiday blues is to join loved ones in the fun and festivities of this special time. A confusing situation starts to make sense in upcoming weeks. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Special emotional rewards mark this holiday time for Leos and Leonas who are able to open up to new relationships and the possibilities they offer in the upcoming year. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Your efforts to make the holidays especially memorable for some people will be rewarded in some unexpected (but very welcome) ways in the upcoming year. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Be assured that your efforts to make this holiday special for everyone wont go unnoticed by those who could make some important changes in your life. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Lots of folks want you to light up their holiday parties. But try to take some quiet time twixt those glittering galas to spend with some very special people. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) While the current round of holiday revels has your social life on the fast track, someone special might want to keep pace with you next year, as well. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Enjoy all the fun you deserve at this holiday time. However, dont lose sight of the need to check out some of the changes the new year is expected to bring. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) What happens during this holiday time can help clear up some of the confusion jeopardizing a once-stable relationship. Follow your instincts on what to do next. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Your holidays are brightened by new friends eager to become part of your life. But dont forget to spend time with that one special person. (You know who!) BORN THIS WEEK: You have the ability to encourage people to reach their potential by setting an example with your own efforts. On Dec. 30, 1853, the United States acquires 30,000 square miles of land in what is now southern New Mexico and Arizona for $15 million. The purchase settled the dispute over the location of the Mexican border west of El Paso, Texas, and established the final boundaries of the southern United States. On Dec. 28, 1869, the Knights of Labor, a labor union of tailors in Philadelphia, holds the first Labor Day ceremonies in American history. In 1894, Congress designated the first Monday in September a legal holiday for all federal employees and the residents of the District of Columbia. On Dec. 29, 1878, the first game is played between two teams of the first professional baseball league in Cuba. Baseball was introduced in Cuba around 1864, when some students returned home from studying in the United States and introduced their fellow islanders to the bat and ball. On Dec. 25, 1880, Layne Hall is born in Mississippi. When he died in 1990, Hall was the oldest licensed driver in the United States. In his nearly 75 years on the road, Hall never got a speeding ticket or citation of any kind. On Dec. 26, 1917, during World War I, President Woodrow Wilson announces the nationalization of many of the countrys railroads. The Railroad Control Act stated that within 21 months of a peace treaty, the railroads would be returned to their owners. In March 1920, the railroads became private property once again. On Dec. 27, 1932, at the height of the Great Depression, thousands of people turn out for the opening of Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Radio City Music Hall was designed as a palace for the people -a place of beauty where ordinary folks could see high-quality entertainment. It remains the largest indoor theater in the world. On Dec. 24, 1979, the Soviet Union invades Afghanistan under the pretext of upholding the Soviet-Afghan Friendship Treaty of 1978. Within days, the Soviets had secured the capital of Kabul after overcoming fierce but brief resistance from the Afghan army. It was beloved American film star Katharine Hepburn who made the following sage observation: Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get, only with what you are expecting to give -which is everything. You might be surprised to learn that one out of every 18 people has a third nipple. The epic 1939 film Gone With the Wind was awarded 10 Academy Awards and is a beloved classic to this day. Given the astounding success of the movie, its shocking that one of the stars, Vivien Leigh, was paid only $15,000 for her role as Scarlett OHara. The worlds smallest spider is about the size of the period at the end of this sentence. You may not realize it, but not all light beers have fewer calories than brews without that label. A beer simply has to be lighter in color to be called light. The African ostrich lays an egg that weighs a whopping 30 pounds. Its so sturdy that a grown man can stand on it without causing it any harm. When the Titanic sank in 1912, many passengers perished in the frigid waters because no ship came to their aid until the Carpathia arrived more than two hours after the disaster. However, there was another ship nearby as the liner sank: a freighter, the California, was only 10 miles away. The crew even saw emergency flares fired from the liner, but they thought it was part of a celebration rather than a signal of distress. Although a normal human infant is born with 350 bones, the normal human adult has only 206 bones. Im an excellent housekeeper. Every time I get a divorce, I keep the house. -Zsa Zsa Gabor THIS WEEK IN HISTORY STRANGE BUT TRUE THOUGHT FOR THE DAY SPORTS QUIZ 1. When was the last time the Chicago White Sox finished last in their division? 2. True or false: In his only season as manager of the Minnesota Twins, Billy Martin led the team to the playoffs. 3. Who led the NFL in rushing the one year that Clevelands Jim Brown didnt during his nine-year NFL career? 4. How many times has Brigham Youngs mens basketball team made the NCAA Tournament without ever reaching the Final Four? 5. Name the first eighth-seeded NHL team to eliminate a No. 1 and a No. 2 seed in the same season. 6. In 2012, Kamron Doyle (14 years, 218 days old) became the youngest bowler to finish in the top three in a PBA event. Who had been the youngest? 7. Who was the youngest U.S. boxer to win an Olympic gold medal? 1. It was 1989, when they were 69-92. 2. True. The Twins won the A.L. West in 1969. 3. Green Bays Jim Taylor rushed for 1,474 yards in 1962. 4. The Cougars have been to 27 NCAA Tournaments. 5. The Los Angeles Kings, in 2012. 6. Wesley Low, at 14 years, 344 days old, nished third in a PBA event earlier in 2012. 7. Jackie Fields was 16 when won a gold medal in the featherweight division in 1924. ANSWERS

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FI S HIN G C HARTERLight Tackle Sport Fishing Tarpon Snook Red sh & More p CAPT. MAT CAPT. MAT T T MI MI TCHELL TCHELL USCG USCG Licensed Licensed & Insured & InsuredC: (239) 340-8651www.captmattmitchell.com email: captmattmitchell@aol.comFINAN C IAL S ERVI C E S THE RIGHT INVESTMENTS IN YOUR IRA CANMAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE. To learn about the bene ts of an Edward Jones IRA, call or visit today.www.edwardjones.com Member SIPC Jennifer L Basey Financial Advisor1952-2 Park Meadows Dr Ft Myers, FL 33907 239-437-5900 TREE & LAWN CARE Jesus Hernandez J LAWN CARE & TREE SERVICE482-7350 12 years serving San-Cap & Ft. MyersLandscaping Tree Service Stump Grinding Landscape Design Ponds Landscape Refurbishing Pepper Clearing Lbtn Cbfr Db Licensed & Insured Free Estimateswww.jesuslawncare.comEMAIL: jesuslawncare@gmail.com C OMPUTERS COS METI CS MAGGIE BUTCHER 904 Lindgren Blvd. Sanibel Island, FL 33957 Ph: 239-395-0978 / 317-509-6014 mbutcher@marykay.com Products: www.marykay.com/mbutcher Remember me for GIFTS, GIFTS, GIFTSCareer information available Gift ideas available CO N S TRU C TI O N/REM O DELIN G answer on page35 PUZZLE ANSWERS SUDOKU SCRAMBLERSPROFESSIONAL DIRECTORY 35 THE RIVER DECEMBER 21, 2012

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CLASSIFIED DEADLINE FRIDAY AT NOON CLASSIFIED DEADLINE FRIDAY AT NOON CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS THE RIVER DECEMBER 21, 201236 HELP WANTED HELP WANTED SERVICES OFFERED SERVICES OFFERED COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE VACATION RENTAL ISABELLA RASIHAPPY TO HELP YOUWITH ALL OF YOURREAL ESTATE NEEDS! RS 12/7 NC TFN 1101 Periwinkle Way #105 Sanibel, FL 33957ISABELLA RASI(239) 246-4716EISABELLARASI@AOL.COM International Client Base 600 Shops Worldwide Multi-Lingual Sta 3883 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel, Fl Phone: 239-472-3644, ext 1 Fax: 239-472-2334 www.crowclinic.orgHELP US PLEASE!!We need volunteers for: Clinic emergency patient admissions desk and baby animal feeders Visitor education center greeters and gift shop cashiers CROW (239) 472-3644, ext. 231 or volunteers@crowclinic.orgRS 10/28 NC TFN VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDAt The Sanibel School Call Michelle Wesley 239-910-8000RS 4/6 NC TFN HOUSE KEEPING SERVICES WANTEDHouse Keeping services wanted for Sanibel Island home. Contact Mary at 410-1004 RS 12/21 CC TFN LIME TREE CENTER CONDO UNIT FOR SALEFOR SALE Commercial condo in 5-unit complex centrally located on Periwinkle Way. Can be used for of ce or retail. Motivated to sell. $225,000. Call Janie Howland, Realtor, VIP Realty. 239-850-6419. RS 11/30 CC TFN SANIBELOPEN HOUSES POSTED DAILYRS 11/9 BM TFN Pfeifer Realty Group Sanibel Island, FL239-472-0004VISIT:SanibelOpenHouses.com Island VacationsOf Sanibel & CaptivaMillion $ Views Await You! Cottages Condos Homes Miles of Beaches & Bike Paths239-472-72771-888-451-7277RS 10/9 BM TFN ATRIUM CONDO RENTAL2 bedroom/2 bath updated condo. Gulf Front, pool & tennis. Call on this rare offering Rentals Bi-weekly, monthly or Seasonal 239-633-9396 or DSears2007@aol.com RS 12/14 CC 2/1 LIGHTHOUSE REALTYPaul J. Morris, Broker VACATION RENTALS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & SALES 359 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island 239-579-0511RR 7/20 CC TFN 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 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, garbage disposal. Trane A/C with Pro 4000 programmable thermostat. Tile oors. Full vinyl deck. Pavers. Oodles of space. Hurricane sun & window protection lm. Much more, too numerous to mention. Price reduced to $65,000 OBO. Ground rental $541.66/mo. Key at of ce. Dorisdavenport@hotmail.com 239-209-1869 RS 11/30 CC TFN LOVING PEOPLE NEEDED FOR IN-HOME CAREProvide one on one Care to the elderly Over-Nights and Weekend Shifts All other shifts available too HOME INSTEAD SENIOR CARE Call Michele at 239-433-4025NS 12/7 CC 12/14 RECEPTIONISTSeasonal help needed starting last week of December in busy Physical Therapy Clinic. Scheduling, ling, chart management. Full Time hours 8:30-5pm. Salary depends on experience. Stop by of ce for application. No phone calls. 4301 Sanibel-Captiva Rd.NS 12/14 CC 12/21 VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDVolunteers needed for the After School Program which runs Mon.-Th, 2:30 3:15 pm call Linda Reynolds 472-1617NS 12/14 NC TFN SANIBEL HOME WATCHRetired Police Captain Lives on Sanibel Will Check Your Home Weekly Very Reasonable Rates (239) 728-1971RS 11/30 BM TFN PUESTA DEL SOL CLEANING SERVICEResidential Commercial Medical Banks Local/seasonal references/free estimate Low prices with free laundry!! Puestadelsolcleaning.com 239-770-4008 Juliasalazar3@hotmail.com 239-878-4472RS 10/12 CC TFN HELLES CLEANING SERVICESResidential Cleaning to Satisfaction Sanibel & Captiva 239-565-0471 Sanibel Lic. #11412 Lee Co. Lic. #051047NS 10/26 PC TFN RS 12/14 CC 12/28 GULFSIDE PLACE PENTHOUSE!2/2 plus den top oor condominium with panoramic views of the gulf. Over 1800 sq of living space and nearly 2000 total. $949,000 furnished Just listed! Go to www.GulfsidePlaceSanibel.com Glenn Carretta Broker Associate Now With VIP Realtors glennc@coconet.com239-850-9296www.TeamSanibel.com MASSAGE THERAPIST HAIR STYLIST NAIL TECHNICIAN3 Years Experience. New Waterfront Luxury Salon/Spa opening on Sanibel Island. Send resume to: gpailes@mac.comNS 12/14 CC 12/21 EXPERIENCED HOUSEKEEPER / BABY SITTER WANTED!My house and two small boys are waiting for you 1/26 3/6/13 in Sanibel. Mo-Sa 7-11am, some afternoons & evenings upon request. Contact: pres@princessday.deNS 12/21 CC 12/21 PERIWINKLE PARKThis charming 2 bedroom unit is as neat as a pin. Completely updated, most desirable lot and close to all extra amenities. 2nd bedroom could be used as studio or of ce. Listen to the birds while you sit on your deck and realize you own a slice of Sanibel. $22,000. Call 239.233.7060 to preview NS 12/21 CC 12/28 COMPANION SERVICE Sanibel-Captiva Care and Companion Service, LLC Medical appointments, general transportation, shopping, light meal preparations, and light cleaning. Our services are customized to meet our clients needs. Call 239-395-3591, or for an emergency call 239-472-0556.RS 10/12 BM TFN HOME/CONDO WATCH CONCIERGE SERVICESDorado Property Management Full Range of Services Island Resident Licensed & Insured 24/7 Call Lisa or Bruce at 239-472-8875RS 10/12 BM TFN HOME WATCH SANIBELProperty Management-Bookkeeping Call Bob or Sally Island Residents 239-565-7438, sanisal186@gmail.com WWW.HOMEWATCHSANIBEL.COMNS 12/14 CCTFN HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENTFormer Innkeepers/Estate Managers recently returned to Ft Myers seeking their next experience. Hospitality, general maintenance, housekeeping,grounds keeping. We can provide references, please call or email for resumes and/ or interview. Looking forward to hearing from you, Jon and Mary 603-322-3019, captjon@hotmail.com.NS 12/21 CC 12/21 PART TIME GUEST ASSOCIATEPart Time, Sanibel Condo Resort Guest Associate needed. Sat & Sun hours, 8 to 10 hrs per week. Duties include: Guest check-ins/check-outs, phones, reservations, bike rentals, guest services. Tolls provided. Please respond to sanibel@gate.net or call 239-472-4634.NS 12/21 CC 12/28

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CLASSIFIED DEADLINE FRIDAY AT NOON CLASSIFIED DEADLINE FRIDAY AT NOON CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS 37 THE RIVER DECEMBER 21, 2012 GARAGE MOVING YARDSALES CAUTION VACATION RENTAL ANNUAL RENTAL ANNUAL RENTAL CAR FOR SALE WANTED TO BUY BOATS CANOES KAYAKS TAXES & FINANCE FOR SALE FICTITIOUS NAMEDUNES TOWNHOUSE Dunes; spacious townhouse with 3+bdrms./3 baths avail. btwn. Dec 1st March 1st; Vaulted ceilings, screened in porches, gracious living area and 2 car garage. View is of propertys swim pool and tennis court. Steps to Bay & moments to beach. Cable TV, Wi internet, tel. and central AC. avail. for a 1-3 month rental. Rates based on $800. $1,400. wkly. rates Call owners directly at 508-965-3751 or e-mail: murray.camp@rcn.comRS 10/19 CC TFN PRIVATE BEACH ACCESS GULF PINES 3BDR/2BTH, Screened Lanai, Wi/Fi Pool & Tennis Seasonal & Monthly Rates Owner 786-877-5330 miamiblocks@bellsouth.net NS 10/19 CC TFN DOCKAGEHourly, Daily, Weekly and Monthly. Captiva Island 472-5800RS 1/30 NC TFN CASH PAID FOR MILITARY ITEMSCash Paid For Old Military Items. Medals, Swords, Uniforms, helmets, old guns, awards & more. Local Toll Free 1-866-440-3280RS 11/23 CC 1/11 1991 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE69,000 miles. Good condition, New Tires. $6,500. or best offer. Call Ken at 239-472-3757.NS 11/2 CC TFN ANNUAL RENTALSSANIBELCONDOMINIUM Across from Beach, 2/2 F. Pool/tennis @ $1,400/mo472-6747Gulf Beach Properties, Inc.Paul H. Zimmerman, Broker/OwnerServing The Islands Rental Needs Since 1975 RS 12/07 BM TFNROOMMATE WANTEDRoommate to share beautiful home in the Dunes. Annual or Seasonal. $700 plus half utilities. 239-321-1084.NS 11/30 CC TFN RE/MAX OF THE ISLANDSPutting owners and tenants together Call Dustyn Corace www.remax-oftheislands.com 239-472-2311RS 3/30 BM TFN ANNUAL RENTAL Apartment for lease on Sanibel, Mid Island, Furnished, 1B/1B $895. per month. Call 734-761-7600 ext. 231. NS 11/23 CC TFN FOR RENTHome to Share. Large outside deck, carport, laundry room. Furnished $500. + utilities, female. N/P, N/S. Call 239-699-5320 NS 11/23 CC TFN ANNUAL RENTAL2/2 UF condo with den. On canal, East End of Sanibel. W/D, boat dock, deeded beach access, covered parking. $1,500/month. Call 239-728-1920. RS 12/7 CC TFN HUGE ESTATE/JEWELRY SALEMerry Christmas Season Clearance 30% off all old consignments! NEW WEEK NEW SALES! Large OLD indoor lighting xtures Remington Bronzes Whitehead Prints Rauschenberg Memorabilia SeaShells Tiny Italian Mosaics Chinese Snoofs Taxco Mexican Southwester & Peruvian OLDER 925 Sterling Silver Jewelry Earrings Rings Bracelets Necklaces Vast array ONE OF A KIND uniquities! Sanibel Consignments 2431 Periwinkle Way 472-5222, www.sanibelauction.com RS 12/14 CC TFN RS 12/21 CC 12/28FICTITIOUS NAMEFICTITIOUS NAME NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned, desiring to engage in business under The ctitious name of Sanibel Health Club, located in Lee County, Florida, with an address of 975 Rabbit Road, Unit 1, Sanibel, Florida 33957 has registered said name with The Division of Corporations of the Department of State, Tallahassee, Florida. Dated the 13th day of December, 2012. Sanibel-Captiva Health Club, LLC.NS 12/21 CC 12/21 YARD SALESat. Dec. 22, 9-3 3009 Singing Wind Drive Sanibel NS 12/21CC 12/21 GARAGE/YARD SALESFri. & Sat. Dec. 21-22, 8am to 3 pm. 1290 Sandcastle Road, Sanibel. Many Unique items!NS 12/21 CC 12/21 ROOM FOR RENTRoom Private Bath, Beach Access, $500. per month. Call 239-851-5237. NS 12/21 CC 12/21 ANNUAL RENTALSANIBEL, Beach Access Annual rental, 2BR, 1 BA, 1/2 Duplex, near beach. Private laundry, dishwasher, unfurnished. No pets, non-smoker. PH 708-557-1083NS 12/21 CC 12/28

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Read us online at islandsunnews.com Read us online at islandsunnews.com SUDOKUTo play Sudoku: Complete the grid so that every row, column and every 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 through 9 (the same number cannot appear more than once in a row, column or 3x3 box.) There is no guessing and no math involved, just logic.answer on page 35 If you would like your club/organization listed in The River Calling Card, phone 415-7732Emergency .........................................................................................911 Lee County Sheriffs Of ce ........................................................477-1200 Florida Marine Patrol ................................................................332-6966 Florida Highway Patrol ..............................................................278-7100 Poison Control ................................................................1-800-282-3171HealthPark Medical Center .......................................1-800-936-5321Ft. Myers Chamber of Commerce .............................................332-3624 Foundation for Quality Childcare ..............................................425-2685 Ft. Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce ..................................454-7500 Fort Myers Beach Library .........................................................463-9691 Lakes Regional Library ............................................................533-4000 Lee County Chamber of Commerce ..........................................931-0931 Post Of ce .....................................................................1-800-275-8777 Visitor & 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 .............................................................334-2999 Florida Repertory Theatre at the Arcade ..................................332-4488 Florida West Arts ......................................................................948-4427 Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers.......................................472-0168 Gulf Coast Symphony ...............................................................489-1800 Harmony Chorus, Charles Sutter, Pres .....................................481-8059 Naples Philharmonic ...........................................................239-5971111 The Schoolhouse Theater .........................................................472-6862 S.W. Florida Symphony .............................................................418-0996 Theatre Conspiracy ..................................................................936-3239 Young Artists Awards ................................................................574-9321CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONSAngel Flight ................................................................1-877-4AN-ANGEL Animal Refuge Center ...............................................................731-3535 American Business Women Association ...................................357-6755 Audubon of SWFL .....................................................................339-8046 Audubon Society .......................................................................472-3156 Caloosahatchee Chapter DAR ..................................................482-1366 Caloosahatchee Folk Society ...................................................321-4620 Cape Chorale Barbershop Chorus .................................1-855-425-3631 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 Sons of Confederate Veterans ..................................................332-2408 Southwest Florida Fencing Academy ........................................939-1338 Southwest Florida Music Association ........................................561-2118 Kiwanis Clubs: Fort Myers Beach.................................................765-4254 or 454-8090 Fort Myers Edison .....................................................................694-1056 Fort Myers South ......................................................................691-1405 Gateway to the Islands..............................................................415-3100 Iona-McGregor..........................................................................482-0869Lions 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 ................................................472-6940 United Way of Lee County ........................................................433-2000 United Way 211 Helpline (24 hour) .................................211 or 433-3900AREA ATTRACTIONSBailey-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 ..............................................................321-7558 Imaginarium Hands-On Museum & Aquarium ............................321-7420 JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge ................................472-1100 Koreshan State Historic Site ..............................................239-992-0311 Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center .......................765-8101 Skatium ......................................................................................321-7510 Southwest Florida Museum of History ......................................321-7430 True Tours .................................................................................945-0405 Pets Of The Week THE RIVER DECEMBER 21, 201238 Hello, my name is Athena and I am a 2-year-old spayed female black Labrador Retriever mix. Im a joyful, tailwagging girl. If you are looking for a good family pet, Im the one for you. Whether we take long walks or go to the beach (Dog Beach would be ideal), Ill be your best buddy! My adoption fee is $38 (regularly $75) during Animal Services Home 4 The Holidays Adoption Promotion. Hello, my name is Sax and Im a 4-year-old neutered male domestic short hair. I may look like your average orange tabby, but I have one of the best personalities of all the cats at the shelter. Animal Services was awarded custody of me because I didnt come from a very good home. My Christmas wish is that a nice family would give me the home Ive always wanted where Ill be safe and loved. I will be happy playing with your other pets or just showering you with all my attention. My adoption fee is $10 (regularly $50) during Animal Services Home 4 The Holidays Adoption Promotion. For information about this weeks pets, call 533-7387 (LEE-PETS) or log on to Animal Services website at www.LeeLostPets.com. When calling, refer to the animals ID number. The website updates every hour so you will be able to see if these or any other pets are still available. The shelter is open for adoptions from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The shelter is located at 5600 Banner Drive in Fort Myers, next to the Lee County Sheriffs Office off Six Mile Cypress Parkway. All adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, rabies vaccination and county license if three months or older, flea treatment, worming, heartworm test for dogs six months and over, feline AIDS and leukemia test for cats, training DVD, 10-day health guarantee and a bag of Science Diet pet food. The adoption package is valued at $500. Sax ID# 419018 Athena ID# 532351 photos by squaredogphoto.com

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