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FREETake Me Home VOL. 13, NO. 8 FEBRUARY 28, 2014From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort MyersRead Us Online at IslandSunNews.com Imaginarium Gala Highlights Significance Of Floridas WaterwaysThe Imaginarium Science Centers fundraiser, Imagine Gala: Underwater Wonders, is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 29. The theme of the gala reflects the need for education and swift policy action related to the welfare of Southwest Floridas waterways. There will be live music, food and drink, auction packages, and the unveiling of new exhibits. Eric Raddatz, founder of the Naples and Fort Myers Film Festivals, will entertain the crowd as emcee and auctioneer. Among the auction items will be collaborative art pieces featuring the heads and faces of local community leaders enhanced by childrens depictions of their bodies with a waterways theme. One subject of a collaborative art piece will be Mayor Randall P. Henderson, Jr. Fort Myers and Southwest Florida waterways represent the most precious of our attractive features for quality of life and beauty, Henderson said. A massive effort to protect and promote pristine waters is critical for our future. Guests will be able to explore new exhibits focusing on the waterways theme. Watershed Wonders: Caloosahatchee Connections is an interactive exhibit that illustrates the Florida watershed from Lake Okeechobee to the Gulf of Mexico through the Caloosahatchee. Also new is The Water Table exhibit, a hydroponic display illustrating the interplay between plants and fish in the ecosystem. The gala begins at 7 p.m. at The Imaginarium Science Center, located at 2000 Cranford Avenue in Fort Myers. Dress is cocktail attire. Advance tickets are $75 prior to March 22. Tickets purchased after March 22 will be $100. The Imagine Gala offers members of the community an opportunity to have fun continued on page 14 Southwest Florida, Lee County Fair 90th CelebrationThe Southwest Florida and Lee County Fair 90th anniversary celebration runs from February 27 through March 9. Until February 26, advance tickets are available at a discount online and at authorized outlets across Southwest Florida for the fair that has been making memories since 1924. There will be a historical display and special activities to commemorate the history of this fun, cultural and educational institution, which has been an important feature of Southwest Florida for 96 years. Now held on the grounds of the Lee Civic Center, the first fair was held in 1919 at Terry Park, with $250 in funds allocated by Lee County commissioners to establish the Lee County Fair. In 1924, the name was changed to the Southwest Florida Fair. Fair manager Fran Crone has many fair memories of her own. She said, I grew up in Fort Myers across from Terry Park where the fair was held at that time. I remember hearing the sounds of the fair from our house and attending the fair with my brothers and sister. She said the Southwest Florida and Lee County Fair Association and the Shriners have worked hard over the years to improve and expand the fair. Relocating to the Lee Civic Center in 1979 was an important change that was necessary to accommodate the phenomenal rate of growth. The Midway rides have improved and the livestock program has become an increasingly vital component of the fair, with more than 300 exhibitors this year. Exhibits by the schools, 4H and Creative Living are growing, and provide a link to the past, with quiltmaking, caning, sewing and crafting. The 2014 Southwest Florida and Lee County Fair promises to be the biggest and best yet, and attendance is expected to top last years nearly 100,000. Attractions include new rides, continued on page 18 All Star Band To Perform Charity Benefit ConcertJeffrey Skunk Baxter (Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan), Barry Gordreau (formerly of Boston), Fran Sheehan (formerly of Boston), Leroy LRS Romans (The Wailers/Third World), Robert Mousey Thompson (James Brown) and Danny Beissel (Fosterchild) have banded together to form the American Vinyl All Star Band to perform for national charities across the country. And on March 1, these music icons are scheduled to be joined by special guests Hugh McDonald (Bon Jovi), Cliff Williams (AC/DC), Charlie Colin (Train), Rick Derringer (Steely Dan/Egdar Winter) and Chaz Trippy (The Gregg Allman Band) for a performance outside the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center in Fort Myers. Opening bands for the show include The Steve Tucci Band, The Sean Chambers Band and The Matt Facciolla Band. This will be the third year that the American Vinyl All Star Band will be performing at the art center, with proceeds benefitting two charities: The Able Academy (www.theableacademy.org) and the Davis Art Center. The Able Academy is a non-profit organization committed to the study of human behavior and development and its effective application to persons with identified needs. The Sidney and Berne Davis Art Centers mission is to nurture innovation continued on page 18 Saxophone Quartet To Perform At Shell PointShell Point Retirement Community continues its Concerts & Conversations Series with Washington Saxophone Quartet on Monday, March 3 at 7 p.m. in The Grand Cypress Room of The Woodlands at Shell Point. The most widely-heard saxophone quartet in the United States, Washington Saxophone Quartet has performed recitals, informal concerts and master classes in the United States, the Caribbean and China, and played on radio and television worldwide for nearly 35 years. The ensemble taps into a rich repertoire from early music to newly commissioned works, and it draws on a wealth of experience to reach listeners of every age and background. Since 1997, recorded arrangements by the Washington Saxophone Quartet have aired daily throughout the United States on National Public Radios broadcasts of All Things Considered. Concert audiences enjoy their connection to the quartet when they discover theyve been listening to their music during afternoon drive time and it continued on page 18 Washington Saxophone Quartet


THE RIVER FEBRUARY 28, 20142 Historic Downtown Fort Myers, Then And Now: Destination Evergladesby Gerri Reaves, PhDCirca 1892, a photographer stood at First and Hendry and snapped a group of people poised for the trek into the Everglades. Notice the proximity of the Caloosahatchee Rivers shore, which then lay roughly at todays Bay Street. Typically, travelers such as these brought their own goods to town for trade. Anything from produce to animal skins could be exchanged at general stores for supplies. On return, their wagons would be loaded with barrels of sugar or grits, bolts of cloth, sacks of flour, canned goods, farm implements, or other items that only town life could provide. Among the many striking things in this photo are the oxens sharply outlined spines and ribs. Perhaps the animals emaciated state, more than any other detail, points to the harsh realities sometimes involved in a remote pioneer life. A trip into the Everglades by wagon was a difficult at best in the days before proper roads existed. A trip that today takes only minutes by car could take days or even weeks more than a century ago. Roads outside settled areas amounted to little more than inadequate rutted paths. Even in the best weather, heat, terrain, mosquitoes, snakes and generally tedious slow-going were the norm. In the rainy season, whatever road did exist might be flooded or washed out. Deep mud or sand could add to a travelers woes. Teams of oxen were often the best option for pulling heavy loads over long distances. Well into the 20th century, the ox played a role in transportation and work in the region. Oxen worked farm land, labored in lumber mills, helped in road construction and powered sugar-grinding mills. They hauled oranges, hay and cotton bales, and they pulled passengers in ox carts and heaved heavily laden wagons. Also part of this historic scene is the dock (far left) originally constructed in 1852 by the U.S. Army when Fort Myers was a fort. After a storm washed the dock away in 1878, it was quickly rebuilt because the towns economy and transportation were so dependent on it. continued on page 15 The River Weekly News will correct factual errors or matters of emphasis and interpretation that appear in news stories. Readers with news, tips, comments or questions, please call (239) 415-7732 or write to: The River Weekly News, 1609 Hendry Street, Suite 15, Fort Myers, FL 33901. Fax number: (239) 415-7702. E-mail: press@riverweekly.com. The River Weekly News reserves the right to refuse, alter or edit any editorial or advertisement.Independently Owned And Operated COPYRIGHT 2014 The River Weekly News LORKEN Publications, Inc.Co-Publishers Lorin Arundel and Ken Rasi Advertising Sales Isabel Rasi George Beleslin Office Coordinator Patricia MolloyGraphic Arts/ProductionAnn Ziehl Sarah Crooks Kristy See Photographer Michael Heider Writers Gerri Reaves, Ph D Anne Mitchell Jeff Lysiak PRINTED ON RECYCLED PAPER Contributing Writers Read Us Online: www.IslandSunNews.com Click on The River Jennifer Basey Kimberley Berisford Suzy Cohen Justen Dobbs Ed Frank Max Friedersdorf Priscilla Friedersdorf Jim George Shelley Greggs Tom Hall Dr. Dave Hepburn Audrey Krienen Capt. Matt Mitchell Patricia Molloy Di Saggau Modern development has replaced general stores and Everglades-bound oxen trains photo by Gerri Reaves The oxen in the photo at left are wearing heavy wooden yokes similar to this one, which resides at the Southwest Florida Historical Societys research center photo by Gerri Reaves This group gathered at First and Hendry is ready to depart for the Everglades courtesy of the Southwest Florida Historical Society (Sara Nell Hendry Gran Collection)


3 THE RIVER FEBRUARY 28, 2014Fort Myers Public Art: Battle of Fort Myers Muralby Tom HallThe Battle of Fort Myers was fought on February 20, 1865. Many are surprised to learn that Fort Myers was a Union stronghold during the Civil War, and that the attack was initiated by a homegrown battalion of Confederate soldiers which was formed to oppose forays by soldiers from the fort into cattle country from Punta Gorda north to Tampa. Prior to 1864, the ranchers had been supplying beef to Confederate troops, as well as providing steers to blockade runners who were trading them in Cuba for much-needed provisions. But toward the end of January 1864, the Union soldiers garrisoned at the fort began confiscating the ranchers cattle. In fact, they were so successful that by January 1865, theyd appropriated more than 4,500 head, the majority of which they drove to Punta Rassa, where they were loaded on ships and taken to Key West to feed the sailors manning the flotilla that was blockading the coast of Florida. As if the confiscation of their cattle was not bad enough, two companies of the Union soldiers garrisoned at Fort Myers were black. Not former slaves, but free men mostly from Maryland. And they discharged their duties with a fervor the Confederate sympathizers especially loathed. The Confederate Army couldnt spare any soldiers to attack the fort, so at the direction of John McKay, Sr., chief commissary for the Fifth District of Florida, the ranchers formed a home-grown battalion to protect their slaves and what was left of their cattle. They were officially named the Florida Special Cavalry, 1st Battalion, but everybody referred to them simply as the Cow Calvary, and they headquartered in Fort Meade near Tampa under the command of Colonel Charles J. Munnerlyn. In January 1865, Munnerlyn sent Major William Footman and three companies of the Cow Calvary to destroy Fort Myers. Included in that contingent was Capt. F. A. Hendry, who had raised and was commanding a company of 131 men. So Footman set out with 275 men on the two-week, 200-mile march to Fort Thomson near present day LaBelle. Some accounts claim that his contingent had swelled to 500 men, as angry local farmers, fishermen and other partisans rushed to join the fray. However, others contend that Footman would not have had provisions to sustain a larger force, although a handful of partisans may very well have joined in. After resting but a day, they marched down the banks of the Caloosahatchee River to mount a surprise attack on the fort the following morning. Unfortunately, the overeager vanguard of Footmans force ambushed a handful of the black Union soldiers they discovered on picket duty, thereby alerting the Union forces inside the fort to prepare themselves for battle. Seeing that hed lost the advantage of surprise, Footman ordered his men to fire a warning shot from their sole piece of artillery, a bronze 12-pounder. Then he sent a messenger under cover of a white flag to demand the forts surrender. Captain James Doyle gave a terse response. Via the messenger, he told Footman: Your demand for an unconditional surrender has been received. I respectfully decline; I have force enough to maintain my position and will fight you to the last. Led by the black soldiers garrisoned in the fort, the Union contingent repelled the attack and thereby saved the fort from being burned to the ground. While people living in Tampa and Cedar Key in need of wood to rebuild their homes cannibalized the fort in the months following its abandonment in June 1865, enough remained to entice Fort Myers first settlers, Manuel A. Gonzalez, his five-year-old son, his brother-in-law John Weatherford and close family friend Joseph Vivas to remain when they sailed up the river in February 1866 to make their home in the remnants of the old fort. Had the Cow Cavalry won and destroyed the fort, it is entirely possible that Gonzalez, Weatherford and Vivas might have returned to Key West and that the town would have never developed into the cow town that it did. The Battle of Fort Myers is the subject of two public artworks located in the downtown Fort Myers River District, the memorial Clayton by North Fort Myers sculptor Don J. Wilkins, which is located in Centennial Park, and the 20by 100-foot sepia tone ceramic tile Barbara Jo Revelle mural, Fort Myers: An Alternative History, which is located in the courtyard shared by the federal courthouse, Hotel Indigo and Starbucks off First and Broadway. Fort Myers newest public artwork, Marks & Brands, pays homage to the role played by the cattlemen who migrated to this area and built the fledgling town of Fort Myers in the years following the Civil Wars end. An arts advocate, Tom Hall guides weekly walking tours of the River Districts public art collection in Fort Myers. For more information, go to truetours.net. A section of the ceramic tile mural in the courtyard near First Street and Broadway. It is one of two public works dedicated to the Battle of Fort Myers fought on February 20, 1865. 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THE RIVER FEBRUARY 28, 20144 Live Entertainment Nightly, Online Discounts, Loyalty Program, The Best Happy Hour We have some spectacular bands scheduled this season on Friday & Saturday We have some spectacular bands scheduled this season on Friday & SaturdayVIEW OUR SCHEDULE ONLINE at Brattasristoramte.com NOW OPEN FOR LUNCH MONDAY THRU FRIDAY NOW OPEN FOR LUNCH MONDAY THRU FRIDAY 11:30am-4pm 11:30am-4pm Happy Hour at Lunch Happy Hour at Lunch BRATTASRISTORANTE.COM BRATTASRISTORANTE.COM 239-433-4449 239-433-4449 12984 S. CLEVELAND AVE., FORT MYERS 12984 S. CLEVELAND AVE., FORT MYERS Dinner Dinner Daily Daily 4pm 4pm Serving Lunch Serving Lunch Mon-Fri Mon-Fri 11:30am 11:30am Li ve E nt er ta in me nt N ig htly On li ne D is co un ts Lo ya lt y Pr og ra m T he B es t Ha pp y Ho ur This weekends entertainment is This weekends entertainment is THE RENATA BAND THE RENATA BAND Friday, Feb 28 Friday, Feb 28 7:30-11:30pm 7:30-11:30pm ISLANDE & CHARLES ISLANDE & CHARLES Saturday, Mar 1 Saturday, Mar 1 7:30-11:30pm 7:30-11:30pm Grilled Calamari Salad Portobello Burger Fish Tacos Flatbread Pizza Winner of Winner of Best Casual Fine Dining Best Casual Fine Dining 2012 & 2013 2012 & 2013 Model Train Show In Fort MyersOn March 15 and 16, Scale Rails of Southwest Florida will present its Scale Rails Spring Train Show at the Araba Shrine Temple in Fort Myers. There will be many special attractions such as dealers and collectors selling trains and accessories. There will be five outstanding operating layouts to view. The Christmas O Scale layout is decorated in winter scenery. An ON30 layout and the Scale Rails Tidewater District layout are in N Scale. There is also an N Scale complete layout to be raffled. In the Scale Rails clubhouse, there is a complete HO triple deck operating layout that is available for viewing with admission to the show. There will also be an O Gauge Lionel Circus Train for the kids to operate at the clubhouse. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Admission is $7 for adults and $2 for teens. Children under 12 and service personnel in uniform are admitted free. The Araba Shrine Temple is located at 2010 Hanson Street, Fort Myers. For more information, call the Scale Rails clubhouse at 731-0520. The Scale Rails show features ON30 scale layout Shell Point Offers A Salute To ShakespeareThe Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point recognizes the 450th anniversary of the birth of The Bard, with two March sessions of A Salute To Shakespeare scheduled on the following dates: Thursday, March 6 This session will explore one of his often-performed histories, Richard III. In the session, attendees will assess how Shakespeare presents Richard as physically impaired and devoid of any moral values. The play will be used to gain insight into how Shakespeare approached his other historical figures. Thursday, March 20 The final session will be devoted to a discussion of one of the Bards popular comedies, Much Ado About Nothing. This story of love and romance fully illustrates Shakespeares insights on the emotions of young men and women as well as his unique mastery of clever language. The sessions will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands at Shell Point. A Salute To Shakespeare will be taught by Ray Boyce, a Shell Point resident who studied Shakespeare at Oxford University as a part of his ongoing passion for continuing education. Both sessions are free; however, seating is limited and reservations are required. 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. The Academy provides approximately 90 classes each semester that encompass a well-rounded curriculum of educational opportunities for senior adults. The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point was named as 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. Kelly Greens Golf, Tennis ClassicThe Kelly Greens Golf and Tennis Classic, open to the public, will feature cash prizes, a gourmet awards dinner and a Chinese auction to benefit Hope Hospice. The classic is planned for Saturday, March 1 at 1:15 p.m. Entry fee is $135 per player and includes golf, cart, two mulligans and the awards dinner. Registration forms are available in the Kelly Greens Golf & Country Club pro shop and administration office. Co-chairs for the event are Red and Ram Crandall and Paul and Rose Kelly. Kelly Greens is at 12300 Kelly Greens Boulevard, Fort Myers. Call 565-1031 to register. Limited seating is available for dinner. Menu Donors For CCMI Soup Kitchen BenefitSam Galloway Jr. & Friends 11th annual Soup Kitchen Benefit will be held on Tuesday, March 11 at the Sam Galloway Ford dealership, located off Boy Scout Drive and Summerlin Road in Fort Myers. The dinner starts at 7 p.m. following cocktails, which begin at 6 p.m. The Gulf Coast Symphony, led by Maestro Andrew Kurtz, will present a program entitled Celebration Of Broadway. This years menu, which is donated by local restaurants and individuals, includes appetizers from Sandy Stilwell of SS Hookers and Stilwell Enterprises & Restaurant Group and The Rao Family of Mastello Ristorante and A Touch of Italy Market; salad from Will and Andrea Prather of The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre; BBQ chicken and sauce from Jim Stewart of Jim Bobs Bar-B-Que; BBQ pork and swamp cabbage from Wesley and Deanna Hansen; fried shrimp and cheese grits from John and Paul Browning of The Three Fishermen Restaurants; gourmet meatloaf and mashed potatoes from Jordan Webster of J.G. Websters Catering; roasted chicken by Steve and Jeanne Sexton of The Alva Diner; peas and rice, cornbread and hot pepper sauce from Bill and Janice Barnwell of The Farmers Market Restaurant; summer squash and green beans from Kim and Jack Avery of The Main Event Catering; collard greens from CCMIs Everyday Caf & Market; desserts from Norman and Mary Love of Norman Love Confections and Uncle Charlies Cookie Ministry; and beverages from Mast Family Culligan and The Mitchell Family of Suncoast Beverages. The goal of this event is to raise over $450,000 for CCMI, the umbrella agency for the Soup Kitchen, Meals On Wheels, school backpack and pantry program, mobile food pantries, education, social and homeless services for area residents in need. The event has sold out for several years and continues to be one of the signature events in our community. According to Tracey Galloway, CEO of CCMI, the need within the Southwest Florida community continues to grow. There are over 3,400 documented homeless individuals in Lee County; more than 1,200 are children, said Galloway. Our mission is to end hunger and homelessness in Lee County by addressing the root causes and finding sustainable solutions to achieve long term success for our clients. CCMI serves Fort Myers and the greater Lee County area, including Bonita Springs, Cape Coral and Lehigh Acres. CCMI works in partnership with United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades, Harry Chapin Food Bank and regional community foundations as well as collaborating with fellow community and service groups including The School District of Lee County and numerous churches, businesses and community support organizations. For more information, call 332-7687 ext. 3 or visit www.ccmileecounty.com.


5 THE RIVER FEBRUARY 28, 2014 Republican Women Present GEM AwardThe February 18 luncheon meeting of the Fort Myers Republican Womens Club featured the presentation of gift certificates to student essay winners from Oasis Middle School. Their essays were entitled Ethics in Politics. The annual GEM Award was presented to Betty Parker, political writer for The News-Press of Fort Myers. It is given to individuals who have shown great leadership, effort in establishing programs and policies, and being a major contributor to the community through time and effort. Parker retired from The News-Press five years ago after covering local and state politics since 1985. Lee County Tax Collector Larry Hart was the keynote speaker. From left: Larry Hart, Lee County Tax Collector; William Reich, first prize winner; Kyleigh Jackson, second prize winner; Kristen Thompson, third prize winner; and Angela Pruitt, superintendent, Cape Coral Municipal Charter Schools Betty Parker, left, political writer for The News-Press, receives the GEM Award from Gaile Anthony, president, Fort Myers Republic Womens Club FREE MARINA DOCKAGE with Dock Attendants AssistanceLunch Dinner Snacks in Between Where its Happy Hour all the time!!!Make sure you pick up a Nellies discount card come in six times and get a FREE mealAward-Winning Restaurant: Best Lunch Best Casual Dining Best Waterfront Dining Best Place for Live MusicPre-BashBenetting Lynx foundation March 16th Mike Glean 1-3 the Dweebs 4-7 High Tide 7-10ST PATTYS DAY SUPER BASHBenetting CERT team March 17th Dave Collaton 1-3 the Dweebs 4-7 Left of Center 7-10


THE RIVER FEBRUARY 28, 20146 Open House At Goodwill FacilityGoodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc. invites the public to an open house on Friday, February 28 for the organizations new headquarters, the Goodwill Opportunity Center, located at 5100 Tice Street in Fort Myers. Goodwill has grown so much in the almost 50 years weve been in the community, said Madison Mitchell, a Goodwill spokesperson. In 2010, we assisted just over 16,000 people in Southwest Florida. In 2013, we helped over 37,000. From 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., members of the community can enjoy a ribbon cutting, behind the scene tours of Goodwills operations, a free lunch and music. All are invited to see how Goodwill is making a difference in the lives of people across Southwest Florida. The new 126,000-square-foot Goodwill Opportunity Center houses the organizations administrative, retail, operations and transportation offices as well as the Goodwill Outlet Center, which features donated goods sold by the pound, and the Goodwill LIFE Academy, a tuition-free charter school for students with intellectual disabilities. Goodwills Community Support Services department is also housed at the Opportunity Center. The open house will be a fun way for people to get to know the other side of Goodwill, added Mitchell. To see how Goodwill goes beyond just our stores. For more information about Goodwill, visit www.goodwillswfl.org. Goodwills Opportunity Center, located on Tice Street in Fort Myers Take The Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization Survey OnlineNearly 400,000 new residents are expected to reside in Lee County by the year 2040. To address the transportation needs of our growing communities, the Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is currently exploring ways to reduce the number of vehicle trips and increase travel options. This involves looking at where future residents and jobs may locate in Lee County over the next 25 years. How should we grow? Lets plan for better transportation in Lee County. To do this, conceptual growth scenarios are being presented in an online survey. The MPO is asking the public to share their ideas about new ways to grow relating to future transportation investments. The survey only takes a few minutes to complete and is available at www.Lee2040.metroquest.com now through March 2014. Public input will be used by the MPO Board members to help select a preferred approach to future growth and the corresponding transportation system needed to support that growth. This is a first step in developing the Lee County 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan. To learn more about the Lee County MPO, visit www.LeeMPO.com. Read us online at IslandSunNews.com New-Look Hammond Stadium To Be Unveiled This Weekendby Ed FrankBaseball fans will be treated to the dramatic new look of Hammond Stadium when they enter the ballpark this weekend for the beginning of spring training competition. The first phase of a $48.5 million expansion and renovation of the stadium and the adjoining Lee County Spots Complex is nearing completion with the remainder of the work to be finalized early next year. With the opening two years ago of the $80 million JetBlue Park at Fenway South, the spring training home of the Boston Red Sox, and now the additions and improvements to the Grapefruit League home of the Minnesota Twins, Lee County has assured that these two teams will remain here for at least the next three decades. When you enter Hammond Stadium tomorrow, Saturday, when the Twins play the Red Sox in their first spring training home game, the first thing you will see is a 360-degree boardwalk and concourse ringing the field with new seating. The addition increases the stadium capacity from 8,000 to 9,300. The boardwalk also includes two large patio group seating areas, bars and concession stands. Also to be completed this year is a large player development academy, one of only three in the major leagues, renovation of the Twins minor league clubhouse, new minor league playing field and agility field and a new parking lot. The unique player development academy contains classrooms for minor leaguers that will be utilized for multi-discipline education, a large auditorium, nutrition center and dormitory housing for 108 players. The Twins presently house minor league players in hotels during spring training. Financing the project came from Lee County ($27.5 million), $15 million from the State of Florida and $6 million from the Twins who are paying for the dormitory portion of the player development academy. Phase two of the construction is scheduled for completion by February, 2015, and is to include expansion and upgrading of the present concourses in Hammond Stadium, restroom renovations, premium seating improvements, clubhouse expansion, a new retail store, press box renovations and permanent offices for both the Twins and the Fort Myers Miracle administrative staff. The most recent data available shows that spring training contributes more than $47 million to the local economy annually.The study further showed that 57 percent of those who attend a spring training game of the Twins and Red Sox are visiting Lee County for the sole purpose of attending games. A new 360-degree boardwalk and concourse ring Hammond Stadium


7 THE RIVER FEBRUARY 28, 2014Buy Tickets For Young Artists AwardsCelebrate and enjoy the best of performing artists from throughout Southwest Florida at the 11th annual Young Artists Awards Gala on Monday, March 10 at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. Tickets to the event are only $45, including a silent auction at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and the show including a champagne toast, hosted by Lois Thome of WINK-TV at 7 p.m. In addition to the performances judged by the professionals in attendance that evening, the program will feature their Audience Choice Award, where tickets holders are invited to vote on their favorite performer at the event. From a musician currently attending Julliard and a FGCU finalist who has performed in a solo recital at Carnegie Hall to award-winning singers, dancers, actors and musicians attending local schools, students ages 8 to 21 will take to the stage for an evening of entertainment. The not-for-profit Young Artists Awards program continues to expand in its eleventh year of operation. On four full separate auditions days in January, seven panels of 57 professionals and educators in the performing arts from throughout the nation adjudicated at auditions in dance, drama, instrumental music, classical voice and contemporary voice/musical theatre. The best of performing arts students from throughout Southwest Florida participated in the largest independent performing arts competition held in Lee County, held at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers. In addition to the twenty-two finalists selected to perform individually, all performers, including 12 runner-up students, will work with coaches on a group number to be featured on stage at the opening of the event at the Broadway Palm. Over $20,000 in cash scholarships and other prizes will be awarded the evening of the gala. The winners are listed below. Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the Young Artists Awards Art by Kids with Cancer project, which assists local families in need experiencing the financial challenges of childhood cancer with everyday expenses. Join us for the best show in town on Monday, March 11. Tickets to this popular event are now available at the Broadway Palm Dinner theatre box office in person, by calling 278-4422 or by visiting www.broadwaypalm.com and clicking on the Young Artists Awards logo in their In The Spotlight section. The 2014 Young Artists Awards winners include: Instrumental Music ages 13-16 Finalist Stephanie van Duijn Cypress Lake High Finalist Colleen Kilpatrick Ave Maria Universitycontinued on page 16 Young Artists Awards finalist Jake Chabot auditioning Finalist Stephanie van Duijn performs during her audition Finalist Martina Long 1628 Periwinkle Way 472-2893 Heart of the Islands, SanibelOpen Daily at 10am www.threecraftyladies.com D aily at 10a m e craftyladies.co m Tropical Fabrics Tropical Fabrics Novelty Yarn Novelty Yarn Quilting Quilting Notions Notions Beads Beads Scrapbook Papers Scrapbook Papers Childrens Crafts Childrens Crafts Art Supplies Art Supplies Shell Crafts Shell Crafts Gifts Gifts Find us on Ask about our Sewing Machine Rental Program! Ask about our Sewing Machine Rental Program! STOP IN ON THURSDAY TO CREATE A MAKEITANDTAKEIT BEAD BRACELET SOUVENIR! STOP IN ON THURSDAY TO CREATE A MAKEITANDTAKEIT BEAD BRACELET SOUVENIR! 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


THE RIVER FEBRUARY 28, 20148 Along The RiverFrom Friday through Sunday, the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Fort Myers will present its 39th annual Greek Fest. The family-fun event is open Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. Admission is $5 per adult which is good for the entire weekend; children 12 years and under are admitted free. Parking is also free of charge. The highlight of the festival is a large selection of authentic Greek foods and pastries include gyro, souvlaki, moussaka, Greek salads, baklava and saganaki (flaming cheese). Relax at the Taverna with a glass of Greek wine or a beer. Live traditional music and entertainment is provided by the Greek Company Orchestra along with the crowd-pleasing Alpha Omega Greek folk dancer troupe. Kids can have fun at the arcade and on carnival rides.Feeling lucky? Take a chance on winning a 2014 Lexus IS-250 or $25,000 in cash.Greek Fest continues its annual commitment of donating a portion of the net proceeds from the event to Meals on Wheels and the Golisano Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church is located at 8210 Cypress Lake Drive. For more information, call 481-2099 or go to www.greekfestfortmyers.com. On Friday at 7 p.m., Outdoor Family Movie Night returns to the Alliance for the Arts with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, picnic baskets and coolers and watch a hilarious film under the stars with your family and friends! Picking up precisely where its hit predecessor left off, Sony Pictures Animations Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 finds Flint Lockwood (voice of Bill Hader) invited to join the Live Corp Company, and use his gift for invention for the good of mankind. Just as young Flint prepares to go to work for his hero Chester V (voice of Will Forte), however, the young genius learns that his water-to-food machine is not only still functional, but its also started cross-breeding animals with food. Now, in order to prevent a growing army of foodimals from escaping isolation on an island and wreaking havoc on the mainland, Flint and his loyal group of friends will have to do battle with such delicious, but deadly, hybrids as the ferocious tacodiles, slithering apple pie-thons, and vine-swinging shrimpanzees. Saving the world from these rampaging monstrosities wont be easy, but if anyone is up to the task, its Flint and company. A suggested $5 donation helps ensure continued free family programming at the Alliance. The series concludes on Friday, March 28 at 8 p.m. with Despicable Me 2. The Alliance for the Arts is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. The weather is warming which means its time to pull your boat out of storage and hit the water. Marine Trading Post has everything a serious boater needs to maintain and improve his or her boating pleasure. In 1985, Clarence Kel Kellerman opened the first Marine Trading Post store in North Fort Myers. He was so successful that he expanded to Naples seven years ago and opened a third location last year in Fort Myers, conveniently located near Fort Myers Beach and the Sanibel Causeway. Marine Trading Post specializes in marine parts, boat engine parts, trailors, gauges and fiberglass parts. You will not find any T-shirts or tourist keepsakes here. The nearest Marine Trading Post location is at 15600 San Carlos Boulevard, Unit 170, Fort Myers next to Big Lots. It is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and now it is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Call 437-7475 or go to www.marinetradingpost.com. The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point recognizes the 450th anniversary of the birth of The Bard with two March sessions of A Salute to Shakespeare. On Thursday, March 6, the session will explore one of his often-performed Histories, Richard III. In the session, attendees will assess how Shakespeare presents Richard as physically impaired and devoid of any moral values. The play will be used to gain insight into how Shakespeare approached his other historical figures. On Thursday, March 20, the second session will be devoted to a discussion of one of the Bards popular comedies, Much Ado About Nothing. This story of love and romance fully illustrates Shakespeares insights on the emotions of young men and women, as well as his unique mastery of clever language. The sessions are held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands at Shell Point. A Salute to Shakespeare is taught by Ray Boyce, a Shell Point resident who studied Shakespeare at Oxford University as a part of his ongoing passion for continuing education. Shell Point is located at 14200 Woodsong Lane, Fort Myers. Both sessions are free; however, seating is limited and reservations are required. Call 489-8472 for more information or visit www.shellpoint.org. Sanibel Captiva Art Leagues Clothesline Art Sale Sunday, March 17 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Sanibel Community House Annual Clothesline Art Sale Saturday, March 19:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Go Greek this weekend at the 39th annual Greek Fest in Fort Myers. The three-day event features authentic food, traditional music, carnival rides and a chance to win $25,000 Shell Point presents A Salute to Shakespeare on Thursday. The session focuses on Richard III and is led by Ray Boyce, a Shell Point resident who studied The Bard at Oxford University.


9 THE RIVER FEBRUARY 28, 2014 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. 12984 S. Cleveland Avenue, 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. 708 Fishermans Wharf, 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. 1520 Broadway #106, Fort Myers. Call 334-6991. Where can you go when youre in the moooood for some great cookin, local fun and prices that wont make you lose the farm? Try Island Cow on Sanibel. Island Cow is an airy bistro with french doors leading out to the front and back patios. It is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dine under the stars while you listen to live music on one of Sanibels only al fresco eating porches. 2163 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Call 472-0606. 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 rib 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.continued on page 16 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 MORGAN HOUSE BRATTAS RISTORANTE Nervous Nellies fabulous portabello panini served on the expansive waterfront patio ISLAND COW 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 Restaurant


Churches/TemplesALL FAITHS UNITARIAN CONGREGATION (UUA) Where diversity is treasured 2756 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers Sunday Services at 9 and 11 a.m. Adult Education Workshop at 10 a.m. The Reverend Margaret L. Beard, Minister 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, 5:30 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, 239-463-4251, www.stpeterfmb.com. Sundays 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion celebrated in each service. Coffee fellowship between services. 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, 6:15 p.m. Torah Study, Saturday, 9:15 a.m. Religious Education; Sunday School and Midweek classes, Preschool Classes, Monday through Friday Web site: www.continued on page 11THE RIVER FEBRUARY 28, 201410


11 THE RIVER FEBRUARY 28, 2014 The Martins To Perform In Fort MyersPopular Christian recording artists The Martins will be featured at the First Assembly of God in Fort Myers on Sunday, March 9 at 7 p,m. Siblings, Judy, Jonathan and Joyce Martin, have had a number of radio hits and have performed on stages at such prestigious locations as The Grand Ole Opry and The White House, as well as concert halls, auditoriums and churches nationwide. After nearly a decade of pursuing individual music careers, the trio reunited in 2010. In 2011, they released their first new recording in 10 years. In support of the highly anticipated recording, produced by Jay DeMarcus (Rascal Flatts), the group has toured worldwide. They continue to be regularly featured on the popular Gaither Homecoming video and concert series. Most recently, this spring, they returned to the studio with arranger Lari Goss and long-time friend and producer Michael English to record a new a cappella hymns project. It is scheduled to be released early this year. Further information may be obtained at www.firstassemblyministries.com or www. martinsonline.com or by calling 936-6277. Siblings, Judy, Jonathan and Joyce Martin From page 10Churches/Templestemplebethel.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 Sunday Services 9:15 and 11 a.m. Childrens Sunday School 11 a.m. Reverend Jim Rosemergy. Our God is Love, Our religion is Oneness, Our Race is Human. 239-278-1511, www.unityoffortmyers.org. 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. Torah StudyOn Thursday, March 6 at noon, Temple Judeas Rabbi Sack begins a one-hour Torah study that includes an open discussion of Torah and Judaism where all levels of background and all questions are encouraged. The session is held on the first Thursday of the month at the office of Myers, Bretthoitz & Company, 12671 Whitehall Drive, Fort Myers. Bring a chumash if you have one. Rabbi Sack will bring the text for the session. For more information, call 433-0201 or send an email to tjswfl@gmail.com. GEORGIA HEMPHILLGeorgia Hemphill, a long-time resident of Captiva and Shell Point in Fort Myers, died on December 7, 2013 in Carlinville, Illinois. Born on February 25, 1923, she married Robert Bud Hemphill in 1942. Georgia was preceded in death by her husband, two brothers and her oldest son, Ted. Georgia spent the war years at Fort Smith Arkansas as well as Pasadena and Monterey, California, working for the USO before Bud went overseas. Following his return, they built a house in Carlinville, she received a BA degree from Blackburn College and taught high school math and English for the next 17 years. 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Quickly rebounding water temperatures contributed to this great fast-paced action. Mackerel, ladyfish, trout and pompano could be caught on most grass flats in the threeto five-foot range. Sightings of the first tarpon of the year this week and lots of sharks starting to invade the sound are sure signs our fishing is about to drastically improve. Spring is always a great time to be fishing but depending on water temperatures, springlike action could start to happen by midMarch or as late as mid-April if we have another major cold period. Flats fishing this week provided the best rod-bending action, either shiners or live shrimp fished under a popping cork caught fish after fish. Look for bird activity, both diving pelicans and feeding gulls out on the open flats to help you locate these hungry fish. If youre looking for a little larger game, chop one of the ladyfish you catch in two and flip it out behind the boat on some bigger gear. Black tip sharks are becoming more and more numerous around the sound along with more big bull sharks than I ever remember seeing this time of year. Even though it seems really early, tarpon sightings from the middle sound up to the Pineland channel are getting more and more frequent. Most of these fish seem to be right around the 50-pound range. Hooking into an early season tarpon in March would be pretty cool. I also had a report of a good sized pod of tarpon spotted out from Knapps Point by a guide buddy fishing for Spanish mackerel and sharks this week. Personally I have seen a few free-jumping tarpon and big spinner sharks while running from Picnic Island to the B-span of the causeway and then again in the Marker 18 area. Pompano fishing this winter has been really good with a few being caught on almost every trip when I have flats fished this week. Areas around the passes with sand and grass bottom are good locations to get in on this action. Most flats in the sound seem to be holding pompano, Red Light Shoal, the clam bar out from Buck Key and the sand to grass edges of Rocky Channel have been my go-to areas for a great mixed bag of fish including a few bonus pompano. Redfish action has been hit and miss for me while fishing the southern sound with most of the fish either right at or just below the 18-inch minimum. Redfish tides have been just horrible for what seems like months but during the few periods of higher water I have been giving it a go without a whole lot of success. Both cut bait and live shrimp fished up under the mangroves have been catching a red here and there but there seem to be very few quality redfish. I have had several reports of larger redfish falling for soft plastic jigs in the middle sound while working long stretches of mangrove shorelines from Regla Island to Panther Key. Calling winter done and over already is probably a little premature but seeing some of our springtime species starting to show up is a great reprieve after what has seemed like a long winter. As long as temperatures remain warm, now is that time to start taking a few larger rods. Being ready is half the battle as you never know what you might run into during a day on the water.Capt. Matt Mitchell has been fishing local waters since he moved to Sanibel in 1980. He now lives in St. James City and works as a back country fishing guide. If you have comments or questions email captmattmitchell@aol.com. Tim from Maine with a pompano caught this week while fishing with Capt. Matt Mitchell BOAT RENTALSFishing Cabbage KeyDolphin Watching Captains Available472-5800Jensens Marina Captiva Island 481-4733 12600 Mc G regor Blvd, Ft Myers w ww. scuba v icedi v e r s co m S wim wit h the Fishe s 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. Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702or email press@riverweekly.com


13 THE RIVER FEBRUARY 28, 2014 Additional Locations: 1156 N. Tamiami Trail in North Fort Myers Call 997-5777 2397 Davis Blvd in Naples Call 793-5800 Hours:Mon-Sat 8am 5:30pm Sun 9am 3pmComplete DO-IT-YOURSELFBoat Parts Store Marine Trading Post15600 San Carlos Blvd, Unit 170, Ft Myers (Beside Big Lots) Call 437-7475 Filet Table$59.99 Stainless SteelProps$299 Aluminum Props$99 3-Rod Holder$9.99 CROW Case Of The Week: Eastern Cottontailsby Patricia MolloyBunnies just may be the cutest creatures on the planet; long-eared, doeeyed balls of fur. Since the 1930s, one of the most beloved icons in popular culture has been a fast-talking wascally wabbit named Bugs. Three young Eastern cottontails ( Sylvilagus floridanus) are being treated at CROW. Patients #0099 and #0100 were snuggling in their nest when a family dog began excavating it. The quickthinking pet owner rushed the furry tykes to the wildlife clinic. Fortunately, there were no marks on them, but they were lethargic when they arrived, said Dr. Kristin Dub, DVM intern. They have begun eating on their own and their prospects for release are very good. The third little bunny was found alone and assumed to be in danger. During the patients admission exam, the baby was determined to be perfectly healthy. Unfortunately, this particular case had all the markings of an abduction. Wild rabbits often fare poorly in captivity because they view their human caretakers as potential predators. Despite being housed in cozy hutches in one of the ICUs quiet rooms, young bunnies often experience dramatic weight losses once they find themselves separated from their mothers. We try to get them to eat Oxbow (a nutritionally correct manufactured food supplement) and we watch their weight carefully, Dr. Kristen explained. Baby animals are frequently brought into CROW by well-meaning citizens after discovering what they believe to be an abandoned nest. In the case of wild rabbits, a mother rabbit spends most of the day away from her nest to avoid drawing the attention of predators. If a nest looks undisturbed and the mother is nowhere in sight, that is her plan. As skilled as the wildlife rehabilitators at CROW are, nothing can replace moms tender loving care. As Dr. Heather cautioned, If you happen upon an abandoned bunny, leave it alone. If you have already moved the rabbit, place it right back where you found it. Mom will come back once or twice a day to check on her babies. If you do find an injured wild animal, immediately contact CROW or one of the nine domestic veterinarian clinics it has partnered with in Lee County. CROW volunteers make daily pick-up excursions. CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Inc.) is a non-profit wildlife hospital providing veterinary care for native and migratory wildlife from our local area. The hospital accepts patients seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mail donations to P.O. Box 150, Sanibel, FL 33957. Call 472-3644 or visit www.crowclinic.org. A young Eastern cottontail munches on greens provided by the staff at CROW. The perfectly healthy bunny was admitted to the clinic as a potentially abducted baby.


THE RIVER FEBRUARY 28, 201414 Plant SmartFalse Frangipaniby Gerri ReavesFalse frangipani (Euphorbia gymnonota) is a member of the genus euphorbia and is endemic to the Bahamas. The genus includes common landscape plants, many of them cacti and succulent species that have fleshy angular stems and spines. Non-natives such as the holiday favorite poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) and the groundcover crown-of-thorns (Euphorbia milii) are two of the better known ones. Many are spurges, such as lesser Florida spurge (Euphorbia graminea) and sand dune spurge ( Euphorbia trichotomais), both among the Florida natives of the genus. False frangipani can reach small tree size, growing to about 20 feet high. Its alternate leaves attach directly to the stem and are linear or oblanceolate, wider at the tip than at the base. The terminal inflorescence has a complex structure with five to seven unisexual flowers with crimson oval bracts, or modified leaves. The female flowers (upper) sometimes droop over the cluster. A smooth, three-angled capsule splits open when ripe to release gray seeds. Sometimes the rupture is audible and the seeds are hurled several feet. Spurge species typically contain a milky sap, or latex, that is used medicinally as a purgative. It is irritating and caustic to the skin, so contact with it should be avoided. Youre most likely to find false frangipani at special plant sales or specialty nurseries. Sources: biodiversitylibrary.org, euphorbiaceae.org, and The Shrubs and Woody Vines of Florida by Gil Nelson. Plant Smart explores the plant life of South Florida and sustainable landscape practices. False frangipani has terminal clusters that contain both male and female flowers photos by Gerri Reaves It will grow to the size of a small tree Morning Meander Atop The MarshExplore the wonders of Prairie Pines Preserve, a 2,650-acre Conservation 20/20 preserve on Saturday, March 1 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. From an ADA-compliant 1/4-mile loop boardwalk, this guided nature walk will traverse a seasonal marsh while sharing information about the birds, butterflies and plants that call it home. The degree of difficulty for this walk is easy. Participants should remember to bring items they may need during the walk (i.e. water, hat, sunscreen, binoculars, camera, closed-toed shoes or boots, etc.). Restrooms are available. Prairie Pines Preserve is located at 18400 N. Tamiami Trail in North Fort Myers. Participants will meet in the parking lot. Provided in cooperation with Lee County Parks and Recreation, the tour and parking are free. For more information, call 707-2206 or visit www.conservation2020.org. Red-bellied woodpecker Morning Meander At Lakes ParkAn easy walk along clear paths offers an opportunity to see birds in native vegetation with experienced Bird Patrol guides pointing out the many species in Lakes Regional Park, a Lee County birding hot spot and crucial nesting area for many birds. Morning Meander will be offered on Saturday, March 1. Participants should arrive a few minutes after 8 a.m. for a brief introduction and to sign waivers. Tours start promptly at 8:30 a.m. Participants should wear comfortable shoes and dress to be outside. Bring water, sunscreen and binoculars. Lakes Regional Park is located at 7330 Gladiolus Drive in Fort Myers. Enter Lakes Park gate from Gladiolus and turn right. Drive to end of road, continue through the parking lot. Meet at Shelter A7, located near the Train Station. This tour, provided in cooperation with Lee County Parks and Recreation is free with paid parking. Parking is $1 per hour or $5 for all dayFor more information, call 533-7580 or 533-7576 or visit www.birdpatrol.org. Eastern Phoebe photo by Meg RousherSend your editorial copy to: press@riverweekly.com From page 1Imagine Galawhile supporting the development of Southwest Floridas only science center and aquarium. Title sponsor is Lipman Produce. Other sponsors are: Chicos FAS, CONRIC PR & Marketing, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Henderson Franklin Starnes & Holt, PA, Norman Love Confections and Robb & Stucky. For tickets or more information, call 321-7420 or visit www.i-sci.org.


15 THE RIVER FEBRUARY 28, 2014 CAPTIVA CRUISES Introduces Two New Exciting Cruises Adventure Sailing Expedition A partnership between Captiva Cruises and the Bailey Mathews Shell Museum. Come aboard the Adventure, our 24-passenger sailing catamaran for an unforgettable island expedition. Passengers enjoy a Zodiac boat ride to the island, a naturalist guided shelling adventure, tropical islan d lunch and a fun sail back to Captiva. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Friday & Saturdays 10 AM 2 PM Adults $100 / Child $75 (Plus tax) Historic Cruise to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates Come aboard the Santiva, our 49-passenger power catamaran. Cruise the Captiva & Sanibel coastline and learn about the conservation he ritage of these unique barrier islands. Enjoy dolphin and wildlife sightings. Continue down the Caloosahatchee and learn the early history of Fort Myers. Passengers can enjoy lunch at the new and exciting Pinchers restaurant at the Marina at Edison Ford, followed by a private tour of the historic Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Wednesdays 10 AM 4 PM Adults $65 / Child $50 (Plus tax) Boat Tours And Calusa Food TastingsTwo boat tours and the Calusa Tastings event return to Calusa Heritage Day on Saturday, March 15. Calusa Heritage Day takes place outdoors at the Randell Research Centers Calusa Heritage Trail at 13810 Waterfront Drive in Pineland. It happens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features a variety of activities. A line-up of nationally regarded archaeologists will be speaking and walking tours will be offered every half hour said Cindy Bear, festival organizer. We also offer the chance to try out tool, rope, and weapon making in the ways of the Calusa and we will have new displays on loan from the Florida Museum. We heard from many folks that the boat trips and the Calusa Tastings were great, so we are bringing those back this year. Admission to the festival is $5 for adults, free to children and Randell center members. The narrated Harbor History Boat Tour is co-sponsored by Captiva Cruises and happens at noon. Participants meet their guide inside the festival at the information tent and walk to the nearby boat dock. Tickets can be purchased inside on the day of the festival but it may sell out so advance purchase is recommended. Its $30 for adults and $20 for students. Folks from Sanibel, Captiva, or south Lee County can arrive at Calusa Heritage Day and participate in an Eco-Heritage Boat tour with Captiva Cruises. The boat will depart McCarthys Marina at 10 a.m., with a narrated tour of the harbor, including the fish and ice houses. After lunch at Tarpon Lodge, across the street from the festival, and a two-hour stay at Calusa Heritage Day, the boat will return to Captiva. Fare for the boat ride, tour, and festival admission is $45 for adults, $35 for children; lunch is not included. Reservations for the boat tours are required by calling Captiva Cruises at 4725300. At the Calusa Tastings event, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., visitors may sample foods eaten by the Calusa, including papaya, oysters, and fish, flavored with chili peppers if desired. Although the Calusa achieved great power without farming, said Bear, we now know they also tended small home gardens that included chili peppers and a type of squash. The oldest papaya seeds recovered in North America were excavated on the grounds of the Calusa Heritage Trail, and chili pepper seeds dating to about 2,000 years ago were unearthed too. There is no additional fee for the tastings, tours, or events. Parking is on site and handicapped parking is available. Free water is available throughout the day. Food will be for sale by Pine Island-based Little Lillys Island Deli and Mel Meos fish wagon. For more information call 283-2062 or 283-2157; or log onto www.flmnh.ufl.edu/rrc/. Captiva Cruises on Calusa Heritage Day From page 2EvergladesThe rustic building on the right is either part of the Frierson & Hendry general store or a small structure that stood behind. That store, which stood on the northeast corner of First and Hendry (where a bank is today), was established by William Marion Hendry and Maj. Aaron Frierson in 1874. The store housed the towns first official post office, with Hendry as the first official postmaster. Who knows? Maybe these travelers in the photograph had just done business. Want to learn more about the difficulties and joys of pioneer life? Visit the Southwest Florida Museum of History at 2031 Jackson Street, where exhibits will bring history to life. For information, call 321-7430 or go to museumofhistory.org. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Continue your exploration of local history, people, and places at the Southwest Florida Historical Societys research center at 10091 McGregor Boulevard on the campus of the Lee County Alliance for the Arts. Visit the all-volunteer non-profit organization on Wednesday or Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon, or call the society at 939-4044. Sources: The archives of the Southwest Florida Historical Society, The Story of Fort Myers by Karl H. Grismer, and Fort Myers in Vintage Postcards by Gregg Turner.


THE RIVER FEBRUARY 28, 201416 Shell Point Art Show & SaleArtists at Shell Point Retirement Community have been preparing for the past 12 months in anticipation of this weekends upcoming Shell Point Art Show & Sale, which is scheduled on March 14, 15 and 16 in The Woodlands Commons at Shell Point. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15, and from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 16. This event is free and open to the public. Shell Point resident artists are extremely talented, and the variety of artwork they produce is amazing, said Karen Hubbard, Shell Point resident and art show coordinator. Co-coordinator Sharon Terestenyi added, This years exhibit will feature dozens of talented artists and a variety of mediums on display including acrylic, oil, pastel, watercolor, pencil, canvas, clay, wood, glass, pottery, photography and more, all created by Shell Point residents. Last year, hundreds of people attended this annual show, and guests raved about the outstanding quality of work, said Lynn Schneider, assistant vice president of communications for the community. Some Shell Point residents were professional artists in the past, while others have explored and developed their artistic skills in retirement. Many residents now enjoy taking painting and photography classes through our year-round continuing education program: The Academy of Lifelong Learning. Not only is the public invited to see the art on display, they also have the opportunity to purchase original pieces. Plus, the organizing committee has developed some features to keep the art show interactive and exciting, including a complimentary make-your-own watercolor greeting card activity. Guests will also have a chance to win $10 in Lucky Bucks given away every hour to be spent at the show. The 2014 Shell Point Art Show & Sale will be held on in The Woodlands Commons at Shell Point. For more information, call Melody Desilets, volunteer coordinator at 454-2290 or visit www.shellpoint.org. Maxine Brooks, Bottles in acrylic Bob Huelsbusch, Lone Wolf woodwork From page 7Young Artists AwardsRunner-up Tuan Tran Diplomat Middle Instrumental Music ages 17-21 Finalist Jake Chabot The Julliard School Finalist Priscila Navarro Florida Gulf Coast University Runner-up Elise Sherron Florida Gulf Coast University Dance ages 8-14 Finalist Kaitlyn Nicolosi Fort Myers Christian Finalist Sadie Reichenbach Oasis Elementary Runner-up Jordan Hahn Oasis Middle Dance ages 15-21 Finalist Ariel Reichenbach Florida Gulf Coast University Finalist Hae-Yang Chang Cape Coral High Runner-up Sarah Nelson North Fort Myers High Drama ages 13-16 Finalist Marissa Zumbo Cypress Lake High Finalist Callie Atkinson Cypress Lake High Runner-up Javier Maldonado Jr. Cypress Lake High Drama ages 17-21 Finalist Tommy Short Cypress Lake High Finalist Martina Long Cypress Lake High Runner-up Noelle Aparte North Fort Myers High Classical Voice ages 13-16 Finalist Bryanna Walker Fort Myers High Finalist Christian Koller Fort Myers High Runner-up Jessica Forbes Fort Myers High Classical Voice ages 17-21 Finalist Noelle Aparte North Fort Myers High Finalist Sarah Daigle New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts (fall 2014) Runner-up Carley Levy Fort Myers High Contemporary Voice/Musical Theatre ages 8-12 Finalist Chloe Lamb Cypress Lake Middle Finalist Henry Crater Canterbury Runner-up Mary Grace Epps Oasis Middle Contemporary Voice/Musical Theatre ages 13-16 Finalist Ian Wolf North Fort Myers Academy of the Arts Finalist Bryanna Walker Fort Myers High Runner-up Rene Miville Fort Myers High Runner-up Callie Atkinson Cypress Lake High Contemporary Voice/Musical Theatre ages 17-21 Finalist Martina Long Cypress Lake High Finalist Noelle Aparte North Fort Myers High Runner-up Diana Ascher A New Life (home school) From page 9Fort Myers Fare33 Patio De Leon, Fort Myers. Call 337-3377. Nervous Nellies is a casual, family-fun restaurant that boasts a large selection of appetizers, fresh seafood, over-stuffed sandwiches and entres. Dine in airconditioned comfort or outside on Nellies expansive waterfront patio. Live music. Happy hour all day. Grab a bite to eat or drink and 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. 1131 First Street, Fort Myers Beach at the historic Fort Myers Beach Seaport. Call 463-8077. NERVOUS NELLIES CRAZY WATERFRONT EATERY Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702 or email press@riverweekly.com


17 THE RIVER FEBRUARY 28, 2014 Herons Glen Art Show And SaleOn Sunday, March 2, the Herons Glen Artist Groups annual art show and sale is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Herons Glen clubhouse ballroom. Admission is free. Herons Glen is located four miles north of the Shell Factory, on U.S. 41 in North Fort Myers. For more information, contact Kim Basile at 253-5062. Rainbow Tree, a watercolor with and ink photo by Carol Campbell Tickets On Sale For Grande Dames TeaThe Grande Dames Tea honoring Barbara Norris Brown of Fort Myers, Sarah Sciple of Matlacha and Margaret Sirianni of Fort Myers will be held on Friday, April 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Broadway Palm, located at 1380 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers. MeiMei Chan, The News-Press Media Group president and publisher, will once again serve as mistress of ceremonies. Seats for the tea are $50 per person and may be reserved either online at www.pacecenter.org/lee or by calling 470-7648. Table sponsorships are also available. Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite tea party hat Chair of the Grande Dames Tea is Cheryl Komnick, with Deanna Hansen serving as co-chair. Both women also are members of the PACE Lee Board of Directors. These three outstanding women come from varied backgrounds and are sure to have some insightful advice for the audience and the PACE girls, said Komnick. Our theme of The Wisdom of Age Honoring the Female Spirit is so appropriate because each of these women has much to share from her own lifes journey, Hansen said. This is the sixth year of the historic Grande Dames Tea. Previous honorees have included Berne Davis, Eleanore Kleist and the late Barbara B. Mann in 2009; Jeanne Bochette, Helen Hendry and Veronica Shoemaker in 2010; Myra Daniels, Kathleen Nealon and Mimi Straub in 2011; Michel Doherty, Mavis Miller and Anna Boots Tolles in 2012; and Thelma Hodges, Helen ORourke McClary and Ettie Francis Walsh in 2013. The Grande Dames Tea was originated by PACE Center For Girls of Lee County to honor women who have played major roles in Southwest Florida history through decades of service, philanthropy and helping others. The agenda for the tea will include interaction between the PACE girls and the three Grande Dames, in a questionand-answer format that Komnick and Hansen said is sure to be thought-provoking and poignant. PACE Center For Girls, Inc., is a nonresidential program targeting the unique needs of girls, ages 12 to 18 years old, facing challenges such as physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse, foster care, neglect, death of a parent, family history of incarceration and declining grades. In the past year, the Lee County program provided 116 girls with education, counseling, training and advocacy resulting in 94 percent having no involvement with juvenile justice within six months of leaving PACE, 88 percent improving their academic performance and 80 percent remaining in school or obtaining employment three years after leaving PACE. As a result, PACE reduces the significant long term costs associated with teen pregnancy, substance abuse, unemployment and long term economic dependency. For more information about the Grande Dames Tea or to become a sponsor, contact PACE event coordinator Sally Kee at 470-7648 or visit http://pacecenter.org/lee. Barbara Brown Margaret Sirianni Sarah Sciple


THE RIVER FEBRUARY 28, 201418 Beach Artists Spring Show WinnersAwards were given on February 23 at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association for winners of the final juried show of the season. Judi Betts was there teaching a watercolor workshop and agreed to judge the exhibit. She said she was delighted with the high quality of the work displayed and said the winner, Springtime Choir, made her gasp with its beauty the minute she saw it. Visitors are welcome to visit the gallery and exhibit until March 14. The winners are: First place, Dannica Walker, Springtime Choir Second place, Sue Pink, Cottage Third place, Barb Valentine, Red Flowers Merit Award, Laraine Centineo, The Resting Place1/Matt.11:28 Merit Award, Cheryl A. Fausel, Shadows of Time Merit Award, Dorothy McDowell, Shadows of History: Koreshan Honorable Mention, Anne Kittel, On the Road Again Honorable Mention, Carol Bertino, Low Country Honorable Mention, Milly Pereira, Against the Tide Lucy B. Campbell Award, Terry Shattuck, Dans Peacocks Florida Watercolor Society Award, Maggie Rapp, Rhoda Red In the FMBAA Studio II, the outdoor painters will exhibit from February 28 to March 13. For those interested in learning to paint, several short workshops are being taught at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association this season as well as Patty Kanes watercolor classes on Mondays; Penny Fox acrylic/oil painting for beginners and intermediate painters; Neil Walling teaching plein air painting for all mediums; and Julie Nusbaum teaching watercolor on Yupo. Check out the website at www.fortmyersbeachart.com to see all the artistic events happening this season. The annual Art Bazaar fundraiser for the scholarship awards given by the art association each April will be on March 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Santini Marina Plaza, Fort Myers Beach. Members will have their original artwork for sale including framed and unframed work, cards and more. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more information on shows or classes call 463-3909 or go to www.fortmyersbeachart.com. Springtime Choir by Dannica Walker, the winning painting photo by M. Buelow Rotary Club And The Screaming Orphans Team Up For AutismThe Screaming Orphans rocked the River District on February 22 in a benefit concert for the Adonis Autism Assistance Foundation. The concert and fundraiser, presented for a fifth year by the Rotary Club of Fort Myers, was held at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. The four talented, high-spirited sisters from Ireland have headlined the Rotary Clubs signature event year after year. Don Molloy, Rotarian and organizer of the annual fundraiser, pictured with the Screaming Orphans, Angela Diver, Grinne Diver, Joan Diver and Marie Thrse Diver From page 1Lee County Fair Celebrationa motorsports arena where the fair will host Grasscar lawnmower races and a demolition derby. There will be the Grizzly Experience with Tonk, a sevenyear-old, 700-pound grizzly bear and Yogi and BooBoo, two one-year-old cubs. Billy Bob and Loretta of the Americas Got Talent performing group, Those Funny Little People, will dance their way through the crowd. A life-size baby tyrannosaurus rex will walk among the crowd with his handler. Jimmie Riffle from Animal Planets Gator Boys will have his picture taken with attendees and sign autographs. An all new Senior/ Veterans Day, to be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, will include an entertainment lineup featuring the Hat Boys Band, the Calendar Girls of Florida, as well as a host of screening stations and information booths provided by Lee Memorial Health System and well as insurance companies and the Veterans Administration, to mention a few. Although the fair offers a glimpse into the last century, it is also enlisting the conveniences of modern technology to help everyone take advantage of advance ticket discounts. Find a list of authorized ticket sales outlets or purchase your tickets online at swflcfair.com/tickets. Tickets purchased in advance are $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Tickets purchased at the gate will be $8 for adults and $5 for children. Mega passes, good for gate entry and unlimited rides for one visit, are $25, and cannot be purchased after February 26. From page 1Quartetoften comes as a surprise that theyve been hearing four saxophones. The instruments evoke the refined sounds of a string quartet, the rich harmonies of an organ prelude and the excitement of a jazz sax section. The Shell Point Concerts & Conversations Series offers classical music lovers an opportunity to experience concerts in an intimate setting and enjoy a dessert reception with the musicians following the performance. Tickets are available for $25 each. Visit www.shellpoint.org/concerts or call the box office at 454-2067. From page 1All Star Bandand excellence in the visual and performing arts through exhibitions, performances, preservation, education and outreach in Southwest Florida. For more information about the show, visit www.sbdac.com or www.americanvinylallstarband.com. Email your editorial copy to: press@riverweekly.com


19 THE RIVER FEBRUARY 28, 2014 Student Exhibits At The Alliance Will Open In AprilDuring the month of April, artwork created by Lee County students will fill the gallery at the Alliance for the Arts. This is the 22nd year the Alliance has partnered with the Lee Arts Educators Association (LAEA) to give students the opportunity to display their artwork in a formal exhibit. This annual show features more than 40 schools and hundreds of pieces of art. Works in a wide variety of mediums by elementary and middle school students will be on display from April 2 to 11, with an opening reception on Wednesday, April 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. The work will then be replaced with pieces created by high school students, with a second opening reception on Wednesday, April 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. Judges will select high school winners in several categories and award a Best in Show. The high school work will remain on display until April 25. LAEA is a group of art teachers who works to recognize and promote students who show an interest and aptitude in the visual arts. Artwork by LAEA member teachers will be on display in the Alliance Member Gallery. The Theatre Lobby will feature works created by artists and poets for the Broadsides: Poetry off the Shelf event, a National Poetry Month celebration on Thursday, April 17. The Alliance galleries are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and are free and open to the public at 10091 McGregor Boulevard just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. Kenzie Hasten from Mariner High School, the 2013 LAEA high school Best in Show winner Last years LAES elementary show Alliance Outdoor Family Movie NightOutdoor Family Movie Night returns to the Alliance for the Arts on Friday, February 28 at 7 p.m. with the comedy Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, picnic baskets and coolers and watch hilarious film under the stars with your family and friends. Picking up precisely where its hit predecessor left off, Sony Pictures Animations Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 finds Flint Lockwood (voice of Bill Hader) invited to join the Live Corp Company, and use his gift for invention for the good of mankind. Just as young Flint prepares to go to work for his hero Chester V (voice of Will Forte), however, the young genius learns that his water-to-food machine is not only still functional, but its also started cross-breeding animals with food. Now, in order to prevent a growing army of foodimals from escaping isolation on an island and wreaking havoc on the mainland, Flint and his loyal group of friends will have to do battle with such delicious but deadly hybrids as the ferocious tacodiles, slithering apple pie-thons, and vine-swinging shrimpanzees. Saving the world from these rampaging monstrosities wont be easy, but if anyone is up to the task, its Flint and company. A suggested $5 donation helps ensure continued free family programming at the Alliance. Support for Family Movie Night generously provided by Briers CPA, DinoLingo.com, Riverside Realty, Staging Matters and Winged Foot Title. The series concludes on Friday, March 28 at 8 p.m. with Despicable Me 2. The Alliance for the Arts is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. Share your community news with us. Call 395-1213, Fax: 395-2299or email press@islandsunnews.com ENGEL & VLKERSIsabella Rasi 239-246-4716


THE RIVER FEBRUARY 28, 201420 The Sanctuary Golf Club Ladies Play For PINKPink was the color and PINK was the theme for The Sanctuary Golf Club Ladies annual event on February 12. Donations totaled $5,700, contributing to a three-year total of over $16,000. Chair Debbie Brooks and co-chair Debbie Donahue organized this event for the golf and coordinating bridge were Judy Harrelson and Marilyn Lewis. It was a perfect day because of the weather and the generosity of The Sanctuary Golf Club Ladies Golf and Bridge players. Debbie and I are so thrilled with the participation and enthusiasm for Play for PINK. It was a successful, memorable day, Brooks said. Since founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation has raised over $370 million to advance the most promising research worldwide that will help lead to prevention and a cure. In 2011-12, foundation grants are supporting 187 dedicated researchers at major medical institutions across the globe. The foundation remains one of the most fiscally responsible charities in the country, holding a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, its 10th such designation since 2002. Additionally, it is the only cancer organization designated as A+ by Charity Watch. A hundred percent of the Play for PINK proceeds is donated to the breast cancer research foundation. With a portfolio of the worlds greatest collective brain trust of more than 200 committed researchers globally, we know that we can find the answers in science if only we dedicate ourselves to this mission. Thank you to all of the individuals, groups, companies and organizations whose dedication and support enable us to continue to fund the worlds most promising research. Together, we can realize a world without breast cancer, said Myra J. Biblowit, president, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. For more information, visit www. bcrfcure.org and www.playforpink.org to organize a charity event. Visit www.sanctuarygc.net for more information regarding membership or contact Sheryl Tatum at statum@sanctuarygc.net. Most of the played wore pink for the Breast Cancer Research fundraised at The Sanctuary Some of the women who organized the eventFight For Air StairclimbRegistration now is under way and a record number of teams have begun training for the 2014 Fight For Air Stairclimb, scheduled for Saturday, April 26 at the High Point Place, 2104 West First Street in Fort Myers. Last years event, hosted by the Gulfcoast Chapter of the American Lung Association (ALA), raised $45,000 for the battle against lung diseases such as lung cancer and asthma. Sadly, lung cancer is the leading cancer-related death for men and women in the United States. Event organizers hope to top $50,000 this year in part to fund lung cancer research. During stairclimbs, which ALA hosts nationwide, climbers raise money by collecting pledges to ascend the stairway in a high-rise tower. High Point Place, the tallest building between Tampa and Miami, has donated access to one of its towers for all five years of the Fight For Air Climb. Participants ascend the high rises 541 steps up 30 floors during the event. We have double the number of climbers and teams registered so far this year compared to this time last year, said Kurt Goerke, regional director of the ALAs Gulfcoast Chapter. The event is growing in popularity, and we hope to turn that interest into record participation and dollars raised. As is the trend nationally, the Fort Myers stairclimb is attracting an increasing participation from local firefighters and police officers who are members of their departments SWAT teams. Firefighters and SWAT officers don their full gear during the climb, providing a healthy competition between neighboring fire districts and law enforcement agencies, while at the same time inspiring non-public safety participants. Teams who have registered for the event are invited to begin training, and practice climbs are scheduled weekly on Saturday mornings. The cost to register for the event is $25, and each climber must raise $100. More information and online registration is available at www. FightForAirClimb.org. Fight For Air Climbs are unique fundraising events for the ALA, usually occurring in prominent skyscrapers, stadiums or arenas and involve climbing multiple steps. Sometimes called a vertical road race, teams and individual participants often use the event as a fitness target, as a race or as a way to be active and meet new friends. Many climbers participate to support someone who has lung disease or as a memorial to someone who has passed away. The lung association chapters in West Palm Beach, Tampa, Orlando, Miami, Jacksonville and Fort Lauderdale also host Fight For Air Climbs. Sponsors of the local event include Lee Memorial Health System, High Point Place, 21st Century Oncology, Lee County Electric Cooperative, BB&T, Bagel Bagel, Simplified Technologies, Culligan Water, Bonefish Grill, Story Book Realty, McDonalds, Kings Brand, The Morgan House and Sun Harvest Citrus. For more information or to get involved, call 908-2685. Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702or email press@riverweekly.com


21 THE RIVER FEBRUARY 28, 2014 School Smartby Shelley M. Greggs, NCSPDear Shelley, Something is going on in my sons high school with his physical education class. He learns more slowly and needs information repeated almost all the time, so its hard for him to keep up. He is not passing any of the tests they give, either the written ones or the physical ones. He is very unhappy about the class and is anxious about it. What should I do? He has an IEP that says he should participate in PE. Victoria N., Port Charlotte Victoria, Im glad to hear that your school addressed PE on your sons IEP and that he participates in class. As you know, IDEA 2004 requires that students with disabilities be provided with physical education. You did not mention if your sons PE teacher attended the IEP meeting. Since physical education is a required component of special education, your childs physical education teacher should have been included as a member of the IEP team. Perhaps his teacher is not fully aware of your sons IEP and the modifications or/and the accommodations that are included. A first step might be as simple as a phone call or email to the teacher to make sure that s/he is aware of the IEP and to find out how s/he presents information to your son. If things seem to be in order and the teacher is fulfilling the IEP, you may want to request another IEP meeting to look into this situation more completely. Other considerations that you and the team may want to consider for your son would include if there were a need for supplementary aids and services in the PE class that would assist him in participation. These aids could be such items as specialized equipment, modified tests, a copy of the teachers notes or even a para-educator who could deliver instruction additional instruction cues to your son. Although IDEA mandates that students with disabilities be educated to the maximum extent possible whenever appropriate, it may be that at this point in your son may benefit from adapted physical education (APE). APE is about meeting the unique needs of individual students with disabilities. In APE, the instructor provides planning and assessment, consultation, specialized instruction and adapts or modifies the curriculum, task, equipment and/or environment so a child can participate in all aspects of physical education. If the team decides to consider APE, an assessment to determine services must take place and your son must be found eligible for such services. It may take some time to resolve your concern. Remember, PE is important as it helps students learn the knowledge and skills they need to lead an active and healthy life as an adult. Ms. Greggs is adjunct faculty at Edison State College where she teaches psychology and education courses. She is also Nationally Certified School Psychologist and consultant for School Consultation Services, a private educational consulting company. Questions for publication may be addressed to smgreggs@gmail.com. Not all questions submitted can be addressed through this publication. Volunteers Needed For Accountability Boards In Lee CountyNeighborhood Accountability Board (NAB) volunteer training will take place on Saturday, March 15 at 9:30 a.m. at the Department of Human Services, 2440 Thompson Street in Fort Myers. RSVP at least three days prior to the training date at 533-7947 or email ndonato@leegov.com. There must be a minimum of five volunteers confirmed to attend the training. Lunch will be ordered from the Oasis Restaurant. Cost will vary between $7 to $10 or you can bring your own. Neighborhood Accountability Boards represent a community-based decision making process aimed at repairing harm committed by youth against victims and neighborhoods. Instead of focusing on who broke the law, what laws were broken and how to punish the youth, this process takes a restorative justice perspective, focusing the attention on what harm was done and what needs to be done to repair the harm. Youth who have committed a crime, have been assessed by the Department of Juvenile Justice, approved by the state attorneys office, and given the opportunity to participate in this program. Youth who have committed non-violent crimes such as theft (misdemeanors and felonies), criminal mischief (misdemeanors and felonies), drug related charges, and burglary may eligible for the NAB. Volunteers are asked to complete an application, attend a one-day training and observe two conferences. A background check is conducted on all potential volunteers. Volunteers are not required to commit to a set amount of hours, any amount of time given to the program is appreciated. Volunteers sit on boards with the youth, youths parent/guardian, victim and other NAB volunteers to develop a case plan for the youth. Volunteers represent the community in this process, addressing the harm caused to the community and how to repair the harm. NABs are scheduled in the community that the crime took place. Conferences can last up to two hours and are generally held at the library, neighborhood community center or United Way House. Volunteers are provided a NAB schedule up to two weeks in advance, and carpooling to a NAB is always available. Deans ListAdam Yudelman from Fort Myers was named to the fall 2013 Deans List at Wake Forest University. Students who achieve a 3.4 and no grade below a C were named to the list. Deans ListMatthew Kordonowy, a resident of Fort Myers and a member of the class of 2016 at Washington and Lee University, has earned Deans List status for the recently-ended winter term 2013. Deans ListAmanda Hobbs of Fort Myers, whose major is industrial engineering, has been named to the Deans List at Clemson University for the fall 2013 semester. To be named to the Deans List, a student achieved a grade-point average between 3.50 and 3.99 on a 4.0 scale. Locals Named To Presidents ListThe following local residents have been named to the Presidents List at Clemson University for the fall 2013 semester: Alex Kellum of Cape Coral, whose major is chemistry. Samantha Chestney of Fort Myers, whose major is financial management. Joseph Sedlak of Fort Myers, whose major is English. To be named to the Presidents List, a student must achieve a 4.0 grade-point average. Deans ListSpringfield College has named Emily Gins of Fort Myers to the Deans List for academic excellence for the fall 2013 term. Gins is studying recreation management. Academic AchievementBenjamin Paul Hambleton was recently honored for outstanding academic achievement at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. During the fall semester of the 2013-2014 academic year, Hambleton earned one of the colleges top academic honors a Gold Star. Gold Star honors are presented to students who achieve a 3.7 grade point average or higher during a semesters course work. Students that achieve Gold Star recognition are also placed on the Deans List. Hambleton is seeking a BA in political science. Deans List Patrick OConnell of Fort Myers, a fifth-year student in the mechanical engineering program at Rochester Institute of Technologys Kate Gleason College of Engineering, made the Deans List for the Fall 2013 semester. Degree-seeking undergraduate students are eligible for the Deans List if their quarterly GPA is 3.400 or higher. Deans ListJohn Arcangelo has been named to the 2013 Fall semester Deans List at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. To be named to the list, a student must obtain a GPA of 3.5 or higher. A senior majoring in business administration, management and leadership, Arcangelo is from Fort Myers. Ronald McDonald BoardRonald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida has announced the elected board officers for 2014. They are: president, Garey Butler; attorney, Fowler White Boggs PA; vice-president, Justin Einstein; director of operations, Aubuchon Team of Companies; vice president, G. David Schiering; treasurer, Robert Atkinson; secretary, Tina Millette, Fewster Enterprises/McBLT Inc.; parliamentarian Carey Randall; associate publisher/CFO, Smithsonian (retired); past president Jeff Miloff; partner/owner, Aubuchon Team of Companies. Send your editorial copy to: press@riverweekly.com


THE RIVER FEBRUARY 28, 201422 deaRPharmacistWhat To Do When Your Brain Feels Weirdby Suzy Cohen, RPhDear Pharmacist: I have brain fog, attention deficit and a general feeling of disconnection to the world. I take the drugs Provigil, Zoloft and Clonazepam. I also take vitamins but nothing helps. I see a psychiatrist who says Im just depressed from my divorce. Honestly, Im not. Im pretty normal but my brain feels weird. ER, Anchorage, Alaska Your neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) affect this. Many people feel weird in the head and its really really hard to untangle. Im not even going to try, but I believe you. I cant even figure out from here if you feel weird because of those medications, or if thats why youre taking the medicines. As a pharmacist, many of our medications have value because they alter neurotransmitters, but its temporary. You must know what brain chemicals are off, and the ratios before treatment. I recommend blood tests to evaluate neurotransmitter levels. I think this is where you and your doctor should start, rather than shooting medicine darts in the dark. Two excellent specialty labs that I trust for this are Pharmasan, and Dunwoody labs. Any willing doctor can order a test from them. At my website, Ive uploaded a sample report of a friend whose dopamine and norepinephrine were off the chart (and not in a good way). His brain felt weird too. See that at www.SuzyCohen.com. You live in Alaska, so you are probably vitamin D deficient and that affects neurotransmitters. I also wonder if youre thyroid hormone has been optimized. Its easier said than done. Studies show thyroid hormone, specifically T3, improves mood better than prescription antidepressants. T3 medications are not the same as T4 drugs (Synthroid or Levoxyl). Heres how weird neurotransmitter imbalances can make you feel: Dopamine Deficiencies make you crave alcohol, illicit drugs, opiate painkillers and cigarettes. Yes, correcting dopamine levels can help addiction. But too much dopamine is associated with aggression and paranoia. Imbalances with this neurotransmitter (especially when low) are tied to Parkinsons, depression, attention/ focus problems, schizophrenia, spectrum disorders and autism. Histamine It makes you sneeze but did you know that chronically high levels are tied to migraines, eczema and obsessive compulsive behavior? Low levels cause fatigue, low libido and paranoia. Serotonin Popular antidepressants lift it temporarily including the Zoloft you take. Deficiencies can cause fatigue, muscle cramps, irritability and always feeling hot. High serotonin is tied to bone loss, irritable bowels, trembling, nausea and a feeling of overconfidence that some might say call arrogance. If youre lacking norepinephrine youll have profound adrenal fatigue and stubborn weight gain. Youll want energy shots all day long. If youre GABA deficient, insomnia and anxiety are evident to those around you. High epinephrine and youre too aggressive. Despite commercial ads, there isnt one pill to fix this. You have to do different tests, and then use specific nutrients that push the correct metabolic pathway which produces the neurotransmitter or hormone you want. 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. Mindful Stress Reduction ClassSign up and join the Mindful Revolution featured in the February issue of Time magazine. A fourweek experiential class will help participants discover how their life can be happier and less stressful. The programs registration fee is $99 per person. Mindfulness practices will be introduced to provide the opportunity of developing a practice of living mindfully in the present moment. Everyday moments of eating, walking and breathing become more meaningful and joyous with the addition of awareness. No previous experience required. Classes will be offered on March 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Hearts Path Office, located at 8660 College Parkway, Suite 60 in Fort Myers. Call 277-0646 ext. 2 or email mindfulness579@gmail.com. Advance reservations required due to limited space. Alzheimers And Dementias SymposiumOn Thursday, March 13, the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimers Resource Center and Florida Gulf Coast University College of Health Professions and Social Work will present the 2nd annual Symposium On Alzheimers Disease And Related Dementias. The symposium will be held at the Cohen Center on the Florida Gulf Coast University Campus, 10501 FGCU Boulevard South in Fort Myers from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featured speakers include: Dennis Dickson, MD, professor of laboratory medicine and pathology at the Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville Marc Diamond, MD, professor of neurology in the School of Medicine at Washington University, St. Louis Kelly D. Foote, MD, associate professor, department of neurosurgery at the University of Florida There will be a panel discussion with prominent healthcare professionals who have expertise in Alzheimers disease and other related dementias. The symposium is designed for family caregivers, health care professionals and others interested in the care of memoryimpaired persons. There is no charge to attend, however, there is a $50 fee for CEU-seeking candidates. Four CEUs are available for nurses, nursing home administrators, guardians and social workers. Lunch will be provided. Register by calling 437-3007 by March 5. The symposium is made possible by the Bernard P. Sweeney Endowment Fund. 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, When the kids were small, we did our best and hoped that they would turn out well. All was fine until their teenage years, and suddenly our lives fell apart. For a long time we blamed ourselves, but we now realize that they both must have inherited some bad genes that were destined to surface. Visiting two different jails on a regular basis is extremely difficult now. We are elderly and will be long gone before there is even a chance for them to be released. We have been so badly hurt, we have no more love left and we have decided to forgive, forget and go our own way. What advice do you have? Rena Dear Rena, I am sorry to hear about your family situation. I honestly think all of us are one decision away from disaster and it is by grace that more of us are not in a bad way. If you have done all that you can, then you cannot do any more. I understand if you cannot visit any more for your own reasons. Pryce Dear Rena, Retirement is your time, time to do what gives you pleasure. You have done your best; your family made the decision to pursue a lifestyle that has resulted in their being in a detention facility. Enjoy your remaining years, and forgiving and forgetting I think is a wonderful plan. I am not a psychologist, so I do not know if criminal behavior is the result of genetic background. Lizzie Lizzie and Pryces email address is momandmeaging@hotmail.com. Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702or email press@riverweekly.com


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THE RIVER FEBRUARY 28, 201424 Golf And Tennis Tournament Benefits Hope HealthCare ServicesNearly 100 guests gathered for the inaugural golf tournament and tennis slam at The Forest Country Club in late January. Guests raised nearly $22,000 to benefit Hope HealthCare Services, which provides specialized care for patients with needs related to life-changing illnesses through programs, including Hope Parkinson Program, PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly), expressive therapies, in-home care, grief support groups, hospice, and education and respite for caregivers. Claude Nicholson and Jean Paul Ford Jan Birkett and Jay Lavoie Mitzi Hembree Murray Aust and Fred Kangwa Rose McConlogue, Darlene Weaver and Angela Macleod Linda Wike and Carolyn Hale Financial FocusHow Will Social Security Fit Into Your Retirement?by Jennifer BaseyHave you given much thought to collecting Social Security? The answer probably depends on how old you are but whatever your age, youll want to consider the best way of incorporating Social Security benefits into your retirement income strategy. Of course, if you have several decades to go until you retire, you might be wondering if Social Security will even be there for you at all. The basic issue is that the Social Security system is experiencing a sharply declining worker-to-beneficiary ratio. In plain English, this means that fewer workers are contributing while the huge baby boom generation is retiring and taking money out. Still, Social Security has enough money to pay full retirement benefits to every eligible American until 2038, according to the Congressional Budget Office. After that point, benefits would have to be reduced unless changes are made to the Social Security system. And several changes have indeed been proposed. Given that we do have nearly 25 years until benefit cuts may need to be made, it seems reasonable that some type of solution could be reached to put Social Security back on solid ground. In any case, when thinking about your retirement income, you need to focus on those things that you can control such as when to start taking Social Security and how you can supplement your Social Security benefits. Depending on when you were born, your full retirement age, as far as collecting benefits, is likely either 66 or 67. You can start getting your checks as early as 62, but if you do, your monthly payments could be reduced by as much as 30 percent and this reduction is permanent. Consequently, if you can support your lifestyle from other sources of income, such as earnings from employment and withdrawals from your IRA and 401(k), you may want to postpone taking Social Security until you reach your full retirement age. In fact, you can get even bigger monthly checks if you delay taking your benefits beyond your full retirement age, although your payments will max out once you reach 70. Keep in mind, though, that other factors, such as your anticipated longevity, should also enter into your calculations in considering when to take Social Security. As mentioned above, your retirement income may also include withdrawals from retirement accounts, such as an IRA and a 401(k), along with other investments, such as a fixed annuity. And these other accounts are quite important, because Social Security provides, on average, only about 40 percent of retirement income for the average 65-year-old today. Consequently, in the years and decades before you retire, contribute as much as you can possibly afford to these other accounts. Given the advances in medical care and the greater awareness of healthy lifestyles, people are living longer than ever, which means you could spend two, or even three, decades in retirement. To enjoy those years fully, youll need adequate income. By planning ahead, you can determine how best to fit Social Security into your retirement income strategy. Every move you make to help secure your retirement can pay off for you in the long run. Jennifer Basey is a financial advisor in Fort Myers. She can be reached at jennifer.basey@edwardjones.com.


My Stars FOR WEEK OF MARCH 3, 2014ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Your efforts in behalf of a colleague do not go unnoticed, let alone unappreciated. Meanwhile, arrange to spend more time investigating that troubling fact you recently uncovered. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Devoting a lot of time to a current career move means having less time for those in your private life. But once you explain the circumstances, they should understand and be supportive. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Organizing your many duties in order of importance should help you get through them pretty quickly. Additional information puts that still-to-be-made decision in a new light. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Lingering bad feelings over a recent misunderstanding should fade as reconciliation efforts continue. Meanwhile, vacation plans might need to be revised because of new developments. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Love dominates the Lions heart this week, with Cupid shooting arrows at single Leos and Leonas looking for romance. Partnered pairs also enjoy strengthened relationships. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Getting to Know You should be the single Virgos theme song as you and that special person discover more about one another. That workplace situation needs looking into. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) You might be upset at having your objectivity questioned in the handling of a dispute. But it would be wise to re-examine your feelings to make sure youre being fair with both sides. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) A family dispute creates mixed feelings about how you hope it will be ultimately resolved. Best advice: Stay out of it and let the involved parties work it through by themselves. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Making an effort to smooth over even the smallest obstacles now will go a long way to assuring that things run smoothly once youre set to move on with your plans. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) A challenge to your authority can be upsetting, but your longtime supporters want you to defend your position so you can win over even your most adamant detractors. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Being unable to get involved in a friends problem calls for an honest approach. Provide explanations, not excuses. Another friend might be able to offer support for your decision. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) You find yourself swimming in circles, looking for some way to get back on a straight course. But things get easier once youre able to refocus your energies. BORN THIS WEEK: Youre known for your charm and your wisdom, and theres no one who wouldnt want you to be part of his or her life. On March 6, 1475, Michelangelo Buonarroti, the greatest of the Italian Renaissance artists, is born in the village of Caprese. His most important early work was the Pieta (1498), which showed the body of Christ in the lap of the Virgin Mary. He extracted the two perfectly balanced figures of the Pieta from a single block of marble. On March 8, 1862, the Confederate ironclad Virginia wreaks havoc on a Yankee squadron off Hampton Roads, Va., when it attacked the U.S.S. Cumberland. Other Union ships fired back, but the shots were, in the words of one observer, having no more effect than peas from a pop-gun. On March 3, 1931, President Herbert Hoover signs a congressional act making The Star-Spangled Banner the official national anthem of the United States. In 1814, Francis Scott Key composed the lyrics after witnessing the massive overnight British bombardment of Fort McHenry in Maryland during the War of 1812. On March 4, 1944, Louis Lepke Buchalter, the head of Murder, Inc., is executed at Sing Sing Prison in New York. Lepke was the leader of the countrys largest crime syndicate throughout the 1930s. His downfall came when several members of his notorious killing squad became witnesses for the government. On March 9, 1959, the first Barbie doll goes on display at the American Toy Fair in New York City. Barbie was the first massproduced toy doll in the United States with adult features. Barbies appearance was modeled on a doll named Lilli, based on a German comic-strip character, and originally was marketed as a racy gag gift to adult men. On March 5, 1977, the Dial-a-President radio program, featuring President Jimmy Carter and CBS news anchorman Walter Cronkite, airs for the first time. Approximately 9 million calls flooded the radio studio during the two-hour broadcast. On March 7, 1987, Mike Tyson defeats James Bonecrusher Smith to unify the WBA and WBC heavyweight titles. At age 20, Tyson became the youngest undisputed heavyweight champion in boxing history. It was Democratic governor and presidential hopeful Adlai Stevenson who made the following sage observation: A free society is a place where its safe to be unpopular. Those who study such things claim that 75 percent of people who deliberately choose to buy a kosher product are not, in fact, Jewish. Smart idea: Some fitness centers are now using the energy that clients expend on its exercise bikes to power the buildings lighting. You might not have heard of American inventor Walter Hunt, but he came up with the ideas for an ice plough, a streetcar bell, an early version of the repeating rifle, artificial stone, the lockstitch sewing machine and a nail-making machine, among other things. One of his smallest and most useful inventions was the safety pin. In the mid1800s, Hunt owed a friend $15. In order to come up with the cash to settle the debt, he decided to invent something. He picked up an 8-inch piece of brass wire he had on hand and made a coil in the middle of it, creating the spring action to open it. He then devised a clasp at one end to shield the user from the sharp point. After the device was patented in 1849, Hunt sold the patent to W.R. Grace and Company for $400, leaving himself with $385 after he paid the initial $15 debt. Incidentally, W.R. Grace and Company made millions of dollars from sales of the safety pin. Are you afraid of rattlesnakes? Keep in mind that the venom of a black widow spider is 15 times more deadly than that of the rattler. Domestic diva Martha Stewart has been struck by lightning three times. The luck of having talent is not enough; one must also have a talent for luck. -Hector Berlioz THIS WEEK IN HISTORY STRANGE BUT TRUE THOUGHT FOR THE DAY PUZZLE ANSWERS 1. LANGUAGE: What does the word glabrous mean? 2. MUSIC: Which folk music group recorded the original theme song to Gilligans Island? 3. LITERATURE: In which of Shakespeares plays does the character of Titania appear? 4. GOVERNMENT: What are the five rights guaranteed in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? 5. GEOGRAPHY: Mexico is divided into how many states? 6. ENTERTAINMENT: What was the title of Elvis Presleys first movie? 7. MEDICAL: How is dengue fever transmitted? 8. HISTORY: Which World War II general earned the nickname The Desert Fox? 9. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: Where does the phrase eat, drink and be merry come from? 10. INVENTIONS: Who invented the bathyscaphe, used for underwater exploration? TRIVIA TEST 1. Hairless or smooth 2. The Wellingtons 3. A Midsummer Nights Dream 4. Speech, religion, press, peaceful assembly and the right to petition government for redress of grievances. 5. 31 states and one federal district 6. Love Me Tender 7. Mosquitoes 8. German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel 9. Ecclesiastes 8:15 10. Auguste Piccard. ANSWERSDID YOU KNOW25 THE RIVER FEBRUARY 28, 2014 SPORTS QUIZ 1. Name the last Big Ten baseball team before Indiana in 2013 to reach the College World Series. 2. Who was the last starting pitcher before Detroits Max Scherzer in 2013 to start a season 11-0? 3. Name the two running backs who rushed for back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons for the Miami Dolphins. 4. In 2013, Liberty became the second mens basketball team to get a spot in the NCAA Tournament despite losing 20 games. Who was the first? 5. Three NHL goaltenders scored a goal during the 1990s. Name two of them. 6. Eight drivers have made NASCARs Chase for the Cup at least seven times during its first 10 years (2004-13). Name five of them.7. Entering 2013, how many female tennis players had won at least 10 Grand Slam singles titles? ANSWERS 1. Michigan, in 1984. 2. Torontos Roger Clemens, in 1997. 3. Larry Csonka (1971-73) and Ricky Williams (200203). 4. Coppin State, in 2008. 5. Chris Osgood (Detroit), Martin Brodeur (New Jersey) and Damian Rhodes (Ottawa). 6. Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick. 7. Seven -Margaret Court, Chris Evert, Stef Graf, Billie Jean King, Helen Wills Moody, Martina Navratilova and Serena Williams.


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Of ce & Store Maint.RS 6/7 CC TFN SCARNATO 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 SEVERAL ESTABLISHED BUSINESSES FOR SALELawn/Pool Service Full Service Restaurant Breakfast/Lunch Restaurant Service Business Marine Contractor Waterfront Restaurant & Marina For Information Call or Email Corporate Investment 239-936-1718, cibb@cibb.net www. oridabusinessbrokers.comRS 2/28 CC 3/14 BUSINESSES FOR SALEANNUAL 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 ANNUAL RENTALRE/MAX OF THE ISLANDSPutting owners and tenants together Call Dustyn Corace www.remax-oftheislands.com 239-472-2311RS 1/4 BM TFN 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 VACATION RENTALLIGHTHOUSE REALTYPaul J. Morris, Broker VACATION RENTALS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & SALES 359 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island 239-579-0511 RS 1/4 CC TFN PRIVATE BEACH ACCESSGulf Pines 3BR/2BTH Lanai Pool,Tennis, WI/FI Available March &/or April Call Cathy 786-877-5330 Miamiblocks@bellsouth.netNS 1/17 CC TFN WALK TO BEACH, EAST END1/2 Duplex, 2 BD 1BA AVAILABLE APRIL 2014 Bright, Clean, Modern Call Bob 410-913-2234 tidewaterbob@comcast.netRS 2/28 CC TFN ANNUAL RENTAL ANNUAL RENTALS472-6747Gulf Beach Properties, Inc.Paul H. Zimmerman, Broker/OwnerServing The Islands Rental Needs Since 1975 RS 2/14 BM TFN GULF FRONT This 2/2 Furnished Condo has great views of gulf & beach from the 3rd oor. Fully Furnished. Elevator/Pool/Tennis/covered parking. $3,500/mo. RIGHT ACROSS FROM BEACH Rent 3/1/14 11/1/14 Two BR/two baths, 3rd oor, fully furnished condo. Pool & Tennis. Call for more info. & to view. $1,400/month. WATERFRONT HOME Never before offered for rent. This 4 Bedroom home is Beautiful. Soaring ceilings in Fam. Rm. views to water, dock, boat lift, direct access. Offered UF. $3,300/Mo. FOR RENTDUNES TOWNHOUSESpacious, furnished townhouse with 3+ bdrms./ 3 baths, avail. May-Dec. for $1,600. mo. Vaulted ceilings, screened in porches, gracious living area and a 2 car garage. View is of propertys swimming pool and tennis court. Steps to Bay. Call owners directly at 508-965-3751 or e-mail: murray.camp@rcn.comRS 2/14 CC TFN ANNUAL RENTALNice pet friendly home located in Sanibel Bayous available for rent starting March 1, $2,350 a month. Unfurnished, 2 BR, 2BA with mother-in-law suite downstairs. Nice water views with two separate garages. Call Lighthouse Realty 239-579-0511. NS 2/28 CC 3/7 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 RESTAURANT, 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 239-246-4716RR 1/17 NC TFN COMMERCIAL RENTALPRIME OFFICE PRIME OFFICE space available for lease located in a key Periwinkle location. Approx. 800 sq. ft. w/private conference room, reception area, 2 private of ces & additional of ce space w/partial kitchen. Outstanding Opportunity, please call Wil at 239.472.2735 or email wil.rivait@sothebysrealty.comNS 2/28 CC 3/21 RENTALS WANTEDGUARANTEED RENTAL INCOME FOR SANIBEL OWNERS!!The Sanibel Captiva Guaranteed Income Company is looking for 2 bedroom condos to begin in April/May 2014 with pool access and close proximity to the beach for GUARANTEED INCOME. Property must allow week to week rentals for our travel club members. We can guarantee you a yearly rental income and still allow some owner weeks. Income varies based on condo location, amenities, and owner use. Call Diane Wieland at 970-470-3168 or email dwieland@coloradormr.comNS 2/21 CC 3/14 SEASONAL RENTALSEASONAL RENTALNicely furnished two bedroom condo at Captains Walk on the East End available starting March 1. $3,800/month for March and $3,200/month for April. Call Lighthouse Realty at 239-579-0511. NS 2/28 CC 3/7 ANNUAL RENTAL WANTEDRetired Couple wants Annual Rental house on Sanibel. Prefer 2 bedroom, garage pool, quiet canal or dead end street location. 614-595-6576 RS 2/14 CC 3/7 ANNUAL RENTAL WANTEDSEEKING SANIBEL ISLAND HOME OR LARGE CONDOSeeking a Sanibel Island home or large condo for one month in February or March 2015. Desire location w/ great water views, minimum two bedrooms w/ WI-FI, washer/ dryer. Must allow our well trained Golden Retriever. We are two adults, new empty nesters looking for an upscale property to escape the midwest winter and decide if Sanibel is the right long term destination for us. (630) 368-2920 or karkrohn@aol.comNS 2/28 CC 2/28 VACATION RENTAL WANTED


CLASSIFIED DEADLINE FRIDAY AT NOON CLASSIFIED DEADLINE FRIDAY AT NOON Read us online at IslandSunNews.com CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS 29 THE RIVER FEBRUARY 28, 2014 SERVICES OFFEREDS. 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 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 239-963-8449 NS 10/25 CC TFN SANIBEL HOME WATCHRetired Police Captain Lives on Sanibel Will Check Your Home Weekly Very Reasonable Rates (239) 728-1971 RS 1/4 BM TFN PRESSURE CLEANING WINDOW CLEANINGTaskWorksbiz (239) 206-1212 cell (239) 292-1915 www.TaskWorks.biz RS 2/28 CC 3/21 HELP WANTEDVOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITYThe Sunshine Ambassador Program is a new and exciting volunteer opportunity offered at the Golisano Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida located within HealthPark Medical Center. The Sunshine Ambassadors will greet, assist and be a positive rst point of contact for patients, families and visitors entering the hospital. The Ambassadors also make a difference to families by providing educational and healthful resources to assist in GRANDparenting for GRANDchildren. We are currently seeking year-round volunteers to work one 4-hour shift Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm or 12:00pm to 4:00 pm. If you would be interested in learning more about this wonderful new opportunity, please contact Lisa Ellinwood, Volunteer Resources Coordinator at 239-343-5062 at the Golisano Childrens Hospital.NS 2/8 NC TFN HELP WANTEDVOLUNTEERS NEEDEDVolunteers needed for the After School Program which runs Mon.-Th, 2:30 3:15 pm call Linda Reynolds 472-1617RS 1/4 NC TFN VOLUNTEER/ JOB OPPORTUNITIESPAID volunteer opportunities to seniors, age 55 and over, to tutor/mentor children in elementary schools & after-school programs. Offering a stipend, mileage reimbursement, annual physical, holiday, vacation, and sick pay all tax exempt. Providing struggling school children a chance to succeed in school, and offering opportunities that will last a lifetime. Call Joan at The Dr. Piper Center at 239-332-5346. NS 1/17 NC TFN SUPERVISORY & ADMIN. POSITIONSWe are seeking applicants who can help manage our growing of ce. RELATIONSHIP OFFICE MANAGER Must have knowledge of and love for Sanibel and Captiva islands. Strong written and oral communication skills a must, as well as superior organizational skills. BA or equivalent experience in a related eld, plus administrative and supervisory experience. REAL ESTATE OFFICE RECEPTIONIST Strong written and oral communication skills a must, as well as superior organizational skills. Desire someone with knowledge of Sanibel and Captiva islands. Administrative of ce skills and software pro ciency required. Flexible schedules. For detailed job descriptions, requirements and salary visit: www.sancapgateway.com/cp/jobsNS 2/28 CC 3/7 BOATS CANOES KAYAKSDOCKAGEHourly, Daily, Weekly and Monthly. Captiva Island 472-5800RS 1/4 NC TFN FOR SALEGARAGE THRIFT SALE2431 Periwinkle Way www.SanibelSeaLifeGallery.comRS 2/7 CC TFN BUY SELL TRADE FOR SALEQuality Table, Six Upholstered Chairs, King Five Piece Bedroom, Trundle Bed, Dresser, Pink King Bed, Dresser and Tables. 40 inch Round Table and Four Chairs, Upholstered Bar Stools, Two Living Room Chairs. Call 317-760-8907.NS 2/28 CC 2/28 FICTITIOUS NAMESFICTITIOUS NAMENOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned, desiring to engage in business under The ctitious name of SANCAP GATEWAY, located in Lee County, Florida, with an address of 1177 Causeway Rd., Sanibel FL 33957 has registered said name with The Division of Corporations of the Department of State, Tallahassee, Florida. Dated the 18th of February 2014. Robert A. CosciaNS 2/28 CC 2/28 FICTITIOUS NAMENOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned desires to engage in business under the ctitious name of Sallie H. Rush d/b/a DECORUM, located in Lee County, Florida, with an address of Post Of ce Box 126, Sanibel, FL 33957, and has registered said name with The Division of Corporations of the Department of State, Tallahassee, Florida. Dated the 28th Day of February 2014. SALLIE H. RUSH d/b/a/ DECORUM.NS 2/28 CC 2/28 VEHICLE FOR SALE2008 ADLY MOTOR SCOOTER6k miles, 49cc, red Very reliable. $500 Great island vehicle! 579-0448, on islandNS 2/21 CC 3/14 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 KITCHEN 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 2/14 CC 2/28 KITCHEN UTENSIL GARAGE MOVING YARDSALES CAUTION MOVING SALE9459 Begonia Court Gumbo Limbo Fri & Sat 8:30-12:30 BIG SALE dont miss bed rm.& patio furn, tness, dining set, clothes port gas gen, bbq, gardn tools, san shells, art & much more. NS 2/28 CC 2/28 GARAGE SALEHousehold items and Tools 780 Elinor Way, Sanibel Island 3-1-14 8 to noon.NS 2/28 CC 2/28 YARD SALESunday, Mar. 2, 9-1, 1960 Roseate Ln., Sanibel (behind Tahitian Gardens.) NS 2/28 CC 2/28 HELP WANTEDFOUNDPrescription 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 LOST AND FOUND3883 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. 229 or volunteers@crowclinic.orgRS 1/31 NC TFN VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDVolunteers needed for light general maintenance. Call (CHR) Community Housing & Resources, Inc. 472-1189.NS 11/1 NC TFN FULL TIME VACATION RESERVATIONS AGENT Must be familiar with Sanibel & Captiva Islands. Candidate should possess good communication skills, computer knowledge; Excel and Word pro cient and like working with people. Excellent compensation package based on Vacation Rental experience. Call David at VIP Vacation Rentals 472-1613NS 1/24 CC TFN HELP WANTEDImmediate part time position at Grog Shop liquor store on Sanibel. Call Rick at 472-1682 for interview.NS 2/28 CC 3/7


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 FEBRUARY 28, 201430 Hi, my name is Heart and I am a one-year-old tan white spayed female Comments: If you didnt find your sweetheart on Valentines Day, fear not. Im here at Lee County Domestic Animal Services waiting for you. Im eager to please and have lots of love to give. I have one last detail that I must tell you about. If you look closely at my side, you will see a natural heart in my fur. Will you be mine forever? Adoption fee is $75 (plus youll be entered to win a $100 gift certificate from Angelinas Ristorante). Hi, my name is Caroline and I am an orange tabby domestic short hair spayed female age six months. Comments: Im a spunky little girl who loves to play, play, play. After all, Im just a kitten but I would love be a lap cat when I grow up. I promise to be the total package, entertaining and affectionate. Adoption fee is $50 (plus youll be entered to win a $100 gift certificate from Angelinas Ristorante). For information about this weeks pets, call 533-7387 (LEE-PETS) or log on to Animal Services website at www. LeeLostPets.com. When calling, refer to the animals ID number. The website updates every hour so you will be able to see if these or any other pets are still available. The shelter is open for adoptions from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The shelter is located at 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers, next to the Lee County Sheriffs Office, off Six Mile Cypress Parkway. All adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, rabies vaccination and county license if three months or older, flea treatment, worming, heartworm test for dogs six months and over, feline AIDS and leukemia test for cats, training DVD, 10-day health guarantee, and a bag of Science Diet pet food. The adoption package is valued at $500. Caroline ID# 583027 Heart ID# 582289 photos by squaredogphoto.com


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