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FREETake Me Home VOL. 13, NO. 11 MARCH 21, 2014From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort MyersRead Us Online at IslandSunNews.com Community Band Season Finalesubmitted by Susan RaymanThe Lee County Community Band will present its final concert of the season at 3 p.m. on April 6 at Cape Coral High School. The program will include marches, light classical pieces, Broadway hits, old favorites and a sing-a-long. The concert will include Moussorgskys Great Gate of Kiev; American Civil War Fantasy by Jerry Bilik; a medley of songs from Lerner and Loewes Camelot; Easter Parade by Irving Berlin; Patriotic Sing-a-Long by James Ployhar; and two Leroy Anderson hits: Buglers Holiday and Syncopated Clock. The concert is free (donations accepted) and open to the public. Cape Coral High School is at 2300 Santa Barbara Boulevard, just north of Veterans Parkway.continued on page 19 Richard Bradstreet conducts the 60-member Lee County Community Band photo courtesy of Melissa Burns Images, Inc. Community Foundation Exhibition Features Bonitas Center For The ArtsThe Art Council of Southwest Florida is presenting works from the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs in this months Art & Community exhibit at the Southwest Florida Community Foundations headquarters, located at 8771 College Parkway, Suite 201 in Fort Myers. The exhibit will include varied works of art including acrylic, watercolor, photography and mixed media from artists Jacke McCurdy, Eileen Walden Johnson, Patti Leavitt and continued on page 19 Still Life by Roz Stillwaggon Annual Art Bazaar Fundraiser The annual Fort Myers Beach Art Association Art Bazaar fundraiser for scholarships will be on March 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Santini Marina Plaza on Fort Myers Beach. Members will have their original artwork for sale including framed and unframed work, cards and other items. Money raised at the bazaar goes toward scholarships for senior art students from Cypress Lake Center for the Arts and Cypress Lake High School who are continued on page 19 A shopper admiring the works Lee County, Ding Darling Wildlife Society Complete Acquisition Of Historic Woodring Property Lee County and the Ding Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge announced this week the acquisition of the 6.5-acre Woodring property on Sanibel Island. The property, located on Woodring Point, will be managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as part of the JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Lee Countys purchase of roughly half of the property for $3 million was funded by the countys Conservation 20/20 program, an initiative approved in 1996 by Lee County voters to protect natural areas and provide resource-based recreation opportunities for the countys residents and visitors. The Woodring property is the programs firstever acquisition on Sanibel.continued on page 5 The historic Woodring homestead on Tarpon Bay


THE RIVER MARCH 21, 20142 Historic Downtown Fort Myers, Then And Now: From The Courthouse Stepsby Gerri Reaves, PhDIn this circa 1915 photo, members of the Fort Myers Concert Band pose for a photographer who stood on the steps of the Lee County Courthouse on Main Street. Evidence suggests that the historic photo was taken very soon after the existing courthouse was completed on the same site where the first courthouse had been constructed in 1894. Behind the band grows one of towns most loved natural landmarks, the live oak tree that was estimated to be more than a century old at that time. That grand live oak was destroyed just over two years ago, but the band, which was organized in 1885 and played for Thomas and Mina Edison on their 1886 honeymoon, survives today as the Lee County Community Band. The size, name, and make-up of the band varied over the decades, but the performances were a staple in town celebrations, parades and park concerts. Known at various times as the Fort Myers Military Band or Brass Band, it entered its heyday in the 1900s and 1920s, sporting snappy uniforms and playing a continual round of outdoor concerts at the city park or the Pleasure Pier. Across Main Street (called Oak Street in those days), was George Papas Depot Caf (left), named for its proximity to the Atlantic Coastline Railroad depot across Monroe Street. The restaurants screened-in dining areas were shaded by poinciana and palm trees. Center block circa 1915 were the Dreamland Skating Rink and a fruit and produce exchange. On the right, near what would become Main and Broadway in the mid-1920s, is the Hammon Hotel. By 1920, the block would change significantly. The hotel was enlarged in 1917 and its name was changed to Hotel Kenmore. Commercial buildings replaced the rink soon after that. All that remains today of the view from about a century ago is the carved and lacquered tree trunk, now half-encircled by new landscaping. Now the Federal Courthouse occupies the Depot Cafs corner, Hotel Indigo stands center-block, and the 1926 Colquitt Building occupies the Hammon Hotel spot. Take in the view from the county courthouse steps and ponder the changes of a century. Then take a short walk to 2031 Jackson Street to the Southwest Florida Museum of History, where you can learn more about downtown of a century ago. For information, call 321-7430 or go to museumofhistory.org. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Another must-visit for every fan of local history is 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 9394044. Sources: The archives of the Southwest Florida Historical Society, The Story of Fort Myers by Karl H. Grismer, and leecountyband.org. 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 Today, (l to r) the Federal Courthouse, Hotel Indigo, and the 1926 Colquitt Building occupy the block across from the courthouse steps. Only the historic live oaks partial tree trunk has survived. photo by Gerri Reaves The Fort Myers Concert Band assembles in front of the Lee County Courthouse steps circa 1915, with the historic live oak in the background courtesy of the Southwest Florida Historical Society


3 THE RIVER MARCH 21, 2014 Fort Myers Public Art: Documentary Film Explores Early Visions Of Florida by Tom HallIn partnership with the Alliance for the Arts, the Fort Myers Film Festival will present a screening of the new film Last Stop, Flamingo on Saturday, March 22 at 2 p.m. in the Foulds Theatre. This will be the Florida premiere of this one-hour documentary that explores early visions of Florida, from the early 20th century Koreshan utopian community to the worlds largest planned subdivision, Golden Gate Estates, which projected a population of more than 400,000. Imagined landscapes give way to mythological creatures, from the Skunk Ape to the mermaids at Weeki Wachi Springs. Before reaching the coastline at Flamingo one of the last coastal regions of Florida to remain undeveloped filmmaker Georg Koszulinski stops in Miami to visit his grandfathers eclectic tropical garden. The garden presents a utopian vision of landscape in the microcosm and intersects with Koszulinskis own personal histories and memories of Florida. Exactly 500 years after Ponce de Leons European discovery of Florida, the film reflects on the many ways in which Floridas landscapes have been irreversibly shaped by human desires. Last Stop, Flamingo is the third and final installment in Koszulinskis trilogy of Florida-focused films. The previous two, Immokalee U.S.A. (2008) and Cracker Crazy (2007), both received wide acclaim. Koszulinski is an award-winning filmmaker and educator who has directed more than 25 films, ranging from documentary and narrative features to avantgarde films and videos. He currently lives in Seattle, although he grew up in Fort Myers. His documentary, Cracker Crazy, explores the history of slavery and exploitation in Florida from first European contact to the present day. The film earned numerous festival awards and was nominated for a Notable Video of the Year by the American Library Association. Immokalee U.S.A. documents the experiences of migrant farm laborers working in the USA and was widely programmed at film festivals and universities. The Documentary Channel acquired both films in 2009. Seating is open and there is a $5 suggested donation at the door. The Alliance for the Arts proudly supports the Fort Myers Film Festival as the state designated Local Arts Agency for Lee County. The Alliance campus and galleries are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Its galleries and the Foulds Theatre are located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. For more information, call 9392787 or go to www.artinlee.org. 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. Last Stop, Flamingo will be shown in the Foulds Theatre at Alliance for the Arts on March 22 33 Patio DeLeon, Downtown Fort Myers (239) 337-3377OPEN Mon-ur 11am-10pm Fri & Sat 11am-11pm Sun Closed Chinese & Japanese Cuisine Downtown Fort Myers (Post Oce Arcade Next to Hotel Indigo) 1520 Broadway For Takeout & Delivery Tel: 334-6991 OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEKMon-urs 11am 10pm Fri-Sat 11am 11pm Sun 12pm 9pm www. ichiban-sushi-chinese.com Spring Carnival For Kids At Cape Coral Youth CenterA kids Spring Carnival, benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida, is coming to the William Bill Austen Youth Center in Cape Coral on Saturday, March 29. The event starts at noon, with scheduled activities taking place until 4 p.m. Admission is $5 per child (3 years and older), which includes carnival-style games, prizes, face painting, fire department demonstrations, balloon animals and much more. Even Ronald McDonald wouldnt miss an opportunity to join in the fun. Ronald will be on hand for a meet and greet, autographs, pictures and magic show at 3 p.m. The William Bill Austen Youth Center is located at 315 SW 2 Avenue in Cape Coral, behind Sun Splash. For more information, call Angela at 437-0202 or visit www.rmhcswfl.org. Read us online at IslandSunNews.com


THE RIVER MARCH 21, 20144 Schools Chief To Address League Of Women VotersLeague Of Women Voters Of Lee County will have Lee County Schools Superintendent Nancy Graham as its speaker on Saturday, April 5 at 9 a.m. The meeting will be at The Landings Helm Dining Room, 4420 Flagship Drive, Fort Myers. The league invites the public to attend. Cost including breakfast is $15. Use The Landings main entrance on the west side of McGregor Boulevard south of College Parkway. For reservations, call 278-1032 or e-mail lwvlee@yahoo.com by April 1. Checks should be made payable to LWVLee. Student rates are available. The League of Women Voters of Lee County is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Nancy J. 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Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702 or email press@riverweekly.com Black History Legends Gala April 4The Lee County Black History Society, Inc. strives to promote positive thoughts about black people in the minds of the citizens of Lee County and the surrounding areas, as well as to stimulate their desire to preserve an important segment of American history. Civic-mindedness, dedication to community, motivated and hard working are just some of the adjectives that describe Dr. Ann Murphy Knight, Mrs. Melvin Morgan and Mrs. Veronica Shoemaker. These three ladies have dedicated their lives to serving their respective communities and Lee County. That is why on Friday, April 4 at 7 p.m., the Lee County Black History Society invites all of Southwest Florida to be part of the celebration for these ladies at our first Black History Legends Gala. The black tie optional event will be held at the Dr. Carrie D. Robinson Center, located at 2990 Edison Avenue in Fort Myers. There are several levels of participation: Individual sponsorship $40 (general seating, oracle membership) Table sponsorship $300 (six tickets, reserved seating, oracle membership) Corporate sponsorship $1,000 (six tickets, reserved seating, annual advertisement, corporate membership) Tickets are available at the Lee County Black History Society Office, located at 1936 Henderson Avenue in Fort Myers, or from any society member. Call 332-8778 for more information. Democratic Womens Club MeetingOn Saturday, April 12 at 10:30 a.m., the Democratic Womens Club (DWC) of Lee County is holding its monthly membership meetings at the Helm Club at The Landings Yacht, Golf and Tennis Club, located at 4420 Flagship Drive in Fort Myers. Members and guests should tell the attendant at the gate to The Landings they are going to the Democratic Womens Club meeting at the Helm Club, and the attendant will offer directions. May is Florida Democratic Womens Month. To help the club celebrate this statewide event, a young poet, Alisha Perkins, will be reciting her original poem, Take Me As I Am. She brought home a silver medal to the NAACP of Collier County when she recently competed against 40 other students in the national ACT-SO contest. The featured speaker for the meeting is Larry Aguilar, a Democratic Womens Club member and Democratic candidate for Florida State Representative, District 79. He will be discussing his views on such issues as voting rights, worker protections, womens healthcare rights, how to improve public education and rights for all people. He will also be reviewing his background and his qualifications to hold public office. Aguilar will take questions from the audience after his presentation. 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STOP IN ON THURSDAY TO CREATE A MAKEITANDTAKEIT BEAD BRACELET SOUVENIR!Continental Womens Club Meeting April 3Continental Womens Club of Fort Myers meets on the first Thursday of every month at Colonial Country Club, 9181 Independence Way in Fort Myers. The April 3 meeting will feature a fashion show. The meeting starts at 11:30 a.m. followed by a luncheon at noon. Cost to attend the lunch meeting is $19 per person. The club is for those who enjoy getting together with women interested in social and philanthropic activities. Members raise monies for various charities throughout the year and also offer numerous social outings. Yearly membership is $19. For more information about the Continental Womens Club, contact Margie Connor at 561-8973.


5 THE RIVER MARCH 21, 2014 Biblically-Focused Weekend For WomenThe Village Church and The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point are presenting Dare To Believe: A Biblically-Focused Weekend for Women on Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5. This womens conference will provide an entertaining, yet thought-provoking weekend of fellowship and study of key female figures who dared to believe and demonstrated unwavering faith in God. On Friday, April 4 at 7 p.m., men are also welcome to see veteran actresses Nan Gurley and Bonnie Keen present a faith-based musical drama, Women Who to Dare to Believe, which brings to life 21 women from the scriptures whom God used to fulfill the covenant and bring in the Messiah in this thought-provoking musical. Tickets are $15. On Saturday, April 5, women only are invited to a day of Bible study with Gurley and Keen from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sessions include They are Enough: An Overview Study of Rachel and Leah; When God Says No: A Study of Anna; and No Matter the Cost: A Study of Jochedbed, Mother of Moses and Mary, Mother of Jesus. Saturdays sessions and a catered lunch are $35. Cost for the full conference of Friday and Saturday events is $45. To register, visit www.shellpoint. org/daretobelieve or call 454-2147. Attendees can make overnight accommodations at The Guest House at Shell Point by calling 454-2123. 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. Bonnie Keen and Nan Gurley From page 1Woodring PropertyThe Florida Natural Areas Inventory recognizes the Woodring property as containing rare species habitats and supporting multiple state and federally listed rare, threatened or endangered species. This was an unique partnership that benefited the wildlife and conservation in an important way, said John McCabe, DDWS president. We are grateful to Lee County, the refuge and all of our contributors who helped us reach our Preservation Campaign goals in a very short time. DDWS, a non-profit Friends of the Refuge organization, supports land conservation, conservation research, environmental education and visitor services at the refuge. Founded in 1982, the society raised $1.8 million in private donations in 2013 through its Refuge Preservation Campaign to fund its portion of the Woodring acquisition. The property is also an important cultural heritage resource. According to the archives of Floridas State University Libraries, Samuel Woodring the grandfather of Ralph Woodring, the propertys seller was Sanibels first homesteader, who settled on Woodring Point in 1881. The Woodring residence, built in 1916 and located on a small portion of the property acquired by DDWS, is an exceptionally well-preserved example of Florida Cracker architecture one of the last of its kind on the island. The refuge intends to preserve the residence as an historic resource. Incredible community support made this happen. said Preservation Campaign chair Jim Sprankle. Ive been involved in a lot of fundraisers, but this one was so gratifying. I saw a lot of love for the refuge. The National Wildlife Refuge Association, a national non-profit wildlife conservation organization, was instrumental in securing the Woodrings commitment to preserve the Woodring property, and outlining a plan for the shared acquisition of the Woodring Property by Lee County and DDWS. As part of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the United States, the JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge is world famous for its spectacular migratory bird populations, and is one of the most popular refuges in the national refuge system. The Woodring property will be managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as natural lands within the refuge. The acquisition eliminates the threat of future private development on an important wildlife corridor. To advertise in The River Weekly News Call 415-7732 FREE MARINA DOCKAGE with Dock Attendants Assistance 11am-10pm 11am-10pm


THE RIVER MARCH 21, 20146 United Way Campaign Tops Goal The United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades, has concluded the 2013-2014 Campaign and exceeded the campaign goal of $8,320,793. John Clinger, 2013-14 United Way Campaign Chair, and Senior VicePresident of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and Senior Financial Advisor of Clinger, Sizemore and Associates, announced that local residents and companies contributed $8,590,333 to the campaign which is a 5.5 percent increase over the amount raised last year. At the goal announcement, Clinger said, I am very excited to announce that the United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades has exceeded the campaign goal for the 21st consecutive year. Our wonderful community has done it again! Thank you to every individual and company who gave to the United Way Campaign. The residents of our community realized that many friends and neighbors are struggling. Because of your generosity, hungry families will receive food, abused children and adults can find shelter, Alzheimers caregivers can have respite, and babies and toddlers can get a healthy start in life. You gave so others could have a better life. I am very proud to live in Southwest Florida where people really care about each other. Making our campaign goal means that the 70 United Way Partner Agencies and the 175 programs United Way supports will receive their full allocation of funding this year, he continued. Although the economy has improved, there are still many families, children and elderly that continue to struggle in our community. By exceeding goal, United Way supported programs and initiatives will be able to expand their services and make sure that more people in our community receive the help that they need. United Way keeps its administrative and fundraising cost very low, returning 91 percent of what is raised to the agencies and programs. Thank you to all of the individuals, companies, communities and partner agencies for your generous contributions. You proved once again what a great caring community this is, Clinger concluded. The top local contributing companies and the top communities are as follows: 1. Publix $1,506,349 2. Chicos FAS $375,000 3. Bonita Bay Group $371,560 4. Lee County School District $202,464 During the 2013-14 United Way campaign, a total of $8,590,333 was raised, a 5.5 percent increase over the previous year Hortoons Email editorial copy to: press@islandsunnews.com Wanderlust 2014 Tickets AvailableFlorida Gulf Coast Universitys School of Resort & Hospitality Management will present the 25th annual Wanderlust travel auction and gourmet dining extravaganza on Friday, April 4 from 6 to 9 p.m., on campus at the Herbert J. Sugden Hall, the programs 37,000-square-foot academic building. This years theme, Swashbuckling Adventure, will entice participants to set sail and traverse the globe with exciting travel itineraries. Wanderlust travel extravaganza offers a sit down dinner with a multitude of travel, wine, fine dining and spectacular golf packages to bid on through silent and live auctions. This is a showcase of our hospitality students at their best. Wanderlust has fast become the must attend event due to the themed fun, fabulous travel packages offered and, of course, the surprises we have planned, said Diana Willis, advisory board chair of the FGCU Resort & Hospitality Management Program. It is sure to be memorable as we are commemorating 25 years.To attain a passport to treasure, visit www.fgcu.edu/wanderlust. Tickets are priced at $250 and all proceeds will benefit the Resort & Hospitality Management Program through the FGCU Foundation.


7 THE RIVER MARCH 21, 20145. LCEC $200,983 6. FineMark National Bank & Trust $182,847 7. Enterprise Holdings $143,630 8. Lee Memorial Health System $131,418 9. BB&T Oswald Trippe & Company $106,471 Top United Way Community Contributors 1. Bonita Bay $764,451 2. Mediterra $325,029 3. Brooks $237,217 4. Pelican Landing $226,000 5. Fiddlesticks $204,830 SalusCare is thrilled that our United Way goal has been exceeded in Lee County, said Kevin Lewis, president and CEO of SalusCare, a United Way Partner Agency. The community support this provides to our organization and 69 other United Way partners allows us to provide services to our friends and neighbors in need. SalusCares services touch over 16,000 individuals and families a year and United Way support is a critical ingredient in allowing us to provide behavioral healthcare to our fellow citizens. Nancy Green-Irwin, executive director of Senior Friendship Centers, added, Due to this communitys generosity, Senior Friendship Centers is able to meet a dual goal through the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. United Way funding helps retired seniors who move to Florida stay healthy through volunteering, and provides almost 100,000 hours of vital service to helping agenicies throughout Lee County. Thank you United Way for recognizing the essential role seniors and volunteerism play in strengthening our community. Our Mothers Home is honored to be partners with United Way. This is our first year and we cant express our gratitude to partner with so many other community agencies. We are thankful for all the community support and contributions to United Way to ensure agencies like Our Mothers Home can continue to provide quality service to the community, said Karen Watson, executive director of Our Mothers Home. Making this campaign goal shows how much people in our community care about one another. That is why our community is such a special place, said Cliff Smith, president of United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades. All money raised in the United Way campaign stays in the local community to help support the local human service network. United Way partner agencies and initiatives like Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimers Resource Center, Childrens Advocacy Center, Harry Chapin Food Bank, ACT, LARC, and United Way 211 serve a diverse range of needs in our community such as nurturing children and youth, strengthening families and meeting critical needs such as helping the elderly and disabled live independently, and empowering communities by bringing health and human services to neighborhoods. In addition to raising funds for human service organizations in our community, the United Way promotes partnerships and collaborations among agencies and initiatives, helping them to work together focusing on issues and solutions that continue to improve lives. The United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades has raised and distributed over $128 million since it was established in 1957. For more information, call 433-2000 or visit www.unitedwaylee.org. John Clinger and fundraising thermometer at announcement Free Movie Nights In The ParkThe Fort Myers Recreation Division will show three family movies during Movie Night in the Park. Show time for all films is 8 p.m. at Centennial park. The first showing is on March 23 and the featured film is Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone. On April 25, the film will be Despicable Me 2, and on May 23, the film is Frozen. Centennial Park is at 2000 West First Street in downtown Fort Myers. Free on-site parking is available. Admission is free and all concessions are $1. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets for seating.


THE RIVER MARCH 21, 20148 Along The RiverOn Friday, Music Walk returns to downtown Fort Myers historic River District. The free event occurs on the third Friday of each month. It begins at 7 p.m. Music Walk is the largest Southwest Florida monthly music event. The event features live bands in shops, patios, bars and restaurants. Valet service is available throughout downtown Fort Myers along with limited free spaces on the streets and several affordable parking garages and lots. For more information about Music Walk, call 645-6457. On Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Sanibel-Captiva Lions Club presents its annual Arts and Crafts Fair. This years fair at The Community House on Sanibel includes a silent auction with over 100 items including services and vacations available to the highest bidders. Admission is a donation of $5 and parking is free. The event has been tradition for over 30 years. Many of the artists and crafts people are longtime participants who have developed a following among island residents and visitors. Over 100 participate each year and bring their finest works for review and purchase. The silent auction items are available for review and bidding inside The Community House. A raffle for valuable prizes and cash is another part of the fair tickets can be purchased inside at the raffle table. The Community House is located at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. For more information, call 472-3829. This Saturday is the last chance of the season to participate in a guided nature walk with Conservation 20/20 volunteers and IFAS Master Gardeners. Parking is free and no fee or registration is required. Participants are encouraged to bring items such as water, hat, sunscreen, binoculars, camera and closedtoed shoes or boots. All walks meet in the parking lots and are scheduled from 9 to 10:30 a.m. This weeks guided tour is of Pine Island Flatwoods, 6351 Stringfellow Road, St. James City. The trail length is 1.12 miles and the degree of difficulty is Moderate. There are no restroom facility on-site for this trip. Pine Island is one of a couple of locations in Lee County where you will see naturalized longleaf pines. The tall, stately tree once covered 30 to 60 million acres of the southeastern United States Coastal Plain, but 200 years of logging and land clearing have greatly reduced its range. Fire plays a major role in the development of this community, and is essential to the survival of many of the animals dependent on this habitat, the gopher tortoise being a primary example. The 920-acre preserve nearly spans the width of the island. Conservation 20/20 is part of Lee County Parks & Recreation. For more information about Saturdays guided nature walk, call 707-0862 or go to www.conservation2020.org. On Saturday night, the Car CruiseIn returns to downtown Fort Myers. The monthly event is scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. on the fourth Saturday and is free to the public. All classic cars and show cars welcome. A DJ spins classic rock with trivia. Heavy rain or general nasty weather will typically cancel the outdoor event. Light rain will not. For more information, go to www. riverdistrictevents.com. Nestled in the heart of downtown Fort Myers River District, Ichiban is one of the only restaurants open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. It is a family-owned and operated Chinese and Japanese restaurant with a friendly staff and affordable prices. Whether you dine in or pick-up, the food is always fresh and made to order. With generous portions, it tastes just as good warmed up the next day. Sit outside in the climate-controlled historic Post Office Arcade or sit inside at a table or at the sushi bar and watch the chefs create their culinary artwork. Its the perfect place for a quick but hearty lunch or a nice leisurely dinner enjoyed with a cold Kirin Ichiban beer or hot sake. For sushi and sashimi lovers, order Tako (squid), Hamachi (yellow tail), Tuna Tataki, the Volcano Roll or the house Ichiban Special Roll. Chinese appetizers and entrees include Miso soup, General Tso Chicken (or tofu) and Mu Shu Pork. Ichiban is located at 1520 Broadway, downtown Fort Myers, in the historic Post Office Arcade. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m. Free delivery is available within the River District. For more information, call 334-6991. This Saturday, Conservation 20/20 offers its last guided nature walk of the season. This weeks tour is of Pine Island Flatwoods photo courtesy of Erin White See vintage, modern and unique cars at Saturdays Downtown Car Cruise-In White House Black Market Sponsors TeaPACE Center For Girls of Lee County announced that womens specialty retailer White House Black Market has signed on for its sixth year as the title sponsor of the Grande Dames Tea for 2014, which will honor three more of our communitys most revered women. Other major sponsors include the Broadway Palm, Edison National Bank and The News-Press Media Group. The honorees for 2014 are Barbara Brown of Fort Myers, Sarah Sciple of Matlacha and Margaret Sirianni of Fort Myers. The Grande Dames Tea will take place on Friday, April 4 at the Broadway Palm on Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers from 1 to 3 p.m. Mei-Mei Chan, News-Press Media Group president and publisher, will once again serve as mistress of ceremonies. Seats may be reserved online at www. pacecenter.org/lee or by calling 4707648. 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 theme is The Wisdom Of Age Honoring The Female Spirit. 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 Stinson Miller, and Anna Boots Tolles in 2012; and Thelma Hodges, Helen ORourke McClary and Ettie Francis Walsh in 2013. For more information about this event, contact PACE events coordinator Sally Kee at 470-7648 or visit www.pacecenter.org/lee. Biggest Yard SaleLake Kennedy Center in Cape Coral is hosting its Biggest Yard Sale Ever on Saturday, April 5 from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Indoor tables rent for $20, outside $10. To take part, contact the center at 574-0575. The center is at 2517 Santa Barbara Boulevard. Admission is free to the public! Our email address is press@riverweekly.com


9 THE RIVER MARCH 21, 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 Ave, Fort Myers. Call 433-4449. Doc Fords Rum Bar & Grille is named for the Doc Ford character in local author Randy Wayne Whites bestselling mystery novels. Its a well known gathering place and tropical theme sports bar with indoor and outdoor patio seating. The combined menu offers all the lunch and dinner items from 11 a.m. until closing. It includes cedar plank salmon topped with a mango chipotle glaze or a marinated grilled chicken sandwich. The fish tacos are a local favorite and theres a well provisioned raw bar. Tropical drinks are a specialty, notably the signature rum drink, Island Mojito. 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.33 Patio De Leon, Fort Myers. Call 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 Ichiban, located in downtowns mosaic-tiled Post Office Arcade, boasts an extensive dinner menu that includes Bento boxes featuring traditional Chinese and Japanese dishes. 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 MARCH 21, 201410


11 THE RIVER MARCH 21, 2014 Easter Services At New Hope PresbyterianAll are invited to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus at New Hope Presbyterian Church on Sunday, April 20 at one of the four Easter worship services; 6:30, 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. The 6:30 a.m. contemporary sunrise service will be held on the front patio of the church. The music will be led by contemporary worship leader Jim Parkinson and the New Hope Praise Band. A free breakfast will be served after the service at 7:15 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. The 8, 9:30, and 11 a.m. traditional services will be held in the sanctuary. Under the direction of music director Phil Chandler, the New Hope Singers will be accompanied by organ, trumpet and tympani. Pastor Eddie Spencer will preach on The Uniqueness of Christ at all four services. New Hope Presbyterian Church (EPC) is a reformed church which seeks to obey the Great Commission through family ministry, worship, instruction and service. New Hope is located at 3825 McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers (two blocks south of Fort Myers Country Club). Sunday worship services are typically held at 8 and 9:30 a.m. (traditional) and 11 a.m. (contemporary). Sunday morning and Wednesday evening classes are available for adults, youth and children. Nursery care is provided. For more information, call 274-1230 or visit www.newhopefortmyers.org. Contemporary sunrise service New Hope traditional service Lee County Genealogical Society, Inc. March 20, 2014 Meeting Fellowship Hall Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church 4141 DeLeon Street Fort Myers Doors Open: 12:30 p.m. Business Meeting: 1:00 p.m. Mining for Gold: Online Historical Newspapers with Robin B. Seidenberg While researching a family scandal involving her great aunt, referred to as the "Kissing Blonde", Robin B. Seidenberg realized that historical newspapers were a fantastic resource. She discovered that another great aunt described as "the most universally famous girl in America" and "the girl with that schoolgirl complexion" had a career on Broadway and in Hollywood. Robin uncovered a sensational story that made headlines across the entire nation. She will demonstrate how she used online historical newspapers to unearth captivating details about these two beautiful sisters. Using this shocking story and other examples, Robin will teach you how to unlock your family secrets using online historical newspapers 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.


THE RIVER MARCH 21, 201412 Pine Island Grand Slam On A Windy Dayby Capt. Matt MitchellStrong March winds were a major factor for fisherman and boaters alike most days this week. The almost hourly changing direction of the wind made it tough for fish to get in a consistent pattern. Hiding a little out of the wind and finding one or two good spots to comfortably fish was the key factor between an average trip and an awesome trip. Trout fishing remained the best bite going with trout of all sizes being caught throughout the sound, Finding clear water that was not all stirred up from the wind was the hard part. Once you could find a clean water flat in the twoto four-foot range, the sandy edges and sand holes where loaded with trout. Both small pinfish and live shrimp fished under a popping cork caught trout up to 24 inches this week. These same areas also held ladyfish, Spanish mackerel and a few pompano. This bite was all about locating the clean water. Redfish and snook action got a whole lot better for me this week despite the wind. My go-to method of catching these fish was soaking chunks of ladyfish on the bottom. During morning low tides I targeted the sandy edges of grass flats and potholes out from the mangroves, then during higher water periods I switched it up and fished under mangroves and around oyster bars. With the stirred up dirty water in most of the sound from the winds, fresh cut bait is a great option. Sure its not the most glamorous way to fish, but chunks of ladyfish have been hard to beat if you want to catch quality fish. All the fish in Joe Nooks Pine Island Slam pictured with this article were all caught on cut ladyfish. Fishing with Nook this week, we set up just out from a mangrove shoreline casting ladyfish chunks into the sand holes about 20 feet out from the trees. This paid off big as we got in on a wide open bite. The first fish hooked was a big snook which parted ways before coming to the boat, then not five minutes later Nook had the first fish of the day, a fat 33-inch snook to the boat. In the next hour we landed five quality redfish all between 25 and 28 inches. Once this bite slowed we moved a little further down the same shoreline and managed to complete a slam with a 26-inch gator trout caught again on a chunk of ladyfish. The big snook of the week though came on a live tail-hooked pinfish fished up under the trees while working the no-motor zone in Wulfert Keys. After a tough afternoon of crazy, windy 25-30 mph conditions with only a few fish caught, a 35-inch, 15 pound snook was the only way to finish up this trip. This big snook made the rough ride back across the bay much less painful that it would have been The strong winds we are experiencing day in day out are pretty much a normal part of every March. Despite most days being less than perfect conditions for being out on the water, this is a big transition month for our fishing. Our fish are bigger and more likely to bite than they have been all winter long. 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. Power Squadron Garage SaleThe San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron will be holding a garage sale on Saturday March 22 from 7 a.m. until noon. The sale will be held at 16048 San Carlos Blvd. (at the corner of Kelly Road, across the street from ACE Hardware). There will be some boating gear to compliment your boating needs, along with the usual garage sale items. 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. Joe Nook with his windy day slam, from left: a 28-inch redfish, a 26-inch trout and a 33-inch snook, caught this week while fishing with Capt. Matt Mitchell ISLAND MARINE SERVICES, INC. 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13 THE RIVER MARCH 21, 2014 CROW Case Of The Week: Baby River Otterby Patricia MolloyIt seems that otters just want to have fun. Spirited and frolicsome, an otter rarely misses an opportunity to run toward the waters edge, slide down a slippery, muddy slope and end with a playful splash. Or grab a friend by the neck, and begin flopping and churning together in the water. The North American river otter (Lontra canadensis) is a sleek but furry semi-aquatic mammal that lives in and around clean marshes, streams and rivers. Related to weasels and skunks, they utilize their webbed hind feet and strong tails to navigate through water with the greatest of ease. Otters are also capable of holding their breath underwater for up to eight minutes. While an otters antics may appear to us humans as strictly fun and games, the energetic behavior is an important tool for otters to learn and practice essential survival maneuvers. Several weeks ago, a young female river otter was admitted to CROW as an orphaned or abandoned pup. Her entrance examination revealed that she was malnourished and had a runny eye, a potentially concerning issue; if the otters eyesight was compromised, it would have difficulty surviving in the wild. The eye issue seems to have been insignificant; it has cleared up and its definitely not ring worm. Shes pretty perky and happy, explained Dr. Kristin Dub, veterinary intern. The young pup is slowly being weened and is fed Kitten Chow with milk several times a day. Shes also eating the little bit of shrimp we left for her and is gaining weight, added Dr. Kristin.CROW has a state-of-the-art otter facility on its campus. Built by volunteers with supplies donated for its construction, the otter complex is located in a quiet corner of the property to help combat imprinting. Imprinting occurs when a wild animal sees a human as its friend; it is dangerous to release an imprinted animal back into the wild. The wild nature of all patients must be maintained; a difficult task with any patient, but particularly problematic when treating a creature as exceptionally intelligent and curious as an otter.When cleaning the otter complex, staff members quietly place food in a room separated from the pool area. When the door is opened to the feeding room and the otter enters, a trap door closes, shielding the patient from the presence of the clean-up crew. Once the complex has been put back in order and the otter has finished her meal, she is re-released into the main activity room without ever seeing her human caretakers. Caring for sick and orphaned otters requires a lot of smoke-and-mirror tricks, continued on page 14 The river otter, patient #0344, is a young, playful female pup that loves to swim photo courtesy of Kat McDonough, CVT, senior wildlife rehabilitation specialist 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


THE RIVER MARCH 21, 201414 Plant SmartAustralian Pineby Gerri ReavesAustralian pine (Casuarina equisetifolia and Casuarina glauca) is one of the most significant ecological threats to South Florida, with the latter being more widespread. So noxious is the tree that its distribution or planting is prohibited by the State of Florida. Millions of dollars have been spent to eradicate it and efforts continue. It is listed as a category-1 by the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council because of the documented ecological damage it has caused. Introduced from Australia to Florida in the early 20th century, Australian pine was planted as a windbreak, especially along roadsides, and as a shade tree. The trees propensity to quickly invade and colonize natural areas resulted in monocultures that snuff out native species and rob wildlife of their habitat. Birders know that an Australian pine forest is characterized by silence and by a thick carpet of needles that prohibits the growth of native vegetation. The tree is a nitrogen-fixer (produces its own fertilizer), so it can easily take over even nutrient-poor locations. Because the fast-growing tree flourishes in coastal areas, it threatens native species such as sea turtles and shorebirds who depend on estuaries and beaches for nesting. Australian pine is a serious threat to property, too. C. equisetifolia, which can reach up to 150 feet, has a weak, shallow root system that spells disaster in high winds, as demonstrated by Hurricane Charley in 2004. Damaged structures, blocked roads and disrupted utilities exacted an inestimable economic cost. Despite the resemblance to the pine, the tree isnt a pine at all, but a true flowering plant. The trees dense evergreen foliage is made up of thin pineneedle-like branchlets that are jointed, easily breaking into small segments. The winged nutlet aids the tree in spreading the seeds. The scaly bark is fissured and gray-brown to reddish. Some property owners justify keeping Australian pines because they are shade trees, but if you have Australian pines on your property, youll be doing yourself and your neighbors a favor by replacing them with native shade trees. Sources: sfwmd.gov, ifas.ufl.edu, and anbg.gov.au. Plant Smart explores the plant life of South Florida and sustainable landscape practices. Australian pines are prevalent on Lakes Regional Parks spoil islands. An ongoing project will remove them, along with other exotic vegetation, with care taken to avoid disturbing the bird rookeries during nesting season. On this corner near businesses and residences, an invasive tree starts a colony photos by Gerri Reaves Documentary Explores Early Visions Of FloridaThe Fort Myers Film Festival presents a screening of the new film Last Stop, Flamingo on Saturday, March 22 at 2 p.m. in the Foulds Theatre at the Alliance for the Arts. This is the Florida premiere of the one hour documentary created by Fort Myers native Georg Koszulinski. The film explores early visions of Florida, from the early 20th-century Koreshan utopian community, to the worlds largest planned subdivision Golden Gate Estates which initially projected a population of more than 400,000 residents. Before reaching the coastline at Flamingo one of the last coastal regions of Florida to remain undeveloped Koszulinski stops in Miami to visit his grandfathers eclectic tropical garden. The garden presents a utopian vision of landscape in the microcosm and intersects with Koszulinskis own personal histories and memories of Florida. The film reflects on the many ways in which Floridas landscapes have been irreversibly shaped by human desires. Last Stop, Flamingo is the third and final installment in Koszulinskis trilogy of Florida-focused films. The previous two, Immokalee U.S.A. (2008) and Cracker Crazy (2007), both received wide acclaim. Koszulinski is an award-winning filmmaker and educator who has directed more than 25 films, ranging from documentary and narrative features to avantgarde films and videos. His documentary, Cracker Crazy, explores the history of slavery and exploitation in Florida from first European contact to the present day. The film earned numerous festival awards and was nominated for a Notable Video of the Year by the American Library Association. Immokalee U.S.A. documents the experiences of migrant farm laborers working in the United States and was widely programmed at film festivals and universities. The Documentary Channel acquired both films in 2009. Space is limited so arrive early to guarantee a seat in the Foulds Theatre at the Alliance. Seating is open and there is a $5 suggested donation at the door. The Fort Myers Film Festival runs through March 23 with screenings at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center and Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. More information is available at www.ArtInLee.org. The Alliance for the Arts is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. From page 13Baby River Otterbut the effort insures the health and safety of this extraordinary patient. By the time the little pup is healthy enough for release, she needs to fear people, said Dr. Heather, CROWs resident veterinarian. CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Inc.) is a non-profit wildlife hospital providing veterinary care for native and migratory wildlife from our local area. The hospital accepts patients seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mail donations to PO Box 150, Sanibel, FL 33957. Call 472-3644 or visit: www.crowclinic.org. Orchid Auction April 8The Southwest Florida Orchid Society is hosting an auction and fundraiser at Faith United Methodist Church on Tuesday, April 8 at 7 p.m. This is a free event and everyone is welcome to attend. The members also donate other plants including bromeliads and ferns, so there is something for everyone. The society is also involved in educating the community on orchid culture and the public is welcome to come and find out how to take advantage of this. The new location is due to extension office budget cuts and the resulting loss of venue for many of the local clubs. Faith United Methodist Church is located at 15690 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers. The society meets on the second Tuesday of the month with a growers class at 7 p.m. followed by the regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. These meetings are free to attend and open to everyone. For more information email bmurza@ comcast.net or call Gary at 305-2982670. To advertise in The River Weekly News Call 415-7732


15 THE RIVER MARCH 21, 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) For Reservations: 239-472-5300 Big Issues At Theatre Conspiracyby Di SaggauAdding a good 400 pounds to someones frame is no easy task. Orlando make-up artist Tim J. Hays was recruited by Theatre Conspiracy to do the job. The result is an almost unrecognizable Bill Taylor in the role of 600-pound Charlie, the main character in The Whale. Audiences have been waiting for Taylor to take on another role and this one reminds us of what weve been missing and how good he is on stage. When the lights are turned on for the start of the play, there is a gasp from the audience. Charlie is seated on his couch, watching TV and eating potato chips. Its a shocking scene. Every move he makes is an effort and Taylor makes us feel his pain. Charlie has been on a mission to eat himself to death. But before he goes, he wants to reconnect with his 17-yearold daughter Ellie (Jennifer Koch), whom he has not seen for 15 years. Ellie is a walking nightmare with no friends and a blog where she spews her hatred of everyone. Charlies caregiver friend Liz (Jennifer Grant) genuinely likes Charlie and yet she feeds his death wish with Big Macs and potato chips. Shes furious with him for not going to the hospital. He refuses to go because he doesnt have health insurance and he wants the small fortune he has saved from his online tutoring job to go to his daughter. As Charlie continues on his slow suicidal binge in his seedy home in Northern Idaho, he is visited by Elder Thomas (Wil Harbison), a naive 19-year-old Mormon missionary who is set on saving Charlie, but has issues of his own. Then there is Charlies wife Mary (Annie Wagner), who is obviously still fond of her ex-husband, but shocked at his appearance. She also considers her daughter to be a lost cause. Charlie left his wife and daughter to be with his partner Alan, who has since died. He carries a lot of guilt. Playwright Samuel D. Hunter has given all these sad lost souls details that show up bit by bit, adding a great deal to the story. He weaves in mentions of Moby Dick and Jonah and there are also ocean sound effects that are chilling. Directed by Stephen E. Hooper, The Whale delivers one punch after another. The cast does a wonderful job and, of course, Taylor packs an emotional wallop tucked inside his blubbery fat suit. Im told it weighs under 40 pounds, but Taylor does such a good job bringing out Charlies pain, you feel it must weigh a ton. The climax of the play is poignant and thought-provoking. It involves an essay that Ellie wrote in eighth grade, one that is Charlies favorite and as she reads it aloud to him you figure out why. The Whale is not a laugh out loud production but it does have its funny moments. This is the kind of production for which Theatre Conspiracy is famous, and I applaud them for that. It runs through March 29. For tickets, call 936-3239. Theatre Conspiracy is located in the Alliance For the Arts, 10091 McGregor Boulevard, in Fort Myers. The Whale in silhouette Last Fort Myers Art Fair Of The SeasonThe Downtown Saturday Art Fair (Project of Art Walk Fort Myers) on Saturday April 19, will be the final one of the season. It takes place on the sidewalks of First Street in the River District from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Over 30 vendors will be selling their original hand-made art, unique jewelry, photography, fused glass, pottery, mosaics, up-cycled art, blown-glass sculptures, good-luck jewelry, hand-made purses and copper wire tree sculptures. Michelle Rothackers table


THE RIVER MARCH 21, 201416 LaBelle Theatre Presents A Tribute To The USOThe Firehouse Community Theatre of LaBelle will present Thanks for the Memories, written and directed by Firehouses very own Nick Fidanza. Its a USO look at World War II. Celebrities like Bob Hope rallied many singers, actors and comedians to follow him into the war zones to entertain the troops. The Firehouse Singers will be presenting several of these famous memories and help recapture some of our fondest memories from the greatest generation. Showtimes are Friday March 21 and Saturday March 22 at 7 p.m. and Sunday March 23 at 2 p.m., as well as the following weekend, Friday and Saturday, March 28 andf 29 7 p.m. and Sunday March 30 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.firehousecommnitytheatre.com and are $12 in advance, and $14 on the night of the performance. The Firehouse Community Theatre is located at 241 North Bridge Street in historic downtown LaBelle, three blocks north of the intersection of SR80 and SR29 and 28 minutes from exit 141 on I-75. Martha Pierce The Firehouse Singers Alliance Seeks Team Volunteers For Summer Arts CampThe Alliance for the Arts is now accepting applications for its Summer Arts Camp Teen Volunteer Program. Camp volunteer positions are offered to students at least 14 years old who want to gain experience and confidence through assisting the Camp Education Team with art activities, classroom management, cleanup and other duties. Applicants must submit a volunteer application, a $30 training fee and a typed letter of interest to participate. This is the 26th year the Alliance has offered the camp, which features nine themed weeks that give pre-K through 6th grade children the chance to explore the visual and performing arts in a fun and interactive environment. To download the volunteer application, or learn more about Summer Arts Camp at the Alliance, visit ArtInLee.org or call 939-2787. The Alliance campus and galleries are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, at 10091 McGregor Boulevard just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. Youngsters at a previous camp Art class Dance session Dance class at the Alliance Arts CampFrom page 9Fort Myers Fare337-3377. 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 EATERYShare your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702 or email press@riverweekly.com


17 THE RIVER MARCH 21, 2014 Sanibel 1025 Periwinkle Way Mon Sat. 10 5Evenings & Sundays by appointment 579.0412 Naples & Fort Mye PROOF THAT SANIBELS TREASURESarent limited to shells...Visit our Island Boutique to see our Designer condo packages Unique accessories Distinctive home furnishings ALL ACCESSORIES THIS WEEK ONLY!OFF20% Distinctl norris.com Collaborations Of Poetry And Art At The AllianceOn Thursday, April 17 at 7 p.m., pens and keyboards will meet brushes and cameras during Broadsides: Poetry off the Shelf, a National Poetry Month celebration at the Alliance for the Arts. During this inaugural event, the words of 13 poets will merge with images created by 11 visual artists into printed posters called broadsides. Historically, broadsides are a form of printed communication containing a mixture of text and images, typically designed to be posted in a public place. From the 1600s to the early 20th century, this visual medium was used to convey information, issue proclamations, make revolutionary statements, or publish the lyrics to poetry and songs. The public is invited to see the finished broadsides and hear the poets read their works during a reception in the Foulds Theatre lobby. There is a $10 suggested donation. Limited edition prints of the broadsides will be available for purchase. For more information, visit ArtInLee.org or call 939-2787. Participating artists and poets include: Artists Collin Davis Phillip Heubeck Leo Johnson Megan Kissinger Reina Lombardi Jason McDonald Jan Palmer Paul Rodino Berry van Boekel Barbara Yeomans Peter Zell Poets James Brock Dorothy Howe Brooks Carol Drummond Jim Gustafson Bob Lerew Gary McLouth Jesse Millner Joe Pacheco Naomi Rosado Allison Serraes Larry Stiles Lorraine Walker Williams Joan Heller Winokur The Alliance campus and galleries are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. Jason McDonald and Jim Gustafson Ice Cream Cone Peter Zell and Joe Pacheco Earth Machine


THE RIVER MARCH 21, 201418 National Boys & Girls Club WeekThe Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County joins more than 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs across America and on U.S. military installations with its annual celebration of National Boys & Girls Club Week from March 23 to 29. The weeklong celebration calls attention to the important role Boys & Girls Clubs play in the support and success of nearly four million young people each year. This years theme Open The Door. Take The Tour. encourages the communities, families, friends and supporters of club members to experience first-hand how Boys & Girls Clubs are making a difference in the lives of young people. The BGCLCs local tour will take place on Friday, March 28 from 4:30 to 5:40 p.m. at its Pueblo Bonito Club, located at 26120 Pueblo Bonito Boulevard in Bonita Springs. At the heart of our organization is a desire to positively influence the lives of young people in our community, said Shannon Lane, chief professional officer of the BGCLC. We are more than just a hangout. We want the citizens of Southwest Florida to experience the life-changing programs we offer to the hundreds of local kids our clubs serve every day. Boys & Girls Club Week is a great time to see how we impact the lives of young people through programs aimed to promote academic success, good character and healthy lifestyles. During the weeklong celebration, participants can also visit www.greatfutures.org/ bgcweek and take a virtual tour of other Boys & Girls Clubs. Virtual-tour participants are eligible to enter a contest for a chance to win a $500 Lowes or $250 Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores gift card. For more information about Open The Door. Take The Tour. or the BGCLC, contact Shannon Lane at 334-1886 or slane@bgclc.net. AppleJuiceApple Apps For Book Loversby Carol Rooksby Weidlich, President, SWACKSEnjoy reading and always have a book with you on your Apple device? Check out these iPad and iPhone apps for book lovers: iBookshelf by Josh Pressnell is $1.99. If you sometimes cant remember if youve read a book because the title or book cover might have changed, iBookshelf is a database that keeps your reading list with you at all times. Entries can be manually entered or scan the books barcode. If youre an avid reader and have a library card from the Lee County Library System, you can take advantage of the librarys Download Depot, an online collection of eBooks, audio books, magazines, music and video for all age readers that can be downloaded to your device and read wherever you are at any time. OverDrive allows you to access the librarys digital catalog for eBooks and audio books. Use Zinio to download digital magazines to your iPad, iPhone, Mac, PC and Android. The collection includes popular magazines like Boating, Cocina Fcil, Good Housekeeping and O, all for free, allowing you to read them at your leisure. Freegal Music is an app that allows you to download up to four songs a week, and they are yours to keep. Check the librarys website at http:// leelibrary.net/pages/online.aspx to see other digital information available to you. Kindle App by AMZN Mobile LLC will allow you to read Kindle books from Amazon on your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Both free and paid books are available. If you have a Kindle and Apple devices you can sync between all your devices and be able to read at any time. Nook App by Barnes & Noble gives iPad, iPhone and iPod users access to over three million books which include over one million free titles plus magazines, newspapers, comics and more. The app is downloaded through the iTunes Store. South West Florida Apple Computer Knowledge Society or SWACKS. For more information visit http://www. swacks.org/. Kelly Inducted Into Bishop Verot Alumni HallKathryn Kelly, president and CEO of The Heights Foundation, was recently inducted into The Bishop Verot Catholic High School Alumni Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame honors graduates of Bishop Verot who are academically accomplished scholars, spiritual and faith-based people and leaders committed to service and social justice. Kelly, a 1973 graduate of Bishop Verot, Edison State College and the University of Florida, had a 20-year career as a successful architect designing commercial buildings and highrises in Southwest Florida and Seattle, Washington. In 1999, while working as an architect, she and members of her church delivered food baskets to needy families in a neighborhood only a mile from where she grew up. She was inspired to found The Heights Foundation, an organization committed to eliminating poverty by providing opportunities and removing obstacles, through education and family-strengthening. She has been president and CEO since 2000. In 2013, the Foundations 14,000 square-foot, $5.8 million community center opened. Kathryn Kelly is a wonderful example of the spirit of Bishop Verot Catholic High School, said John Cavell, principal. She is committed to finding and nurturing the gifts and talents of every child, regardless of their situation and offering opportunity through education. For more information, visit www. heightsfoundation.org or call 482-7706. Financial FocusCoping With Turbulence As An Investorby Jennifer BaseyIf youre like many travelers, you get a little nervous when your airplane goes through some turbulence. And if youre like a lot of investors, you may get somewhat jumpy when the financial markets are volatile. Yet flight turbulence probably isnt as scary as it seems, and the same may be true for market volatility if you know how to respond. Lets look at some positive responses to market movements: Dont overreact to turbulence. Turbulence happens on most flights, but passengers are well aware that they cant bail out at 30,000 feet, so they generally dont panic. As an investor, you also need to avoid panicky behavior by not taking a time out from investing. Over a period of decades, if you were to miss just a handful of the markets best-performing days, your returns could be dramatically reduced. And the best days often follow some of the worst. So if youre not invested in the market, you could miss out on the beginning of a new rally, which is typically when the biggest gains occur. Balance your cargo. The ground crew properly positions an airplanes cargo to maintain the planes center of gravity and reduce the effects of turbulence. When you invest, you also need to achieve balance by owning a variety of vehicles, including stocks, bonds, government securities and certificates of deposit. Youll want your investment mix to reflect your risk tolerance, goals and time horizon. While this type of diversification cant guarantee profits or protect against loss, it can reduce the effects of turbulence that is, market volatility on your portfolio. Over time, your cargo (your investments) may shift, becoming too heavy in stocks or bonds relative to your objectives. Consequently, youll need to periodically rebalance your portfolio to ensure its meeting your needs. Match your transportation method with your goals. If you are flying from New York to Los Angeles, you may experience delays or some changes in the flight plan, but your goal is still to reach Los Angeles as quickly and efficiently as possible. Consequently, you wouldnt ISLAND INSURANCE SERVICE Kathleen Papaleo President Susan Barnes Personal Lines 703 Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel, FL (239) 472-3022 Have an insurance question? Call our office today for a new Auto quote. Trish Barbone Agent Mark OBrien Owner/Agent We are HERE for all your insurance needs Call our office today for a new Auto quote. ISLAND INSURANCE SERVICE UNDER NEW OWNERSHIPscrap the idea of flying and head to the West Coast on foot. When you invest, you will also encounter events, such as market downturns, that you feel may be slowing you down in your progress toward your long-term objectives, such as a comfortable retirement. But if your objectives havent changed, neither should your transportation method of reaching them. In other words, dont abandon your long-term strategy in favor of quick fixes, such as chasing after hot stocks that may not be suitable for your needs. Maintain perspective on your flight path. When youve flown, youve probably observed, perhaps with some envy, some of your fellow passengers sleeping through periods of turbulence. In the investment world, these types of people are the ideal long-term investors they know that turbulence, in the form of market fluctuations, is normal, because theyve experienced it many times before. Their perspective isnt on short-term events, such as volatility, but rather on the voyage toward their final destination i.e., the achievement of their longterm goals. So when you fly, fasten your seatbelt and relax. And when you invest, dont overreact to short-term events. By following these basic guidelines, you will be a calmer traveler and a better investor. Jennifer Basey is a financial advisor in Fort Myers. She can be reached at jennifer.basey@edwardjones.com. Kathryn Kelly


19 THE RIVER MARCH 21, 2014 Foundation Receives Grant From RotariansSix local Rotary Clubs teamed up to donate $24,000 to The Heights Foundation to purchase industrial kitchen equipment for The Heights Culinary Center. The Rotary Clubs of Sanibel-Captiva, Fort Myers, Fort Myers South, Estero, Bonita Springs Sunrise and Fort Myers Sunrise each contributed $2,200 and the Rotary District 6960 provided matching funds. The goal of The Heights Culinary Center program is to empower individuals to develop economic self-sufficiency through culinary job skills development. The Culinary Center will partner with area resorts, life-care establishments, restaurants and hotels to provide job-ready, qualified and motivated staff to meet their needs. We are so grateful for the combined efforts of our local Rotarians to help make our culinary program a reality, said Kathryn Kelly, president and CEO of The Heights Foundation. Our Culinary Center will not only empower individuals to succeed in the workplace, but will provide a foundation for healthy eating for at-risk kids and adults, who will benefit from high-quality meal production. The Heights Center, supported by the Heights Foundation, is a place for education, opportunity and enrichment. The Foundation works to build strong, selfsufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. As a 501(c)3 grassroots organization, the Centers mission is to promote family and community development, support education, health and wellness, and provide the benefits of enrichment, expressive and cultural arts. For more information, visit www. heightsfoundation.org or call 482-7706. From page 1Community Foundation ExhibitMichael Domina as well as several others from the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. All participating artists will give 35 percent of any sale to the Fund for the Arts in Southwest Florida, which benefits art organizations in our region. The foundation invites the community to celebrate the exhibit by hosting a reception on Wednesday, March 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. Reservations can be made by emailing RSVP@floridacommunity.com. The exhibit will run through March 27 and is available for public viewing hours Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To schedule a tour, call Kim Williams at 274-5900. The final exhibit of the season will start in April and include works from the Art Quilters Unlimited and the Alliance for the Arts. For more information about the SWFLCF, call 274-5900 or visit www. floridacommunity.com. Grandmas Garden by Bill Kreutz ENGEL & VLKERSIsabella Rasi 239-246-4716 From page 1Community Band Season FinaleThe band will resume weekly rehearsals in October. Its first concert of the 2014-15 season will be in mid-November. Members are musicians from all walks of life career musicians, amateurs and those renewing skills from years past who reside in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. The director is Richard Bradstreet. Emcee and vocalist is Norman Jones. For more information, visit www. leecountyband.org or call Norman Jones at 995-2097. From page 1Art Bazaargoing on to study art at a graduate level. Students are preparing an exhibit which will hang in the gallery from April 11 to 17. An awards reception will be held on April 13. For more information, call 4633909. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, located on Shell Mound Boulevard (turn at the blinking light at Estero Boulevard and Donora). Visit the website at www.fortmyersbeachart.com. Fort Myers Beach Yacht Club Sets March Meetingsubmitted by Past Commodore Chris ChristensenThe monthly meeting of the Fort Myers Beach Yacht Club will be held on Wednesday, March 26 at the American Legion Post 274 on San Carlos Island. The address is 899 Buttonwood Drive in Fort Myers Beach. Dinner will be catered and is available for $10 per person. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., followed by the membership meeting from 8 to 9 p.m. Potential new members wishing to attend any or all portions of the meeting are invited to call Commodore Don Czech at 565-7570 for required reservations and additional information. The Fort Myers Beach Yacht Club, formed in 1953 and incorporated as a not-for-profit organization for the purpose of promoting safe, enjoyable boating and good fellowship, charges annual dues of $100 per couple or $60 per single. Learn more at www.OurGroupOnline. org/FMBYachtClub. Read us online at IslandSunNews.com Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702or email press@riverweekly.com


THE RIVER MARCH 21, 201420 Key West Bike Ride Gives Aid To Youth MinistryKey West Bike Ride: To The Ends Of The Earth or at least Florida is a 300-mile cycling and running journey from Fort Myers to Key West in support of Christian-based youth ministry around the globe. It is a cause Bike Bistro owner Steve Martin supports in many ways. Martin generously provided gift bags for the KWBRs eight ride-leaders that contained a Bike Bistro T-shirt and some its custom-blended, locally-roasted java complete with a mug, among other surprises. Additionally, he supported his new bicycle mechanic Chris Griffiths participation in the ride. We stayed at five different churches over the five nights (March 1 to 6), Griffith said. There was such an out-pour of donations and support that made it a phenomenal experience. While the 2014 KWBR started rough, with strong head winds and a couple of minor accidents, riders and runners encountered a smoother journey once in Longboat Key. Griffith, as the designated bike mechanic, would get up early and stay up late to repair bicycles. It was my gift to them, he said. The KWBR began in 2011 with an idea by Aaron Arnold, executive director of YouthHOPE in Fort Myers, who learned there was a need for bicycles to reach youth in Bulgaria. He shared the story and his vision with then-new-hire Justin Hanneken, a recent transplant from Maryland. I had zero interest in cycling and knew no one in the area, said Hanneken, who felt compelled to help with the problem. I cold-called youth pastors and pitched the Key West Bike Ride idea. It started with three or four who were interested, which turned into 10 to 12 by the end. The 2012 inaugural ride raised more than $7,000 for Bulgarian youth to have bicycles, helmets and even tents. That ride also became the catalyst to True Horizons, a youth foundation in Bulgaria. In the summer of the same year, YouthHOPE sent a team of college-age interns to Bulgaria to work with the youth alongside True Horizons. The ministry continues to provide outdoor adventure experiences for the 4,500 youth of Velingrad. We dont just invest funds; we invest in lives, said Henneken. The 2014 KWBR raised funds and awareness for youth in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where there are 18 hostels in which youth from nearby rural villages have come to get an education. The hostels currently have a ratio of 50 youths to one adult, explained Hanneken, who is planning a two-week mission trip to Thailand and India with his wife, Karena. Our partners visit those hostels to provide tutoring and body image seminars, as well as play basketball with the young people. The KWBR has grown from 13 cyclists and runners to 44 cyclists, 10 runners and 16 support staff. This year, it raised more than $61,000 for the Thailand youth ministry through the efforts of its participants and generosity of its sponsors. In addition to Bike Bistro, sponsorship included the independent Christian band, Willet, which uses its stage to raise awareness and funds for global missions, as well as Fort Myers Schwinn, Shift Church in Gainesville, Florida, and Arkansas-based Twice Born Design. This is a project we believe in, added Hanneken. It is more than just a fundraiser; it is about raising awareness and educating youth to prevent human trafficking. The 2015 KWBR will be in honor of India. Anyone who would like to get involved in this cause can visit www.endscycling.com for more information. This ride touched my heart and it brought about a new chapter in my life, said Griffith. My gratitude goes out to my boss (Steve Martin), who supported me and this cause. Griffith can be found working the service bench at Bike Bistro, which is located in Sanibel Beach Place along Summerlin Road, just across the bridge from Sanibel Island. Tritons 25th Annual Golf TournamentTee off at the biggest scramble in Southwest Florida during Mariner High School Tritons 25th Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, April 26 at Coral Oaks Golf Course in Cape Coral. The golf tournament is a local favorite and the Tritons most successful single-day fundraiser. Proceeds from the black and silver anniversary golf tournament will benefit the Mariner High School Athletic All Sports Booster Club, which provides funds to supplement the athletic program and provide a first-class experience for Mariner student-athletes. Golfers begin play at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start on Coral Oaks championship course. Following tournament play, golfers will enjoy refreshments, a lunch buffet and awards reception. Awards will be presented for closest to the pin, longest drive and hole-in-one. Registration is $300 per foursome and $75 for individuals. Scoreboard sponsorships are available for $150 and tee and green sponsorships are available for $100. Donations are also being accepted for an auction and door prizes. Coral Oaks Golf Course is located at 1800 Northwest 28th Avenue in Cape Coral. For more information, sponsorships or to register for Mariner High Schools 25th Annual Golf Tournament, contact Vito Mennona, C.A.A., athletic/activities director, at 772-2907 or vitoam@ leeschools.net. Using GPS Classsubmitted by Cdr. Ron TerciakThe San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadrons, will be offering a class in basic GPS operation on Saturday, April 19 from 1:15 to 4:30 p.m. The class is designed to introduce new users to GPS. The class will include discussions of marine navigation, how a GPS works, and GPS limitations. There will be an extensive presentation on what a GPS can do and what a boater can do with GPS. For those interested in purchasing a GPS, you will understand what a GPS can do for you and some of the key features to look for as you shop for a GPS. The cost to attend the class is $30. The class is being taught at the San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron Classroom, located at 16048 San Carlos Blvd. (at the corner of Kelly Road, across from ACE Hardware). Students can register online at www. scbps.com or call 466-4040. The Journey Lovers Group prepares for the days ride on the five-night Key West Bike Ride that supports Christian-based youth ministry across the globe. There were 44 cyclists in the 3rd annual ride, which raised more than $60,000 for youth in Thailand. Bike Bistro bicycle mechanic Chris Griffith takes his skills and knowledge to the Key West Bike Ride: To The Ends Of The Earth, a 300-mile cycling and running journey held March 1 to 6. Griffith used his skills to repair bicycles on the ride.Share your community news with us. 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21 THE RIVER MARCH 21, 2014 Baseballs New Challenge Rule Will Be Big Test For Teams Video Directorsby Ed FrankBuried in the caverns of most major league baseball stadiums is the teams video director a vital link to the teams success but someone you seldom see or hear about. This season, however, with baseballs new challenge system taking effect, the video directors role takes on significant new pressure-packed importance. We had the opportunity to discuss the job with Sean Harlin, the video director for the Minnesota Twins, who is beginning his ninth year in this position and someone we honestly hadnt seen in all those years since he was promoted from manager of media relations. He moved into the job just as the digital age was taking over along with sophisticated new software and computers. Charting every pitch through an elaborate system of computers, Harlin provides a valuable tool of instant information to players and coaches throughout every game. But what many dont understand is the fact that video is valuable for teaching, scouting and training purposes, he said. At the Twins new state-of-the art Target Field, Harlin has seven cameras positioned throughout the stadium feeding video into his computer-banked headquarters that is located just behind the Twins dugout. This is in addition to the main TV network feed. On the road, he packs a transportable video system that provides the team with the needed input. Harlin explained that the video age has also moved to the minor league level. The Twins minor league complex adjacent to Hammond Stadium has a new video room, and instant video review also is now provided for their Double-A and Triple A farm teams. Harlins responsibilities, along with those of the major leagues other 29 video directors, will become vastly more important when the 2014 season begins at the end of the March and the new instant-replay challenge system takes effect. Under the new rule, a manager is allowed one challenge over the first six innings of a game and two additional challenges from the seventh inning to the end of the game .A manager who wins a challenge retains the challenge, but a challenge not used in the first six innings cannot be carried over. Calls challenged will be reviewed by a major league umpire crew in a New York headquarters who will make a final ruling. Balls and strikes cannot be challenged and there are limitations on other plays that can be reviewed. Obviously, there must be rapid-fire communication between Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire and Harlin regarding a challenge. On every close play there must be due diligence and I must make the best decision I can, Harlin said. It will be for sure to challenge, not sure or too close to call, he added. And the decisions must be made almost instantaneously as the new instant-replay rule does not allow stalling to make a decision. Harlin said that a successful challenge could be the difference in a game, but in actuality there are few mistakes made by umpires. After all, were dealing with professional umpires. He said a study showed that umpire errors are made in less than one out of six games so he does not feel the new challenge rule will greatly alter the length of games. A criticism of baseball has been the length of games so the new review program is designed to provide decisions within two minutes. As the new season dawns in little more than a week, it opens with an important new area or responsibility for Harlin, a 23-year veteran in the Twins organization. But he has the training, experience and decision-making background to meet challenges of the new challenge rule. Sean Harlin THE LEE COAST CHAPTER OF THE MILITARY OFFICERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA IS SPONSORINGThe BOB JANES MEMORIAL GOLF OUTINGWEDNESDAY, April 9, 2014To Bene tWounded Warriors, their Families, and other Veterans in NeedFour Person Scramble at Shell Points Platinum 18-Hole Championship Golf CourseHonorary Chairman Rear Admiral Thomas F. Hall, USN (Ret)Former Chief of Naval Reserve, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve A airs, and Acting Undersecretary of Defense for Manpower and ReadinessThis event, honoring the former Mayor of Sanibel, Lee County Commissioner, and rst President of this chapter, will be hosted by Shell Point Golf Club Head Professional Gary Keating. A light breakfast will begin at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, followed at 8:00 a.m. by the 18-Hole Four Person Scramble. Lunch will be provided at the conclusion of play, where winners will be announced and prizes awarded. The $125 entry fee includes 18 holes of golf plus cart, player gift bag, a light breakfast and lunch. The Lee Coast Chapter MOAA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with IRS Tax Number 260156596. Letters documenting that portion of the entry fee as a charitable donation will be mailed out following the Outing.To Sign Up, contact Entries Chairman John Bathke at (651) 503-8893 Colorful 5K Run To Benefit Food Chapin BankThe Color Vibe, a 5K fun run company, is hosting the Fort Myers Color Vibe 5K for people of all ages on Saturday, March 22 at the Lee Civic Center, 11831 Bayshore Road in North Fort Myers. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to support the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida. Throughout the course, participants run, walk or dance their way through color stations, where vibrant colors tie-dye white outfits and costumes. Following the run, there will be a dance party hosted by a professional sound crew and disc jockey. As Color Vibes website states, You are the canvas, and when youre finished with this 5K run youll be an exciting and vivid masterpiece. The Color Vibe 5K is full of inspirational stories of runners and non-runners alike coming together to share a life experience, accomplish fitness goals and become rainbow junkies, said Taylor Spencer, Color Vibe race director. We do not time our 5K fun runs so every participant can take their time getting colored. Runners and walkers of all ages and skill levels are welcome to participate. Registration is $45 before Friday, March 21 and $50 the day of the race, if it is not sold out. Race packets can be picked up between noon and 6 p.m. Friday, March 21 or at the 7 a.m. start Saturday, March 22. The race will begin at 9 a.m. and there will be a finish line party. Children seven and younger can participate for free. For more information and registration, go to www. thecolorvibe. com or email support@thecolorvibe. com The Color Vibe uses a cornstarch based colored powder to tie-dye participants. The colored powder is made from food-grade quality cornstarch using an advanced manufacturing process custom developed for the Color Vibe Race Series. Its non-toxic and biodegradable. It also washes out easily from skin and hair.


THE RIVER MARCH 21, 201422 Hope HealthCare And Junior League Host Family Fun DayFamilies from Hopes Partners in Care, a palliative care program providing support for families with children facing chronic illness, recently gathered for a family fun day at Hopes offices in Fort Myers. Hosted by the Junior League of Fort Myers, the event offered crafts and face painting, entertainment by Buster the Bear, and visits from Hope Hospices therapy dogs for the kids, while caregivers relaxed with complimentary massages from Heart & Soul Massage and yoga from Joyful Yoga. Lunch was provided by Chik-fil-A. Each family received a professional photo session, as well as a care package with items donated by the offices of Dr. David Trettenero and Dr. Ralph Garamone. For more information or to make a donation to Partners in Care, call 433-6723, 855-4543100 or visit www.HopeHCS.org. Maria Tavera, Jonathan Villarreal and Jason Villarreal Ella Verminllin Gavin, Brandi, Mackenzie and Jeff Lawrey Valerie Nunez and Katie Scoquette Griselda, Elda, Yael and Axel Arias School Smartby Shelley M. Greggs, NCSPDear Shelley, My child has had a paraprofessional with him all day at school for the past few years and it has worked out so well for my son. Now, the school is suggesting that we reduce the time that the paraprofessional is with him so my son will become more independent. I think this is risky. What do you think? Sacha A., Fort Myers Sacha, Independence is a valuable skill for all children and your son is no exception. However in his case, becoming independent will take more careful development. The first thing that should happen is that a self-sufficiency type of profile should be developed for your son. This type of profile analyzes time paraprofessionals spend with students and identifies periods where students can work to become independent. For example, your son may need assistance in academic classes but not need assistance entering school in the morning upon arrival. By pinpointing parts of the school day when he needs support, the school should be able to help him grow in independence and become more self-sufficient. How, when and where support is withdrawn should not occur without clearcut data and a well thought out plan. Having more frequent IEP meetings to develop and evaluate this new plan would be worthwhile and would also ease your mind initially. Perhaps some of these new goals of independence could be added to the IEP as well. Try to keep an open mind. Rather than thinking of this as something being taken away from your son, you might want to think of this as a team effort to increase your sons independence, a life long skill that he needs. Ultimately, by becoming as independent as possible, your son will learn how to be a self-advocate. By becoming a self-advocate, your son will learn how to speak up for himself, make his own decisions about his own life, learn how to get information so that he can understand things that are of interest to him, find out who will support him in your journey, know his rights and responsibilities, problem solve and reach out to others when he needs help and friendship. This is not an overnight learning it takes time and careful planning to empower any child but especially one with disabilities to become independent. It sounds like you are going to take that first step and help him develop these allimportant tools for self-sufficiency. 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. Open House Week At Edison State CollegeEdison State College will host Open House Week on April 7 through 10, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. daily. All events are free to attend, and each day will feature a particular Edison State College location so that guests who wish to see more than one campus have the opportunity to do so. Attendees are encouraged to register online for a fastpass through check-in at www.edison. edu/openhouse. Specific dates and locations are as follows: April 7 Hendry/Glades, 1092 E Cowboy Way, LaBelle, Building A April 8 Charlotte Campus, 26300 Airport Rd., Punta Gorda, Building J April 9 Collier Campus, 7007 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples, Building M April 10 Lee Campus, 8099 College Pkwy., Fort Myers, Building U Edison State College offers multiple academic programs for students to choose from that will help them enter the workforce upon graduation, said Mark Bukowski, Director of Admissions at Edison State College. During the open house events, guests will learn more about the programs and support services we offer to assist students in reaching their personal and professional goals. While at the open house, visitors will receive information about the admissions process, academic programs, financial aid and scholarships. The events will offer campus tours, free giveaways and snacks as well as the opportunity to meet with current students, faculty and staff. On the Fort Myers campus, visitors will also have an opportunity to tour on-campus housing. For more information about the open house and to register, visit www.edison. edu/openhouse. Share your community news with us.Call 395-1213 Fax: 395-2299 or email press@islandsunnews.com


23 THE RIVER MARCH 21, 2014 deaRPharmacistClean Yourself Outby Suzy Cohen, RPhDear Pharmacist: I had to get a colonoscopy last month, and fortunately, everything is okay but it made me worry about colon cancer. My doctor recommended a stool softener and laxative for me if it gets bad. What else do you suggest for colon health? PC, Ocala, Florida Definitely clean yourself out. Im not recommending gastric lavage, Im thinking simple solutions like drinking more water, eating more fiber and taking probiotics and enzymes. The following dietary supplements act like a sponge binding bile acids and toxins in your intestine to form an insoluble complex that you excrete. Think of these as a rescue remedy, not for chronic daily use because they will latch on to your medicine and supplements: Bentonite clay, activated charcoal and psyllium husk. Youd pick only one, not all. The bentonite and charcoal can be extremely constipating so be careful, and ask your doctor if theyre okay. This may sound weird but your colon is connected to your head and your gut is often referred to as your second brain. Thats why avoiding various food groups improves mood and migraines. Colonics are an option. Gun shy about these? I dont blame you; most colonic practitioners use an intimidating speculum, but the newer, thinner nozzles are more comfortable. Thats what Im told by my friend, Francis Gonzalez, ND, an I-ACT certified colon hydrotherapist instructor and founder of Fluid Water Therapy in New York (www. fluidwatertherapy.com). I-ACT stands for International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy. Colonics improve lower intestinal health, especially if you eat lots of dairy, meat, white flour, processed, refined foods, milk chocolate, coffee or alcohol. For some reason, after a while, these foods encrust the intestines with a sludge made up of thick mucus, fecal material, and other trapped debris. The sludge promotes the growth of pathogens adding to the intestinal mess. If you have any chronic illness, I urge you to consider internal pollution, not just environmental pollution. Digestive enzymes and probiotics can help, and they are more effective after colonic therapy. Colonics (and gentle enemas) help remove toxins from your intestine, reduce bloating and relieve constipation. Colonics help remove rotting material like meat that gets stuck in your intestinal tract. Warming up to the idea? Be warned that many colonics are performed by untrained personnel using unregulated, home-made systems referred to as Woods Gravity method. Dr. Gonzalez provided some bare minimum criteria that your colon therapist should meet: Be certified and trained by the International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy (IACT) and/or the National Board for Colon Hydrotherapy (NBCHT) Only utilize FDA-registered Class II medical devices to conduct the therapy. Only use disposable rectal nozzles that have been sterilized. Use colon hydrotherapy equipment installed with back-flow prevention valves so that fecal matter from one patient cant contaminate another (heaven forbid!) Ensure that the water that is used to cleanse the patients intestinal tract is properly purified to eliminate any waterborne microorganisms. 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. PACE Center For Girls Moves To New BuildingPACE Center For Girls of Lee County has finally made the big move into a new facility. The PACE Center purchased the 3800 Evans Avenue location in October 2013 and has been completing renovations since. The move will take place while PACE students are on spring break and school will resume for its first day in the new building on Monday, March 24. We are all so excited to finally be home in our new building, said Meg M. Geltner, executive director of PACE Lee. The staff is ready for a more spacious school and the PACE Girls are thrilled they will be the first students to walk the hallways. This move has been a long journey for the PACE Center, who started its Capital Campaign right after opening their doors in 2007. Sandy Stilwell, board chair for the PACE Center, added, It would have never happened without the trust and support we have continued to cultivate from the community since the beginning. Over the course of the seven-year campaign, PACE has raised over $1,106,705.00 to purchase the new school. Lee Memorial Health Systems donated the land that houses the building, and big donations like Cheryl and Dave Cophams $100,000 matching gift has helped PACE almost cross the fundraising finish line. Another $203,000 must be raised to complete payment on renovations. The new building will allow the PACE Center to expand its capacity and services to more girls. Staff will no longer have to share offices and ultimately, the PACE girls will have access to a library, a full science lab and a computer lab where they can access credit retrieval programs. Geltner noted, The amount of good that will come from being in this new building is indescribable. The PACE Center has continued to do such good for young at-risk females in this community. We cannot wait to create on an even bigger impact when we are fully equipped in this school. Since 2007, the Lee Center has helped nearly 600 girls find success in school, generate a positive relationship with their families and peers, and become productive members of our community. PACE Lee is one of 18 centers located throughout Florida, opening its doors under the leadership of Gail Markham and Judge James H. Seals. PACE (Practical, Academic, Cultural, Education) Center For Girls provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy. The facility offers year-round counseling and academic services for girls, ages 12 to 18, who are facing challenges such as foster care, domestic violence abuse and neglect, death of a parent, substance abuse and/or family history of incarceration. For more information about PACE Lee and the Dream BIG Capital Campaign, visit www.pacecenter.org/lee or call 560-8617. Naming opportunities are available. To advertise in The River Weekly News Call 415-7732 Mom And Me by Lizzie and PryceLizzie and Pryce answer your questions and give advice about aging concerns from a two-generational perspective. A mother and daughter team, Lizzie is a retired RN and health educator, and Pryce is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice who specializes in the care of elders and people with chronic illnesses. Dear Mom & Me, My husband and I, after much research, decided we would leave our four-bedroom house and semi-retired to a beautiful gated community with others who were semi-retired and retired. Our home and community was beautiful, but the strong homeowners association made it like a police state. You hardly could leave your home without their permission, plant a flour or hang a flag on the outside on the Fourth of July. We also realized the strict regulations only applied to those not in the control group. We observed that they could do whatever they wanted, add a porch, raise a roof, party and gossip within their group and leave the rest of us hostage. We couldnt tolerate the conditions, so we now live in a community not so pretty. Our house is not as nice, but we feel free from all their imposed regulations and our neighbors are all nice. Have others had this problem? Steve Dear Steve,I know exactly what you have experienced, because I have also been victimized.Homeowners associations are very good to regulate some homeowners who would paint their homes, e.g. purple or lime green, but many are overbearing, dictatorial groups of people who want to control and be dictatorial. They are the In Group and do exactly as you described, making life miserable for those they choose to exclude. You have taken the right course. Take your profit or loss and move away and go to a more desirable location. Lizzie Dear Steve, I have not experienced the control of a homeowners association, but have heard both good and bad good when they protect your investment and bad when they stand in the way of what people want. It sounds like you did make a good choice to move away. If you are living in an unhappy situation with little control to improve the situation, extracting yourself is a good option. Pryce Lizzie and Pryces email address is momandmeaging@hotmail.com.


Make The Night Bright Raises $31,000Voices for Kids (VFK) of Southwest Florida, a nonprofit agency supporting Floridas 20th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program, raised over $31,000 through its signature fundraising events in Southwest Florida. This money will make the day and night bright for Southwest Floridas most vulnerable children the abused, neglected and abandoned! The much needed dollars raised will assist in recruiting and training Guardians for the 600 children who do not have one and fund its Kids Being Kids Program which provides those items that give the 1,500 children in the program a sense of normalcy in their lives: a warm cozy bed; clothing; participation in sports, the arts, social clubs; academic tutoring; happier birthdays; summer camp; and medical needs. These dollars will help ensure that every childs voice is heard and that these children will be afforded normalcy in their not so normal situation, said Darlene Ann Grossman, executive director. The Guardian ad Litem Program supports volunteers who advocate and become the voice for abused, neglected and abandoned children in court, the child welfare system and the community. VFKs mission is to ensure every abused, neglected, and abandoned child in Southwest Florida has a Guardian ad Litem volunteer and every volunteer has access to financial assistance and resources available for meeting the childs health, educational and social needs, not provided by any other source. For further information or to make a donation, call Grossman at 533-1435 or email Darlene@voicesforkids.org or visit the Voices for Kids website at www.voicesforkids.org. Darlene Ann Grossman, Nick Ciletti, Kathleen Davey Nicole Thomas, Alyssa Pica, Justin Thomas, Nick Stokke, Shannon Puopolo Shinal Chaudhary, Sandi Ging, Mary Ann Brownstein, Bernice Piper, Ivan Brownstein, Kathy AdamsTHE RIVER MARCH 21, 201424 Jessica Dunleavy, Nori Ann Reed, Maureen OBrien Zach Katkin and Lisa Musial Chris and Jessica Catti Javier Fuller and Ingrid Molina Read us online at IslandSunNews.com


My Stars FOR WEEK OF MARCH 24, 2014ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Youll want to discourage well-meaning but potentially ill-advised interference in what you intend to accomplish. Your work has a better chance to succeed if it reflects you. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) The Bovines well-deserved reputation for loyalty could be tested if you learn that it might be misplaced. But dont rely on rumors. Check the stories out before you decided to act. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Youve been going on adrenaline for a long time, and this unexpected lull in a recent spate of excitement could be just what you need to restore your energy levels. Enjoy it. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Friends can be counted on to help you deal with a perplexing personal situation. But remember to keep your circle of advisers limited only to those youre sure you can trust. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Securityloving Lions do not appreciate uncertainty in any form. But sometimes changing situations can reveal hidden stresses in time to repair a relationship before its too late. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) This is a good time for single Virgos to make a love connection. Be careful not to be too judgmental about your new prospect -at least until you know more about her or him. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Your sense of justice helps you resolve a problem that might have been unfairly attributed to the wrong person. Spend the weekend doing some long-neglected chores. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) You might feel justified in your anger toward someone you suspect betrayed your trust. But it could help if you take the time to check if your suspicions have substance. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Ignore distractions if you hope to accomplish your goal by the deadline you agreed to. Keep the finish line in sight, and you should be able to cross it with time to spare. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Your creative self continues to dominate through much of the week. Also, despite a few problems that have cropped up, that recent romantic connection seems to be thriving. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) As curious as you might be, its best to avoid trying to learn a colleagues secret. That sort of knowledge could drag you into a difficult workplace situation at some point down the line. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Instead of spending too much time floundering around wondering if you can meet your deadline, you need to spend more time actually working toward reaching it. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a natural gift for attracting new friends, who are drawn to your unabashed love of what life should be all about. On March 30, 1775, hoping to keep the New England colonies dependent on the British, King George III endorses the New England Restraining Act. The Act required New England colonies to trade exclusively with Great Britain. An additional rule would come into effect banning colonists from fishing in the North Atlantic. On March 28, 1814, the funeral of Guillotin, namesake of the infamous execution device, takes place outside of Paris. When first used, the crowds seemed to miss the gallows, but the guillotine quickly caught on. The device symbolized equality, as it was used on both commoners and the nobility alike. On March 27, 1912, in Washington, D.C., Helen Taft, wife of President William Taft, and the Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, plant two Yoshina cherry trees on the northern bank of the Potomac River. The event was held in celebration of a gift by the Japanese government of 3,020 cherry trees to the United States. On March 26, 1920, This Side of Paradise is published, immediately launching 23-year-old F. Scott Fitzgerald to fame and fortune. While in Europe, Fitzgerald finished his masterpiece The Great Gatsby (1925). He also published dozens of short stories in his lifetime. On March 24, 1958, Elvis Presley is inducted into the U.S. Army after being granted a two-month deferment to finish his third movie, King Creole. While stationed in Germany, Presley met his future wife, 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu. On March 29, 1971, Lt. William L. Calley is found guilty of premeditated murder at My Lai by a U.S. Army courtmartial. Calley, an infantry platoon leader, had led his men in a massacre of hundreds of Vietnamese civilians, including women and children, in 1968. On March 25, 1983, during filming of the television special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever, Diana Ross, formerly of the Supremes, shoved singer Mary Wilson out of the spotlight. It later had to be edited out. Smokey Robinson stepped in onstage to keep between the two warring Supremes. It was President John F. Kennedy who made the following sage observation: Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. If youre planning a trip to Kentucky anytime soon, youd better keep a close rein on your interactions with strangers. It seems that flirting there is illegal and could get you 30 days in jail. If youre like me, social situations can be a nightmare of trying -and usually failing -to remember the names of all your new acquaintances. The next time you find yourself struggling to name the person youre conversing with, you can always segue into this interesting tidbit: The inability to remember names is technically known as anomia. Those who study such things claim that more Jell-O is eaten in Utah than anywhere else in the world. W.H. Auden was already a celebrated poet when he left Great Britain for America in 1939. His admirers on the other side of the Atlantic, therefore, may have been surprised that when he arrived in the U.S. he moved into a run-down house in Brooklyn Heights with roommates ranging from novelist Carson McCullers to composer Benjamin Britten to stripper Gypsy Rose Lee. The state of Colorado is named (unsurprisingly) after the Colorado River. In Spanish the word means reddish, a reference to the appearance of the water in some places. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 21 percent of all people living in America speak a language other than English at home. While Spanish is the most frequently spoken after English, several Chinese languages, Korean, Tagalog, Vietnamese and German are each spoken in more than a million households across the country. Dogma is the sacrifice of wisdom to consistency. -Lewis Perelman THIS WEEK IN HISTORY STRANGE BUT TRUE THOUGHT FOR THE DAY PUZZLE ANSWERS 1. TELEVISION: What was the name of the coffee shop featured on the sitcom Frasier? 2. U.S. STATES: What is the United States northernmost state capital? 3. FOOD AND DRINK: What are crudites? 4. THEATER: What was the first rock musical to play on Broadway? 5. LANGUAGE: What is logorrhea? 6. LITERATURE: Who wrote the novel The Spy Who Came in from the Cold? 7. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: About what percentage of people are left-handed? 8. GEOGRAPHY: What is the smallest country in the world with a coastline? 9. ANATOMY: In human beings, how long is the average interval between eye blinks? 10. FAMOUS QUOTES: Who once said, A word to the wise aint necessary -its the stupid ones that need the advice? TRIVIA TEST 1. Cafe Nervosa 2. Juneau, Alaska 3. Raw vegetables often served as appetizers 4. Hair 5. Excessive wordiness 6. John Le Carre 7. 10 percent 8. Monaco 9. 2-10 seconds 10. Bill Cosby ANSWERSDID YOU KNOW25 THE RIVER MARCH 21, 2014 SPORTS QUIZ 1. In 2012, Oaklands Yoenis Cespedes set a team record for most home runs by a first-year player (23). Who had held the mark? 2. Name the last major-leaguer to play for all three New York-based teams (Dodgers, Giants, Yankees). 3. Who held the record for most career touchdowns in Division I college football before Wisconsins Montee Ball broke it with 83 in 2012. 4. How many Atlantic Division titles did the Boston Celtics win during Doc Rivers nine-season tenure as head coach (2004-13)? 5. In 2013, Teemu Selanne became the third European-born player to be in 1,400 career NHL games. Who are the first two? 6. Name the two drivers who hold the Formula One record for most victories in a season (13). 7. In tennis Open Era, who holds the record for most consecutive aces in an ATP match? ANSWERS 1. Bob Johnson (1933) and Mitchell Page (1977), with 21 each. 2. Pitcher Sal Maglie (New York Giants, 1945, ; Brooklyn Dodgers, -; and New York Yankees, -). 3. Travis Prentice had 78 for the University of Miami (OH) (1996-99). 4. Six. 5. Nicklas Lidstrom and Jaromir Jagr. 6. Michael Schumacher (2004) and Sebastian Vettel (2013). 7. Sam Querrey hit 10 consecutive aces against James Blake in 2007.


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CLASSIFIED DEADLINE FRIDAY AT NOON CLASSIFIED DEADLINE FRIDAY AT NOON CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS THE RIVER MARCH 21, 201428 REAL ESTATETO PLACE A CLASSIFIED LOG ONTO IslandSunNews.com CLICK ON: PLACE CLASSIFIED Read us online at: IslandSunNews.com 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 GARCIA REAL ESTATE AND CONSULTINGRICHARD J. GARCIA, GRI, BROKER239-472-5147garciaonsanibel.comOffering Personal, Private, and Professional Real Estate Services on Sanibel and Captiva Islands. 30 Year Resident of Sanibel. Licensed in Florida, New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. NS 3/7 CC 3/28 REAL ESTATE COMMERCIAL RENTALRESTAURANT, 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 PRIME OFFICE PRIME OFFICE space available for lease located in a key Periwinkle location. Approx. 1,200 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 ANNUAL RENTALRE/MAX OF THE ISLANDSPutting owners and tenants together Call Dustyn Corace www.remax-oftheislands.com 239-472-2311 RS 1/4 BM TFN ANNUAL RENTALS472-6747Gulf Beach Properties, Inc.Paul H. Zimmerman, Broker/OwnerServing The Islands Rental Needs Since 1975www.sanibelannualrentals.com 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 Now Available 6 months. 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.ANNUAL RENTALS AVAILABLE IN PARADISECondo in Captains Walk on the historic east end of the island. Quiet neighborhood, canal-front. 2 bedroom, 1 bath $1,500/month Duplex Unit on Sunrise Circle mid island. Pet friendly. 2 bedroom, 2 bath $1,800/month Triplex Unit mid island. Shared screened-in pool. Pet friendly. 3 bedroom, 2 bath $2,100/month Please call Bridgit @ 239-728-1920RS 3/14 CC TFN VACATION RENTAL Island VacationsOf Sanibel & CaptivaMillion $ Views Await You! Cottages Condos Homes Miles of Beaches & Bike Paths239-472-72771-888-451-7277RS 1/4 BM TFN LIGHTHOUSE 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 WATCH THE OCEAN FROM BEDSanibel Direct Gulf Front Panoramic View Big Luxury Lanai w/Glass Doors. 2B/2Ba. WIFI-Beach Equip-3 Flat Screen TVs w/DVD Details & Photos: www.vrbo.com/192495 NS 3/7 CC 4/25 VACATION RENTAL3 BR, 2 BTH, home on canal, bikes, kayaks, 3 decks, lanai, avail. 4/13 week or month, no smoke, no pets. dn3662@aol.comNS 3/14 CC 3/21 RS 3/21 NC TFN 1101 Periwinkle Way #105 Sanibel, FL 33957ISABELLA RASI(239) 246-4716EISABELLARASI@AOL.COMC M F Y Pbtn T Looking for a Home in McGregor Woods ? 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Speci c information regarding the project is available by calling Dina Bazzill during normal business hours at 770-667-2040 x111. Comments must be received at 1375 Union Hill Industrial Court, Suite A, Alpharetta, GA 30004 within 30 days of this notice. NS 3/21 CC 3/21 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 HOME WATCH! Going North or on vacation? I hold a Florida CAM license; will do monthly or bi-monthly checks of your condo; will email after each visit & photo any problems. Reasonable rate per visit. References. Cell: 843-216-5609 NS 3/21 CC 3/28


CLASSIFIED DEADLINE FRIDAY AT NOON CLASSIFIED DEADLINE FRIDAY AT NOON CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS 29 THE RIVER MARCH 21, 2014 GARAGE MOVING YARDSALES CAUTION NEIGHBORHOOD GARAGE SALE2nd ANNUAL CAUSEY COURT (in The Dunes) NEIGHBORHOOD GARAGE SALE SATURDAY MARCH 22nd 8am till...??? SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE... IF YOU MISS THIS FABULOUS SALE YOU WILL HAVE TO WAIT AGAIN TILL NEXT YEAR!!!! no early birds please!NS 3/21 CC 3/21 GARAGE SALESaturday, March 22 8:00 1:00 5280 Umbrella Pool Rd. (Sanibel Bayous off San-Cap Road) Womens clothing, size small Shoes 7.5 Jewelry Kitchen Items Planters Curtains Rugs Brass Telescope on Tripod Books, DVDs Mens clothing, size L 34-36 and a few treasures.NS 3/21 CC 3/21 GARAGE SALEMarch 22, 9am-12pm 401 Tiree Circle, Sanibel Furniture, books, kitchen supplies and assorted sundries.NS 3/21 CC 3/21 HELP WANTED3883 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel, Fl Phone: 239-472-3644, ext 1 Fax: 239-472-2334 www.crowclinic.orgHELP US PLEASE!!We need volunteers for: Clinic emergency patient admissions desk and baby animal feeders Visitor education center greeters and gift shop cashiers CROW (239) 472-3644, ext. 229 or volunteers@crowclinic.orgRS 1/31 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 WANTEDHousekeeping Inspector needed for Sanibel Vacation Rental Company. 40 hour week, bene ts. Saturdays mandatory. Must have reliable transportation. Call David L Schuldenfrei at 472-1613 or fax a resume to 427-7543 or email to DSchuldenfrei@VIPrealty.comNS 3/21 CC TFN AUTO FOR SALE1993 MAZDA MIATA CONVERTIBLEIsland car, garage kept, only 46,000 original miles! Hardtop included. $3,900. Car located on Captiva. 207.229.3214 NS 3/21 CC 3/28 1991 BMW RED 2D 325i CONVERTIBLE72,000 Miles, Always Garaged, New Top 2-2009. New Belts/Hose 3-2009. New Oil Cooler 6-2009.$3,200. 239-472-4305NS 3/21 CC 3/21 SERVICES OFFEREDPRESSURE CLEANING WINDOW CLEANINGTaskWorksbiz (239) 206-1212 cell (239) 292-1915 www.TaskWorks.biz RS 2/28 CC 3/21 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.com RS 1/25 BM 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 HOME WATCHSanisal Property Management Complete Home & Condo Service 24/7 Sanibel Residents-sanisal@comcast.net Call: Sally & Bob 239-565-7438 www.homewatchsanibel.com NS 1/17 CC 5/16 HELLES CLEANING SERVICESResidential Cleaning to Satisfaction Sanibel & Captiva 239-565-0471 Sanibel Lic. #11412 Lee Co. Lic. #051047 NS 1/4 PC TFN ROGER NODRUFF ELECTRICLic# EC12002788. Call Roger 239-707-7203. Aqualink Motor Controls. Of ce & Store Maint. RS 6/7 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 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 3/7 CC 5/30 FOR SALEFOR SALECentury Furniture piece. Dark wood, heavy, 68x44x23deep. Dining room or living room piece with storage for china, DVDs, etc. 2 doors, 1 drawer. Paid $12,000. Sacri ce at $3,000. Becky 472-6828 (Sanibel) NS 3/21 CC 3/21 Silver Jewelry SALE2431 Periwinkle Way www.SanibelSeaLifeGallery.comRS 3/21 CC TFN BUY SELL TRADE BOATS CANOES KAYAKSDOCKAGEHourly, Daily, Weekly and Monthly. Captiva Island 472-5800 RS 1/4 NC TFN BOAT FOR SALEADIRONDACK 15 KEVLAR GUIDE BOAT Burgandy 3 Caned Cherry Seats 8 Maple Oars. (see: www.adirondack-guideboat.com) Only asking $2,800. 239-472-4305NS 3/21 CC 3/21 BOAT STORAGESECURE INDOOR BOAT STORAGE FOR RENT10x12x30 GROUND LEVEL Dry Dock at Sanibel Harbor Yacht Club (Next to Sanibel Bridges) Unlimited In/Out Privileges 7 days/week. Complete Boat Wash/Engine ush after each use. Total use of club facilities (no dues.) (Restaurant, Marina Supplies & Boat Shop & Certi ed Mechanics & Repair Shop); showers, Fuel at Wholesale (gas & Diesel) Slip #157 Call Chad 239-222-4848 Call Phil 239-395-0407NS 3/21 CC 4/11 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 VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDVolunteers needed for light general maintenance. Call (CHR) Community Housing & Resources, Inc. 472-1189.NS 11/1 NC TFN SERVICES OFFEREDMARIOTI SUPREME CLEANINGResidential and janitorial services for Lee county including Sanibel & Captiva. We are proud to be an eco-friendly, green company. Call Natalie at 239-785-9688 or email marioti4@yahoo.com. NS 3/7 CC 3/28 HOME/CONDO WATCH CONCIERGE SERVICESDorado Property Management Island Resident Licensed & Insured 24/7 www.doradoproperty.com Call Lisa or Bruce at 239-472-8875RS 3/21 CC TFN FULL TIME HEAD CUSTODIANBene ts Tolls Paid Call Maureen at the Sanibel School 239 472-1617NS 3/21 NC TFN


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 MARCH 21, 201430 Hi, my name is Oreo and I am a neutered black and white hound mix age 11 months. Comments: Im just like the cookie, Im hard to resist. Im a sweet, lovable, trusting, well balanced guy in need of a stable loving home. Im still young and very puppy-like, goofy and playful. The sparkle in my eyes and the spring in my step will put a smile on your face. Im smart and like to be mentally challenged. I like to play ball and am learning to catch a Frisbee. My happy attitude is contagious. I hope you catch it and take me home. Adoption fee: $75 My name is Blu and I am a domestic shorthair blue spayed female age five months. Comments: Im a very pretty girl but dont adopt me just because Im beautiful. I have a personality to match. Come visit me and you are sure to see why. Remember cats and kittens have a two for one adoption fee so its a great time to bring home a companion for me too. Adoption fee: $50 or $10 if you adopt me on Cat Tuesday (all Tuesdays during March). 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. Blu ID# 583833 Oreo ID# 580170 photos by squaredogphoto.com


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