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FREETake Me Home VOL. 12, NO. 19 MAY 17, 2013From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort MyersRead Us Online at IslandSunNews.com Lee County Courthouse Oak Tree Legacy Lives OnIt will be two years since the Lee County Old Courthouse oak tree had to be removed and was carved into an eagle by artist Marlin Miller. Prior to that, a Lee County Department of Transportation (LCDOT) employee picked up some of the acorns, knowing the importance of the trees history and took the time to plant them. Some of those saplings have now become part of Lee Countys landscape providing the legacy of the great tree. Approximately 200 saplings have been growing over the last two years at the DOT Operations Nursery. In April 2013, LCDOT staff felt that the saplings were ready to leave the nursery and gave away 145 of the saplings to be planted throughout Lee County. The majority of the trees were donated to Yvonne continued on page 9 The new tree was planted near the eagle sculpture created by Marlin Miller from a 100-year-old oak treeSidney & Berne Davis Art Center Honored With Breakthrough AwardOn May 10, the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center was honored at Goodwill Industries of Southwest Floridas Breakthrough Awards Luncheon. The annual event honored businesses and members in the community who have assisted others, or themselves, in overcoming disabilities or barriers on their path to employment and independence. The art center received the Breakthrough Business Award. For the past seven years, Goodwill has held its annual Festival of Trees at the art center. The event, which draws thousands of people each year, has created a strong partnership between the art center and the organization. It brings the community in and allows community partnerships to foster and grow, said Devon Morreale, assistant director of the art center. We really benefit from the extra exposure, and we love to see the tons of visitors that come each year. The art center was originally built in 1933 as a post office and its neoclassical revival architecture is unique to Southwest Florida. The facility was converted into a Federal courthouse in the 1960s, but had sat dormant for 15 years before it began its third life as a center for the arts. continued on page 5 Jim Griffith and Devon Morreale Lee County Tourism On The Riseby Anne MitchellLee Countys lodging industry experienced increases in average occupancy rate and average daily rate for the winter season year-over-year. In March, lodgings had an 85.9 percent occupancy rate, compared to 84.4 percent in March last year, according to Smith Travel Research, which compiles data for The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. Revenue per available room increased 9 percent. For the winter season, January through March, Lee County hosted 1.398 million visitors who spent an estimated $1.05 billion while visiting, according to DavidsonPeterson Associates, consultants to the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau. Visitors staying in paid accommodations spent an estimated $737 million (70 percent of the total) during the quarter. continued on page 5Commercial Fishing Fleet TourOn Wednesdays, the Ostego Bay Foundations Marine Science Center offers tours of San Carlos Islands commercial fishing fleet. The three-hour guided tour starts at 9 a.m. It includes a one-and-a-half hour guided visit at the museum, which contains a touch tank, a hands-on beach area and several aquariums and exhibits. The tour continues with a visit to the commercial fishing industry, including Erickson & Jensen Supply House, Trico Shrimp loading dock and Beach Seafood. See how the boats are unloaded, the trawl doors are built, the shrimp nets are hand-sewn, the seafood is processed and other important factors used in this unique million dollar industry. The cost for the tour is $15 per adult and $10 for children 7 years of age and older. Reservations are required. Volunteers are needed at Ostego Bay. Positions include: docent, aquarium maintenance, continued on page 9 Take a tour of the areas million dollar shrimp industry on Fort Myers BeachAKC-Sanctioned Dog Show Coming To Lee Civic CenterMore than 1,000 registered exhibitors will converge at the Lee Civic Center in North Fort Myers to showcase 150 breeds of dogs at the annual Greater Fort Myers Dog Club event on May 25 and 26.The American Kennel Club-sanctioned dog show is among the longest running in Southwest Florida and features exhibitors from throughout the U.S. Southeast. The show includes conformation, obedience, rally trials and junior handling as well as vendor booths filled with treats, toys and trinkets for dogs. A goal of the Greater Fort Myers Dog Club is to promote responsible dog ownership, show chairman Bill Paglivanti said. Saturdays show will feature a Parade of Rescue Dogs, a non-profit competitive event that recognizes and honors work done by purebred rescue groups. continued on page 5
Historic Downtown Fort Myers, Then And Now: Patios Early Daysby Gerri ReavesIf you walked into the Patio de Leon in the late 19-teens or early 1920s, youd find banana plants at the spot where a fountain is located today. That spot lies at the center of the historic photograph and marks the convergence of the three street entrances. In the distance and behind the plants is Main Street. That patio, which was named Tonnelier Court all those years ago, turns 100 this year. It was built by Peter Tonnelier between 1913 and 1915, soon after he bought the Stone Block. That 1905 building on the southwest corner of First and Hendry is known today as the Leon Building. In partnership with his brother Edward, Tonnelier subsequently built the other structures that surround the court and created entrances on First, Hendry and Oak Street (Oak was renamed Main Street several years later.) Tonneliers vision for the business court has stood the test of time, for it embodies the pedestrian-friendliness and mixed-use so crucial to a thriving downtown. Pictured on the right is the Court Theatre, its entrance surrounded with placards announcing the silent motion picture playing inside. The Tonnelier brothers announced the plans for the entertainment venue in late 1913. Advertisements during its first years urged the public to come to the Court Photo Play Theatre for clear white light pictures. At left stands the Graystone Building, whose upper floors were the Graystone Hotel and whose entrance was on Hendry. Located on the ground floor were various business and shops. Notice the sign pointing the way to the Leon Hotel around the corner on the upper floor of the former Stone Block. The last building completed in the patio was center-court on the west side. Just outside the photo frame on the right (near the bench and tree) stood the building where Morgan House Restaurant is located today. Around 1925, George R. Sims undertook the redevelopment of the Tonnelier Block. In keeping with the boom-time architectural fashion, he added Moorish flourishes, tiled arches, vividly colored medallions, and retreating entrances. Besides acquiring the Mediterranean architectural features still in evidence, it also acquired a new name, Patio de Leon. The Court Theatre, which had been sold early in 1924 and closed for renovations, reopened as the more exotically designed Omar Theatre. Still later, it became the Ritz Theatre, and lastly, the Little Theatre, which staged live productions. It was demolished in 1960s. The banana-plant spot has a varied history in its own right. For many years, an alligator pit was located there. What a way to attract pedestrians, especially those tourists who inevitably ask where to see an alligator. Then, in 1946, Trent Bowen opened the Patio Pauseway, a fresh citrus-fruit stand. Today, the fountain on that spot pays tribute to the patios history. Walk down to Patio de Leon, say happy one-hundredth birthday, and imagine live alligators in the fountain. Then stroll a few more blocks to the Southwest Florida Museum of History to learn more about the many patio tenants who set up shop over the century, including a famous candy store, numerous real estate offices and restaurants, beauty shops, a dentist office, barbershops, and even a pool room. For information, call 321-7430 or go to www.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 photos of historic patio businesses. 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. Plantings and potted plants interrupt the southward view in Patio de Leon today. The Graystone Building still stands at left, and the Morgan House is located in the historic building on the right. Only the theatre has been demolished photo by Gerri Reaves Circa 1920, banana plants grew at the center of Tonnelier Court. In the distance and behind the plants is the Main Street entrance 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. 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3 THE RIVER MAY 17, 2013 Fort Myers Public Art: The Harborside Collectionby Tom HallMore than a year ago, researchers at Florida Atlantic University announced theyd developed a computer algorithm capable of creating 3D models of faces from 2D images like a photograph. Local sculptor D.J. Wilkins did that in his head more than 20 years ago in order to create busts of seven local legends in 1989 for the newly-built Harborside Event Center. The north Galleria of the Event Center has seven alcoves that were originally designed for wet bars that would serve guests using the opposing convention space and meeting rooms. But planners had a change of heart and decided instead to display public artworks in the niches that would draw attention to the local legends responsible for making Fort Myers the city it is today. Included within The Harborside Collection are Chief Billy Bowlegs, whose Seminole tribe was the reason a fort named after Colonel Abraham C. Myers was built on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River; Capt. Francis Asbury Hendry, the man responsible for naming our county after Confederate General Robert E. Lee; Tootie McGregor Terry, who helped convert the dirt cattle trail that cut through town into the paved, palm-lined thoroughfare known today as McGregor Boulevard; Thomas Edison, our most famous winter resident; James D. Newton, the developer responsible for Edison Park, The Spirit of Fort Myers sculpture and the book, Uncommon Friends; Paul Laurence Dunbar, the first black poet to be published in the U.S.; and Connie Mack, who established Fort Myers as a major league baseball spring training center. But by the time Wilkins was commissioned to cast their busts, all but Newton had died. To make the cast for each bust, relates Wilkins, I had to work from black and white photographs. To complicate matters, he not only needed photographs of the front, back and both sides of each face, all the images had to be from roughly the same time interval, typically their mid to late fifties. Wilkins was able to dig up the images he needed in all but one case. I could only find one little black-and-white picture of Tootie McGregor, and it was downright unattractive, says Wilkins. Since I couldnt express beauty, I decided to portray the dignity for which she was known. Some years later, one of Tooties grandnieces visited Fort Myers. She looked me up to tell me that Id nailed her great-aunts likeness, Wilkins recounts with deserved pride. The Harborside Collection is on display in the north Galleria of the Harborside Event Center on Monroe Street and Edwards Drive in the heart of the downtown Fort Myers River District. An arts advocate, Tom Hall guides weekly walking tours of the River Districts public art collection in Fort Myers. For more information, go to www.truetours.net. Tootie McGregor grouping is part of The Harborside Collection The Morgan House www.morganhouserestaurant.com Lunch @ Patio de Leon, Fort Myers River District 239-337-3377 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 SO N S O F CO NFEDERA T E V E T ERAN S C ontact Cam p Commander Robert A. Gates at 239-332-2408 M AJOR WILLIAM M. FOOTMAN CAMP #195 0 M 0 Come Join Us and Celebrate Your Herita ge Ever y 4 th Saturda y of the Month a t Smoken Pit Bar-BQ ue 1641 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort M y ers 11am Lunc h 12pm Meetin g Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702or email firstname.lastname@example.org
THE RIVER MAY 17, 20134 Three New Beach Projects Starting This Summer Lee County is launching three beach nourishment projects this summer thanks in part to federal funding that came early to the county because of last summers Tropical Storm Debby. Among the projects: Captiva and northern Sanibel: 6.4 miles of beaches from Redfish Pass to Bowmans Beach will be nourished. Local partner Captiva Erosion Prevention District will work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Lee County Natural Resources. Federal and state dollars will cover about 50 percent of the projects $21 million cost. Work is expected to begin in early August and be completed by years end. Gasparilla Island/Boca Grande: 3.1 miles of shoreline from 17th Street to Boca Grande Pass will be nourished. The corps, DEP and Lee County Natural Resources will handle the $10.5 million project, with 79 percent of the funding coming from the state and federal government. Work is expected to span Labor Day to Thanksgiving. Lovers Key and Bonita Beach: a mile at Bonita Beach and a mile at Lovers Key State Park will be put under the same project, which is being done by the DEP, Lee County and the City of Bonita Springs. Combining projects is estimated to save taxpayers $1 million; total cost will be about $5.2 million, with work starting in September and ending in early 2014. The three new projects were in the planning phase when in June 2012 Tropical Storm Debby brought storm surge and high waves to Lee Countys shoreline for three days. It caused extensive damage to dunes and the high-beach area. Documentation of the impact was used to expedite project schedules and justify increased federal and state funding. Additionally, a $1 million Blind Pass project has just been completed. The pass straddles the north end of Sanibel and south tip of Captiva and was dredged for environmental purposes. The dredged sand was used to nourish a half mile of critically eroded shoreline on northern Sanibel. DEP and Lee County handled the project, with nearly 20 percent of funds coming from the state. Taking care of its beaches is a priority for Lee County, which has 4.7 million visitors a year. Nourishment projects such as these ensure the beauty of the beaches, as well as their environmental health for protected species such as sea turtles and nesting shorebirds. Tribute To Americas HeroesJoin the Fort Myers Recreation Division, The Lee County Chapter of the American Red Cross, andAmerican Legion Post 38 on Sunday, May 27 at Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers. Recognition for A Tribute To Americas Heroes will begin at 11 a.m.The tribute will be hosted by meteorologist and Navy veteran Robert Van Winkle from NBC-2 and will feature performances by local singers including recording artist Dallas and the 4HTU singers. Lee County Sheriffs Office will provide a Rifle Salute and Fly Over. The Fort Myers Police Department will present the colors. The United States Coast Guard will be laying a wreath on the Caloosahatchee River. The American Red Cross will be accepting items for care packages for deployed troops, such as individuallywrapped pieces of hard candy (including Twizzlers, Tootsie Rolls, Tootsie Pops, bubble gum, Skittles, lollipops and Life Savers). Other items may include microwave popcorn, peanuts, pretzels, KoolAid, drink mixes and other snack foods. Other non-perishables may include travel size wet wipes, sunscreen, lip balm, foot powder, toiletry items such as shaving cream, razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and shower soap/gel. Also, entertainment activities such as playing cards, puzzle books and reading material will also be accepted. The Veterans Administration will be onsite to provide information to veterans regarding benefits. Concessions will be available. Bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating. Memorial Day 5K Run On The Green May 27Heres your opportunity for a oneof-a-kind trip through one of the City of Fort Myers finest golf courses. The route will take you through the Back 9 and finish at the clubhouse.Join the Fort Myers Recreation Division for the 5K Memorial Day Run On The Green, which will be held at Eastwood Golf Course, located beside the Calusa Nature Center at 4600 Bruce Herd Lane in Fort Myers, just off of Ortiz Blvd. on Monday, May 27. Check-in is at 6:30 a.m. and the event starts at 7:30 a.m.Registration fees: Adults (18+) $20 (prior to May 26) Under 18 $10 (prior to May 26) Adults (18+) $30 (on race day) Under 18 $20 (on race day) Pre-registration by mail must be received no later than Friday, May 24. Medals awarded for first, second and third place finish in each age group. Registrants will receive race T-shirt, postrace refreshments and will be eligible for door prizes if present after the race. Online registration at www.ftmyerstrackclub.com. Registration forms are available at all Fort Myers Recretion Division facilities. For more information, call 321-7524 or visit www.cityftmyers.com. Fitzenhagen To Be Featured SpeakerFlorida State Representative Heather Fitzenhagen will be the featured speaker at the monthly luncheon of the Fort Myers Republican Womens Club on Tuesday, May 21. She will discuss actions taken during the 2013 Legislature and will take questions from the audience. The public is invited to attend the luncheon and the program being held at The Helm Club, The Landings in South Fort Myers. A social hour begins at 11:15 a.m. The noon lunch, business meeting and program will follow. The luncheon cost is $16 per person. Reservations are required by Thursday, May 16 and may be made by contacting Tina Laurie at 489-4701. The Fort Myers Republican Womens Club is affiliated with the Florida Federation of Republican Women and the National Federation of Republican Women. Additional information about the club may be obtained by contacting the president, Gaile Anthony, at 292-5212. Reservations Required for All Cruises All Cruises(239)472-5300Cruises depart from beautiful Captiva Islandwww.captivacruises.com Call for departure timeTHE BEST WAY TO SEE THE ISLANDS IS FROM THE WATER 10 a.m. Island Cruise to Useppa Or Cabbage Key Adventure Sailing Cruises 4:00 p.m. Dolphin Watch Cruise Beach & Shelling Cruise Sunset Serenade Cruise with Island Musicians Our email address is email@example.com CONTINENTAL CUISINEAT THEIR NEW HOME. 20351 SUMMERLIN ROAD, FORT MYERS. ACROSS FROM TANGER FACTORY OUTLETS. IN THE PUBLIX SHOPPING PLAZA. Courtneys has something for everyone. 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5 THE RIVER MAY 17, 2013 11am-10pm RIVGPS COORDINATES: FREE with Dock Attendants Assistance 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 24, 2013 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 a m-10pm G PS C OORDI N N A A A A T T T T T T T T T T T E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S : : : : : with Do As 11 11 Happy Hour All Day, Everyday From page 1Breakthrough AwardArt Center Executive Director Jim Griffith has been leading an intensive building restoration project since leasing the facility in 2003. In addition to the Festival of Trees, Goodwill and the Art Center also partner in another way. For more than two years, the Art Center has utilized Goodwill Services for its floor cleaning and janitorial services. Community partnerships are our life blood, said Morreale. As nonprofits, its very important to maintain these strong partnerships. Theyre how we sustain ourselves. Other winners include Breakthrough Employer Darden Restaurants LongHorn Steakhouse, Breakthrough Achiever Jean Edmond, and Breakthrough Graduate Daniel Rosenfeld. Goodwill will also be celebrating volunteer of the year Renee Ludwig, as well as showing a preview of the future Goodwill Opportunity Center. The event, sponsored by SunTrust Bank, will take place at 11:30 a.m. at Harborside Event Center in downtown Fort Myers. Tickets to the Goodwill Breakthrough Awards Luncheon are just $50 per person or $750 for a table sponsorship. To RSVP for the event, or if you are interested in sponsorship, call Madison at 995-2106 ext. 2213 or email MadisonMitchell@goodwillswfl.org. From page 1Lee County TourismAlso in March, 1,115,937 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport, making it the busiest month in the airports history. Figures represent an increase of 8.9 percent compared to March 2012 and a year-todate increase in passenger traffic of 7.5 percent over the same period last year. From page 1AKC Dog ShowThe show will be held Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend at the Lee Civic Center, which is a Lee County Parks & Recreation facility managed by the Southwest Florida & Lee County Fair Association. The 2012 event generated 1,673 hotel room nights and $446,000 in direct visitor expenditures in Lee County. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 25 and May 26. Judging begins at 8:30 a.m. daily. Attendees pay $10 per vehicle for parking and are admitted to the event for free. The Lee Civic Center is located at 11831 Bayshore Road in North Fort Myers, at the junction of State Road 31 and S.R. 78. For specific breed information, visit www.fortmyersdogclub.com or call Paglivanti at 229-5813. For more information about Lee County Parks & Recreations sites and facilities, visit www. leeparks.org. Art Therapy Workshop And Film At AllianceIn recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Alliance for the Arts and Angel C. Duncan, from the Neuropsychiatric Research Center of Southwest Florida, have partnered to present a workshop for mental healthcare professionals, artists and others. The workshop is for those interested in learning about dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and art therapy on Wednesday, May 29 from 6 to 7 p.m. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. There is a $5 suggested donation at the door. Duncan has more than 10 years experience in DBT and art therapy, coming from Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute at the University of California-San Francisco. There, she worked in the adult inpatient and outpatient departments to help individuals with depression, anxiety, substance abuse and personality disorders. She teaches DBT and expressive art therapies in graduate psychopathology and art therapy courses in California and Connecticut, and is a published author. This workshop will provide an overview of the DBTs four modules and include case studies of artwork from various symptoms that demonstrate the effectiveness of utilizing art. The workshop is followed at 7:30 by a screening of Art Therapy Has Many Faces, directed by Sanibel resident and art therapy pioneer Judith Rubin. After the film there will be a panel discussion with Angel Duncan, art therapist Reina Lombardi and play therapist Tara Moser from Delta Family Counseling. The panel will discuss the importance of expressive therapies in mental health. Call 939-2787 for more information or to register. 481 4 7 33 12600 Mc G regor Blvd, Ft Myer s www.scu b av i ce di vers.co m S wim with t h e Fi s h es
THE RIVER MAY 17, 20136 Hortoons Although the final results wont be known for several days, preliminary reports indicate that the 21st annual Letter Carriers Food Drive was a resounding success, having collected more than a third of a million pounds of food in Lee County, Bonita Springs and Immokalee. The Harry Chapin Food Bank will distribute food collected at no cost to their agencies; the remainder will be handled by several charities, including Lehigh Community Services, Interfaith Caregivers, Wake Up America, Catholic Charities, Salvation Army, the Pine Island Food Pantry, and the Cafe of Life. We extend our thanks to all of our letter carriers and community volunteers those who assisted mail carriers with picking up food and to those who participated in preliminary food sorting. Its a lot of work, but the annual event is well worth the effort. Most of all, we want to thank our local residents whose generosity and caring make this such a success by donating nonperishable food. Our food banks depend upon us every year to fill their shelves and it couldnt happen without you. Congratulations and thanks to all. George Sciascia, Lee County Coordinator National Association of Letter Carriers Randy Stines Postmaster, Fort Myers/Cape Coral CARD OF THANKS 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! Farmers Market At Cape HarbourSucculent fruits, garden-fresh vegetables, seafood delights and homemade breads and desserts are just some of the mouth watering treats that will be offered at this seasons Farmers Market at Cape Harbour. The market begins on Saturday, May 25 and will be held from 8 a.m. until noon and continue every Saturday until early October. A host of quality vendors have been chosen to offer an array of locally grown fruits and vegetables as well as freshly made breads and pastries, honey, jelly, potted plants, hand made soaps and much more. The market vendors will include the Acupuncture Clinic, Andys Seafood, Artisan Bread Company, Bark Street, C & J Produce, Carefree Boat Club, Ceramic Graters, Classy Q-Z Covers, Edward Jones Co., Green Leaf Worm Farm, Happy Pickle, Hawaiian Kettle Corn, Heritage Honey, Jerads Palm Trees, Nature Source, Nerium, Pampered Chef (once a month), Paradise Gourmet, Paradise Handmade Soaps, PowerFX, Pretzels, Rustic Bliss Organics, Sea Shell Cupcakery, Signature Laser Imaging & Gifts, Simply Beachie, State Farm, Tupperware, Turtles Tomato Patch, Two More Pockets, Vitamin Outlet plus the Shriners will be selling Vidalia onions. Seasonal fruits and vegetables including peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, lettuce, peaches, mangos, papayas and pineapple are among the delectable offerings. In addition to the Farmers Market, the merchants at Cape Harbour will open their doors to offer shoppers a host of treasures and treats. Guests are invited to browse the shops and enjoy breakfast, lunch, a cool gelato or cocktail while relaxing near the water. We have four restaurants; Rumrunners, The Joint, Pignoli on the Harbour and Run Agrounds Coffee Shop. Cape Harbour is located at 5828 Cape Harbour Drive in Cape Coral. For more information about the Cape Harbour Farmers Market, call 470-2746 or visit www.capeharbour.com. Greeters Club All 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.
7 THE RIVER MAY 17, 2013Junior League Helps Spruce Up To CenterOn April 20, the Junior League of Fort Myers spring provisional class came together at the Brightest Horizons Child Development Center in the Harlem Heights community to help give the nationally accredited child development center some much-needed upgrades to its facility. For more than 38 years, Brightest Horizons has offered a secure and enriching environment for a diverse population of children. The center provides educational and developmental childcare for children of low income working families and strives to provide for the social, emotional, economic and the developmental needs of those children and families. The 22 ladies who comprise the incoming class of the Junior League of Fort Myers gathered early on that Saturday morning, ready to work. The project entailed planting interactive plant and vegetable gardens for the children, painting and upgrading fixtures in the bathrooms and refurbishing the playground with mulch and equipment. Wow! The children, staff, parents and volunteers were so impressed with the impact the Junior League made during their time here, said Brightest Horizons Executive Director Tina Parsons. Everything looks great, and seeing the spark in the eyes of our children and families has really put a boost in the morale here. The sense of accomplishment has remained at an all-time high following the completion of the provisional class project, said Junior League of Fort Myers President Nicole Brenner. Its not just how much of an impact we were able to have, but the feeling that we came together for a great cause and in the process discovered each others talents. The Brightest Horizons Project was successful due to the support of many community sponsors including Target, Dunkin Donuts, Pizza Hut and Home Depot. Junior League of Fort Myers at Brightest Horizons Preparing to water in new plantings Planting the gardens Painting project Vegetable gardens
THE RIVER MAY 17, 20138 Along The RiverOn 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. Originally from Senegal, Dieng has gained international fame by collaborating with legends such as Brian Eno, Mick Jagger, Herbie Hancock, reggae star 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. Dieng is back in Southwest Florida to perform select live shows. The French Connection is located at 2282 First Street, Fort Myers on the corner of Jackson Street. Call 332-4443 for details. Beginning Friday, May 17, The Laboratory Theater of Florida presents The Rimers of Eldritch. A man has been murdered. The mystery is, who he is, who murdered him and what were the circumstances? To solve it, we look at the outsides and insides of a tiny, Middle Western town. Winner of the Vernon Rice Award. An Off-Broadway success, this highly imaginative and affecting play was hailed by the critics. The Laboratory Theater of Florida is located at 1634 Woodford Avenue in downtown Fort Myers. For tickets and showtimes, call 218-0481 or go to www.laboratorytheaterflorida.com. Also on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m., Fort Myers Wild Pottery presents a Wild Pottery class at the Riverside Community Center. Pay as you go at $10 per class. The first class is $20 and includes 25 pounds of clay, eight pottery tools and glazes. Pieces are fired on site. Class is beginner to intermediate level of instruction. Focus is on sculptural techniques and hand building. Some wheel throwing. The Riverside Community Center is located at 3061 East Riverside Drive, Fort Myers. For more information, call Joel Loeper at 574-8400. Through the month of May, the Edison & Ford Winter Estates presents Viva Florida 500 Time Capsule. The Lee County Viva Florida 500 Time Capsule will be on display in the Edison Caretakers House 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. For dates and times, call 334-7419. On Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon, take an exciting boat cruise from Captiva to the Edison & Ford Estates with Captiva Cruises. The tours take visitors from Captiva Island to Fort Myers along the Caloosahatchee. The cruise tour highlights the importance of the Caloosahatchee ecologically and culturally, includes a view of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates from the water, lunch at the Royal Palm Yacht Club and guided tour of the Edison Ford estates. Tickets are $75 adults, $65 children (ages 12 and under) plus tax and includes cruise, Edison Ford admission and lunch. Seating is limited and reservations are suggested by calling Captiva Cruises at 472-5300, which is located at McCarthys Marina, 11401 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva Island. The Edison & Ford Winter Estates are located at 2350 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers. For more information, visit www. efwefla.org. Ayb Dieng, who has a loyal following in Southwest Florida, is performing with friends during Music Walk on Friday Paul McCarthy, owner of Captiva Cruises, shares the history of Pine Island Sound during a trip along the Caloosahatchee to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers 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. FREE WOOD CHIPS!! 1628 Periwinkle Way 472-2893 Heart of the Islands, SanibelOpen Daily www.threecraftyladies.com Make It & Take It Bead Bracelet Every Thursday $4.75Ask about our Sewing Machine Rental Program! Tropical Fabrics Tropical Fabrics Novelty Yarn Novelty Yarn Quilting Notions Quilting Notions Beads Beads Scrapbook Scrapbook Papers Papers Childrens Crafts Childrens Crafts Art Supplies Art Supplies Shell Crafts Gifts Shell Crafts Gifts Find us on WE WILL PAY YOUR TOLL!!!Spend $55 and bring us your toll receipt for a full refund!
9 THE RIVER MAY 17, 2013 From page 1Oak Tree LegacyMurray Lewis, senior program specialist for Caloosahatchee Regional Park, which held an Earth Day presentation with the second grade class at Alva Elementary School. The children were given a lesson on how and where to plant them properly, and the importance of trees in the environment. Some of the trees were planted at the school while the others were taken home by the students. Another 30 trees were planted by students as part of an Earth Day event, with a goal to plant 100 trees in the median in front of the Oasis Middle School in Cape Coral. Other trees were planted in Moody Park, Estero Community Park and the Edison Home/Allen Park area, to name a few. Commissioner Frank Mann has also participated in guaranteeing the legacy of tree lives on. My aide and I gathered and planted several hundred acorns from the mighty tree, said Mann. About half of them germinated and I continue to give them away. Several weeks ago, I distributed about 50 to community leaders in Lehigh Acres. So the Court House Oak legacy continues all over that great community as well. LCDOT has a few of the saplings available. If anyone is interested, they can call Mike Williams or Bob DeBrock at 533-9400. Sanibel Named Top 3 Happiest Seaside Town By Coastal LivingSanibel Island can now add happiest to its impressive list of honors. Coastal Living readers voted Sanibel Island one of the top three happiest seaside towns in America for 2013. The magazines editors unveiled their list of the 10 Happiest Seaside Towns in the February 2013 issue and invited America to vote for their favorite. Consumers voted hourly from January 10 to February 28. Fans rallied around their favorite towns and voted often. Beaufort came in first place followed by Harwich Port, Massachusetts. Sanibel scored the third spot. It was incredible to see such enthusiasm from our readers, said Coastal Living Editor-in-Chief Antonia van der Meer. People take great pride in their home towns and we at Coastal Living are thrilled to share their happy little secret with the rest of America. Its no secret at the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB) that Sanibel Island makes people happy. Who wouldnt be happy walking along world-renowned beaches, looking for shells, watching dolphins surf in the waves and pelicans dive for their breakfast, said Tamara Pigott, VCB executive director. The accommodations, attractions and restaurants make our residents and visitors very happy. The complete list of the 10 best places to live by the sea, as ranked by consumers, will be featured in the June 2013 issue of Coastal Living, which will be on newsstands May 17. Coastal Living chose its 2013 Americas Happiest Seaside Towns finalists based on criteria that included ranking on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, percentage of sunny days, healthiness of beaches, commute times, walkability, standard of living and financial well-being of the locals, geographic diversity and an editorial assessment of coastal vibe. For the full list of towns, visit www.coastalliving.com/happytowns2013. June Meeting Of Lee Republican WomenThe next dinner meeting of the Lee Republican Women Federated will be held on Monday, June 10 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 12601 University Drive in Fort Myers. Social hour begins at 5:15 p.m., with dinner and the program to follow. The guest speaker will be Heather Fitzenhagen, Florida House of Representative District 78. Cost is $20 per person, all inclusive. A cash bar will be available. To make reservations, call 432-9389 or email email@example.com. For more information, contact Michele Duryea via email at michelemduryea@ embarqmail.com or call 280-7653. From page 1Fishing Fleetoffice help, fund-raising, publishing and distribution plus some work outside in our local area. Hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center is located at 718 Fishermans Wharf on San Carlos Island in Fort Myers Beach. Call 765-8101 or go to www.ostegobay.org. We Proudly Brew 2163 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, Fl 33957 Ph: 239.472.0606 www.SanibelIslandCow.com 395 7 7 P P P P P h h h h: h: 2 2 2 2 2 39 39 39 39 4 4 72 0606wwwSanibelIslandCowcom Tropical Outdoor Patio Seating Get Crabby At The Cow Get Crabby At The Cow Get Crabby At The Cow Get Crabby At The Cow with our Famous Stone Crabs1/2 lb & 1 lb. quantities Appetizers & Full Dinners Best Prices On The Planet Fun "new" Moo Wear for all ages Come Try our Come Try our NEW NEW Cowlicious Cowlicious Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Specials Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Specials Sanibels Most Award Winning RestaurantServing Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week. Snacks In-between Live Music! Outdoor Seating LIVE LIVE MUSIC MUSIC s s Always Fresh ...Always! way s! w w Always Fresh ...Always Fun! Servin A ..Always 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 17, 201310
11 THE RIVER MAY 17, 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. Local Church Votes To Welcome AllMembers of the Fort Myers Congregational United Church of Christ (UCC) recently voted to become an Open and Affirming church. Fort Myers Congregational UCC is the 1,090th church within the denomination to adopt the Open and Affirming designation. That designation, according to the UCC denomination, means the church is open to all people regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. The statement that the Fort Myers church adopted, however, goes much further and reads as follows: Enriched by diversity, we embrace all people of any heritage, culture, race, sexual orientation, gender, identity and expression, age, marital or economic status, or varying mental and physical abilities. Everyone is welcome into all aspects of church life as we celebrate the image of God in every person. This statement is intended to make it clear to everyone in the community that they will not be merely tolerated, but warmly welcomed as a participating member of the church. Although the vote was taken at the annual congregation meeting on March 17, the process began two years ago when the congregation voted to begin an investigation into, and educational campaign in support of, the Open and Affirming process. A committee was formed to implement a program to educate the congregation on what it means to be an Open and Affirming church. Over the past two years, the committee held various events to both educate and gain feedback from the congregation. Some of the activities included: a lesbian couple, Ruthie Berman and Connie Kurtz, who spoke about their work for equality; PFLAG members from a neighboring community; a lawyer, Valerie Eastwood, who spoke on legal issues facing the LGBT community; representatives from other churches who have gone through the ONA process; movies, books and articles about various social issues; sponsored the World AIDS Day Remembrance Service with other community churches. For more information about the church, visit www.fmcucc.org, call 4823133 or email email@example.com. Grant For School ImprovementsThe Gulf Harbour Memorial Foundation recently awarded Community Cooperative Ministries, Inc. a $12,500 grant. This grant will be used to fund its Community Montessori Schools academic programs, outdoor play equipment and much-needed building improvements. 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THE RIVER MAY 17, 201312 The Month Of May Has It Allby Capt. Matt MitchellWhat a week this was, no matter what you wanted to catch. For inshore anglers, it was going on. From tarpon to snook, redfish and even big trout, it was all happening. Big daytime high tides had the redfish chewing along with the snook and calm mornings with super light wind made the perfect set-up for tarpon, which could be found in good numbers in all the usual places both bay and gulfside.While tarpon fishing in the bay this week with long-time client Jerry Raffa from Sea Isle City, New Jersey, we got on the best tarpon bite I have found so far this season. Having had Jerry out tarpon fishing several times without success due to the weather conditions, I was thrilled we had a slick calm morning and I had been on fish all week long. Within 15 minutes of anchoring up in a favorite middle sound deep sand hole, we were hooked up. Jerrys buddy from Stuart, Florida had the the first tarpon, roughly an 80-pounder, which was good for about a 25-minute fight. For the next hour or so, we jumped one more fish and had a couple of takes on live crabs that just never came tight on the hook. Right around 9 a.m., things really started to go off. The next tarpon hooked ate a cut chunk of cut mullet and made one huge jump while coming toward the boat. I was reeling as fast as humanly possible to pick up all the slack line before I handed off the rod. Right as the line came tight, the fish jumped again hitting the transom of the boat. The 120-poundplus tarpons head was over the transom and if not for the motor and jack plate being in the way, it would have come inside. Our next hook-up was a 50-pounder, which came boatside within 15 minutes before the hook pulled out. These 50-pound fish are the perfect size tarpon as they jump high and often, along with the fact you are not in for an hour-long tug of war. Within 10 minutes of resetting the lines, we jumped another full sized, 150-pound-plus fish which, after two huge jumps, parted ways. Right around 10 a.m., we hooked again and had a leader touch on another roughly 50-pound tarpon, Jerrys first. By 11 a.m., it was all over. We had gone 2-for-6 and were heading for the dock. Now that is how I wish every tarpon trip went. This week, I also had a few trips that were not for tarpon. Redfish action on the big afternoon high tides was also happening. Southwest winds and a big high incoming tide is the ideal set up for redfishing. It was great to not have to go far from home as mangrove shorelines in the southern sound held some real bruiser reds up to 32 inches, along with good numbers of slot-sized redfish for clients looking to take home a fresh fish dinner. Tail hooked medium to medium-large pinfish thrown up under the trees quickly got inhaled. If youre more of a cut bait red fisherman, grass flats in the mouth of the river just off the Miserable Mile were a good bet along with oyster bars in the middle sound. Reds up to 29 inches where caught with soaked chunk baits. Catch-and-release snook action was good this week, too. Sand potholes out from the mangroves and oyster bars on lower phases of the tide held lots of snook of all sizes along with some big gator trout up to and over 27 inches. Both shiners and pinfish did the trick for the snook but it was hard to beat throwing a few dozen stunned live shiners into a sandhole with the chum bat to see if the fish were hungry. If the snook popped, we would quickly throw a hooked shiner in for an instant hook up. Some of the bigger snook caught this week came while throwing pinfish under the trees for redfish during the higher tides. Snook action in the passes and on the beach is also picking up. With so much going on this week, its been awesome. My mornings have been spent tarpon fishing, then my afternoons chasing snook and reds. Simply put, May can be one of the most enjoyable months to guide here in Southwest Florida.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 email@example.com. Ostego Bay Marine Science Summer CampThe Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center is accepting applications for its annual Marine Summer Camps. Each session includes exciting and instructional materials in addition to a graduation luncheon held on the final day. Campers will explore some of the local barrier islands and the waters of Estero Bay. Scheduled field and beach trips introduce campers to sea grass communities, plankton populations, mangrove tangles and bird nesting areas. The staff of state-certified teachers offers a wide diversity of expertise providing highly personalized instruction. The camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday: June 10 to 14: Sea Stars (6 to 8 years old) June 17 to 21: Logger Heads (9 to 11 years old) June 24 to 28: Sea Stars (6 to 8 years old) July 8 to 12: Tiger Sharks (12 years and older) July 15: Loggerheads and Sea Stars (6 to 11 years old) July 22: Sea Stars Camp (6 to 8 years old) The Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center is located at 718 Fishermans Wharf in Fort Myers Beach. It is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. seasonally. For information and registration, call 765-8101 or go to www.ostegobay.org. 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. 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13 THE RIVER MAY 17, 2013 CROW Case Of The Week Mottled Ducklingsby Patricia MolloyBaby animals are frequently brought to CROW by wellmeaning citizens who discover what they believe to be abandoned birds and mammals. While it is easy to understand the desire to help a seemingly defenseless little creature, resist the urge. Instead of scooping up a wild infant and rushing it to the clinic, first contact CROWs call center and speak with one of its knowledgeable first responders. As Dr. Heather noted, it is very likely that its mother is nearby and will return within 24 hours. Take for instance several young Florida mottled ducks (Anas fulvigula fulvigula) that arrived around the same time at the clinic. We are trying to pair the two smallest ones from different groups and its not going that well, said Dr. Helen. We tried again the next day when we reintroduced them in a tub. The larger one was still going after the smaller one, and its even worse when food is introduced. The Florida mottled duck is a nonmigratory bird found only in the Sunshine State and lives its entire life in freshwater and brackish marshes. A close relative of the mallard, the Florida mottled duck has inhabited the state for thousands of years. As the two ducklings no longer have their mothers from which to learn natural duck behavior, Dr. Heather often tries pairing little ones of the same species together to encourage healthy development until they are old enough for release. After keeping the two in separate cages overnight, the need for companionship outweighed the larger ones competitive instinct for food. Now they seem to like each other better, beamed Dr. Helen. It will require around the clock feedings and careful monitoring before Dr. Heather will deem the ducklings old enough to survive on their own in the wild. Like all other patients at CROW, these adorable ducklings are not covered under the protective wing of the mythical Aflac Duck. Donating to CROW allows the clinic to provide critical care to sick, injured and abandoned wildlife. You may request that your donation to be used to help specific patients or a certain species. Go to CROWs website for more information. If you are interested in a more handson approach, volunteer your time. Fourhour shifts are available in the mornings and afternoons and allow animal lovers an opportunity to assist the medical staff with things such as feedings, patient transportation and rescues. Call Kathy Boone, CROWs volunteer coordinator, at 472-3644, ext. 229 or email her at email@example.com. Training is provided. 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 PO Box 150, Sanibel, FL 33957. Call 472-3644 or visit: www.crowclinic.org. These two mottled ducklings required supervised tub time together for several days before they got on well enough to share food. The brick in the tub allows them to take a break from swimming if they should tire. 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 437-7475 A dd iti o n a l L oca ti o n s : 1156 N. Tamiami Trail in North Fort M y er s Call 997-5777 2397 Davis Blvd in Naple s Call 793-5800 H ou r s: 8am -5:30pm Mon-Sa t $ 99. 95 Sta i n l ess Stee l Power Coate d W hi te Due l Trumpet Horn B i m i n i To p $ 199 L arge Se l ect i on o f S teer i n g W h ee ls
THE RIVER MAY 17, 201314 Nervous Nellies Goes Fishing Tournament CrazyOn Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18, Nervous Nellies Crazy Waterfront Eatery in Fort Myers Beach welcomes back the Saltwater Classic Series fishing tournament. On Sunday, it is hosting the Spearfishing Spring Challenge. On-site registration 3 to 8 p.m. (Friday) Live entertainment begins 5 p.m. (Friday) Captains meeting 7 p.m. (Friday) Fishing times: 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Saturday) Lines in the water at 6:30 a.m. (Saturday) Weigh-In opens at 3 p.m. (Saturday) Weigh-in line closes 5 p.m. (Saturday) Awards ceremony at 7 p.m. (Saturday) Registration and itinerary available at www.saltwaterclassicseries.com Tournament site is Nervous Nellies at Snug Harbor (Call 463-8077 for information) Sunday, May 19 is the Spearfishing Spring Challenge. Shoot and weigh-in is from 3 to 6 p.m. Price is $200 per team. The general spearfishing tournament will be a 50/30/20 split of total entry fees. There is also a free-diving division, with a $20 buyin, winner take all. It will be based on the weight of one (mangrove) snapper and one hogfish (total weight). Live entertainment this weekend features Harrold Antoine, Dave Collaton, Rich Lancaster, Smokin Bill and High Tide. Nervous Nellies Crazy Waterfront Eatery is located at 1131 First Street in Fort Myers Beach in the historic Baywalk district. The GPS coordinates for Nellies Snug Harbour Marina are 26.41 N 81.18 W. For more information, call 463-8077 or go to www.nervousnellies.net Conservancy Opens Newly Renovated 21-Acre Nature CenterThe Conservancy of Southwest Florida officially reopened the new 21-acre Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center during a two-day grand reopening weekend festival on April 20 and 21. The newly renovated nature center, located off of Goodlette-Frank Road just south of the Naples Zoo, is designed to raise awareness of the importance of protecting the water, land and wildlife in the region. Over 2,200 visitors attended to learn more about the conservancy mission. The festival included exhibits, live entertainment, educational programs and speakers, including renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle from National Geographic, who served as keynote speaker. Named as Time Magazines first Hero for the Planet and a Living Legend by the Library of Congress, Earle shared the depths of her experiences an oceanographer and explorer to attendees inside the new Eaton Conservation Hall and the Jeannie Meg Smith Theater. The festival was sponsored by Wells Fargo, with supporting sponsors Bank of America, Florida Weekly, Clear Channel and DLatinos/Azteca America. The $20 million in sustainable renovations at Conservancy of Southwest Florida included a new entrance, four additional acres of nature preserves, new filter marshes, three new buildings and three renovated buildings. Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center offers a variety of new programs and experiences for the public and itsmembers. For information, call 239-262-0304 or visit www.conservancy.org. Book Signing With Schley At Humane SocietyThe Gulf Coast Humane Society, located at 2010 Arcadia Street in Fort Myers, will be hosting a book signing with author Allison Schley, MEd., author of Forever Friends, on Saturday, May 25 from noon to 4 p.m. It is a poignant story about a deaf dog who lives in the Humane Society, waiting to be adopted. It is also about a deaf boy who is searching to be liked, even though he has a hearing loss, said Schley. The two meet up and show people that deaf kids and deaf dogs are great. Books can be purchased at the event for $15 or pre-purchased online by including a message that the book is for the Florida signing. Schley, a native of Beachwood, Ohio but coming from Waukesha, Wisconsin, was inspired to write this book after 20 years of working in the hearing loss field. She is fluent in American Sign Language as well as experienced in teaching children who choose listening and spoken language. For more information about the book signing at Gulf Coast Humane Society, call 332-0364, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.gulfcoasthumanesociety.org/events.html. Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702 or email email@example.com
15 THE RIVER MAY 17, 2013 Plant SmartFour Trees In Springby Gerri ReavesSometimes, newcomers to South Florida lament at the supposed lack of seasonal changes. But any observant person in residence for a while knows otherwise. Signs that spring is in full swing abound. Test your familiarity with the local landscape with these four tree signs. Three of them are good news for people and wildlife, but one reminds us to be vigilant about invaders in our midst. That tall tree against the blue spring sky is the native bald cypress (Taxodium distichum). Although bare during the colder months, it regains its vivid green feathery foliage as the weather warms and the rainy season approaches. This majestic, fast-growing conifer prefers a moist location but will adapt to drier sites, easily reaching up to 80 feet and more than 100 in wetlands and marshes. Help to preserve this ecologically valuable species by using environmentally responsible mulch such as pine straw or bark, or mulch made of melaleuca or eucalyptus trees. No sooner have the thick papery seagrape (coccoloba uvifera) leaves dropped and the last of the fruit consumed by birds, than the tree erupts in new round red-veined leaves. Stalks that will eventually be draped with the next batch of grapes appear a welcome sight for wildlife or people who love seagrape jelly. This native species is protected by law because it prevents coastal erosion. Wildlife friendliness, beauty and low maintenance make it an excellent addition to almost any landscape. Those deep burgundy leaves against that tree trunk might seem to signal fall, not spring, but the native red maples ( acer rubrum) new growth can be as autumnal in color as its fall displays. This native fast-grower is a good choice for a pestand disease-resistant shade tree. A moisture-loving nature makes it suitable for planting in drainage areas and swales or by ponds. Speaking of shade trees, the bright yellow-orange fruit and red encrusted black seeds are appropriate colors for carrotwood ( Cupaniopsis anacardioides) yellow and orange signal caution, followed by an alarming red when the fruit splits open. The appearance of fruit warns homeowners to eliminate this harmful tree from the landscape before the seeds are eaten and dispersed by birds. Carrotwood is listed as a category-1 invasive species by the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council and as a noxious weed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. This all too common residential shade tree was imported in the 1950s and 1960s. Its time to replace them maybe with a seagrape or red maple? Plant Smart explores sustainable gardening practices that will help you create an environmentally responsible, low-maintenance South Florida landscape. Seagrape sports new leaves and prepares to produce more fruit The feathery foliage of bald cypress returns in spring photos by Gerri Reaves Red maples spring colors can mimic those of fall Carrotwoods bright fruit alerts homeowners that its time to eliminate this invasive and destructive species before more seeds are dispersed by birds Caring For Your PlantsOrganic Pesticidesby Justen DobbsHere in south Florida, we have a host of pests that attack our beautiful tropical plants and trees. How do you deal with these without spreading chemicals around your garden? There are a few simple tricks that you can use to reduce your insect, bacterial and fungal friends in your garden or landscape. I think its safe to say that most people would rather use a safe, organic agent rather than a harmful chemical in their garden, especially with pets and grandchildren running around. If you have small white flakes on your plants, they are likely mealy bugs. Or, you may have even smaller brown or beige lumps covering your plants leaves or stems this is likely scale. Insects lay these eggs, which hatch on your plants leaves and then eat them. Both of these infestations can usually be treated with coffee grounds. Whether you use fresh grounds or used ones, simply sprinkle them generously around the base of your palms and plants. This will create acidic soil conditions which deter pests and alter your plants pH (systemic agent). While healthy for the plants, it is not preferred by most insects and they will soon leave. Or, you can add coffee ground to tap water and spray the solution on your plants leaves. This also helps deter pests, but only after several applications. Many plants in Southwest Florida (especially on Sanibel) are becoming more and more susceptible to sooty mold, which is dirt and dust that clings to urine deposited by insects. This sooty mold can quickly spread and greatly affects the health of the plants it covers. You will often find it on plants that are in too much shade or have too little airflow. This sooty mold can be removed with a mixture of organic soap and water. All it takes is a bucket, sponge and a little elbow grease. Recently, I witnessed a rare palm tree on Sanibel get butchered down to its center spear (i.e. they removed almost all its leaves) because it was covered in sooty mold. This was quite a tragedy! The palm will take years to recover (if it survives) for a simple coating of dust on its leaves that could have been treated with soap and water! I blame ignorant landscape maintenance crews, which is why I am trying to educate the public. If you have a problem with squirrels, opossums or other vectors digging up your flowers, hibiscuses or vegetables, try sprinkling them with some paprika. Animals will stay far away from hot spices as it bothers their noses. Keep in mind, this may not be as effective in our rainy summer months. There are hundreds of other organic remedies on the Internet, too. Please do some research to see what your options are before taking drastic measures. Dobbs is a landscape architect in south Florida specializing in custom, upscale landscapes. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. I DO NOT recommend that you use fire to treat your plants pest problem
THE RIVER MAY 17, 201316 Fleamasters Watermelon FestivalFleamasters Watermelon Festival, returning on the weekend of June 8 and 9, offers a weekend of live music, action-packed speed eating and seed spitting competitions, enticing shopping, and plenty of sweet, juicy Florida watermelon. This family-friendly event will be held on the grounds of Fleamasters Fleamarket, 4135 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Fort Myers. Sometimes its tricky to time the event perfectly with the local watermelon harvest, said Linda Steele, Fleamasters Marketing Director and one of the festival organizers. But this year we think we have the Festival scheduled at the peak of Florida Watermelon Season. Since its debut, the festival has averaged annual attendance of 15,000. During the Watermelon Festival, one aisle of the market will be reserved exclusively as a Community Exhibition Area. There, artists may display and sell paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photos, fabric, jewelry and art in all mediums for less than $25 a day. This is a good opportunity to reach art show-sized crowds without having to pay the high costs associated with a juried event, added Steele. The exhibition area will also feature local non-profits and organizations that celebrate the outdoors. Fleamasters is offering complimentary display space for 501(c)3 organizations at the 2013 Watermelon Festival. Musicians take the stage beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Country artist Colton James will open the day, followed by local favorites Deb and the Dynamics at 1 p.m. The Watermelon Festival also features performances by Scott McKean, Fleamasters Dixie Five, The Hot Flashz Dancers and Just Country Band. Youth will enjoy a game and craft area. And the stilt walker and balloon artist, Way Too Tall Torrie, will spread cheer throughout the market Saturday and Sunday. Seed Spitting and Speed Eating competitions continue to highlight the Watermelon Festival. For Seed Spitting and Speed Eating, medals, prizes and bragging rights will be awarded for each of three age groups: 10 and under, 11 to 16, and 16 and over. If anyone breaks the seed-spitting world record (68 feet, nine and 1/8 inches), theyll win $500 cash from Fleamasters Fleamarket. Folks of all ages can also play Win It In A Minute, a skill game with chopsticks and watermelon seeds. See the Watermelon Festival schedule and get more information on Fleamasters website at www.fleamall.com. Way Too Tall Torrie will be at this years Watermelon Festival Randys Auto Repair, LLCwww.RandysAutoRepairLLC.com16191 San Carlos Blvd, Ste 1Fort Myers, FL 33908Tel. 267-2556WE REPAIR ALL MAKES & MODELS WHILE SPECIALIZING IN MERCEDES & BMW Lic No. MV 81675 HOURS: M-F: 9am 5:30pm Sat & Sun: By Appt.Ich spreche Deutsch Oil Change Special $17.99 Appointment Only (up to 5 qts. & no hidden fees) Fixed Right the First Time! Black Box Theatre Gets New Lighting With Foulds Foundation GrantEdison State Colleges Black Box Theatre recently underwent a lighting renovation with the help of a $23,000 grant from the Claiborne and Ned Foulds Foundation. The new LED spotlights replace the old lamps, which ran between 500 and 1000 watts and used up the majority of the electricity the theatre could run. Before we were running 16 conventional lighting fixtures and using a large amount of power to air-condition the room from the heat the lights created, said Stuart Brown, professor, Theatre, Edison State College. The new LEDs have almost doubled our inventory and require much less power, running at approximately 100 watts. They use less heat energy, allowing us to use less air conditioning, and they are much safer for our students to run. They are also more high-tech, allowing us to use lenses for projections and color changes. With the grant from the Foulds Foundation, not only have we been able to become more environmentally-friendly, we are the only theatre in the area to have this state-of-the-art equipment, Brown said. During the 1930s, Mrs. Foulds was a Broadway star known on the stage under her maiden name, Claiborne Foster, said Foulds Foundation representative William R. Schroeder. With her background in the theatre, Im sure Mrs. Floulds would have enjoyed seeing what a difference the new state-of-the-art lighting makes during performances. The Claiborne and Ned Founds Foundation was established in February of 1981. In recognition of the achievements of Mr. and Mrs. Foulds, they left their estate in trust to be administered by U.S. Trust, Bank of America, N.A. as a 501(c)3 Foundation in perpetuity to benefit charitable causes which they had supported during their lifetimes. William R. Schroeder, Foulds Foundation representative, was treated to a recent performance of The Government Inspector by the Edison State College Fine Arts Department as a thank you for the grant the foundation provided for new theater lighting. New Exhibition Opening At Rauschenberg GalleryWorks by Lawrence Voytek will be on view at the Robert Rauschenberg Gallery at Edison State College from May 17 to June 22. Voytek was the director of art production for Robert Rauschenberg for over 28 years, and has consulted for art installation, fabrication and restoration with renowned national and international museums and galleries. Voytek studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and the San Francisco Art Institute. Voyteks work can be found in many corporate and private collections. There will be an opening reception for the artist on Friday, May 17 from 6 to 8 p.m., with a gallery talk at 7 p.m. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; closed Sunday and holidays. For more information, call 489-9313. Super Strat by Lawrence Voytek
17 THE RIVER MAY 17, 2013Beautiful Color Exhibit WinnersThe Art League of Fort Myers announces the winners for their May show, entitled Beautiful Color. First place was awarded to Anne Lieberman for her watercolor Far Away. Strong composition. Exquisite line drawing with select painting drew my eye, were some of the judges comments. The contemplative nature of the figure added mystery and intrigue and filled the space metaphorically as well as physically. Well done. Second place was given to the watercolor submitted by artist Susanne H. Brown, entitled Autumn Leaves. Lyrical landscape with beautiful colors skillfully painted, and capturing the rhythm of nature, were the judges comments. John Swanks photograph, The Damsel & the Dragon, was awarded third place. Judges commentary included, Dramatic composition with unique viewpoint. Merit awards were given to Dianne Kraft Barry, Gretchen Johnson and Ellie Schneider. Honorable Mention Awards were given to Vicki Baker, Julie Siler Olander and Peg Roehm. The Peoples Choice was awarded to Dianne Kraft Barry for her oil painting, Lovers Key Lane. The Art League of Fort Myers is located at 1451 Monroe Street in Fort Myers. The show will run through May 31. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday The Art League of Fort Myers is open to the public with no admission charge. The Damsel and the Dragon Far Away Peony Bouquet Along The Caloosahatchee Autumn Leaves Close My Eyes Corkscrew Woodlands Manatee Park Summer Blossoms I Lovers Key Lane
THE RIVER MAY 17, 201318 Rimers Is A Winner At Lab Theaterby Di SaggauA challenging play for actors, directors and audiences is The Rimers of Eldritch by Lanford Wilson. Its now playing at Laboratory Theater of Florida, where everyone proves they are up to the challenge. I highly recommend you put it on your list of must sees. Wilson was a Pulitzer Prize winner for Talleys Folley and is credited for helping to advance the Off-Off-Broadway theater movement. He was only 30 in 1967 when he wrote Rimers, which deals with hypocrisy and narrow-mindedness in a small rural Midwestern town. The play resonates with its dialogue and its take on life in a decaying town in the American Bible belt. Theres a lot of talk about crops, the weather and everyone in the town. Two gossips, Martha (Angie Koch) and Wilma (Patti Chamness), offer condescendingly sympathetic condemnations of their neighbors. Ours is not to judge, People dont care, The evil in this world, and their comments fly as fast as their knitting needles. There is also a lot of hymn singing by the townspeople as they cling to a sanctimonious hellfire and damnation faith. The Preacher/Judge (Michael McNally) criticizes his congregation for the laxity with which we met the obligations of our Christian lives. The blindness from which we allowed evil in our lives. A great deal of hypocrisy exists in this small town but, as it unfolds, we are reminded that it exists everywhere, in towns of all sizes. The script is daunting, much like a choral reading. Wilson was careful to give the audience enough information for us to put things together, but it takes a while for everything to sink in. Artistic Director Annette Trossbach told me there are three people in the play who always tell the truth; two women and one man. You will eventually figure that out. There is a murder mystery and a trial taking place involving Nellie Winrod (Anne Dodd), who cares for her dementia-ridden mother Mary (Louise Wigglesworth). Nellie is on trial for killing someone who lives in Eldritch. The actual murder does not take place until the end of the play, but fragments of conversations before the event might solve the mystery for you. One of the more sympathetic characters is Cora (Kathleen Taylor) who runs the town cafe and, in her loneliness, tries to seal a relationship with a younger man, Walter (Ty Landers) who has a roving eye for younger girls. The derelict and ostracized Skelly is at the center of the play. Ken Bryant gives a remarkable performance in this role. There are too many characters in this production to list by name. All do a terrific job. My hat is off to Louise Wigglesworth who also serves as director. She has choreographed everything into one tightly structured experience that stays with you long after the curtain call. The Rimers of Eldritch plays through May 25 at Laboratory Theater of Florida, 1634 Woodford Avenue in Downtown Fort Myers. For tickets call 218-0481. Call For ArtistsArts for ACT Gallery, owned by Abuse Counseling and Treatment, Inc., the domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual assault center serving Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties, hopes they can count on all artists to enter their juried themed group exhibit. The money we raise supports ACT, a 2013 Festival Of DanceDance Bochette and Gulfcoast Dance present the 2013 Festival of Dance on Sunday, May 26 at Bishop Verots Anderson Theater. One of the areas oldest family-owned dance studios, Dance Bochette is celebrating its 63rd season. The festival will showcase dancers spanning a large range of ages and genres including ballet, tap, jazz and modern. Young dancers will celebrate nature through a series of ballet dances built on a picnic theme, including dancing fireflies, bumblebees, flowers, wood sprites and children as picnickers. Pre-teen and adult dancers will showcase a new interpretation of Igor Stravinskys Firebird Suite, inspired by Michel Fokines original choreography for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. The show will include professional dancers, courtesy of Gulfcoast Dance, a local non-profit dedicated to furthering dance education, awareness and appreciation. Special guests Andr Valladon and Carla Amancio of Dance Alive National Ballet will perform the classic Grand Pas de Deux from Don Quixote, choreographed by Marius Petipa with music by Lon Minkus, and a contemporary ballet Folia, choreographed by Cristina Helena with music by Heitor Villa-Lobos. Dance Alive National Ballet consists of 15 fulltime professional dancers and is based in Gainesville. Tickets are $12 and available at the door or for pre-purchase at the studio. The box office will open 2 p.m. and the show begins 3 p.m. Bishop Verots Anderson Theater is located at 5598 Sunrise Drive in Fort Myers. For more information, visit www. dancebochette.com or call 334-3274. non-profit agency that provides safe shelter, counseling, a 24-hour hotline, information and referral, forensic examination, advocacy and education. This year, the themes for the group exhibit are Storybook Magic, Far Away Places and Silhouettes and Shadows. Artist may submit twoor three-dimensional works in any media. The art must represent or evoke the artists interpretation of the three themes, use your imagination and creativity to express the themes. A non-refundable fee of $8 per entry, two entries for $15 or three entries for $20 will be charged. Artists have the choice of any and all themes. The artists can mix the themes when submitting their works. Cash prizes will be awarded: first place $100 second place $75 third place $50 and Honorable Mention of $25 will be awarded. Judge to be announced. Art drop off days are Saturday, June 22, Monday, June 24 through Thursday, June 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Non-accepted art must be picked up on June 28 or 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit opens on July 5. We need artists to make this exhibit a success. Contact Claudia at 939-2553 or email@example.com with any questions about participating in this exhibit. Forms may be downloaded from our gallery website at www.artsforactgallery.com. Tillers Artwork On Display In Commissioners OfficeLee County Commissioner Tammy Hall is supporting local artists by giving them an opportunity to display their artwork in her Fort Myers office on the first floor of the Old County Courthouse, 2120 Main Street in downtown Fort Myers. Allen Tiller will show his artwork in the District 4 Office until June 14. It is my desire to share with the viewer the beauty that I see in the world, and to take them to details that might otherwise be overlooked, said Tiller. From the age of 10, Tiller knew he would be an artist, and in 1978 graduated from the Art Institute of Philadelphia. He launched a career doing magazine illustration in the Philadelphia area, winning several awards for excellence. In 1981, the Art Institute asked him to return, to create and teach a new course, airbrush. For two years, he joined the faculty of his alma mater. An exhibition in 1983 showcased his love of nature and portraits, both of which continue today. In 1984, Tiller was attacked by a series of unexplained pains, weakness and numbness affecting all his limbs. After a year of total debilitation, ultimately the problems remained in his hands and arms. The outcome of this medical mystery was a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. Although personally devastated, the creative spirit always found expression. Unable to paint or draw as before, Tiller spend the remainder of the 1980s photographing the Delaware Valley and Chesapeaked Bay areas. He also explored texture and pattern, evolving into a series of large acrylic abstracts. A move in 1990 allowed an interest in flowers to grow into a passion for gardening, creating an opportunity to bring together the photographic skills and the abstract eye. His physical abilities continuing to degenerate, in 2003 a longstanding desire to relocate to Lee County was realized. Since then, the beauty of Southwest Florida has added to the sources of inspiration that keep this creative spirit alive. Currently when the MS allows, Tiller enjoys adding to his photos or the occasional drawing; when it does not, he uses the computer to create something fresh from all experiences of life.The public is welcome to stop by and view the 10 framed pieces by Tiller and learn more about the artist. Call 533-2226 to confirm office hours for viewing the artwork. 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19 THE RIVER MAY 17, 2013Iona-McGregor Firefighters Train At Shack Baits Propertyby Jeff LysiakMembers of the Iona-McGregor Fire District spent three days last week training on the former Shack Baits property at Punta Rassa in South Fort Myers, staging simulated search-and-rescues in the now vacant building, which by next season will be replaced by an elevated, Key West-style restaurant and fish market. Teams of firefighters used artificial smoke machines as well as wet bales of hay, ignited inside metal drums, to create a hazardous, smoke-filled simulation inside the single-story structure. According to Seth Cromer, Iona-McGregors chief of training, each staged rescue drill would be different, presenting a variety of challenges for his crews to face. Sandy Stilwell, who purchased the property with plans to open a new restaurant on site, came up with the idea of donating the structure for the local fire department to use for training purposes. If we were just going to raze the building, it wouldve been too costly, said Stilwell. I knew that if these firefighters had an opportunity to do some simulations in the building, its better for their training, so Im very excited to be able to help with that. Stilwell plans to construct a 5,000-square-foot restaurant overlooking Sanibel and San Carlos Bay, called SS Hookers, on the former Shack Baits property. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the eatery will offer outdoor decks, a bar and lounge area, a fish market and gift shop. No opening date has been announced. During the rescue drills, fire personnel entered the building, searched for victims (rescue dummies placed inside the structure beforehand), extinguished the source of the smoke and/or fire, established viable exit points, kept in regular communication with all team members and provided a post-event recap of each simulation. Staged rescue simulations help keep IonaMcGregor personnel sharp and ready. w ww.SeabreezeN u rseries.com ( 239 ) 5 60-1 4 22 W HI T EFL Y or Sooty Mold? ? Y We can hel p A sk about our S eason D iscount! m s, Pal m e s, nativ e n s croto n d s, bromelia d e s, buttery bush e re & mu ch m or JACARANDAThe Entertainment Nightly in Sanibels Social Scene1223 PERIWINKLE WAY, SANIBEL 472-1771 Happy Apps $5.95Sesame Encrusted Ahi Tuna, Crispy Fried Calamari, Chilled Oysters, Steamed Shrimp, BBQ Beef Satays, Mussels Marinara, Chicken WingsSanibels Best HAPPY HOUR4 7 p.m. Nightly in the lounge1/2 Price DrinksCall & Well Liquor, Draft Beer Selections, Select House Wine Sandy Stilwell joined members of the Iona-McGregor Fire District prior to their rescue training exercises at the Shack Baits property, located at Punta Rassa in South Fort Myers on May 7, 8 and 9 photos by Jeff Lysiak The Iona-McGregor Fire District squad goes over a game plan prior to the first rescue training simulation Todd Barber recovers the first victim, a rescue dummy Rescue teams cut a hole in the side of the building to allow smoke to escape
THE RIVER MAY 17, 201320 Goodwill Golf Classic To Be Held At Coral Oaks Golf Course May 19Goodwill Industries of Southwest Floridas 3rd annual golf fundraiser will be held on Sunday, May 19 at Coral Oaks Golf Course in Cape Coral. Last years tournament successfully raised $15,000 in gross proceeds to benefit the agencys programs and services and Goodwill is hoping to raise even more at this years event. This is such a fun way to give back to the community, said Goodwills Community Relations Coordinator Madison Mitchell. Not only do participants get to play on a beautiful course but, the proceeds raised go right back into Southwest Florida through Goodwills programs and services. The Goodwill Golf Classic will feature a raffle, and multiple contests such as Closest to the Pin, 50/50 raffle, and a longest drive competition. If the Hole In One challenge has a winner, he/she will receive a Pebble Beach golf getaway vacation for two, including roundtrip airfare, valued at $7,500. The cost to play is just $60 for a single player, $240 for a four-person team and $100 to sponsor a hole. Its because of events like this one, and because of our donors and shoppers that we were able to assist over 30,000 people with disabilities and disadvantages in Southwest Florida last year, explained Mitchell. We wouldnt be able to do that without the support of the community. To RSVP or for more information on the Golf Classic, call Madison Mitchell at 995-2106 ext. 2213 or email email@example.com. Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc. helps people with disabilities and disadvantages overcome their barriers to employment and independence. Supported programs include Job-Link employment resource centers, the Four Wheels For Work vehicle assistance program, L.I.F.E. Academy, and the Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise program. For more information about Goodwills programs in Southwest Florida, visit www. goodwillswfl.org. Coral Oaks Golf Course will host the 3rd annual Goodwill Golf Classic Theres A Disaster In Miami And Its Not The Weatherby Ed FrankStorm clouds are gathering over Miami... and were not talking about the weather. What we are talking about is the pending disaster of the Miami Marlins baseball team a disaster both on the field and in the brand new $634 million Marlins Park. Just six weeks into the 2013 season, the Marlins were 11-27 (.289), the worst record in the National League and only slightly better than Houston, 10-28, that trailed all the other 29 teams in Major League Baseball. Already 10-1/2 games behind first-place Atlanta in the National Leagues Eastern Division, the Marlins are likely to lose more than 100 games this season and attendance is likely to fall even more. It could be even worse than last years 69-93 record when the Marlins finished 29 games out of first. The early season misery of the Marlins should not be a surprise considering that ownership in the off-season traded away the nucleus of the team Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck for seven players, mostly prospects. That left Miami with a season-opening payroll of $36.3 million, ranking 29th of 30th, just like their on-field performance this year. Attendance is so bad at Marlins Park that the team announced they will be closing the upper deck of the stadium for several games, reducing capacity from 37,442 to about 27,000. Attendance is near the bottom of Major League Baseball, not the case for most teams when playing in a new ballpark. The Marlins are averaging about 18,000 fans per game, about 50 percent of stadium capacity. The year-old stadium in Miamis Little Havana features a retractable roof, aquariums, a swimming pool and other modern amenities. Taxpayers are on the hook for $475 million of the stadiums cost. The new facility was intended to spark an economic boom to the area, but now, more than a year after it opened, not a single business has opened in the prime retail space that was created in the adjacent parking garages garages also paid for by the taxpayers. Several firms apparently showed initial interest, but have backed away due to meager attendance at Marlins Park. The city had counted on rentals to help retire the $120 million debt on the garages. The failure in Miami again opens the age-old controversy whether taxpayers should be funding construction of professional athletic facilities. If a vote was taken in Miami, you know what the result would be. Miracle Remain Atop Florida State League The Fort Myers Miracle baseball team started the week with a 4-1/2 game lead in the South Division of the Florida State League with a 27-8 record (.771). The Miracle won two of three from Jupiter last weekend before beginning a fourgame home stand this week, Monday through Thursday against Dunedin. The local baseball team is back on the road following this series for a seven-game road trip to Charlotte and Lakeland. The Miracle returns home to Hammond Stadium next weekend to again face Charlotte. Florida High School Baseball Teams Competing In Lee CountyMore than 30 of Floridas best high school baseball teams are competing for their respective class titles at JetBlue Park, a Lee County Parks & Recreation facility and spring training home for the Boston Red Sox. The tournament showcases 32 teams from the Florida High School Athletic Association Baseball Finals, including the contenders for the state championships in 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A, 7A and 8A. Lee County has not hosted one of the state baseball finals since 1967. Bringing the event to Lee County was a combined effort of the Lee County Sports Authority, Lee County Parks & Recreation, the Red Sox and the Lee County School District. The Florida High School Athletics Associations event has an estimated economic impact of $1.8 million. Play began Wednesday, May 15 and runs through Thursday, May 23, with the exception of Sunday, May 19. Parking is $8 daily; admission is $9. For a complete schedule, visit www.fhsaa.org/sports/baseball. This event is just one of many at JetBlue Park, which saw 349 days of action in 2012, including 80 days of amateur baseball and more than six months of nearly daily youth soccer play. So far this year, the site also has been used for a sports expo, a rock music festival, a womens collegiate rugby championship and an auto-sale event. Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702or email firstname.lastname@example.org
21 THE RIVER MAY 17, 2013 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 $595,000School Smartby Shelley M. Greggs, NCSPDear Readers, Here is the third and final column presented in this series on IEPs. Its a checklist that will help you make sure that your childs IEP is both individualized and addresses the content and regulations required by federal law. It is adapted from Wrightslaw: All about IEPs and the Model IEP Form published by the US Department of Education. IEP Checklist Does the IEP include accurate information about your childs present levels of academic achievement and functional performance? Does the IEP identify all your childs needs that result from the disability? Does the IEP include measurable goals? Are the measurable goals based on your childs present levels of academic achievement and functional performance? Does the IEP describe how and when the school will measure your childs progress toward the goals? Does the IEP specify when you will receive reports on your childs progress toward the annual goals? Does the IEP include a statement of the special education services, related services, and supplementary aids and services that the school will provide? Does the IEP allow your child to make progress in the general curriculum, and participate in extracurricular and other nonacademic activities? Does the IEP include an explanation of the extent to which your child will be educated with children who are not disabled? Does the IEP include the projected date services will begin? Frequency? Location and duration of services? As you preview your childs IEP and find that cant answer one or all of the above questions or have comments or concerns, make sure to write them down and send them to your childs case manager. The case manager should be able to answer your questions or investigate the concern so that you are confident about what is written in the IEP. For further information on IDEA, IEPs and learning disabilities make sure to visit http://nichcy.org/laws/idea, the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities. It is an excellent website with wonderful information, including online video training modules where you can learn more about special education. 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. Edison State College Announces Its First $10K Bachelors DegreeIf you have an interest in teaching and a passion for science, Edison State College has the perfect degree for you! Edison State College offers degrees in Secondary Biology Education and Middle Grades Science Education with tuition under $10,000. In Edisons transformational approach to teaching, students will complete both ground and online innovative coursework. Both of these degrees are designed to meet critical shortage areas in the state of Florida, said Christy Duda, Director of Field Experience at Edison State College. So, not only are we accepting Governor Scotts proposal, we are also responding to our communitys need for highly qualified educators in the areas of secondary and middle grades science. To date, most of the science educators in the state of Florida are alternatively certified or teaching out of area. In November, 2012 Governor Rick Scott challenged the state colleges of Florida to offer programs for those who want to obtain a college degree without going into debt. Higher education is key to helping our students succeed in the 21st century economy and to grow jobs in Florida, said Scott. It is important our students can get an affordable education, and our state colleges have stepped up to the challenge to find innovative ways to provide a quality education at a great value. Our goal should be that students do not have to go into debt in order to obtain a degree and todays announcement of nearly all of our state colleges meeting this challenge puts us closer to achieving that goal for our students and families.continued on page 24Thomas Admitted To St. Augustines UniversityJacques Thomas, a resident of Fort Myers, has been admitted to St. Augustines University for the fall semester. Established in 1867, St. Augustines University is a four-year liberal arts university in Raleigh, North Carolina. McCranie GraduatesColin Andrew McCranie, a resident of Fort Myers, was among more than 2,750 students who received degrees from the University of NebraskaLincoln at commencement exercises May 3 and 4. McCranie received a master of business administration degree from the graduate college.
THE RIVER MAY 17, 201322 Financial FocusStudy Up On College Savings Vehicles by Jennifer BaseyAnother school year is drawing to a close so if you have young children, theyre one year closer to the day when they head off to college. And both you and your children need to prepare for that day. Your kids can do so by developing good study habits. As for you, its never too soon to start preparing for the high costs of higher education. Just how costly is college? According to the College Boards figures for the 2012-13 academic year, the average cost for one year at an in-state four-year public school is $22,261; for a private school, the comparable expense is $43,289. And if college costs continue rising faster than the general inflation rate, these figures will increase substantially in the years ahead. Of course, its entirely possible that your kids will receive some scholarships or grants, which can significantly lower your out-of-pocket price tag. Nonetheless, its probably a good idea not to count on your offspring getting a full ride to school which means that you may want to start exploring college-savings vehicles. Fortunately, you have some attractive options, one of which is a 529 plan. When you contribute to a 529 plan, your earnings accumulate tax free, provided they are used for qualified higher education expenses. (Keep in mind, though, that 529 plan distributions not used for qualified expenses may be subject to federal and state income tax and a 10 percent IRS penalty.) Furthermore, your 529 plan contributions may be deductible from your state taxes. However, 529 plans vary, so be sure to check with your tax advisor regarding deductibility. A 529 plan offers other benefits, too. For one thing, the lifetime contribution limits for 529 plans are quite generous; while these limits vary by state, some plans allow contributions well in excess of $200,000. Plus, a 529 plan is flexible: if your child, grandchild or other beneficiary decides against college or vocational school, you can transfer the unused funds to another family member, tax and penalty free. While a 529 plan may be a good choice for building resources for college, its certainly not the only choice. For example, a Coverdell Education Savings Account, like a 529 plan, can generate tax-free earnings if the money is used for higher education expenses. However, you can typically only put in a maximum of $2,000 per year to a Coverdell account. Another college-savings possibility is a custodial account, known as an UGMA or UTMA, which offers some tax benefits, no contribution limits, and may have an impact on financial aid. You might also consider investing in a zero-coupon bond that matures just when your child is ready for college. Unlike other bonds, you wont receive regular interest payments with a zero-coupon bond, but you purchase it at a deep discount, so you might find the affordability factor to be worth considering. (Be aware, though, that even though you dont actually receive the interest payments annually, youll still be liable for the taxes on them, so before purchasing a zero coupon bond, consult with your tax advisor). Whichever college-savings vehicles you choose, try to put them to work as early as you can. Before you know it, todays first-graders will be tomorrows college freshmen. Jennifer Basey is a financial advisor in Fort Myers. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Development CityYear BuiltSquare FootageListing PriceSelling PriceDays on Market No Subdivision Captiva1970 8,353 4,895,0004,300,000 71 Grand Ole ManFort Myers Beach2011 3,532 2,495,0002,340,000 88 CasesFort Myers Beach1957 2,645 1,498,0001,475,500 9 Cape Coral Cape Coral2005 4,591 1,395,0001,340,000 68SummerfieldBonita Springs2001 3,168 1,075,0001,003,000 97 Shadow Wood PreserveFort Myers2007 3,126 895,000850,000 87 Cape Coral Cape Coral2003 2,781 799,999750,000 159Town & RiverFort Myers1973 2,332 769,000685,000 61 The Forest Fort Myers1990 3,436 639,000615,000 26 Villa Grande Estero2006 2,682 595,000570,000 18Courtesy of Royal Shell Real EstateTop 10 Real Estate Sales Flood Insurance Rates To Skyrocket For Older Homessubmitted by Chris HeidrickLast July, Congress passed the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW12), which provided for a sorely needed fiveyear re-authorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). However, FEMA has just recently started to release details of other provisions of the Act that will have significant financial impacts on local homeowners, commercial property owners and condominium associations. Sanibel-based Heidrick & Co. Insurance and Risk Management Services was one of just 40 agencies throughout the United States in attendance with FEMA officials at the National Flood Insurance Conference in Anaheim, California last week, where details were released and clarified. The most significant section of the Act immediately eliminates rate subsidies on structures built prior to 1979 on Sanibel and 1984 in Captiva, Fort Myers Beach and many parts of mainland Lee County. Rates for these structures have been artificially low since the inception of the NFIP in 1968. Premiums for these policies will increase from a range of $1,200 to $2,400 to at least $3,000 and in many cases to well over $10,000 per year. While the new rates have not yet been released, indications are available. Government and industry leaders all agree on the enormity of the increases. Residential, commercial and condominium association policies that were in effect prior to the Act (July 6, 2012) will have the increases phased in over the next several years through annual increases of 20 to 25 percent per year. However, policies that were purchased on or after July 6, 2012 will require owners to obtain an Elevation Certificate and will be re-rated at the new, higher rate at the first renewal after October 1, 2013. Buyers of older, ground-level homes/buildings should have an Elevation Certificate done by a surveyor now and ask their agent how their premiums may be impacted at the next renewal. Some people may struggle to pay premiums that increase as much as 500 percent at their next renewal. Owners of all structures located in a Special Flood Hazard Area and having a mortgage are required to maintain flood insurance. Selling impacted properties may also become more difficult as buyers who require a mortgage may be reluctant to purchase a property that requires a $10,000 per year flood insurance policy. In some cases, the only way to escape the impact of BW12 may be to elevate the building. And, as if these increases are not painful enough, there are several other provisions in the law that will further increase flood premiums today and in the future. Any building that has been substantially improved greater than 30 percent of its fair market value will immediately be subject to the new, higher rates. This threshold is lower than the percent of fair market value threshold that triggers conformance requirements under FEMA construction guidelines. However, if the improvement elevates the building above Base Flood Elevation it could result in a decrease in flood insurance premiums. Building and community officials should be advising citizens that there are significant credits provided for exceeding FEMA requirements. Often, buildings are constructed to meet FEMA requirements, which are a minimum standard. Exceeding those standards by elevating just one additional foot could decrease flood premiums over 50 percent. Further, the practice of Grandfathering will also be phased out beginning in late 2014. Grandfathering continued on page 24
23 THE RIVER MAY 17, 2013 Dr. DaveEnticing Camouflageby Dr. Dave HepburnRecently, my wife and I wandered off into Arizonas Sonoran desert, she in search of adventure, me thinking she said, Lets wander off for some dessert. Not too far into the hike, we came across a soft, cute, fuzzy baby lying on the desert floor. It looked so inviting, it could have been a dessert, I pointed out. But to make it even more appealing, why not call it a teddy bear and then add a romantic cholla to its name. We had not only come across a teddy bear cholla plant, but a baby, innocently lying on the ground, no less. Who wouldnt want to cuddle a million of them? My wife certainly would. A perfect storm for a gentle ahhh photo op. But this plants nomenclature should have included vicious attacking maiming Godzillus cactusi. The ahhh moment turned in to an owww moment when the cuddly little cholla she had picked up so gingerly decided it didnt want to be let down and suddenly shot hooks out of its arms like Wolverine on Red Bull. The attack of the jumping teddy bear cholla was on! DAVID! COME GRAB THIS THING OFF ME! Although what Im sure I heard was Run the other way, Im being attacked! So her plea for me to manually remove this vicious beast of the Sonoran from her carcass went unheeded for self preservation purposes. (One of us had to make it out in order to return the rental car so we didnt get dinged an extra day.) But as I looked around for a rock or stick or a stiff lizard to knock it off her, she made the fatal mistake (fatal added here to make this story even more gripping and hey, in the end, we all die anyway) of grabbing it with her free hand, to which the cholla leaped on with apparent cholla glee. By the time we finally extricated her from this spawn of Satan succulent, she had several broken barbs sunk deep in to her hand. Later back at the hotel I removed them with a Black and Decker, mucho tequilla, earplugs and a hatchet. That this happened to her is no surprise to either of us, as in the last two years, she has been kicked by a horse, attacked and stung by jellyfish, been tossed like a rag doll onto a seashell beach by a rogue wave, pranced on the side of an exploding volcano and actually set off alarms in Sigmund Freuds house. I cant wait to take her on safari in Africa. Nature and marketers both camouflage themselves to try to attract us to things that look so inviting but are anything but. In fact, are not some of the most enticing things we partake of the most dangerous? Sun: Enticing scenes of lounging on a tropical beach while your wife chides you for ogling as she steals your Corona. You roll over so as to brown evenly like a marshmallow on a campfire before it bursts into flames. Sun beaming, waves lapping, rays absorbing, DNA changing, skin wrinkling, chemo starting. Booze: Cold drink, hot day, cold ice, hot girls. Enticing, yet I will never forget the comment of one ER doctor struggling to jam a compression balloon-on-a-tube down the gullet of a partierwho was thrashing about as he was throwing up buckets of blood. I dont believe they showed this part in the commercials. Vitamins: Hunkered between booze and cigarettes are vitamins? Isnt that kind of extreme? But call anything a vitamin or natural or all-natural and the gumboots will come a stompin like flies to scorpion poop. Though some vitamins have been shown to be counterproductive to our health, who wants to to let science interfere. The word vitamin is just too lovely to ignore and of course if its natural, its got to be like really, really good for us, like hemlock and chollas. Cigarettes: Skulls and crossbones are just too tempting for the Jimmy Dean wannabes. Cant resist getting that bad boy image to go along with that bad boy breath and bad boy cough. And speaking of green... Green stuff: A recent study found that people tend to think a candy bar with a green calorie label is healthier than ones with red or white labels, even when the number of calories is the same. I would call this cholla chocolate. This effect was strongest among people who place high importance on healthy eating, the moral being therefore not to care about healthy eating so you wont be fooled. So, no more desserts for us. WHAT? Whoops, very, very bad typo. Bad fingers! My wife and I are out of the deserts and are back hiking in the good ol Pacific Northwest rainforest, where my wife just found these really cute, colourful mushroomy things... Listen live or call in to Dr Dave on his fun yet informative radio show, Wisequacks, heard each Sunday at 5 p.m. at www.cknw.com. Contact Dr. Dave or read more at www.wisequacks.org. Beware of the barbs from the teddy bear cholla plant deaRPharmacistFinding The Cause Of Migraine Headachesby Suzy Cohen, RPhDear Pharmacist: Ive had migraine headaches for 11 years and live on triptan drugs and ibuprofen. There must be something else I can do. Please lend some sensible Suzy insight. Im desperate. JC, Tuscon, Arizona The sensible thing for me to do is help you determine the cause of your headaches, rather than list supplements youve probably already tried. Migraines can steal the joy from your life, making you nauseous and sensitive to sounds, perfume and light, not to mention the pain. There are 50 other symptoms, too. Even though your odds increase if a family member has migraines, I still think you can overcome them if you know the cause, thats the hardest part. Women are three times more likely to get migraines, compared to men, which speaks to an estrogen connection. A sudden drop in estrogen (like at the beginning of your natural cycle or when coming off the pill for a week) can trigger a headache. Food sensitivities are common triggers so Id avoid foods that contain gluten, wheat, dairy, soy, eggs, corn, processed cold-cuts, wine, sulfites and chocolate. Give it three months to be fair. Avoid food additives at all costs, such as artificial colors, sweeteners or MSG. Dont freak, its not that hard to do if you choose to eat nothing from a box or can. Have you considered nutritional deficiencies? Magnesium deficiency is a common cause for headaches, depression, cramps and body aches. For the complete list of medications that rob you, refer to my book Drug Muggers. How crazy would you think I was if I told you that H. pylori (the same bug associated with ulcers) is tied to migraines? A randomized, double-blind placebo controlled study proved it in 2012, and that was not the first study tethering bacteria, parasites, worms and viruses to migraines. Experts cannot agree on why migraines occur. Some think there are arterial changes which create more blood flow to the head. Drugs like Imitrex, Zomig and Maxalt work by constricting blood vessels and should be taken immediately. Medicine wont prevent future attacks, thats why I stress the importance of finding the triggers. Speaking of stress, minimize it. Other experts including myself, think migraines have more to do with mitochondrial (mito) dysfunction and paincausing cytokines than with inflamed continued on page 24 Mom And Me by Lizzie and PryceLizzie and Pryce answer your questions and give advice about aging concerns from a two-generational perspective. A mother and daughter team, Lizzie is a retired RN and health educator, and Pryce is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice who specializes in the care of elders and people with chronic illnesses. Dear Mom & Me, I never thought retirement would be like this; I thought it would be much better. My husband, who always seemed like an organized person, just doesnt function that way anymore. I make out a list for him the cleaners, a little grocery shopping, the pharmacy and a bank deposit. He is very willing to go and all this could be done in one trip in a very short time, but he insists on doing it his way. He goes to the cleaners, then comes home and has coffee. Then, he drives to the bank, then comes home for lunch. He has his nap, then goes to the pharmacy and forgets to go to the grocery store. He is driving me crazy, but other women I talk to complain about their husbands watching endless TV. Some talk about writing a book, but it never gets started and others spend hours and hours at their computer. They know that daily exercise is important, but the only exercise they get is the five minute hike to their mailbox. How can I improve on his chore schedule? Melvina Dear Melvina, You cant make anyone do what they dont want to do themselves. It sounds as if your husband is bored, and to fill in the time, he makes what he did formerly in an hour stretch out for a day. This man is having retirement adjustment problems and he needs some meaningful activity. Is there a friend or former business associate who you know is involved who could call and meet him and introduce him to other involved men. Your husband needs your help not your criticism. Lizzie Dear Melvina, A lesson in life I have learned is that I cannot change someone else. The only person I have true control over is myself, my feelings, my thoughts, my behavior. Sometimes I doubt it, but that is a different story. Back to you. In trying to find a solution to your current challenge, you can continued on page 24
THE RIVER MAY 17, 201324 Edison State College Offers Neonatal Intubation ProgramEdison State College is offering a Neonatal Intubation course through the Continuing Education program to help practicing Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT) learn the correct steps for successful intubation on infants. This course allows participants to learn the proper procedure for neonatal intubation, in a safe environment through the simulation labs, said Dr. Jeff Elsberry, Associate Dean of the School of Health Professions for the department of Cardiopulmonary and Emergency Care Programs at Edison State College. Course developer and faculty member, Sindee Karpel, MPA, RRT commented, There are many obstacles to using live infants for clinical practice. This course provides a unique simulated experience for Respiratory Therapists to develop and enhance their skills in a setting that enables focus on the clinical procedure. When faced with a real-life scenario, Respiratory Therapists who complete this course will have greater competence in providing intubation for small children. This course is designed through eight hours of online study, available anytime day or night, and two hours of clinical preparation and practice which can be scheduled at the convenience of the participant. Upon completion of this course, participants are able to identify the need for endotracheal intubation, identify the anatomical structures encountered for a neonate during intubation, select and prepare equipment needed, insert and determine placement of the endotracheal tube, and perform as many intubations as their institution requires in the simulation hospital under physician supervision. One third of the 40 participants from the first class of Respiratory Therapists, who regularly respond to high risk deliveries within the Lee Memorial Health System, have completed this new certification program. For more information, visit www.edison.edu. A Neonatal Intubation program will be offered at Edison State College Food Bank Receives Grant Thanks To Community SupportThe adage every vote counts was true in the recent nationwide Walmart voting for funds to help alleviate child hunger. The vote was close but the Harry Chapin Food Bank received enough votes to place it in the top 40 organizations and will receive a $45,000 grant. As a result, the food bank will be able to distribute $270,000 to children in need. Walmarts Fighting Hunger Together voting took place during the month of April. The Harry Chapin Food Bank asked for the publics assistance in voting in order for it to receive the grant for its innovative and effective child hunger programs, and the public (both locally and nationwide) came through with their votes. Visitors to the food banks website were able to vote once each day during the month. Walmart is distributing $3 million to those organizations receiving the most votes. The Harry Chapin Food Bank will use the grant money to fund The Kids Corner school pantry project. This project will increase food access by 80,000 pounds for 1,322 children whose families struggle to put food on the table by establishing two inschool pantries in Lee and Charlotte counties. As a member of Feeding America, the Harry Chapin Food Bank had the opportunity to receive one of the 40 grants available. More than 300 hunger relief organizations across the country were in competition for votes. The child hunger projects submitted through this grant opportunity were voted on by the general public as part of the Walmart Fighting Hunger Together program. Funds received must be used for national child hunger programs such as BackPack, School Pantry, Summer Food Service, Kids Cafe, and Afterschool Snack, and/or other initiatives that have a clear, direct, and measurable impact on reducing child hunger in the communities served. Walmart has come up with a way to engage the community in the fight against hunger. Coming into summer, this support will make a real difference in the lives of so many children in need, said Al Brislain, Harry Chapin president and chief executive officer. Together, Walmart and the Harry Chapin Food Bank are fighting hunger and helping families in their struggle towards self-sufficiency. We thank our community for their participation in this voting program. From page 21$10K Bachelors DegreeThere is a high demand in Southwest Florida for secondary biology teachers as well as middle grades science teachers, added Dr. Erin Harrel, Dean, School of Education at Edison State College. The added incentive for students is to offer them the chance to earn a bachelors degree for $10,000 and be in a position to fulfill a local, workforce demand.For more information about Edisons degree programs, contact Dr. Christy Duda at email@example.com or call 489-9366. From page 23dearPharmacistblood vessels. Your mito are energy generators and normally pump out ATP (energy molecule) but something goes awry. Restoring mito health and reducing cytokines should become every migraine sufferers goal. Eradication of infection can help while supplements that support mito health are critical. CoQ10 (or ubiquinol) is among the best. A 2002 study (Cephalalgia) concluded that 61 percent of participants found at least a 50 percent reduction in the frequency of migraine attacks over four months with CoQ10. Migraineurs could also benefit tremendously from magnesium, riboflavin and lipoic acid. Wrap your head around this type of thinking because my new ideas might help you reach your ultimate goal, a pain free life! 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. From page 22Flood Insuranceallows a property owner to continue to pay lower rates after a revision to flood maps indicate an increased hazard for that property, saving some property owners thousands of dollars. For owners of properties impacted by BW12 there is one glimmer of hope that has recently surfaced. On May 7, 2013, Sen. Mary Landreiu of Louisiana introduced an Amendment to the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) that would stop premium rate increases for NFIP coverage until FEMA conducts an affordability study and there is adequate time to act on the findings. Homeowners and citizens should contact Sen. Bill Nelson and Sen. Marco Rubio to express their concerns about Biggert-Waters and ask for support of Sen. Landreius Amendment to the Water Resources Development Act. Chris Heidrick, CPCU, ANFI, CFP, has over 20 years of insurance industry experience, having served in senior executive roles with some of the worlds largest insurers and brokers. For more information, visit www.sanibelinsurance.com. From page 23Mom And Metry to work with your husband and yourself. You can provide options, directions and or scheduling suggestions to your husband, but he needs to see a need for change and choose to change. You cannot change him. If he chooses not to take your suggestions, you will need to change how you think and feel about his schedule and learn to work around it. People, men mostly, in my experience refuse to ask for directions. You know the world-wide jokes about men accepting being lost for hours before stopping to ask for directions? This seems to occur in retirement. They refuse to ask for directions in their new journey into retirement and more times than not get lost similar to how they got lost going on the family vacation. Pryce Lizzie and Pryces email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. From page 11Grant For Schoolscore the lowest in print knowledge and phonological awareness, said Community Montessori Directress Cindy Venezia. This grant will allow us to enhance these areas in the classroom, thus greatly impacting the childrens academic levels. The donation will also be used to improve the schools building and regular maintenance. The Community Montessori School is an APPLE accredited early-learning program that provides quality early-childhood education to 40 children, ages two to five, from families who are working or in school and at 150 percent below the poverty level. The program prepares its students for elementary school by focusing on the development of the whole child physical, social, emotional and cognitive. Its graduates enter kindergarten better prepared for future academic success. The fully licensed facility is open to the community and offers a quality, affordable pre-school education in a safe environment to families who are committed to their childrens learning. Tuition rates are based on the family income. For more information, call 332-7687 or visit www.ccmileecounty.com.
PUZZLE ANSWERS My Stars FOR WEEK OF MAY 20 2013ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Although you might prefer moving forward at a steady pace, it might be a good idea to stop and reassess your plans. You could find a good reason to make a change at this time. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Just when you thought you had everything planned to the smallest detail, you get some news that could unsettle things. But a timely explanation helps put it all back on track. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Home and work continue to compete for your attention. But you handle it well by giving each its proper due. Someone you trust offers valuable advice. Listen to it. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Unsettling news creates a difficult but not impossible situation. Continue to follow your planned routine, but keep your mind open to a possible change down the line. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Lick your wounded pride if you like, but its a better idea to find out why your suggestions were rejected. What you learn could help you deal with an upcoming situation. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Feeling a bit listless? No wonder. You might be pushing too hard to finish everything on your to-do list. Cutting it down could help get your energy levels up. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Taking time out of your busy schedule might be the best way to handle that sensitive private matter. It will help reassure everyone involved about your priorities. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Insist on full disclosure by all parties before agreeing to be part of a great deal. What you learn should help you decide whether to go with it or not. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Your decision to protect the secret that was entrusted to you might irk some people. But it also wins you the admiration of those who value trust and loyalty. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Creative activities take on a practical approach as you realize you might be able to market your work. Ask for advice from someone experienced in this area. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) If youre suddenly a bit unsure about your decision, ask trusted colleagues and/or friends or family members for suggestions that could help resolve your doubts. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A workplace situation could get stormy. But stay on course until theres a solution that meets with everyones approval, and things can finally calm down. BORN THIS WEEK: You keep an open mind on most matters, making you the confidante of choice for people who need your honest counsel. On May 24, 1844, in a demonstration witnessed by members of Congress, American inventor Samuel F.B. Morse dispatches a telegraph message from the U.S. Capitol to a railroad station in Baltimore. The message -- What Hath God Wrought? -was telegraphed back to the Capitol a moment later. On May 22, 1859, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of master sleuth Sherlock Holmes, is born in Scotland. His first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet, was published in Beetons Christmas Annual in 1887. On May 25, 1927, Robert Ludlum, author of 25 thrillers, is born in New York City. Although he never earned a reputation as a masterful prose stylist, his suspenseful stories such as The Bourne Identity gripped a wide readership. As a critic for The Washington Post noted about one Ludlum novel: Its a lousy book. So I stayed up until 3 a.m. to finish it. On May 23, 1934, notorious criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are shot to death by Texas and Louisiana state police while driving a stolen car near Sailes, La. All told, the Barrow Gang was believed responsible for the deaths of 13 people, including nine police officers. On May 26, 1940, President Franklin Roosevelt makes a radio appeal for the support of the Red Cross. Belgian and French civilians were running from their homes to escape bombs and shells and machine gunning, without shelter, and almost wholly without food, broadcast FDR. On May 20, 1956, the United States conducts the first airborne test of an improved hydrogen bomb, dropping it from a plane over the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. Observers said that the fireball caused by the explosion measured at least 4 miles in diameter and was brighter than the light from 500 suns. On May 21, 1978, 21-year-old rookie golfer Nancy Lopez defeats her childhood hero, JoAnne Carner, on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the Coca-ColaClassic in Jamesburg, N.J. The next year Lopez beat out 44-year-old Mickey Wright, to repeat as Coca-Cola champion. It was French Enlightenment author Voltaire who made the following sage observation: Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers. If youre like the average American, you laugh 15 times every day. Have you ever heard of an artist by the name of John Banvard? Youre to be forgiven if the name is unfamiliar; few people these days remember him. In the mid-19th century, though, he was something of a phenomenon. In 1840, the then-25-year-old man set off on a skiff down the Mississippi River. He spent more than a year on the river, sketching steadily along the way. After he completed the voyage, he spent another five years painting his Panorama of the Mississippi, an ambitious work that was 12 feet wide and more than 3 miles long. When completed, the painting was mounted on two upright revolving cylinders and displayed for the paying public throughout the U.S. and Europe, earning him $200,000 along the way. In the 1960s, the miniskirt was still controversial. Both the Vatican City and Disneyland refused entrance to women wearing the short skirts. If youre a fan of the TV series Dr. Who, you probably know that the title character, a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey, has two hearts. This may seem like science fiction (and, of course, it is), but its not unknown for a human to be born with two hearts. One such example was Giuseppe de Mai, born in Italy in the 19th century. The condition is rare, though; so rare, in fact, that the London Academy of Medicine offered de Mai $15,000 under the condition that it receive his body after his death. Women are like elephants to me. I like to look at em, but I wouldnt want to own one. -W.C. Fields THIS WEEK IN HISTORY STRANGE BUT TRUE THOUGHT FOR THE DAYDID YOU KNOW 1. SCIENCE: What is the conversion of water vapor to liquid called? 2. PSYCHOLOGY: What is gymnophobia? 3. LITERATURE: What was the name of the centaur in Harry Potter And The Sorcerers Stone? 4. MOVIES: What does Cruela De Vil want to make out of the puppies in Dalmatians? 5. TELEVISION: Where does the show The Gilmore Girls take place? 6. MUSIC: In what year did the Beatles make their first visit to the United States? 7. GEOGRAPHY: What is the capital of Iceland? 8. ANIMAL KINGDOM: What kind of animal is a macaque? 9. MEDICINE: What is the chief cause of cholera? 10. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What is the biggest snake in the world, in terms of weight and girth? TRIVIA TEST 1. Condensation 2. Fear of nudity 3. Firenze 4. A fur coat 5. Stars Hollow, Conn. 6. 1964 7. Reykjavik 8. A monkey 9. Contaminated water 10. The anaconda. ANSWERS25 THE RIVER MAY 17, 2013 SPORTS QUIZ 1. What was R.A. Dickeys career high for wins in a major-league season before he won 20 games with the New York Mets in 2012? 2. Who is the winningest manager in major-league history whose last name begins with the letter Q? 3. Name the first SEC player to win a Heisman Trophy. 4. In the past 25 years (1987-2012), eight coaches have taken a team to consecutive appearances in the NBA Finals. Name five of them. 5. Entering 2013, when was the only season that the Columbus Blue Jackets made the NHL playoffs? 6. Two women have tallied 30-plus goals in a season for the U.S. national soccer team. Name them. 7. Who did Sugar Ray Robinson defeat to win back the middleweight boxing crown in 1957? ANSWERS 1. Eleven, in 2010. 2. Frank Quilici, with 280 wins in four seasons with the Minnesota Twins. 3. Georgias Frank Sinkwich, in 1942. 4. Phil Jackson, Pat Riley, Larry Brown, Byron Scott, Rudy Tomjanovich, Jerry Sloan, Chuck Daly and Eric Spoelstra. 5. It was the 2008-09 season. 6. Michelle Akers (39 goals in 1991), and Abby Wambach (31 in 2004). 7. Gene Fullmer.
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Eat-in-kit is open to LR which ows into Florida room. Designed pass-thru from K to FL room. Private 12 x 12 deck, picnic table and storage shed. One car carport with adjacent 2nd parking space. Ceramic tile ooring in kitchen. Florida room & bathrooms. Carpeting in both bedrooms & LR. Home recently inspected & has all required tiedowns. New central air & heat system & stacked washer/dryer, all appliances louvered blinds throughout. Purchase completely furnished including all linens, dishes, pots & pans, tableware,2 sleeper couches, recliner, 2 dining tables & chairs, 4 outdoor chairs & folding beach chairs, etc. Call owner 317-293-0915 or email LMSrealtor@aol.com for further information or to make offer. NS 4/26 CC TFN HOUSE FOR SALEDonax St, Sanibel, SF 4/2 Home for sale. $470,000 OBO, Over 2000 SF, built in 1986. No pool. ML#201302314 Call for details 239-825-2608.RS 5/10 CC TFN RENTAL WANTED RENTAL WANTEDRetired Sanibel resident seeking annual rental. 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29 THE RIVER MAY 17, 2013 CLASSIFIED DEADLINE FRIDAY AT NOON CLASSIFIED DEADLINE FRIDAY AT NOON CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS LOST AND FOUNDLOST AND FOUNDLost Ladies Watch Make: Brighton Area of Mucky Duck on Captiva Island Lost on Dec. 10, 2012 around noon If found call: 941-639-5395 RS 1/4 NC TFN FOUNDPrescription sunglasses found in parking lot of Limetree Center on Wednesday, February 27. Claim at Island Sun newspaper, suite 2 in Limetree Center, or call 395-1213.NS 3/8 NC TFN GARAGE MOVING YARDSALES CAUTION GARAGE SALE ANTIQUESLimoge China Luncheon Setting for six, pale pink $300. Hand carved chair $65. High Poster Bed $125. Pine Childs Trundle Bed $100. Offers Welcome. 1854 Ibis Lane, Sanibel. 849-0907NS 5/17 CC 5/17 HELP WANTEDHELP WANTEDVolunteers needed for Independence Day parade on Sanibel. Help needed prior to and during the parade. Various duties. If you can help out, call Trish Phillips at 2462981 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. NS 2/22 NC TFN VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDVolunteers needed for the After School Program which runs Mon.-Th, 2:30 3:15 pm call Linda Reynolds 472-1617RS 1/4 NC TFN VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDAt The Sanibel School Call Michelle Wesley 239-910-8000RS 1/4 NC TFN SERVERS ASSISTANT SERVERS LINE COOKIL Tesoro Ristorante, 751 tarpon Bay Rd. Sanibel Now hiring; Servers, Assistant Servers and Line cook Email resumes to: email@example.com or ll out applications between 11-2 daily. NS 1/18 NC TFN CUSTOMER SERVICE/ OUTSIDE SALESWe need you to pamper our customers and spread the word about our services. Union Mechanical Inc. 239-437-5595 Knowledge of construction/contracting a plus.RS 2/8 CC TFN HOUSEKEEPER ON BEAUTIFUL CAPTIVATravel time and tolls paid. Call 239-472-5800. NS 4/26 NC TFN NIGHT DISPATCHERPhone/Customer Service. Knowledge of Sanibel. Full time 4PM-12AM Sanibel Taxi 239-472-4160/695 Tarpon BayNS 5/17 CC 5/17 Read us online atIslandSunNews.com HELP WANTED3883 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel, Fl Phone: 239-472-3644, ext 1 Fax: 239-472-2334 www.crowclinic.orgHELP US PLEASE!!We need volunteers for: Clinic emergency patient admissions desk and baby animal feeders Visitor education center greeters and gift shop cashiers CROW (239) 472-3644, ext. 231 or firstname.lastname@example.orgRS 1/4 NC TFN VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITYThe Sunshine Ambassador Program is a new and exciting volunteer opportunity offered at the Golisano Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida located within HealthPark Medical Center. The Sunshine Ambassadors will greet, assist and be a positive rst point of contact for patients, families and visitors entering the hospital. The Ambassadors also make a difference to families by providing educational and healthful resources to assist in GRANDparenting for GRANDchildren. We are currently seeking year-round volunteers to work one 4-hour shift Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm or 12:00pm to 4:00 pm. If you would be interested in learning more about this wonderful new opportunity, please contact Lisa Ellinwood, Volunteer Resources Coordinator at 239-343-5062 at the Golisano Childrens Hospital.NS 2/8 CC TFN HELP WANTEDWe are looking to add somebody fresh and fun, professional and courteous to our team! if you t the description, come in and meet us! Sanibel Beauty Salon 2330 Palm Ridge Road 472-1111 email email@example.com NS 5/17 CC 5/17 Sanibel Beauty Salon
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 Pets Of The Week THE RIVER MAY 17, 201330 Hello, my name is Harley and I am a 3 year old male brindle Staffordshire Terrier Mix. Im a real cutie with tons of potential. Enthusiastic best describes my outlook on life. Everyone laughs at my antics when they let me out to play. Go ahead and teach me anything you want Im very motivated to be the best dog I can be. If you love to run and play ball, we could have years of fun together! My adoption fee is $30 (regularly $75) during Animal Services Spring Fever Adoption Promotion. Hi, my name is Raksha and I am a 1 year old female brown tabby domestic short hair. If you want a loving lap cat, look no more. Im a very shy kitty, so dont pass me by. I will curl up and stick to you like Velcro and I love, love, love to cuddle and have my head and ears scratched. Id love to be your one and only because Im a kitty that loves humans more than other cats. My adoption fee is $30 (regularly $50) during Animal Services Spring Fever Adoption Promotion. For information about this weeks pets, call 533-7387 (LEE-PETS) or log on to Animal Services website at www.LeeLostPets.com. When calling, refer to the animals ID number. The website updates every hour so you will be able to see if these or any other pets are still available. The shelter is open for adoptions from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The shelter is located at 5600 Banner Drive in Fort Myers, next to the Lee County Sheriffs Office off Six Mile Cypress Parkway. All adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, rabies vaccination and county license if three months or older, flea treatment, worming, heartworm test for dogs six months and over, feline AIDS and leukemia test for cats, training DVD, 10-day health guarantee and a bag of Science Diet pet food. The adoption package is valued at $500. Raksha ID# 558527 Harley ID# 562632 photos by squaredogphoto.com
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THE RIVER MAY 17, 201332 CROW Releases Kemps Ridley Sea Turtle CROW has successfully released a critically endangered Kemps ridley sea turtle back into its natural environment: the Gulf of Mexico. The turtle was seriously ill from exposure to red tide before being rehabilitated successfully at CROWs hospital and released with assistance from the JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. CROW has cared for 12 sea turtles already this year, having treated 20 in 2012. They stay at CROW for an average of 45 days per admission. The only facility on the Gulf coast between Sarasota and the Florida Keys that is licensed to provide medical care to sea turtles, CROW operates three outdoor tanks and can accommodate about four to six turtles simultaneously, depending on the animals size. The most common reasons sea turtles arrive at CROW include boat strikes or other trauma, brevetoxicosis (from red tide exposure), loggerhead anemia syndrome and fishing line or net entanglement. CROWs sea turtle program is funded in part by a grant from the Sea Turtle Grants Program. The Sea Turtle Grants Program is funded from proceeds from the sale of the Florida Sea Turtle License Plate. Learn more online at www.helpingseaturtles.org. The critically endangered Kemps ridley sea turtle recovering at CROW Paul Tritaik, refuge manager at JN Ding Darling NWR, prepares to release the fully recovered Kemps ridley back to its natural habitat SOUNDS OF SUMMERIndividual Concerts$15Get your tickets today!visit shellpoint.org/concerts or call (239) 454-20672013 Shell Point. All rights reserved. ACT-750-13 The Summer Concert Series will be held in the Village Church Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. 2013Summer Concert Series Shell Point is located in Fort Myers, 2 miles before the Sanibel Causeway. THE NAPLESJAZZ ORCHESTRATuesday, June 11THESUNSHINE TRIOThursday, July 11THE BUZZSWEET ADELINES BARBERSHOP QUARTET Friday, August 9 Entire Series$35 A big band in the tradition of the legendary bands of jazz history like Count Basie, and Duke Ellington. Enjoy an evening of light classical and popular favorites with the sounds of the Sunshine Trio. Stop wondering what The Buzz is all about and come enjoy one of Sweet Adelines most entertaining groups!