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FREETake Me Home VOL. 12, NO. 51 DECEMBER 27, 2013From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort MyersRead Us Online at IslandSunNews.com Holiday Carol Sing Raises Food, Money For The Soup KitchenResidents who attended the Holiday Carol Sing at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Myers on December 17 contributed plenty of canned goods and cash to help the Everyday Marketplace & Caf (known as The Soup Kitchen) of CCMI feed the hungry in Southwest Florida. About 2,500 pounds of food was donated at the 23rd annual Holiday Carol Sing, continued on page 24 Sam Galloway, Jr., Holiday Carol Sing founder and sponsor, with his mother-in-law Theresa Kellum and his wife Kathy Galloway Festival Of Trees WinnersFor the seventh straight year, Southwest Floridians flocked to the Fort Myers River District to visit Goodwill Industries annual Festival of Trees, presented by FineMark National Bank & Trust. More than 3,200 ballots were cast in the festivals Peoples Choice awards, in which visitors can vote for their favorite trees.continued on page 29 Preservation Hall Jazz Band To Play At Shell PointPreservation Hall Jazz Band will perform at Shell Point Retirement Community on Saturday, January 4 at 7:30 p.m. in The Village Church auditorium. Preservation Hall Jazz Band derives its name from Preservation Hall, the music venue located in the heart of New Orleans French Quarter, founded in 1961 by Allan and Sandra Jaffe. The band has traveled worldwide since 1963, perpetuating the art form of New Orleans Jazz. Whether performing at Carnegie Hall or continued on page 6 Preservation Hall Jazz Band Bluegrass In The Theater At The Alliance This SundayThe Acoustic Music Society of Southwest Florida presents three hours of live bluegrass in the Foulds Theatre at the Alliance for the Arts on Sunday, January 5 from 2 to 5 p.m. The concert features three bluegrass bands, Southwind, Larry Wilson and Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Swinging Bridge. The Sunday afternoon concert series continues on February 2. Tickets are $7 at the door, or $5 for Alliance members. Seating is open and first come, first served. Children 12 and under are free if accompanied by an adult. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Visit www.ArtInLee.org or call 939-2787 for more information. The Alliance for the Arts is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. Larry Wilson and Thunder Mountain Railroad Peoples Choice Timeless Southern Classic by the River District Alliance

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 27, 20132 Historic Downtown Fort Myers, Then And Now: Old Meets New At First And Fowlerby Gerri Reaves, PhDThis circa-1938 film image of the northwest corner at First and Fowler offers a study in contrasts, as the Gilded-Age Royal Palm Hotel serves as a backdrop for the Gulf Oil filling station, a symbol of the automobile age. The tastefully designed station was situated perfectly to service traffic funneling on and off the new Edison Bridge via Fowler Street. The station had opened in 1930, the same year as the twolane concrete bridge, which would be dedicated in February 1931. The business was located on the Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41), which meandered right through the downtown business district and over the Edison Bridge. In the late 1930s, well-known locals like Robert Halgrim and Flanders Snag Thompson worked at the filling station. In subsequent years, they would be the curator of the Edison Winter Estate and the legendary Lee County sheriff, respectively. Thompson said in a 1970 interview that his $45 salary every two weeks was good pay in the Great Depression. In contrast to the modern station on the corner was the wood frame hotel to its west. It had opened in 1898 to great fanfare, but the symbol of the towns past was in its final years by the late 1930s. continued on page 5 The River Weekly News will correct factual errors or matters of emphasis and interpretation that appear in news stories. Readers with news, tips, comments or questions, please call (239) 415-7732 or write to: The River Weekly News, 1609 Hendry Street, Suite 15, Fort Myers, FL 33901. Fax number: (239) 415-7702. E-mail: press@riverweekly.com. The River Weekly News reserves the right to refuse, alter or edit any editorial or advertisement. LORKENCo-Publishers Lorin Arundel and Ken Rasi Advertising Sales Isabel Rasi Office Coordinator Graphic Arts/ProductionAnn Ziehl Kristy See Photographer Michael Heider Writers Anne Mitchell Jeff Lysiak PRINTED ON RECYCLED PAPER Contributing Writers Read Us Online: www.IslandSunNews.com Click on The River Ed Frank Max Friedersdorf Tom Hall Audrey Krienen Today, both sites await redevelopment photo by Gerri Reaves In the Great Depression years of the late 1930s, the Gulf station paid a welcome salary of $45 every two weeks courtesy of the Southwest Florida Historical Society, Billy Nalle Collection Circa 1938, the Gulf filling station stood on the northwest corner at First and Fowler, near the foot of the first Edison Bridge. The Royal Palm Hotel, opened in 1898, stands to its west. courtesy of the Southwest Florida Historical Society, Billy Nalle Collection

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3 THE RIVER DECEMBER 27, 2013 January Programs At The EstatesJanuary at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is highlighted with special programs at the Edison Ford Shoppe, Bell Tower Shops; Garden Talk and Holiday Nights continuing through January 4, as well as a variety of other special programs and activities throughout the month. The January schedule of programs and events includes: Edison & Ford Holiday Nights, open through January 4 For 38 years, the annual Edison Ford Holiday Nights at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates has been a must see holiday tradition in Southwest Florida. During the holidays, the homes and gardens of Thomas and Mina Edison, and Henry and Clara Ford are seasonally decorated and visitors have the option of a self-guided tour or a guided tour with an Edison Ford site historian (6 and 7 p.m.). For the month-long event, the site remains open until 9 p.m. with beautifully decorated historic buildings and gardens and millions of colorful lights. Tickets for a selfguided tour are $15 for adults and $2 for children (6 to 12); guided tours are $20 for adults and $11 for children (6 to12). Edison Ford members are free. Clydesdale Horse and Wagon Rides provided by Whispering Pines January 3 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Ride through the historic Edison Park neighborhood. Adults are $10, children are $5. Edison Ford Garden Talk: Orchids January 11, 9 a.m. The estates historic garden manager Steve Hottovy will show you how to care for and tend to orchids. At one time, the Edison family had the largest collection of orchids in Florida and today, Edison Ford has hundreds of orchids throughout the site. Participants are encouraged to bring in their ailing orchids for tips for growing healthy orchids. Edison Ford members are free; non-members are $5. Participants will receive 20 percent off in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe. Edison Ford Directors Tour to Miami, Coral Gables January 11, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Edison, Ford and Firestone worked closely with David Fairchild, who created the first international plant seed bank known as Fairchild Gardens. Participants will see an exhibit by artist Hugo Franca as part of the Art at Fairchild exhibitions held in the gardens. The tour includes The Kampong, the private estate of David Fairchild which today houses the U.S. Botanic Gardens. Private lunch is included as well as shopping in Coral Gables. For more information or to register, call 3347419. Cost for Edison Ford members is $90, non-members are $100. Emerging Inventors/Early Learners: Games & Measurement January 16, 9 to 11 a.m. For oneto three-year-old children and their parents, grandparents and other family members, Emerging Inventors will practice numbers and counting as they work alongside their parents in multiple measuring activities. Each session introduces science through activities and time to tend the Emerging Inventors Vegetable Garden. Cost for Edison Ford Members is $5; non-members are $15 (one adult, one child). Katie Gardenia Trunk Show January 18, 1 5 p.m., Edison Ford Shoppe, Bell Tower Shops. With a history that includes starting Captivas Bubble Room Restaurant and her book of art, memories and recipes, A Bubble Moment, Katie Gardenia is also creating unique textile sculpture, steam punk art and jewelry. Besides using industrial materials, Gardenia hand dyes her textiles with coffee and herbs for her final art piece. The show will include a one-day exhibit of her work and a book signing. The show is free and open to the public. Edison Ford Monthly Volunteer Meeting and Program January 21, 10 a.m., Edison Ford Shoppe, Bell Tower Shops. Join Sanibel librarian, historian and author Duane Shaffer, who will discuss the Battle of Fort Myers, known as the southernmost land battle of the Civil War. Shaffer is author of the book Men of Granite, New Hampshire Soldiers in the Civil War Meeting and lectures are open to current Edison Ford volunteers, potential volunteers and the public. For more information, call 334-7419. Scarf Art Workshop with Marie Dyer January 24, 25 or 26, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops. Southwest Florida artist Marie Dyer will show you how to create your own hand painted silk scarf. Dyer will teach a variety of techniques to inspire painters of all levels to create their own one-of-a-kind design. All materials will be provided to produce a finished piece. Participants may bring their own lunch or have lunch at one of the restaurants at Bell Tower Shops. For more information or to register, call 334-7419. Cost for Edison Ford members is $85, nonmembers are $90. Living Gulf Coast in Southwest Florida with Charles Sobczak January 25, 3 to 5 p.m., Edison Ford Shoppe, Bell Tower Shops. Charles Sobczaks books combine the basics of a Southwest Florida nature guide with photographs, and touches on where and when to find the best views of the living Gulf Coast. There will be a talk by the author beginning at 3:30 p.m. followed by a question and answer session, and book signing. The talk is free and open to the public. 2014 Edison Ford Inventors Summer Camp Registration is under way for the 10th year of summer camp at Edison Ford. Student inventors work in science, history and the arts with a different topic each week. Early registration is suggested and completive scholarships are available. The schedule is: June 2 to 6 Smarts in Arts and Science June 9 to 13 Video Game Design June 16 to 20 Movie Making Magic June 23 to 27 Kitchen Chemistry June 30 to July 3 Space and Rockets July 7 to 11 Physics in Motion July 14 to 18 Eager Engineers July 21 to 25 Robotics July 28 to August 1 Robotics Cost for Edison Ford Members is $200; non-members are $230. To register or for more information, call 334-7419 or visit the website at www. edisonfordwinterestates.org/education/ summer-camp2/. The Edison Ford is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., located at 2350 McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers. Katie Gardenia Trunk Show at Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops on January 18 Edison Ford garden talk on orchids, January 11 at the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe The Morgan House(239) 337-3377 New Year

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 27, 20134 Public Service Academy Brings Cheer To FamiliesMore than a dozen students from the Southwest Florida Public Service Academy made the holidays a little brighter for dozens of families at the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers Horizons Apartments on December 19. The students collected toys for more than 50 neighborhood boys and girls, and provided full holiday meals for two families within the Horizons community. I was a school bus driver before I joined the academy, so Im aware of what children think of officers on the road, said Benedicta Feliz, an academy student studying law enforcement who spearheaded the drive for her fellow students. It was important for us to show these kids that police officers dont just arrest bad guys but take care of their community by doing positive things as well. Seeing the smiles on these childrens faces is what its all about. Feliz said she hopes to work as a resource officer upon her graduation from the academy in February.continued on page 21 Santa takes requests Santa at Horizon Apartments A child chooses a candy cane Southwest Florida Public Service Academy students who brought Christmas cheer Chinese & Japanese Cuisine Downtown Fort Myers (Post O ce Arcade Next to Hotel Indigo) 1520 Broadway For Takeout & Delivery Tel: 334-6991 OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEKMonurs 11am 10pm Fri-Sat 11am 11pm Sun 12pm 9pm Open New Years Eve 4-10 & All Day New Year!www. ichiban-sushi-chinese.com Live Entertainment Nightly, Online Discounts, Loyalty Program, The Best Happy Hour NIGHTLY PROMOTIONS at BRATTAS HAPPY HOUR AT THE BAR SUNDAY THRU THURSDAY 4PM-CLOSE HAPPY HOUR AT THE BAR SUNDAY THRU THURSDAY 4PM-CLOSE NEW YEARS EVE CELEBRATION NEW YEARS EVE CELEBRATION ROLL BACK IN TIME ROLL BACK IN TIME with Special Performance By THE TOP SHELF BAND THE TOP SHELF BAND BRATTASRISTORANTE.COM BRATTASRISTORANTE.COM DINNER DAILY 4PM DINNER DAILY 4PM 239-433-4449 239-433-4449 12984 S. CLEVELAND AVE., FORT MYERS 12984 S. CLEVELAND AVE., FORT MYERS GIFT CARD GIFT CARD PROMOTION PROMOTION AVAILABLE AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLINEThursday & Monday Cold Water Lobster Tail & Steak starting at $14.99Tuesday All Night Happy Hour & $4.99 Appetizers Try our Seafood Extravaganza Friday & Saturday Night 3 Course Dinners starting at $24.99Sunday is Pasta prexe dinners starting at $16.99 Make Your Make Your New Years New Years Reservations Reservations AA EXPERIENCE OUR CHEFS SPECIAL MENU EXPERIENCE OUR CHEFS SPECIAL MENU with 3 & 4 Course Dinners with 3 & 4 Course Dinners 5, 7 & 9pm or enjoy an A LA CARTE MENU at 5 & 7pm 5, 7 & 9pm or enjoy an A LA CARTE MENU at 5 & 7pm RESERVATIONS REQUIRED RESERVATIONS REQUIRED APPETIZERS, FULL MEALS & COCKTAILS APPETIZERS, FULL MEALS & COCKTAILS AVAILABLE FOR WALK INS AT THE BAR AVAILABLE FOR WALK INS AT THE BAR

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5 THE RIVER DECEMBER 27, 2013 Holiday Schedule Edison & Ford Winter EstatesEdison & Ford Holiday Nights at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates continues through January 4, open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. During the holidays, the homes and gardens of Thomas and Mina Edison and Henry and Clara Ford are seasonally decorated. Throughout the day, visitors have the option of a self-guided tour or a guided tour with an Edison Ford site historian. Special holiday traditions tours are at 6 and 7 p.m. For additional information, call 3347419 or visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org. From page 2First And FowlerThe luxurious hotel had been instrumental in establishing Fort Myers as a winter destination for wealthy snowbirds and as a world-famous tarpon fishing area. One could argue that without it and the guests it attracted from all over the world, Fort Myers would have gotten off to a much less interesting start. The hotels main building would be demolished in 1948, although the annex on the vast property would remain for decades. Today, all traces of 1938 have vanished from the northwest corner at First and Fowler. The Gulf station site is vacant and surrounded by a chain-link fence. On the site of the grand hotel and its tropical gardens now exist the vacant Ambassador Hotel (facing Edwards Drive) and its parking garage on First Street. But plans are underway to bring new life to these sites that witnessed so much history and activity, so stay tuned. Walk down to First and Fowler and imagine the time when you could pull into a filling station and ask a knowledgeable attendant to take a look under the hood. These film stills are from 8 mm films made Billy Nalle, a native of Fort Myers and a well-known musician and composer, when he was a high school student. His films from the late-1930s and the 1940s will be shown on January 16 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center at 7 p.m. Mark your calendars for this event sponsored by the Southwest Florida Historical Society. Want to learn more about local history? Visit the Southwest Florida Museum of History at 2031 Jackson Street. For information, call 321-7430 or go to museumofhistory.org. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Follow-up with a trip to the Southwest Florida Historical Societys research center, where you can learn more about Fort Myers in 1938. 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: The archives of the Southwest Florida Historical Society and The Story of Fort Myers by Karl H. Grismer. Edison & Ford Holiday Nights continue through January 4 photo by Mike Shapiro Nellies Upstairs Waterside BarHappy Hour All Day, Everyday with Live music too!L Snacks in Between 11am-10pm, Plus Live MusicFREE with Dock Attendants Assistance w ith Live music too! CELEBRATE NELLIES STYLE! Join us for a NEW YEARS EVE PARTY with FREE appetizers after the reworks, live music, a toast at midnight and More!!! Join us for a NEW Y EARS EVE PARTY with FREE appetizers after the reworks, live music, a toast at midnight and More!!! pick up a Nellies discount and get a FREE meal

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 27, 20136 Continental Womens ClubThe next meeting of Continental Womens Club is Thursday, January 2 at Colonial Country Club in Fort Myers. The program will be about the experience of writing memoirs. Di Saggau will discuss the process and share a few memoirs she has written that are guaranteed to bring some laughs as well as trips down memory lane. If you are interested in joining other women in various group activities, both social and philanthropic, consider joining the Continental Womens Club. Numerous activities are offered including lunch bunch, dining out, bridge and book club. Luncheon meetings are held the first Thursday of every month at 11:30 a.m. For additional information about becoming a member, call Margie Connor at 561-8973. Greeters Club January LunchThe Greeters Club will be welcoming the New Year at its first luncheon of 2014, on Thursday, January 16, with song and dance provided by the Calendar Girls, who strive to be role models for women of all ages, showing that age is a state of mind not a number. The group has supported Paws for Patriots since 2006, a program that provides guide dogs to armed forces veterans. Lunch is $20. To make a reservation or find out about membership, email greetersclub@gmail.com with your name, email address and phone number. The luncheons are held on the third Thursday of the month at 11:30 a.m. at the Colonial Country Club, 9181 Independence Way, Fort Myers. Americas Boating Coursesubmitted by Cdr. Mary Smelter, San Carlos Bay Sail & Power SquadronThe San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadrons, will be offering Americas Boating Course on Saturday, January 4 from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The course is recognized by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. The state of Florida recently passed legislation requiring anyone born after January 1, 1988 to have passed a safe boating course and obtain a Boating Safety Education ID card, which is valid for life, in order to operate a boat with more than 10 hp. Each student will receive a card/certificate from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission upon completion of the class. The course consists of two sessions on consecutive Saturdays. The second session will be on Saturday, January 11, also from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Topics include hull design, docking, anchoring, handling boating emergencies, reading channel markers and other topics to make each boating experience safer and more enjoyable. Successful completion of this course entitles the boater to six months free membership in a United States Power Squadron. The cost of the course is $45 with a $20 cost for a second person sharing the instruction materials. The course is being taught at the San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron Classroom located at 16048 San Carlos Boulevard at the corner of Kelly Road (across from ACE Hardware). Register online at www.scbps.com or call the office at 466-4040. Call For Artists, Craftsmen, Writers And SculptorsSaturday, February 1 is the date for the 3rd annual Inland Arts & Music Festival at Barron Park in LaBelle. The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Artists, photographers, sculptors, artisans, craftsmen and writers are invited to participate and sell at this outdoor event. Food vendors will be on-site, including an early Rotary Pancake Breakfast. Live music will be performed in the gazebo throughout the day and children will enjoy the wandering characters. Public admission is free. Vendor set-up will be on February 1 beginning at 7 a.m. and must be completed by 9 a.m. Tear down will be after 3 p.m. Deadline for reserving vendor space is January 24. A 10x10 space for Arts of the Inland members is $30; the non-member rate is $60. For further information, contact LaVon Koenig at artsinland@gmail.com or call 303-5849. Applications are available at www.artsoftheinland.com. Barron Park is located along the beautiful Caloosahatchee River on the east side of SR 29 at Fort Thompson Road in historic LaBelle. From page 1Preservation Hall Jazz BandLondon Center, for British Royalty or the King of Thailand, the band embodies a timeless spirit. Under the auspices of current director, Ben Jaffe, the son of the founders, Preservation Hall continues with reverence and consciousness of its greatest attributes in the modern day as a venue, band and record label. Many of the bands charter members performed with the pioneers who invented jazz in the early 20th century, including Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong and Bunk Johnson. The founding artists and dozens of others have passed on the lessons and love of their music to a younger generation that now follows in their footsteps. According to Time Out New York The Preservation Hall Jazz Band is a bona fide New Orleans treasure. Tickets for the concerts are $35. To purchase tickets, or to learn more about The Shell Point Fine & Performing Arts Concert Series, visit www.shellpoint.org/ concerts or call 454-2067. Hortoons Lee Republican Womens Club The Lee Republican Womens Club (Chartered) will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 14, at the Crowne Plaza Holiday Inn, 13051 Bell Tower Drive, Fort. Myers. Social hour begins at 11:30 a.m. and the lunch and program start at noon. Featured speaker is Lee County Commissioner Brian Hamman. The public and guests are welcome to attend. The cost of the lunch is $18. For reservations, call 573-6913. Email editorial copy to: press@riverweekly.com

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7 THE RIVER DECEMBER 27, 2013 PACE Meets $10,000 Match By Modern WoodmenThe PACE Center For Girls of Lee County and local Modern Woodmen members hosted an event on December 17 to meet a matching gift of $10,000 through the Modern Woodmens Matching Fund Program. With the help of local supporters and donors, the $10,000 was successfully met, raising a total of $12,875. PACE still needs to raise $180,000 to complete renovations on the new facility. The PACE Center For Girls will be able to expand their capacity and services to more young girls with the move into a larger building. We will be rent free in the new building, said Meg M. Geltner, Executive Director of PACE Lee. We currently pay $11,000 in rent each month. Now, that money will be reallocated to support the PACE program, If youd like to donate to the PACE Center For Girls dreamBIG Capital Campaign, log onto www.pacecenter. org/lee or call 425-2366 ext. 25. Thunderbirds To Return To Punta Gorda Air ShowThe 34th annual Florida International Air Show returns in 2014 with some very special guests. The United States Air Force Thunderbirds will return to the Southwest Florida skies on March 29 and 30, at the Punta Gorda Airport. The Florida International Air Show is a great chance to catch the Thunderbirds in action as they perform their high-speed maneuvers and precision formations, some just under the speed of sound. We know guests at the Show look forward to a presentation by high performance military aircraft, said Tyler Ezzi, show chairman. Were absolutely thrilled to host the Thunderbirds first return to Southwest Florida since their 2008 Florida International Air Show appearance. Ezzi added, This years theme is A Salute to Veterans. Come out to the show to help support and highlight the importance of recognizing all veterans for what they, and their families, sacrifice and contribute for the betterment of us all. The Florida International Air Show, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation, allvolunteer organization raising more than $2.9 million for Southwest Florida working charities. The performers range from extreme stunt pilots who enjoy pushing the envelope to graceful gliders who gently sail across the blue skies. Additional pilots and performers will be announced within the coming weeks. Tickets bought in advance online at FloridaAirShow.com are generally $5 cheaper. Children ages five and under are admitted free. The show is needs corporate partners, business sponsors and donations to assist in putting on the event, ultimately enabling the organizers to make much-needed charitable contributions to the Southwest Florida community. For information on how to participate, email Sponsor@FloridaAirShow.com. Volunteers NeededArtFest Fort Myers, a fine art festival, is looking for volunteers for the 14th annual event January 31 through February 2. We could not put on a world class fine art festival without the help of every one of our 300 volunteers, said Ethel Willis, volunteer coordinator. Each volunteer works a four-hour shift and can choose to help with the professional artists, sell commemorative shirts and posters, assist in the childrens Art Yard, check in our VIPs or select one of dozens of other volunteer assignments. We encourage our volunteers to pick an area that they are interested in and there is no experience required. We provide the training and the beautiful festival T-shirt.ArtFest Fort Myers has a team of 40 volunteer Steering Committee members, who have been with the art festival for many years and oversee every aspect of it.Our dedicated committee members come from all walks of life and work together all weekend to make sure that the professional artists, our sponsors and VIPs, our volunteers and our visitors havecontinued on page 8 Modern Woodmen and PACE Center For Girls of Lee County leaders Holiday Mischief At Florida Reps ArtStageby Di SaggauSantaland Diaries has become a holiday tradition for Southwest Florida audiences, and its back for a fifth season at Florida Reps ArtStage Studio Theatre. The story is a true one, based on the outlandish and true chronicles of bestselling humorist David Sedaris experiences as Crumpet the Elf in Macys Santaland. Jason Parrish is back as Crumpet, a role he was made to play. This hilarious cult classic zeroes in on comic encounters with bad behaving children and worse behaving parents during the holiday rush at Macys. It offers a behind the scenes look at the Christmas customer service industry. An intelligent, out-of-work writer is humbled by a brutal job market. Being an elf is no easy job. Donning candy-cane leggings and a forest green velvet coat, not to mention those elfin shoes, Crumpet must endure insults and panic attacks during the Christmas Eve frenzy. The show, with its whacked out, wicked wit, is a real treat for grownups. Leave the little ones at home because the language is not for their ears. Parrish, as Crumpet, is the solo narrator, and once again he gives a bravo performance. The Santaland Diaries plays through December 29 in Florida Reps ArtStage Studio Theatre, on Bay Street between Jackson and Hendry in the Fort Myers River District. For tickets go online at www.FloridaRep.org or call 332-4488. Jason Parrish as Crumpet Call for departure time CAPTIVACRUISES H T H E I S L A N D S H THE 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 Reservations Required for All Cruises(239)472-5300Cruises depart from beautiful Captiva Island www.captivacruises.comShare your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702or email press@riverweekly.com

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 27, 20138 Along The RiverCheers! Cin Cin! Slinte! Skol! For many people, the New Year brings the promise of a fresh start: Out with the old and in with the new! Whatever your traditions are, best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year. FORT MYERS: The annual Fort Myers Downtown Countdown New Years Eve celebration is Tuesday, December 31 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. The block party is free for all ages. There will be a Craft Beer Garten, a Kids Zone and live bands on multiple stages. The ball drop and fireworks are scheduled for midnight. For information and VIP tickets, call 855-732-3836. For a more intimate but equally exciting NYE celebration, make your reservations at The Morgan House in the historic River District. The popular downtown restaurant is serving a special menu from Chef Corry Blanton. Live music, beginning at 6:30 p.m., is featured on-stage in the brick-lined Patio de Leon. The party is 5 p.m. to midnight and reservations are required. The Morgan House is located at 33 Patio de Leon in downtown Fort Myers River District. Call 337-3377 or go to www.morganhouserestaurant.com. Roll back in time at the New Years Eve celebration at Brattas Ristorante. The restaurant offers a special three or four-course dinner or choose from the la carte menu for the early seating. Guests will be entertained by a special performance from The Top Shelf Oldies. Reservations are required. Brattas is located at 12984 S. Cleveland Avenue, Fort Myers. Call 433-4449 or go to www.brattasristorante.com. FORT MYERS BEACH: The Fort Myers Beach Birthday Party & New Years Eve Celebration. Watch the ball drop at Times Square without shivering on always-lively Fort Myers Beach. The towns 17th annual birthday party takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. with free live music, brownies, and cupcakes. More live music kicks in at 7 p.m. to start the New Years celebration, which culminates with fireworks from the pier as well as the ball drop. For information, go to www.fortmyersbeachfl.gov. Ring in the New Year at Nervous Nellies on Fort Myers Beach. The casual, waterfront eatery is serving a special menu, along with the regular menu. Live music begins at 1 p.m. on Nellies expansive patio and upstairs at Uglys Waterside Bar, the place where everyone gets prettier. No cover charge. Call ahead seating is available. Whether you arrive by land or sea, parking for patrons of Nellies and Uglys is free. If you are traveling by boat, marine dockage is available with dock attendants assistance. The GPS coordinates are 26.41 N 8115.18 W. Nervous Nellies Crazy Waterfront Eatery is located at 1131 First Street at the historic Fort Myers Beach Seaport. Call 463-8077 or go to www.nervousnellies.net. Doc Fords Rum Bar & Grille Fort Myers Beach is hosting a NYE party from 8 p.m. to midnight. The cost is $25 per person for reservations on the upper deck or lower deck. Reservations required. Guests receive party favors and Champagne for a toast at midnight. Live music provided by Deb & The Dynamics. Doc Fords is located at 708 Fishermans Wharf, Fort Myers Beach. Call 765-9660 or go to www.docfordsfortmyersbeach.com. SANIBEL ISLAND: Heading out to Sanibel? Make sure to check out the great food and live music at the Jacaranda, or The Jac to locals. With live music nightly, the Patio Lounge attracts an affluent crowd to the friendly and casual restaurant. Although the Jacaranda is best known as a local gathering spot, it has also received several dining awards. The Jacaranda is located at 1223 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Call 472-1771 or www.jacarandaonsanibel.com A marzipan pig, particularly one with a penny or a four-leaf clover in its mouth, is a traditional New Year gift in Germany. It is a sign of good luck. Watch the Fort Myers Beach fireworks from the waterfront decks at Nervous Nellies. Parking for your boat or car is free for patrons. From page 7Volunteers Neededa great time at ArtFest Fort Myers, said Willis. To sign up to volunteer visit ArtFestFortMyers.com, go to the Volunteer Page and choose the available volunteer job that interests you. Some 200 artists from across the county and around the world will take part, and there will be a high school art exhibit and competition and free interactive art experiences for children of all ages. Outdoor Family Movie Nights At The AllianceThe Alliance for the Arts announces the return of its popular Outdoor Family Movie Nights beginning on Friday, January 31 at 7 p.m. with a screening of The Wizard Of Oz. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, picnic baskets and coolers and watch this all-time classic film under the starts with your family and friends! The series continues on Friday, February 28 at 7:45 p.m. with Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 and concludes on Friday, March 28 at 8:30 p.m. with Despicable Me 2. A suggested $5 donation helps ensure continued free family programming at the Alliance. Support for Family Movie Night generously provided by Briers CPA, Riverside Realty, Staging Matters and Winged Foot Title. The Alliance for the Arts is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.

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9 THE RIVER DECEMBER 27, 2013 Brattas serves fresh made-to-order food in an inviting atmosphere featuring live music nightly. The two for $20 menu is served all day Sunday to Thursday. Happy Hour is daily from 4 to 6:30 p.m. with drink and appetizer specials. Filet Napoleon, Taylor Street baked ziti and fresh bruschetta are a few favorites on the restaurants daily menu. Lobster tail and Chilean sea bass is served on the weekends. Brattas New Years Eve dinner seatings are at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Call for reservations. It is closed New Years Day. 12984 S. Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers. Call 433-4449. Doc Fords Rum Bar & Grille is named for the Doc Ford character in local author Randy Wayne Whites bestselling mystery novels. Its a well known gathering place and tropical theme sports bar with indoor and outdoor patio seating. The combined menu offers all the lunch and dinner items from 11 a.m. until closing. It includes cedar plank salmon topped with a mango chipotle glaze or a marinated grilled chicken sandwich. The fish tacos are a local favorite and theres a well provisioned raw bar. Tropical drinks are a specialty, notably the signature rum drink, Island Mojito. Doc Fords is open New Years Eve and New Years Day. 708 Fishermans Warf, Fort Myers Beach. Call 765-9660. Ichiban is a downtown favorite for Chinese and Japanese cuisine. The name means Number One in Japanese and offers its customers the perfect balance of great quality and affordable prices. Ichiban has been family owned and operated for ten years and its enduring popularity is a testament to its exceptional, friendly service. Ichiban is open 4 to 10 p.m. on New Years Eve and all day on New Years Day. 1520 Broadway #106, Fort Myers. Call 334-6991. Courtneys is a family business run by Executive Chef Dale, his wife Betty and their son. Courtney. The warm and welcoming bar is great for lunch, libations and lots of laughter. Relax in comfort with friends and enjoy discounted drinks and appetizers during happy hour, served 4 to 7 p.m. daily. The dining room offers a wonderful dinner variety; if youre an early diner, be sure to check out the Sunset Dining Specials. Eggceptional entres highlight the restaurants Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday dinner is served 4 to 8 p.m. Courtneys is serving a special New Years Eve dinner 4 to 10 p.m. Call for reservations. It is closed New Years Day. 20351 Summerlin Road Units #111 & 112, Fort Myers. Call 466-4646. With casual dining and live music in a charming atmosphere, The Morgan House has been a Fort Myers institution since 1923. Nightly Specials: Monday, $20 prime FORT MYERS FAREDining From Downtowns Historic River District To The Beaches For more information, check out our advertisers in this weeks River Weekly DOC FORDS RUM BAR & GRILLE ICHIBAN COURTNEYS CONTINENTAL CUISINE MORGAN HOUSE BRATTAS RISTORANTE Upstairs from Nervous Nellies on Fort Myers Beach is Uglys Waterfront Bar, the place where everyone gets prettier. Car or boat parking is free for patrons. 2163 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, Fl 33957 Ph: 239.472.0606 www.SanibelIslandCow.com 3957 P P h h: 2 2 3 39 4720606wwwSanibelIslandCowcom 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 Fun "new" Moo Wear for all ages w w Always Fresh ...Always Fun! s s Always Fresh ...Always! LIVE LIVE MUSIC MUSIC w w Always w ay ay s! Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week. Snacks In-between Live Music! Outdoor Seating Come Try our Come Try our NEW NEW Cowlicious Cowlicious Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Specials Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Specials We Proudly BrewSanibels Most Award Winning Restaurantcontinued on page 18

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Churches/TemplesALL FAITHS UNITARIAN CONGREGATION (UUA) Where diversity is treasured 2756 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers Summer program: Understanding the Faiths of Our Worlds June 2 to August 25 11 a.m. Interim Minister, Rev. Margaret Beard, begins on September 1 239-226-0900. 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. Dean Nastos, Proistamenos 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. CHABAD LUBAVITCH OF SW FLORIDA ORTHODOX 5620 Winkler Road, Fort Myers Rabbi Yitzchok Minkowicz 433-7708, E-mail: rabbi@chabadswf.org Web site: www.chabadswf.org Services: Friday 6:30 p.m.; Saturday Kabbalah class 9 a.m.; Shacharit 10 a.m.; Kiddush at noon Minyan: Monday and Thursday 7 a.m. CHAPEL OF CYPRESS COVE 10200 Cypress Cove Circle Fort Myers 239-850-3943, Located at Cypress Cove Retirement Center on HealthPark Campus An ecumenical non-denominational community of believers. Sunday Worship Service, 10 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study, 7 p.m. Reverendt Ted Althouse, Pastor revtedalthouse@aol.com CHURCH OF THE CROSS 13500 Freshman Lane; 768-2188 Pastor: Bud Stephens; A nondemonimational church emphasizing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Sunday Service: 9:15 a.m. Traditional, 10:45 Contemporary. 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 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. www.clpc.us. Clint Cottrell, pastor Prayer Service 8 a.m., Praise 9 a.m., Childrens Church 9 a.m., Traditional 11 a.m. Summer: Prayer Service 8 a.m. Combined Traditional/Praise 10 a.m. 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. IONA-HOPE EPISCOPAL CONGREGATION 9650 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers 4544778 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. nbcministry@embarqmail.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 Pastor Eddie Spencer 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: peace1265@aol.com 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, peace@peaceftmyers.com. REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH 3950 Winkler Ext., Fort Myers, 274-0143 8:15 and 10:15 a.m. Sunday Services Daily early learning center/day care RIVER OF LIFE ASSEMBLY OF GOD 21580 River Ranch Rd, Estero 239-495-0400, Senior Pastor: Todd Weston 8 and 9:45 a.m Services; 11:30 a.m. Legacy Service, multi-generational SAMUDRABADRA BUDDHIST CENTER Meditation classes. All are welcome. Guided meditations offering many methods for relaxing the body and focusing the mind on virtuous objects to bring increasing peace and happiness into daily activity. For information, class times and locations call 567-9739 or visit www. MeditationInFortMyers.org. 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, 239-939-1218, Worship: Saturday 5:30 p.m., Sunday 8 & 10:45 a.m. Bible Study for adults and children Sunday at 9:15 a.m. Phone for other dates & times. Plus Marriage Enrichment, Divorcecare, Griefshare. SAINT PETER LUTHERAN CHURCH 3751 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach, 463-4251. Sunday December 29 9:30 a.m. Beginning January 5 Sundays 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. 239-463-4251 www.stpeterfmb.com. SAINT NICHOLAS MONASTERY Church and Bookstore:111 Evergreen Road (southwest corner of Evergreen Road and Gail Street.) Liturgical services conducted in English and Church Slavonic; following the Julian (Old) Calendar. Liturgical Services: Sundays and Holy Days: Hours at 9:30 a.m. Holy Liturgy at 10 a.m. Call to confirm service schedule: 239-997-2847; Bookstore: 239-691-1775 or visit www.saintnicholasmonastery.org. ST. VINCENT DE PAUL CATHOLIC COMMUNITY 13031 Palm Beach Blvd (3 miles east of I75) East Fort Myers (across from Ft Myers Shores) 239 693 0818 Weekday masses: 9 a.m. Tuesday-Friday Weekend masses: 4 p.m. Saturday Sunday 9 & 11 a.m. All Are Welcome! 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. TEMPLE BETHEL SYNAGOGUE 16225 Winkler Rd. 433-0018. Rabbi Jeremy Barras E-mail: rabbi.barras@templebethel.com Cantorial soloist: Lawrence Dermer Temple educator: Dale Cohen, MaEd, RJE Shabbat Services, Friday, 7:30 p.m. Torah Study, Saturday, 9:15 a.m.continued on page 11THE RIVER DECEMBER 27, 201310

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11 THE RIVER DECEMBER 27, 2013 Support Sought For The Heights FoundationLove Your Neighbor, an annual event featuring Norman Love Confections and Mark Loren Designs, will be held on Wednesday, January 15 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Gulf Harbour home of Debbie and Tony Migliore. Guests will enjoy an assortment of culinary creations from local restaurants along with a selection of fine wine and spirits. Live and silent auction items will be offered and all proceeds will benefit the School Success programs for at-risk children in the Harlem Heights Neighborhood. $150,000 was raised at last years event. 2014 sponsors include Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union Foundation, Cheryl and Dave Copham, Mrs. Bernese Davis and Private Client Insurance Services, and Elaine and Fred Hawkins. We believe it is important to support our neighbors in the Harlem Heights community said Debbie Migliore. The Heights Foundations mission is to build strong, self-sufficient families and education is the key to their success. Our School Success program includes academic tutoring, after school and summer camp programs, scholarship and college access assistance, school supplies, and tuition support, said Kathryn Kelly, President and CEO of The Heights Foundation. Each program is geared to meet the specific needs of children and young adults who seek to further their education. The Gulf Harbour community has been very supportive of the Heights Foundation and we appreciate the Migliores opening their home for this important fundraiser. Tickets are now on sale for $150 each and space is limited. Sponsorships that include a pre-event VIP party are also available. Purchase tickets at www. heightsfoundation.org or call Laurie at 482-7706. Aida Bukovica and Mary Love with 2013 Love Your Neighbor hosts Peter and Daun Dessak at the 2013 event Victor Mayeron and Heights Foundation President and CEO Kathryn Kelly at the 2013 Love Your Neighbor event From page 10Churches/TemplesReligious 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 Marc Sack Minyan: Monday at 9 a.m. Religious Education: Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings Services: Friday night at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Web site: www.tjswfl.org 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. 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 5612700 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 Rd, Fort Myers Winter Service: Sundays at 11 a.m. Childrens Sunday School at 11 a.m. Reverend Jim Rosemary, Minister Our God is Love, Our Race is Human Our religion is ONENESS. www.unityoffortmyers.org. 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. C D with this ad 10 % OFF ENTIRE PURCHASE 239.437.4555 On your way to Costco, stop by and visit us next to Jasons Deli On your way to Costco, stop by and visit us next to Jasons Deli Resort wear | Cruise wear | Elegant casual Florida wear Resort wear | Cruise wear | Elegant casual Florida wear Escapada, Match Point, Before and again, Zen Knits, Barbara Gerwitz, Donna Morgan Escapada, Match Point, Before and again, Zen Knits, Barbara Gerwitz, Donna Morgan Thyme body and lotions Thyme body and lotions Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702or email press@riverweekly.com

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 27, 201312 The Year In Fishing, Good And Badby Capt. Matt MitchellWith this year quickly coming to an end, I often think back about this past years fishing and the state of our fishery. The first thing that comes to mind is what outstanding redfish action we had this fall. This was quite possibly some of the best fall redfishing I can ever remember, Starting in about mid-August and going on until about mid-November I had many redfish trips when we located a big schools of large hungry fish and anglers caught one after another. I feel a big part of the reason we had so many big redfish in the sound this year was because of the big snook cold water kill of four years ago. The less snook in the ecosystem the more food the redfish had to eat and therefore more redfish could survive to become part of the brood stock. With redfish taking roughly three years to mature, the timeline really works for this theory. All this crazy memorable redfishing action happened during a period that we had more rain than we had seen in the past few years of dry summers. During this same time all the headlines in the news every night were about how bad the water quality was and that there was no life in the sound due to the massive amounts of fresh water being dumped out of Lake O. Quietly, during this whole media circus and supposed major water crisis, along with many of my fishing guide buddies, we made a living day in day out all around the mouth of the river. Clients were simply amazed at how many fish they caught after they had almost not even booked a fishing trip due to reports they had seen about the devastation of the water releases reported on even the national news. All of this action was in some of the darkest water we have seen for years. Despite all the bad publicity, clients who listened to their longtime fishing guides and not the news have some incredible once in a lifetime redfishing memories. Hopefully, this coming year the Lake O water releases issue will finally be somewhat resolved or y the government at the state and federal levels will choose to take action. Our local government needs to get involved too as many of our water quality issues unfortunately start much closer to home. Yes, Lake O is a big part of the problem and needs to be addressed but year after year when the rainy season is over and our water clears up, this whole issue seems like its forgotten until the next wet summer. If you are on an old leaky septic system and or fertilize your nice green Bermuda grass lawn, you are part of this water quality problem too. Many cities in Florida are still on septic systems and residents fight being on a city sewer system tooth and nail. This is a twopart problem. During the rainy season all the fertilizer and leaky septic systems run right into the river and are then pushed downstream by the lake releases. Controlling cleaning and holding the huge amounts of water being released from Lake O is a quick fix but only a part of the big picture. Everyone who lives in Southwest Florida needs to be part of the long-term solution. September 1 this year marked the first opening of snook season for almost four years. This closure was a huge success and really let the numbers of snook rebound. I think the FWC really did a great thing to protect this premier gamefish of our area. Anglers are currently enjoying some of the best snook fishing we have seen in many years. Trout numbers in the sound continue to be in great shape, at least as good if not in better condition than they have been in for many years. This will be the second year in a row trout fishing was not closed in our area for November and December and we are currently expierencing some of the best trout fishing of the year. The big news and good news for most tarpon fisherman this year was the Boca Grande-style jig being outlawed as of November 1. It is now also against the law to remove a tarpon from the water. With what seems to me like declining numbers of tarpon in our area over the last five or more years, hopefully this will be a baby step to help our tarpon population slowly recover. Another issue with our tarpon numbers is the declining amount of juvenile tarpon habitat. This is a much bigger problem to address as it deals with water quality and the protection of mangrove estuaries. Despite all the bad water news this year, after being out on the water almost daily it appears to me our fishery in Pine Island Sound is generally in good shape. What makes our backyard such a incredible fishery is the amount of healthy grass flats we have and all the bait these flats produce. The only species that seemed to in fewer numbers was the tarpon and with new rules in place to protect them this year, I hope they will be on the slow road to recovery too. Happy angling and thanks for reading Capt. MattCapt. Matt Mitchell has been fishing local waters since he moved to Sanibel in 1980. He now lives in St. James City and works as a back country fishing guide. If you have comments or questions email captmattmitchell@aol.com. Send Us Your Fish TalesThe River Weekly would like to hear from anglers about their catches. Send us details including tackle, bait and weather conditions, date of catch, species and weight, and include photographs with identification. Drop them at the River Weekly, 1609 Hendry Street, Suite 15, Fort Myers, Florida 33901, or email to press@riverweekly.com. 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13 THE RIVER DECEMBER 27, 2013 Free Refuge Programs Begin January 2From birding and biking the refuge, to learning about gators and crocs, the seasonal calendar of free programs and tours at JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge begins on January 2 and runs through April 25. New this year, Indigo Trail Hikes will include the recently opened Wildlife Education Boardwalk, plus three programs have been added to the schedule: Raptors of Southwest Florida, Reptiles and Amphibians, and Natures Pollinators & Plant Walk. Daily programs begin at 8:30 a.m. and include such diverse topics as Nature Photography, Plants of the Bailey Tract Tour, Calusa Shell Mound Tours, Floridas Venomous Wildlife, and Family Craft & Story Time. We have something for visitors of all ages, said refuge education specialist Ranger Becky Wolff. The free refuge programs and tours last anywhere from a half hour to two hours. For a full calendar of programs and tours and descriptions, visit www.dingdarlingsociety.org/winter-programs. Educational programs are made possible through support from the Ding Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS). This years Friday Indigo Trail Walk takes in the new Wildlife Education Boardwalk Ranger Becky Wolff points out some replica animal tracks along the boardwalk Edison Phonograph DemonstrationsJoin guest curator John Kurdyla and Edison & Ford Winter Estates Site Historian Jim Niccum for special phonograph demonstrations at thecontinued on page 24 John Kurdyla will be at the Edison Ford Shoppe, Bell Tower Shops on December 26 and January 2 for phonograph demonstrations Complete Do-It Yourself B oa t P a rt s St o r e Marine Tradin g Pos t 15600 S an C arlos Blvd, Un i t 170, Ft M y ers ( Bes i de B ig Lots ) C all 437-747 5 A dd iti o n al L oca ti o n s: 1156 N. Tamiami Trail in North Fort M y er s Call 997-577 7 2397 Davis Blvd in Naple s Call 793-580 0 H ou r s: 8am -5:30pm Mon-Sa t $ 99. 9 5 Sta i n l ess Stee l Po w er Coate d W hi te D u l Trumpet Hor n B i m i n i To p $ 199 Large Se l ect i on of Steer i n g W h ee l s

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 27, 201314 Plant SmartHanging Out Togetherby Gerri ReavesAirplants, or epiphytes, are found in many plant groups, including aroids, begonias, bromeliads, orchids, heaths, nightshades, ferns, and true mosses. Because they are not rooted in the ground, airplants are often mistakenly thought to be parasites and unfortunately removed from the host. In fact, they do not harm the host plant and it is not necessary to remove them from their perches. Hosts serve as platforms to reach for sunlight and gather nutrients and moisture. The moss-like plants collect detritus and moisture in their scales. Other types collect nutrients in the base of the cuplike rosette of leaves or through rhizomes. Often, more than one species of airplant sets up house on a host, as these photos demonstrate. However, they also live in isolation, nestling into building crevices, attaching to fences, or even clinging to power lines. A rough-barked live oak (Quercus virginiana) branch, like the one in the photo, makes a good platform for Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides ), southern needleleaf (Tillandsia setacea ), and cardinal airplant (Tillandsia fasciculata.) All those species are members of the bromeliad family the same family as the pineapple and the latter is listed as endangered in the state. In the case of the hanging mass in the other photo, its difficult to discern who the host actually is. Originally, the ballmoss (Tillandsia recurvata ) and the endangered giant airplant (Tillandsia utriculata) were supported by a live oak. After losing their footing, however, the detached plants ended up enmeshed in the leafless love vine ( Cassytha filiformis), a native with a tendency to climb and form mats on woody plants. This suspended tangled platform shows just how tenacious and versatile airplants can be in the search for a place to thrive. Enjoy the little communities these plants form and refrain from removing them from the host. They face the threat of habitat destruction and, for some species, the devastating Florida bromeliad weevil as well. Sources: Common Epiphytes of Florida by Bruce K. Holst and ifas.ufl. edu. Plant Smart explores the plant life of South Florida and sustainable landscape practices. Native airplants and love vine create a suspended mass hanging from a live oak tree photos by Gerri Reaves This live oak branch is the platform for several native airplants Caring For Your PlantsA Warm Winters Effect On Your Gardenby Justen DobbsHere in Florida, our plant and animal life is custom catered for a sub-tropical climate with temperatures averaging from 60 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Many plants, trees, animals, fish and even humans benefit from a warm winter in a few different ways. 1. Plants, either native or exotic, will typically photosynthesize more readily and more efficiently when they are warm. This means faster and more robust growth. But a warm winter can also extend the growing season and trick the plant by keeping it out of hibernation. It is when the temperature falls below a plants cold-hardiness point that the plant will cease photosynthesis. This does not mean there is necessarily any damage being done to the plant, but it will go into a hibernationlike state. Most of the even more tropical plants grown here in Southwest Florida prefer to stay above 35 degrees F otherwise their leaves may begin to get burn. This burn is caused when a non-adapted plant cell containing water gets frozen and expands so much that it bursts the cell, killing it. But when we experience winters like the one of 2012-13 where there are only a few days less than 50 degrees, plants are able to add several, if not dozens of days to their growing season. 2. Fish such as snook and sea mammals such as manatees cannot live in cold water. Our winter from 2007 to 2008 saw many days below freezing, which killed many of our native and naturalized fish and sea mammals. This can affect some species hunting seasons, such as snook, indefinitely. So, an especially warm winter can keep more of these creatures alive and actually encourage more activity and maybe even reproduction. Colder temperatures could also affect algae blooms and other phenomena which make a direct impact on the food sources of these fish and sea mammals. 3. Human beings benefit from a warm winter for obvious reasons; the happiness of being outside, its easier on the joints, it gives you plenty of vitamin D (if youre out in the sun), and lastly, theres no snow to shovel (sorry northerners.) Warm weather also encourages people to go out and this helps local businesses. One thing remains the same though. Whether its hot or freezing, we in Southwest Florida always have a reason to talk about the extreme weather. Were spoiled here, its true. This is a plant care column, so we cant end without addressing the effect on plants in more detail. Did you know, plants will uptake granular and liquid fertilizer throughout the winter if it is warm? Also, your plants will need a little bit more water throughout the winter. If there is a threat of a cold snap, remember to water your plants much less. This will discourage the growth of fungus and bacteria in palms. If your newly-planted plants or trees are situated in full sun, keep in mind that the summer sun is much more intense than the winter sun. Justen Dobbs is a landscape architect in south Florida specializing in custom, upscale landscapes. He can be reached at seabreezenurseries@ gmail.com. Plants may display brownish spotting up to two weeks after the cold is over

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15 THE RIVER DECEMBER 27, 2013 CROW Case Of The Week: Faces Of CROW 2013by Patricia MolloyThis year, CROW has treated nearly 3,500 native and migratory wildlife patients. Of that number, nearly 2,000 were babies. Highlights January: The year began with a surprise visit from inhabitants of the Great White North. More than a dozen razorbills one of the rarest arctic seabirds in the United States mistakenly flew to tropical Southwest Florida during their seasonal migration. February: Two Fort Myers residents investigated a report from neighbors that a three-day-old owlet had fallen from its nest. After donning heavy gloves, the fuzzy little youngster was placed in a box on their lanai overnight. The next morning, they called the Sanibel wildlife clinic for assistance. An examination at the wildlife clinic proved that the owlet was unharmed. The owlet was fed and re-nested in a more sturdy, handmade nest. Both parents were heard making clicks and squawks, and mom and dad resumed caring for and feeding their baby the following morning. August: An eastern screech owl was admitted to CROW after being hit by a passing car. As a result of the accident, the rear of its left eye was torn, causing discoloration of the iris, enlargement of the pupil and air bubbles. As Dr. Heather explained, Neither I, nor any other ophthalmologist I spoke with, have seen (this). While she feared that the owl would be permanently blinded in the affected eye, she felt certain that it could survive in the wild. October: Several baby striped skunks, called kits, were admitted to the hospital as orphans. The odor-able babies were housed in a separate room in the nursery to avoid any stinky mishaps. After several weeks of supportive care, they were successfully released. November: While an unsuspecting bald eagle was enjoying a quiet breakfast in an outdoor flight enclosure, staff and volunteers scurried around the wildlife hospital gathering clean towels, protective falconry gloves and cameras, all of which were loaded into an awaiting van. Once the checklist was complete and the eagle had eaten, the majestic raptor was placed inside a large carrier and whisked away. Once at the release site: She was very ready to go I opened the top of the cage and she was out in an instant, said volunteer Ruth Parks. In addition to hospital rounds, Dr. Heather has been busy raising the hospitals national profile through participation in international conferences, taking part in a clinical trial of the drug cholestyramine and by maintaining close contact with federal, state and local agencies that are involved in veterinary medicine, natural resources and/or wildlife conservation. As Dr. Heather noted, Regardless of how you feel about cute, fuzzy animals, remember that these animals play an important part in all of our environment. They can be an early warning system for diseases that can affect you, your children and your pets. 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. Thirty three percent of patients are mammals. This shy, female coyote pup was admitted with a broken leg, likely caused by a careless driver Sixty percent are avians, like this crested caracara, which was successfully treated for a broken ankle Reptiles make up nearly six percent of patients treated, like this green sea turtle, which weighed more than 300 pounds The unusual Chuck-wills-widow is a nocturnal avian the size of a pigeon Several striped skunk kits were kept away from other babies to avoid any stinky mishaps This laughing gull took part in a federallysanctioned experimental drug trial at CROW This rare Kemps ridley was taken outside regularly to a sea turtle tank for day camp At 15 inches, the pileated woodpecker is one of the largest woodpeckers in North America An unusual eye bubble had formed in the eye of an eastern screech owl Maybe the biggest surprise of the year was the arrival of more than a dozen arctic razorbills. Storms disrupted their normal migratory pattern. The nursery at CROW is always full. Pictured is a little eastern cottontail bunny.

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 27, 201316 Academy At Shell Point Offers A Tale Of Two Cities: Detroit And SingaporeThe Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point Retirement Community welcomes Dr. Phil Gannon presenting The Tale of Two Cities: Detroit and Singapore. This three-part series is scheduled as follows: Tuesday, January 7: Is the Past Prologue? A View of Detroit and Singapore from 1700 1942 Tuesday, January 14: The Detroit Story: From an Industrial World Leader to Bankruptcy Tuesday, January 21: The Singapore Story: From Third World to First Sessions will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands at Shell Point. The Tale of Two Cities will compare Detroit and Singapore two major metropolitan areas of the world that followed significantly different economic, social, and political pathways. Detroit went from a position of leadership economically, educationally, and socially, and then reached the point of total bankruptcy. Meanwhile, Singapore transformed from a third world country facing financial difficulty to a position of both economic and educational world leadership. What happened? These courses will be led by Shell Point resident Dr. Gannon, a native of Detroit and a graduate of the citys K-12 educational system. Dr. Gannon was a Michigan college president for 32 years, served both democratic and republican governors participating in studies of Detroits educational problems, and also served on the board of trustees of the Detroit Institute of Technology. Later, he was president of an educational consulting firm that conducted in-country studies in China, Japan, Vietnam, South Korea, and Taiwan. Dr. Gannons sessions are free, but reservations are required as space is limited. Call 489-8472 for more information. The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point is an educational initiative for the residents of the retirement community. It provides approximately 90 classes each semester that encompass a well-rounded curriculum of educational opportunities for senior adults. The academy was named one of 2008s most innovative active aging programs by the International Council on Active Aging, an association that supports professionals who develop wellness/fitness facilities and services for age 50-plus adults. Singapore city skyline dusk panorama 2011 Free Rockin At Riverside ConcertFood, fun and philanthropy take center stage at Rockin at Riverside Park, a free public concert benefiting The Immokalee Foundation. The concert series, launched by McQuaid Marketing and Promotions, creators of Rockin on the Bay and Rockin on the Beach, is held on a Friday of every month until February, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs. The family-oriented event features a different tribute band every month to entertain the crowd. Organizers say the series has been a grand success. Upcoming concerts include a tribute to Journey on Friday, January 3; and a Billy Joel tribute Friday, February 14. A variety of food and beverage vendors will be on hand. The Immokalee Foundation also has a booth at each event, manned by student volunteers, to give attendees the opportunity to meet and interact with students directly. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. Personal coolers are not allowed. Riverside Park is located at 10450 Reynolds Street in Bonita Springs, off Old U.S. 41. For more information, call 3317371 or visit www.mcquaid-marketing. com. The Immokalee Foundation has a range of programs that focus on building pathways to success through college and post-secondary training, mentoring and tutoring, and opportunities for broadening experiences, life skills development and economic independence. To learn more about volunteering as a mentor or for additional information, call 430-9122 or visit www.immokaleefoundation.org. Poetry Off The Shelf Coming To The AllianceWhat happens when keyboards meet palettes, brushes meet pens, and visual arts are united with verse on the same page? The answer is Broadsides: Poetry Off The Shelf, a special National Poetry Month celebration on April 17 at the Alliance for the Arts. This inaugural event will unite the words of poets from the Alliances Poetry Initiative with visual artists in the blending of literary and visual art into printed pieces called Broadsides. This event is the center piece of a new initiative at the Alliance. During the summer of 2013, a group of poets began to meet regularly and at the Alliance to discuss their own work, learn from one another, and seek ways to increase awareness at and appreciation for poetry throughout Southwest Florida. Bringing visual artists together with poetry poets was a natural step, especially since there is a specific historical means for this artistic union in what is known as a broadside. A broadside is a form of written communication, typically designed to be posted in a public place. Traditionally, broadsides contain a mixture of text and images. From the 1600s to the early 20th century, this visual medium was used to convey information, issue proclamations, make revolutionary statements, or publish the lyrics to poetry and songs. Indeed, our Declaration of Independence was first printed as a broadside. Today, the broadside is a popular artistic medium wherein poems are united with compatible visuals and reproduced on a single sheets of quality paper. The inaugural showing and reading of Broadsides: Poetry Off The Shelf will be held on Thursday, April 17 at 7 p.m. Artists will exhibit the broadsides they have created based on poems written by local poets who will read their associated poems on stage in the Alliances Foulds Theatre. The public is invited to celebrate National Poetry Month during this unique event. There is a $10 suggested donation. Limited edition prints of the broadsides will be available for purchase. For more information visit www.ArtInLee.org or call 939-2787. Participating artists and poets include: Artists Collin Davis Phillip Heubeck Leo Johnson Megan Kissinger Reina Lombardi Jason McDonald Jan Palmer Paul Rodino Barbara Yeomans Peter Zell Poets James Brock Dorothy Howe Brooks Carol Drummond Jim Gustafson Gary McLouth Jesse Millner Joe Pacheco Naomi Rosado Allison Serraes Larry Stiles Lorraine Walker Williams Joan Heller Winokur The Alliance campus and galleries are located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. image courtesy of Broadside Press Call For Artists, Craftsmen, Writers And SculptorsSaturday, February 1 is the date for the 3rd annual Inland Arts & Music Festival at Barron Park in LaBelle. The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Artists, photographers, sculptors, artisans, craftsmen and writers are invited to participate and sell at this outdoor event. Food vendors will be on-site, including an early Rotary Pancake Breakfast. Live music will be performed in the gazebo throughout the day and children will enjoy the wandering characters. Public admission is free. Vendor set-up will be on February 1 beginning at 7 a.m. and must be completed by 9 a.m. Tear down will be after 3 p.m. Deadline for reserving vendor space is January 24. A 10x10 space for Arts of the Inland members is $30; the non-member rate is $60. For further information, contact LaVon Koenig at artsinland@gmail.com or call 303-5849. Applications are available at www.artsoftheinland.com. Barron Park is located along the beautiful Caloosahatchee River on the east side of SR 29 at Fort Thompson Road in historic LaBelle.

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 27, 201318 From page 9Fort Myers Farerib and half-price select bottles of wine; Tuesday, $6 Morgan House burger and half-off craft beer; Wednesday, half off appetizers and house wine; Thursday, $4 martinis and half-off select shots; Friday, complimentary buffet upstairs with two drink minimum and half-off house wine and select domestic drafts; and Saturday, half-off select margaritas and tequila shots. The Morgan House is serving a special New Years dinner. Call for reservations. Also features live music in the patio. It is closed New Years Day. 33 Patio De Leon, Fort Myers. Call 337-3377. Nellies offers the perfect backdrop for mixing business and pleasure at your office holiday party. Reserve space in airconditioned comfort or outside on the expansive waterfront patio. Nellies staff will magically satisfy everyone on your guest list with the very best food and drink without breaking the bank. While relaxing on the deck, swing to the beats of live reggae, rock and island music from the areas premier musical talent. Just upstairs from Nellies is Uglys Waterside Bar, the place where everyone gets prettier, and happy hour is all day, every day. Whether you arrive by land or sea, parking for patrons of Nellies and Uglys is free. The GPS coordinates are 26.41 N 81.18 W. Nervous Nellies is open New Years Eve and closed New Years Day. 1131 First Street, Fort Myers Beach at the historic Fort Myers Beach Seaport. Call 463-8077. NERVOUS NELLIES CRAZY WATERFRONT EATERY Broadway Palm Sets Sail With Timeless Classic The timeless classic South Pacific will be at Broadway Palm from December 28 through February 15. This Rodgers and Hammerstein musical features one of the most romantic scores of all time and the Broadway production was nominated for 10 Tony Awards and won all of them, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Libretto. South Pacific spins a romantic tale of love and loss on a tropical naval base during World War II. Two couples fall in love and their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices. Considered by many as one of the finest musicals ever written, the score includes such musical theatre gems as Some Enchanted Evening, Im Gonna Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair, This Nearly Was Mine and There Is Nothin Like a Dame. Directing this stunning production is Brian Enzman. Enzman has been with Prather Entertainment Group (PEG) for over 25 years and created over 200 productions as director, choreographer and actor for both Broadway Palm and the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre in Pennsylvania. He also serves as PEGs Casting Director and Artistic Producer. Performances of South Pacific are Tuesday through Sunday evenings, with selected matinees. The theatre features an upscale dinner theatre experience on Saturday nights. Ticket prices range from $35 to $58 and are now on sale. Reservations can be made by calling 278-4422, by visiting www.BroadwayPalm.com or by stopping by the box office at 1380 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. Joseph and Liat, star crossed lovers in South Pacific Nellie and Emile Sailors singing a tune Bloody Mary, in a scene from South Pacific Indian Creek Craft ShowIndian Creek Resort, located at 17340 San Carlos Boulevard in Fort Myers Beach, will host a Craft Show on Thursday, January 9 at Iroquis Hall from 8 a.m. to noon. According to event organizers, participating vendors will have wonderful handmade items for sale. All are welcomed to come out and spend the morning, have a donut and cup of coffee, and make new friend and see old friends. For more information, call Shirley at Indian Creek Resort at 466-7277. Email your editorial copy to: press@riverweekly.com

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19 THE RIVER DECEMBER 27, 2013 Lee County Children Receive Bikes For ChristmasTwo hundred Lee County children were the recipients of bicycles for Christmas through the generosity of a local hardware store, a non-profit organization, and a corporation. Gavins Ace Hardware gave the children bicycles in cooperation with a number of non-profit organizations and schools. The Pilot Club of Fort Myers donated the helmets, and Master Lock provided the bicycle locks. The children picked up the bicycles on Saturday, December 21, were fitted with helmets, and given the bicycle locks at Gavins Ace Hardware. The children were selected by local agencies. John Cavada, general manager of Gavins, said, It is extremely rewarding to see the childrens eyes light up when they are presented with their bicycles, helmets and locks. Gavins appreciates the dedication of the agencies in providing the childrens names for the bicycles and assisting with the delivery of the bikes. We look forward to expanding this program next year. Gavins was responsible for organizing the event as well as putting together all the bicycles and verifying that each bike was safety inspected. Cindy Lopez, president of the Pilot Club, a non-profit organization which provides support to community organizations, said, We were pleased to be asked to contribute the helmets. Fitting each individual child with the appropriate size helmet is a service we offer to a number of groups during the year. The children were appreciative of the early Christmas gifts. Domenick Cano is the proud new owner of a bicycle presented by Gavins Ace Hardware. With Domenick is his mother, Doris Cano, and Gavins general manager, John Cavada. Pilot Club members Diane Jensen and Fran DAlessandro with Britanke and Kaylee Collazo and their grandfather, Tom Hicks Haven Adams, a Heights Elementary student, sits on his new bicycle while Pilot Club member Fran DAlessandro adjusts his new helmet. With Haven is his uncle, Tony Agin. John Gavin of Gavins Ace Hardware (right) presents bicycles to Mary and Rachel Shaver. With them is Laurel Jackson. The girls were selected to receive their bicycles, helmets, and bicycle locks by Kiwanis Fort Myers Gateway to the Islands through the Builders Club at Lexington Middle School.

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 27, 201320 Top College For Teacher EducationEdison State College was recognized as one of the Top Colleges in Florida Shaping the Next Generation for Teacher Education by the Online College Database. This honor recognizes post-secondary institutions in the state that graduated the most education and teaching professionals in 2012. All colleges recognized for this honor had to meet the following criteria: Fully accredited Four-year college Public, private or not-for-profit U.S. college Minimum of 10 graduates from education/teaching program in 2012 We are so proud of our teacher candidates as they go through the School of Education at Edison and then graduate to teach and shape the minds of the children, who are our future leaders, said Dr. Erin Harrel, Dean of the School of Education at Edison State College. We are happy to know that statistically upwards of 80 percent of our teacher candidates are hired within six months of their graduation. Many colleges and universities have tremendous teacher education programs, said Doug Jones, founder of The College Database. But which ones are producing the most young educators today? We wanted to identify the colleges making the largest impact on our students. The College Database is a not-for-profit organization whose goal is to provide free information about education options both locally and nationally to students, parents and other interested parties. The goal is accomplished by making all information and tools on the site free and easily accessible. The College Database has become a leader in providing educational information to libraries, high schools and career centers across the country. To view the full list of college rankings, visit www.onlinecollegesdatabase.org/ online-colleges-in-florida/#Best-CollegesShaping-the-Next-Generation-Florida. Edison State College School of Education faculty and staff Scholarships Available From FoundationThe Southwest Florida Community Foundations scholarship application process for the 2014-15 school year began on December 20. Approximately $400,000 in scholarship money is available from 37 scholarships for local high school seniors and 22 scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students from Lee, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry and Collier counties through the SWFLCF scholarship funds. Students interested in applying for a scholarship can access the E-Apply online scholarship application tool through the SWFLCFs website at www.floridacommunity.com on the Scholarships page. Students may apply for multiple scholarships and are given the option to upload transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, letters of recommendation and financial documentation (if required). For needbased scholarships, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2014. Thanks to supportive donors who value the importance of post-secondary education, we offer a variety of scholarships including those for vocational or specialized training schools, as well as for attendance at colleges and universities, said Anne Douglas, regional initiatives director for the SWFLCF. In the past, we have had some scholarships that were not awarded because students did not apply for them, so we are trying to do our best to educate local students on the various types of funding available. According to Douglas, examples of some of the more unique scholarships include support for students with disabilities, student athletes, adult students going back to school, students from particular schools or communities and students pursuing a graduate or professional degree. For example, The Howard P. and Magdalen K. Breitenbach Scholarship was established to fund a needy student who was either a service member in the United States Navy or is a child or grandchild of a service member in the United States Navy. The G. Napier and Ellen Wilson Scholarship was established in honor of U.S. Navy pilots killed in Korea and will support high school students volunteering at the veterans administration clinic to help veterans. The Mary Ann Elder Scholarship was established to provide funding for students entering or continuing a masters degree program in social work. The scholarship was established by Rudy Elder in honor of his wife who was a social worker and worked for a number of local nonprofit organizations. The SWFLCF chose the month of December as the launch date after receiving numerous calls from students who wanted to be able to work on scholarship application submissions during winter break. In 2013, the SWFLCF awarded nearly $450,000 in scholarships. With a streamlined online application process available, students are not required to submit paper applications. For more information about the SWFLCF, call 274-5900 or visit www. floridacommunity.com. Scholarship donor Nip Wilson with last years recipient Catherine Hackler School Smartby Shelley M. Greggs, NCSPDear Shelley, I am having difficulty teaching my preschool church school students basic social skills. All I want is for them to sit in a circle and listen to me read stories. The children dont respond very well when I ask them to sit and listen. What else can I do? Terrie A., Fort Myers, Florida Terrie, You are in a difficult position. This may be the first preschool experience for many of these children and they may not actually understand what you are asking of them. Since you see these children only once a week at most it may be hard for them to understand your role in their lives and your expectations. You will need to explain and teach them how to behave in your classroom. One technique that you may want to use with these children is behavioral modeling. In social learning theory, behavior modeling is the precise demonstration of a desired behavior. According to this theory, proposed by the famous psychologist, Albert Bandura, we learn not only by doing, but also by watching what others do. Behavioral modeling is a wellaccepted method to help children and adults learn new behaviors. You need only to follow a few steps to implement this type of modeling. First you must find a role model or maybe even a video that demonstrates the exact behaviors that you want your students to emulate. Describe the behavior very specifically to the children as your role model/ video demonstrates it. Make sure that the children pay attention to the model as the behavior is performed. Heres an example of specifically worded directions that might be helpful for you in this situation. I sit on my seat. I look at the teacher. I listen, with my ears. I keep my hands to myself. Allow the children to process and remember the behavior the role model performed. Each child must then perform the behavior individually although you can have the entire group practice at the same time. You should praise the children for performing the behavior, and to reinforce it so that it continues to happen. A great reinforcement idea is to take a picture of each child in the class demonstrating the appropriate behavior and then post the pictures in the classroom as a visual reminder for them. Make sure to practice the behavior sequence each time you begin class. It will help remind the children of your expectations. The children will enjoy receiving the positive reinforcement for their good behavior and should learn the routine quickly.continued on page 24

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21 THE RIVER DECEMBER 27, 2013 Weather Poses Big Challenges For Super Bowl XVIII First To Be Played Outdoors In Cold-Weather Stadiumby Ed FrankWhile we bask in the warm breezes of Southwest Florida, our brethren in the north have experienced one of the coldest, snowiest Decembers on record and winter has hardly begun. I mention this fact knowing that in little more than a month, the first Super Bowl in history will be played outdoors in a coldweather site Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Can you imagine the biggest event in professional sports encountering the type of blizzard on February 2 that buried Philadelphia a few weeks ago when the Detroit Lions and Eagles appeared as snowmen slipping, sliding and fumbling on a football field of impossible playing conditions? Adding to this concern is the forecast of the Farmers Almanac that predicts a heavy storm moving into New Jersey around the time of the Super Bowl. In the long history of this marquee event it has generally been blessed by good weather. Even in a cold-weather city such as Indianapolis, where the game was played two years ago, the weather was unusually warm although the game was played indoors in Lucas Oil Stadium. The coldest Super Bowl was in 1972 when the temperature dipped to 39 degrees at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans when the Dallas Cowboys beat the Miami Dolphins. And seven years ago, there was a brief heavy downpour in Miami where the Indianapolis Colts defeated the Chicago Bears. Some say a snowy Super Bowl would add to the mystique of this famous event. But its doubtful the players would agree. In that Lions-Eagles game earlier this month, the players did adjust to the weather misery as all but eight of the 54 total points scored were recorded in the second half. But the Lions fumbled seven times in the blizzard. And when the yard lines became obliterated, snow blowers were required to remove the eight inches of snow that had fallen. The average temperature in New Jersey in early February hovers in the 20to 25-degree range. So bring your warm johns, hand warmers and heavy cold-weather gear if you plan to attend. Surprisingly, Met Life Stadium does not have a heating system under the field to melt any snow. The Super Bowl Host Committee and nearby New York City are preparing for cold and snow by building an eight-lane, 180-foot-long toboggan run in Times Square and shutting down a 13-block stretch on Broadway which will become the Super Bowl Festival during that weekend. If you remember this years Super Bowl in New Orleans, a mysterious power failure darkened most of the Superdome causing a lengthy game delay. There probably wont be another blackout in the upcoming Super Bowl. But dont be surprised if there is a whiteout. Mud Run Will Benefit Childrens HospitalRegistration is now open for the second annual South Florida Mud Run, a challenging three-mile obstacle course that lets contenders get dirty for a great cause. This event takes place on January 11 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Redneck Yacht Club in Punta Gorda. Participants can sign up as individuals or teams, and the event is open to children and adults ages four and up. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit the Golisano Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida. Register before December 31 for the special rate of $50 for adults and $20 for children. From December 31 until January 5, rates increase to $55 for adults and $25 for children. January 5 is the last day to register. This unique event features three miles of challenging and fun obstacle courses designed for all ages and degrees of athleticism. Participants will run, jump, crawl, and climb through obstacles in the mud. This year, there will be two adult courses, one for those who would like to be challenged and another for beginners who just want to have fun. There will also be two child-friendly courses a half-mile course and a one-mile obstacle run. Last year we expected a turn out of about 500 runners, and nearly 2,600 people participated in the event, said Stephanie Ink-Edwards. After seeing the fantastic show of support and attendance by members of our community, we knew that this was a worthwhile opportunity for us to raise funds for a valuable cause while supporting an active family lifestyle. For more information or to register, email southfloridamudrun@gmail.com or visit http://southfloridamudrun.com. Nine-Hole Walk, Run Or Crawl At The DunesOn Saturday, January 18, The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club will host Robbies Run, presented by Grampys Charities, to benefit the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, a program of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida. The event is a 9-hole golf course fun walk, run or crawl. In partnership with Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is a pediatric office that travels to schools, community centers and neighborhoods to deliver dental care and medical screenings to thousands of under-served children. To participate, visit www.rmhcswfl.org for details and start collecting pledges. A special after party is planned for all participants who collect $500 or more in pledges and donations. A golf ball drop will be the highlight of the event. Tickets for the ball drop are available to the public for $100 each and can be purchased at Ronald McDonald House in Fort Myers. Only 100 tickets will be sold. Ronald McDonald himself will drop the balls from high in the sky and the closest to the pin wins 50 percent of the money collected. Furthest from the pin wins a special prize as well. Participants need not be present to win. Grampys Charities is a 100 percent volunteer organization with no paid staff. For over two decades, they have donated more than $3 million to charities serving sick children. From page 4Public Service AcademyLocated at 4312 Michigan Avenue in Fort Myers, the Southwest Florida Public Service Academy is comprised of three concentrations of study: the Criminal Justice Program, the Fire Service Program and the Public Works Academy. The housing authority serves more than 3,500 low-income families throughout greater Fort Myers, providing housing and related services to people in need. In addition, the staff provides programs such as Resident Services/Family SelfSufficiency and HOPE VI Community Supportive Services. The goal is to help families become self-sufficient, therefore strengthening the communities that use public and private resources efficiently and effectively. For more information on the housing program, call 332-3825. 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THE RIVER DECEMBER 27, 201322 Financial FocusFinancial Resolutions For The New Yearby Jennifer BaseyAbout 45 percent of Americans usually make New Years resolutions, according to a survey from the University of Scranton. But the same survey shows that only 8 percent of us actually keep our resolutions. Perhaps this low success rate isnt such a tragedy when our resolutions involve things like losing a little weight or learning a foreign language. But when we make financial resolutions resolutions that, if achieved, could significantly help us in our pursuit of our important longterm goals its clearly worthwhile to make every effort to follow through. So, what sorts of financial resolutions might you consider? Here are a few possibilities: Boost your contributions to your retirement plans. Each year, try to put in a little more to your IRA and your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plans. These tax-advantaged accounts are good options for your retirement savings strategy. Reduce your debts. Its not always easy to reduce your debts, but make it a goal to finish 2014 with a smaller debt load than you had going into the new year. The lower your monthly debt payments, the more money youll have to invest for retirement, college for your children (or grandchildren) and other important objectives. Build your emergency fund. Work on building an emergency fund containing six to 12 months worth of living expenses, with the money held in a liquid account that offers a high degree of preservation of principal. Without such a fund, you might be forced to dip into your long-term investments to pay for emergencies, such as a new furnace, a major car repair, and so on. You might not be able to finish creating your emergency fund in one year, but contribute as much as you can afford. Plan for your protection needs. If you dont already have the proper amounts of life and disability insurance in place, put it on your To Do list for 2014. Also, if you havent taken steps to protect yourself from the considerable costs of long-term care, such as an extended nursing home stay, consult with your financial professional, who can suggest the appropriate protection or investment vehicles. You may never need such care, but thats a chance you may not want to take and the longer you wait, the more expensive your protection options may become. Dont overreact to market volatility. Too many people head to the investment sidelines during market downturns. But if youre not invested, then you miss any potential market gains and the biggest gains are often realized at the early stages of the rally. Focus on the long term. You can probably check your investment balance online, which means you can do it every day, or even several times a day but should you? If youre following a strategy thats appropriate for your needs, goals, risk tolerance and time horizon, youre already doing what you should be doing in the long run. So theres no need to stress yourself over the short-term movements that show up in your investment statements. Do whatever you can to turn these New Years resolutions into realities. Your efforts could pay off well beyond 2014. Jennifer Basey is a financial advisor in Fort Myers. She can be reached at jennifer.basey@edwardjones.com. Visitors Up, Passengers DownIn October, Smith Travel Research recorded a 50.3 percent occupancy rate for The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, reflecting a 3.6 percent increase, compared to 48.5 percent in October 2012. However, in the same month, passenger travel through Southwest Florida International Airport totaled 478,376, a decrease of 1.3 percent compared with October 2012. Year-to-date passenger traffic increased 4.2 percent over the same period last year. Frontier Airlines (www.flyfrontier.com) has inaugurated new nonstop service between Southwest Florida International Airport and Wilmington/Philadelphia New Castle Airport in Wilmington, Delaware. This is the first time nonstop service has been offered between Fort Myers and Wilmington. Twice-weekly flights will operate on an Airbus A320 aircraft. Singh Named To Honor RollYuvraj Singh, a junior from Miromar Lakes, has been named to the honor roll for the fall term at The Loomis Chaffee School. The Loomis Chaffee School, located in Windsor, Connecticut, is an internationally recognized college preparatory school for grades 9 through 12 that fosters critical thinking and a global perspective in students from around the state, the country and the world. GraduationDarlin Blanco-Lozano of Cape Coral, graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Arts and Human Rights Studies At a commencement ceremony on Saturday, December 14, more than 550 students received degrees, including 266 undergraduates, making it the largest fall graduating class in 20 years. CFO Breakfast RoundtablesThe Southwest Florida Chapter of IMA is having its next quarterly CFO Breakfast Roundtables on January 7 a nd 8. The topic is Outlook 2014: National & Regional Economic and Capital Markets, presented by Aysegul Timur, professor of economics, Hodges University, and Andy Hill, CFA, Responsible Advisors. Special guest moderator for the Collier program will be John Cox, president of Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce. Accounting and finance professionals need to be current on both macroand micro-economic information so as to provide the best value to their business and/ organizations. When planning, strategizing and making decisions, it is important to know economic performance forecasts for quarterly, annual or other future time periods. An economic outlook may offer information and insight including inflation/deflation, productivity growth, labor (unemployment) and balance of trade. Timur and Hill are globally recognized and have offered commentary in most popular business media. There is no cost to participants, walk-ins are welcome and registration is requested at www.swflima.org. The format for the program will be a continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and the presentation followed by a roundtable discussion that ends at 9:30 a.m. The 2 CPE program will be presented on two dates and locations to accommodate schedules: Lee County on Tuesday, January 7, at the Fort Myers Campus, Hodges University at 4501 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers; and Collier County, Wednesday, January 8, at Naples Campus, Hodges University, 2655 Northbrooke Dive. Designed for chief financial officers and senior financial executives in Southwest Florida, the objective of the CFO roundtable is to provide a forum for discussion of important issues of a financial and business nature, to present timely, relevant information related to financial management and to provide a networking opportunity for CFOs and their peers. HR Professional Of The YearDrummond Camel, director of human resources for Cypress Cove at HealthPark Florida, has been selected by his peers the Human Resource Management Association of Southwest Florida as the 2013 HR Professional of the Year. The award was presented to Camel by the regional chapter of the society. Camel, whose responsibilities at Cypress Cove include all phases of human resource management, joined the continuing care retirement community in 2005. The award, established in 2001, recognizes those individuals in the chapter that demonstrate commitment to the HR profession, have impeccable ethical standards and behavior and participate in community activities. Camel said he views the honor as a team achievement. That team manages all elements in HR management on the South Fort Myers campus of over 300 employees and more than 500 residents. He holds a bachelors degree in psychology and a certificate in personnel and industrial relations from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He received his Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification through the Society for Human Resource Management. He serves on the board of the Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board and also on the HRMA of Southwest Florida. Read us online at IslandSunNews.com

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23 THE RIVER DECEMBER 27, 2013 deaRPharmacistAre Your Meds Making You Sick? by Suzy Cohen, RPhDear Pharmacist: You said that some drugs are related to fluoride and may cause hypothyroidism or other diseases of the reproductive tract. Which medications and why? DL, Fort Lauderdale, Florida Shocking, I know. Some of the most popular medications in the world are fluorinated meaning they were created using a backbone of fluoride, the same fluoride used in toothpaste, insecticides and some supplements. The situation with fluoride is that it competes with iodine in your body. It tricks the cell into thinking it is iodine because it looks similar. Once enough fluorine atoms hook onto your cell, you become iodine deficienct. That could make you thyroid deficient because your thyroid gland cannot produce any thyroid hormone without iodine! Iodine protects your male and female reproductive organs, like your breasts, uterus, ovaries, prostate, testicles and all your private parts. When you take a fluorine-containing drug, I worry that you will become deficient in other minerals, especially iodine. You may become fluoride toxic. Im not saying drugs cause illness in your private parts, though they could, but really, its the drug-mugging effect of fluoride-based medications that could raise risk for iodine deficiency. Chronic fluoride ingestion could spell side-effects, which unfortunately wont get spotted as a side effect, rather they will be diagnosed as some new disease that you dont authentically have. Many practitioners and patients have no idea their medication contains so much fluoriderelated compounds. Im a pro at the drug nutrient depletion effect, what I call drugmugging so I am happy to empower you with this information. You can ask your doctor if you need to continue your medication or if you can switch drugs to something in the same therapeutic category that is not fluorinated. Never suddenly stop taking a medication because some cause dangerous withdrawal reactions, in particular antidepressants. If you have to take your medication, then you can evaluate your iodine status with a 24-hour urine analysis. If its low, you may want to supplement. Now, here are some popular fluorinated drugs: Some statin cholesterol drugs such as atorvastatin (Lipitor), fluvastatin (Lescol) Fluoroquinolone antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro) and levofloxacin (Levaquin) are implicated with dangerous floxing; The antidepressants fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), citalopram (Celexa) and escitalopram (Lexapro); The popular antifungal fluconazole (Diflucan); Steroids like dexamethasone (Decadron), fluticasone (Flonase) and flunisolide (Nasarel and Nasalide); The medication used for major depression and obsessive compulsive disorder called fluvoxamine (Luvox); The infamous drug midazolam (Versed) which was implicated in the death of pop superstar Michael Jackson. Its commonly used to relieve anxiety and induce drowsiness before surgery. The symptoms of fluoride overload are too numerous to mention here, they include problems with hormones, thyroid, sexual organs, the heart, nervous system and GI tract. Do you think you have fluorine overload or iodine deficiency? Its a possibility if you take a fluorinated drug. If you liked this article please sign up online, for my weekly newsletter because I am constantly writing about drug-mugging and how to protect yourself. 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. 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, We were invited to the time-share of a delightful retired couple that we have known for only a short time. We knew that they had health problems but did not realize to what extent. They each take numerous tablets and pills by mouth, need inhalators, special creams and lotions, take their blood-sugar readings several times a day, give themselves injections, are watchful of their diets and when they go to bed they are all wired up because they both have sleep apnea. They have so many health problems that urgent care centers refuse to treat them and they must go directly to the hospital emergency room. Unfortunately, by their own admission, many of their conditions were caused by them ignoring their doctors advice and not going for treatment years ago. Please advise your younger readers that the retirement years are fun and much more enjoyable if you have good health. There is a great deal of merit practicing preventive medicine in your own health care. Pricilla Dear Pricilla, Preventive medicine is a new area of specialty, and much is being done to try and prevent the onset of many preventable diseases but few older people seem to be listening. They remember what their doctors told them in the past, for example, Iit doesnt matter what you eat. Now we know better. Retirement can be fun, but being sick is terrible and it is boring listening to many of these older people who do nothing but complain about their aches and pains. Lizzie Dear Pricilla, Preventive medicine, good health habits are so difficult yet so important. It is so much easier, tastier and wicked to give into the here and now to indulge in the immediate and forget the future. With all things, at some point we have to pay for our choices, poor health habits, poor health, poor money management, and money problems. Thank you for the good advice from one who knows. Pryce Lizzie and Pryces email address is momandmeaging@hotmail.com. Hunger Walk Set For January 18The 2014 WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk will be held on Saturday, January 18, at Miromar Outlets in Estero. Co-chairs are Sandy Robinson of Northern Trust and Dr. Brian Schwartz of 21st Century Oncology. Participants raised $1 million during the Hunger Walks first five years. The goal for the 2014 walk is $300,000. Lois Thome, WINK News anchor, is the honorary chair of the walk. We hope you share in our vision of a community free of hunger, Robinson said. Each dollar donated to the Hunger Walk will provide $6 worth of food to those in need in Southwest Florida through the Harry Chapin Food Bank. The presenting sponsors are Garden Street Iron & Metal, Inc. and the Lee County Sheriffs Office. Smart Companies is a major sponsor. Gold sponsors are Florida Gulf Coast University and Lipman Produce. Individuals, businesses, and groups wishing to participate may register at www.harrychapinfoodbank.org and following the link to the Hunger Walk. Hunger Walk sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact Marta Hodson continued on page 24 Participants in last years Hunger Walk Reasons people gave for taking part in the walk

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 27, 201324 From page 13PhonographEdison Ford Shoppe at the Bell Tower Shops, located at US 41 and Daniels Parkway in Fort Myers, on December 26 and January 2 at 2 p.m. Thomas Edisons favorite invention, of the 1093 patents he held in his lifetime, was the phonograph. Kurdyla, an Edison expert and author of the book When Music Was Magic, will present hands-on demonstrations of the phonograph. Visiting from Vivona, Italy, Kurdyla has one of the largest private collections of Edison phonographs and is considered one of the top experts in the field of Edison recorded sound. The program is free to the public and Kurdylas book will be available for purchase and signing. For additional information, call 3347419 or visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org. From page 20School SmartMs. Greggs is adjunct faculty at Edison State College where she teaches psychology and education courses. She is also Nationally Certified School Psychologist and consultant for School Consultation Services, a private educational consulting company. Questions for publication may be addressed to smgreggs@gmail.com. Not all questions submitted can be addressed through this publication. From page 23Hunger Walkat 334-7007 ext. 132 or martahodson@harrychapinfoodbank.org for details or more information. The Harry Chapin Food Bank solicits, collects and stores quality food for distribution to families in need through a network of 150 nonprofit agencies in Lee, Collier, Hendry, Charlotte and Glades counties that provide food to more than 30,000 people monthly. From page 1Holiday Carol Singwhich was sponsored and organized by the Galloway Family of Dealerships. The canned goods will be distributed immediately to families in need, according to event organizers. It is so gratifying to see our community coming together to help those less fortunate, especially during these difficult economic times. The need has never been greater, said event founder Sam Galloway, Jr. About 2.000 people attended the three performances, which featured a sing-a-long with the First Presbyterian Church Choir, special guest soloists and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. The Holiday Carol Sing is the third of three annual community sing-a-longs presented by First Presbyterian Church and sponsored by the Galloway Family of Dealerships. The other two are Mrs. Edisons Hymn Sing in February (planned next for February 5 as part of the Edison Festival of Light) and A Midsummer Nights Sing in July. All three events benefit the Everyday Marketplace & Caf of CCMI, which was founded as The Soup Kitchen by First Presbyterian Church of Fort Myers in 1984. For more information about CCMI, call 332-SOUP or visit www.ccmileecounty. com. For more information about First Presbyterian Church, call 334-2261 or visit www.fpcfortmyers.org. Brian Tidwell, Christie Tidwell, Ragan Tidwell, Marissa Husslein and Madison Tidwell of South Fort Myers CCMI CEO Tracey Galloway, pictured with her family, from left, Olivia Galloway, Robert Galloway and Will Galloway The Sun-Sations of Cape Coral entertain at the Holiday Carol Sing Vonceil Franklin, Roseanne Constantinople and James Franklin at the Holiday Carol Sing Santa and Mrs. Claus listen to the Christmas wish list of Trey Clark of Cape Coral Soloist Beth Wininger sings O Holy Night Jim and Donna Sublett with their granddaughter Lucy Chicone

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DID YOU KNOW My Stars FOR WEEK OF DECEMBER 30, 2013ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You might be busier than you had expected right now. But between the socializing rounds and the workplace tasks, there are opportunities for special moments with that certain someone. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Your creative approach leads to a quicker-thanexpected solution to a workplace problem. Now you can devote more time to that proposal you hope to introduce by midmonth. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Technological glitches create problems early on. But by midweek, all runs smoothly once again, and youre well and truly on your way to meeting all your deadlines. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Your energy levels are high, and you feel you can handle everything that comes along. But try to take a break from your hectic pace for some quiet time with someone close to you. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Before you pounce on that shiny new opportunity, take more time to check it out to see how much substance actually lies beneath all that glitter. A family member has important news. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) A personal situation you thought was resolved resurfaces, thanks to a possibly wellintentioned move that went awry. Deal with it as soon as possible. Accept the help of a trusted friend. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) That goal you set way back when is finally in sight. Maintain your focus on achieving it, and dont allow yourself to be distracted by unimportant demands for your attention. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) A temperamental flare-up creates negative feelings that need to be dealt with immediately. But things once again go well after the apologies are made and hurt feelings are soothed. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) An early impulsive act causes confusion. But all is smoothed over once explanations are made. Expect a friend or family member to ask for your kind and always wise advice. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) You might have to do some juggling of your priorities, as a personal matter appears to require more time and attention. Put your pride aside and accept help from those who offer it. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Your creative aspect is strong. Not only does it help you accomplish your goals, but it also inspires others. This could lead to a potentially rewarding collaboration opportunity. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Be careful about making major decisions when youre not really committed to them. And resist any pressure to do otherwise. Better to delay action until all doubts are resolved. BORN THIS WEEK: You set goals and are rarely distracted by any attempt to move you off the path youve chosen to reach them. On Jan. 2, 1811, Timothy Pickering, a Federalist from Massachusetts, becomes the first U.S. senator to be censured when the Senate approves a motion against him. Pickering was accused of violating congressional law by publicly revealing secret documents. On Dec. 30, 1862, the U.S.S. Monitor sinks in a storm off Cape Hatteras, N.C. Just nine months earlier, the ship had been part of a revolution in naval warfare when the ironclad dueled to a standstill with the C.S.S. Virginia (Merrimack) -the first time two ironclads faced each other in a naval engagement. On Jan. 5, 1920, the New York Yankees major-league baseball club announces its purchase of the heavy-hitting outfielder George Herman Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox for the sum of $125,000. The deal paid off as Ruth went on to smash his own home run record in 1920, hitting 54 homers. On Jan. 1, 1946, on the island of Corregidor, in Manila Bay, 20 Japanese soldiers approach a lone soldier -literally waving a white flag. The soldiers had been living in an underground tunnel and only discovered that the war was over by reading it in the newspaper. On Jan. 3, 1967, Jack Ruby, the Dallas nightclub owner who killed the alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy, dies of cancer in a Dallas hospital. The Texas Court of Appeals recently had overturned his death sentence for the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald and was scheduled to grant him a new trial. On Jan. 4, 1974, President Richard Nixon refuses to hand over tape recordings and documents that had been subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee. Nixon would resign from office in disgrace eight months later. On Dec. 31, 1984, Bernhard Goetz, the white man dubbed the subway vigilante after he shot four young black men on a New York City subway train, turns himself in at a police station in Concord, N.H. Goetz claimed that the men, all of whom had criminal records, were trying to rob him and that he had acted in self-defense. It was beloved American pianist and comedian Jimmy Durante who made the following sage observation: Be nice to people on your way up because you meet them on your way down. Famed markswoman and exhibition shooter Annie Oakley was born the daughter of Quakers, who gave her the name Phoebe Ann Moses. It was in July 1911 when daredevil Bobby Leach became the second person (and the first man) to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. His daring came at a cost, though; he spent six months in a hospital, recovering from injuries due to his feat. He later went on publicity tours, recounting his experience and posing with the barrel that took him over the falls. He was on one such tour in New Zealand in 1926 when he slipped on an orange peel, injuring his leg slightly. The leg became infected, necessitating an amputation -which still didnt save him. He died two months later, the daredevil felled by a citrus rind. Those who study such things say that fully 10 percent of the countrys total income is due to organized crime. You might be surprised to learn that only two out of every 10 ears of corn grown in the United States actually ends up being eaten by people. The other eight are destined to feed animals and to be made into ethanol gasoline. If youre like more than half of all Americans, youd be willing to live in a haunted house -provided you didnt have to pay rent. There are those who say that actor Johnny Depp is afraid of clowns. This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer. -Will Rogers THIS WEEK IN HISTORY STRANGE BUT TRUE THOUGHT FOR THE DAY PUZZLE ANSWERS 1. POP CULTURE: What is Barbies (the doll) last name? 2. LITERATURE: Who wrote the thriller novel The Day of the Jackal? 3. MOVIES: The film Lady Sings the Blues was the story of what singer? 4. ANATOMY: What are succedaneous teeth also known as? 5. GEOGRAPHY: Where does the Gulf of Oman lie? 6. BUSINESS: What is an oligopoly? 7. LEGAL: What does it mean when a case is heard en banc? 8. PSYCHOLOGY: What is coprolalia? 9. LANGUAGE: What is a Catch-22? 10. ANIMAL KINGDOM: What kind of bird is a bobwhite? TRIVIA TEST 1. Roberts 2. Frederick Forsyth 3. Billie Holiday 4. Permanent teeth 5. Between Oman and Iran 6. An industry dominated by a few sellers 7. A hearing by all judges of a court 8. A disorder characterized by uncontrollable swearing 9. A illogical or absurd predicament 10. A quail. ANSWERS SPORTS QUIZ 1. Three Dodgers pitchers since 1916 have struck out at least five batters in each of their first five major-league starts. Name two of them. 2. Who has the most managerial wins in Kansas City Royals history? 3. When was the last time before 2012 that Northwesterns football team won a bowl game? 4. How many championships did the Los Angeles Lakers win under the ownership of Dr. Jerry Buss? 5. When was the last time before 2013 (Chicago and Boston) that two of the Original Six NHL franchises met in the Stanley Cup finals? 6. Who was the first NASCAR driver to be featured on a box of Wheaties cereal? 7. When was the last time before 2013 that no American male tennis player was in the top 10 of the ATP rankings? ANSWERS 1. Hyun-jin Ryu, Hideo Nomo and Kaz Ishii. 2. Whitey Herzog won 410 games between 1975 and 1979. 3. It was the Rose Bowl after the 1948 season. 4. Ten titles. 5. It was 1979 (Montreal and the New York Rangers). 6. Dale Earnhardt. 7. It had never happened before in the rankings, which began in 1973. 25 THE RIVER DECEMBER 27, 2013

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 27, 201328 REAL ESTATEW CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS ISABELLA RASIHAPPY TO HELP YOUWITH ALL OF YOURREAL ESTATE NEEDS! RS 1/4 NC TFN 1101 Periwinkle Way #105 Sanibel, FL 33957ISABELLA RASI(239) 246-4716EISABELLARASI@AOL.COM International Client Base 600 Shops Worldwide Multi-Lingual Sta MOBILE HOME PERIWINKLE PARK$95,000. 60 x 12 w/ metal roof-over plus 20 x 12 Florida room. Master BR has queen size bed & blt-in dresser & dbl closet. Master bath has combo bath/ shower & dbl sink vanity w/extra storage. Guest BR has dbl closet + blt-in drawers & private bath w/ shower. 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. RS 10/25 CC TFN SERVICES OFFEREDHELLES CLEANING SERVICESResidential Cleaning to Satisfaction Sanibel & Captiva 239-565-0471 Sanibel Lic. #11412 Lee Co. Lic. #051047NS 1/4 PC TFN SANIBEL HOME WATCHRetired Police Captain Lives on Sanibel Will Check Your Home Weekly Very Reasonable Rates (239) 728-1971RS 1/4 BM TFN S. FL LINE DANCEWith Robert Robitaille Line dance classes. Fun and great exercise with energetic instructor. All styles of music! No experience or partner required. Audience: adults and seniors. First 30 minutes of class is an instruction for beginners. Call 239-245-8196 or cell 954-309-3778. Welcome all...RS 11/15 CC TFN ANNUAL RENTALS472-6747Gulf Beach Properties, Inc.Paul H. Zimmerman, Broker/OwnerServing The Islands Rental Needs Since 1975 NS 12/6 BM TFN LAKE FRONT This updated 2 bedroom/2.5 bath Townhouse is available mostly furnished. All appliances, gorgeous serene views, covered parking, walk to stores. Call to view this property. $1,500/mo. BEFORE SANIBEL 1/1 UF Condo on Davis Rd. Just before Sanibel. Just painted & tiled. Pool & Tennis $695./mo.YEAR ROUND RENTALISLAND HOME 2 BR/1 1/2 BA with lanai. Quiet neighborhood. 1667 Atlanta Plaza Drive $1300/mo. (631) 374-2605NS 12/20 CC 12/27 ANNUAL RENTALROGER NODRUFF ELECTRICLic# EC12002788. Call Roger 239-707-7203. Aqualink Motor Controls. Of ce & Store Maint.RS 6/7 CC TFN SERVICES OFFEREDSCARNATO LAWN SERVICELawn Service, Shrubs and Tree Trimming Weeding, Installation of Plants, Trees and Mulch (one month free service available) Joe Scarnato (239) 849-6163 scarnatolawn@aol.comRS 1/25 BM TFN BONNIES CLEANINGDaily, Weekly, or Monthly. No job is to big or too small. Call Bonnie Pratt 239-772-5234.NS 11/29 PC 1/3 HOUSEKEEPER GIRL FRIDAYExperienced Housekeeper. Excellent References, Reliable, I will also help with light cooking and errands. Call Heather (239) 826-1045 Sanibel & Lee Co. LicenseRS 11/8 CC TFN AFFORDABLE HOME CAREHomeCare Services With A Difference Specializing in Alzheimers,Parkinson,Stroke etc. Live-ins, 8 hrs, 24 hrs. FBI Background Check available. Licensed & Insured. References Available, call Cell: 561-509-4491 or 239-963-8449NS 10/25 CC TFN HOME/CONDO WATCH CONCIERGE SERVICESDorado Property Management Full Range of Services Island Resident Licensed & Insured 24/7 Call Lisa or Bruce at 239-472-8875RS 1/4 BM TFN HELP WANTEDTEACHER ASSISTANTFull Bene ts, Tolls paid The Sanibel School Please call Maureen 239 472-1617NS 12/20 NC TFN COMMERCIAL RENTALRESTAURANT, NIGHTCLUB, BARHigh Visibility, up to 90 seat possible, San Carlos Blvd 2 min. to Fort Myers Beach, Boat access Plenty of parking. For Lease Information call 239-246-4716NR 11/22 NC TFN VACATION RENTAL Island VacationsOf Sanibel & CaptivaMillion $ Views Await You! Cottages Condos Homes Miles of Beaches & Bike Paths239-472-72771-888-451-7277 RS 1/4 BM TFN FOR RENTGulf Pines Home. 3/2. Well Appointed. Short Path to Beach. Pool, Tennis. Available Dates: Jan., March, April 2014. 239-481-2441.NS 12/6 CC 12/27 LIGHTHOUSE REALTYPaul J. Morris, Broker VACATION RENTALS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & SALES 359 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island 239-579-0511RS 1/4 CC TFN WALK TO BEACH, EAST END1/2 Duplex, 2 BD 1BA Bright, Clean, Modern Avail Jan. Call Bob 410-913-2234 tidewaterbob@comcast.netNS 12/20 CC TFN REAL ESTATEOPEN HOUSE CORNER WEST GULF DR. AND DINGMAN DR.Sunday, December 29th, 11am 2pm 4203 Dingman Drive, Sanibel Simply the Best! Gorgeous Renovation 4 BR, 3 BA $2,495,000 Chuck Bergstrom, 239-209-6500 Island Resident, Realtor NS 12/27 BM 12/27 VACATION RENTALSUNDIAL BEACH AND TENNIS RESORTOne bedroom condo (kings size bed), ground oor, steps to the beach. Rental daily, weekly, monthly or beyond. Please call for information: 917 208-6018SEALOFT VILLAGEPrivate community. Quaint cottage-two bedroom, two bathroom, pool, 250 step access to beach. Rental monthly. Please call for information:917 208-6018NS 11/15 CC 1/3 ANNUAL RENTALRE/MAX OF THE ISLANDSPutting owners and tenants together Call Dustyn Corace www.remax-oftheislands.com 239-472-2311RS 1/4 BM TFN GULF PINES HOME W/PRIVATE BEACH PATH SANIBEL ANNUAL RENTAL $3,500/MO UNFURNISHED3200 SqFt single family home in beautiful, private community. One house from beach, short walk to 2 community pools and tennis courts. Large, private landscaped lot.3-4 Bedrooms -most with decks; 3.5 baths, large open living room -LR& EIK open to screened porch. High end appliances, 2nd fridge, W/D, 2 car garage. Contact: (917) 680-4440.RS 11/8 CC TFN ANNUAL RENTALS ON PARADISETwo 3/2 units available Unfurnished Washer/Dryer in each unit Newly remodeled Pets allowed On the river. Quiet island living. $1,900/Month Call Bridgit @ 239-728-1920NS 12/6 CC TFN KELLY ROAD 2BR/2BA2nd oor, end unit w/screened lanai. Small complex w/pool & tennis. No smoking, no pets. Close to Sanibel & Ft. Myers Beach $800/mo. Avail Dec. 1st. Annual only. 239851-4921 or 239-454-3252NS 11/22 CC TFN CLASSIFIED DEADLINE FRIDAY AT NOON CLASSIFIED DEADLINE FRIDAY AT NOON LONG TERM RENTAL3/2.5 Piling Home. West End. Walk to beach and Captiva bridge. Hardwood,Granite,Boat Ramp. Unfurnished. $1,800 plus. 954-338-1044.NS 12/27 CC 1/3

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29 THE RIVER DECEMBER 27, 2013 CLASSIFIED DEADLINE FRIDAY AT NOON CLASSIFIED DEADLINE FRIDAY AT NOON CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS 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 TOOL BOX WASHES UP ON SANIBELThis tool box with motor parts washed up on shore Saturday morning, May 8 about 8:30 on the beach at Sundial Resort on Sanibel Island. To claim call Sundial Resort Security 239-472-4151.NS 6/14 CC TFN LOST AND FOUND WANTED TO BUYCASH PAID FOR MILITARY ITEMSCash Paid For Old Military Items. Medals, Swords, Uniforms, helmets, old guns, awards & more. Local Toll Free 1-866-440-3280RS 12/6 CC 2/28 NURSERY ATTENDANT Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ seeks paid part-time Sunday Nursery Attendant for year round on Sunday mornings for infant-4 year olds. Background check and references required. 2-3 years teaching experience preferred. We are a theologically diverse congregation. For more information contact 472-0497.NS 10/11 CC TFN 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 volunteers@crowclinic.org RS 1/4 NC TFN FOR SALEKITCHEN UTENSILThe Nicer Slicer will change the way you think about your daily bread. This handheld kitchen tool slices breads and meats into thin vertical pieces. Visit www.thenicerslicer.com.NS 12/13 CC 12/27 BOATS CANOES KAYAKSDOCKAGEHourly, Daily, Weekly and Monthly. Captiva Island 472-5800RS 1/4 NC TFN FOR SALE Two 2-man Kayaks Pelican and Cobra with life preservers and oars. $400. each. 239-472-3133.NS 12/20 CC 12/27 FULL TIME DIRECTOR OF MUSICSaint Isabel Parish in Sanibel Florida seeks full-time Director of Music. The position is responsible for providing music planning, organ/piano accompaniment, cantor when necessary for all weekend and Seasonal Masses, as well as weddings and funerals. Requirements include: Knowledge of Catholic liturgy and tradition, experience in instrumentation and music composition, ability to recruit, train, and support a choir. Please send resumes and letter of interest to: saintisabel@aol.com or Saint Isabel Catholic Church, 3599 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel, FL 33957.NS 11/8 CC TFN HELP WANTEDVOLUNTEERS NEEDEDVolunteers needed for light general maintenance. Call (CHR) Community Housing & Resources, Inc. 472-1189.NS 11/1 NC TFN VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDVolunteers needed for the After School Program which runs Mon.-Th, 2:30 3:15 pm call Linda Reynolds 472-1617 RS 1/4 NC TFN HELP WANTEDADMINISTRATIVEWe are currently seeking an experienced, dependable administrative person for our Captiva of ce location. The ideal candidate must: Have a high school diploma, some college preferred Have excellent phone, communication and interpersonal skills Have the ability to learn new procedures and manage systems. Have strong computer skills and knowledge of PC operations, Windows, MS Of ce Have good problem solving skills Manage time effectively Be a self-starter able to begin and complete tasks without supervision Pay close attention to detail Have a willingness to learn and adapt to change Be able to thrive in a deadline oriented environment ** Must be willing to work on Captiva Island ** F/T position Quali ed applicants please respond by emailing your resume with cover letter to tammy@royalshellsales.com NS 12/27 CC 1/3 BIG CLEARANCE SALE2431 Periwinkle Way www.SanibelSeaLifeGallery.comRS 12/27 CC TFN BUY SELL TRADE HELP WANTEDSales oor position for outgoing individual with interest in cycling. Assist customers with bike/accessory purchases, repair tickets, Segway tour reservations. Detail oriented multi-tasker. Billys Bike Shop, 1509 Periwinkle Way. 239-472-3620 NS 12/27 CC 1/3 From page 1Festival Of Trees WinnersThe competition for the Peoples Choice awards has become a big part of the festival, said Goodwill spokesperson Madison Mitchell. The trees this year were all magnificent; many people had trouble deciding on their favorites so the numbers were really close. Most coveted is the Best All-Around award, which this year was presented to Norris Home Furnishings. Its 10-foottall tree, Picture Perfect, was decorated with blue and silver ornaments, creating a winter wonderland effect. The tree also came with a bevy of gifts such as a $500 Norris shopping spree, a private photo shoot and Norman Love chocolate. For the third straight year, the Fort Myers River District Alliance was also a crowd favorite. Titled Timeless Southern Classic, the tree won the Most Traditional ribbon from festivalgoers and came with over 40 gift cards to River District businesses. In the past, the district has won the titles of Most Traditional, Best All-Around and Mayors Choice. Winner of the Most Creative award was LCECs Lights, Camera, Action! The tree was adorned with over 100 hand-painted light bulbs by LCEC employeeseach one a unique piece of art. This year, Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson selected the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Centers tree, Rockin Around the SBDAC Christmas Tree as the recipient of the annual Mayors Choice award. The tree was fitted with a one-of-a-kind Epiphone guitar signed by rock legends from bands such as Boston and the Doobie Brothers. The award-winning trees, along with the 22 others displayed at the festival, were auctioned off at the Tux & Trees Gala, a black-tie fundraiser for The Southwest Florida Goodwill Foundation. The Festival of Trees is presented by FineMark National Bank & Trust with the assistance of sponsorships from The Home Depot, GCG Construction, The News-Press Media Group, Grandeur, DLatinos Magazine, Azteca America, Sunny 106, Ryder, OFM Builders & Consultants, g3 Catering, East Coast Recycling Equipment, and Two Men and a Truck. More information about the Festival of Trees and Tux & Trees Gala is available online at www.tuxandtrees.com.

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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 Historical Society ........................................939-4044 Southwest Florida Museum of History ......................................321-7430 True Tours .................................................................................945-0405 Pets Of The Week 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 THE RIVER DECEMBER 27, 201330 Hi, my name is Benny and I am a two-year-old brown male hound mix. Comments: I have a heart that is as big as the sky and Im just waiting to share all that love with a new family. Adoption fee: $20 to $50 off the regular adoption fee of $75 when you draw a discount coupon from Animal Services Holiday Stocking! Im Daisy, a domestic female calico short haired cat, two years old. Comments: Ive been waiting for months to find my forever home. Im a beautiful girl and you could make my dream come true by giving me a home before the holidays. Adoption fee: $20 to $50 off the regular adoption fee of $50 when you draw a discount coupon from Animal Services Holiday Stocking! For information about this weeks pets, call 533-7387 (LEEPETS) or log on to Animal Services website at www.LeeLostPets.com. When calling, refer to the animals ID number. The website updates every hour so you will be able to see if these or any other pets are still available. The shelter is open for adoptions from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The shelter is located at 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers, next to the Lee County Sheriffs Office, off Six Mile Cypress Parkway. All adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, rabies vaccination and county license if three months or older, flea treatment, worming, heartworm test for dogs six months and over, feline AIDS and leukemia test for cats, training DVD, 10-day health guarantee, and a bag of Science Diet pet food. The adoption package is valued at $500. Daisy ID# 574377 Benny ID# 579433 photos by squaredogphoto.com

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