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From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort MyersRead Us Online at IslandSunNews.com Lynx Sailing Into Fort Myers BeachAll law-abiding and loyal citizens are urged to be vigilant and alert to the presence on your coast of the weatherly, fast and heavily armed clipper called the Lynx. The 122-foot square top sail schooner will be sailing into Fort Myers Beach on Thursday, January 3 at noon. Join the flotilla as Lynx fires a salute from her main battery of six-pounder carronades upon her grand entrance. We are very excited to visit Fort Myers Beach for the first time, and want to thank wholeheartedly Rob DeGennaro with Nervous Nellies Waterfront Eatery for hosting our visit. It is through his generous support that area residents will have the chance to walk the decks and step back in time aboard Lynx, Americas Privateer, our National Treasure, said Jeffrey Woods, executive director, Lynx Educational Foundation. Lynx, Americas Privateer, has arrived on the east coast from Hawaii and California, and is scheduled for a five-year mission along the East Coast of the United States, The Gulf Coast, The Great Lakes and Canada celebrating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and The Star-Spangled Banner. Dont miss this opportunity when Lynx makes a special appearance in Fort Myers Beach to relive history. Lynx is an interpretation of an actual privateer named Lynx built by Thomas Kemp in 1812 in Fells Point, Maryland. She was among the first ships to defend American freedom by evading the British naval fleet then blockading American ports and serving in the important privateering efforts. Although captured early in the war, the original Lynx design was recognized as superior. With her rakish profile and superior sailing abilities, she served as an inspiration to those ships that would follow. Naval architects continue to study her power and grace. She is fitted with period ordnance and flies pennants and flags from the 1812 era. With a noble mission, Lynx acts as a dynamic educational platform and provides a unique opportunity for students to interact with their American history lessons and renders a hands-on experience. Students and adults recognize the War of 1812 as a significant element of American heritage and as a turning point in the development of our national identity. continued on page 4 The Lynx will arrive in Fort Myers Beach on January 3 at noon Elegant New Years Eve In Downtown Fort MyersEver wish you could ring in the New Year with one of those movie picture perfect events like in When Harry Met Sally? Celebrate this New Years Eve in the picturesque movie-like elegance as the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center and the Fort Myers Film Festival are coming together to throw the classiest New Years Eve party in town. The classy event will take place at the epicenter of a huge downtown Fort Myers outdoors bash and this event will be the crme de le crme must attend of the night. The all-ages party will be in the finest building in Fort Myers with hosts Eric Raddatz and Melissa Tschari DeHaven with a featured live performance by Jazzlyn Little of X-Factor fame. The night will also include performances by Melting Clockwork and Princess Johnson and include special guests Carie Small of Lingerie Football League fame, filmmaker Pat Mitchell and Lane Elder.continued on page 5 Downtown Countdown CelebrationGet ready for Southwest Floridas biggest party in the River District at the 2013 Fort Myers Downtown Countdown To New Years Eve Held on Monday, December 31 from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m, the event is for people of all ages, including the little who will have a blast in the new Kid Zones. The New Years Eve celebration also includes live entertainment, nonstop music, an International Food Court, Wine & Beer Garden, 3-D light show, prizes, surprises, fireworks and more. Southwest Floridas famous big ball will drop at midnight to ring in the new year, along with a spectacular fireworks show over the New River Basin. Admission is free, but there are preferred viewing tickets at $10 and $15, along with VIP tickets starting at $99 per person which includes special access, food and a champagne toast at midnight. Go to www.FortMyersDowntownCountdown.com for more information. Downtown Countdown takes place on December 31 from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Happy New Year! VOL. 11, NO. 51 DECEMBER 28, 2012


Historic Downtown Fort Myers, Then And Now: View From City Hall, Circa 1964by Gerri ReavesIn the spring of 1964, Fort Myers City Clerk Sara Nell Hendry Gran faced the entrance to City Hall and had her photo snapped. We can only guess at the occasion. Gran collected many photos of her years in city government, including birthdays, Christmas parties, swearings-in ceremonies, informal photos of co-workers and out-of-town conferences. The southeastern view from the corner of Main and Heitman Streets 48 years ago reveals a landscape that is much more open than it is today. The unobstructed view to the courthouse (center background) and the tailfins on the car behind Gran also date the photo. Besides the courthouse, one other structure has survived -the former Bobs Royal Palm Texaco service station (left), now a car-detailing business. The most dramatic change in the view is the massive presence of the Justice Center, which currently occupies the parking lot seen behind Gran in the 1964 photo. Also significant is the disappearance of the 1926 Ford dealership (right, with awnings), a victim of the wrecking ball in 1990. In 1964, that beloved building had recently been renovated and rechristened the Smith Building. It was occupied by the Fort Myers Travel Agency and Hertz Rent-ACar System. Anyone who stood today where Gran stood in 1964 would notice yet another major change in the landscape. Grans workplace, the citys second permanent City Hall, no longer exists. Built in 1954, it had a short life as City Hall only until around 1971. It was demolished in 1985. As for the smiling woman in the 1964 photo, she is remembered not only as an outstanding city servant for 29 years 19 as city clerk but as an historian, a role that might have come naturally to the great-granddaughter of the Father of Fort Myers, Capt. Francis A. Hendry. For decades, she was active in many local history-related organizations, including the Southwest Florida Historical Society and others at the state level. She was also instrumental as a consultant for historian Karl H. Grismer, who published The Story of Fort Myers in 1949. In 2008, the Board of Lee County Commissioners recognized Sara Nell Hendry Grans strong commitment to Lee County and her efforts to bring the regions history to life for new generations of Floridians. In 2010, the Southwest Florida Historical Society named its research room in her honor. She died in 2011 at age 93. Take a walk to Main and Heitman to see what stands on the land where Fort Myers first and second city halls once stood.continued on page 6 Only the former Texaco station building (left) remains the same in this view from the northwest corner of Main and Heitman photo by Gerri Reaves Sara Nell Hendry Gran faces the entrance to the Fort Myers City Hall in 1964. The historic Lee County Courthouse is center background courtesy of Southwest Florida Historical Society 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 28, 20122


3 THE RIVER DECEMBER 28, 2012 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. Myers, FL 33919 239-476-9000 239-476-9000Four Great Locations! HAVE A SAFE & HAPPY HAVE A SAFE & HAPPY NEW YEAR! NEW YEAR! Fort Myers Public Art: Parallel Parkby Tom HallIn most places, parking garages blight rather than enhance urban environments, but Parallel Park has transformed the five-story Lee County Justice Center Parking Garage into a work of fine art that has first time visitors asking, Is this the fine art museum? But the 23 art panels that cover all four sides of the parking structure are more than decorative. Theyre designed to screen the parked cars inside from public view. The latter is a Fort Myers building code requirement. Architect Kevin Williams of BSSW Architects could have used lattice and bougainvillea, but decided the county should instead add to the citys public art collection. He opted to use an open-weave fabric made of Kevlar and fiberglass for strength and durability. The saw tooth pattern of the tubular attachments holds the panels on even in high winds, facilitates air circulation and ventilation inside the structure, and permits people to view the artwork up close as well as from a distance, Williams explains. The project was running behind schedule by then, and it fell upon New York-based Marylyn Dintenfass to convert Williams maverick idea into a reality. Dintenfass is an abstract artist with pedigree. Not only can her paintings be found in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, shed completed 26 other monumental public art installations. But Parallel Park would be her largest undertaking to date. Her challenge was to take ten 35-inchsquare paintings, digitize, drum scan and enlarge them to 10 times their original size without distorting the original images. That proved to be the easy part. More challenging was finding a way to print the images on fabric that contains quarterinch holes to accommodate air flow and prevent ripping and tearing in high winds. Fortunately, printer Jerry Banks in Hickory, North Carolina found a way to get the job done. But even viewers schooled in modern art are often left wondering what theyre supposed to make of all those brightlycolored circles and squiggles. [Its about] the artists veneration of the car as an object [that symbolizes] freedom, identity and individual personality, writes Aliza Edelman, who recently penned a book on the making of Parallel Park. In Dintenfass-speak, circles mean tires, steering wheels and dash board instrumentation. And instead of squiggles, think on-ramps, roadways and AAA trip maps. Theyre all apt similes given not only that the art panels cover a parking garage, but that the garage is located in a city where Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone once wintered. Parallel Park is just one of nearly two dozen public artworks youll find scattered throughout the downtown Fort Myers River District. 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. Parallel Park transformed the Lee County Justice Center Parking Garage into a work of art


THE RIVER DECEMBER 28, 20124 From page 1Lynx Sailing Into Fort Myers BeachThe Privateer Lynx was hired to train the cast and crew of the hit movie Pirates of the Caribbean. Climb aboard and step back in time as you relive history and feel the adventure. Join the crew and hoist the sails, steer the ship, fire the main battery of sixpounder carronades and experience first hand life aboard a traditional, square topsail schooner. On decks and below, Lynx evokes the life, spirit and atmosphere of a vanished age of sail. Fort Myers Beach Schedule: January 3 to 17 Grand arrival of Lynx is Thursday, January 3 at noon with a deck gun salute Public Dockside Tours are 3 to 6 p.m. January 4 to 17 Public Deck Tours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Public Sailaway is 3 to 5 p.m. Pricing for Public Dockside Tours is a $6 donation for adults; children 12 and under are free. Public Sailaways are $65 for adults; children 12 and under are $35. The ship is closed January 14 for a crew day off. Boarding is at Nervous Nellies Waterfront Eatery at Snug Harbor Marina, 1131 First Street in Fort Myers Beach (under the Sky Bridge). All proceeds help support the educational programs taught aboard Lynx. Also, sail with the crew on a port-toport overnight passage and be a part of the crew on a unique experience from Fort Myers Beach to St. Petersburg. For reservations or more information, call 866-446-5969 (PST) or visit www. privateerlynx.org for online ticketing and donations. The Lynx, a clipper schooner from the War of 1812, will be visiting Nervous Nellies in Fort Myers Beach in January Captain Bob Nelson and the crew of the Lynx ENTREES Sauteed Grouper Oscar Pan-fried fresh Gulf Grouper llet topped with Soft Shell Crab, Asparagus and Hollandaise Sauce. Served with Baked Potato, Red Cabbage and Green Beans $32.99 Roast Prime Rib of Beef Rubbed with Kosher Salt, Black Pepper and Herbs. Slow Roasted and Sliced to Order Served with Au jus, Baked Potato, Red Cabbage and Green Beans 14oz Cut $29.99 10oz Cut $25.99 Twin Cold Water Lobster Tails Lightly Seasoned, Blasted with butter, and perfectly baked. Served with Baked Potato, Red Cabbage and Green Beans $35.99 SPECIAL HOLIDAY ENTREE FOR TWO Pork Tenderloin Chateaubriand Seared and Seasoned Center Cut Portion for Two Served with Bernaise Sauce Steamed Cauliower and Broccoli, Braised Red Cabbage, Rosemary Roasted Potato $26.99 per person WOOD FIRED STEAKS & SEAFOODReservations Suggested. Party rooms for private functions. 239-489-2233 Bring in the New Year with your friends at Sunshine Grille Bring in the New Year with your friends at Sunshine GrilleNew Years Eve 11 AM 4 Lunch and 4 PM to 10:30 PM DinnerNew Years Day11 AM 4 Lunch and 4 PM to 10 PM DinnerOpen 7 Days a Week with Live Music Nightly 5:30 PM Sunday Buffet Brunch with Bloody Mary Bar League Of Women Voters To MeetThe League of Women Voters will meet Saturday, January 5, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Hilton Garden Inn. The speaker will be Jim Nathan, president and CEO of Lee Memorial Health System. Registration and networking begin at 8:30, breakfast is at 9, followed by the guest speaker. The member meeting will begin at 11. Cost is $15. Student rates are available. The meeting is open to league members and the public. RSVP by December 31 by calling 462-3444, or email carolbf@centurylink.net. The Hilton Garden Inn is 12601 University Drive, Fort Myers (northeast corner of Summerlin and College Parkway).


5 THE RIVER DECEMBER 28, 2012Junior League Of Fort Myers To Host Social January 3The Junior League of Fort Myers will host a New Member Information Social on Thursday, January 3 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Women ages 21 and over who are interested in learning more about the League are invited to attend. This event will be held in Suite 251 (the former J. Jill store) at the Bell Tower Shops, located at 13499 S. Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers. We are busy planning an exciting 2012-13 year and we invite all interested women who want to learn more about how they can participate in the Junior Leagues charitable initiatives to join us on January 3, said Nicole Brenner, President of the JLFM. From our Juvenile Justice Program and Kids In The Kitchen Nutrition Initiative with a mobile food pantry to our annual fundraiser Taste of the Town, we have something for everyone. Our members are career women, working mothers, stay and home moms, and full-time and part-time volunteers of all ages. The Junior League of Fort Myers, Inc. is a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc., a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. JLFM membership is open to women aged 21 and older of all races, religions and national origin who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism. Since its founding in 1966, the Junior League of Fort Myers has contributed more than 1,000,000 volunteer hours and more than $1,000,000 to community projects and programs. Interested women can RSVP for the social at www.jlfm.org, by emailing newmember@jlfm.org or by calling 277-1197. 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. Greeters Club Monthly LunchLooking to make new friends and join in monthly activities? Attend the next luncheon meeting of The Greeters Club of Greater Fort Myers on Thursday, January 17 at Colonial County Club, 9181 Independence Way in Fort Myers. Razzle Dazzle Boutique of Cape Coral will provide fashions and accessories on the clubs very own models. Call today to join this dynamic group of women of Lee County. Cost to attend the luncheon is $20 per person, with reservations required. Contacts Janet Gambuzza at 4545750 or Marie Gaither at 791-8966 or send an email to wmgaither@aol.com. Check them out on Facebook at Greeters of Fort Myers for other fun activities. From page 1Elegant New Years EveEnjoy a ball drop, champagne toast, games, dancing and fun all night long. Get your tickets now by going to www.sbdac.com or by calling 333-1933. Tickets are $15 for general admission, which includes a champagne toast, dancing, games and a NYE photo booth with Garth Francis Photography. Also available for $60 is a package that includes VIP backstage access, bottles of champagne, delicious treats from Twisted Vine and Cristofs, a chance to meet Jazzlyn Little, an autographed poster, a balloon drop and more. The event is sponsored by the Fort Myers Film Festival, REE Corp., Conric Marketing, Simplify PR, Twisted Vine, Florida Weekly, Five Star Talent, Pamela Templeton Unlimited and the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Doors open at 9 p.m. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First Street in Fort Myers. Visit www.sbdac.com for more information. 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 239-7282882 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. 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THE RIVER DECEMBER 28, 20126 5 250 S. Tamiami Trail, #109, Fort M y ers 33908 1 5 C all: 2 39 .2 88 6953 w ww.v i nosp i casso.co m w paint studio gallery wine bar Nightly sessions w/local artists Chinese & Japanese Cuisine Downtown Fort Myers (Post Oce Arcade Hotel Indigo) 1520 Broadway For Takeout & Delivery Tel: 334-6991 OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEKMon-urs 11am 10pm Fri-Sat 11am 11pm Sun 12pm 9pm Open All Day On New Years Eve & Day 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% Hortoons From page 2City HallThen, be sure to stroll over to the Southwest Florida Museum of History to learn more about the history of that parcel. For information, call 321-7430 or go to www.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 discover local history in the research room named for Gran. 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. Solid Waste Holiday CollectionThe City of Fort Myers Solid Waste Division and Utility Billing Department will observe the Christmas holiday on Tuesday, December 25 and the New Years Day holiday on Tuesday, January 1. The Solid Waste and Utility Billing Offices will be closed on both days. Note that the schedule for all Residential/ Commercial Solid Waste collection will remain as normal on both Mondays preceding the holiday. Beginning Tuesday, the week of December 25 and the following Tuesday, the week of January 1 all Solid Waste services will run one day behind for all Residential/ Commercial customers The Solid Waste Department will resume normal operations on Monday, January 7. Recycle Your Christmas Trees & Paper Disposal of Christmas trees will be available from December 26 up to and including January 31. Please remove all tree stands and decorations. Flocked trees can also be recycled. Christmas paper is also a recyclable material and may be placed in your recycling container. Plastic ribbons and bows are not recyclable and must be disposed of in your regular trash receptacle. If you have any questions concerning your collection during the holidays, call the City of Fort Myers Solid Waste Division at 321-8050. Read us online at IslandSunNews.com To advertise in The River Weekly News Call 415-7732


7 THE RIVER DECEMBER 28, 2012 New Year TraditionsTo most of us, New Years Eve means attending a big party with friends and loved ones and making resolutions that we will soon break. But where did the tradition come from? The Oldest Holiday On Earth Celebrating the coming of the New Year is the oldest of all holidays. It originally lasted for 11 days and each day had its own signature theme. It was first observed in ancient Babylon approximately 4,000 years ago. In the years around 2000 BC, the Babylonian New Year began with the first new moon (the first visible cresent) after the vernal equinox (the first day of spring). While modern festivities may pale in comparison to those of the Babylonians, they are nonetheless often celebrated around the world. Toasting On New Years Eve One of the most honored New Years traditions is the Champagne toast at midnight. It can be traced back to the ancient Romans and Greeks who would pour wine, to be shared among those attending a religious function, from a common pitcher. The host would drink first to assure his guests that the wine was not poisoned, an all-too-common practice to do away with ones enemies. As long as the host did not drop dead, the wine bowl would then be passed around so that everyone could take a sip. Ancient wine was not as refined as it is today, so a small piece of scorched toast was placed in the wine bowl to absorb some of the acidity, making the drink more palatable. The last person to partake in the ritual would eat the toasted bread. In time, the act of toasting in unison was born. Kissing At Midnight We kiss those dearest to us at midnight not only to share a moment of celebration with our favorite people, but also to ensure those affections and ties will continue throughout the next twelve months. To fail to smooch our significant others at the stroke of twelve would be to set the stage for a year of coldness. The Singing of Auld Lang Syne The song that plays in the background at midnight of nearly every Englishspeaking New Years Eve celebration is entitled Auld Lang Syne. At least partially written by Robert Burns in the 1700s, it was first published in 1796 after Burns death. Early variations of the song were sung prior to 1700 and inspired Burns to produce the modern rendition. An old Scottish tune, Auld Lang Syne literally means the good old days. New Years Resolutions The tradition dates back to the early Babylonians. While most modern people vow to lose weight or quit smoking, the most popular Babylonian resolution was to return borrowed farm equipment. Black-Eyed Peas Most southern Americans believe the consumption of black-eyed peas on New Years Day is good luck. Legend has it that General Shermans Union troops felt them unworthy, as they were usually used for animal food. As a result, when they raided Confederate food supplies, they absconded with everything except the peas and salted pork. Confederate soldiers felt fortunate to have something left to eat and managed to survive harsh winters on the meager supplies. Henceforth, black-eyed peas became a southern symbol of good luck. Marzipan Pigs The delicious German confection called marzipan is a traditional German gift that symbolizes good luck and prosperity when given at Christmas and New Years. A pig, after all, can only look forward, not back towards its tail (i.e., the past). Silver Coins Placing a silver coin in ones pocket before the clock strikes midnight on New Years is believed by some to increase the chances of prosperity in the coming year. Banging Pots And Pans An Irish tradition involves banging on the door and walls with Christmas bread to chase away bad luck and to invite good spirits into the household. Bread is used in the hopes that the New Year will bring plentiful food to the household. The ritual is likely related to the tradition of banging pots and pans in Iran or the ancient tradition of using firecrackers to welcome in the Chinese New Year. Being Born on January 1 A baby born on the first day of the year is said to have luck on his or her side for life. Eating a marzipan pig is a delicious way to celebrate good fortune in the new year Our email address is press@riverweekly.com This isnt everyday food. Il Cielo is indeed a restaurant that reaches for the sky. Jean LeBoeuf, The News-Press, March 2012 Drew Sterwald, Florida Weekly Cuisine


THE RIVER DECEMBER 28, 20128 Along The RiverRock in the New Year at The Morgan Houses Top of the Town. Featuring a special menu, champagne and a midnight balloon drop, seating is available indoors and outdoors in the historic Patio de Leon. Live music starts at 8:30 p.m. with Indecision, followed by headliner Stone Fruit beginning at 10:30 p.m. Then you can watch the evenings festivities unfold from the balcony of the second story bar. Top of the Town is the Morgan Houses neighborhood bar upstairs from the main dining room. It offers two large bars, 12 draft beers and a full liquor bar. 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. The Morgan House is located at 33 Patio de Leon, downtown Fort Myers. Call 337-3377 or go to www.morganhouserestaurant.com. While downtown for the New Years celebration, slip into downtown staple Ichiban for a quality Chinese and Japanese cuisine before the ball drops. Ichiban is open all on New Years Eve and New Years Day. Ample seating is available inside the restaurant or outside in the climate-controled gallery located in the historic Post Office Arcade. The downtown hot spot has had a loyal following among River District diners for eight years. Family owned and operated, it offers friendly service, great lunch and dinner specials along with artfully crafted sushi rolls and sashimi; best enjoyed with a cold Kirin Ichiban beer or a selection of cold (or hot) sake. Ichiban is located at 1520 Broadway, downtown Fort Myers, in the historic Post Office Arcade. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m. Free delivery is available within the River District. For more information, call 334-6991. Prefer to ring in the New Year at the beach? Drive your car or boat to the 17th annual Fort Myers Beach Birthday Party and New Years Eve Celebration. For the New Years party, local bands play live music from 7 p.m. to midnight, at which time there is a ball drop and fireworks launched from the pier. Trolley service is provided until 2 a.m. Trolleys run to and from Estero Island, transporting partygoers to off-island parking lots. The Fort Myers Beach Birthday Party and New Years Eve Celebration is held at Times Square, 1021 Estero Boulevard. For more information, call the Town of Fort Myers Beach at 765-0202 or go to www.fortmyersbeachfl.gov. Ring in the New Year on the waterfront at Nervous Nellies Crazy Waterfront Eatery NYEs Bash on Fort Myers Beach. Live music starts at 7 p.m. Enjoy food and drinks on Nellies expansive patio or upstairs at Uglys Waterside Bar, the place where everyone gets prettier, and happy hour is all day, every day. Whether you arrive by land or sea, parking for patrons of Nellies and Uglys is free. If you are traveling by boat, marine dockage is available at the Snug Harbour Marina with dock attendants assistance. The GPS coordinates are 2627.41 N 81.18 W. Nervous Nellies Crazy Waterfront Eatery is located at 1131 First Street, Fort Myers Beach in the historic Baywalk district. Call 463-8077 or go to www.nervousnellies.net. Take a romantic getaway to exclusive Captiva Island. Have cocktails and watch the sunset on the beach at The Mucky Duck. Go to www.IslandSunNews.com for a live camera of weather conditions on the beach. Afterwards, walk down the street for a bite to eat and live music at the lounge at Key Lime Bistro. Finally, collapse into a comfortable bed next door at the Captiva Island Inn. Captiva Island Inn is located at 11509 Andy Rosse Lane. For reservations, call 3950882 or go to www.captivaislandinn.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 11THE RIVER DECEMBER 28, 201210


11 THE RIVER DECEMBER 28, 2012 From page 10Churches/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. SFCA Makes All State-ChoirSouthwest Florida Christian Academy (SFCA), through recent testing and judging, had four students to excel to the highest standard necessary to become members of selected All-State Choirs. They are Jessie Smith, Kaleigh Kaaber, Christina Kull, and Larry Collins. Jessie and Kaleigh were placed in the Middle School Treble Choir. Christina was assigned a seat for the Womens Choir. Larry Collins had already earned a seat with the Sight-Reading Choir. These students will attend the Florida Music Educators Conference in Tampa on January 10-12, where they will perform musical selections with some top choral conductors. Kaleigh Kaaber, Larry Collins, Jessie Smith and Christina Kull SFCA Varsity Cheerleaders Perform At Walt Disney WorldSouthwest Florida Christian Academy varsity cheerleaders were recognized at summer cheer camp as All American Cheerleaders, which qualified them to participate at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. To qualify for this invitation-only event, it was necessary to exhibit back handsprings, levels of jumps, sharp motions, loud voices and leadership abilities. There were only 500 cheerleaders from across America who were invited to join the Disney Christmas Day Parade. Church Receives Clothing And Toy DonationsThe Pentecostal New Testament Church of North Fort Myers received a generous donation of gently used clothing and new toys for Christmas from Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A. With the holiday season right around the corner, Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz felt compelled to help as many organizations as possible within our community. Bringing cheer to the children of the church was our number one goal, said legal assistant Carleen Menist. Pentecostal New Testament Church is a bible-based, prayer-believing church who believes in the father, son and the Holy Ghost. The church, which also has a food pantry on site, is located at 247 Pine Island Road. For more information, visit http://pentecostalnewtestamentchurch.webs. com/. 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. Pictured from left is Sarah Wilkerson, Jordan McCann and Brook Gaither Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz donates to Pentecostal New Testament Church


Conditions Begin To Follow The Wintertime Patternby Capt. Matt MitchellAfter what seemed like weeks of above-average warm weather, a strong cold front arrived, dropping water temperatures back to normal for this time of year. Although anglers often complain about cold fronts, this front, in my opinion, will get things to where they should be and the fish into the places and wintertime patterns they should be this time of year. As usual, right before this strong front passed, our winds switched to the south and the fish really turned on. All winter long this will continue to be the pattern with fish feeding best as a cold front approaches. This front will also make the mullet fisherman happy. With roe season in full swing now, these guys have been waiting for a weather event to get the mullet to school up tight and start to move. If you are out on the water, you will notice all the mullet boats around. With last season being one of the best in recent history, many have high expectations for this year. As these big schools of mullet make their way out of the passes to spawn, this really triggers some big fish action for anglers. Reports of many big bull sharks following the mullet out in to the gulf have been common. Schools of mullet in the bay are also not safe from the hungry sharks; watch for finning sharks showing themselves on shallow grass flats as they chase the mullet. This is some of the most fun sightfishing of the year. Hooking into a big bull shark in less than 2 feet of water is always a blast. These sharks are suckers for a big piece of fresh-cut bait pitched out in front of them. Catch and release snook fishing in the sound was good this week, with snook of all sizes being caught in springtime places. Soft plastic baits bounced across the bottom and big live shrimp were hard to beat. Snook up to 30 inches have been common along with lots of mid-20-inch range fish in the mix. Trout fishing was a little hit and miss out on the open flats, with good numbers of just around the legal 15-inch size being the majority of the trout caught. Some of the bigger trout this week were caught fishing for snook and redfish either against mangroves or in and around the passes. Bouncing jigs thru shallow white sandholes was also productive for bigger trout, though we did not catch many. Scattered rat redfish with a few keepers in the mix was the majority of the reports I had this week. Docks between the causeway and tarpon bay held good numbers of fish, though most were just short. With less-than-perfect high water redfish tides this week, they where not high on my list of target species during my trips. This cold should really help bunch up the low-water reds in deeper channels and shorelines. Expect to find lots of black drum mixed in with the redfish once things start to warm back up. One species that this cold snap will really turn on is our sheepshead bite. The largest fish this week were taken close to the passes, including outside barrier island docks and seawalls. Both Redfish Pass and the Sanibel pier held some keepersize fish. Smaller sheephead are scattered through the bay but there has just not been any real size to them yet. Although this front will slow our bite down for a few days, as conditions warm back up, expect our fishing to be much more consistent with fish moving to their wintertime haunts and not being so spread out. Cold fronts are just part of what we do all winter and getting out just before a front moves through can make for some of the hottest action anytime of the year. 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. One of many snook caught and released this week with Capt Matt Mitchell THE RIVER DECEMBER 28, 201212 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.


Get Cuckoo For Ding At Trailgate PartyMake plans now to attend the first Ding Darling Trailgate Party on Friday, February 15. Plans are under way to make this a one-of-akind evening not to be missed. With a portion of the event proceeds going to support the Mangrove Cuckoo research project at the refuge, the theme this year is Cuckoo For Ding. Ding Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS) hosts the event, which includes live entertainment by island musician Chris Coile and silent and live auctions to provide support where government funding falls short for the JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. In Southwest Florida, we have a calendar chock full of community events, but few of them will be as unique as the Cuckoo for Ding Trailgate Party, said Society board president John McCabe. Taking place under a tent and having truck tailgates as serving tables, it will be a fun, laid back party with good food, live music, and unique auction items. Famed artist Jim Sprankle originally carved a mangrove cuckoo decoy to be used originally in the refuges groundbreaking Mangrove Cuckoo study. After serving its time in the field, it came back home to Sprankle to be finely crafted into a work of art. The featured item in the live auction, the bird sculpture will be on display within the free Ding Darlingcontinued on page 17 Jim Sprankles carving of a Mangrove Cuckoo will be the featured live auction item at Cuckoo For Ding Dbt Dbt Pnn Dfrt Pnn Dfrt Pnt Pnt Cnnt Cnnt Rt Rt Cnf Cnf F Ett F Ett L Wb L Wb Mb, Mb Mb, Mb Cnft O Pt Cnft O Pt A Sn A Sn PAVERS PAVERS GIGI GIGI D Gbtn, I. D Gbtn, I. 239-541-7282 www.gigicompanies.com 239-541-7282 www.gigicompanies.com Or Visit Our Showroom Or Visit Our Showroom Lic.# S3-12238 Ding Darling Presents Great Blues In Love ExhibitWildlife photographs by Sallie Rich, a resident of Shell Point Retirement Community, will be featured in an exhibit at the JN Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge Center Free Education Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting on January 2 through February 28. The exhibit, Great Blues in Love, captures the mating habits of great blue herons. This display will feature 27 photographs, and will be located in the free exhibit area of the auditorium for visitors. I found a spot on Captiva and positioned myself there every day for three weeks, said Rich. Ive never worked so hard but was ecstatic the whole time about what I was seeing. Nearly every bird seen at Ding Darling is also present at Shell Point. I have the best view from my home every day. I see the sun rise over the river where I watch dolphins playing in my front yard. Every hour there is a new painting and a new sound! Rich, a self-taught photographer, has been interested in the art of photography since she was just seven years old. The talent comes naturally to her, as her attention to detail makes composition and line tremendous. But it is her fine, complete capture of color and texture that makes her photographs exceptional. The JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge is located on the subtropical barrier island of Sanibel in the Gulf of Mexico. The refuge is part of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the United States. It is world famous for its spectacular migratory bird populations. JN Ding Darling is one of over 555 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System administered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. For center hours or more information, call 472-1100 or visit www.fws.gov/dingdarling. Great blue herons photos by Sallie Rich Great blue herons mating Photographer Sallie Rich13 THE RIVER DECEMBER 28, 2012 To advertise in The River Weekly News Call 415-7732


THE RIVER DECEMBER 28, 201214 CROW Case Of The Week: Faces Of CROW; 2012 In Reviewby Patricia MolloyThis year was a very exciting one for CROW. On January 1, Dr. Heather Barron was introduced as the new clinic director. Under her direction, CROW is focusing on the One World, One Health concept; that the diseases seen in native wildlife could potentially affect domestic animals and humans. The clinic is seeing more native species than ever before. The wildlife facility works frequently with local, state and federal agencies and domestic animal veterinarians to exchange information in an effort to recognize and create a first line of defense for new environmental trends. Highlights Of 2012 The scene was chaotic. A juvenile bald eagle had just arrived in critical condition after being found sitting in the parking lot of the Dairy Queen in Sanibel. She was unable to move because a long string was wrapped around her body, likely a cheap kite string. The operation to remove the string and clean her extensive wounds was long and grueling: a shot of Butorphanol tartrate was administered for pain management; Dr. Aundria carefully snipped string away from her legs and wings; one person announced they were running a line and hanging a bag of fluids to keep the bird hydrated; another gave her a shot of a synthetic antibiotic; Dr. Heather administered meloxicam (similar to aspirin) to relieve pain and swelling while another person repeatedly dodged surgical tubing to change the lice covered towels. All the while, the sound of her amplified heartbeat filled the room. Despite the grim prognosis and months of treatment, the juvenile female gained the capability of flight. The first time she got out to the flight cage, you should have seen her, Dr. Heather said with a huge smile. She immediately began flapping her wings, over and over, having such a good time. Finally, she took off and flew for the first time in her life! CROW treats and rehabilitates a number of turtles and tortoises each year that were hit by careless drivers. This year, the clinics staff developed unique ways to treat the spinal chord injuries of these patients: golf ball therapy and zip tie adhesives. A golf ball is affixed to the bottom of a damaged shell with an adhesive. It elevates the back of the shell, allowing the patient to use its hind legs. Ordinary zip ties are then glued to shell fractures and tightened regularly to correct the divisions. The slick floor of the clinics turtle room provides the perfect surface by which a grazers progress can be evaluated by the staff. It takes approximately four months for a shell fracture to heal and an additional six to 12 months for full recovery and removal of the zip ties and golf ball. Established in 1968, CROW has saved the lives of thousands of the areas native wildlife. If you are interested in contributing to the care of our precious wildlife, call the clinic or visit its website to make a donation or volunteer your time. 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. 33 percent of patients are mammals. The challenge with patients like this bobcat is that human interaction has to be limited Reptiles make up nearly than 5 percent of patients treated, like this snapping turtle initially dubbed The Chunky Monkey Nearly 62 percent are avians, like this Yellow Crowned Night Heron, which turned out to be a perfectly healthy abducted baby Free Parks & Rec Walks, Activities Lee County Parks & Recreation is offering several free shoreline activities, including guided walks, yoga and bird-watching tours at local park facilities. Lynn Hall Park Laughter Yoga 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 morning at 8 a.m. Lynn Hall Park is located at 950 Estero Boulevard in Fort Myers Beach. Lighten up and learn to take yourself and life a little less seriously. No yoga experience needed. Bring a beach towel. There is a parking fee of $2 per hour. For more information, visit www.laughteryogawithmegscott.com, www.laughteryoga.org or call 533-7444. Matanzas Pass Preserve Holiday Mangrove Walk (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. Bowditch Point Park Barrier Islands Guided Walk Follow our guide as they lead you through Bowditch Point Park. Learn the importance of the barrier islands, their unique ecosystem and how they protect the mainland. Explore the beach front tropical hardwoods, coastal scrub and wetland plant communities. 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 (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. Bird Patrol Tour Bunche Beach is known as one of the best birding sites in Lee County. Join our Lee County Bird Patrol volunteers on this free tour as they share information on the contribution birds make to the delicate balance of our ecosystems. Bring binoculars, sun protection, shoes that can get wet, bug spray and drinking water. The next tour will take place on Sunday, January 20 from 8 to10 a.m. Meet at the picnic tables on the beach. Bunche Beach Preserve is located at 18201 John Morris Road in Fort Myers Beach.This is a free walk. Parking is $1 per hour or free with a valid Lee County Parks & Recreation parking sticker. Visit www.birdpatrol.org for more information on birding or call 533-7444. 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 Our email address is press@RiverWeekly.com


15 THE RIVER DECEMBER 28, 2012 etting the home of your dreams starts with the right remodeler! our dreams ghtremo Kitchens, Bathrooms, Outdoor Entertainment, Media Rooms, Poo l s/Spas, C l osets, an d Comp l ete Home Remo d e l s LI C # CGC 059261A passion for service and excellence since 1989 ost trusted by absentee homeowners to make dreams come true! Free in-home consultation239.939.5411www.ProgressiveBuilders.com Extensive planning & design Top materials & workmanship Security safeguards Weekly reports Promises kept This osprey was rehabilitated at the clinic and released to the skies above Sanibel Baby care, like this Eastern cottontail, is a big part of CROW, particularly in the spring This juvenile bald eagle was rescued at the Dairy Queen on Sanibel Certain babies, like this Eastern grey squirrel, must be fed every two hours This Screech owl had been hit by a car and was later released under the cover of night These abducted raccoons were raised at the clinic, then released together This white pelican was all smiles when he was returned to his home in St. James City This year, CROW is expanding its sea turtle care facility due to the increasing demand. Pictured is a Green sea turtle Watch New Years Eve Fireworks From An Authentic PaddleboatSouthwest Florida residents are invited to celebrate New Years Eve aboard the Indian Princess, an authentic double-deck paddleboat on Monday, December 31 beginning 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 firework display at the pier. Return time may vary, depending upon 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.continued on page 16 The Indian Princess on the waters of Fort Myers Beach


THE RIVER DECEMBER 28, 201216 Caring For Your PlantsFood Plantsby Justen DobbsI try to focus on low-water, lowmaintenance plants when it comes to landscaping your yard or choosing the right plants for your yard. But, what if you have a low spot that is seasonally flooded? There are some colorful, tropical plants that you can use in these areas as well without having to plant a lot of small native weeds. Swamp lily, also known as Crinum lily, is a common Florida plant that comes in a few different colors green, purple and variegated. Swamp lilies produce showy white blooms that can be fragrant. They are adaptable to swampy areas but also have some drought-tolerance as well. Protect these plants from frost and also from an all-day, full sun exposure, because they generally look better with a little shade. Everglades palm, also known as Paurotis palm, is native to the southern third of the state where it grows in swamps and hammocks in and around the Everglades. It is a slow growing palm up to about 30 feet and produces many individual canes throughout its life. This palm loves water and is not drought-tolerant. It also benefits from a little fertilizer now and then. Its fibrous stems and limegreen fan leaves are very ornamental. Majesty palm, also erroneously called the Majestic palm, is native to Madagascar but grows well here in our south Florida climate. Its botanical name Ravenea rivularis means of the river, so contrary to what local gardening stores say about it, it prefers lots of water and an outdoor, sunny exposure. (Many stores label it as drought-tolerant and great indoors both are fallacies and merely a sales pitch.) You can find Majesty palms for around $20 to $50, making them an affordable addition to your landscape. I recommend buying ones with a single trunk or plant in the pot, as opposed to a multi-trunk specimen, which will not thrive as well as a single trunk specimen. Ferns, such as Swamp Leather fern, also thrive in low, flooded areas. But you have to be careful to maintain these as they can quickly spread and get out of control. One method I use is to plant them in a plastic pot and then submerge the pot under water. This will help restrict their growth. Ferns are very adaptable to sun or shade and dont need any maintenance or pest control. Be careful not to fertilize plants that are seasonally flooded because the fertilizer can easily run off into the ocean or nearby properties. Dont overly plant your flooded areas because they can harbor mosquitoes during the wet season and too much canopy will block the mosquito planes mist that is dropped from above. You want to maintain good airflow also throughout your flooded areas to encourage healthy plants. Dobbs is a landscape architect in south Florida specializing in custom, upscale landscapes. He can be reached at seabreezenurseries@gmail.com. This variegated Crinum lily is difficult to find, but very ornamental Plant SmartShowy Rattleboxby Gerri ReavesShowy rattlebox (Crotalaria spectabilis) is native to the Indo-Malaysia area, but has become naturalized in Florida. The term naturalized is not to be confused with native. Like many naturalized exotic plants, showy rattlebox sustains itself without cultivation, but nevertheless remains nonnative. Introduced in 1921 as a foraging crop for livestock, it turned out to be toxic for many farm animals, as it is for humans if ingested. Among its winning qualities, however, are beauty, value to bees, butterflies and birds, and an ability to fix nitrogen in the soil. Also called showy rattlepod, this semiwoody herb in the pea family can grow more than five feet tall, usually with a single stem. Its commonly found on roadsides, in disturbed areas, and in undeveloped fields. It prefers full sun and sandy soil. The whorled alternate leaves are green to yellow-green and three to six inches long. Numerous showy yellow flowers appear throughout the year in South Florida, appearing singly on the raceme, or inflorescence. Each flower is about three-fourths of an inch across, with smooth triangular stipules at the base. The erect plant sheds the old leaves and fruiting branches from the bottom up, so the greenery appears on the upper portion of the plant. The beans ripen from green to brown or black and resemble over-grown or inflated string beans. Smooth and about two inches long, the pods contain 20 or more seeds. The term rattlebox derives from the sound the mature seeds make after breaking loose in the pod. If the pods are dry enough, they open and fling their seeds. This herb is used medicinally to treat impetigo, scabies and intestinal worms. Sources: National Audubon Society Field Guide to Florida, plantbook. org, www.fs.fed.us, and Everglades Wildflowers by Roger L. Hammer. Plant Smart explores sustainable gardening practices that will help you create an environmentally responsible, low-maintenance South Florida landscape. From page 15PaddleboatThe 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 in 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. Naturalized showy rattlebox is a member of the pea family that was introduced to Florida as a foraging crop for livestock. It turned out to be toxic photo by Gerri Reaves To advertise in The River Weekly News Call 415-7732


17 THE RIVER DECEMBER 28, 2012 Joanna Whites CurtainsThe solo exhibit Curtains by sculptor and installation artist Joanna White opens on Friday, January 4 at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers. Using primarily folded paper box forms, White incorporates materials such as thread, onion skins, oil paint, and plastic in the construction of her three-dimensional work. She utilizes byproducts of her environment and career, such as abandoned student drawings, used Post-It Notes and junk mail. In all her work, connections and gaps play an important role, as well as material incongruities such as translucency and opacity, crisp and saggy, fragile and sturdy, geometric and organic, authentic and fake. White says the boxes function as several things at once, as houses, bodies, a time sequence, or segments of a greater whole. My work addresses concepts of mortality, eternity and corporality. White completed her Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art from Florida State University in 2005, where she focused on installation and inter-media projects. Currently, she is assistant professor of art at Brevard Community College in central Florida, where she has worked for the past seven years. The opening reception for Curtains is Friday, January 4 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. It will remain on display until January 26. Artwork created by Alliance instructors and their students will be on display in the member gallery during Whites exhibit. Artwork created by students from the Human Trafficking Awareness Partnership will be on display in the theater lobby. For more information, go to www.artinlee.org or call 939-2787. The Alliance for the Arts is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. Aberrant Curtain by Joanna WhiteFrom page 13Trailgate PartyEducation Center after January 1. Seating is limited and we anticipate a sold-out crowd and encourage people to contact us if they would like to receive an invitation, said event committee member and DDWS vice president Doris Hardy. We would like to extend a special thank you to the following event sponsors for stepping up early to support our efforts. At the Cuckoo Level are Hans & Leslie Fleischner, Jim and Patty Sprankle, and the Wilbur Smith Law Firm. The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company is sponsoring at the Dolphin Level. At the Bears Level are Baileys General Store, Dan Hahn Custom Builders, and Periwinkle Park. Sponsors at the Gator Level include Big Red Q Printing, Billys Bikes & Segway, Caloosa Tent & Rental, John Grey Painting, George & Wendys Seafood Grill, Gulf Coast Palm & Tree, Jacaranda, Mabry Brothers Inc., Panther Printing, Sanibel Fish House, Suncatchers Dream, Queenies Ice Cream and VIP Realty. Event sponsorships are still available. For more information, contact Birgie Vertesch at 292-0566 or director@dingdarlingsociety.org. Attendance to the February 15 event is by reservation only. Tickets to Cuckoo for Ding Trailgate Party are $75 each. For more information, or to receive an invitation, call 292-0566. To view a list of auction items as they accumulate, visit www.dingdarlingsociety.org/auction. 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. An Adirondack chair donated by Forever Green Ace Hardware was recently handpainted by fine art painter and master naturalist Randon Eddy. It features mangrove cuckoos and some of the common birds found on the beach. 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. Joanna White with Shadow Fruit Staggering Stuttering Strata by Joanna White


THE RIVER DECEMBER 28, 201218 Florida Vegetable Nachos 2 cups low-fat refried beans 1 cup broccoli, chopped small 1 cup radishes, chopped small 1 cup squash, chopped small 2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese 1/4 cup fresh scallions, chopped small 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped Tortilla chips Spread refried beans at the bottom of a baking dish and sprinkle chopped broccoli, radishes and squash on the oven at 300 degrees F for 7 minutes. Remove baking dish from the oven and add cheese and tortilla chips on top and bake in the oven for 3 minutes more. After removing the baking dish from the oven, sprinkle nachos with scallions and cilantro. Add low-fat sour cream, fresh salsa and guacamole on the side. Serve immediately. Yields 2 to 4 servings. Florida Vegetable Nachos To advertise in The River Weekly News Call 415-7732 Lakes Regional Library ProgramsNext months roster of activities at Lakes Regional Library offers topics for all ages. The following activities are free to the public: Adults English Caf 6 p.m. Mondays, January 7, 14 and 28 Practice your English with English Caf, a free conversation session for adult ESOL and ESL students. Each 90-minute session provides adult learners an opportunity to practice speaking English with native speakers. Participants may start at any time. Advanced registration is not necessary. Book Discussion: Susanna Daniels Stiltsville 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 15 Read and discuss this debut novel. Miami -1969. Frances is captivated by the community of houses built on pilings in the middle of Biscayne Bay. On the dock of one stilt house, she meets Dennis and turns away from her predictable life. Stiltsville becomes their island oasis... until suddenly its gone, and Francis is forced to figure out how to make her family work on dry land. Registration is required. Master Gardener Talk 2 p.m. Thursday, January 17 Master Gardener Peggy Hill will present a program on plant and palm identification. Registration is required. Anne Lindbergh Her Spirit and Her Story 2 p.m. Thursday, January 24 Rusty Brown celebrates the life of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, who frequently visited Captiva Island in the 1940s and 1950s. Sponsored by the Friends of Lakes Regional Library. Registration is required. Family Baby-Parent Rhyme Time 10 a.m. Mondays, January 14 and 28 Be prepared to tickle, jump and fly with your baby. These rhymes and songs are for infants, up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. This 20-minute program is filled with songs designed to introduce rhyming and movement to infants. Registration is required. Toddler Storytime 10 a.m. Wednesdays, January 16, 23 and 30 Children 2 years old and their caregivers participate in song, fingerplays and short stories. The success of this age group depends on adult participation and encouragement. Toddler storytime lasts approximately 30 minutes. Family Storytime 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 16, 23 and 30 This program is for the whole family and lasts about 30 minutes. Registration is required. Children Create A Craft! 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, January 3 Drop by the library for a craft bonanza. Budding young artists will create a handful of original take-home masterpieces. While supplies last. For ages 2 to 12. Sponsored by the Friends of Lakes Regional Library. Music Together 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 10 Do you want your kids to love music the way that you do? Our friends from Family Music Time will create a relaxed, playful environment where you and your kids can share songs, play instruments and learn rhythm patterns. For ages 2 to 5. Registration is required. Preschool Storytime 11 a.m. Mondays, January 14 and 28 Preschoolers (ages 3 to 5) attend this storytime independently while parents or caregivers wait nearby in the library building. This storytime includes activities that require more participation and a longer attention span. Each preschool storytime lasts about 30 minutes. Registration is required. Kids Read Down Fines 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, January 17 Children and teens can earn a $2 coupon for every 15 minutes of reading, during the allotted time. A total of $8 per day may be earned. For ages 18 and younger. Coupons may be applied to cards issued to patrons age 18 and under only. Please bring your library card. Teens Kids Read Down Fines 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, January 17 Children and teens can earn a $2 coupon for every 15 minutes of reading, during the allotted time. A total of $8 per day may be earned. For ages 18 and younger. Coupons may be applied to cards issued to patrons age 18 and under only. Please bring your library card. The Lakes Regional Library is located at 15290 Bass Road in Fort Myers. For more information about a program or to register, call the library at 533-4000. A sign language interpreter is available with five business days notice to library staff. Assistive listening system available; request at desk. Check the Lee County Library Systems website at www.leelibrary.net to find out about programs at other locations. Call the host library, or Telephone Reference at 479-INFO (4636), for more information about a specific program. Read us online at IslandSunNews.com


19 THE RIVER DECEMBER 28, 2012Arts for ACT Gallery Opening Exhibit Artists ReceptionJoin Arts for ACT Gallery, located at 2265 First Street in downtown Fort Myers, on Friday, January 4, from 6 to 10:00 p.m. for their opening reception and art walk. This month, ACT Gallery will feature Tampa artists Peter Stilton, Richard Bush and Christina Jarmolinski. Stiltons sophisticated whimsical chair and bed paintings created in various media, Bushs digital graphic art drawings and Jarmolinskis abstracted edgy collage assemblages will be showcased this month to start the new year! Come downtown to view great art and support ACT Gallery and Boutique. Peter Stilton Peter Stilton is a Tampa artist who creates sophisticated whimsical paintings in a variety of themes and media, inspired in part by the fete paintings of rococo France. A full-time artist for three decades with over 40 solo shows in the U.S. and France, including La Sorbonne, his work is in private and corporate collections in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East. Honors include work in the state collection of France (Office of the Mayor of Paris at Hotel de Ville) and in the permanent collection of the Springfield, MA, Museum of Fine Arts. Peter Stiltons lyrical style has been described as linear expressionism with diverse subject matter, including symbolic geometric abstracts. French art critic Charles Tanguy wrote the artists favorite Chippendale chair Chip is our guide within the poetic universe of its creator when the chair paintings debuted in Paris in 1995 at the Galerie Art et Communication. Stilton is writing and illustrating a book for children about the adventure of two antique Rolls-Royces in a Lewis Carroll chessboard of art styles and musical encounters. His art draws the viewer of his work into a world of visual surprises and sophisticated whimsy. Peter Stiltons distinguished academic career (masters in art history and cinema from UCLA and USC) also includes professorships of art and humanities at colleges and universities in California, Florida and New York. Currently, the artist also teaches elementary art to inner city children and paints mostly in Florida and Maine. Artist Statement My work is a kaliedoscope of all the places, colors and images I experience. It is a congruence of the past and present moment with a tangent that points to the future. Figurative or rhythmically abstract, my paintings reveal a substantive mental world beyond the material prose of existence. Childlike trust opens the doors to new vistas and imaginative juxtapositions where images change dimension and properties in uncharted and delightful ways, such as the pure joy of color and line, or the Chippendale chairs, Rolls-Royces, pipe organs, and cellos all enjoying the beach. ~ For more information on Peter Stilton, visit his website at: www.peterstilton.com Richard Bush Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Richard Bush spent the greater part of his life in St. Petersburg, FL. At 17, he attended the Juilliard School of Music in New York. Bush graduated in 1968 with a degree in music composition. In the early 1970s, he moved to Cape Cod and worked as a pianist, conductor and composer, receiving awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2011, Bush relocated to Fort Myers to pursue his ardent avocations of pictorial and graphic arts. A self-taught practitioner of drawing, calligraphy and computer graphics led to computer drawing. Bush creates stylish black and white computer drawings of the late 1930s through 1940s old Hollywood mystery movies. This body of work is known to him as film noir. Christina Jarmolinski An edgy artist who loves to experiment using found objects, torn papers, gold plate, newspapers and more, Christina Jarmolinski says her art is not mainstream. Her forte is figurative painting, which she has abstracted in her collages and assemblages. Having studied art and languages in Europe, Christina has become established in the International and U.S. art scene. She has mastered many techniques including sculpture, ceramics, painting, murals and more. She worked as a stage designer, adult and childrens art instructor and jewelry designer. These exhibits will continue through Wednesday, January 29. Art Is What You Can Get Away With Andy Warhol by Christina Jarmolinski Chambers of Chairs by Peter Stilton Piano Bar B&W With Red by Richard BushShare your community news with us. 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THE RIVER DECEMBER 28, 201220 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 Florida Moments Coming To The Sidney & Berne Davis Art CenterPhotographer Dennis Churchs show Florida Moments will open at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center on Friday, January 4 during Art Walk. The photographs were all made in Florida but are not just about the place. They are also about a state of mind and heart. The historic Davis Art Center evokes nostalgia for treasured moments in the past and provides the perfect setting for this exhibit. Church believes that the fountain of youth, for which everyone searches, is actually freedom from self and ones own mind, and the product of that: enduring joy. Photography and photographs do that for him. Its process and products keep him in the moment, and in the moment there is eternity, joy, energy and excitement that wake him up to all life has to offer. Born in Mason City, Iowa in 1949, Church grew up on the family farm in Mitchell County, Iowa. He graduated from Iowa State University. In 1975, he moved to Wisconsin and attended The University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying psychology. He began photographing that same year and was extremely moved by the power of the medium, so he left graduate school to pursue artistic goals. Church is primarily a self-taught photographer and attended artists workshops in Millerton, New York and The Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York. He received project art grants in Wisconsin and exhibited extensively in the Midwest. He was a freelance photographer for 20 years, working on assignment for local, regional and national magazines, advertising and public relations firms. Church left creative photography for close to 20 years to pursue business interests, but began photographing again after being Rip Van Winkled awake after acquiring new digital equipment. He has since produced a new large body of work and now lives in Bonita Springs. He is highly influenced by the photographers Garry Winogrand, Lee Friedlander and William Eggleston, the painter Edward Hopper and the creative depth and endurance of Bob Dylan. Winogrand said, Nothing is as mysterious as a fact clearly stated. Complementing that, Church adds, Nothing is as exhilarating as a moment fully experienced. Florida Moments is a collection of those moments. The exhibit opens on January 4 at 6 p.m. and continues through January 25. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First Street in the downtown Fort Myers River District. Bonita Springs, Florida, 2008 photo by Dennis Church Farmers Market, Naples, Florida, 2010 photo by Dennis Church Art Divine Sale At FMBAA Gallery Ends January 10The gallery walls are chock full of beautiful original artwork created by members of the Fort Myers Beach Art Association and no piece is priced higher than $150. Always a favorite of local shoppers, the Art Divine sale runs through January 10. Included in the hundreds of pieces are both framed and unframed works done in various media for really great prices. The sought-after Mini Masters are hung and ready for purchase. These small works of art, donated by FMBAA members, have become collectors items locally and are eagerly awaited each season. For $10, you can buy a small painting and help support the art association as well. Jamie Cordero, will be teaching a watercolor workshop January 28 to 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 email gretjohn@embarqmail.com. Sign up now to secure your space in the workshop. Also, a demo by Cordero will be held on January 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. for 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 at www.fortmyersbeachart.com or by calling the gallery at 463-3909.From January 7 to February 18, Watercolor classes with Patty Kane will be offered at the gallery. Visit www.fortmyersbeachart.com or call 463-3909 for more information and fees.January 3, 10, 17 and 24, take acrylic painting classes with Penny Fox from 9 a.m. to noon or from 1 to 4 p.m. Visit www.fortmyersbeachart.com or call 4633909 for more information and fees. The FMBAA working gallery on Donora and Shellmound in Fort Myers Beach is open during the hours of 10 a.m. 3 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday. The gallery will be closed December 31 and January 1. For more information on shows or classes, call the gallery at 463-3909 or visit www.fortmyersbeachart.com. Email editorial copy to: press@riverweekly.com


21 THE RIVER DECEMBER 28, 2012An Elfish Tale At Florida Repby Di SaggauJason Parrish is back for a fourth season as Crumpet the Elf in David Sedaris snarky holiday comedy The Santaland Diaries. I have seen it each year and laughed even more this goround. Performed in Florida Reps new ArtStage Studio Theatre, it allows more props and more room for Parrish to display his amazing talent. The play is a one-man show that details Sedaris experience as one of Santas elves at Macys. When he was 33, he responded to a dare from a roommate and answered an ad applying for the job as an elf. He said, It beats standing on a corner dressed as a french fry. After several interviews and filling out numerous forms, he is hired. During one interview, David is asked why he wants to be an elf. When you think about it, thats a tough question. When he gets the job, he is transformed from an average-looking guy into the very picture of an elf, with red-and-white striped tights, a sparkly green smock, Elfin hat and oversized pointy shoes that add the crowning touch to his ridiculous outfit. Watching him don his elf attire is a highlight of the show Youll be amazed as to how many different people visit Santaland and how many personalities inhabit the different Santas. Working full-time as an elf takes its toll on David. An elf has to put up with a lot of abuse. No matter where they are working, elves are required to be perky and cheerful at all times. Parrish gives a tour de force performance. If youre looking for something fun and off the beaten track of Christmas tradition, I strongly recommend The Santaland Diaries. It plays through December 31 in Florida Reps ArtStage Studio Theatre, located on Bay Street between Jackson and Hendry with ample free parking in the Fort Myers River District. For tickets, call 332-4488. Alliance New Board MembersThe Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers, now in its 37th year serving the community, announced its 2012-13 board of directors and slate of officers during a holiday party and annual meeting held on December 11. The 2012-13 officers and board members are: Officers Pam Beckman (President), bon soiree Shareen Z. Groce (President Elect), arts advocate Jeanne Dozier Bartlett (Vice President), art instructor Carolyn Gora (Secretary), retired art instructor Shirley Snyder McLaren (Treasurer), community volunteer Board Members Dwayne Bergmann, HD Supply Michael Broyles, LTC Global, INc. Chris Catti, FineMark National Bank & Trust Orv Curry, BB&TOswald, Trippe & Company Deborah Meisenberg, attorney Kelley Muselman, art instructor Dana Nicloy, LCEC Carol S. Robinson, Northern Trust Carl Skinner, community volunteer Celebration Of Reading Student Writing ContestThe Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and childrens author Andrea Beaty announced the Celebration of Reading Holiday Writing Contest, open to thirdthrough fifthgrade students in Southwest Florida, including Lee, Collier, Charlotte and Hendry counties. Students are asked to read Beatys Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies, currently listed on Floridas Sunshine State book list, over the holiday break, then write a short story about their familys holiday from the perspective of a family pet. Entries are limited to a maximum of 750 words, and are due by Monday, January 28 at 5 p.m. Animal lover Andrea Beatys Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies is a great read for kids. It appeals to a wide variety of readers through narrative storytelling, comic-book style cartoons and frequent asides to the reader, said Barbara Bush Foundation President Liza McFadden. We are very excited to have Andrea on hand in 2013 to celebrate the talent and imagination of student readers and writers. Beatys newest book, Dorko the Magnificent, is scheduled to be released in April of 2013. Entries can be submitted electronically to contest@barbarabushfoundation. com or mailed to the Barbara Bush Foundation, Attn: COR 2013 Writing Contest, 516 North Adams Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301. I was raised in Southern Illinois in a family of six kids, and we spent our summer days traipsing through the fields and forests hunting for adventure. We often found it. And sometimes it found us, said Beaty. Im very excited to read the contestants essays and adventures and see how they inject humor into their work. Contest winners, accompanied by their parents, will be recognized at a VIP breakfast, sponsored by Brown & Brown Public Risk Insurance Agency, to kick off the Barbara Bush Foundations 13th annual Celebration of Reading scheduled for Friday, February 15 in Bonita Springs. Celebration of Reading is an annual event hosted by former Gov. Jeb Bush and his family to support the foundations mission of achieving 100 percent literacy in America based on the belief that education is a civil right for all, regardless of age. The students will be Beatys guests at the Celebration breakfast and have the opportunity to visit with the author and share their winning submissions. Contest guidelines are posted on the Barbara Bush Foundations website at www.barbarabushfoundation.com. Fifteen winning entries will be selected based on their writing and imagination. Winners will be announced in schools and on the foundations website on Thursday, February 7. For more information, call the Barbara Bush Foundation at 850-562-5300. Andrea Beaty Jason Parrish as Crumpet the ElfFiddler On The Roof Opens At Broadway Palm The national tour of the awardwinning musical Fiddler On The Roof will be at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre from December 29 through February 16. The cast and crew began the tour in August 2012 and will continue traveling the United States through April 2013. Based on the stories of Sholem Aleichem, Fiddler On The Roof has captured the hearts of people all over the world with its humor, warmth and honesty. This Tony Award-winning musical centers around Tevye, the father of five girls, and his attempts to maintain his family and religious traditions while outside influences encroach on their lives. Fiddler On The Roof is filled with a rousing, heartwarming score which includes Tradition, Matchmaker, Matchmaker, If I Were A Rich Man and Sunrise, Sunset. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday with selected matinees. Be sure to check out the all-new, upscale dinner theatre experience on Saturday nights. Ticket prices range from $35 to $55, with discounts available for children and groups of 20 or more. Tickets are now on sale and can be reserved by calling 278-4422, by visiting www. BroadwayPalm.com or by stopping by the box office, located at 1380 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. To advertise in The River Weekly News Call 415-7732


THE RIVER DECEMBER 28, 201222 Financial FocusNew Years (Financial) Resolutionsby Jennifer BaseyOnce again, its time to make some New Years resolutions. This year, in addition to promising yourself that youll hit the gym more often, learn a new language or take up a musical instrument all worthy goals, of course why not set some financial resolutions? Consider these suggestions: Boost your retirement account contributions. If your income will rise this year, consider putting more money into your employer-sponsored retirement plan, such as a 401(k), 403(b) and 457(b). You typically contribute pre-tax dollars to your plan, so, the more you put in, the lower your taxable income. Plus, your money can have tax-deferred growth potential. Dont over-react to the headlines. Lately, youve heard a lot about the fiscal cliff, political paralysis, the debt ceiling and other Really Scary Topics. These issues are not insignificant but should they keep you from investing? After all, in any given year, you wont have to look hard to find warnings and negative news events and many people do use these ominous-sounding headlines as a reason to head to the investment sidelines for a while. But if youre not investing, youre unquestionably missing out on opportunities to make progress toward your financial goals. So, instead of focusing on the news of the day, make your investment decisions based on the fundamentals of those investments you may be considering, along with your goals, risk tolerance and time horizon. Keep whittling away your debt. Over the past few years, Americans have done a good job of lowering their debt burdens. Of course, the economy is still tough, and it can be challenging to avoid taking on new debts. But the less debt you have, the more you can invest for your retirement and other important objectives. Rebalance your portfolio to accommodate your risk tolerance. If you spend too much time worrying about the ups and downs of your investments, then your portfolios potential for volatility may be too great for your individual risk tolerance. On the other hand, if you continually see little growth in your holdings, even when the financial markets are going strong, you may be investing too conservatively especially if you are willing to take on some calculated risk to potentially boost your returns. So review your portfolio at least once in 2013 to see if it needs to be rebalanced to fit your risk tolerance. Get some help Navigating the investment world by yourself is not easy. For one thing, theres a lot to know different types of investments, changing tax laws, the effects of inflation, interest rate movements and much more. Furthermore, when youre making investment decisions on your own, you may have a hard time being objective so you might end up investing with your heart, and not your head. The need for knowledge and objectivity point to the advantages of working with an experienced financial professional someone who understands both the financial markets and your individual needs and goals. These arent the only financial resolutions you could make for 2013 but if you follow through on them, you may well need to make fewer ones when 2014 rolls around. Jennifer Basey is a financial advisor in Fort Myers. She can be reached at jennifer.basey@edwardjones.com. School Smartby Shelley M. Greggs, NCSPDear Shelley, My fifth grade son has terrible handwriting and I think he needs to improve in this area. Everyone says that handwriting is not important anymore because we use computers now for everything. I disagree. Please give me some ideas about how I can help my son to have legible handwriting. Tara C., Fort Myers Beach, Florida Tara, It is true that much of our writing will be electronic, however legible handwriting is still an important skill to have. The use of handwriting is the most important way by which elementary school students communicate what they have learned and how they are progressing in their academics to their teacher. Students need to complete quizzes, tests, submit worksheets, do board work, and other activities that require handwriting. As adults, we may have forgotten how difficult it was to learn how to write. For a reminder, just try to write your name with your non-dominant hand and that you will quickly see how difficult this can be for some children. Students with handwriting problems may also experience some self-esteem issues. Writing is hard to hide and, therefore, children who have difficulty with it often feel vulnerable in school. They may be ashamed of the legibility. Sometimes they may be accused of laziness and a poor attitude for problems that are largely out of their control. For these reasons, writing difficulties need to be managed with great sensitivity and caring. (Levine, 1994) In order to have legible handwriting a child must have developed the following skills: fine motor control, bilateral and visual-motor integration, motor planning, perception of movement, visual perception, continued attention, and awareness of the finger and thumb movements. There are other behaviors as well that interfere with legible handwriting such as proper posture for writing, physical strength and shoulder and wrist mobility. Simple ways to help with writing include using a variety of pencils to see which ones may be more comfortable, using pencil grips that build up the shaft of a pencil or pen and can help the user control the pencil for easier writing, using an Incline Board so that the child is writing on a 15-30 degree surface which can help very young writers get better control on the paper, using bold-lined or raisedlined paper that helps writers stay in the lines while writing, and practicing on Dry Erase Boards which is generally easier for writing and erasing on paper. You should ask your childs teacher which writing curriculum is being taught. Sometimes children do better with a different approach to writing as with the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum or a DNealian approach to writing. There may be a volunteer at school who can facilitate teaching a specialized program to your child if his teacher thinks that would help. It may also be something you could do at home. If writing problems continue, a consultation with an Occupational Therapist may be beneficial. 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. Beach Chamber Donates Food To Harry Chapin Food BankThe Greater Fort Myers Beach Area Chamber of Commerce collected food for the Harry Chapin Food Bank through their Chamber Ambassador program. Participants included Terry Luster with the Kiwanis Club of Fort Myers Gateway to the Island, Eric Tibbs with Edward Jones on Fort Myers Beach and Robb Capps with Sandals Realty. For more information call 454-7500 or visit FortMyersBeachChamber.org. Greater Fort Myers Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors (left to right) Terry Luster, Eric Tibbs, and Robb Capps are shown with a small sample of the food the Chamber Ambassador program collected for the Harry Chapin Food Bank photo by Jane RossShare your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702or email press@riverweekly.com Read us online at IslandSunNews.com


Fiddlesticks Ladies Golf Association Donates Toys To Child Care Of SWFLIt will be a happier holiday for the children cared for by Child Care of Southwest Florida because of the generosity of the Fiddlesticks Ladies Golf Association. The women golfers have partnered with non-profit Child Care of Southwest Florida during the holidays for 25 years to provide gifts for children whose families struggle to make ends meet during the holiday season. We are fortunate to be associated with a group of women who have a passion for children. Each year, the FLGA donate 150 toys to our agency. The women, like Child Care of Southwest Florida, share the same goal of bringing joy to children at this special time of year, said Beth Lobdell, executive director of Child Care of Southwest Florida. Mary Ann Spatharos, Dianne Carroll, Marilyn Dittrich and Sue Reef of the Fiddlesticks Ladies Golf Association coordinated the toy drive. In addition to purchasing age-appropriate toys for the children in the six child care centers operated by Child Care of Southwest Florida, the women gift wrapped each item. Because many of the children cared for by Child Care of Southwest Florida come from low-income families, presents are a luxury that many cannot afford. The gifts donated by the Fiddlesticks Ladies Golf Association will help CCSWFL give every child from a low-income family one gift during the holidays. The wrapped gifts are placed in black plastic bags and given to parents to present to their children, according to their familys traditions. To learn more about Child Care of Southwest Florida or to make a donation, visit www.ccswfl.org or call 278-1002. Children from Child Care of Southwest Florida receive gifts after they sang Christmas carols for the Fiddlesticks Ladies Golf Association23 THE RIVER DECEMBER 28, 2012 The Addams Family: The Broadway Musical Discount Tickets AvailableDiscounted tickets are on sale now for The Addams Family: The Broadway Musical at the Barbara B. Mann on Wednesday, February 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the Sanibel Recreation Center at a special reduced rate of $54.50 for two tickets (two tickets for the price of one). Ticket sales end on January 25. The Addams Family is a smash-hit musical comedy that brings the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and, of course, Lurch to spooky and spectacular life. A visually satisfying, rib-tickling, lunatic musical that will entertain you to death! according to Toronto Post City, this magnificently macabre new musical comedy is created by Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, Drama Desk-winning composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa ( The Wild Party), choreographer Sergio Trujillo ( Jersey Boys) and Olivier Award-winning director/designers Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch ( Shockheaded Peter) with creative consultation by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks. Come meet the family. Well leave the lights off for you! For more information, call the Sanibel Recreation Center at 472-0345 or visit www.mysanibel.com. Beach Chamber Holds Monthly Business Card ExchangeThe December Business Card Exchange for the Greater Fort Myers Beach Area Chamber of Commerce was held at The Island Jewel, located at Santini Marina Plaza. The monthly event is an opportunity for members to get together with each other, often getting acquainted with new members. Its also a chance for members to discuss current happenings on the Beach. For more information about the chamber, call 454-7500 or visit FortMyersBeachChamber.org. Chamber President Bud Nocera chats with John Gavin, Gavins Ace Hardware, during the chambers recent monthly business card exchange Fort Myers Beach Art Association Invites YouAn Open House will be held at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association on January 4 from 9 a.m. to noon. Come visit with the artists, learn more about the group and see the Creative Expressions Display of additional forms of art done by members. Refreshments will be served and guests are welcome.There is no charge. You will be able to talk to artists from each of the special painting groups: outdoor (plein air) painters, indoor painters, experimentalists, and portrait and figure painters, to see if what they love to do fits with your idea of bliss. Information on workshops, classes, special short workshops given by members and all the art association events will be available. This group has been a Fort Myers Beach treasure for over 60 years. The working gallery on Donora and Shellmound, Fort Myers Beach, is open from 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. For more information on shows and classes, please call the gallery at 463.3909 or visit www. fortmyersbeachart.com. Moose Charity Golf TournamentMoose Lodge 2199, located at 155 Santa Barbara Blvd. North in Cape Coral, presents a four-person Scramble Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, January 19 at Myerlee Country Club. Mixed teams and non-members are welcome to participate. The tournament entry fee of $75 per player includes greens fees, golf cart, $5,000 putting contest, steak dinner awards banquet and prizes galore. Tee times are 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. Throughout the tournament, there will be several hole-in-one events, including chances to win a brand new Buick Verano (provided by Dixie Buick GMC, Inc.), a $10,000 cash prize, a set of new golf clubs, a Kindle Fire and a $500 Visa card. Other events include a $5,000 putting contest, closest-to-the-pin, longestdrive and closest-to-the-line contests. On Sunday, January 20, a posttournament awards banquet will be held at the 2199 Tiki Bar beginning at 1 p.m. Guest tickets may be purchased for $20 each. A portion of the proceeds benefit Passionately Pink Susan G. Komen Organ Transplant Recipients of SWFL and Moose Charities. Signups are taking place at Moose Lodge 2199 on Fridays at 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and at 5 p.m. For more information, call Stumpy at 565-2329.


THE RIVER DECEMBER 28, 201224 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 am an old Trophy Bride. Thirty years ago, I thought it was so much fun to be married to a successful older man, but that is not the case anymore. He is forgetful, has multiple health problems, arrogant, domineering and a lot of his money is gone from his poor investments. I have been turned into a nurse and caregiver, and I am much too young for all of that stuff. His children from his first marriage are dreadful and he always takes their part against me when conflicts come up. Please tell those younger women to beware. Older men dont stay kind, generous, successful and rich. I have recently started going to a psychologist to help me sort out my multiple problems. Stephanie Dear Stephanie: Your psychologist could probably help with a good exit plan. It all seems so glamorous to younger women to be on the arm of a distinguished member of a successful professional group. They are usually well turned out and command attention and it makes the young woman feel so special and important. In my experience, I have never known a young woman to marry a poor, older, unsuccessful man so that tells me something. Rich men are the same as poor men and they both get, as you describe, the only difference seems to be that rich men do it at a slower pace because they have the money for better health care. When things were going so well and life was just so full of fun things through the years, did you ever think about the misery and financial hardships you may have caused his first family? Just thought Id ask. Lizzie Dear Stephanie: Stephanie, Stephanie, Stephanie... where to begin? It sounds as if you had 30 years of fun and freedom. Gallivanting from shore to shore, from villa to chalet, and now life is not so much fun. For the average person, life is a struggle, marriage, family, career, financial and health difficulties. You seemed to have been able to bypass the majority of these struggles and with very little appreciation. For 30 years, you have met your husbands needs for a younger trophy wife and he has met your needs for money and the high life. Perhaps during that time, some genuine care and concern developed? No doubt your life is difficult now. Any time one spouse is sick, the stress and strain can be enormous. Couple that with disagreeable family members, and life may seem unbearable to you. But Stephanie, it is now time for you to grow up. Pryce Lizzie and Pryces email address is momandmeaging@hotmail.com. Free Health & Wellness ExpoShell Point Retirement Community will host a free Health & Wellness LifeQuest Expo on Tuesday, January 8 from noon to 2 p.m. This event will take place in the Community Auditorium on The Island at Shell Point. The LifeQuest expo will highlight all of the programs and services offered at Shell Point and the Fort Myers Community in the six dimensions of wellness: 1. Physical 2. Emotional 3. Spiritual 4. Educational 5. Community and Social 6. Natural Environment The expo will be a very informative event to kick off the New Year with health screenings, private pay assisted living and rehabilitation information, specialty physicians and many other community resources to help you reach your 2013 wellness goals. Admission is free. For more information about the LifeQuest Expo, call 489-8472. Please follow event signs to parking at Shell Point. deaRPharmacistNew Drugs For 2012 by Suzy Cohen, RPhDear Readers Here are some interesting FDA-approved items for 2012 in the United States. My column is printed in various languages, so I apologize that Ive only listed English brand names; please ask your local pharmacist for translations. Happy new year! Love, Suzy Stendra (Avanafil) tablets, Rx: Used for erectile dysfunction, this medication is a me too drug and works like the others. www.stendra.com Picato (Ingenol) gel, Rx: Applied to your skin to treat red, scaly lesions mainly on the face and scalp (termed actinic keratosis). The medication is derived from the Euphorbia peplus plant, grown in Queensland, Australia. www.picato.com Inlyta (Axitinib) tablets, Rx: Chemotherapy for advanced kidney cancer; especially for those who have not responded to other treatments; while not approved, this may help breast cancer patients too. The drug suppresses VEGF and this cuts off blood supply to tumors, thus shrinking them. www.inlyta. com Pregnitude Powder, OTC: Mix this supplement with water and take twice a day if youre trying to conceive but having difficulty. It contains myo-inositol, which supports egg health and healthy ovulation. www.pregnitude.com Zioptan (Tafluprost) eyedrops, Rx: Eyedrops that lower intra-ocular pressure in patients with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. Like other medications in this category, its possible that your green or blue eyes may turn more brown in color. www.zioptan.com Qsymia (Phentermine/Topiramate) capsules, Rx: This drug is taken for obesity, and its the marriage of Adipex and Topamax in a single pill. It reduces appetite, burns calories and gives you a sense of fullness. Women are not allowed to take Qsymia (pronounced Q-see-ME-uh) unless they are taking birth control. www. qsymia.com OraQuick Test by Orasure (Lab test), OTC: Sold at retail pharmacies, this will help you find out if you have HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. No need to send blood away like older tests, OraQuick gives you results within 20 minutes using a mouth swab. Its not foul proof, it will miss about one infected person of every 12 tested. www.oraquick.com CoQ10 Adult Gummies by Nature Made (Coenzyme Q10), OTC: A powerful antioxidant (CoQ10) needed for good health and energy in a yummy gummy. Two fruit-flavored treats provide 100mg CoQ10. They are preservative and gluten free, and free of synthetic dyes. www. naturemade.com ZzzQuil (Diphenhydramine) liquicaps: The active ingredient has been around for decades, and sold by various other brand names including Benadryl. ZzzQuil is used for sleep, which is different than NyQuil (cough/colds), although both products are made by the same trusted maker. www. zzzquil.com Dymista (Azelastine and Fluticasone) nasal spray, Rx: The marriage between two drugs (Flonase and Astelin) and helps with allergies, probably faster and better than either drug alone. www.dymista.com CitraNatal Harmony Vitamins, Rx: Prenatal vitamins that contain calcium citrate known to be easier on mom, creating less gas and bloating than other calcium salts. This contains DHA (a type of fish oil) crucial to your babys brain health. www.citranatal.com iBGStar Monitoring System: This device measures blood sugar and is the first FDA-cleared meter that connects directly to your iPhone or iPod Touch. www.ibgstar.com 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. HealthPark Takes Steps To Improve Maternity CareHealthPark Medical Center received one star in the Florida Quest for Quality Maternity Care Award for its dedication to improvements in quality maternity care. HealthPark Medical Center received this recognition as one of the first hospitals in Florida to prioritize mothers and babies by creating action plans that will improve the quality and support for babies and mothers giving birth within the health system. The Florida Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc. designed the quality improvement award based on the Ten Steps To Successful Breastfeeding and the Baby Friendly USA 4-D Pathway. Hospitals are awarded one star as they achieve each of the five phases in the WHO/ UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative. Cape Coral Hospital, which delivers over 1,500 babies a year, previously achieved this one star recognition. Breastfeeding requires practice. Were here to provide support and guidance so mothers and babies can bond and experience the rewards of it, said Kathy Bridge-Liles, Vice President of Womens and Childrens Services at HealthPark Medical Center. Breastfeeding for any length of time is beneficial, but we hope to better the experience and improve skill to prolong this way of feeding and maximize the benefits. This project targets using hospital policy as a strategy to reduce obesity and other chronic diseases by improving optimal infant feeding practices through implementing evidence based maternity care. According to the CDC National Immunization Survey (2009 birth cohort), 77 percent of mothers in Florida choose to breastfeed their babies but less than 13 percent continue to breastfeed exclusively to the recommended 6 months. Studies published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) indicate that hospitals practicing evidence based maternity care, as outlined by the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) Ten Steps have more patients breastfeeding in the hospital with longer durations outside of the hospital. The Florida Breastfeeding Coalition is proud to recognize HealthPark Medical Center and award them for their leadership in creating a comprehensive action plan that will improve infant feeding practices to more than 3,500 families in Lee County, said Joan Younger Meek, MD, president of the Florida Breastfeeding Coalition. Improvements as mapped out in the action plan will include: Skin to skin contact within the first hour after birth. Evidence shows healthy babies placed skin to skin just after birth has improved health outcomes over those who have been separated from their mothers after birth.continued on page 25


25 THE RIVER DECEMBER 28, 2012 Dr. DaveProphets And Quacksby Dr. Dave HepburnA prophet is without honour/ humour in his own country... well no wonder. Piss prophets (PP for short) were once the cream of the medical crop, the original whiz kids, so to speak, as, back in the good old days, urine was the number one way to diagnose disease, predict the future, win the lotto, etc. Piss prophets diagnosed illness by subjecting urine to the five senses: touch, vision, smell, taste and retch. Evaluating the urine Galen, the primo doc of old, stated, was the best way to see whether or not the bodys four humours (blood, phlegm, bile and George Carlin) were in balance. But it was English physician Thomas Willis who, in 1674, championed the infamous taste and gag tests and noted that the urine of diabetics tasted wonderfully sweet as though imbued with honey. He died in 1675. Since gazing into the murky deep of the chamber pot proved deeply murky, they poured the liquid gold into a matula, a clear flask whose shape approximated that of... a bladder. The idea was that urine, free to spread out in a shape similar to that of its natural environment, would show its true colour, and when swirled professionally and allowed to breathe, would demonstrate a lovely bouquet, a hint of oak and... sorry... went a little sideways there. Like their medical counterparts, uromancers swirled, studied and even tasted peoples urine in the hopes of providing them with a peek into their future. Hmm, Im not sure what your future is, but mine involves a large porcelain device and tic tacs. Every practitioner had his or her own way of predicting what lay in store for the client. Some simply held the flask up to the light and made up fantastical stories from there; others had people pee into pots and then read the bubbles. Urine examination was also used as a way to identify pure evil. As the witch hunts of Europe reached a fever pitch in the 16th and 17th centuries, selfproclaimed witch-hunters determined the guilt of countless witches based on whether or not the cork popped out of a bottle containing a combination of their urine and metal objects like pins and nails. In subsequent centuries, the urologist (piss profits) replaced the outdated piss prophet and the phrase came to mean a quack. (Personally, as a quack, I take this as a slight, and not a slight slight. We Wisequacks are a sensitive duo and work hard to establish ourselves as quacks. And we seldom need tic tacs.) But in many ways, today we doctors are still piss prophets. Visit us and we often send you to the washroom, usually after youve already donned the threesizes-too-small gown of shame. We then summon our long suffering Medical Office Assistant (MOA) who gathers your wee prize and tests it in search of: diabetes, jaundice, cancers, infections, dehydration (the sample cup is empty) liver disease, pregnancy, drug abuse (I have no idea how that showed up doctor, I have never even heard of amphetamines, aka speed/ uppers/footballs/black beauties/dexies/ crank.), and of course a host of kidney diseases. Its one of the many thankless jobs for these hard-working MOAs, so perhaps this Christmas, if youve had a good year, got some good prescriptions, etc., dont just remember the doctor with Lady Godiva Chocolates 32 piece Classic Deluxe Assortment, please, but also remember these girls. Im thinking a nice box of... mints. 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. 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PUZZLE ANSWERS DID YOU KNOW 1. ANIMAL KINGDOM: What is a formicary? 2. ASTRONOMY: Which planet has two moons called Titania and Oberon? 3. GAMES: What is the color of St. James Place in the game Monopoly? 4. LANGUAGE: What does the Greek word platypus mean? 5. MEDICINE: What is a more common name for the condition called odontalgia? 6. GEOGRAPHY: The island nation of Madagascar lies off the coast of which continent? 7. INVENTIONS: Who invented the modern ballpoint pen? 8. MEASUREMENTS: How many gallons are contained in a firkin? 9. MYTHOLOGY: Who was the daughter of King Minos who helped Theseus to escape from the Labyrinth? 10. MOVIES: What was the name of the womens baseball team in A League of Their Own? TRIVIA TEST 1. The scienti c name for an anthill 2. Uranus 3. Orange 4. Flat-footed 5. A toothache 6. Africa 7. Laszlo Biro 8. 9 gallons 9. Ariadne 10. Rockford Peaches. ANSWERSTHE RIVER DECEMBER 28, 201226 My Stars FOR WEEK OF DECEMBER 31, 2012ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Its a good time for reunions with those very special people from your past. You could be pleasantly surprised by what comes to light during one of these get-togethers. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) The new year gets off to an encouraging start for the Bold Bovine who takes that demanding workplace challenge by the horns and steers it in the right direction. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) The clever Gemini will be quick to spot the telltale signs of workplace changes that could open up new opportunities for the right person. (And thats you, isnt it?) CANCER (June 21 to July 22) The Moon Childs post-holiday letdown soon lifts as you begin to get back into your comfortable routine. Someone from your past extends a surprise bid to reconnect. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Youve been the ultimate social Lion over the holidays. Now its time to relax and recharge your energy so you can be at your best when you pounce on that new project. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) A relationship could be moving in a direction you might not want to follow. Step back for a better overview of the situation. You might be surprised at what you see. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Emotions rule at the start of the week, affecting your perception about a decision. Best advice: Avoid commitments until that good Libran sense kicks back in. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) A longtime friendship could take a romantic turn early in the new year. While this pleases your passionate side, your logical self might want to go slow. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Someone might make a surprising disclosure about a trusted friend or workplace colleague. Stay cool and reserve judgment until you get more facts. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) You might think youve found what youve been looking for. But appearances can be deceiving. Dont act on your discovery until you know more about it. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Youre no doubt anxious for that confusing situation to be cleared up. But dont press for a quick resolution or you might overlook some vital facts. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Now that your holiday distractions are easing, you need to apply yourself to getting those unfinished tasks done so you can begin a new project with a clean slate. BORN THIS WEEK: People respect both your wisdom and your deep sense of loyalty and compassion. On Jan. 6, 1759, a 26-year-old George Washington marries Martha Dandridge Custis. Historical documents have revealed that Martha may not have been the great love of Washingtons life. He wrote cryptic yet passionate love letters to Sally Fairfax, the wife of his friend George Fairfax. On Jan. 1, 1863, a farmer named Daniel Freeman submits the first claim under the new Homestead Act for a property near Beatrice, Neb. By the 1890s, many homesteaders found that farming 160 acres of such dry land was nearly impossible. At least half of the original homesteaders abandoned their claims. On Jan. 3, 1924, British archaeologist Howard Carter and his workers discover the solid-gold coffin holding the mummy of the boy-king Pharaoh Tutankhamen, preserved for more than 3,000 years. On Jan. 5, 1945, Japanese pilots receive the first order to become kamikaze, meaning divine wind in Japanese. Most of Japans top pilots were dead, but youngsters needed little training to take planes full of explosives and crash them into ships. At Okinawa, they sank 30 ships and killed almost 5,000 Americans. On Jan. 4, 1965, in his State of the Union address, President Lyndon Johnson lays out for Congress a list of legislation needed to achieve his plan for a Great Society. His list included the creation of Medicare/Medicaid, Head Start, the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act. On Dec. 31, 1972, Roberto Clemente, future Hall of Fame baseball player, is killed along with four others when the cargo plane in which he is traveling crashes off the coast of Puerto Rico. At the end of September, Clemente had gotten his 3,000th hit in the final game of the season for the Pittsburgh Pirates. On Jan. 2, 1980, in response to the December 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, President Jimmy Carter asks the Senate to postpone action on the SALT II nuclear weapons treaty. Carter feared that the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan could lead to the USSR gaining control over much of the worlds oil supplies. It was Albert Einstein who offered the following explanation of relativity: Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. Thats relativity. In Singapore, one of the colorful customs is training birds for singing competitions. Its not always just a hobby, though; for some, its a serious -and costly -business. A single well-trained bird might sell for as much as $60,000. If youre an oenophile -thats an aficionado of wine -you probably wont be surprised to learn that as the cost of a wine goes up, so does a drinkers appreciation of that wine. It seems that its not all about the quality of the vintage, though: In a recent study, tasters were offered two samples of the same wine, but each sample was labeled with a different price. The tasters overwhelmingly preferred the more expensive vintage. Only one-fifth of homes in America are not air-conditioned. In the sweltering South, a mere 5 percent lack that vital amenity. Those who study such things say that the wind power in an average hurricane is equivalent to 1.5 trillion watts. Thats the same amount of power that is generated by fully half of the entire worlds generating capacity. The works of Agatha Christie have been translated more times into other languages than those of any other author in history. Many people see dogs as doing heroic work in tandem with law enforcement and the military, but theyre not the only animals put to such use. In Mozambique, sniffer rats are being used to find unexploded land mines so experts can disarm them. Theyre known as HeroRATs. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first. And, whatever you hit, call it the target. -Ashleigh Brilliant THIS WEEK IN HISTORY STRANGE BUT TRUE THOUGHT FOR THE DAY SPORTS QUIZ 1. When was the last time the Toronto Blue Jays made the playoffs but not the World Series? 2. In 2012, Adam Dunn of the Chicago White Sox tied the mark for most career Opening Day home runs (eight). Who else holds the record? 3. Name the first Heisman Trophy winner to later be named a Super Bowl Most Valuable Player. 4. In 2011, Tom Thibodeau tied the record for most victories by a first-year NBA coach (62). Who else holds the mark? 5. When was the last time before 2011-12 that the Montreal Canadiens finished last in their conference? 6. Name the last time before 2012 that Great Britain won an Olympic team medal in mens gymnastics. 7. Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson tied a record in 2012 for biggest victory in a Ryder Cup match. What was their margin of victory?1. In 1991, the Blue Jays lost in the American League Championship Series to Minnesota. 2. Ken Griffey Jr. and Frank Robinson. 3. Roger Staubach won a Heisman (Navy, 1963) and a Super Bowl MVP (Dallas, 1971 season). 4. Paul Westphal won 62 with Phoenix in 1993. 5. It was 1939-40 season. 6. It was 1912. 7. Seven holes up with six to play. ANSWERS


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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 26 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. 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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 28, 201230 Hello, my name is Buck and I am a one-yearold male tan Florida Curr/Boxer Mix. Im a busy little guy whos just the perfect size. Im big enough to have fun with but small enough to fit comfortably into most homes and lifestyles. Play time is my favorite part of the day, but once Ive exercised, Id love to curl up with you for some down time. My adoption fee is $38 (regularly $75) during Animal Services Home 4 The Holidays Adoption Promotion. Hello, my name is Sabrina and Im a two-yearold black female domestic short hair. When it comes to meeting new people Im a bit shy, but once you get to know me I will shower you with love and affection. I came to the shelter in April and have been here longer than any of the other cats. All of the staff and volunteers wonder why because I am such a loving girl. Im just waiting for the perfect home. Could it be yours? 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. Sabrina ID# 535166 Buck ID# 533008 photos by squaredogphoto.com




1149 Periwinkle Way 239/472-0176 fax 239/472-0350 11526 Andy Rosse Lane 239/472-1270 fax 239-472-1268 11509 Andy Rosse Lane 239/472-1395www.jnaislandrealestate.com SUNDIAL G-201Enjoy Gulf Views with your morning coffee! Very nicely appointed with king bed in the master suite, 2 full beds in the guest room and a pull out couch. Newer upgrades in the kitchen include, raised panel cabinetry, tray/ crown moulding ceiling and solid surface counter tops with integrated sink. Offered for $539,000 Contact Brian Murty 239/565-1272SUNDIAL CONCH CT.While enjoying your day on the water, arrive back for a quick swim in the screened in dual heated pool or soak in the hot tub & have a snack overlooking the intersecting canals. This home features an elevator & a private guest access with a 2 car garage. There is a lot of storage. This open floor plan with vaulted ceilings provides a warm and welcome feeling. Open up the sliding glass doors and enjoy the breeze and watch the dolphins feed and play. Bring your family or friends together to gather in the spacious kitchen and prepare a meaningful meal. The home faces Northwest. Relax on the screened in lanai, swing on the hammock & read your favorite book. This home is truly fabulous. Offered for $1,050,000. Contact Tracy Walters 239/994-7975 or Connie Walters 239/841-4540.TAMARIND AT THE REEFThis is truly a one of a kind West Gulf Drive Penthouse unit. Completely remodeled from the studs out, completed in 2010. Unparalleled views from this direct gulf front residence. 2 bedroom 2 bath plus den, Raised ceilings, bamboo floors, custom glass counter tops, top of the line cabinets, and fixtures. Built in wall unit with Murphy bed in the den. West Gulf Drive small complex (12 units) with pool and tennis court. Offered for $1,875,000 Contact Ken Colter 239/851-1357 or Bob Berning 239/699-9597 LOGGERHEAD CAY #583Amazing GULF VIEWS from this 3rd floor condo. This unit is FULLY FURNISHED and just steps away from the sandy white beaches. Loggerhead Cay is one of the Islands most popular condominium complexes as it has AMENITIES GALORE! Community grills, shuffleboard, tennis courts are just a few of the many amenities available. This unit is quiet and features an open floor plan. Offered for $549,000. Contact Tracy Walters Mr. Listr 239/9947975 or Connie Walters Ms. Listr at 239/841-4540ABSOLUTELY STUNNING HERON CONDO AT THE SANCTUARYOver 2500 sq.ft. with all new furnishings, all new appliances, new air conditioner, water heater, ceiling fans, washer & dryer, and more! Youll feel like youre walking into a model home. 2 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths plus large den or 3rd bedroom with hard wood floors. Fantastic sunset views over the 9th fairway from lovely corner lanai. Marble master bath, walk-in closets, 10 ft. ceilings, single car garage with extra parking. Offered for $619,000. Contact Steve Harrell 239/565-1277, Toby Tolp 239/239/848-0433 or Kasey Harrell 239/850-7602ISABEL DRIVEThis home offers stunning water views from nearly every room. This sprawling bayfront estate home has direct deep water access for large boat. Built with superior strength & handsomely appointed features. Spacious floor plan,over 6,000 sq.ft. Glass elevator,vaulted ceilings,3 fireplaces, gourmet kitchen with an open plan & breakfast bar,cozy family room with spectacular view. 4 ensuite bedrooms, cabana/fitness room. Master Wing includes spa-like bath, jetted tub, rainfall & body sprays w/glass shower enclosure, enormous walk-in closet & private office opening to deck. 3 car garage, plenty of storage & addtl workrooms. Heated freeform pool & spa with lush landscaping for utmost privacy. Offered for $3,900,000 Contact Debra Hobbs 239/565-0549OVER 2300 SQ. FT. LIVING AREAThis exquisite 2 BR 2 Bath Golf Villages unit is beautifully furnished & decorated. High ceilings, hardwood floors, formal living and dining rooms, casual family & breakfast rooms. Spacious corner lanai with sliding glass enclosure. Sunset views of lake & fairway. Under building parking plus private storage room. Offered for $540,000. Contact Steve Harrell 239/565-1277, Toby Tolp 239/239/848-0433 or Kasey Harrell 239/850-7602. COMMERCIAL OPPORTUNITY-134 FEET PERIWINKLE FRONTAGEVacant land ready to build. Located between Jacaranda restaurant and Huxters. Approximately 22444 square foot area or .54 acres. Impervious Area 10200 Sq. Ft. Approximately. Owner will consider build to suit. Sanibel Use Code Vacant Commercial. Numerous development possibilities. Visit Sanibel CODE OF ORDINANCES Sec. 126-491 For the many Permitted uses. Offered for $850,000 Contact George Kohlbrenner 239/565-8805BEACHVIEWStunning Beachview custom home offering nothing but the best! Over 2800 sq.ft. living area with 3 BR 2 1/2 BTH, formal dining room, breakfast room, great room design. Kitchen features custom cabinets, full size freezer, pass-through window from kitchen to veranda. All rooms open to the expansive covered veranda. Offering gorgeous views of Sanibel River, golf course, and lakes. Hurricane glass windows, elevator, pool & spa with oversized pool deck. Designed by structural engineer, first story is concrete block with poured concrete pillars and beams. Attic features Isolene insulation for maximum energy efficiency. Too many features to list! Offered for $1,295,000. Contact Toby Tolp 239/848-0433, Steve Harrell 239/565-1277 or Kasey Harrell 239/850-7602. FT. MYERS BEACHWonderful beach cottage with established weekly rental history. Four bedrooms, two and a half baths, open airy floor plan with views of the Gulf of Mexico directly across the street. 38 X 19 solar heated pool. Adorable, fun beach home on the gorgeous north end. Offered for $680,000. Contact Debra Hobbs 239/565-0549 789 PYRULAYou will love this inviting 4 bedroom, 3 bath luxury pool home in Beachview Country Club Estates. This home offers a fabulous floor plan with all rooms leading to the bright and open great room with soaring ceilings, built-in entertainment wall and overlooking the large pool and nicely vegetated backyard. Spacious master suite with sitting area, master bath with separate tub/ shower and his/her walk-in closets, kitchen with wood cabinets/granite counters, sunny breakfast room, big laundry room and plenty of space for family or guests make this a must see home. Large garages with great extra storage. HUGE patio/pool area makes for a great recreation or entertaining area. Beachview offers deeded beach access, clubhouse, semi-private golf course, tennis, pro-shop and restaurant. Offered for $1,180,000. Contact Nancy Finch 239/822-7825. NEW LISTING Wishing you a happy, Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous healthy and prosperous 2013 2013 Serving the Islands Since 1975 THE SANCTUARYAn exquisite condo at a great price! The largest condo floor plan in the Sanctuary features 3 BR 3 BTH and over 2750 sq.ft living. With a Tommy Bahama style, this beautifully furnished and decorated condo offers breathtaking views of the 18th fairway and lake from the oversized new glass enclosed wrap around lanai. Offering living room & family room, formal & informal dining, high ceilings, huge laundry room, dual a/c zones and privacy elevator. Relax by the large heated pool and spa with gazebo and grill areas. Offered for $740,000. Contact Toby Tolp 239/848-0433 Steve Harrell 239/565-1277 or Kasey Harrell 239/850-7602. THE RIVER DECEMBER 28, 201232