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VOL. 13, NO. 32 AUGUST 15, 2014From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort MyersRead Us Online at IslandSunNews.com Lab Theater Coming AttractionsLaboratory Theater announces its season lineup: Mr. Marmalade Exhilarating, alternately hilarious and heartbreaking, through the alchemy of Haidles scintillating style. The New Yorker Four-year-old Lucy has a very active imagination. Mr. Marmalade, her imaginary friend, is a creepy businessman. He helps Lucy to make sense of the strange things she hears the adults in her dysfunctional family talking about. Mr. Marmalade is a savage black comedy about the interior world of children, starring Connor Zerilla and Stella Ruiz. Performances will be at 8 p.m. on August 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30 at the theater, 1634 Woodford Avenue, Fort Myers River District. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for an 8 p.m. performance. Tickets are available on www.brownpapertickets.com or on the theaters website, www.laboratorytheaterflorida.com or by calling 218-0481.continued on page 19 Connor Zerilla and Stella Ruiz in Mr. Marmalade Calusa Nature Center ScheduleThe Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium is offering the following programs in August: Friday, August 15 BOGO Best Friends Day! To celebrate, bring your best friend with you and its buy one get one on all paid admissions. There are 105 acres of trails, museum, live animal show at 1 p.m., planetarium shows starting at 1:30 p.m., and animals in the aviary. Saturday, August 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Crafters for Critters Workshop. Learn about new nature crafts. Guest instructors will demonstrate a variety of crafts for all ages and abilities. This is a new program which will offer regular classes and encourage local crafters to sell their items in the gift shop. Saturday, August 16 All Day in thecontinued on page 14 Graphic depicting how close Venus and Jupiter will be on the morning of August 18 Goodwill Names Apartments After Community AdvocateGoodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc. cut the ribbon on August 4 on the Jean Devereaux Apartments. The income-sensitive housing for people with physical disabilities is located in North Fort Myers Palmona Park area. continued on page 7 Community advocate Jean Devereaux in front of the apartments named in her honor Butterfly Aviary To ReopenWith thanks to the Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife (CCFW) and butterfly experts from the Tom Allen Butterfly House at Rotary Park, work is under way to get the Calusa Nature Center & Planetariums Butterfly Aviary up and running again. A check from the CCFW for $500 kick-started the effort, led by organizer Michael Orchin, past president of the CCFW, wildlife rescuer for CROW, and friend of the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium. The renovated butterfly house will house Florida native plants with only a few exceptions: nectar producers for adult butterflies, and larval host plants for the caterpillars. The focus will be on conservation of butterflies as important pollinators, and conserving butterfly populations in decline. Donations are welcome as are volunteers for maintenance and tours. CNCP Education Coordinator Sue Scott, longtime friend of Orchins said, I put out an APB for help on all levels, and Michael responded quickly and decisively as always. We are so glad to have continued on page 14 The aviary will house primarily native Florida plants


THE RIVER AUGUST 15, 20142 Historic Downtown Fort Myers, Then And Now: VJ Day, 1946by Gerri Reaves, PhDOn August 14, 1946, Fort Myers joined many communities across the nation in commemorating VJ Day (Victory in Japan). Only one year before, Japans formal declaration of surrender to the Allies had concluded nearly four years of World War II (WWII). The VJ Day celebration was organized by American Legion Post 38. August 14 was declared a general city-wide holiday, with most stores, banks and offices closing for the day. The all-day event commenced with a victory parade, followed by a barbecue and dance. About 100 war veterans marched in uniform in the parade, which included veterans from as far back as the Spanish-American War (1898). The Fort Myers and LaBelle High School bands and local dignitaries also participated. The American Legions locomotive, the Lee County Voiture, was on parade too, with fun-loving children hopping aboard as the parade came to an end on Edwards Drive. Then, more than 2,000 people assembled to hear former governor of Florida, Spessard L. Holland, speak from the portico of the Civic Center, what we now call the Hall of Fifty States. Joining Holland on the platform were the gold star mothers of Lee County, members of an organization of mothers who had lost a child in military service. CBS WINK broadcast the event on radio. Note the microphone and sign in the historic film stills. State Sen. James A. Franklin, Sr. introduced Holland. Franklin had served in both World Wars. In WWII, he served as a lieutenant-colonel in the civil affairs section for the first army in Europe, helping to establish military government in Frankfurt, Germany. He also co-founded Fort Myerss Henderson & Franklin law firm in 1924. At that time, Holland was the democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate. One of Hollands observations that day regarding the U.S. international role still resonates 68 years later: We are learning what we should have known before, that it is easier to fight than to live with each other peacefully. Only a month later, in September 1946, the former governor would be appointed as a Democrat to the Senate to fill a vacancy, due to death, for the term ending the following January. He went on to be elected for full terms in 1946, 1952, 1958 and 1964. He did not run for re-election in 1970 and died in 1971. After the speech, the town enjoyed a well-attended beef barbecue and at 9 p.m. a dance began at the civic center. Stroll down to the Fort Myers Yacht Basin and imagine the scene 68 years ago, when, with the memories of war still fresh, a town celebrated the blessings of peace. Then learn more about WWIIs impact on Fort Myers by visiting the Southwest Florida Museum of History,continued on page 8 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 Kristy See Rachel Atkins Photographer Michael Heider Writers Gerri Reaves, Ph D Anne Mitchell Jeff Lysiak 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 The historic structure has not seen such fanfare in years photo by Gerri Reaves Spessard Hollands speech from the portico of the Civic Center (now the Hall of Fifty States) was broadcast on radio by CBS WINK courtesy Southwest Florida Historical Society (Billy Nalle Collection) On VJ Day 1946, State Senator James A. Franklin introduces Spessard L. Holland, former governor of Florida and future U.S. senator courtesy Southwest Florida Historical Society (Billy Nalle Collection)


3 THE RIVER AUGUST 15, 2014 Fort Myers Public Art: Meet The Fort Myers Founding Female Portrait Artistsby Tom HallThe Fort Myers Founding Females portrait exhibition is designed to introduce to area residents and visitors the names, faces and stories of some of Fort Myers most prominent female leaders, civic activists, philanthropists and entrepreneurs. But it is appropriate for folks to also get to know the area artists who are helping in this effort by rendering portraits of these important, even heroic women. So meet, alphabetically, the Fort Myers Founding Female portrait artists: As a retired elementary school teacher, I was attracted to Evalinas role as one of the first teachers in Fort Myers, said Vicki Baker of her decision to render Evalina Weatherford Gonzalezs portrait. As I was painting her portrait, I felt that I wanted to portray both her intelligence and self-confidence. A Syracuse, New York transplant, mother of three and grandmother of five, Mary Beth Barbato chose Florida Shultz-Heitman because she was a woman possessed of strong character and lofty goals. Dont be fooled by her small stature, cautioned Barbato. She was never one to be intimidated and took great pride in her accomplishments. Linda Benson selected Veronica Shoemaker as the Founding Female she most wanted to paint. Benson spends her days creating art aboard a 46-foot 1969 Chris Craft vintage Aquahome that shes dubbed Artist Xpress. Taking a page out of Claude Monets playbook, she has outfitted the vessel as an art studio and floating gallery, which she uses to paint ghost shrimp boats, Jaws-SeaArt, plein air paintings and other nautically-influenced motifs. Im always trying new and fun ways of expressing my art, she said, including monochromatic washes like the one she employed in her rendering of Veronica Shoemaker. Tracy Owen Cullimore is a member of both the Portrait and Figure Painters Society of Southwest Florida and the Art League of Fort Myers. She specializes in portraits of both people and pets rendered in oil, watercolor and charcoal. I do not use Photoshop programs to create enhanced photos that simulate a painting, Cullimore proclaimed. I proudly use the traditional means of hand drawing and painting. The result is an honest interpretation from a fine art perspective that Fiery Flossie Hillboldly and charismatically captures the unique character and nuances of the individual, as she has so adroitly done in her portrait of Fiery Flossie Hill. A good portrait is a likeness that goes beneath the skin, a gesture and a look in the eyes that you recognize, Cullimore pointed out. Paula Eckerty has painted Fort Myers first bride, Laura Hendry Thompson. Eckerty began her love affair with art in farm country in northern Indiana, where she pursued interests in stained glass, quilting, and needlework. Following her arrival in Cape Coral some 30 years ago, Eckerty spent many years in the field of decorative painting. Today, Eckerty paints mostly from her imagination, deep memories of nature and the intense beauty of her surroundings here in Southwest Florida. Eckerty believes it is impossible to compete with Mother Nature in a painting so she tries to grab an impression and create as much movement and light in her painting as possible. A visual artist, working predominantly in the medium of photography, Beth Everhart has rendered a collage of historic photographs depicting Founding Female Mina Edison. Everharts work generally consists of large-scale black-and white images, photographed using a variety of vintage box-style and pinhole cameras, rendering dreamlike, soft-focus images. Recently, she has begun usingContinued on page 4 Cindy Jane portrait of civic activist and philanthropist Dr. Ella Mae Piper Make sure you pick up a Nellies discount card come in six times and get a FREE meal get a FREE Nellies Upstairs Waterside Bar Where its Happy Hour all the time!!!Award-Winning Restaurant: Best Place for Live Music Snacks in Between Plus live music263.41 N 815.18 W Close-Up Magic with Magic Frank Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Bring the kidsfun for the whole family! Close-Up Magic with Magic Frank Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Bring the kidsfun for the whole family! Close-Up Magic with Magic Frank Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Bring the kidsfun for the whole family! FREE


THE RIVER AUGUST 15, 20144 From page 3Fort Myers Artdigital cameras that mimic this unique film-based look.For her Founding Female, Cindy Jane chose civic activist and philanthropist Dr. Ella Mae Piper. The choice is synchronous as Jane herself seeks to draw attention to animal cruelty, ecological responsibility and a host of other socio-political issues through her art and personal example. Robert Pavon is currently the only male participant in the Founding Females portrait show. A recent art graduate, completing an illustrious career at Florida Gulf Coast University in 2014, Pavon chose as his subject Olive Stout. Pavon was born in Havana, Cuba in 1975. He spent his childhood drawing. But at 18, he put art on hold, joining the United States Marine Corps, where he served 13 years in the infantry. He often incorporates his service in the Corps and appreciation for life into his art and point of view. Following his discharge, Robert enrolled at Edison State College, where he was awarded a scholarship for his work. He received his associates in art in 2012 and then transferred to FGCU to complete his art studies. Christine Reichow has rendered a rich, lush portrait of 100-year-old Bernese Barfield Davis. Reichow is a member of the American Watercolor Society, Florida Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, and Transparent Watercolor Society, and a signature member of the National Watercolor Society. Internationally-renowned portraitist Renate M. Reuter also chose as her subject Laura Hendry Thompson. Reuter possesses a broad background and interest in the visual arts, and while she is accomplished in various media, she concentrates in oil painting. Sarah Tumms portrait of Jerusha Barber Tootie McGregor Terry is a synthesis of a 3D digital scan of Don Wilkins bust of Tootie in the Harborside Event Center and digitized vintage photographs of her. With this 3D digital scan data, I created a portrait of Tootie, with the addition of some modern day software technology touches, explained Tumm of her process, who employed an average of five different CAD design/3D software programs to create the portrait. The vision was to create Tootie during the early stages of her life, when Tootie was married to Ambrose McGregor. Africa Valdez did progressive renderings of Olive Stout, depicting the Fort Myers News-Press owner and social activist as a young, middle-aged and elderly woman. Valdez hails from Venezuela, where her family was highly involved in the arts. She began her love affair with art at an early age and earned a degree in fashion with an emphasis on art before departing Venezuela for the United States, where she is now a naturalized citizen. I enjoy the freedom of creating emotionalism because its the emotions that can best be expressed and also hidden in the abstract interpretation of realism. When I put these feelings on canvas, they also remain private until the emotions of the observer are awakened by the artist. Fort Myers artist Genie Witzel once regarded herself as a self-taught landscape artist. But that changed after she painted the portrait of a less bellicose, more remorseful General Robert E. Lee to replace the one in the County Commission Chambers. Although the Commission opted to retain the portrait thats already there, Witzel fell hopelessly in love with portrait painting and so she eagerly signed up when she heard about the Founding Females Exhibition. Genie has rendered not one, but two Founding Females, choosing as her subjects Fort Myers first daughter, Ada Elizabeth Hancock, and Jane L. Hendrys daughter and first telephone switchboard operator Ada Elizabeth Hancock. Although there are no photographs of Ada Elizabeth, we know what she looked like because her father commissioned a celebrated artist by the name of B.F. Reinhart to paint her portrait. I wanted the portrait to hint at what her future might have been. By contrast, her portrait of Alice Hendry Tooke McCann shows a woman somewhat flummoxed and overwhelmed by the newfangled equipment she had to learn to operate in order to provide our town with telephone service at the turn of the 20th Century. Joan Wollam provides a soft and subtle portrait of Julia Isabel Frierson Hendry for the Founding Females portrait exhibition. Mostly self-taught (with the help of some fine accomplished and professional atists along the way), the decade-long Art League members favorite subjects are her two children and five grandchildren. I chose Julia Isabel F. Hendry because of her time period (a favorite of mine), and she looked like a strong confident woman, Wollam revealed. After reading her bio there was no question in my mind. Like my Mother, born at the end of the 19th century, and who lived to 101. Painting Julia gave me a better connection to Fort Myers, its history and the pleasure of trying to present the image as I felt her to be, strong and beautiful. The Fort Myers Founding Female portrait exhibition will similarly imbue you with a closer connection to Fort Myers and its rich and varied history. The show is currently on display at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, a site that bears a direct connection to many of Fort Myers Founding Females. Housed in the 1933 U.S. Post Office building, the Art Center is located at 2301 First Street in the heart of the downtown Fort Myers River District. An arts advocate, Tom Hall guides weekly walking tours of the River Districts public art collection in Fort Myers. For more information, go to www.truetours.net. Sons Of Confederate Veterans Meeting Planned For August 23On Saturday, August 23, the Major WM Footman Camp #1950 Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold its regular monthly meeting at the Smoke N Pit BBQ, 1641 North Tamiami Trail in North Fort Myers. The optional lunch begins at 11 a.m. and the meeting begins at noon. This months guest speaker is Dr. Ted Childress, who will give a program on the Confederate Indians. The CSA Indians were comprised of the Choctaw, Creek, Chicksaw, Cherokee and Seminole tribes. Dr. Childress will expand upon this important part of history. For more information, contact Commander Robert Gates at 332-2408. 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5 THE RIVER AUGUST 15, 2014 Southwest Florida Historical Society August ExhibitsThe Southwest Florida Historical Society currently has two exhibits on display at its Fort Myers research center on the campus of the Alliance for the Arts. They will remain on display through the end of August. The first exhibit is a 1908 photo album from Marcus Travers. The photos include some taken when Fort Myers streets were just dirt. The Travers exhibit also includes a diary that he kept in 1899. The second exhibit consists of vintage hats and purses acquired in local estate sales by a private collector. There is no admission charge. The Southwest Florida Historical Society, a non-profit organization run by volunteers, is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to noon and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. For more information, call 939-4044. Marcus Travers photo album on display the the Southwest Florida Historical Society Dance Bochette Begins Historic 64th SeasonDance Bochette began its historic 64th season this month with registration at the iconic pink studio at 2265 Widman Way (between Hendry and Jackson streets) in downtown Fort Myers. Registration is at select times on Friday and Saturday, August 15 and 16. Dance Bochette is proud to offer a full slate of classes in ballet, pointe, modern, tap, jazz and acrobatics with workshop/ masterclass opportunities in other dance forms such as hip hop, ethnic dance and choreography for students age 3 through adult this fall. Dance Bochette has been training Southwest Florida dancers since 1951, preparing them for professional and college dance opportunities or simply instilling in them a love of dance, sense of pride and understanding of anatomy and physiology that they can rely on their entire lives. Dance Bochette is home to Gulfcoast Dance, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the continued on page 11 Dance Bochette offers instruction in a wide variety of dance styles Love That Dress Donation SitesAs the Love that Dress! 6 committee prepares for the ultimate feelgood shopping spree this month, PACE Center for Girls continues to collect dress donations of all brands and sizes, from sundress to wedding gowns and Gap to Gucci, in order to reach its goal of 3,000 dresses. The following sponsors and retail locations across Lee County have volunteered to serve as collection points so you can bring in your gently used dresses, accessories, purses and shoes. Formal, casual, and even bridal dresses will be collected at these donation sites and later sold at the Love That Dress! 6 event to benefit the Lee PACE Center for Girls. Drop off locations are: White House Black Market Bell Tower Shops, Coconut Point and Miromar Outlets Embassy Suites Hotel Estero Boost Creative Cape Coral Cape Coral Insurance Center Henderson Franklin Starnes & Holt, PA John Naumann & Associates Sanibel Nu Image Central and Fiddlesticks Office Furniture Design Concepts San Carlos Self Storage SPADA Salon & Day Spa IBERIABANK Lee County Branches Your donations will be up for sale in a few weeks at this years Love That Dress! 6 event on Wednesday, August 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Estero, 10450 Corkscrew Commons Drive. White House Black Market is once again offering new dresses, accessories, shoes and handbags at unbelievable prices. Suite sponsors will have access to VIP shopping, offering private dressing rooms, claim check, express check-out service, complimentary adult beverages, hors doeuvres provided by Naples Flatbread, and a private selection of chocolates provided by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Suites are still available. Contact the PACE Center staff if you are interesting in sponsoring a suite. For more information about Love That Dress!, contact Sally Kee, PACE Center for Girls, Lee special events coordinator at Sally.Kee@pacecenter.org or 4252366. Courtneys has something for everyone. Come & see why Courtneys aims to please!239.466.4646 CONTINENTAL CUISINEAT THEIR NEW HOME. 20351 SUMMERLIN ROAD, FORT MYERS. ACROSS FROM TANGER FACTORY OUTLETS. IN THE PUBLIX SHOPPING PLAZA. Dinner for 2 for $30.00 Includes glass of house wine or well drink or domestic beer eachChoose any entree from our SUNSET DINING MENUChoice of: soup or salad comes with potato, veggie, hot baked bread and fresh herb olive oil Available from 4pm-6pm(Does not include tax or gratuity. Not valid on Holidays)Expires 10/31/2014 Make your reservations today! Free Bottle of WineWith the purchase of two dinner entrees from our regular dinner menu. Minimum entree purchase $15.Free wine is house selection red or white, tax and gratuity not included. Not valid on holidays. Expires August 30, 2014. Must present coupon at time of purchase. JOIN US EVERY SUNDAY FOR BRUNCHFROM 10AM 2PMA DELICIOUS VARIETY OF BREAKFAST AND LUNCH ITEMS ON THE MENU Thank You for Voting Us Best Continental Thank You for Voting Us Best Continental Cuisine Cuisine


THE RIVER AUGUST 15, 20146 Hortoons Boys & Girls Clubs To Receive School SuppliesWith the new school year set to start back up this month, Publix Super Markets organizes its School Tools For Cool Kids donation program to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County. From now through Sunday, August 24, all Publix stores throughout Lee County will have a special display set up where those interested may take a donation ticket worth $5, $7 or $10 and a complimentary reusable bag to bring to checkout. The cashier will add the chosen amount to your grocery total and ring up the bag as free. Publix then uses the donations to purchase school supplies from its vendors, such as notebooks, pens, crayons, markers, colored pencils, loose-leaf paper, folders, scissors and glue, and later deliver them to the five area locations of the BGCLC. This partnership the Boys & Girls Clubs has with Publix and its donation program has occurred for the past ten years, said Shannon Lane, chief professional officer of the BGCLC. Were grateful for the companys and the communitys continued support in helping our youth succeed in school with the tools needed to do so. The BGCLC plans to share its donations with Title 1 schools in Lee County and other United Way local agencies such as the Childrens Advocacy Center and the African Caribbean American Center (AFCAAM). In order to keep the program well organized and running smoothly and effectively, Publix cannot accept supply donations and can only accept donations within the three designated donation levels. If anyone wishes to donate more than those given amounts, he or she is welcome to make a larger donation by using multiple tickets and/or a combination of all three levels. Celebrating 40 years of providing quality youth programs and brighter futures for young people in the Lee County community, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County works to inspire and enable young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. The BGCLC strives to provide a safe, world-class club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through its doors. The organization envisions all of its members graduating high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character, citizenship while adapting a healthy lifestyle. For more information, call 334-1886 or visit www.BGCLC.net. Teddy Bear Collection SiteRiverside Realty Group will host a Teddy Bear donation drop off to help collect bears for Goodwill Industries. Donations may be dropped off at Riverside Realty Group, 2033 W. First Street in downtown Fort Myers, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday until November 14. Each year, the Festival of Trees features Goodwills signature tree, A Very Beary Christmas. This nine-foot tree is decorated top to bottom with brand new teddy bears usually about 300 furry friends adorn the branches of this festive fir. Like all other trees at the festival, A Very Beary Christmas is auctioned at the Tux & Trees Gala. However, a unique tradition started at the very first gala. Instead of keeping the tree for themselves, the purchasers of this tree have donated it to an area childrens hospital or other childrens charity. As the years passed, the generosity of the guests grew. Instead of one buyer purchasing the tree, dozens of attendees contribute $50, $100, $1,000 or more to help create A Very Beary Christmas for children in need, while benefitting the Southwest Florida Goodwill Foundation. In 2013, more than $12,000 was raised and the tree was donated to the Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida. For more, information, call 3135544. Business Card Networking EventRonald McDonald House Charities Red Shoe Society will host a mix and mingle business card exchange at Homewood Suites by Hilton, 5255 Big Pine Way in Fort Myers, on Thursday, August 28 from 6 to 7 p.m. The event is free and is open to the public. The meeting is to welcome young professionals in Southwest Florida who are interested in networking, professional development and learning how to serve the community. Visit www.facebook. com/RedShoeSWFL and RSVP by August 22 to be entered into a drawing for a two-night stay at Homewood Suites. The Red Shoe Society is a group of young professionals dedicated to supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida through fundraising, volunteerism and public awareness of its mission to improve the health and wellbeing of children and provide a home away from home for families of hospitalized children. To learn more, visit www.facebook. com/RedShoeSWFL or www.rmhcswfl. org to get involved. Our email address is press@riverweekly.com


7 THE RIVER AUGUST 15, 2014 From page 1Goodwill Names ApartmentsThe apartments are named in honor of long-time Goodwill supporter and community advocate Jean Devereaux. Jean doesnt like to give herself a lot of credit but, the work she has done has been instrumental in the formation of Goodwill housing, said Goodwill Chief Operating Officer Rick Evanchyk. We are happy that we could honor her work in the community with the naming of these apartments. Devereaux has been a champion for income-sensitive housing in the Southwest Florida area since becoming president of the Southwest Florida GWI Housing Board in 1991. She also served on Goodwills Board of Directors. The first complex Goodwill completed was in 1997 at the Park Villas community in North Fort Myers. The Jean Devereaux Apartments are 14 HUD-approved units designed to accommodate people with physical disabilities. Accessible apartments are constructed with conveniences like assistance railings, widened doorways, roll-in showers and lowered sinks, countertops and mirrors. Goodwills barrier-free housing communities also have on-site community rooms, a laundry room and a picnic/ patio area. These housing complexes have been made possible because of Jeans leadership, said Evanchyk. The Jean Devereaux Apartments are located on Atlantic Avenue, between Monterey Street and Capitol Street in North Fort Myers. Construction of the apartment complex was completed by Westco Builders of Florida, Inc. The complex was designed by Associates in Architecture. Individuals interested in living in one of Goodwills 15 housing communities must meet medical and income requirements, and must pass a background check to be considered for residency. For more application guidelines, call Jean LaValley at 995-6100. For more information, visit www.goodwillswfl.org. Goodwill COO Rick Evanchyk talks about Devereauxs commitment to housing for people with disabilities The ribbon-cutting for the Jean Devereaux Apartments was held on August 4 PassportParkings Mobile Payment App Now In UseThe Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency CRA is pleased to introduce PassportParking Mobile Payment app in the Fort Myers River District, which gives drivers the ability to pay for parking meters through their cell phones. The app is now available for use at both coin operated on street parking meters, and meters in parking lots. Using this innovative and easy to use technology, drivers now have the option to use their cell phones to pay for parking. The PassportParking app intended to make it easier for drivers to pay for parking and add time without running back to their cars is available for both Apple and Android phones. To use the app, smartphone users simply download it and set up an account with a credit or debit card. First use setup takes about two minutes to register with the company; and then to pay for parking, drivers follow one of the easy steps listed below. We are excited to partner with PassportParking to introduce a mobile payment program to Fort Myers, said Don Paight, executive director of the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency. People working in or visiting downtown have asked for the ability to use their credit cards or phones when parking at a meter, and Passport gives them that ability. Passport provides flexibility and convenience by eliminating the need to carry change or to rush back to the car when time may be running out on the meter, because the program can send messages to drivers when the meter is about to expire so they can purchase more time from their phones. That way, they can finish their meal, continue shopping or conclude a business meeting without interruption or worrying about getting a parking ticket. Accessing the PassportParking Mobile Pay system is easy: Step 1: Customers need to register with Passport. They can either download the PassportParking Mobile Payment app to their phones, or they can use the companys local phone number to register through a voice system. Step 2: Once registered, in addition to using coins, parkers can pay for parking one of two ways: Use the PassportParking Mobile Payment app on their phones Call the companys local phone number. Step 3: Parkers may also select the option to receive message alerts and reminders 15 minutes prior to the expiration of their parking session. If parkers need to stay longer, they can add money to the meter by using the app or by calling the local phone number. PassportParking also gives downtown businesses the option of paying for either some or all of their customers parking by providing a discount code to customers. Drivers using Passport can log onto their Facebook accounts to find nearby businesses offering these discounts. The program has one other benefit, according to Brandon Rivard, executive vice president of PassportParking. In addition to extending their parking time, parkers can now have receipts emailed to them, he noted. For more information about Fort Myers downtown parking options, contact the City of Fort Myers parking contractor, Denison Parking, at 337-3338. For additional information, visit www. passportparking.com. Nominations For Human Trafficking Prevention AwardsThe Florida Human Trafficking Summit announced the call for nominations for the 2014 Human Trafficking Prevention Awards. For the third year, the summit will honor outstanding citizens for their efforts to end human trafficking in Florida. The Summit, scheduled for October 9 and 10, will take place at the Marshall Student Center on the campus of the University of South Florida. This years awards include the following categories: Survivor Advocate of the Year, Community Advocate of the Year, Prosecutor of the Year, and Law Enforcement Official of the Year. For more information on the awards and to access the nomination criteria, visit DJJs Human Trafficking Summit website at www.djj.state.fl.us/humantraffickingsummit/awards. Nominations must be submitted as an attachment in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat format and emailed to HTSummit@djj.state.fl.us no later than August 22 at 5 p.m. PassportParking meter


THE RIVER AUGUST 15, 20148 On Friday, August 15, Music Walk returns to Fort Myers historic River District. It begins at 7 p.m., rain or shine. Downtown comes alive every month with live music on the third Friday. More than a dozen participating venues feature music by local and regional talent. Restaurants, bars, art galleries and shops showcase a wide range of music during Music Walk. From jazz and blues to rock, drums and much more, each month brings great music and new energy to the historic streets of downtown Fort Myers. Music Walk was conceived as a sister event to the extremely popular first Friday Art Walk, which brings out more than 2,000 people during off-peak months. For more information, call 645-6457. If you prefer a beach backdrop with live music, head down to Fort Myers Beach for the the Sunset Celebration this Friday and Saturday nights. Friday features live music from High Tide while Railhea will jam on Saturday. The event is held from 5 to 10 p.m. both evenings (weather permitting) at Times Square. For more information, call 463-5900. Walk among live oaks and lush gardens, relax in a rocking chair on the verandah as you watch the river roll gently by... but, first, join Mona and Jettie Burroughs as they share the history and colorful tales of living in one of Fort Myers oldest homes the Burroughs Home. Built in 1901, this Georgian Revival mansion was the scene of many social events that hosted the Fort Myers elite including the Edisons, Fords and Firestones. Antique furnishings, historical artifacts and delightful tales of growing up as the privileged daughters of wealthy businessman Nelson Burroughs and his wife Adeline await visitors who want to take a step back in time. Summer tours are by appointment only. Call 337-0706 or go to www.burroughshome.com. The Burroughs Home is located at 2505 First Street, Fort Myers in the historic River District. If youre heading out to Captiva for a bit of excitement, YOLO (You Only Live Once) Watersports provides all the fun youll need. It offers waverunner rentals, parasailing trips, motor scooter rentals, bikes rentals for the entire family, beach chairs and umbrella rental, stand-up paddleboard rentals and instruction, sailboat rentals and banana boat rides. YOLO also has a full retail store which has all the goods youll need for a day at the beach including, longboard skateboards, sunglasses, momentum and freestyle watches. It also carries a full line up of GoPro HD cameras and mounts, Rainbow sandals and Peppers floating sunglasses. YOLO Watersports is located at 11534 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 472-9656 or go to www.yolowatersports. com. Did you know that the Fort Myers Beach shrimping fleet is the largest commercial fishing fleet in the Gulf of Mexico? Shrimping, known as Pink Gold, contributes millions of dollars to our economy. On Wednesdays, the Ostego Bay Foundations Marine Science Center offers tours of San Carlos Islands commercial fishing fleet. The three-hour guided tour starts at 9 a.m. It includes a one-and-a-half hour guided visit at the museum, which contains a touch tank, a hands-on beach area and several aquariums and exhibits. The tour continues with a visit to several commercial fishing industry businesses. See how the boats are unloaded, the trawl doors are built, the shrimp nets are handsewn, the seafood is processed and other important factors used in this unique million dollar industry. It is a memorable experience for the entire family. The cost for the tour is $15 per adult and $10 for children age 7 and older. Reservations are required. Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center located at 718 Fishermans Wharf on San Carlos Island in Fort Myers Beach. Call 765-8101 or go to www.ostegobay.org. Along The River The Burroughs Home was host to Fort Myers elite including Edison, Ford and Firestone YOLO on Captiva has everything you need for fun in the sunFrom page 2VJ Dayonly a few blocks away at 2031 Jackson Street. Call 321-7430 or go to museumofhistory.org for more information. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. And dont forget to check out the Southwest Florida Historical Societys research center at 10091 McGregor Boulevard on the campus of the Lee County Alliance for the Arts. The all-volunteer non-profit organizations hours are Wednesday or Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon or Wednesday 4 to 7 p.m. Call them at 939-4044. Sources: The Story of Fort Myers by Karl H. 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9 THE RIVER AUGUST 15, 2014 Brattas serves fresh, made-to-order food in an inviting atmosphere featuring live music nightly. The two for $20 menu is served all day Sunday to Thursday. Happy Hour is daily from 4 to 6:30 p.m. with drink and appetizer specials. Filet Napoleon, Taylor Street baked ziti and fresh bruschetta are a few favorites on the restaurants daily menu. Lobster tail and Chilean sea bass is served on the weekends. 12984 S. Cleveland Avenue, Fort Myers. Call 433-4449. Courtneys is a family business run by Executive Chef Dale, his wife Betty and their son, Courtney. The warm and welcoming bar is great for lunch, libations and lots of laughter. Relax in comfort with friends and enjoy discounted drinks and appetizers during happy hour, served 4 to 7 p.m. daily. The dining room offers a wonderful dinner variety; if youre an early diner, be sure to check out the Sunset Dining Specials. Eggceptional entres highlight the restaurants Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday dinner is served 4 to 8 p.m. 20351 Summerlin Road, Units #111 and 112, Fort Myers. Call 466-4646. 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 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 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 10 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 4720606. Nervous Nellies is a casual, family-fun restaurant that boasts a large selection of appetizers, fresh seafood, over-stuffed sandwiches and entres. Dine in air-conditioned comfort or outside on Nellies expansive waterfront patio. 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.continued on page 13 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 BRATTAS RISTORANTE COURTNEYS CONTINENTAL CUISINE ISLAND COW NERVOUS NELLIES CRAZY WATERFRONT EATERYMini cannolis from Brattas Get Crabby At The Cow Get Crabby At The Cow Get Crabby At The Cow Get Crabby At The Cow with our Famous Stone Crabs w w s s $OZD\\000V\003\ \021\021\021$OZD\\000V\004 w w Come Try our Come Try our NEW NEW Cowlicious Cowlicious Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Specials Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Specials Sanibels Most Award Winning Restaurant


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11 THE RIVER AUGUST 15, 2014 New Liaison For FSWRobert Bob Soter, former director of community outreach for the Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board, Inc. (SWFLWDB), is now community liaison for the Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) Foundation, Inc. The foundation, working side-by-side with the college, is seeking to connect with regional businesses and organizations. The FSW Foundation is excited to have Bob as a new member of our growing team, said Dr. Louis J. Traina, vice president of institutional advancement at FSW. With Bobs extensive experience in outreach, were confident that hell be able to expand the foundations presence in the community and demonstrate the great things we do here at FSW. While at the SWFLWDB, Soter served the same five-county region for which he is now responsible at FSW. I see my role as building bridges between our newly branded college and a number of existing and potential community partners, said Soter. During the mid-1990s, Soter conducted independent research and created a model to enable community colleges to move from a focus on teaching to learning. During his tenure at the SWFLWDB, Soter successfully competed for a $2.3 million grant/loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and led the effort to acquire the land, design and then construct a 28,520-square-foot One Stop Career and Service Center in Immokalee, Florida. Soter served under a one-year contract as visiting instructor/coordinator of MSW field placements at Florida Gulf Coast University and for a brief term as interim executive director of the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium in Fort Myers. He holds a master of social work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and was the first president of the Florida Gulf Coast University Social Work Advisory Board. He also served as board vice president of the Fort Myers-based Dr. Piper Center for Social Services, Inc. In 2011, Soter earned a master gardener certificate and he volunteers as the technical advisor for the Pine Manor Community Garden Committee and volunteers with the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in their vegetable garden. Visit www.FSW.edu for more information. From page 10Churches/Temples From page 5Dance Bochettecommunity of Southwest Florida through the art of dance. Founded by Jeanne Bochette, Dance Bochette continues to innovate each year while celebrating its roots as Fort Myers historic dance school. The studio today welcomes its third generation of dancers, including the children and grandchildren of former students. Visit www.dancebochette.com or call 334-3274 for more information. Bob Soter 13901 Shell Point Plaza Fort Myers, Florida 33908 (239) 454-2077 www.shellpoint.org/springsThe Springs Assisted Living is part of Shell Points Integrated Healthcare System. Shell Point is a non-profit ministry of The Christian and Missionary Alliance Foundation, Inc. Shell Point. All rights reserved. SPG-236-14 0 8 0 8 n ng g ng ng n ng n g s s s s s s s s s n n n n n n n n istr istr istr str tr y of y of y of y of yof y of 2 2 236236362 2 2362362 363 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 Navigating the myriad decisions in determining if Assisted Living is right for you or your loved one is just plain difficult. Levels of care. Different facilities. Quality. Affordability. All factors in ensuring an optimized quality of life. If youve got a question or a whole list of them attend a FREE Assisted Living Seminar with our assisted living experts, McKenzie & Vivian on August 20. Theyll give you answers that can assist you in making the most informed decisions possible. While there, we also invite you to tour Shell Points newest assisted living facility, The Springs. Meet with our experts and visit The Springs today! MK Mb t Vn Cf Mr Of Abbbr Ln Erb( fb, b f f ) Join us on Wednesday, August 20th at 10 a.m. to get your assisted living questions answered. Admission is free; however, seating is limited, so reservations are required. Call (239) 454-2077. o If you N ( D p M D o Attend aFREE Assisted Living Seminar August20 Join uson Wednesday A ugust 20 th h th th a t 10am to getyourassisted FREE Assisted Living Seminar 10 a.m.


THE RIVER AUGUST 15, 201412 Downsize Gear For Mangrove Snapper Actionby Capt. Matt MitchellMost of my guided trips this week were with families that were into finding good action for their younger children and going home with a fresh fish dinner. To keep adults and kids happy this week, I switched things up for a few days from the catch and release snook bite still going on in and around the passes and targeted mangrove snapper. The mangrove snapper bite right now is about as good as it gets with lots of quality fish and fast paced action. These fish just basically seem to keep everyone smiling and can be caught all over the sound and in the passes right now. Size wise, they are as big as they get all year for inshore fishing, with a few this week measuring up to 16 inches. Breaking out the 1/4-inch mesh cast net at first light and chumming up lots of small white bait was how to get a quality snapper trip started. Although we have not really had any good sized shiners around for months, there are lots of small ones that have been easy to catch in huge numbers. The small mesh cast net is key for this as you dont gill and kill the majority of this little bait. Catching enough of these little baits to be able to live chum really fires up these fish. A few scoops thrown up against a deep mangrove shoreline will have these snapper exploding on the surface as they chase down an easy meal and seem to appear out of nowhere. Live shrimp will work too but the shiners have been catching the bigger snapper and cutting down on the number of small bait stealer bites. Next, downsize your tackle. My preference is 1000 and 2500 series spinning reels on ultra light spinning rods. I like to spool these little reels with 10# braid which makes casting really light small baits much easier. To your braid, tie on a threeto four-foot section of 15or 20-pound fluorocarbon leader. Hook these small baits on a #1 or even a #2 light wire circle hook as it just lets the bait swim more naturally. Depending on the current where Im fishing, I might add a small split shot to slow the bait down some. When these snapper are really chummed up and feeding on the surface though, nothing beats a freelined bait and the visual strike it will produce. Snapper have really good eyesight so the lighter the tackle you can fish the more bites you will get. On ultra light rods, these mangrove snapper put up a great fight, making drag screaming runs. Catching a limit of five per person of fish all well over 12 inches has been pretty easy most days without having to run all over the place. Deeper mangrove points, shorelines and docks around the mouth of the river with good moving current have all been good places to get in on this fast paced snapper action. While live chumming for these snapper, there has also been a real mixed bag of other species getting in on the easy meal too including redfish, small snook, jacks and ladyfish. Downsizing to this light tackle really makes this some fast paced hard fighting fun. Watch the fish pop on the surface and just throw your bait where you see the pop or swirl. 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. Cooper Theobald from Kentucky with a quality redfish caught while fishing with Capt. Matt Mitchell on Pine Island Sound this week 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. ISLAND MARINE SERVICES, INC. MERCURY MARINER JOHNSON EVINRUDE SUZUKI YAMAHA OMC I/O'S MERCRUISERCourteous Professional Marine Repair Service Dockside Service Serving Sanibel & Captiva For Life472-3380 466-3344 Your Bottom Call on Paint Prices MER C U RY MARINER JO HN SO N EVINR U DE S UZUKI YAMAHA O M C I/ O S MER C RU I S E R C ourteous Professional Marine Repair S erv i ce D oc k s i d e S erv i c e S ervin g S anibel & C aptiva For Li f e Y B t t Yo ur Botto m Yo ur B ot to m C Call on Paint Prices Call on Paint Prices 1 CLEAR YOUR GEAR It Catches More Than Fish Fishing gear is hazardous to birds, reptiles and mammals. Read us online at IslandSunNews.com


13 THE RIVER AUGUST 15, 2014 Fishermans Paradise: Fishing With Two Tennessee Plowboysby Cynthia A. WilliamsBerry C. Williams (1915 to 1976) was something of a legend as a fisherman in the waters off Fort Myers in the 1950s and early 1960s. Reproduced for you here are chapters from his unfinished Fishermans Paradise, an account of his fishing adventures that are often hilarious and always instructional. It is presented by Williams daughter, Cynthia Williams, a freelance writer and editor living in Bokeelia on Pine Island. Its a winter day in the early 1950s. Berry has taken two old friends from his hometown in Tennessee fishing with him. They are tied up to the pilings at the Sanibel ferry slip. Chapter 3 Part 2 The water at the pilings was 10 to 12 feet deep. When sheepshead are in, they can be caught at either high or low tide, incoming or outgoing and one doesnt have to cast for them. They are right over the side of the boat, or around one of the pilings. The incoming tide that morning was ideal and the big sheepshead were there in superabundance. Neither Joe nor Ec could understand how I caught so many more fish than they. I tried to make them understand that best way to catch sheepshead is to watch the line and raise up right before you feel the bite. Sheepshead dont bite upward toward the bait; they bite downward, and can be off with it before the fisherman grasps whats happened. Theyre great bait stealers. Within two hours time, we were going full steam. The three of us were yelling Timber each time we got a fish on, and our shouts were entertaining the passengers on the ferry boats as they plied back and forth. The ferry boat skippers had gotten so used to seeing me fish there that if I had a fish on and it was swimming in the slip, they wouldnt bring the boat in on me. Instead, theyd slam it into reverse and wait until Id a chance to play the fish out of the way. On this occasion, I was fishing from the bow, Joe and Ec from the stern. Id no sooner get my line over and feel sinker hit bottom than Id raise the line two or three inches and get set for a sheepshead. I could tell when one was getting ready to bite by watching the movement of the line in the water. Id move it slightly to the right or left or toward me and barely tighten it. I didnt wait to feel a bite, but raised the rod tip and started reeling in. To be continued next week Note the teeth of the sheepsheadFrom page 9Fort Myers FareJust upstairs from Nellies is Uglys Waterside Bar, the place where everyone gets prettier, and happy hour is all day, every day. Parking for your car or boat for free for patrons. The GPS coordinates are 26.41 N 81.18 W. 1131 First Street, Fort Myers Beach at the Fort Myers Historic Seaport at Nervous Nellies Marina. Call 463-8077. Formerly known as the Sunshine Seafood Cafe and Lounge, Sunshine Grille serves all of your favorite dishes for lunch and dinner. In addition to its previous menu, the restaurant is also serving gourmet flat breads prepared in a wood fire stove with fresh oak. Wood-fired steaks fill out the menu, including a ribeye and a porterhouse, to go along with our famous wood-fired filet mignon. Happy hour and live music are featured daily. 8700 Gladiolous Drive, Fort Myers. Call 489-2233. SUNSHINE GRILLE CROW Case Of The Week: Baby Eastern Gray Squirrelsby Patricia MolloyThe Eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) is one of the most well-known mammals in the United States. As a treedweller, the EGS spends much of its life jumping from tree top to fence top and running on the ground in an erratic path. This unpredictable behavior is by design and the intelligent creatures way of regularly outwitting potential predators. In Native American folklore, the squirrel symbolizes trust and preparation. There are more than 260 species of squirrels worldwide ranging in size from the 10cm-long African pygmy squirrel to the massive, three-foot-long Indian giant squirrel. Eastern grays are considered medium-size at 15 to 20 inches in length. Last week, two tiny Eastern gray squirrels were brought to CROW. The twoto three-week-old babies were found alone and assumed to have been orphaned. No other history was available. It was quickly determined that the tiny squirrels were perfectly healthy. Baby animals are frequently brought into CROW by well-meaning citizens after discovering what they believe to be an abandoned nest. If a nest looks undisturbed and the mother is nowhere in sight, that is her plan. As skilled as the wildlife rehabilitators at CROW are, nothing can replace Moms tender loving care. Volunteers and staff members have nipple-fed the squirrels around the clock since they were admitted to the clinic. They are slowly growing into strong, healthy juveniles that will be released as soon as they are old enough to claim their own wild territories. Hopefully, they will go on to start families of their own. If you do find an injured wild animal, immediately contact CROW or one of the nine domestic veterinarian clinics it has partnered with in Lee County. CROW volunteers make daily pick-up excursions. While monetary donations are invaluable, it is the volunteers that have made CROW successful for more than four decades. They collectively donate thousands of hours each year performing necessary tasks that allow the doctors and medical interns (who often work more than 12 hours per day) to care for the thousands of sick, injured and orphaned patients that have been treated at CROW. If you are interested in grazing tortoises, feeding baby squirrels and exotic birds, Contact Volunteer Coordinator JoEllen Urasky at 472-3644 ext. 229. Training is provided. CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Inc.) is a non-profit wildlife hospital providing veterinary care for native and migratory wildlife from our local area. The hospital accepts patients seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mail donations to PO Box 150, Sanibel, FL 33957. Call 472-3644 or visit: www.crowclinic.org. This baby Eastern gray squirrel is nipple-fed by Brittany Stevens, DVM intern


THE RIVER AUGUST 15, 201414 Plant SmartVariegated Shell Ginger Lilyby Gerri ReavesVariegated shell ginger lily (Alpinia zerumbet variegata) is a semi-procumbent shrub, meaning that its stems lie along the ground without rooting. This native of India and the South Pacific Islands usually reaches no more than six feet in height and has a moderate growth rate. The term variegata refers to the green and yellow diagonal markings on the leaves. These asymmetrical bands extending from the midrib give the plant its ornamental appeal. Each clumping cane, or stem, bears six to 12 elliptical or lanceolate leaves in a spiral formation. Each leaf is one to two feet long and about five inches across. The clusters of white shell-like flowers arch at the end of the stems. Each small flower resembles a sea shell, thus the common name. It prefers partial shade, and with full sun becomes even more horizontal in form, the tubers creeping along the ground. It has poor salt tolerance, is not particularly drought tolerant, and requires irrigation. It also needs fertile well-drained soil and fertilizer to do best. Use it as a container, border or accent plant. Propagate by clump division. A dwarf cultivar is available too. Sources: Florida, My Eden by Frederic B. Stresau; edis. ifas.ufl.edu; and floridata.com. Plant Smart explores the plant life of South Florida and sustainable landscape practices. Non-native variegated shell ginger lily requires regular maintenance, but is liked for its ornamental leaves photo by Gerri Reaves From page 1Butterfly Aviary To Reopenassistance from the folks at Rotary Park. Scott worked closely with Tom Allen, whom the butterfly house in Cape Coral is named after, as well as a room inside the museum at the nature center. Start-up populations of native butterflies such as orange barred sulphurs will be donated by Rotary Park. Memorial bricks to be part of the pathway through the aviary are available for a donation of $100 or more. A grand reopening of the aviary is planned for mid-September. From page 1Calusa Nature Center ScheduleInsect Room, National Honey Bee Day. As part of a month-long series, Life in the Micros, learn all about the insects who help produce most of the food we eat. Take a look under a dissecting microscope and see a whole new world. Tuesday, August 19, 10 to 11 a.m. STEM Program: Space Racers! All children ages 3 to 8 are invited to attend a program in the planetarium theater to watch a video segment of Space Racers, receive instruction about the concept shown, and do a hands-on activity. There is no charge for members, nonmembers are $5 per child. Pre-payment and registration required. RSVP to 2753435. Visit www.calusanature.org. Tuesday, August 26, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pre-School Program to honor Water Quality Month. Up to 5 years of age. A special interactive educational program and craft designed for preschoolers. Free with regular paid admissions. Saturday, August 30, 11 a.m. Join our education coordinator Sue Scott for a walk in the woods to find edible plants in celebration of National More Herbs, Less Salt Day. Free with regular paid admission. Sunday, August 31 National Trail Mix Day. To celebrate the 105 acres of trails, the center is tapping in to Americas favorite snack. There will be containers with different mixes so you can make your own. Free with each paid admission. August Daily Schedule 12 p.m. Solar Observing, weather permitting (Tuesday and Friday) except August 29 1 p.m. Live Reptile program (daily) 1:30 p.m. Planetarium Show Summer Stargazing (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday) 1:30 p.m. Planetarium Show Skies Over Southwest Florida (Tuesday and Friday) 2:15 p.m. Planetarium Show Two Small Pieces of Glass (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday) 2:15 p.m. Planetarium Show Summer Stargazing (Tuesday and Friday) 3 p.m. Planetarium Show IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday) 3 p.m. Planetarium Show Exploring Our Galaxy (Tuesday and Friday) Live Reptile Presentations, Meet the Mammals, Alligator Feedings and Snake Feedings vary in time, date and location. Call for the schedule, 275-3435. Whats Up for August Skies Set your your alarm clock on the morning of August 18. There will be a spectacular sight in the morning sky in the east-northeast, about 30 minutes before sunrise (6:30 a.m.). The planets Venus and Jupiter will be extremely close to each other, 15 feet apart. Look at the brightest summer constellations this month as they are high overhead in the late evening. The summer triangle consists of Lyra (the harp), Cygnus (the swan), and Aquila (the eagle). Also, look for the Teapot in Sagittarius, and Scorpius (the scorpion). Go to www. skymaps.com for a free sky map of the August night sky. The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium is at 3450 Ortiz Avenue in Fort Myers. Work began August 2 at the nature center Memorial bricks are available for a donation of $100 Organizations Working To Save Gopher Tortoises Gopher tortoise relocation and rehabilitation efforts are expected to improve in Florida after a new collaboration was announced last week. The Humane Society of the United States, Nokuse Plantation, St. Joe Community Foundation, The St. Joe Company and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission hope the collaboration will improve efforts to relocate gopher tortoises from development sites to preserves. Were excited to work with the FWC, St. Joe Community Foundation, The St. Joe Company and Nokuse Plantation to help provide and promote gopher tortoise conservation, said Dave Pauli, senior advisor of wildlife response and policy at The HSUS. We hope this is the beginning of future new alliances being formed in Florida and beyond to save this long lived species. We are grateful to be part of this unprecedented collaboration between the St. Joe Company, The HSUS and the FWC to relocate gopher tortoises fromcontinued on page 23


15 THE RIVER AUGUST 15, 2014 Festivals To Promote Fall VisitationThe Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB) is planning two events to drive fall visitation to The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, and we need your help to maximize success. We encourage all our local tourism industry partners to get involved in one or both: The Island Hopper Songwriter Fest in September and October and Restaurant Week in November. Both events are designed to drive visitation during the slower fall months, and now is the time for our partners to get involved so we can maximize exposure for local businesses while offering visitors deals to encourage participation. First up will be our Island Hopper Songwriter Fest, which will bring live entertainment by award-winning, nationallyrecognized singer-songwriters to Captiva Island from September 26 to 28 and Fort Myers Beach from October 3 to 5. Songwriters who have penned No. 1 hits for such artists as Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, Lee Ann Womack, Kellie Pickler, Montgomery Gentry, Trace Adkins, Easton Corbin, Mark Chesnutt, Sammy Kershaw and Justin McBride will perform at multiple venues simultaneously over the two weekends. With dozens of free shows to select from, attendees will have the unique opportunity to experience the voices, back stories and personalities of the artists in intimate island settings. The VCB is joined by Broadcast Music Inc., iHeart Radio and Cat Country 107.1 (Clear Channel Media) in presenting the festival. The VCB is encouraging partners to get involved by offering deals that we can promote with the festival. Partners can add those deals by logging onto the VCB website and uploading the specifics. For help with that process, contact Justin Friede with marketing partner MMGY Global at 226-0095 or jfriede@mmgyglobal.com. Then in November, the VCB will host the third annual Restaurant Week to strengthen our agri-tourism assets and shine a light on the culinary opportunities available here to locals and visitors alike. Restaurant Week is scheduled for November 2 to 8 and will highlight restaurants that serve locally sourced products and engage in sustainable business practices. The VCB will be marketing local chefs and special menus at participating restaurants and hosting several culinary experiences during the week-long celebration, which we hope will encourage all local tourism businesses to feature culinary partnerships in their marketing plans. The event will be promoted online at www. TasteDeliciousLee.com. Any restaurant located in Lee County is welcome to participate by simply offering a signature dish or a prix fixe menu for the seven-day event. Additional details about participating and promotional opportunities is available online. Both the Songwriter Fest and Restaurant Week will be important in helping ensure a successful fall visitation season. Sales Team, MarCom Updates The VCB recently promoted The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel to meeting planners at the Americas Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition (AIBTM), a leading global event for the U.S. meetings and events industry. Jerry Terp, the VCBs national sales manager in the Midwest office, met one-on-one with more than 30 hosted buyers, made presentations as part of a Visit Florida group and generated several leads for the destination. A number of trends emerged during the event, including the importance of social media, mobile applications, outstanding customer service and corporate social responsibility. Also, the VCBs #SavedByTheShell social media campaign lured travelers to The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel and generated significant attention in social media channels. The campaign encouraged primarily in-state travelers to save their summer by entering for a chance to win daily prizes and a grand-prize trip to the destination. The campaign also included advertising and promotion on all of the destinations social media channels. On Twitter alone, the campaign generated 4.6 million impressions with 913 tweets, among them: Yes I was! :) @FtMyersSanibel: @ Btfrench was just #SavedByTheShell! You could be, too. @FtMyersSanibel My day would be better if I was laying on a beach instead of at work! #SavedByTheShell @FtMyersSanibel would love to have my feet In The sand watching the ocean waves roll in savoring the beauty of it all :) #SavedbyTheShell @FtMyersSanibel #SavedByTheShell A prize, an ice cream, a movie, any surprise could make my day better :) Industry News Coastal Living magazine editors and readers have voted Captiva Island No. 2 in its Happiest Seaside Towns 2014 Continued on page 16 Tamara Pigott Ding Days To Celebrate 25th There must be 25 ways to celebrate Ding Darling Days, happening at the JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island from October 19 to 25. This year celebrates 25 years for the annual eco-festival, which started in 1989 as a one-day Family Fun Day and has grown weeklong with free and discounted tours, free nature presentations, and still its everpopular Sunday Family Fun Day kick-off. Here are 25 ways the refuge is celebrating its silver anniversary in October: 1. The debut of the Discover Ding GPS-based game app the first of its kind in the refuge system with an unveiling at 11 a.m. on Family Fun Day, October 19, and tutorials throughout the day and at 9:25 a.m. daily during the week. Look for the walking cell phones! 2. 25 Ding Things Silver Scavenger Hunt weeklong with 25 fun prizes. 3. Free Silver Anniversary reusable tote bags filled with books and other goodies, while supplies last, on Sunday Family Fun Day. 4. Free 25-minute archery demonstrations and clinics on Family Fun Day. 5. Special free 25th anniversary presentations by Heather Hensens IBEX Puppetry troupe on Sunday, featuring a new surprise refuge creature. 6. Free admission to Wildlife Drive on Sunday. 7. Free naturalist-narrated refuge tram tours Sunday on a first-come basis. 8. Free weeklong traveling exhibit of 2014-2015 Federal and Junior Duck Stamp artwork in the free Visitor & Education Center. 9. 25 percent off all Tarpon Bay Explorers tours Monday through Saturday including tram, paddling and nature cruise excursions. 10. 25 stunning images of mating great blue herons at a special free photographic presentation by Sallie Rich on Coastal Bird Day, Monday, October 20. 11. Free Great Florida Birding Trail presentation by Mike Kiser on Monday. 12. Free Beach Walk at Perry Tract on Beach & Water Day, Tuesday, October 21. 13. Free 25-minute stand-up paddleboard clinics on Tuesday and Thursday. 14. Free wilderness paddles into the refuges Lady Finger Lakes to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act on Monday and Wednesday (experience necessary). Continued on page 17 Family Fun Day adds archery and the kickoff of a weeklong Silver Scavenger Hunt to this years events photo by Jeff Lysiak The refuge will debut its Discover Ding game app to celebrate Ding Darling Days 25th anniversary


THE RIVER AUGUST 15, 201416 Tickets Available For Tapa HopThe Greater Fort Myers Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Committee will hold its 12th annual Tapa Hop on Tuesday, September 23 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. It begins at Skyes Mexican and More located at 7205 Estero Boulevard on Fort Myers Beach. Afterwards, trolleys will take participants to five more local restaurants. Raffle drawings will take place throughout the evening with a grand prize drawing when everyone returns to Castaways Bar and Grill for dessert. This years theme is Movie Madness. Each of the five trolleys will represent one of the following films: Blue Hawaii, Beach Blanket Bingo, South Pacific, The Great Gatsby, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Participants are encouraged to dress accordingly, depending on their trolley. This years participating restaurants are Skyes Mexican and More, Pinchers Beach Bar and Grill, Island View Restaurant, Matanzas on the Bay, The Beached Whale, and Castaways Bar and Grill. Cost is $30 per person and is open to the public. Tickets are limited. Call 454-7500 to reserve your spot or purchase online at www.fortmyersbeachtapahop.com. Tickets are limited so reserve early Fort Myers Film Festival Tickets Go On SaleThe Fort Myers Film Festivals 5th annual festival will be held March 25 to 29, 2915 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Alliance for the Arts, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre with parties and dinners at Twisted Vine Bistro, Firestone and other select venues. The Black Tie Red Carpet Gala will be celebrated with excitement and style on March 25 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at 7 p.m. The event will begin with the red carpet rolling out, paparazzi clicking and doors opening at 5 p.m. for drinks, mingling and musical entertainment with local and international filmmakers prior to the featured movie. Tickets are $19 for general admission or $99 for VIP, who will enjoy a star-studded backstage afterparty with the stars of the opening nights films, with music, dancing, a fully-stocked bar and chance to meet with the stars of the evenings film, filmmakers and event VIP. The event will provide the delicious foods from La trattoria Cafe Napole. Then, come back for all of the programming from Thursday, March 26 through Sunday, March 29. Films are $10 the rest of the festival. Then, finish off the weeklong celebration on Sunday, March 29 with champagne and dessert awards ceremony, which will take place at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. Tickets are only $15. Join all of the local and international filmmakers as the celebrate the winners of the Fort Myers Film Festival. Champagne and dessert will be shared, short award-winning films will be played and toasts will be deservedly pronounced. The Fort Myers Film Festival is an intelligent independent filmmakers preferred event to create, unite and showcase the finest artistic cinematic works. The Fort Myers Film Festival is known for world-class swagger and support of local filmmakers. The festival event offers the most vibrant intellectual and edgy crowd to grace Lee County in decades. The event has featured hundreds of local filmmakers and is a must attend for cineasts who love indie film and film festivals living in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. For more information, go to www. fortmyersfilmfestival.com or join www. facebook.com/fortmyersfilmfestival for updates and events. To get VIP tickets for the whole season to see everything, head to http://fortmyersfilmfestival.ticketleap. com. The upcoming 2014-15 schedule is as follows: Monday, September 1: TGIM at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. 7 p.m. with celebrity judges Stephanie Davis, David Plazas, Haley Hinds, musical guest Erica Dale Wagner, host Eric Raddatz and co-host Melissa DeHaven. Friday, September 12: Friday Film Night at the Alliance for the Arts. 7:30 p.m. Monday, October 6: TGIM at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center.7 p.m. with celebrity judges Krista Fogelsong, Crave Culinaire chef Brian Roland, musical producer Kingsley Gardner, author Jeff Lindsay, musical guest X-Factors Jazzlyn Little, host Eric Raddatz and cohost Melissa DeHaven. Monday, November 3: TGIM at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. 7 p.m. with celebrity judges Amy BennettWilliams, Cinthia Sanchez, Jonathan Foerster, musical guest Wildfire Blues Band, host Eric Raddatz and co-host Melissa DeHaven. Monday, December 8: TGIM at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. 7 p.m. with celebrity judges Mark Krzos, Mike Donlan, actress Rachel Burttram Powers, musical guest Official Outcome, host Eric Raddatz and co-host Melissa DeHaven. Monday, January 5: TGIM at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. 7 p.m. with NYU student Jordan Axelrod, Daniell Koleniak, Osvaldo Padilla, musical guest Official Outcome, host Eric Raddatz and co-host Melissa DeHaven. Monday, February 2: TGIM at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. 7 p.m. with judges 105.5s Flyin Brian, Veron Ennis, Christina Burgan, host Eric Raddatz and co-host Melissa DeHaven. Thursday, March 26: Official programming films at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, March 27: Official programming films at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 28: Official programming films at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 28: Official programming films at the Alliance for the Arts, Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 29: Official programming films at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 29: Closing night film and awards at the Broadway Palm Theatre, 7 p.m. The Fort Myers Film Festival supports Lee County Schools filmmakers and Golisanos Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida. Sponsored by Chicos, UNIT A, Florida Weekly, Garth Francis Photography, Bennetts Fresh Roast Coffee, Twisted Vine Bistro, Patrick Buckley Law Offices, J. Bert Davis M.D., F.A.C.S, Facial Surgeon, La trattoria Cafe Napole, White Pear Catering in Bonita Springs, Irresistible Confections, REE Corporation, CONRIC PR & Marketing, All About Closets, Rasmussen College, MusikBeats, Black Tie Tuxedos, Hampton Inn Suites, Twisted Vine Bistro, Market Earth, All About Closets, Florida Mail, Riverside Realty, The Starfish Grille, Sunshine Grille, Capones Coal Fired Pizza, HelpMe Social Media and Print, Douglas E. Spiegel, P.A., City Tavern, Crave Culinaire by Brian Roland, Chicos FAS and UNIT A. For more information, go to www. fortmyersfilmfestival.com or join www. facebook.com/fortmyersfilmfestival for updates and events. Kennedy Kruisers Bus Trip To Miami Jai AlaiThe Kennedy Kruisers are off to Miami on Thursday, September 18 to enjoy the fastest sport in the world, jai alai. This sport offers plenty of excitement, more action, more thrills and more fun than any sport in the world. Jai-alai, pronounced hi-li, originated in the Basque Country of Northern Spain almost four centuries ago. Jai-alai was first played professionally at the Miami fronton in 1926, and exciting non-stop action continues to this day in several frontons across the state of Florida. The first stop on this bus trip will be at Miami Bayside Market Place for a Dutch-treat lunch and shopping. Cost is $40 per member and $45 per nonmember. Preregistration is required. Participants should arrive at 7:30 a.m. prior to the 8 a.m. departure. The approximate return time is 6:30 p.m. For more information or to sign up, call the Lake Kennedy Senior Center at 574-0575. Jerry Terp, VCB national sales manager, speaks to a group of meeting planners From page 15Festivals To Promote Fall Visitationonline contest. Editors based their nominations on percentage of sunny days, healthiness of beaches, walkability, crime ratings and other criteria. Also on Sanibel, The Sundial Beach Resort & Spa is beginning the second phase of the propertys multi-million dollar renovation. The project includes changes and additions to the fitness center, Pizza Kitchen, tennis courts, pool bar and main pool deck area. Completion is expected sometime in early November.


17 THE RIVER AUGUST 15, 2014From page 15Ding Days To Celebrate 25th 15. Free Calusa presentation and walk on Calusa Day, Thursday, October 23. 16. Free birding tram tours to Bunche Beach on Thursday and Friday. (Reservations required, call 472-8900). 17. Free Estuary Exploration tram tours on Thursday and Friday. (Reservations required, call 472-8900). 18. Free refuge admission to bikers and hikers only on Trails Day, Friday, October 24. (Wildlife Drive is closed to all vehicular traffic other than special Tarpon Bay Explorers tram tours). 19. First 25 bike rentals free at Tarpon Bay Explorers on Friday. 20. Free Scat & Tracks program with walk to the new Wildlife Education Boardwalk on Friday. 21. Free Animal Olympics throughout Friday at Bailey Tract. 22. Free admission to Wildlife Drive for everybody on Saturdays Conservation Art Day, October 25. 23. Plein-air artists along Wildlife Drive on Saturday. 24. 25-cent Silly Photo Booth pictures on Saturday. 25. Free meet-and-greet with federal duck stamp artists on Saturday. For more information and a full Ding Darling Days schedule, visit www.dingdarlingdays.com. Ding Darling Wildlife SocietyFriends of the Refuge sponsors Ding Darling Days with support from Tarpon Bay Explorers, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and other private and business partners. Ding Darling Days 2014 sponsors include: ROSEATE SPOONBILL Doc Fords Sanibel Rum Bar & Grille. GREAT EGRET Matzaluna: The Italian Kitchen, Tween Waters Inn. GREAT BLUE HERON 97.7 Latino & Juan Radio Arthur Printing, Baileys General Store, Mike and Terry Baldwin, Casa Ybel Resort, Cedar Chest Fine Jewelry, Intech Printing, Island Sun, Jerrys Foods, Mike and Cannella Mullins, Oceans Reach Condominiums, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, Jim and Patty Sprankle. REDDISH EGRET Big Red Q Quickprint, Caloosa Tent & Rental, Casa Ybel Resort, Sally and Rich Ennis, Gulf Breeze Cottages, Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis Club, West Wind Inn. SNOWY EGRET Barefoot Charleys Painting Co., Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, Jerry Edelman and Maryanne Daly, George & Wendys Seafood Grille, Good Wheels, Grounds by Green Ways, Island Therapy Center, Over Easy Caf, Panther Printing, Sanibel Art & Frame, Wendy and George Schnapp, She Sells Sea Shells, Winston and Barbara Spurgeon, Suncatchers Dream. To support DDWS and the refuge with a tax-deductible gift, visit www.dingdarlingsociety.org or contact Birgie Miller at 292-0566, 472-1100 ext. 4 or dingdarlingsociety@gmail.com. Isabella Rasi 239-246-4716 UNDER CONTRACT and SOLD PENDING Rauschenberg Gallery Debuts Moon MuseumIn celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the renaming of the Gallery of Fine Art at Florida SouthWestern State College (formerly Edison State College), our fall programming will focus exclusively on the enduring legacy and profound global (even extraterrestrial) impact of our namesake artist Bob Rauschenberg. From October 22 through December 17, the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery will premiere RAUSCHENBERG: China/ America Mix the first solo exhibition of the artists work at the gallery since his death in 2008. However, we are also delighted to announce that the first ever Space Art object will be landing at FSW in the meantime with our installation: The Moon Museum (1969): Apollo XIIs Secret Art Mission, on display from August 22 to September 27. The Moon Museum (1969): Apollo XIIs Secret Art Mission will present the little-known Rauschenberg/Experiments in Art & Technology (E.A.T.) project that clandestinely sent and permanently sited original artwork by six artists on the lunar surface in 1969. A postage stamp-sized, paper-thin multiple, the Moon Museum was the brainchild of New York sculptor Forrest Frosty Myers. A group of the most significant artists of the time including John Chamberlain, David Novros, Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol and Bob Rauschenberg joined Myers in contributing individual drawings that engineers at Bell Laboratories transferred (using a then cutting-edge photo-reduction technique developed for micro-circuitry) onto a handful of identical ceramic wafers. The first-ever Space Art object, one copy of the Moon Museum multiple was then surreptitiously attached to the Apollo XII lunar landing LEM 6, and has now, consequently, resided on the surface of the moon for the last 45 years. As Rauschenbergs artist-friend Forrest Myers has described it, Darwinian evolution seemed to happen in fossil time, but seeing man leave the Earth and step foot on the moon was both instant and epic. Myers was inspired by the success of Apollo XI to propose sending art to the moon his art and the art of those artists he most admired. Wanting nothing more than to put something soulful up where typically NASA had left detritus and hardware behind, nearly a half century later, The Moon Museum (with drawings by Rauschenberg, Chamberlain, Oldenburg, Novros, Myers and Warhol) is still a compelling art object and continues to resonate profoundly in the imagination. Following the triumphant return of the Moon Museum from its first blockbuster presentation (an exhibition co-organized by the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery with support from the U.S. Department of State and National Geographic magazine) at the National Gallery of Art in Tbilisi, Georgia (former Soviet Union) last November, the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at FSW will allow Southwest Florida visitors the rare opportunity to view inperson one of the few original Moon Museum (1969) ceramic tile multiples (along with vintage NASA press photographs, film shot by Apollo XII astronauts and related mission-flown artifacts). Bob Rauschenberg Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; closed Sundays and holidays. For additional information, call 4899313, visit www.RauschenbergGallery. com and follow us on Facebook. Apollo 12 Mission photograph of Alan Bean beginning the LM ladder descent Apollo 12 Mission photograph of Alan Bean holding a vacuum-sealed lunar soil sample container To advertise in The River Weekly News Call 415-7732


THE RIVER AUGUST 15, 201418 Exhibit At Cape Coral LibraryWorks by a variety of artists are on display at the Cape Coral Library through September 13. The gallery exhibits are sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library. Featured artists are Dr. Kyra Beln, Kathy Kuser and the Mini De-lights Miniature Club. Author, mythologist and art historian, Dr. Kyra Beln was a professor of art and art history and a founding gallery director at Broward College for two decades. She has had over 50 solo art exhibitions and has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Whos Who in American Art, 1990. She is the author of several published books on art history and also a novel entitled Lucid Future. Kathy Kuser brings a fresh and contemporary twist to surrealism. Using her skills as a graphic designer, Kuser creates 2D/3D digital images. The artist describes her creative process: Through a mystical and fantasy driven vision, a story emerges from my canvas. I use stark details with transitional blending; thus my art takes flight. Projects by the Mini De-lights Miniature Club are on display in the three gallery cases. The group is comprised of people of all ages, backgrounds and experience that have one thing in common a love for all things small. Creating miniatures involves various aspects such as woodwork, polymer clay, fabrics and paper craft, to name just a few. The library is at 921 SW 39th Terrace. Call 533-4500 for directions and hours. Secrets in the Night by Kathy Kuser Duga & Kali by Kyra Belan Book Review Hauntedby Di SaggauRandy Wayne White is one of Floridas most popular authors, named a Florida Literary Legend by the Florida Heritage Society. He is most famous for his numerous Doc Ford novels but he also writes about a female sleuth, Hannah Smith. She returns for a third time in his latest novel Haunted. Hannah is a fishing boat captain who inherited her late uncles private investigation business. In between chartering fishing expeditions for locals in and around Sanibel and Captiva Islands, she also tackles some private eye work. Its a tough business, but Hannah is a tough cookie and up to the challenge. A wealthy Palm Beach widow hires Hannah in the hopes she can prove that a historic house was sold without the seller disclosing everything he knew about the place. Many think the house is haunted. It also played a role in a bloody Civil War skirmish in which Hannahs own great-uncle Captain Summerlin played a part. Two previous owners of the house either committed suicide or were murdered and its up to Hannah to figure out what happened. Hannah discovers Summerlins journal, written in the 1800s, which tells the tale about men who had lived and died during desperate times. The journal contains a great deal of information which fires up her curiosity. Hannah and her trusted friend Birdy, a deputy sheriff, have their jobs cut out for them. They meet up with some colorful and sometimes shady characters, including fake archeologists and real ones. Some are on the hunt for a Civil War payload of gold, others for a cache of old silver dollars that would fetch a handsome price in todays market. The book is rich with Florida history. The journal also talks about the importance of salt during the Civil War. Today, we take salt for granted but this commodity has shaped civilization from the very beginning. Haunted is another fascinating read from Randy Wayne White. You can meet the author during his upcoming local book signings. Hell be at Doc Fords Rum Bar and Grille on Sanibel Sunday, August 17 from noon to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Hell also be there on Monday, August 18 from noon to 2 p.m. On Tuesday, August 19, you can meet him at Barnes & Noble in Fort Myers at 7 p.m. On Thursday, August 21, hell be at the Sanibel Island Bookshop at 7:30 p.m. Doc Fords Hosts Book SigningFans of New York Times best-selling author Randy Wayne White will be excited to learn that he will be kicking off his national book tour and signing copies of his latest novel, Haunted, at Doc Fords Sanibel Rum Bar & Grille on Sunday, August 17 and Monday, August 18. In Haunted, the third installment in the Hannah Smith series, Hannah returns in a stunning new adventure from the author of the Doc Ford novels. The house is historic, some say haunted. It is also slated to be razed and replaced by condos, unless Hannah Smith can do something about it. Shes been hired by a wealthy Palm Beach widow to prove that the houses seller didnt disclose everything he knew about the place when he unloaded it, including its role in a bloody Civil War skirmish (in which two of Hannahs own distant relations had had a part), and the suicides or were they murders? of two previous owners. Hannah sees it as a win-win opportunity: She can stop the condo project while tracking her family history. She doesnt believe in ghosts, anyway. But some things are more dangerous than ghosts. Among them, as she will learn, perhaps fatally, is human obsession. Signing events will take place on Sunday, August 17 from noon to 2 p.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m., and again on Monday, August 18 from noon to 2 p.m. Each event will begin with a 15-minute question and answer session. The beautiful tropical location invites you to make an afternoon or evening of it. Savor Doc Fords famous Island continued on page 23 Lee Library OnlineThe world is full of data some of it accurate, some of it inaccurate. When searching for quick, credible and verifiable information the Lee County Library Systems website leelibrary.net/esources is an unmatched source. The library has paid subscriptions to more than 150 electronic sources (e-sources) to provide patrons with access to them free of charge. The difference between a library subscribed database and the Internet is the librarys e-source content is evaluated by publishers for authority and accuracy and is licensed for electronic distribution. The e-sources are searchable and include many mediums: articles, full-text journals, newspapers, company information, e-books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, medical data, economic data, digital images, industry profiles, market research, career information, etc. While the Internet is free to everyone, anyone can publish whatever they want on the Internet and the information can be one-sided, incomplete or incorrect. Why use electronic databases? Electronic databases are key sources of trustworthy information for sound decision making, or recreational curiosity. There is data on virtually all areas of knowledge: business, economics, education, engineering, environment, finance, genealogy, law, medicine, philosophy, psychology, science, sociology and more. A single database may refer to a variety of sources, including periodical articles, books, government documents, industry reports, papers at meetings, newspaper items, films, video recordings, etc. Increasingly, information is published only in an electronic format which has its benefits. A database may be shared by thousands of users simultaneously and it is available online 24/7. There is no limit to the number of times a database can be searched or viewed. Unlike a library book, databases can be updated regularly, do not deteriorate physically, nor can they be misplaced, stolen or vandalized. The Lee County Library Systems e-sources are a valuable service for Lee County business people, residents and students. Individuals or businesses would need to purchase this data if not for the Library System. Middle school age students all the way to retirees can benefit from the world of information at their fingertips, said Sheldon Kaye, Lee County Library System Director. A few of the e-sourses include: Business Insights Essentials, Career Transitions, Consumer Reports Buying Guide, Culinary Arts Collection, Demographics Now, Driving Tests, Fergusonss Career Guidance Center, Florida Newspaper Database, Gale Legal Forms, Genealogy Connect, Health Reference Center Academic, Insurance and Liability Collection, Mango Languages, Morningstar, Small Business Resource Center, Testing and Education Reference Center (student and career), Reference USA (business database containing extensive company and residential data) and Valueline. The Lee County Library System serves Lee County with books, downloadable e-books, digital content, Books-by-Mail, a bookmobile, e-sources, music and films, programs and meeting space. Dont have a Lee County Library System library card? Getting one is free and easy. Visit leelibrary.net to apply online, or stop by any branch. Information about Lee County Library System is available for your convenience 24/7 at leelibrary.net where you can find out about library services, programs, locations, view an online events calendar or place a hold on library items. Telephone Reference is available at 479-INFO (4636). To advertise in The River Weekly News Call 415-7732


19 THE RIVER AUGUST 15, 2014 From page 1Lab Theater Coming AttractionsJoin the theater for an opening night reception, starting at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $12 for students and $22 for adults at the door. Lab Theaters amazing Vaudeville Fundraiser will leave you breathless with laughter. Enjoy song, dance, comedy and improv as well as a silent auction as you help support your favorite community theater. Complimentary hors doeuvres will be served. Persons under 18 admitted with adult guardian only. Parental discretion advised. The 2014-15 season also includes: Deathtrap opens October 3 Written by Ira Levin A successful writer having a dry spell tries to steal a script idea from one of his students. He offers a collaboration which the young man quickly accepts. Suspense mounts as the plot evolves with cleverness, thrills and laughter with the pieces of the play rearranged and twisted again and again until the startling final moment. My Brilliant Divorce opens November 7 Written by Geraldine Aron Sponsored by The Association of Family Law Professionals In this delightful comedy, Angela shares her humor, loneliness, and insight into the absurdities of life after divorce. This charming piece resonates with humor, sarcasm, poignancy and kindness. Scrooge TV: A Modern Christmas Carol opens December 12 Written by Laura Lorusso Fun for the whole family, this modern version of the beloved classic by Charles Dickens was created for the Laboratory Theater by the 2013 winner of the 24-Hour Playwriting Project. Watch as the story you and your family already know is delightfully woven into the setting of a popular TV show. Agnes of God opens January 9 Written by John Pielmeier Set in the late 1970s, this is the story of three women who are drawn together by the death of a child. When a disillusioned ex-Catholic psychiatrist is summoned to a convent and meets Sister Agnes, a young novitiate accused of murder, she is deeply moved by the young nuns spiritual purity. Determined to circumvent the overprotective Mother Superior, Dr. Livingstone struggles to unearth the truth about the conception, birth and death of Agnes child. Cabaret opens Febuary 6 Written by Christopher Isherwood, John Kander and Fred Ebb Sponsored by Dave and Brenda Kensler It is 1931 in Berlin, Germany. The Nazi Party is rising to power. In a seedy nightclub, the emcee oversees a cross-section of tawdry performers and audience in the doomed city. Sally Bowles, the headliner, has a relationship with a young American writer and is caught, as they all are, in the German Jewish trauma of pre-World War II. This award-winning musical recently starred Alan Cumming in its gritty Studio 54 revival. Same Time, Next Year opens March 13 Written by Bernard Slade This charming romantic comedy tells the story of two people, married to others, who meet for a romantic tryst once a year for 25 years. They develop an emotional intimacy, share their lives and react to the social changes in America. The Diary of Anne Frank opens April 10 Written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett Sponsored by Ella Nayor, Jeffrey Cull and Deb Meisenberg The story of occupied Amsterdam and a family and acquaintances hidden in the sealed-off upper rooms of an office building. Anne Frank began her diary when she turned 13 and 22 days before she went into hiding. This is her story of captivity and fear, but also the burgeoning of a hopeful and beautiful spirit. The Diary of Anne Frank is a play which reminds us of the horrors of war and is a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty. I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart Anne Frank For more information or to purchase tickets, call 218-0481 or stop by the theater, located at 1634 Woodford Avenue in Fort Myers. Trevor Jack as Mr. Marmalade McIlroys Darkness PGA Victory Sets The Stage For The 2015 Mastersby Ed FrankThe toughest ticket in all of sports is one to the revered Masters Golf Tournament each April at the Augusta National Golf Course. If the prized ticket was elusive in the past, you will probably have to empty your bank account to get one next April because of the name Rory McIlroy. In capturing his second major in a row last weekend with his PGA victory, this 25-year-old golfing sensation from Northern Ireland has moved to the pinnacle of sports once held by the likes of Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan and others. He now owns four major titles with only the elusive Masters needed to complete golfs Grand Slam. So mark your calendars now for April 9 to 12, 2015 the dates for next springs Masters. Hours after his Sunday PGA victory at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, he was installed the 9-2 favorite for next years Masters. And should he complete the slam, he will have accomplished what only five other legends have done Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan and Gary Player. Last Sundays final round of the PGA drew the largest golf television audience in nearly 10 years. Playing on rain-soaked Valhalla, McIllroy shot 68 on the final 18, besting Phil Mickelson by a stroke and Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson by two. That victory came in near darkness as a morning downpour (an inch of rain fell in less than an hour) delayed play for nearly two hours. One newspaper labeled McIlroy the prince of darkness, and his winning performance reminded this writer of one of baseballs most famous moments the Homer in the Gloamin. The date was September 28, 1938, and with darkness descending upon Chicagos Wrigley Field, the Cubs Gabby Hartnett launched a winning home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates that catapulted the Cubs to the National League pennant. When McIllroy completes golfs grand slam, and he is certain to do so with so many years ahead of him, last Sundays PGA victory in approaching darkness may become as famous as the Homer in the Gloamin. Miracle Shifts to JetBlue Park for Final Month and Playoffs With the extensive remodeling of Hammond Stadium moving to Phase II, the Fort Myers Miracle baseball team will play their remaining home games and playoffs at JetBlue Park at Fenway South. The Miracle open a three-game home series today, Friday, against the Palm Beach Cardinals with the first pitch at 7:05 p.m. The Saturday game, Fan Appreciation Night, features a huge fireworks show following the 6:05 p.m. game. The series concludes with a 4:05 p.m. Sunday matinee. Fans can purchase tickets for the seasons remaining home games and the playoffs at the team store at JetBlue Park which is located east of I-75 on Daniels Parkway. As Florida State League South Division Champions for the seasons first-half, the Miracle have secured a playoff spot. The Miracle began this week having won four straight games and climbed within one-half game behind first-place Bradenton in the South Division with a 29-19 record in the seasons second half. Only 22 games remained in the regular season. Tickets Now on Sale for Season-Ending LPGA Tournament The CMA Group Tour Championship, November 17 to 23 At Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, concludes the LPGAs season with golfs biggest prize for the women golfers. A season-long point competition determines those who qualify for the big event. Such stars as Paula Creamer, Stacy Lewis, Lexis Thompson and Michele Wie already have qualified for the celebrated tournament. There are a variety of ticket packages available. Tickets can be purchased by calling the tournament office at 593-3900 or online at www.CMEGroupTourChampionship. com. Rory McIlroy


THE RIVER AUGUST 15, 201420 Co-Chairs Named For Chefs AuctionMarch of Dimes Southwest Coast Division announced that Rachel and Remington Begg have taken on the role of co-chairs for the Signature Chefs Auction. The Beggs, owners of Impulse Creative, have been long-time supporters of the March of Dimes, making their commitment to the health of moms and babies in their community personal and meaningful. Signature Chefs Auction brings together the areas top chefs, offering guests the opportunity to sip and sample their signature dish, bid on unique auction items including Fund the Mission, and raise funds to support the March of Dimes mission for stronger, healthier babies. Remington and I have proudly participated in the Signature Chefs Auction for the past seven years. With personal connections to premature birth and the impact it has on families, this mission is one that were very passionate about, said Rachel Begg. Working with the March of Dimes has been and continues to be a real honor. In our own state, one out of nine babies is born before 39 weeks, making prematurity the lead cause of newborn demise. We need leaders in our community working together to help moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. Signature Chefs Auction will take place at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs on September 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. Signature Chefs Auction is supported by Silver Sponsor HBKS Wealth Advisors and Bronze Sponsors Golisano Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida, Impulse Creative, Mutual of Omaha Bank and Philip Financial Group. Media support is provided by The News-Press Media Group. For more information or to become a sponsor, contact Trent Howe at 2712562 or thowe@marchofdimes.com marchofdimes.org/floridaevents. Finemark Donates To Golisano Childrens Hospital Lee Memorial Health System Foundation expresses appreciation for a capital campaign gift of $100,000 from FineMark National Bank & Trust in support of its Golisano Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida capital campaign. The gift was made in memory of longtime childrens hospital leader, Dr. Bob Arnall. The campaign supports construction of a new 292,000-square-foot, 128-bed pediatric medical facility on the campus of HealthPark Medical Center in Fort Myers. The state-of-the-art facility will provide for new specialty and sub-specialty pediatric services in our community. The new Golisano Childrens Hospital, set to open in 2017, will help keep children and their families from Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties close to home while receiving life-saving medical care and treatment. FineMark National Bank & Trusts president and CEO Joseph R. Catti, who also serves as capital campaign chair, said of the gift, We are very fortunate to be in the position to make this gift to such a worthy cause as Golisano Childrens Hospital. We are honored to present this donation in memory of Dr. Bob Arnall, a dedicated physician who worked at Lee Memorial for decades and also served as director of the childrens hospital from 1999 until 2008. Dr. Arnall exemplified the spirit of giving through his work with his patients and our community. We greatly appreciate this generous donation from FineMark National Bank & Trust, said Jim Nathan, president of Lee Memorial Health System. Choosing to honor Dr. Arnall in this way is very special for all of us who were touched by Dr. Bobs compassion and concern for others and who continue to benefit from his vision of having leading edge health care for the children of Southwest Florida. We hope others will consider helping achieve Dr. Bobs vision by supporting the campaign to help build the new Golisano Childrens Hospital. For more information, visit ChildrensHospitalGoal.org From left, Joseph R. Catti, president and CEO, FineMark National Bank & Trust; Sharon MacDonald, chief foundation officer, Lee Memorial Health System Foundation; Jim Nathan, president, Lee Memorial Health System and Dr. Arnalls son, Robert Arnall, executive vice president and senior lender, FineMark National Bank & Trust Deadline Approaching For Blue Chip AwardThe deadline for owners of small businesses to submit applications for the 20th annual Southwest Florida Blue Chip Community Business Award is quickly approaching. Celebrating two decades, the annual Blue Chip Award program, coordinated and sponsored by BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company and BB&T Bank, recognizes successful small business owners who have overcome adversity to achieve success and share their stories as models for other entrepreneurs. The award, presented to a single Southwest Florida business each year, recognizes that companys innovative methods of overcoming hardship. Previous award winners relied on ingenuity, stamina, dedication and hard work to meet challenges, vault financial hurdles, medical issues and overcome adversity. Nominations are open to companies that meet the following criteria: for-profit business; operating under the same ownership for at least three continuous years with the principal office located in Lee, Collier or Charlotte counties; employs five to 400 people; and has overcome adversity to achieve success. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Monday, September 8 and can be requested by contacting Stacey Mercado at 433-7189 or SMercado@BBandT. com. Business owners may nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else. There is no entry fee. Independent judges will select one Lee, Collier or Charlotte business from the field of applicants to receive the 2014 award. Winners will be recognized Thursday, November 6 during a luncheon ceremony at Harborside Event Center, 1375 Monroe Street in Fort Myers. Registration begins at 11 a.m. The program starts at 11:30 a.m. ARC Seeks DonationsThe Animal Refuge Center, located at 18011 Old Bayshore Road in North Fort Myers, is seeking donations of heavy duty fans to help cool down the cat cottages. In our largest cat house, temperatures can reach over 100 degrees this time of year, and while some of the cats have the sense to take shelter in the air conditioned rooms, others are far too stubborn. We have found that the Utilitech Pro 36-inch, two-speed, high velocity fans work best for our needs. If you are able to donate a fan, contact Tina for information on where to drop off. If youd rather send in a monetary donation towards a fan, you can mail a check or make a donation on our website and note that it is for the high velocity fans. For more information on adopting, donating or volunteering, visit www.animalrefugecenter.com or call 258-1278. Center Honored As Top-Rated NonprofitThe Childrens Advocacy Center (CAC) of Southwest Florida has been honored with a prestigious 2014 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, a leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations. The Top-Rated Nonprofit award was based on the large number of positive reviews that CAC received reviews written by volunteers, donors and clients. Being on the Top-Rated list gives donors and volunteers more confidence that CAC is a credible organization having a positive impact within the communities it serves. One reviewer said, I was involved in selecting a charity for our community to sponsor and we chose CAC. I toured the facility and talked to the staff. I looked at the statistics on the need and their results. And Ive seen how much Sheriff Scotts crew appreciates and utilizes CAC. They are incredibly caring and effective with barebones efficiency. I strongly support CAC, John Wood, Estero, FL While the Top-Rated Awards run through the end of October, CAC was part of the inaugural group to qualify for the year. In addition, CAC will be added to GreatNonprofits #GivingTuesday Guide an interactive guide to top nonprofits throughout the years. Look for this near the holidays. GreatNonprofits is the leading site for donors and volunteers to find reviews and ratings of nonprofits. 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21 THE RIVER AUGUST 15, 2014 School Smartby Shelley M. Greggs, NCSPDear Shelley, Both of my kids are going to new schools in the fall, one to middle school and one to high school. We are a bit concerned about how the kids will transition to these new schools and are looking for some ways to help them with these changes. Samantha J., Cape Coral Samantha, Transitioning to a new school can be an exciting but stressful time for children. Even when the change is positively anticipated, such as graduating to the next school level, facing the unknown can cause anxiety. These higher-grade level environments tend to be larger, possibly less nurturing, more departmentalized and competitive, and more demanding academically. And students are expected to be more independent academically and their social lives become more complex and intense. It is understandable that parents feel some anxiety about these changes, but there are many ways for parents to help smooth the transition and support their childs academic social/academic success in their new school environment. It is important to understand and anticipate common concerns related to moving to a secondary school environment: Environment: Finding lockers, finding lunchrooms and bathrooms, getting through crowded hallways, getting to class on time, getting on the right bus to go home, lack of experience in dealing with extracurricular activities Workload: Keeping up with materials, new grading standards and procedures, more long term assignments, lack of basic academic skills Social: More peers pressures (i.e., cliques, dealing with older students and students from other schools), social immaturity Schedule: Remembering which class to go to next, more teachers, no recess, no free time Other: Reduced parent involvement, accepting more responsibility for their own actions, unrealistic parental expectations, coping with adolescent physical development Parents can help their child prepare for and become comfortable with their new school environment: Emphasize positive aspects of middle/ high school: With the move will come more opportunities for individuality and freedom and an increasing choice in elective courses and extracurricular activities. There will be more opportunities to find friends with common interests. Teach study skills: Help students begin to self-regulate by breaking down large tasks into manageable pieces and provide guidelines so students can monitor their own progress. Familiarize students with using an agenda/assignment book to keep track of daily and long-term assignments. Schedule tours of new school: During the summer prior to entering the school students and parents should arrange for a tour of the school. If possible, parents can request the students schedule from the school counselor or administrator so that the student can locate classes and walk their schedule to determine best routes. If your school offers an orientation session, make a point to attend. Encourage participation: Whether in extracurricular activities, extra-help homework programs, or school social/sports activities, students should be encouraged to seek these out as an opportunity to meet new people. Many schools offer an open house or fair during the first week of school to introduce new students to available activities. Continue or increase involvement: Middle and high schools continue to have numerous opportunities available for parent involvement. Parents should maintain communication with the school through meetings, e-mail/Internet, phone calls and notes. If you have concerns, dont wait for the school to contact you. Look out for regular newsletters and other forms of communication home regarding events at the school. Preventive transition planning like this can go a long way to minimizing or eliminating adjustment problems when the school year begins. Adapted from the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition. Shelley Greggs is adjunct faculty at Edison State College where she teaches psychology and education courses. Shelley 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. Read us online at IslandSunNews.com


THE RIVER AUGUST 15, 201422 Financial FocusAvoid Expensive Errors When Paying For Collegeby Jennifer BaseyIts just about back-to-school time again. If you have young children, you might be hustling them to the store for backpacks and binders. But if you fast-forward a few years, you can envision driving your kids a little farther to their college dorms. And when that day comes, youll want to be financially prepared. So youll want to avoid making costly mistakes when preparing for, and paying, those big bills. Here are some of the most common of these errors: Not saving enough Only half of all families with children under 18 save any money for college, according to a recent study by Sallie Mae, the countrys largest originator of federally insured student loans. You might find it easier to save for college if you automatically move a set amount each month from your checking or savings account to a college savings vehicle. Not considering vehicles with growth potential The same Sallie Mae study found that more parents use a general savings account than any other method of saving for college. But since most savings accounts these days pay only a minimal rate of return, you will have trouble getting the growth potential you need to achieve your college savings goals. Consider working toward your college savings goals by investing in a vehicle specifically designed for college, such as a 529 plan or a Coverdell plan. There are differences between these plans, such as contribution limits and tax treatments, but both allow you to invest for growth potential. As with any investment account, there are risks involved, including market risk. Stopping your savings once your children are in college Unless your children plan to take an awful lot of credits, theyre not going to finish college in just one year. Consequently, youll want to keep investing in your plan or other college savings vehicle while your children are in school. Taking out 401(k) loans Your employer may allow you to take out a loan against your 401(k) to help pay for college. But this may not be a good idea for two reasons: First, when you remove money from your 401(k) even if you plan on eventually paying it back you will slow the potential accumulation in your account, thereby depriving yourself of resources you will eventually need for retirement. Second, should you leave the company, you might have to repay the loan within a limited number of days. Not using available tax credits Depending on your income, you might qualify for the American Opportunity tax credit, which is worth up to $2,500, provided you spend at least $4,000 on college expenses. Check with your tax professional to see if you qualify for this credit and how to most effectively incorporate it. And be careful you dont waste the credit, because you may not be able to use it and your plan distributions at the same time. Paying for college can be challenging, but if you can avoid making the above mistakes, youve got a better chance of getting your kids through school without derailing the progress youd like to make toward your other financial goals. Jennifer Basey is a financial advisor in Fort Myers. She can be reached at jennifer.basey@edwardjones.com. AppleJuiceYour Business Or Club Using Your Ipad And Iphone With Square Upby Barbara Koeplinger, First Vice President, S.W.A.C.K.S.Go to www. squareup. com. Order a free square, signs, etc. You can order as many squares as you like free. Apple sells them for $10, but I like free. You can accept credit cards (Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover). Charge is 2.75 percent with no monthly fees. Sign up and set up at www.squareup. com. This is then directly linked to your business or club bank account. The money is in your account the next day for transactions prior to 5 p.m. You download the app square register. Set up your prices with pictures and just click on item when purchased, which could be member fees or lunch for a club or items you want to sell from your business. Then proceed to checkout. It will ask for customers email and will email a receipt. You can purchase a Square stand to hold your iPad for just $99. They have stands for the older 30 pin iPads and just came out with the lightening stands for iPad Air. You can then swipe credit cards on the stand to quickly process your charges. This is faster than the square. You can add a cash drawer and a printer for larger businesses. You can then set up a Marketplace on line at Square up. Following instructions you can add pictures of what you are selling and design it for your club or business. You can put a link to your Marketplace in your newsletter and/or website. You are able to setup shipping fees. Workshops are held the second Tuesday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m., and meetings on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. (with the exception of July and August) at Zion Lutheran Church, 7401 Winkler Road in Fort Myers. For more information about the South West Florida Apple Computer Knowledge Society, visit www.swacks. org. Top 10 Real Estate SalesCourtesy of Royal Shell Real Estate Development City Year BuiltSquare FootageListing Price Selling Price Days On Market Captiva Beach Captiva 1985 1,617 $1,375,000 $1,275,000 42 Banyan CoveBonita Springs 2002 3,576 $1,175,000 $1,080,000 91 Gulf Ridge Sanibel 2003 3,619 $1,095,000 $1,050,000 241 Mossy Oak Fort Myers 2013 4,163 $799,900 $790,000 242 Water's Edge Fort Myers 2007 3,331 $747,900 $705,000 346 Cape Coral Cape Coral 2006 3,420 $736,500 $699,000 103 Cape Coral Cape Coral 1994 2,778 $674,900 $640,000 75 Wildcat Run Estero 2003 2,752 $649,000 $625,000 421 Santa Lucia Estero 2006 2,545 $639,000 $615,000 6 Sanibel Estates Sanibel 1987 1,822 $599,555 $590,000 56 Send your editorial copy to: press@riverweekly.com


23 THE RIVER AUGUST 15, 2014 deaRPharmacistWhat I Did Rightby Suzy Cohen, RPhDear Reader: When I graduated from pharmacy school in 1989, I was eager to ease the worlds suffering. At that time, my profession was rated the #1 trusted profession in the country. How could anything I dispense be bad? Maybe Im the sensitive sort, but I got really upset when my patients called the pharmacy to describe their new, uncomfortable side effect. For example, I would fill a prescription for a muscle relaxer like cyclobenzaprine and then get a frantic call from someone who became very dizzy or zoned out. Once, I filled a prescription for sumatriptan and then four hours later, took a call from the patient who said she was feeling mild chest pain and was very weak. The most memorable one was when I dispensed an analgesic and heard from the wife that he had gone to sleep... and had not waken up in six hours. I could tell you more stories, but you get the point. Pharmacists, as a whole, care very much about our patients. It makes us sad to hear that the medication we dispense causes a detrimental side effect for you. Fortunately, side effects dont occur all the time, or with every single person. There are a handful of lucky ones, and I think we all agree that some medicines are essential, and worth the mild side effects. Since I graduated all those years ago, Ive done something right. Ive asked the question, Why? In doing so, Ive learned that when you block a pathway, or derail an enzyme from doing its job, you launch the first domino which creates a cascade of events leading up to a side effect (which could be diagnosed as a new disease you know!) Its not rocket science, its basic biochemistry. Block the HMGCoA enzyme (statin cholesterol drugs) and you block production of natural CoQ10 (which your muscles love). That answers the why question that people have when they take statins and wonder why they have Charley horses or feel weak. When you block the calcium-dependent membrane function in your gut with the drug metformin (used for diabetes), you lower vitamin B12 levels. A deficiency of B12 lis well-documented to cause painful neuropathies. This answers the why question in case you have more numbness, or pins and needles in your hands and feet. Probiotics, calcium and B12 could help if you take metformin. As a pharmacist (code for drug information specialist), I know I did something right. I delved deeper and learned how medications steal the life out of you. I now teach people how to restore health and balance by putting back key nutrients that mitigate drug-induced nutrient depletions (which spark the side effects). I wrote an entire book on this topic, called Drug Muggers. By the way, its not just drugs. Coffee mugs minerals that you need to make thyroid hormone. Wine mugs thiamine which can cause calf muscle tenderness and memory loss. Snag a copy of Drug Muggers, or ask your local pharmacist what vitamins you need to avoid side effects. 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. SuzyCohen.com. Free Autism Screening For Young Children Golisano Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida, in partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida, offers a free monthly autism spectrum disorder screening for toddlers 18 months to five years of age. The next screening on the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile will be held August 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McDonalds located at 13741 N. Cleveland Avenue in North Fort Myers. It is estimated that one in every 68 children is diagnosed with some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), making it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. Medical consultants for the project stress that an early diagnosis can make a vast difference for toddlers and their families. They say early intensive behavioral intervention can make an immense difference not just in the development of the child, but in their families as well. The ASD screening is conducted by the Golisano Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida. The screenings are administered by an advanced registered nurse practitioner, who has extensive training and experience in typical child development and developmental disorders. A physician referral is not required. To schedule a screening, call 343-6838. Fit Friendly AwardThe Florida Department of Health in Lee County was honored as a 2014 Gold Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for programs that back the health of its employees. The Fit-Friendly Award honors worksites that create a culture of physical activity and healthy eating. For example, the DOH-Lee provides daily walking opportunities to employees and a free weekly stretching/exercise class. It provides healthy vending machine choices and tips on health food choices and food preparation, as well as monthly education programs targeting stress reduction, balanced lifestyles, chronic disease prevention and mental health.DOH-Lee is also the founding sponsor of Streets Alive Lee, a large community event that publicly promotes an active lifestyle. The second Streets Alive Lee event is planned for November 2. For more information, visit www.leechd.com. Physician Joins Lee MemorialLee Memorial Health System announced that Colleen Tallen, MD recently joined the professional staff of Lee Physician Group as the medical director of palliative care. Dr. Tallen earned her medical degree from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California, and she completed a family medicine residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is board certified in family practice and hospice and palliative care. She also is a fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Tallens areas of expertise include pain management, coordinator of care with other physicians, assisting patients with medical decisions, and providing support to patients, families and caregivers. Dr. Tallens office is located at 8960 Colonial Center Drive, Suite 206 in Fort Myers. She can be reached at 3439560. From page 14Gopher Tortoises development sites throughout Florida to our preserve, said Matthew Aresco, director at Nokuse Plantation. Although permits issued prior to 2008 did not require these tortoises to be relocated off of the development sites, they will now live long lives as part of a permanently protected, breeding population. The announcement comes on the heels of a $150,000 donation to The HSUS by St. Joe Community Foundation to support and enable responsible collection and relocation of gopher tortoises to designated sanctuaries. From page 18Book SigningMojitos; enjoy meals featuring award-winning flavors from the Caribbean rim. Copies of Haunted are available for purchase at all three Doc Fords locations Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel and the newest location on Captiva Island. Join the author and fans at Doc Fords Sanibel Rum Bar & Grille, 975 Rabbit Road. Call 472-8311 or learn more at www.DocFordsSanibel.com. Colleen Tallen, M.D. Our email address is press@riverweekly.com Mom And Me by Lizzie and PryceLizzie and Pryce answer your questions and give advice about aging concerns from a two-generational perspective. A mother and daughter team, Lizzie is a retired RN and health educator, and Pryce is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice who specializes in the care of elders and people with chronic illnesses. Dear Mom & Me, I retired recently and I just love it, except for one situation. My wife is constantly asking me to do things she wants done, and I want to do the things I have always dreamed of being able to do if only I had the time in my own home. I wish she would have a more active womans social life, get a job or something... but get out of my hair. What do you suggest I do? Merton Dear Merton, The retirement lifestyle takes adjustment for most couples. We usually hear women complaining about men invading their sacred space. I would try and have a discussion in a non-threatening atmosphere and let her know how you feel. Encourage her to get some interest that will take her out of your home so you can have some alone time. Your wife may also have some complaints it is all part of the adjustment to the retired life style. Lizzie Dear Merton, Welcome to the world of retirement. Women have complained about their newly-retired husbands invading their lifestyle and the home for years. The biggest problem seems to be that their husbands become very critical and feel they can run the home as they have run their offices, e.g. boxes for outgoing mail, alphabetizing the spice shelf and refusing to answer or take messages on the phone. Sorry, no sympathy here. I recommend you discuss with your wife what your problems are and come to a decision as to how you can both be happy in your retirement. Your father and grandfather probably never lived to have a retirement problem. Pryce Lizzie and Pryces email address is momandmeaging@hotmail.com.


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Pets Of The Week THE RIVER AUGUST 15, 201430 Hi, were Macy and Rocky. Life just threw us a curve ball. Our golden years were supposed to be spent on a cozy bed with regular bathroom breaks. Our family was supposed to be that special breed of human that dotes on beagles. They would delight in watching us sniff and howl as we explore the outdoors. Despite our age, they would refer to us as their kids. Instead, here we are in an animal shelter. We are hoping those beagle folks come for us soon so we can be one happy family. Adoption fees are $25 for pets six years and over. 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. Rocky ID# 364654 Macy ID# 364653


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