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VOL. 12, NO. 18 MAY 10, 2013From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort MyersRead Us Online at IslandSunNews.com Robert E. Lee Monument Gets A New Looksubmitted by TM Fyock-Adjutant Maj. WM Footman Camp #1950On April 30, the Robert E. Lee Monument in downtown Fort Myers had a decorative fence installed on its base. The Major William M. Footman Camp #1950 Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) and the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) Chapter #2614, both of Fort Myers, made this project a priority. The monument had received damage to its base due to skateboarders, and they felt it necessary to take steps to do something to protect the monument. Representatives of both organizations, Shellie Weber of the UDC and Tom Fyock of the SCV, met with the Fort Myers Public Arts Committee and proposed a plan to install a fence to protect the monument. After submitting drawings of the proposed fence, the Public Arts Committee gave its approval and support. Barry Crumpler of Gulf Coast Metal Works in Cape Coral was contacted and he agreed to provide the material, labor and installation of the fence at no cost. Crumpler and Nick Smith did the installation work, and the monument now looks better than it ever has. The fence makes the monument stand out like never before. Without their dedication and hard work, this project could not have been completed. Thank you just does not seem sufficient for the effort and work that they put forth. Im sure that General Lee is looking down and smiling, and very happy that the people of the county that bears his name still care about this great gentleman and continue to honor his life. The Robert E. Lee monument project was undertaken by the Sons of Confederate Veterans who are the stewards of the monument Barry Crumpler and Nick Smith of Gulf Coast Metal Works installed a fence, completing the beautification of the Robert E. Lee m onument on Monroe Street in downtown Fort Myers International Artist To Perform At Music WalkOn Friday, May 17, internationally acclaimed percussionist Ayb Dieng and friends are playing at the French Connection during Music Walk in downtown Fort Myers historic River District.continued on page 32 Ayb Dieng has a large following in Southwest FloridaRepublicans Host Lincoln-Reagan Dinner May 16Tucker Carlson, young political commentator and founder of the popular news website The Daily Caller, will headline this years LincolnReagan Dinner hosted by the Lee County Republican Executive Committee. The local party is looking to energize its base, appeal to young Americans and unite all Southwest Florida residents concerned about the direction of the country and the partisan climate. continued on page 32Bonsai Society Picnic And AuctionBonsai enthusiasts are invited to the annual picnic and auction, sponsored by the Bonsai Society of Southwest Florida. The free event will be held on Saturday, May 18 at the Fort Myers-Lee County Garden Councils Center, 2166 Virginia Avenue in Fort Myers (one block east of the Edison Laboratory grounds).continued on page 17 HAPPY HAPPY MOTHERS MOTHERS DAY DAY
Historic Downtown Fort Myers, Then And Now: Beginning Of The Earnhardt Blockby Gerri ReavesThe second decade of the 20th century transformed the downtown business district. One by one, wood-frame structures were demolished and modern ones went up in record time. No other block demonstrates the rapid modernization so well as the south side of First Street between Jackson and Hendry streets. What we know as the Earnhardt block was constructed between 1910 and 1914. All the buildings stand today and are in use. The 193-foot yellow-brick building for which the block is named was not the first to be built, however. The transformation of the block began at the Jackson corner with the two buildings pictured in the historic photo, the Bank of Fort Myers Building (left) and the Langford Building (center). As if for deliberate contrast between old and new, the buildings are framed by pioneer structures. Visible at the far left of the historic photo is the 1875 home of Major Aaron and Mary Frierson on the southeast corner at Jackson, a Victorian-style home with gingerbread architectural features. The two-story wooden building (far right) typifies those that fell to progress. Notice the sign reading The Poole Realty Co. office upstairs. Only a couple of years before Harvie Earnhardt Heitman built the Bank of Fort Myers, the Jackson end of the block had a barber shop, a saloon, and a billiards parlor in such structures. Taff O. Langford quickly followed Heitmans lead in 1911 by demolishing a woodframe building next door to the bank and replacing it with the new brick Langford Building. The weathered Langford name still graces the facade. Both buildings have played major roles in the towns business life ever since. The Bank of Fort Myers buildings office spaces were always in demand over the years, but the bank itself closed during the Great Depression. Among the many businesses and offices in residence over the years were a furniture store, the Board of Trade, the First Church of Christ Scientist, and many attorneys. John T. Hendry opened the towns first public movie house, the Grand, in the Langford Building in 1913. (He had started the movie theater in the old building in 1908.) Shortly after that, the movie migrated across First Street to the Arcade and the building was occupied by a grocery and haberdashery. As for the completion of the block? Heitman had hardly paused for breath after building his bank. He embarked on the project that dominates the block both in size and style, the 1914 Earnhardt Building. Heitmans bank also spurred a good old-fashioned feud familiar to local history buffs. Walter G. Langford, a business rival of Heitmans and head of the Lee County Bank (later renamed the First National Bank of Fort Myers), built the imposing granite bank down at the Hendry corner, thus completing the block. continued on page 24 The Langford name still graces the facade, although the building was renamed the Miller Building decades ago photo by Gerri Reaves Now more than a century old, the renovated buildings continue to be a vital part of downtown business life photo by Gerri Reaves The Bank of Fort Myers Building (left) at the corner of First and Jackson, and the Langford Building (center), were the first to be constructed in todays Earnhardt block courtesy of the Southwest Florida Historical Society (Sara Nell Hendry Gran Collection) 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. The River Weekly News reserves the right to refuse, alter or edit any editorial or advertisement.Independently Owned And Operated COPYRIGHT 2013 The River Weekly News LORKEN Publications, Inc.Co-Publishers Lorin Arundel and Ken Rasi Advertising Sales Isabel Rasi George Beleslin 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 Justen Dobbs Ed Frank Max Friedersdorf Priscilla Friedersdorf Jim George Shelley Greggs Tom Hall Dr. Dave Hepburn Audrey Krienen Capt. Matt Mitchell Patricia Molloy Di SaggauTHE RIVER MAY 10, 20132
3 THE RIVER MAY 10, 2013 Fort Myers Public Art Manuels Branch Bridgeby Tom HallManuels Branch is the name of a narrow creek that meanders westward along the southern boundary of Edison Park before it empties into the Caloosahatchee River. Where Cortez Boulevard crosses the stream, the roadway is supported by Manuels Branch Bridge. The bridge was selected in 2000 as the site for a memorial honoring Manuel A. Gonzalez, Fort Myers first permanent settler. The bridgeworks were made by local sculptor DJ Wilkins, who also made Uncommon Friends, Clayton, The Great Turtle Chase and the Florida Panther in or near Centennial Park, as well as 18 other public sculptures interspersed throughout the City of Fort Myers. He was hired for the project by the Fort Myers Beautification Advisory Board, which had also commissioned his other works. Wilkins skirted the bridge with 450 feet of ornate balustrade that contains raised reliefs of Manuel A. Gonzalez as well as hummingbirds, palmetto fronds, branches and leaves. Wilkins created the moulds for the balusters, bases and top rails by borrowing the pattern used by the WPA in the 1930s for the railings adjoining the Fort Myers Yacht Basin. Gonzalez first became acquainted with Fort Myers in the 1850s, when the sloop he captained delivered supplies and mail to the soldiers garrisoned there to corral and deport Seminole Indians so that cattle ranchers could take their land. After the fort was abandoned following the Battle of Fort Myers on February 20, 1865, Gonzalez returned to make this his new home. A quartet of people landed here, in what was at that time an untamed wilderness, wrote Gonzalezs son many years later. My father, Manuel A. Gonzalez; John A. Weatherford, an uncle of mine; Joseph A. Vivas, a friend of our family; and myself, MS Gonzalez (then but five years of age) constituted the quartet. The two Manuels stayed behind while Weatherford and Vivas sailed back to Key West for the quartets wives and household goods. During their three-week absence, father and son pieced together a home from what was left of the officers headquarters. Gonzalez went on to open a trading post on the corner of whats now Monroe and First, and his wife became the growing communitys first schoolteacher. In 1872, Gonzalez filed a claim under the Homestead Act to the property from Jackson Street to the creek that now bears his name. He built his home there, away from the bustle of the thriving cattle town, so it was only fitting that a memorial to Fort Myers first settler be created over the wooded creek he came to love. The Manuel A. Gonzalez Memorial Bridge is 100 yards southwest of Fort Myers High School, where Cortez Boulevard intersects with Manuel Drive. An arts advocate, Tom Hall guides weekly walking tours of the River Districts public art collection in Fort Myers. For more information, go to truetours.net. Manuels Bridge taken from Fort Myers High School on Cortez The Morgan HouseSunday, May 12th10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Reservations Required337-3377 33 Patio de Leon, Fort Myers in downtowns historic River District www.morganhouserestaurant.com Mothers Day Brunch BuffetAnnual 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! If Our Seafood Were Any Fresher, If Our Seafood Were Any Fresher, We Would Be Serving It Under Water! We Would Be Serving It Under Water! LIVE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT ENTERTAINMENT MONDAY THURSDAY MONDAY THURSDAY IN FORT MYERS! IN FORT MYERS!
THE RIVER MAY 10, 20134 Edison & Ford Winter Estates Programs, EventsMay at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is highlighted with the a Mothers Day Picnic and special tours, free admission for veterans on Memorial Day and monthly programs at the new Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops, as well as a variety of other special programs and activities throughout the month. The May schedule of programs and events include: Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower, May 7, 4:30 p.m. The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting for the new Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops. Edison Ford members and the public are invited to join in tours, refreshments, shopping and social networking. Refreshments for the ribbon cutting will be provided by Blue Pointe Oyster Bar & Seafood Grille, located in the Bell Tower Shops. National Public Garden Day Activities at Edison Ford, May 10, 10 a.m. Join Edison Ford horticulture staff and celebrate gardening at the Edison Ford. Participants will enjoy a free tour of the Edison Ford organic vegetable garden and propagating nursery. Registrations requested by calling 334-7419. Space is limited. Edison Ford Garden Talk: The Secrets of Growing Hibiscus and Gardenias, May 11, 9 a.m. During this time of year, the scent of blooming gardenias fills the air throughout the Edison Ford Gardens and bright pink, orange and yellow bursts of color can be seen throughout the landscape with blooming hibiscus. Join Edison Ford horticulturist to learn about growing hibiscus and gardenias in Southwest Florida. Gardenias and hibiscus will be available for purchase in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe and participants will receive 20 percent off in the Shoppe. Cost for Edison Ford members is free; non-members are $5. Mothers Day at Edison Ford, May 12, Free admission for moms on Mothers Day, half price admission for Behind The Scenes Tour at 2 p.m., picnic lunch on Ford Estate, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.Celebrate Mothers Day at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates with free admission The new Edison Ford Shoppe is open at the Bell Tower Shops and will feature monthly book signings, Gallery Talks with artists a nd programs Enjoy a Mothers Day picnic at the Ford Estates on Mothers Day 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 RESTAURANT239.466.464620351 SUMMERLIN ROAD, FORT MYERS. ACROSS FROM TANGER FACTORY OUTLETS. IN THE PUBLIX SHOPPING PLAZA. Take mom to Courtneys for Mothers Day brunchOpen 10 am to 3pm.Make your reservations now. Half Price Mimosas, Bloody Marys, & SangriaLee Republican Women MeetingOn Monday, May 13, the Lee Republican Women Federated will hold their monthly meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn, 12601 University Drive in Fort Myers. The guest speaker will be Florida House of Representatives District 77 Rep. Dane Eagle. Social hour begins at 11:15 a.m. with lunch and program to follow. Cost is $16 per person, all inclusive.To make reservations, call 432-9389 or email email@example.com.
5 THE RIVER MAY 10, 2013for Moms or a Behind The Scenes Tour at 2 p.m. with half priced admission for moms. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the Ford Estate catered by Everglades BBQ. Saxophonist Craig Christman will provide entertainment enjoy the breezes off the Caloosahatchee River. Volunteer Meeting at Edison Ford Bell Tower Shoppe, May 14, 9:30 a.m. Volunteers will gather at the new Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops for the monthly volunteer meeting and program featuring Hands-on Science and Kitchen Chemistry provided by the Edison Ford Wild Wizards. Volunteers will also meet Jen Nettles, general manager of the Bell Tower Shops. Refreshments provided by the Courtyard Caf and Bell Tower Shops. Free admission to veterans and their families on Memorial Day, May 27 The Edison Ford is offering free admission to United States veterans and their families on May 27. Free admission includes an audio tour of the historic homes, botanical gardens, Museum and Edison Research Lab. Veterans must present a VA identification card or their DD214 papers to receive free admission. Edison Ford Shoppe At Bell Tower Open The Edison & Ford Winter Estates opened the Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops, in the Fountain Courtyard, late last month. The Shoppe includes a little bit of the main historic site and features unique, handcrafted and local items to purchase, information on how to visit Edison Ford and be part of the activities, and also include an area for regular programs, author talks and book signings, artist demonstrations, food tastings and hands-on activities for children and families. Monthly activities are planned at the Shoppe and include: May 2, 6 to 8 p.m. Book signing with authors Tom Smoot, The Edisons of Fort Myers Discoveries of the Heart; and John W. Sheppard, One Mans Family in Early Fort Myers, Little Things Can Mean A Lot: Pearls of Life of Great Value, and I Can See Clearly Now. Books available for purchase. May 9, 6 to 8 p.m. Ask the Plant People, Edison Ford horticulture staff available for questions, tips and general information on Southwest Florida Gardening and the Gardens at Edison Ford. Boutique garden items available for purchase in time for Mothers Day. May 10, 6 to 8 p.m. Yappy Hour, Dogs welcomed in Edison Ford Shoppe, Dog Basket Raffle from Little Paws Bakery valued at $75. May 16, 6 to 8 p.m. Gallery Talk with artist Leoma Lovegrove May 23, 6 to 8 p.m. Edison Ford celebrates Restaurant Week with a tasting of Edison Ford. Calamondian, honey, jams, jellies, olives and a variety of items for purchase at Edison Ford Museum Store including fresh fruit grown in the Edison Ford gardens. May 28, 5 to 7 p.m. KIDding Around with Edison Ford Wild Wizards, Science of Sound, Investigate and experience the science of sound with phonograph demonstrations, designing a thunder clapper and more! May 30, 6 to 8 p.m. Book signing with author Amy Bennett Williams, Along The Caloosahatchee River. Books available for purchase. Viva Florida 500 Time Capsule At Edison Ford The Lee County Viva Florida 500 Time Capsule will be on display in the Edison Caretakers House throughout the month of May along with Discovering Southwest Florida with Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, an exhibit featuring historic photographs and artifacts celebrating Southwest Floridas history during the Edison Ford era. The Lee County Library System, in conjunction with the Florida Department of State, has launched the SNAPSHOT Time Capsule project in honor of Viva Florida 500, a year-long commemoration of Floridas 500th anniversary dating back to Ponce de Leons landing in Florida in 1513. The items chosen reflect Lee Countys unique community and represent what future generations should know about Lee County. The SNAPSHOT Time Capsule will travel around Lee County until September 2013. Preview iBook In The Edison Ford Museum Store The Edison Festival of Light Looking Back in Pictures, produced by The News-Press Media Group and features Thomas Edison, is available for viewing in the Edison Ford Museum Store through June 2013. The iBook commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Edison Festival and features 220 images including the first and only complete gallery of every king and queen of Edisonia, historic and current videos, interactive quiz and highlights from the 2013 Edison Festival of Light Parade. For additional information, call 3347419 or visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org. Beach Chamber Business ExpoThe Greater Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce has accepted the maximum space allowable sponsor and exhibitor applications from chamber members for the event, set for Thursday, May 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Residence Inn Fort Myers-Sanibel, 20371 Summerlin Road in South Fort Myers. All chamber members as well as non-members and the general public are encouraged to attend, with free admission to all attendees. Offerings include business incentives, door prizes, discounts, giveaways, hors doeuvres, and cash bar. In addition, the chamber is offering a chance for free admission to upcoming Tapa Hop, Sand Sculpting and next years Taste of the Beach. Sponsors and exhibitors are encouraged to contact their own current customer databases to provide incentives to attend the Business Expo by offering something that would only be available by attending the Expo, in order to increase attendance for all chamber members and promote their business. All social mediacontinued on page 24 Riv 10% OFF Offer valid with Cash payments only...No credit cards. ONE COUPON PER TABLE Can not be used with any other offer. 18% Gratuity may be added to bill before discount. 11am 10pm, Expires May 17, 2013 Nellies Upstairs Waterside BarHappy Hour All Day, Everyday with Live music too! 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THE RIVER MAY 10, 20136 Greeters ClubAll are welcome to attend the Thursday, June 20 luncheon meeting of the Greeters Club of Greater Fort Myers. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month at the Colonial Country Club, 9181 Independence Way in Fort Myers. The June speaker will be Kevin Farrell, a fraud specialist from the Lee County Sheriffs Office. The cost is $20. Call to make a reservation and to find out more about joining this group of Lee County women. Contact Marie Gaither at 791-8966 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Find the club on Facebook at Greeters of Fort Myers. Origami ClubIn origami, paper can be folded to resemble almost anything. Learn about, discuss and make origami models at the Origami Club at Veterans Park Recreation Center in Lehigh Acres. The club meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. and each week a new model will be featured. Meetings last 60 to 90 minutes. The program is free to facility members. Suggested materials: paper, cut into squares; scissors; crayons or markers (optional). Veterans Park Recreation Center is at 55 Homestead Road South in Lehigh Acres. Call 369-1521 or email email@example.com for more information. Re-opening CelebrationRepairs at the Lake Kennedy Center in Cape Coral are complete and there will be a grand re-opening celebration June 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. There will be performances by members and instructors, stand-up comedy by Betty Dentzau, ballroom dance by Jeanne Espositos team, hula and tap by the Turner Talents, jazz dance by the Heart and Soles Dance Team, square dancing by Wes Morris group, and clogging by the Suncoast Sunshine Cloggers. Hors doeuvres and dessert will be provided by community partner Heather Bowden and Mederi Caretenders. There is no cost to attend. The Lake Kennedy Center is at 400 Santa Barbara Boulevard. For more information, call 574-0575. Summer LuauThe Lake Kennedy Center in Cape Coral will bring Tony Blake to the main stage July 26 for the Fun in the Sun Luau. There will be songs from yesterday and today plus a performance by The Turner Talents Hula Dancers. Dinner will include pineapple chicken, fruit salad, rice pilaf, green beans and cheesecake. Cost is $18 for members and $23 for non-members. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show time is 7 p.m. Preregistration is required by calling 574-0575. The Lake Kennedy Center is at 400 Santa Barbara Boulevard. ISLAND INSURANCE SERVICE Kathleen Papaleo President Mark OBrien General Manager Susan Barnes Personal Lines Gina Loeber Agent 703 Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel, FL (239) 472-3022 Summer is over and its time to enjoy those beautiful winter days in Paradise. Have an insurance question? Call our office today for a new Auto quote. 2013 Lincoln-Reagan DinnerHosted by the Lee County Republican Executive Committee Thursday, May 166pm Reception & Cash Bar 7pm Dinner & Program*Vegetarian Meal available on requestIntroductions byHonorable Porter GossHonorary ChairSenator Lizbeth Benacquisto FeaturingTucker Carlson Republicans Host Lincoln-Reagan Dinner May 16Tucker Carlson, young political commentator and founder of the popular news website The Daily Caller, will headline this years LincolnReagan Dinner hosted by the Lee County Republican Executive Committee. The local party is looking to energize its base, appeal to young Americans and unite all Southwest Florida residents concerned about the direction of the country and the partisan climate. Carlson will offer a fresh, youthful, unique and honest perspective as well as solutions you do not want to miss. He will also take questions from the audience. Former CIA director and Southwest Florida Congressman Porter Goss will introduce Mr. Carlson and Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto will serve as Honorary Chair. The general public is strongly encouraged to attend the Thursday, May 16 event being held from 6 to 10 p.m. at Harborside Event Center in downtown Fort Myers. Tickets are $100 per person and include dinner and valet parking. Business and table sponsorships are available and the public can sponsor their high school or college age children and/ or a student to join Carlsons speech for just $30. A reception and cash bar will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and a highly anticipated speech about the future of the Republican Party will conclude the evening. Visit www.leerepublican.org to download the invitation and payment information. Checks can be made to the LCREC and mailed to P.O. Box 61465, Fort Myers, FL 33906 by Thursday, May 9. Farnum To Speak At Democratic Womens ClubThe Democratic Womens Club of Lee County will have as its featured speaker at the Saturday, June 8 meeting Rev. Allison Farnum. She began serving the congregation of Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers in August of 2008. In community and denominational life, she is currently serving on the board of Interfaith Action of Southwest Florida, an ally organization of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. She is also a member of the UU Allies for Racial Equity, and serves on the Steering Committee for the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Florida. Rev. Farnum is also on the steering committee of the interfaith congregation-based community organizing group, Lee Interfaith For Empowerment (LIFE). Although Rev. Farnum will speak on a range of topics, her presentation will center on immigration issues and initiatives at the national, state and local level. Her good work in this area has helped her become an expert on this subject. The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in South Fort Myers, located at the northeast corner of College Parkway and Summerlin Road. A lunch will be served following the meeting at a cost of $18 and visitors may make reservations for lunch by contacting Pat Fish at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 466-8381. The Democratic Womens Club of Lee County is a member of the DWC of Florida. It works year-round to organize the Democratic voters of Lee County, Florida. The DWC of Lee County brings together in common purpose all Democratic Women of Lee County, although men are members as well. The DWC strives to stimulate interest in civic affairs, encourage good citizenship and educate the public on questions of public interest. The DWC encourages the active participation of Democratic voters, seeks to increase Democratic voter registration and supports qualified Democratic candidates for public office. AbudlHaq Muhammed To Speak At Democratic Womens Club MeetingThe Democratic Womens Club of Lee County will have AbdulHaq Muhammed as its featured speaker at the Saturday, May 11 meeting. He is the founder of Quality Life Center and has served as its executive director since the organization was formally incorporated in 1992. The Quality Life Center is based in the Dunbar community of Fort Myers and provides support for education, youth enrichment, personal development, community development and social services for at-risk youth and their families. Services offered include youth programs, social services, adult programs, workshops, scholarships for graduating high school seniors, community access partners and summer camp. Muhammed has a vision for uplifting children and adults through confidence-building programs based on core values that will teach the tools of a rewarding life. He has more than 30 years of experience designing and providing positive workshops. He is a motivational speaker, conducting workshops on such topics as organizational development. The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in South Fort Myers, located at the northeast corner of College Parkway and Summerlin Road. A lunch will be served following the meeting at a cost of $18 per person. Visitors may make reservations for lunch by contacting Jim Helms at email@example.com or by calling 432-0970.
7 THE RIVER MAY 10, 2013 Fair Weather Smiles On Ding Tarpon TournamentFour tarpon and four DNA scrubs won Team Teaser from TampaSt. Petersburg the first-place title and $10,575 at the 2nd annual Ding Darling & Doc Fords Tarpon Tournament on Saturday, May 4. Despite weather forecasts for stormy conditions, the tournament dawned on a partly cloudy day with only occasional rain sprinkles. A brisk breeze, however, made fishing slightly more challenging than last years inaugural tournament, anglers reported. As long as theres no lightning in the sky, we consider it safe to fish, said Sean McGarry from second-place Team Fintastic Charters. A little wind, that happens. Thats not gonna stop serious fishermen. Most fishermen get the weather thing, said participant Les Boyle. It actually somewhat leveled the playing field, those who adapted did well. Anglers had the option to fish in the protected waters of San Carlos Bay and the Caloosahatchee River to get out of the wind, said Birgie Vertesch, executive director of tournament co-sponsor Ding Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS) and tournament chief organizer. Doc Fords Rum Bar & Grille, with locations on Sanibel Island and Fort Myers Beach, was title sponsor. The tournament was once again very well run, said participant Paul Primeaux, a Sanibel Island fishing guide. Its great that the tournament awards the anglers with great prizes, but also works so hard to preserve the safety and integrity of tarpon fishing. The tournament committee throws an event thats fun, fair and real. Teams began fishing at first light after checking in at the official Diversified Yacht Services (DYS) boat at channel marker 2 in the bay. DYS, along with The Sanibel Bean, was presenting sponsor. The 45 registered teams fished until 4 p.m., calling in their catches and sending photos as proof, thus avoiding the stress caused to fish by bringing them back to dock for weigh-in. Winners undergo truth verification tests. We call it a catch, release, and care tournament because educationcontinued on page 15 Teams began their search for tarpon at first light Anglers and sponsors mingled Friday night at the tournament pre-party at Doc Fords Team Teaser pulls up its first catch of the day We Proudly Brew Tropical Outdoor Patio Seating Fun new" Moo Wear for all ages Fun new" Moo Wear for all agesServing Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week. Snacks In-between Live Music! Outdoor Seating Treat Treat Mom Mom on on Mother Mother s Day All All Mothers Mothers receive receive sweets sweets We Will Serve You We Will Serve You 2163 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957 Ph: 239.472.0606 www.SanibelIslandCow.comVoted Best Family Dining Restaurant 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012
THE RIVER MAY 10, 20138 Along The RiverThe earliest record of Mothers Day is of the annual ancient Greek spring celebration honoring maternal goddesses. Ancient Romans celebrated a similar festival dedicated to Cybele, also a mother goddess. In the United States, Mothers Day was first celebrated in 1872 at the suggestion of writer, poet and activist Julia Ward Howe. She is most famous for penning the Civil War song, Battle Hymn of the Republic. This year, Mothers Day is Sunday, May 12. There are many dining options from which to choose to show mom how much she is loved and appreciated. It is going to be a beautiful Mothers Day at Sunshine Grille. Make your Mothers Day reservations today for the restaurant or a private party room. Special Mothers Day hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for brunch; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for lunch; and 3 to 10 p.m. for dinner. Executive Chef Roger Chastain brings more than three decades of professional culinary experience, having honed his craft at some of Southwest Floridas top restaurants, including the Blue Water Bistro, Ritz-Carlton of Naples and Chardonnay Restaurant. He likes to experiment with different styles and cultural influences, incorporating a variety of local, fresh seafood and produce into his dishes. Sunshine Grille is located at 8700 Gladiolus Drive in Fort Myers at the corner of Winkler. Call 489-2233 or go to www.sunshinegrillefm.com. Why not treat mom to a Mothers Day brunch she will never forget at Courtneys Restaurant? The Fort Myers eatery is open this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is serving half-price mimosas, Bloody Marys and sangria. Make your reservations now to secure space for the entire family. Courtneys offers continental cuisine including seafood, steaks and breakfast/ brunch. Its regular business hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is conveniently located at 20351 Summerlin Road, Unit 11 in the Publix Plaza across from the Tanger Factory Outlets. For information and reservations, call 4664646. The Morgan House in downtown Fort Myers historic River District is hosting its annual Mothers Day brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sit inside in air-conditioned comfort or outside in the beautiful Patio de Leon. Reservations are required. Chef Corry Blanton has created a special menu that includes breakfast items: scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, home fries, biscuits and gravy, fresh fruit, danish and muffins, waffle station, and an omelet station with fresh veggies, meats and cheeses. Dinner items include: lime-cilantro mahi mahi, lemon pepper chicken, sauted green beans, mashes potatoes, pasta salad, and tossed salad with ranch dressing or balsamic vinaigrette. The carving station has roast beef, leg of lamb and glazed ham. Make sure to save room for dessert, as there is an array of delicious sweets to compliment the celebration. The Morgan House is located at 33 Patio de Leon, Fort Myers. Call 337-3377 or go to www.morganhouserestaurant.com. Taking mom to Sanibel for dinner? The friendly and casual restaurant with sophisticated dining, a raw bar and screened patio, The Jacaranda or The Jac, as it is referred to by locals, serves great food in an elegant dining room or on the lively patio. You choose. With live music nightly, the patio lounge attracts an affluent crowd to the friendly and casual restaurant. Although The Jacaranda is best known as a local gathering spot, it has also received several dining awards. According to Frommers, Although The Jacaranda is best known as a local gathering spot, it has also received several dining awards. Fresh fish is well prepared here, or you can choose certified Angus steaks or prime rib. The linguine with a dozen littleneck clams tossed in a piquant red or white clam sauce is consistently excellent. For dessert, the gooey turtle pie -ice cream, caramel, fudge sauce, chopped nuts, and whipped cream will send you away stuffed. The Jacaranda is located at 1223 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Call 472-1771 or www.jacarandaonsanibel.com. Treat mom to a special meal at Fort Myers Sunshine Grille. Pictured is the restaurants Executive Chef Roger Chastain. The wine cellar at The Jacaranda on Sanibel Please visit our River Weekly News online advertisers at www.islandsunnews.com. You can click through to their Web sites for more information about real estate, shopping, restaurants and services. Just click on the logos surrounding the front page. 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9 THE RIVER MAY 10, 2013 Shoe Drive Benefits Youngstersby Di SaggauFor the past three years, in both the fall and in the spring, Continental Womens Club of Fort Myers raises money to donate new shoes for needy children. Recently, 22 pairs of shoes were given to students at the Community Cooperative Ministries, Inc. (CCMI) Montessori School. Cindy Venezia, montessori directress, selects the students who are most needy. She said, I know who is struggling and who really needs the shoes. The kids get very excited about their new shoes and their parents are very appreciative. There are 36 students ages two through five in the school. The shoe drive is headed by Linda K. Brown and Jan OConnor. As soon as they know the sizes needed, they start shopping and then they, along with other members, deliver the shoes to the children. Continental Womens Club of Fort Myers is involved with several charitable endeavors and meets the first Tuesday of every month at Colonial Country Club. Alana shows off her new shoes Viola Jackson with Rabbison and Kemari Foundation Donates To Heights CenterGulf Harbour Memorial Foundation donated $15,000 to the Heights Foundation to complete the foundations medical clinic. The clinic will provide access to quality health care for lowincome, uninsured residents of Harlem Heights and surrounding communities. The clinic will be located at the Heights Center, 15570 Hagie Drive in Fort Myers, and will be run by Lee County Volunteers in Medicine. Gulf Harbour Memorial Foundation has been a long-time supporter of the Heights Foundation, said Kathryn Kelly, president and CEO of the Heights Foundation. Their investment in our community will allow us, in partnership with Lee County Volunteers in Medicine, to provide no-cost medical services and health advocacy to our community. We will help people take responsibility for keeping themselves healthy by promoting health and well-being and preventing illness. The Heights Center, supported by the Heights Foundation, is a place for education, opportunity, and enrichment. The Heights Foundation works to build strong, self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. The 14,000-square-foot Harlem Heights Cultural Arts and Community Center opened in February 2013. Charity Foundation Donates To Childrens Advocacy Center The Childrens Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida (CAC) received a $359,500 donation from the Bobby Nichols Fiddlesticks Charity Foundation. Founded in 2002, the foundation has raised more than $5.4 million for childrens charities. This years Nichols Cup Celebrity Pro-Am golf tournament, tennis tournament, and Kids for Kids Walk-a-thon, held in February, enabled the foundation to award a total of $779,000 to local childrens charities. On April 29, checks were presented to CAC as well as Abuse Counseling and Treatment, and the Blessings in a Backpack program at James Stephens International Academy. Funding from this event is vital to the continuation of CACs services which include medical exams, forensic interviews, crisis intervention and therapeutic counseling. The residents of Fiddlesticks play a critical role in bettering the lives of children who have been abused and neglected. We continue to be amazed and humbled by their generosity, said Jill Turner, CEO. MAKE YOUR MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS RESERVATIONS FOR FOR MOTHERS DAY MOTHERS DAY Read us online at IslandSunNews.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org CHURCH OF THE CROSS 13500 Freshman Lane; 768-2188 Pastor: Bud Stephens; A nondemonimational church emphasizing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Sunday Service: 9:15 a.m. Traditional, 10:45 Contemporary. 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 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. email@example.com, www.facebook. com/nbcministry. Alex & Patricia Wiggins, Ministers NEW COVENANT EYES CHURCH See Clearly. Meeting monthly at 9 a.m. at the Elks Lodge. 1900 Park Meadows Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33907. 239-220-8519 Pastor Alan Bondar www.newcovenanteyes.com Wear what you want, rockin music, relevant teaching, LIFT Kidz program, free coffee & donuts, people who are real, church thats actually fun. 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 Fort 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: firstname.lastname@example.org PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH Sunday Worship at 9:30am. Peace is a member of the ELCA. We celebrate weekly communion with traditional liturgy, organ and choir. 15840 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers On the way to Sanibel. 239-437-2599, www.peaceftmyers.com, email@example.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. Sunday worship at 9:30 a.m. Womens Bible Study is offered on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 9:30 a.m. www.stpeterfmb.com TEMPLE BETHEL SYNAGOGUE 16225 Winkler Rd. 433-0018. Rabbi Jeremy Barras E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 433-0201, Web site: www.tjswfl.org Affiliated: United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism continued on page 11THE RIVER MAY 10, 201310
11 THE RIVER MAY 10, 2013 From page 10Churches/TemplesTHE CHABAD LUBAVITCH OF SW FLORIDA ORTHODOX 5620 Winkler Road, Fort Myers Rabbi Yitzchok Minkowicz 433-7708, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.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. CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH 1619 Llewellyn Drive Fort Myers Just off McGregor across from the Edison/ Ford Winter Estates 334-4978 Pastor: Douglas Kelchner Worship times Sundays 9 and 10:30 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 Winter services: Sundays at 9:15 and 11 a.m. Childrens class at 11 a.m. 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. League Club Awards $10,000 To Pantry ProgramThe League Club, Inc. recently awarded Community Cooperative Ministries, Inc. (CCMI) a $10,000 grant for its Bonita Elementary School Pantry Program. CCMIs School Pantry Program provides food to families in need on-site at schools. This approach allows CCMI to provide more food to children including fresh meat and produce for the same cost because the caretaker actually picks up the food for the child and they do not have to fit items into a backpack. The program provides the proper nutrition kids need to thrive in school and their daily lives. Experts agree that good nutrition during childhood is critical to a childs ability to learn. When children miss out on eating key food groups, they are deprived of essential nutrients needed for optimal cognitive functioning. CCMI is extremely grateful for the support provided to our School Pantry Program by the League Club, said Tracey Galloway, CEO of CCMI. This program is vital to providing food to some of the most vulnerable in our community and we are thankful for the partnership provided by such compassionate community leaders. The League Club, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization of women in Southwest Florida that works to strengthen communities through fellowship, education, volunteerism and philanthropy. The League Club is open to women who have been or still are active members of a Junior League and are members of the Association of Junior Leagues International. Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive On May 11The need for food is urgent in Southwest Florida. The community is experiencing a continued need for food and this will increase as summer arrives and students no longer have access to school-related food programs. The Harry Chapin Food Bank needs the Lee and Collier communities to assist in the Stamp Out Hunger food drive on Saturday, May 11. The Stamp Out Hunger event is the nations largest single-day food drive. Letter carriers in the two counties will be collecting nonperishable food during their 21st annual drive. In addition to donated food, help is needed for two aspects of the food collection: Drivers are needed to assist letter carriers in picking up the food and volunteers are needed to complete a preliminary sort of the food. Stamp Out Hunger is the one day when letter carriers collect non-perishable food that has been left by mailboxes. Food collected in Lee County will be dis-continued on page 17 SFCA Students Receive State RecognitionVictoria Jynella and Peyton Randolph, seventh grade students at Southwest Florida Christian Academy, participated in the Duke Universitys Talent Identification Program (TIP). They were awarded state recognition for their participation in the talent search based on their performance on the ACT and/or the SAT. Duke TIP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically gifted and talented students. Duke TIP works with students, their families and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage and help students reach their highest potential. Now in its 33nd year, the 7th Grade Talent Search identifies bright seventh graders based on standardized test scores achieved while attending elementary or middle school. Candidates are invited to take the ACT or the SAT college entrance exams as seventh graders, which allows them greater insight into their academic abilities. In addition, they gain valuable benefits and have access to unique resources for gifted students. These students have earned an award by scoring at or above the national average of recent high school graduates on at least one part of the ACT or the SAT. These students are invited to a special recognition ceremony held at a university in our state. Peyton Randolph and Victoria Jynella 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 Virtual Cemeteries To Be Discussed At Genealogical Society Meeting Lee County Genealogical Society, Inc. will hold its Saturday Quarterly Meeting on May 11 at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 4141 DeLeon Street in Fort Myers. The topic of the meeting is virtual cemeteries. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and the business meeting, program with refreshments follow at 10 a.m. Virtual cemeteries are electronic memorials to our ancestors which can be an invaluable source of genealogical information, and one that is always growing. These communities are supported by family members, researchers, genealogy societies and others who post tombstone photographs and even historical information about the individuals interred in worldwide cemeteries. Join us on May 11 to explore virtual cemeteries such as Find-A-Grave, Internment. net, BillionGraves and Genealogy.coms Virtual Cemetery, plus many more and find out how you can become a part of these communities. For more information, visit www.LCGSFL.org or call Carolyn at 549-9625.
THE RIVER MAY 10, 201312 A Good Start To Tarpon Season?by Capt. Matt MitchellThis week marked my first week of tarpon trips of the season. Jumping three fish on day one sure made me remember very quickly what I like so much about tarpon fishing. After what seems like forever since I had tarpon fished, it was great to get back into the groove of hunting, hooking and catching these high flying gamefish. These fish are just plain impressive and make an anglers heart beat faster than anything else that swims in our waters, if not in any waters of the world. Tarpon are the ultimate shallow water game fish. Taking a day to scout before my first trip of the season, I ran the whole sound checking out all the usual tarpon haunts and was kind of disappointed to only locate a few fish in two places. One place was in the Demire Key area and the other was in the southern sound close to Sanibel. Both places I found fish, I returned to for several days and found them still there and cooperative. Clean, clear water seemed to be what the tarpon wanted and if you found both clear water and schools of threadfins together, you were in business. The first tarpon of the season caught on my boat was a memorable fish in several ways. At roughly only 50 pounds, what it lacked in size it made up for by its sheer jumping ability. It was caught by Mike Brennemann on May 1, which was the first day of his retirement. This fish made a lot of jumps but one particular jump had to be at least 10 feet in the air... and then it just seemed to hang there. These smaller tarpon have jumping abilities better than any NBA player. After all the hype of how hard these fish fight, Mike had this one to the boat in less than five minutes but would find out later in the week while fishing the Ding Darling/ Doc Ford Tarpon Tournament what a good size tarpon fights like. Weather was far from perfect for chasing tarpon most days this week, with strong winds and even some rain giving anglers few options except to camp out at a likely tarpon highway and keep their fingers crossed. When conditions have been calm, I had good reports of big numbers of tarpon out in the 30-foot depth range between Sanibel and Fort Myers Beach. This is an early-season staging area for these fish before they flood into the passes and sound. With the funky weather, all my tarpon fishing this week was done in the sound even though I did run a little bit outside, along the beaches, without spotting a single rolling fish. Personally, whenever I can, I prefer to do my tarpon fishing in the sound and close to the beaches. For sheer numbers of early season tarpon, the gulf side cannot be beat, but you must have the right conditions and with so much water to search out there, it can be very hit-andmiss and often frustrating. As of yet, the really big numbers of tarpon have not moved into the sound. With so many fish out gulf-side, its only a matter of time until we have lots of tarpon everywhere. As we get later in the month, our tarpon action in the sound and on the beaches will only get better and better.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 email@example.com. Mike Brennemann from Pelun, Illinois on the first day of his retirement, May 1, with his first tarpon McCleskey Memorial Redfish ChallengeRyan McCleskey ended his fight against cancer on February 3, 2006. Family, friends and acquaintances of Ryan wish to continue his battle with loving memory. The objective of this annual event is to build awareness of the Lee Memorial Health System Foundation and assist the children of Southwest Florida in their personal battles by donating the proceeds raised to Barbaras Friends, the Childrens Hospital Cancer Fund. The Ryan McCleskey Memorial Redfish Challenge Tournament schedule includes:continued on page 24 Ryan McCleskey ISLAND MARINE SERVICES, INC. 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13 THE RIVER MAY 10, 2013 CROW Case Of The Week Laughing Gullby Patricia MolloyDespite its name, the laughing gull that arrived at CROW recently was in no laughing mood. When [it] came in, it was super depressed and down. It was breathing with its mouth open, said Dr. Helen Ingraham. The laughing gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) is a particularly vocal species of avians with a distinctively loud call lasting three or more second. The sound is reminiscent of laughing, hence its name. The beautiful bird with the gray and white feathers and sharp black beak is often seen swirling through the skies over beaches, evoking familiar sights and sounds of summer in the Gulf states and the east coast. Dr. Helen continued, I did a very quick physical exam since it was so stressed out and then placed him in a quiet cage after giving it some Kayro syrup and some fluids. It perked up almost immediately and the open-mouth breathing stopped. After it had time to rest, Dr. Helen listened to its lungs with a stethoscope and was pleased to hear that they sounded clear. I think its another bad br evetoxicosis case and it was still down the following morning. After discuss the gulls condition with CROWs Hospital Director Heather Barron, Dr. Heather immediately said, I think it needs to be in the cholestyramine study. CROW has recently been invited by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota to take part in clinical trials of the drug cholestyramine to treat brevetoxicosis, which is quite a distinction for the Sanibel wildlife clinic. It is a really old drug. This is just a new way to use it, said Dr. Heather. Brevetoxicosis is a condition commonly contracted by shorebirds, seabirds and marine life after exposure to red tide. Red tide is an ancient, natural phenomenon. Unfortunately, exposure to the algal bloom can be dangerous, even fatal, to fish, sea turtles and birds. The hope is that the new application of cholestyramine will cure patients of red tide poisoning more quickly and efficiently that methods currently being used. I feel good about what we do. We are doing our best to make sure that animals are not suffering and more importantly, we are doing conservation medicine; we have our finger on the pulse of wildlife health in our area, added Dr. Heather. CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Inc.) is a non-profit wildlife hospital providing veterinary care for native and migratory wildlife from our local area. The hospital accepts patients seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mail donations to P.O. Box 150, Sanibel, FL 33957. Call 472-3644 or visit www.crowclinic.org. This laughing gull, patient #0884, was exposed to red tide. While contact with humans usually causes little more than discomfort, it can be fatal to seabirds and marine life Complete Do-It Yourself B oa t P a rt s St o r e Marine Tradin g Pos t 15600 S an C arlos Blvd, Un i t 170, Ft M y ers ( Bes i de B ig Lots ) C all 437-747 5 A dd iti o n al L oca ti o n s : 1156 N. Tamiami Trail in North Fort M y er s Call 997-577 7 2397 Davis Blvd in Naple s Call 793-580 0 H ou r s: 8am -5:30pm Mon-Sa t $ 99. 9 5 Sta i n l ess Stee l Power Coate d W hi te Due l Trumpet Hor n B i m i n i To p $ 199 Large Se l ect i on of Steer i n g W h ee l s
THE RIVER MAY 10, 201314 Plant SmartCoastal Groundcherryby Gerri ReavesCoastal groundcherry (Physalis angustifolia) is a native perennial wildflower of the nightshade (or potato) family found in the gulf coast states. Many species in that family are known to have poisonous leaves or stems, although the ripe fruit might be edible, as in the case of tomatillo (Physalis philadelphica). Coastal groundcherry reaches up to two feet high, growing in full sun along dry roadsides and in fields. During its flowering season in spring and early summer, the plant produces distinctive pale-yellow bell-shaped flowers, which are about an inch across. The spherical yellow fruit, or cherry, is enclosed by a greenish lantern-like calyx, a papery ovoid formed by the sepals. The extremely narrow leaves earn it another common name, narrow-leaf groundcherry. The Institute for Regional Conservation assigns the coastal groundcherry an imperiled status in South Florida and critically imperiled status in the Florida Keys. To propagate coastal groundcherry, collect and dry the seeds. Sources: Florida Wildlfowers and Roadside Plants by C. Ritchie Bell and Bryan J. Taylor, Everglades Wildflowers by Roger L. Hammer, davesgarden.com, and regionalconservation.org. Plant Smart explores sustainable gardening practices that will help you create an environmentally responsible, low-maintenance South Florida landscape. The plants papery calyx (right) opens to reveal a round yellow cherry (left) photos by Gerri Reaves Native coastal groundcherrys pale bell-like flowers appear singly Caring For Your PlantsFlorida Native Palmsby Justen DobbsFlorida has the largest variety of native palm trees in the continental United States and the most palm genera out of all 50 states. Some, such as the cabbage palm (Sabal palmetto) are very common and number in the millions. Others, such as the Miami palmetto (Sabal miamiensis) are extinct in habitat and found only in a couple private gardens. In an effort to preserve the native flora in Florida, some places, such as Sanibel Island, have adopted landscape laws that require all yards to have at least 75 percent native palms and plants. While I believe this to generally be a good practice, one downside is that abundant species such as cabbage palms end up being used and rare or endangered Florida natives are almost never utilized. The main reason that rare palms, such as the needle palm (Rhapidophyllum hystrix) and key thatch (Leucothrinax morrisii) are not planted more in Southwest Florida is that it does not make sense financially for nurserymen to grow these due to the difficulty of obtaining seeds and slow rate of growth. You will have to visit a private collector or botanical garden to see them. Additionally, I find that many of our city officials are not privy to these rare species. Maybe Fort Myers and Sanibel should adopt an endangered native palm propagation program? We put millions of dollars into the mangrove trees and native wildlife preservation, why not palm trees? Utilizing native palms in a Florida landscape is beneficial in that they can survive on natures sun and rainwater once established. There is no need to run irrigation or heavy fertilizer. Silver saw palmettos can be used as a low hedge, while royal palms can be used in imposing rows to line an avenue, such as the ones along McGregor Boulevard. For those with smaller gardens, the cherry palm is a smaller, slower growing version of the royal palm. Following is my list of Florida native palms. Other lists may differ slightly, but that is likely because they are out-of-date or have neglected the more uncommon species. 1. Cabbage palm (Sabal palmetto) 2. Dwarf cabbage palm (Sabal minor) 3. Miami palmetto palm (Sabal miamiensis) 4. Scrub palmetto (Sabal etonia) 5. Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) 6. Needle palm (Rhapidophyllum hystrix) 7. Royal palm (Roystonea regia) 8. Thatch palm (Thrinax radiata) 9. Key thatch palm (Leucothrinax morrisii) 10. Silver thatch palm (Coccothrinax argentata) 11. Cherry palm; buccaneer palm ( Pseudophoenix sargentii) 12. Coconut palm (Cocos nucifera)* 13. Everglades palm; pouritis palm ( Acoelorraphe wrightii) *The coconut palm has been included, although it likely originated in the South Pacific and made its way over here as flotsam. Justen Dobbs is a landscape architect in south Florida specializing in custom, upscale landscapes. He can be reached at seabreezenurseries@gmail. com. Cherry palms look like dwarf royals. Their name is derived from their bright red cherry-sized fruits. The saw palmetto comes in a silver variety (pictured) and green variety. It matures at around six to eight feet.
15 THE RIVER MAY 10, 2013 From page 7Tarpon Tournamentand research are at the forefront of the events mission, said John McCabe, DDWS president and tournament participant. All proceeds from tournament sponsorships benefit conservation efforts at the refuge. The Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission needs help from citizen scientists, and that was the primary purpose for this tournament, said Vertesch. The anglers get extra points for doing the scrubs, which give the FWC important information to track tarpon and learn more about helping them survive as a species. Doc Fords on Fort Myers Beach hosted the captains pre-party and silent auction on Friday night before the tournament and the Silver King for Ding awards banquet and after-party following the tournament. Nearly 160 guests attended the after-party this year open to the public by reserved tickets. The top five winning teams took home part of the $23,500 purse; their members hailed from Sanibel, Captiva, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Georgia, Tennessee, and Illinois. Winners include: 1. First Place: Team Teaser Capt. Rhett Dixon, Jack Hehenberger, Stewart Hehenberger, Kyle Hehenberger, Henry Dixon, Phil Pica. 2. Second Place: Fintastic Charters Capt. Randy Eastvold, Sean McGarry, Tim Hickey, Bob Rando. 3. Third Place: Music City Capt. Daniel Andrews, Tony Scoville, Maynard Davis, Alex Porter. 4. Fourth Place: Chasin Poon Capt. Matt Mitchell, Gary Biltgen, Mike Brennemann, Mary DeMik. 5. Fifth Place: Rushians Capt. Josh Constantine, Justin Thompson, James Sublett, John Thompson, Joey Cartens. Tournament sponsors include: Title Sponsor Doc Fords Rum Bar & Grille; Presenting Sponsor Diversified Yacht Services of Fort Myers Beach, The Sanibel Bean; Platinum Sponsor Florida Weekly, Lamar Advertising, Suncoast Beverage; Gold Sponsors Anisa Stewart Designs, Bella Signs & Designs, Dan Hahn Custom Builders, Fort Myers Marine, Holiday Inn of Sanibel, Island Sun, Myers, Brettholtz & Company, PA, Sealife by Congress; Silver Sponsors Blue Ash Media, Gulf Star Marina, John Grey Painting, Key West Express, Paradise Advertising and Design, RS Walsh Landscaping, Sanibel Captiva Daily, Sanibel Island Fishing Club, Shoreline Lumber. To support DDWS and the refuge with a tax-deductible gift, visit www.dingdarlingsociety.org or contact Birgie Vertesch at 292-0566 or firstname.lastname@example.org. How To Maintain An Orchid CollectionWhether your collection consists of a single no-name orchid from a box store or an array of species hand-picked from around the world, you wont want to miss the Gulf Coast Orchid Alliances Third Thursday member event on May 16 at the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church, located at 1255 Piper Blvd. in Naples from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Local orchid collector and noted speaker Jim Connell will present an overview of the care that is needed and the concerns that should be addressed when maintaining an orchid collection in Southwest Florida. Guests are welcome and attendance is free. As a native Floridian, Connell began collecting orchids while still in high school, often wading waist-deep in swamps on pursuits. He is credited with locating a particular vanilla species on Big Pine Key that had been thought extinct. His University of Florida degree in agriculture led him to a career in fertilizer and chemical production for the agricultural industry. During recent years, he amassed a well-documented orchid collection featuring many award-winning plants, and in 2012 his prized collection was acquired by the Naples Botanical Garden. Connell will explain the importance of correct orchid identification and impart his knowledge about record keeping, fertilizers, pest and disease control, and sources for materials. Connells overview will serve as an introduction to the overall care needed to grow and maintain beautiful orchids. Educational workshops and programs that encourage conservation support the mission of the non-profit Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance, which was formed in 2012 for promoting interest in orchids. Beginners to advanced hobbyists come together to exchange information and ideas in an enjoyable and enthusiastic atmosphere. The Alliance welcomes new members. For more information, call 498-9741 or visit www.GulfCoastOrchidAlliance. com. Alliance members are encouraged to bring their own orchids to display for all to enjoy. Hanging racks will be provided. Jim Connel Orchid in bloom To advertise in The River Weekly News Call 415-7732 w ww.SeabreezeN u rseries.com ( 239 ) 5 60-142 2 W HI T EFL Y or Sooty Mold? ? Y We can hel p! Ask about our S eason D iscount! m s, P al m e s, nativ e n s c roto n d s, bromelia d e s, buttery bush e re & mu ch m or FREE WOOD CHIPS!!
THE RIVER MAY 10, 201316 Best Selling Author Speaks At Community Prayer BreakfastNew York Times best-selling author Eric Metaxas was in Fort Myers for the National Day of Prayer Thursday, May 2, as the guest speaker at the Community Prayer Breakfast presented by the Community Prayer Breakfast Committee. More than 1,300 people jammed Harborside Event Center to attend the breakfast, now in its 30th year. The John E. and Aliese Price Foundation sponsors the annual event. Metaxas is the author of New York Times best seller, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, which recently was named the Book of the Year by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Called a biography of uncommon power, Bonhoeffer has appeared on numerous Best of the Year lists and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Harpers NPR, FOX News, and The Weekly Standard, among many others. Metaxas is the 2011 recipient of the Canterbury Medal awarded by the Becket Fund for Religious Freedom. He is the founder and host of Socrates in John and Aliese Price Foundation Trustee Mavis Miller (right) and her sister Lavinia Wilson Dr. Kenneth Walker, Price Foundation Trustee Mary Jo Walker and Eric Metaxas Erleene Sanders and Pat Mann Former Fort Myers Mayor Jim Humphrey, prayer breakfast chairman Dr. Israel Suarez, Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson, who also served as master of ceremonies Price Foundation Trustees Russell Priddy and Mavis Miller Father Philip Read of St. Lukes Episcopal Church, Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson, Eric Metaxas, and prayer breakfast media coordinator Susan Bennett Drs. Elizabeth and Larry Murphy with Eric Metaxas (center) Former State Attorney Joseph DAlessandro, Sydney DAlessandro, Krista Scott and Sheriff Mike Scott
17 THE RIVER MAY 10, 2013the City: Conversations on the Examined Life, the acclaimed monthly speaker series of entertaining and thought-provoking discussions on life, God and other small topics.Metaxas humor writing was first published in the Atlantic Monthly and has appeared in The New York Times His book and movies reviews, essays and poetry have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Christianity Today, and the National Review Online. Previous speakers at the Community Prayer Breakfast have included former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, Lt. Col. Oliver North, world-renowned Siamese Twins surgeon Dr. Ben Carson, Touched By An Angel Producer Martha Williamson, former U.S. Sen. Connie Mack, former Ambassador Andrew Young, Olympian Billy Mills, television evangelist Dr. Robert Schuller, radio talk show host Dennis Prager and former American Red Cross President Elizabeth Dole, among others. Individuals who wish to attend next years Community Prayer Breakfast may call 656-6099 to be placed on the invitation list, although this is not a guarantee that tickets will be available. Due to the overwhelming popularity of the event, tickets are issued on a first-come firstserved basis to those who respond quickest to the invitation. CTN (Christian Television Network) 10 General Manager Paul Lodato, prayer breakfast coordinator Michelle Caulkins and Ivette Lodato Charities Benefit From ShowEach performance of the show Love, Loss at Theatre Conspiracy will feature a new cast and benefit a different Southwest Florida charity including Dress For Success, Adonis Autism Assistance Foundation, Junior Florida Everblades and WGCU Public Media. Made famous in its off-Broadway run, Love, Loss explores five women and how their wardrobes relate to pivotal moments in their lives. The late Nora Ephron, celebrated as a successful screenwriter, director and essayist is most proud of this particular contribution to American theater. The show won a special Drama Desk Award and was nominated for two Drama League awards in 2010. Nora Ephron, in an interview in Huffington Post said, Everybody associated their clothing with an important event in their life their divorce, their marriage, falling in love, their prom nights. Its just so powerful for women. The show plays May 9 through 25, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. with one Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on May 19. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased by calling 936-3239 or online at www.theatreconspiracy.org. A complete list of casts and charities is posted on the website. The show was initially presented as a part of the 2008 summer series at Guild Hall in East Hampton, New York, and then as a benefit series at the DR2 Theatre in New York in early 2009. Later the same year, the show was produced Off-Broadway as an ongoing commercial theatrical production at the Westside Theatre in New York, where it continues to run as the second-longest running show in the theaters history. The show has been produced on six continents and more than eight countries. Yacht Club Meetingsubmitted by Past Commodore Chris ChristensenThe monthly meeting of the Fort Myers Beach Yacht Club will be held Wednesday, May 22 at the American Legion Post 274 on San Carlos Island, 899 Buttonwood Drive. Dinner will be catered and is available for $10 per person. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m., and the membership meeting from 8 to 9 p.m. Potential new members can call Commodore Fern Toomey for required reservations and additional information, at 463-4194 or 908-447-0242. Evening meetings are held once a month, usually on the fourth Wednesday at the American Legion Post 274. Because the club does not have the expense of maintaining its own waterfront facility, dues are only $100 per year per couple or $60 per single. Visit the website at www.OurGroupOnline.org/ FMBYachtClub. From page 11Food Drive-tributed by the Harry Chapin Food Bank and several other agencies; food collected in Collier County will be distributed by Collier Harvest. All food collected in food drives is distributed to participating agencies at no cost. To help letter carriers with their pickups on May 11, contact Debi Mitchell in Lee County at 573-9638; and Jesse Costin in Collier County at 643-4716. To help sort food, contact Bedzaida Bryen at Harry Chapin Food Bank at 334-7007 ext. 141 or Kim Berghs at the United Way at 433-2000 ext. 260. If you want to donate food but arent able to on May 11, you may drop off donations at any Post Office for inclusion in the May 11 food drive. Food may also be left at Uncle Bobs storage areas at 3780 Central Avenue, 4400 Solomon Blvd. or 6600 Industrial Drive in Fort Myers; 1320 River Road in North Fort Myers; or 800 Abrams Blvd. in Lehigh Acres. Virtually any kind of food may be donated in unopened, nonbreakable containers. Items especially in need are peanut butter, tuna, rice, beans, and canned meats, fruits, vegetables and soups. Additional information about or to contribute financially to the Harry Chapin Food Bank, call 334-7007 or visit www. harrychapinfoodbank.org. From page 1Bonsai SocietySidewalk sales and viewing of auction items will begin at 10 a.m., with the auction of bonsai trees and related materials beginning at 11 a.m. A complimentary lunch buffet will follow. There is no admission fee, and parking and the buffet lunch are free. For further information about the lunch and auction, call Greg Lignelli at 560-3275. Bonsai is a horticultural art of growing trees in pots. The Bonsai Society of Southwest Florida, Inc. is a non-profit organization formed to promote the knowledge and appreciation of bonsai, the practice of raising small, artistic trees in containers, which originated in the Orient. For more information, go to www. thebonsaisswfl.com or call Jim Bremer at 482-7543. Go Topless With Caloosa JeepersThe Caloosa Jeepers of Southwest Florida will be participating in the National Go Topless Day, an All Things Jeep annual event. The purpose is to raise money for breast cancer and the beneficiary will be Partners for Breast Cancer Care. The all-day event will be held May 18 beginning at 9 a.m. with a registration and breakfast at Quarterbacks Sports Grille located 11491 S. Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers. At 11 a.m., The Caloosa Jeepers Topless Ride will begin with arrival at the Lazy Springs Recreational Park in Lehigh Acres at 1 p.m. Lazy Springs will have a barbecue meal for $10 per plate and there will be a Jeep Obstacle Course at the park. There is no charge for the breakfast and topless ride. Admission to Lazy Springs is $40 per Jeep and $15 of the admission is donated to Partners for Breast Cancer Care. The Caloosa Jeepers will have T-shirts for sale and will donate $5 from each shirt sale. Jeep for the Cure will also be on site and will donate 20 percent of its proceeds to Partners for Breast Cancer Care. For more information, contact Michael Dexter, Caloosa Jeepers president, at email@example.com or call 617-5847080. FGCU Sorority Donates $6,800 For Childrens Advocacy CenterFlorida Gulf Coast Universitys Kappa Delta sorority hosted its 3rd annual Wing Fling on March 16 to support the prevention of child abuse. Every year, Kappa Delta collegiate and alumnae chapters raise approximately $1 million dollars to benefit child abuse prevention efforts. Eighty percent of the money raised is given to a local child abuse prevention agency; the remaining 20 percent is donated to Prevent Child Abuse America. Childrens Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida (CAC) was this years beneficiary, receiving $6,800 from the event. The popular event, held on the FGCU campus, consists of a chicken wing cook-off with various student groups preparing their favorite recipes. Guests were invited to sample the results and vote for their favorite for a nominal charge. We are so grateful to the sisters of Kappa Delta for their hard work and generous support, said Jill Turner, CEO of Childrens Advocacy Center. Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702or email firstname.lastname@example.org
THE RIVER MAY 10, 201318 Bank Collects For Salvation ArmyFifth Third Bank South Florida recently concluded its Feeding our Communities food drive to benefit The Salvation Army. During the month of April, the bank collected 5,485 pounds of food which equals 15,358 meals to help feed the more than 810,000 South Florida residents with food insecurity, meaning they do not have consistent access to vital nutrition. Financial centers in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Palm Beach and Broward counties participated in the drive. Feeding our Communities is a component of Fifth Third Day (May 3), an annual event when the bank celebrates its heritage by giving back to the community. The banks South Florida affiliates partnership with The Salvation Army serves to address the effects of critical issues plaguing the state; hunger and homelessness. This is the fourth year that this effort will benefit The Salvation Army and its partner food banks. Mike Helminski, Salvation Army emergency disaster coordinator; Angela Garcia, executive assistant; Andrew Porio, wealth management advisor; Kathy Leavesley, marketing; Martin de St. Pierre, wealth management advisor; Cara Zasoba, IA sales support specialist; and Jesus Lopez Sosa, Salvation Army maintenance WCI Communities Golf Promotion Supports Harry Chapin Food BankFor the fourth consecutive year, WCI Communities has partnered with Harry Chapin Food Bank to create a unique funding opportunity: Supporters who donate $100 to the food bank through www.WCIGolf.com will receive a complimentary foursome at one of three WCI golf courses in Southwest Florida. For each $100, the food bank can purchase $600 worth of food and supplies. In three years, the golf promotion has raised nearly $34,000, which has been leveraged into more than $200,000 in food products by enabling Harry Chapin Food Bank to access donated items from a variety of partners. The complimentary foursome certificates are valid for play June 1 through September 30 and are available for purchase now through September 15. Tee time reservations are available two days in advance at the following WCI golf courses: Pelican Preserve Golf Club in Fort Myers (www.PelicanPreserve.com) Raptor Bay Golf Club in Bonita Springs (www.RaptorBayGolfClub.com) The Colony Golf & Country Club in Bonita Springs (www.TheColonyGolfCC. com) The Harry Chapin Food Bank solicits, collects and stores quality food for distribution to families in need through a network of 160 nonprofit agencies in Lee, Collier, Hendry, Charlotte and Glades counties that provide food to more than 30,000 people monthly. More than1 million pounds of food are distributed by the Harry Chapin Food Bank monthly. For every dollar donated, about $6 in food value goes back to the community. In the past fiscal year, the Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed more than 15 million pounds of food and other grocery items valued at more than $24.9 million. This is roughly the equivalent of 12.5 million meals to people in need. For more information or to donate, visit www.WCIGolf.com and select the Harry Chapin Food Bank icon or contact Bob Radunz at 390-4703 or BobRadunz@wcicommunities.com. WCI Communities is a lifestyle community developer and luxury homebuilder, catering to move-up, second-home and active adult homebuyers. WCI offers traditional singleand multi-family home choices with prices from approximately $160,000 to more than $1 million. In addition to homebuilding and development, WCI generates revenues from its real estate brokerage business, the second-largest brokerage in Florida. Learn more about WCI Communities and the companys premier lifestyle communities and experiences by visiting www.WCICommunities.com or by calling 800-WCI2290. SFCAs Tristian Upton Ties For 12th In The State For Boys High JumpTristian Upton, a freshman at Southwest Florida Christian Academy (SFCA), made it to the state finals for the high jump. The state tournament was held in Jacksonville on April 26. SFCA has only had a varsity track program for two years, so Upton was only the second SFCA athlete to advance to the state level in track. He hit a personal record at the district tournament on April 11 with a 5-foot, 10-inch jump. Upton reached a new personal record at the regional tournament on April 18 when he cleared 6 feet. That personal record at the regional tournament afforded him the opportunity to jump at the state tournament where he landed himself tied for 12th, with 5-feet, 10-inches being his final cleared jumping height. Tristian is a phenomenal athlete with unlimited potential. 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19 THE RIVER MAY 10, 2013 Junior Achievement CEO Academy High school juniors and seniors can discover what it takes to become a successful business leader during CEO Academy, an exclusive one-week summer camp. College scholarships in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to each of the students on the winning team for the business plan competition that is held at the conclusion of the camp. Presented by Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida in partnership with the Lutgert College of Business at Florida Gulf Coast University, CEO Academy will take place at the Lutgert College of Business from June 10 to 14. Thanks to support from the community, including the recent Breaking Par golf tournament, which raised more than $60,000 at the Club at Grandezza, the camp has increased its enrollment to impact more students. Applications for these additional openings are now being accepted until Wednesday, May 15. A panel of judges will determine the winners of the business plan competition. The judging panel will consist of past Junior Achievement Laureates, who themselves are exceptional entrepreneurs and have been recognized for making a significant contribution to the economic development of Southwest Florida while adhering to high moral and ethical principles. This opportunity provides students with invaluable knowledge and experience from successful business leaders and entrepreneurs, an excellent addition to a college application and the chance to participate in future Junior Achievement events. Open to rising high school juniors and seniors from Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties, CEO Academy teaches students the basics of starting and operating a successful business. With the guidance of experienced local business leaders, entrepreneurs and FGCU professors, students work in project teams to develop a unique business concept and comprehensive business plan. Interested students may apply by contacting their school guidance counselor or the Junior Achievement office at 225-2590. There is a $100 application fee, which is fully refundable if the student is not selected. Please find application details at www.jaswfl.org/classroom. Camp hours are Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. ENGEL & VLKERSCall Isabella Rasi at 239-246-47161101 Periwinkle Way #105, Sanibel, FL 239-472-0044HIGH-VISIBILITY FORT MYERS BEACH COMMERCIAL PROPERTY Featuring restaurant & private residences High traffic location on San Carlos Blvd Direct Gulf access$675,000 HIGH-VISIBILITY FORT MYERS BEACH COMMERCIAL PROPERTY PRICE REDUCTION $595,000 Meeting And Forum At LCECThe Southwest Florida Chapter of IMA will present Electric Power at LCEC on May 15, hosted by Denise Vidal, CFO at LCEC and president of IMA Southwest Florida. LCEC is a not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative providing reliable and cost competitive electricity to nearly 200,000 customers in Southwest Florida. As part of a local business, LCECs employees are involved in economic development, education, the environment and building communities. This is a joint meeting with the Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association (SRMA). The objective of the Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association is to bring together the manufacturers to encourage the economic development of Southwest Florida through manufacturing and to act as a forum for the expression and exchange of ideas and information among its members. Topics include: Cooperative Business Model CFO Denise Vidal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Doug Barker, energy advisor LCEC Restoration Karen Ryan, public relations Review of Network and Capital Projects CFO Denise Vidal What You Never Suspected about Electric Utility Theft Bernard Davis, credit and collections. LCEC is one of the largest cooperatives in the United States and one of the largest employers in Lee County, Florida. Cooperative membership is open to all customers within the service territory. The 2 CPE (2 TB) program is applicable for various professional certifications such as the CMA, CPA, CIA and others. For more information, visit the IMA Southwest Florida website at www.swflima.org. Register by visiting http://imaswflmay2013.eventbrite.com/. Tickets are $30 for members, $35 for non members, and $20 for students and retirees. The meeting will be held at Lee County Electric Headquarters (LCEC), 4980 Bayline Drive in North Fort Myers. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with networking and a light meal. The CPE event will begin at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. Contact Bill Dabroski, CPA, director at large for IMA SWFL and past president at email@example.com for questions. Notice Of Pier Closure The fishing pier at Fort Myers Beach Lynn Hall Park will be closed for cleaning and maintenance on Tuesday, May 14 from 6 to 10 a.m. For more information, call 765-6794. Email editorial copy to: firstname.lastname@example.org
THE RIVER MAY 10, 201320 Financial FocusBe Aware Of The Need For Disability Insurance by Jennifer BaseyIt probably doesnt show up on your calendar, but May is Disability Insurance Awareness Month. And you might agree that such a month is useful, when you consider the following: Three in 10 workers entering the workforce today will become disabled before retiring, according to the Social Security Administration. At age 42, you are four times more likely to become seriously disabled than to die during your working years, according to National Underwriter Life & Health. Disability causes nearly 50 percent of all mortgage foreclosures, according to Health Affairs, a health policy research journal. Given these statistics, its not surprising that the Life and Health Insurance Foundation for Education (LIFE) sponsors Disability Insurance Awareness Month to encourage Americans to address their disability income needs. Heres the bottom line: You can be really good at budgeting your money and you can be a disciplined long-term investor but unless youve protected at least a reasonable percentage of your income, your whole financial strategy is incomplete. And all your goals, such as a comfortable retirement, could be jeopardized. Of course, you may not be totally unfamiliar with disability income insurance; if you work for a large employer, a group disability policy may be part of your employee benefits package. If so, you should certainly accept the coverage, which may be offered to you free, or at minimal cost. However, this coverage might be inadequate to replace the income needed to allow your family to maintain its lifestyle without dipping into your investments. Consequently, you might need to think about purchasing an individual disability insurance policy. Here are some tips: Look for a policy that is non-cancellable until you reach age 65. When you purchase a non-cancellable policy, your policy premiums cant be changed, provided you pay them on time. Pick the right waiting period. Typically, disability insurance policies dont start paying benefits immediately; theres usually a waiting (or elimination) period ranging from 30 days to two years. Obviously, a shorter waiting period is more desirable, but its probably also going to be more expensive. You may be able to give yourself the flexibility of choosing the longer waiting period if you have created an emergency fund containing six to 12 months worth of living expenses, kept in a liquid account that offers significant preservation of principal. Avoid overly restrictive policies. You may want to avoid an accident-only policy or one with a limited benefit term (five and 10 years are common). These policies may be cheaper, but they dont cover either a disabling illness or the entirety of your working life. Consider adding appropriate riders. It will likely add to the cost of your policy, but a cost-of-living rider will help protect your future benefits from the effects of inflation. You also might want to add a future income options (FIO) rider, which provides you with the ability to purchase additional coverage in the future with no further medical underwriting.continued on page 24 Development CityYear BuiltSquare FootageListing PriceSelling PriceDays on Market Gulf Shores Sanibel2005 4,472 5,000,0004,000,000 63 Villa Pines Fort Myers1989 8,000 2,325,0001,912,500 54 Orchid RidgeBonita Springs1999 7,300 1,515,0001,437,500 30 Southport on the BayBonita Springs1991 3,640 1,495,0001,360,500 73Jonathan HarbourFort Myers1995 3,867 1,375,0001,225,000 430 Enclave at Heritage PointFort Myers2006 4,336 925,000800,000 442 Gulf Shores Sanibel1985 1,982 849,000770,000 113Palm LakeSanibel1978 1,956 775,000692,500 75 Grandezza Estero2005 3,378 749,000675,000 405 Gulf Ridge East Sanibel1998 3,176 799,000675,000 358Courtesy of Royal Shell Real EstateTop 10 Real Estate Sales FMB Chamber Business Expo Still Accepting Final Exhibitors, SponsorsThe Greater Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce is still accepting sponsor and exhibitor applications from Chamber members for the last few available spaces at the event set for Thursday, May 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Residence Inn Fort Myers-Sanibel, 20371 Summerlin Road in South Fort Myers. All chamber members as well as non-members and the general public are encouraged to attend, with free admission to all attendees. Offerings include business incentives, door prizes, discounts, giveaways, hors doeuvres and a cash bar. Sponsors and exhibitors are encouraged to contact their own current customer databases to provide incentives to attend the Expo by offering something that would only be available by attending the Business Expo, in order to increase attendance and promote their business. The Expo is committed to introducing chamber members to new business customers and the general public. This great opportunity to promote and benefit chamber members rolls over to a great opportunity for other businesses and the public to learn about chamber businesses and receive the rewards of discounts, special offers and incentives, said event chair Terry Luster. While about 10 to 12 businesses are in some form of commitment as a sponsor or exhibitor, a waiting list is expected. Twenty applications received so far include Advanced Disposal, Alliant Association Management, Bennett Chiropractic, Animal Clinic at Kelly Crossing, Broadway Palm, CFS Roofing Services, Elite Foot & Ankle Specialists, Fish-Tale Marina, Freedom Boat Club, Fort Myers Beach Insurance, Gavins Ace Hardware, Good Time Charters, Iberia Bank, Island Sand Paper, Paper Fish Printing, Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina, Service Painting of Florida, Shell Point Retirement Community, Universal Vacations and VizMarket. As only 30 spaces for sponsors or exhibitors are available, the remaining slots will be on a first come, first served basis. Visit www.FortMyersBeachBusinessExpo.com for more information and registration or contact Terry at 415-3100 or email@example.com or the chamber office at 454-7500 or firstname.lastname@example.org. VCB Celebrates 30th Anniversary During Tourism Travel Rally DayThe Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB) celebrated its 30th anniversary with tourism partners, their employees and families, and the community at the 2nd annual Tourism Travel Rally Day at the new river basin in downtown Fort Myers on May 3. The event supported National Travel and Tourism Week. It celebrated tourisms impact on local businesses and the economy and recognized the importance of travel and hospitality professionals. One in five people in Lee County are employed by tourism-based businesses. It is exciting to see the support and enthusiasm shown at the rally by members of our travel industry, said Tamara Pigott, VCB executive director. It was important to appreciate and celebrate how the travel industry contributes significantly to local job growth and the economy.continued on page 24
21 THE RIVER MAY 10, 2013 School Smartby Shelley M. Greggs, NCSPDear Readers, Here is the second question in the Q&A about IEPs. Its an important one and actually I think it extends to any parent-teacher conference. The question is should a student attend their IEP meeting and when is the right time for them to join? Adela F, Cape Coral, Florida Adela, Parents spend a lot of time advocating for their children when they are young. However, there comes a time when children become older and they have to learn how to advocate for themselves. Research tells us that children who learn how to advocate for themselves are more successful in high school, college and in the workplace. Generally speaking, if your child is attending elementary school, they are most likely not mature enough to participate in an IEP or school conference, however, for children in middle school, it is the time to think about having your child attend their own IEP meeting. Attending an IEP should be a shared decision with your child. When you both have come to the conclusion that they are ready to participate in their IEP meeting, its time to bring them in. They need to feel comfortable and know that the team is there to help them in school. Its important to make it a positive experience so they are not afraid to participate. When they first attend, its not necessary to bring them in for the entire meeting. A good time to bring them in to the meeting is when you are reviewing the goals and accommodations sections of their IEP. When your child enters the room, everyone should let him/her know how important it is for them to be a part of the IEP meeting. When the meeting is finished, your child should receive praise for participating and be encouraged to attend in the future. When its time to discuss the goals and accommodations, its important for your child to know that everyone is aware of their areas of need. Your childs input on how to provide assistance in school is crucial to their education. The goal is for your child to verbalize what methods help them in school and which ones do not, which is the beginning of self-advocacy. Another important point is that before your childs 16th birthday, a Transition Plan (a part of the IEP) must be in place. It should be based on your childs needs, strengths, preferences and interests. The plan has two parts: Goals that are measurable and based on age appropriate transition assessments; and transition services needed to assist your child to receive post-school outcomes. In order to accomplish this, your child must attend the IEP meeting. In addition to that, when your child reaches the age of majority they will have the authority to sign their own IEPs (which is most commonly your childs 18th Birthday but depends on state law). Given these transition requirements plus the information on how self-advocacy increases school and work success, it is clear that our children need to learn how to advocate for themselves. If they can begin to learn how to do this at an early age, then hopefully it will prepare them to continue through high school and into their adult lives. 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 email@example.com. Not all questions submitted can be addressed through this publication. Student Inducted Into Business Honorary Kyle Schmidt, a senior from Cape Coral is among 14 students from Heidelberg university inducted into Tau Pi Phi, the national business honorary. Schmidt is a senior majoring in business administration and media management. The students were inducted during a ceremony on April 24 on campus. To qualify, students must have completed 20 hours in the school of business and maintain a 3.0 or higher grade point average. Library Schedule Offers Free, Fun ProgramsAll the libraries within the Lee County Library System offer a large and varied selection of programs, classes and activities for people of all ages throughout the year. During the summer, the system offers the Summer Reading Program and activities for children and teens that include games like chess and Wii, magic, juggling, balloon, pirate, music and animal shows. These programs are free, but tickets are required unless otherwise indicated on the e-calendar at www.leelibrary.net. It is best to pick up free tickets at the library before each event. Adult programs include free computer, budgeting, coupon, car care, craft, scrapbooking, chess, foreign films, photography, genealogy and literacy programs as well as author presentations and book and poetry discussions, to name a few. If you dont find a program you are interested in, you can always suggest a program to your neighborhood library, said Sheldon Kaye, Lee County Library System director. These programs trulycontinued on page 24 Villas Elementary Pre-School Visits Their Edison National Bank BuddiesLast month, the students in Mrs. Ballettis Head Start class took a field trip from Villas Elementary School to Edison National Bank. Their visit capped off the fourth year that Edison National Bank staff members have served as Literacy Buddies for Villas Elementarys pre-school students. The Literacy Buddies program is a partnership fostered by the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida. During the school year, the Literacy Buddies and the students exchange letters and pictures drawn by the children. The Buddies give books to the students tailored to each childs interests. This occurs three times during the school year. This years partnership was even better than the last, said Early Learning Coalitions Robin Gretz who suggested the pairing. Not only is Villas Elementary close to one of their offices, but Edison National Bank vice president John Ammons also serves on the Villas Elementary School Advisory Committee. The bank does so much to support education in Southwest Florida, and were just so pleased Literacy Buddies is included in their community outreach. The bank visit to see where their Literacy Buddies work was a great success. The students toured the bank, meeting their Literacy Buddies along the way and receiving their last book of the year from their buddy. Among their favorite spots continued on page 22 Edison VP John Ammons shows the vault to the Literacy Buddies Students helping at the drive-through teller H.R. officer Marilyn Pasquale with her book buddy
THE RIVER MAY 10, 201322 From page 21Literacy Buddieswas the vault where they saw where valuables are kept. They went into the teller stations, including the drive-through where they greeted some customers and practiced sending items through the tubes out to the cars. In Edisons board room, they practiced being directors and enjoyed a snack of cookies and juice. They also met the loan department and learned that a loan is different from alone! After the students received their books, they sat in the reception area to read for a while before going back to school with a goodie bag of gifts from the bank. Students reading their new books Reading time in the banks reception area Donation To Golisano Childrens Hospital Capital CampaignAllen Trevitt of Allyn International Services, Inc. and corporate staff recently presented Lee Memorial Health System Foundation with a check for $10,000 in support of the Golisano Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida capital campaign. Fourth row, from left, Timothy Murphy, Trisha Davidson, Bethany Trevett and Tammy Beard; third row, from left, Evelyn Brock, Jodi Tessier and Michal Svoboda; second row, from left, Katrina Ramsey, Allison Bailey and Sydney Ramsey; front row, from left, Sharon A. MacDonald, Lee Memorial Health System chief foundation officer; Emad Salman, medical director of Golisano Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida; Jim Nathan, president and CEO of Lee Memorial Health System; and Allen Trevett, CEO of Allyn International Services Inc. Pinning Ceremony At Edison StateThey started as students, and on April 29, they became teachers. The Edison State College School of Education held its annual pinning ceremony to honor the students who will be receiving their bachelor of education degree on May 3 at Germain Arena. The event is a bi-annual ritual that welcomes students into the world of education from their former instructors, and now colleagues. Dr. Erin Harrel, dean of the school of education, was impressed with the turnout not only of those in attendance, but those who completed the program successfully. This is my favorite time of year, where I get to see all of the hard work pay off for these students who are now becoming colleagues, she said. The program also featured the professors of the department who participate in and plan the event. The professors engaged in a skit entitled You Know youre a Teacher If, which kept the crowd entertained and roaring with laughter. The students recognized Dr. Anne Angstrom, Dr. Christy Duda and Professor Joyce Rollins for their commitment and dedication to their students. Professors Rollins, chair of the school of education called every graduate by name. Professor Rollins ensures Edison School of Education students are not just a number in the system. She said, These are educators prepared to transform the future. The Edison School of Education will be graduating 44 educators at Fridays graduation ceremony, and of that number, 19 have already been offered and accepted positions within the Lee County Public School District. Yasmin E. Valentis and her niece Tahlia Ronald McDonald House Charities Offshore Rodeo And Reggae PartyThe inaugural Offshore Rodeo & Reggae Party will be making a splash in Southwest Florida the weekend of June 1 and 2. A benefit for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida, the fishing tournament launches at 6 a.m. on Saturday, June 1 from Port Sanibel Marina. Anglers will spend the day catching a variety of species and return by 6 p.m. Dinner will be served on site at the Lighthouse Waterfront Restaurant. The awards banquet, live music and brunch will be held on Sunday, June at Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa. Spectator and guest tickets are available for both the Saturday and Sunday festivities. The Offshore Rodeo & Reggae Party is sure to be a great time for families and anyone interested in fishing, said Jeff Miloff, event organizer. Best of all, it supports families in need at the Ronald McDonald House of Southwest Florida. Registration is $200 per angler prior to May 15, and $250 per angler thereafter. To register, visit www.rmhcswfl.org. For more information, contact Jeff Miloff of Miloff Aubuchon Realty Group at 565-0831. Sponsorship opportunities are available. A special kick-off celebration and Texas Hold em Poker Tournament is planned for Friday, May 17 at The Joint in Cape Harbour, with food, drinks and live reggae music. Ticket information is available at www.rmhcswfl.org. Since 1996, more than 2,000 families from Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Glades and Hendry counties, as well as other states and countries, have found a home away from home at Ronald McDonald House in Fort Myers while their children are undergoing medical treatment at Golisano Childrens Hospital. Additional thousands are served by the Ronald McDonald Care Mobileand by grants and scholarships awarded to deserving individuals and organizations in the five-county region.
Dr. DaveWhen Were You Born?by Dr. Dave HepburnDoctor, Im having some real problems with my stomach. Every time I... What month were you born in? What? When were you born? February. I see, well then. I have to wonder about your state of mind. Cheque, please. Oddly enough, it turns out that those born in February are more likely to have Alzheimers, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and toss in some super-sized seizures for good luck. No wonder groundhogs head back into their holes. (That was a rude thing for him to say, George) Says a lot for groundhogs and Valentines Day. As doctors, we no longer consult the stars for help, though I once asked Liberace if he thought my pants made my butt look like a cruciferous vegetable. But researchers have long known that your month of birth can make a very small but noticeable difference in your medical future. Dozens of illnesses have been correlated with specific birth months. Why? What you expose your fetus to (and dont we all hate exposing our fetuses) can have ramifications that last a lifetime. The time of year can determine the abundance or paucity of fetal exposure to certain viruses, nutrition, Vitamin D (the sunshine vitamin), NHL playoffs and even pollen. For example, schizophrenia though uncommon has a 10 percent increased risk if you are born in the dark months. Could fetal exposure to a virus in the second trimester of pregnancy when neurodevelopment begins be linked to schizophrenia? For multiple sclerosis, April and May are particularly bad months to be born in the Northern Hemisphere possibly due to low Vitamin D exposure in utero. Interestingly, October births have the lowest risk for MS. A new study reports that children whose mothers were exposed to high pollen levels in late pregnancy are at increased risk for asthma and allergies at a young age. Even peoples success later in life may be influenced by the time of year in which they were born, according to researchers from the University of British Columbia, who found that babies born in the summer are less likely to make it to the top of the corporate ladder and become CEOs and get that key to the special washroom. I am an August baby, which might explain why it was either the mailroom or politics for me. And how about life expectancy in general? Should you happen to be born between October and December, odds are that you will live 125 days longer than a sibling born between April and June. The difference is the same as smoking 10 cigarettes a day for four years. Oddly the exact reverse is true if youre born in the Southern Hemisphere. What diseases and disorders are most common for each birth month? ABC News compiled the following list. You will now skim down to your month and gasp in horror. By consulting this list, you can have your diagnosis before you even come to our office. January: Alzheimers, schizophrenia, respiratory syncytial virus February: Alzheimers, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, epilepsy March: Alzheimers, schizophrenia, autism, narcolepsy, Hodgkins disease, multiple sclerosis, bipolar disorder, epilepsy April: Leukemia, dyslexia, learning disabilities, multiple sclerosis, Parkinsons disease, bipolar disorder, epilepsy, ALS May: Dyslexia, learning disabilities, multiple sclerosis, ALS, Parkinsons disease June: Anorexia, diabetes, dyslexia, learning disabilities, multiple sclerosis, ALS, Parkinsons disease, celiac disease July: Diabetes, celiac disease, dyslexia, learning disabilities August: Diabetes, celiac disease, autism, Crohns disease September: ADHD, asthma October: Asthma, eczema November: Asthma, eczema, respiratory syncytial virus December: Respiratory syncytial virus Listen live or call in to Dr Dave on his fun yet informative radio show, Wisequacks, heard each Sunday at 5 p.m. EST, at www.cknw.com. Contact Dr. Dave or read more at www.wisequacks.org. Mom And Me by Lizzie and PryceLizzie and Pryce answer your questions and give advice about aging concerns from a two-generational perspective. A mother and daughter team, Lizzie is a retired RN and health educator, and Pryce is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice who specializes in the care of elders and people with chronic illnesses. Dear Mom & Me, My husband has been an active alcoholic for years. The children and I have suffered dreadfully through job losses, car accidents, loss of friends and a tensionfilled home. I attended therapy groups and so did the children. Finally, my husband could not deny his condition any longer and he went to detox and also went to a self-help therapy group. He is now much better, but we are all worn out from all of his abuse and our deprivation. I have a stress-related illness and the children do not have the confidence and self-esteem they should have because of his abuse. Suddenly, now that he is so much better and on his way to recovery, he has told me he wants out of this dysfunctional family. He is filing for divorce and plans to marry a woman he has met at his therapy group, start a new life on the other side of the country, and for me not to count on getting any support for myself or the family. After all the sacrifices we have made for him, it is very hard for us not to be very angry. What would you suggest we do? Janet Dear Janet, I have several suggestions for you. Enquire around and go to the best attorney in your area who is familiar with the problems related to alcoholism. Few marriages can survive the ravages of active alcoholism. Many people die from the effects of alcoholism and they have never had a single drink. Families can be destroyed and the emotional effects can go from generation to generation, unless therapy is introduced to help relieve future problems. Alcoholics seem to be a very self-centered group and they only think of their own needs and no consideration for the needs of others (their wives, their continued on page 24 deaRPharmacistPain Relief For Tendonitis, Sprains And Strainsby Suzy Cohen, RPhDear Pharmacist: After years of hiking without many problems, I began experiencing pain near my ankle and heel. My doctor diagnosed Achilles tendonitis and prescribed medicine which did reduce pain and swelling. Im still worried Ill not be able to hike again. What natural remedies keep this at bay? JS, Boulder, Colorado Ouch, Ive had tendonitis myself from over-typing and exercising so I hear ya. This condition is usually an overuse injury and causes pain or swelling in the wrists, knee caps, elbows or Achilles tendons. Actually, it can occur in any tendon and there are hundreds. Unfortunately, tendons dont have a rich blood supply and that hinders adequate delivery of oxygen and nutrients. Simply put, tendons are slow to heal. The most important thing you can do to improve tendonitis pain is to rest the area, thats hard to do when its your foot. But tendons dont recover if you keep overusing them. The next consideration (and this one is also free) is to ice the area to reduce inflammation but icing doesnt help much after the first few days. Supplements or medications do help. Most of you will opt for medications like ibuprofen or naproxen (these are NSAIDs and are contraindicated in people with bleeding ulcers among other conditions). My personal favorite anti-inflammatory supplements include astaxanthin, saffron, and curcumin because they have other tremendous health benefits. Here are some more options that can help: Boswellia: A strong anti-inflammatory compound that works as effectively as NSAIDs. Sometimes called Indian Frankincense, this herb can be combined with any of the three supplements I mentioned above. MSM Methylsulfonylmethane: MSM supports healthy connective tissues like tendons and ligaments. Its used for arthritis too. This one is a must for prevention. White willow (salix alba): This is also known to increase fertility; willow bark may ease aches and pains. Aspirin comes from white willow, and you can trust the herb to reduce pain and inflammation, however it is a mild blood thinner. Ginger: Great for inflammation and pain, especially around the joints. You can buy fresh root at any grocery store and grate into your meals, or make tea. Ginger increases blood circulation (be careful with other blood thinners). Ruta (ruta graveolens): This homeopathic remedy is used for tendon pain, especially in the Achilles, feet, hips, wrists, and areas near other joints. Boiron makes this in pellet form. Arnica (arnica montana): Also a homeopathic, arnica has been used for centuries to treat general pain. It can be taken orally or applied topically. The topical cream Traumeel by Heel contains arnica and several other healing compounds targeted specifically to reduce pain and inflammation from strains and sprains. Im never without Traumeel! Tendonitis can sometimes be the result of arthritis, gout, Reiter syndrome or Ankylosing spondylitis, Lyme disease or other conditions. Its harder to treat or may recur frequently so see your doctor for a correct diagnosis and to ask if these supplements are right for you. 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. Read us online at IslandSunNews.com 23 THE RIVER MAY 10, 2013
THE RIVER MAY 10, 201324 From page 20AnniversaryOne unique exhibit included images from Austrian photographer Andreas Franke. This was the only opportunity for the public to see these images before Frankes art is submerged 90 feet into the gulf. On June 1, Franke, along with divers from the Lee County Division of Marine Sciences, will hang the photographs on the Mohawk Veterans Memorial Reef to create an art gallery that only divers can see. Frankes Mohawk project is expected to draw even more attention to Mohawk Veterans Memorial Reef, which has recently become Southwest Floridas premier dive site. For more information visit www.ussmohawkreef.com. Activities included competitions such as a bellmens race, a luggage lug and a make-the-bed-quickly contest. Children had fun with face painting, slime making and magic tricks. There was live music and a performance by the Cape Coral High School drum line. Information tables offered brochures about many of Lee Countys attractions, accommodations, restaurants, transportation and hospitality partners. The master of ceremonies was meteorologist Robert Van Winkle with NBC-2. Officials in the tourism industry who attended and spoke briefly included Dennis Castleman, U.S. Travel Association vice-president, and Paul Phipps with Visit Florida. City of Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson also attended. Along with music and activities, the VCB celebrated its 30th birthday with a culinary masterpiece prepared by Andre Gratesol, master baker with Lush Bakery. From page 20Financial FocusThese suggestions are general in nature. Your financial advisor can help you determine if you need a private disability insurance policy and, if so, what type of policy is best suited for your needs. But dont wait too long to take action in this area. You cant predict the future, but you should still prepare for the unexpected. Jennifer Basey is a financial advisor in Fort Myers. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. LCEC Issues Water NoticeLee County Utilities will be temporarily converting its disinfectant process from chloramines to free chlorine residual from May 1 through May 29. This is a routine measure that is common for water utilities using chloramines as its primary disinfectant. Anyone who uses a kidney dialysis machine at home should contact his or her equipment supplier so the proper filtering equipment may be installed. Tropical fish or aquatic animal owners should contact a local tropical fish store for appropriate pre-treatment of water before adding water to tanks. Customers may notice a temporary change in the taste, odor and color of the water, which is not harmful. Again, this is a routine precautionary measure to ensure customers of clean, safe potable water. Contact the office during regular business hours at 533-8845 if you have any questions. From page 2Earnhardt BlockWalk down First and Jackson to the buildings that started a mini-building boom that ricocheted down the street. Then walk a few more blocks to the Southwest Florida Museum of History to learn more about the modernization of downtown in the 19-teens. For information, call 321-7430 or go to museumofhistory.org. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Be sure to visit one of the areas best research centers, the Southwest Florida Historical Society, where you can see more photos of the historic Earnhardt block through the decades. 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: Archives of the Southwest Florida Historical Society and the Story of Fort Myers by Karl H. Grismer. From page 12McCleskey Captains Meeting on Friday, May 17, with a check-in from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., food and drinks from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and live music from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Twisted Conch. Tournament & Weigh-In at the Marina at Cape Harbour on Saturday, May 18 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Weigh-in time: 4 p.m. Food, raffle and music: 4 to 7 p.m. The Golisanos Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida is building a new 292,000-square-foot, 128-bed childrens hospital on the campus of Health Park Medical Center. All funds raised during this major capital campaign through May 14, 2014 will be matched by Tom Golisano, up to $20 million. To date, we have raised over $64,000 for Barbaras Friends. From page 21Library Scheduleenrich the community. Whether the programs are for fun or for educational purposes, the programs are entertaining and are offered all throughout the year. All programs are free and open to the public. A sign language interpreter is available with five business days notice to library staff. Information about Lee County Library System is available for your convenience 24/7 at www.leelibrary.net where you can find out about library services, programs, locations, view an online events calendar or place a hold on library items. Telephone reference is available by calling 479-INFO (4636). From page 23Mom And Mehusbands, their children, their friends and co-workers). If you can get some private therapy it can be helpful, but continue to go to Alanon (a therapy group for those closely involved with alcoholics) and your children should to go to Alateen, which is a special group for children of alcoholics. Good luck. Lizzie Dear Janet, Get yourself the best attorney in town. It is just so much garbage that your soonto-be former husband thinks he can skip town with another woman and live happily ever after without upholding his current responsibilities. To me, his boasting of not to count on getting any support are the words of a dry drunk. A dry drunk is similar to an active drunk. And drunks do not make for good family members. Get a good attorney, develop a good support system and move on with your life. You never know what health and happiness is out there for you and your family. Pryce Lizzie and Pryces email address is email@example.com. Childrens Advocacy Center Benefits From Local Charity Pentathlon EventThe residents of Lighthouse Bay recently raised $6,600 for Childrens Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida (CAC) at the 13th annual Lighthouse Bay Charity Pentathlon. Teams participated in a competitive walk and swim, bocce ball, putting contest and tennis contest. In addition to CAC, Harvest Time Ministries and Healthy Start Coalition of Southwest Florida benefitted from the event. We are thrilled to be a beneficiary of this event, said CEO Jill Turner. The residents of Lighthouse Bay are an integral part of our mission to provide a safe place for abused and neglected children to come and be heard. Lighthouse Bay is one of four gated communities located in The Brooks, a 2,492acre master planned development in Bonita Springs. A Successful Night For Life A very successful evening of fundraising and entertainment was held at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers on April 1 when Organ Transplant Recipients of SW Florida presented its 5th annual Night For Life. The purpose of this event each year is to raise public awareness of the need for organ and tissue donation and to raise funds for local area transplant recipients and patients on the waiting list. The audience of over 300 was entertained by Broadway Palms Sound Of Music performers and the popular local dance troupe The Calendar Girls, as well as talented singer, songwriter and musician Matt Hembling and the well-known emcee John Gordon, long-time voice of the Minnesota Twins. In addition to the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatres award-winning buffet, the evening presented both silent and Chinese auctions, which included such items as jewelry, golf packages, boat trips, dinners and vacations. The event raised more than $15,000 for local transplant patients, which was in part due to generous sponsors such as Associates in Nephrology, Buffalo Bills Backers of Naples, Cape Coral Irish American Club, Cedar Chest Fine Jewelry, DaVita Dialysis, Donner & Co., FineMark National Bank, Grace Advisory, Mark Hembling, Edward Jones, Fuccillo Kia, Joseph Grillo DPM, Harrison Graphics, Island Sun Newspaper, LifeLink Foundation, Loyal Order of the Moose Legion 2199, T & T Accounting, Walmart #5453 and Women of the Moose Chapter 815. Organ Transplant Recipients of SWFL, Inc. is an all-volunteer, non-profit support group that meets the first Thursday of every month at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Fort Myers and it invites all persons interested in transplantation to attend. Visit their website at www.organsupport.org for more information. From page 5Business Expoavenues are advised. The Expo is committed to introducing chamber members to new business customers and the general public. This great opportunity to promote and benefit chamber members rolls over to a greater opportunity for other businesses and the public to learn about chamber businesses and receive the rewards of discounts, special offers and incentives, said event chair Terry Luster. For more information, visit www. FortMyersBeachBusinessExpo.com or contact Terry at 415-3100 or tluster@ nvtlsi.com or the chamber office at 4547500 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
PUZZLE ANSWERS My Stars FOR WEEK OF MAY 13 2013ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Taking advice isnt always easy for self-assured Rams and Ewes who think they know whats best. But it wouldnt hurt to listen to what close colleagues have to say. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) You know how to balance lifes practical aspects with the poetic. This gives you a special edge this week in both your professional endeavors and your personal life. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Focus on keeping a balance between your homerelated activities and your workplace responsibilities. Be mindful of both without obsessing over one or the other. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) A change in plans is likely as you discover more facts about a possible commitment. Continue to ask questions and, if youre not sure about the answers, demand proof. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Be careful not to let that Leonine pride keep you from seeking wise, experienced counsel before making an important decision. A family member once again seeks your help. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) That surge of Virgo energy drives you to take on more work assignments. Be careful you dont overdo it, or you might find yourself overdone: i.e., burned out. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Your decision to be upfront with colleagues on a touchy matter causes some consternation at first. But in the end, your honesty wins their trust and admiration. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) As in the past, someone again wants to share a secret with you, knowing it will be safe. But do you really want to be this persons confidante? Think about it. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) As one of natures straight shooters, you seek to correct misconceptions about a project. Do so, of course, but without giving away too much too soon. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Creative pursuits continue to be strong in the gifted Goats aspect. New friendships can come from sharing these experiences with like-minded art aficionados. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Resolve lingering grumblings over your way of doing things by keeping your mind open to suggestions while continuing to show how your plans will work. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) The perceptive Piscean might find that changing course in midstream isnt as workable as it would seem. Explore this option carefully before making a decision. BORN THIS WEEK: Your willingness to share your love of lifes good things brings joy to many, including, of course, yourself. On May 16, 1717, French writer Francois-Marie Arouet, better known as Voltaire, is imprisoned in the Bastille. His satirical attack on politics and religion had infuriated the government, and Voltaire was arrested. Several times in his life, Voltaire was forced to flee one step ahead of arrest. On May 18, 1861, the Humboldt Times newspaper casts first lady Mary Todd Lincoln in an unflattering light when it recounts a tale of how Mrs. Lincoln had usurped her husbands presidential duty of appointing federal offices. According to the report, Mary Todd Lincoln took it upon herself to appoint a stranger to any office he desired. On May 14, 1916, a lead article in the Times of London proclaims that an insufficiency of munitions is leading to defeat for Britain on the battlefields of World War I. The article prompted the creation of a Ministry of Munitions. On May 15, 1942, gasoline rationing begins in 17 Eastern states as an attempt to help the American war effort during World War II. By the end of the year, President Franklin D. Roosevelt had ensured that mandatory gasoline rationing was in effect in all 50 states. On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court hands down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, ruling that racial segregation in public education is unconstitutional. The decision dealt with Linda Brown, a young black girl who had been denied admission to her local elementary school. On May 19, 1967, one of the first major treaties designed to limit the spread of nuclear weapons goes into effect as the Soviet Union ratifies an agreement banning nuclear weapons from outer space. The United States, Great Britain and several dozen other nations had already signed and/ or ratified the treaty. On May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II is shot and wounded at St. Peters Square in Rome by Turkish terrorist Mehmet Ali Agca. Agca claimed that he had planned to go to England to kill the king, but it turned out there was only a queen and Turks dont shoot women. It was Founding Father Thomas Jefferson who made the following sage observation: The tax which will be paid for education is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people to ignorance. Half of all the worlds flower species can be found in South America. If youre worried about catching a cold from another person, you should be more worried about handshakes than sneezes. The Hula Hoop was introduced in the United States in early 1958, and the craze rapidly became one of the biggest in history up to that time. Shortly thereafter, the British Medical Journal blamed an uptick in back, neck and abdominal injuries on the fad. Though there are an estimated 600,000 words in the English language, only 1,500 to 2,000 words make up 99 percent of all speech in America. In some parts of Asia, it is the custom to put salt in ones tea. If youre of a certain age, you might remember that in 1968, Tommy James and the Shondells had a No. 3 hit with the song Mony, Mony. You might be surprised to learn, though, that the inspiration for the song came from the business world. On Broadway in New York City, atop the 40-story building that housed the Mutual of New York Insurance Company, also known as M.O.N.Y., Tommy James often saw a huge neon sign flashing the short form of the companys name. He evidently liked the way it sounded. Those who study such things say that explorer Christopher Columbus had blond hair. No sacrifice is worth the name unless it is a joy. Sacrifice and a long face go ill together. -Mahatma Gandhi w THIS WEEK IN HISTORY STRANGE BUT TRUE THOUGHT FOR THE DAYDID YOU KNOW 1. MOVIES: Who won the Best Actor Academy Award for his role in Forrest Gump? 2. TELEVISION: On what show did the Coneheads get their start? 3. FOOD & DRINK: What is a cauliflowers origin? 4. ANIMAL KINGDOM: What type of creature is a bandicoot? 5. GEOGRAPHY: On which continent is the country of Gabon located? 6. ENTERTAINERS: Which entertainers real name was Muzyad Yakhoob? 7. GEOLOGY: What is the chief ore in aluminum? 8. TECHNOLOGY: What does a baud measure? 9. MEDICINE: Who discovered that yellow fever was carried by mosquitoes? 10. FAMOUS QUOTATIONS: What comedian once said, You cant trust water. Even a straight stick turns crooked in it? TRIVIA TEST 1. Tom Hanks 2. Saturday Night Live 3. It is a type of cultivated cabbage 4. Marsupial 5. Africa 6. Danny Thomas 7. Bauxite 8. Data transmission speed 9. Walter Reed 10. W.C. Fields. ANSWERS SPORTS QUIZ 1. Who is the only player other than Harmon Killebrew to have 40 or more home runs in a season in Twins franchise history? 2. In 2012, Jose Reyes tied the second-longest hitting streak in Marlins history (26 games). Who also had at least a 26-game run for the Marlins? 3. New Englands Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez set an NFL record in 2011 for most combined receptions by tight ends (169). Which team had held the mark? 4. Name the five coaches to have led Kentucky mens basketball to a total of eight national championships. 5. When was the last time a 40-year-old NHL player scored on a 40-year-old goalie before Philadelphias Mike Knuble did it against New Jerseys Martin Brodeur in 2013? 6. In 2012, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. became the sixth driver to win consecutive titles in NASCARs Nationwide Series. Name three of the first five. 7. Kimiko Date-Krumm, in 2013, became the oldest female tennis player to win a main draw match at the Australian Open. How old was she? ANSWERS 1. Roy Sievers belted 42 homers in 1957. 2. Luis Castillo (35 games in 2002) and Emilio Bonifacio (26 in 2011). 3. San Diego tight ends combined for 163 catches in 1984. 4. Adolph Rupp, Joe B. Hall, Rick Pitino, Tubby Smith and John Calipari. 5. Bostons John Bucyk (41) scored on St. Louis Eddie Johnston (41) in 1976. 6. Sam Ard, Larry Pearson, Randy LaJoie, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Martin Truex Jr. 7. She was 42.25 THE RIVER MAY 10, 2013
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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 27 If you would like your club/organization listed in The River Calling Card, phone 415-7732Emergency .........................................................................................911 Lee County Sheriffs Of ce ........................................................477-1200 Florida Marine Patrol ................................................................332-6966 Florida Highway Patrol ..............................................................278-7100 Poison Control ................................................................1-800-282-3171HealthPark Medical Center .......................................1-800-936-5321Ft. Myers Chamber of Commerce .............................................332-3624 Foundation for Quality Childcare ..............................................425-2685 Ft. Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce ..................................454-7500 Fort Myers Beach Library .........................................................463-9691 Lakes Regional Library ............................................................533-4000 Lee County Chamber of Commerce ..........................................931-0931 Post Of ce .....................................................................1-800-275-8777 Visitor & Convention Bureau .....................................................338-3500 ARTS Alliance for the Arts ..................................................................939-2787 Art of the Olympians Museum & Gallery ...................................332-5055 Arts For ACT Gallery & Studio ..................................................337-5050 Art League Of Fort Myers .........................................................275-3970 Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall ......................................481-4849 BIG ARTS ................................................................................395-0900 Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre ............................................... 278-4422 Cultural Park Theatre ................................................................772-5862 Edison Festival of Light .............................................................334-2999 Florida Repertory Theatre at the Arcade ..................................332-4488 Florida West Arts ......................................................................948-4427 Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers.......................................472-0168 Gulf Coast Symphony ...............................................................489-1800 Harmony Chorus, Charles Sutter, Pres .....................................481-8059 Naples Philharmonic ...........................................................239-5971111 The Schoolhouse Theater .........................................................472-6862 S.W. Florida Symphony .............................................................418-0996 Theatre Conspiracy ..................................................................936-3239 Young Artists Awards ................................................................574-9321CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONSAngel Flight ................................................................1-877-4AN-ANGEL Animal Refuge Center ...............................................................731-3535 American Business Women Association ...................................357-6755 Audubon of SWFL .....................................................................339-8046 Audubon Society .......................................................................472-3156 Caloosahatchee Chapter DAR ..................................................482-1366 Caloosahatchee Folk Society ...................................................321-4620 Cape Chorale Barbershop Chorus .................................1-855-425-3631 Cape Coral Stamp Club ............................................................542-9153 duPont Company Retirees .......................................................454-1083 Edison Porcelain Artists ............................................................415-2484 Ft Myers UDC Chapter 2614 (United Daughters of the Confederacy ..................................728-3743 Friendship Force Of SW FL ......................................................561-9164 The Horticulture and Tea Society .............................................472-8334 Horticultural Society .................................................................472-6940 Lee County Genealogical Society .............................................549-9625 Lee Trust for Historic Preservation ...........................................939-7278 NARFE(National Active & Retired Federal Employees .............482-6713 Navy Seabees Veterans of America ..........................................731-1901 Paradise Iowa Club of SWFL ....................................................667-1354 Sons of Confederate Veterans ..................................................332-2408 Southwest Florida Fencing Academy ........................................939-1338 Southwest Florida Music Association ........................................561-2118 Kiwanis Clubs: Fort Myers Beach.................................................765-4254 or 454-8090 Fort Myers Edison .....................................................................694-1056 Fort Myers South ......................................................................691-1405 Gateway to the Islands..............................................................415-3100 Iona-McGregor..........................................................................482-0869Lions Clubs:Fort Myers Beach......................................................................463-9738 Fort Myers High Noon ...............................................................466-4228 Estero/South Fort Myers ...........................................................898-1921 Notre Dame Club of Lee County .............................................. 768-0417 POLO Club of Lee County.........................................................477-4906 Rotary Club of Fort Myers .........................................................332-8158 Sanibel-Captiva Orchid Society ................................................472-6940 United Way of Lee County ........................................................433-2000 United Way 211 Helpline (24 hour) .................................211 or 433-3900AREA ATTRACTIONSBailey-Matthews Shell Museum ................................................395-2233 Burroughs Home ......................................................................337-9505 Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium ........................................275-3435 Edison & Ford Winter Estates ...................................................334-3614 Fort Myers Skate Park ..............................................................321-7558 Imaginarium Hands-On Museum & Aquarium ............................321-7420 JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge ................................472-1100 Koreshan State Historic Site ..............................................239-992-0311 Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center .......................765-8101 Skatium ......................................................................................321-7510 Southwest Florida Museum of History ......................................321-7430 True Tours .................................................................................945-0405 THE RIVER MAY 10, 201330 Pets Of The Week My name is Lucy and I may not be a puppy anymore but you wouldnt know it to watch me play ball. Im full of energy and have a perpetual happy attitude. I also like being around other dogs; the more the merrier. My adoption fee is $30 (regularly $75) during Animal Services Spring Fever adoption promotion. Just call my name, Tom, and Ill come over to see whats happening. Im not an overly chatty cat but I can hold up my end of a conversation. If youre looking for a devoted companion, Im your guy. My adoption fee is $30 (regularly $50) during Animal Services 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, 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. Tom ID# 559187 Lucy ID# 562283 photos by squaredogphoto.com
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THE RIVER MAY 10, 201332 Celebrate This Mothers Day At Edison & Ford Winter EstatesThe Edison & Ford Winter Estates is offering free admission to moms on Mothers Day this Sunday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or half priced admission for moms on a Behind The Scenes tour at 2 p.m. Free admission includes an audio tour of the historic homes, gardens, Edison Ford Museum and Edisons Botanic Research Laboratory. After the tour, celebrate mom with picnic lunch along the Caloosahatchee River at the Ford estate catered by Everglades BBQ. Picnic lunch items include pulled pork, chicken, nachos, strawberry shortcake, mimosas, beer and wine (prices vary). The Edison Ford retail shops will offer a 10 percent discount for mothers. Orchids, herb baskets, plants, flowers and garden items are available in the Garden Shoppe. Jewelry, soaps, hats and original artwork from Augusta Crane, Leoma Lovegrove, Marie Dyer and other Florida artists are available in the Museum Store and Ford Cottage Shoppe. For the mother who has everything, a gift of an Edison Ford membership lasts all year long and includes unlimited visits to the Edison Ford as well as free and/or discounted admission to more than 600 reciprocal museums and gardens throughout the nation.For additional information, call 334-7419 or visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org. 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Former CIA director and Southwest Florida Congressman Porter Goss will introduce Mr. Carlson and Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto will serve as Honorary Chair. The general public is strongly encouraged to attend the Thursday, May 16 event being held from 6 to 10 p.m. at Harborside Event Center in downtown Fort Myers. Tickets are $100 per person and include dinner and valet parking. Business and table sponsorships are available and the public can sponsor their high school or college age children and/ or a student to join Carlsons speech for just $30. A reception and cash bar will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and a highly anticipated speech about the future of the Republican Party will conclude the evening. Visit www.leerepublican.org to download the invitation and payment information. Checks can be made to the LCREC and mailed to P.O. Box 61465, Fort Myers, FL 33906 by Thursday, May 9. From page 1Aiyb DiengOriginally from Senegal, Dieng has gained international fame by collaborating with legends such as Brian Eno, Mick Jagger, Herbie Hancock, Bob Marley, beatnik author William S. Burroughs, Emmy Award Winning flutist Kat Epple, jazz rock drummer Ginger Baker and prolific bassist/producer Bill Laswell. He has performed live at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall with Karl Berger. He has also recorded a solo album entitled Rhythmagick. After touring around the world, Dieng is back in Southwest Florida to perform select live shows.