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FREETake Me Home VOL. 17, NO. 14 APRIL 6, 2018From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort Myers Weather and Tides pa ge 28Local Celebrities Share Stories At Fundraiserby Jeff LysiakA panel discussion featuring three Southwest Florida celebrities NBC-2 news anchor Kellie Burns, Sanibels first mayor and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency Porter Goss, and best-selling author Randy Wayne White took place on March 29 at The Community House on Sanibel. During the three-hour event, a fund draiser for the Shipley Cardiothoracic Center at HealthPark Medical Center in Fort Myers, the trio shared stories of their good and not so good times on the worlds biggest stages. The con versation was moderated by Dr. Brian Hummel, FACS, a cardiothoracic sur geon at the groundbreaking medical center. Following an hour-long cocktail reception, the panel discussion dubbed Cause An Effect began with Dr. Hummel asking Burns, Goss and White about the current state of U.S.-Cuba relations. Goss shared that the early 60s Cuban Missle Crisis was the clos est weve come to nuclear war in my lifetime. He also joked that rumors of Cuban-made rum actually distilled in Puerto Rico are far-fetched. Its such a hot issue that 60 Minutes went down there (Cuba) to do a story on it, said Goss. White, bestselling author of the Doc Ford and Hannah Smith series of nov els, also discussed the Mariel boatlift, which took place back in 1980. He talk ed about providing a vessel for groups of Cuban refugees seeking asylum in the United States. The Cubans are really good people, he said. They deserve a lot better. The next subject up for discussion was the camaraderie amongst all three with U.S. presidents over the years. The president is a terribly busy per son, so I never wanted to take up a lot of his time, said Goss, the former CIA director and U.S. congressman. I have never felt any elected president hasnt deserved to be respected. Its a horribly difficult job. White talked about his friendship with President Jimmy Carter and his son, Jeff. We went fly-fishing in Argentina, he said. And Ill always remember thiscontinued on page 7 From left, Dr. Brian Hummel, Kellie Burns, Porter Goss and Randy Wayne White during last weeks fundraiser for the Shipley Cardiothoracic Center, held at The Community House on Sanibel photo by Jeff Lysiak Mound House To Host First-Ever Concert April 21The inaugural Music on the Mound will feature Southwest Florida singer/songwriter Sheena Brook at the Mound House on Saturday, April 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $15 or $10 for Friends of Mound House members. As a live performer, Brook has created her own sound playing all types of genres, looping and creating on the fly. Brook has played festivals with artists like Kristian Bush, Helen Darling and Josh Turner. She has written with hit writers JT Harding, Andy Albert and many others. TV audiences know Brook from her appearance continued on page 8 Sheena Brook photo providedTaste of the Cape will feature an eclectic mix of music to go along with great cuisine at Four Freedoms Park on Sunday, April 8 from 11 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be Latin jazz to funk, rock to broadway and salsa to symphonic pops. Heat Latin Jazz Band, a seven-piece salsa/Latin jazz group that features continued on page 21 Strange Arrangement will take the stage at 3 p.m. photo providedMusical Lineup For Taste Of The Cape On Sunday


Historic Downtown Fort Myers, Then And Now: Where Did They Go? by Gerri Reaves, PhDWe all know that feeling when a seemingly permanent and taken-for-granted feature of our everyday land scape vanishes. Sometimes we merely register that somethings different, even if we cant quite pin down exactly what it is. Pictured here are a few elements that have disappeared from downtown over the last decade. Test your observation skills did you noticed when they vanished? Of all thing that should stay put, shouldnt it be a time cap sule? Downtown has its share of capsules, and most of them remain where they were originally placed, dutifully waiting to be opened in the designated century or so. Not so with the time capsule at the Gwynne Institute, which was originally placed near the corner of Second and Jackson in 1988 to mark the centennial of Lee Countys public school system. It remained there on its base for about 20 years and then migrated far away from the site of the towns first public school house. The capsule is now located at the Lee County School Board offices on Colonial Boulevard. Oddly enough, the base is still under the trees. For years after Peters La Cuisines went out of business, the faded carrotthemed sign persisted on the east brick wall of the 1925 Towles Building on Bay Street at Bayview Court. It contributed a nice vintage touch to that corner of downtown, especially for people who fondly remembered the restaurants rooftop bar. Today, the three-story building once again houses a restaurant, complete with another rooftop bar. However, the carrot sign has been removed from the brick wall. Instead, each evening, the wall displays an intriguing example of a new trend in signage: light projection, in this case advertising both the rooftop bar in the Towles Building and the bar next door. A more tangible fate befell the stone pillars that once marked the entrance gate to the historic Menge house. Those old stones most likely ended up where a lot of disassembled historic struc tures doconstruction-debris heaven. As the photo shows, less than two years ago, the pil lars stood on the west side of Fowler Street just south of First, incongruously standing vigil by the First United Meth odist Churchs recreation center. Those pillars were the last indication of the circa-1900 heart-pine home of pioneer Conrad Menge. When the church was sold and that building demolished, the pillars went too, along with the last trace of a pio neers large family home. As you walk around histor ic downtown, keep your eyes open. Just because youre in the historic district, you cant always count on something being there the next time you look. Visit the following two research centers to learn more about whats been lost and preserved in Fort Myers. The Southwest Florida Historical Society is an allvolunteer, non-profit organi zation open Wednesday and Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon and Wednesday 4 to 7 p.m. It is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard on the campus of the Lee County Alliance for the Arts. Call 939-4044 or visit www.swfl for more information. The Lee County Black History Society is located at 1936 Henderson Avenue, adjacent to the Williams Academy Museum at Roberto Clemente Park. Hours for the all-volunteer, non-profit organization are Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday by appointment only. For more information, call 332-8778 or visit www. leecountyblackhistorysociety. org. THE RIVER APRIL 6, 20182 The Peters La Cuisine sign on the Towles Building on Bay Street has been replaced by light-projection signage at night The time capsule at the Gwynne Institute at Second and Jackson was relocated to school board offices on Colonial Boulevard photos by Gerri Reaves These stone pillars, photographed in June 2016, framed the gate entrance to the circa-1900 Conrad Menge house on Fowler Street. When the First United Methodist Church was sold and the recreation center demolished, the pillars were also destroyed. PRINTED ON RECYCLED PAPER 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, call 239-395-1213 or write to: The River Weekly News, 1640 Periwinkle Way, Suite 2, Sanibel FL 33957. FAX number: 239-395-2299. Email: Email: The River Weekly News reserves the right to refuse, alter or edit any editorial or advertisement.Contributing Writers Jennifer Basey Barbara Cacchione Kay Casperson Suzy Cohen Linda Coin Marcia Feeney Ed Frank Shelley Greggs Tom Hall Marion Hauser, MS, RDRoss Hauser, MD Anne Mitchell Capt. Matt Mitchell Trinette Nelson J. Brendan Ryan, CLU, ChFC, MSFS Di Saggau Jeanie TinchPublisher Lorin Arundel Advertising Sales Bob Petcher Graphic Arts/ Production Ann Ziehl, Manager Amanda Hartman Justin Wilder Reporters Gerri Reaves, PhD Jeff LysiakIndependently Owned And Operated COPYRIGHT 2018 The River Weekly NewsLORKEN Publications, Inc.Read Us Online:


3 THE RIVER APRIL 6, 2018 Friends of the Fort Myers Library, in partnership with Florida Repertory Theatre, present The Plays the Thing in the librarys meeting rooms on Monday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but registration is required. A new play doesnt just spring to life fully realized. It goes through many iterations on the way to the audience. The first and most important step is to have it staged. Thats also one of the most difficult things for the playwright to accomplish. Florida Reps Play Lab was established to help. In this talk by Producing Artistic Director Jason Parrish, attendees will learn how Play Lab came to be, what a staged reading is and how the audience helps the playwright refine the script. Florida Rep actors will also perform a preview of the upcoming staged readings. Come learn how you can help choose a new play to be staged in the Florida Rep 2018-19 season. Fort Myers Library is located at 1651 Lee Street in Fort Myers. For more information or to register, visit www.bit. ly/FML0416. Florida Rep actors rehearse their lines photo provided Firemen Present Check To Araba ShrinersImmediately following their last show of the 2018 spring break season, the Cincinnati Firemen presented a check for $15,000 to the local ARABA Shriners, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children receive the hospital care they need and getting them safe transport to proper medical facilities throughout the country. The Cincinnati Firemen are a well-known annual vacationing troupe of 30-plus firemen and EMTs from the Cincinnati, Ohio area who perform along the beach stage of the Lani Kai Island Resort to raise funds for local charities. Im just thankful to be able to help such a great organization with their efforts to help sick and injured children, said Angelo Scar Scarlato, one of the three lead coordinators of the firemens group. They are the true heroes in this group. On behalf of the Lani Kai Island Resort, we are truly honored to be able to host such an outstanding group of dedicated heroes, devoted to doing all they can for such a noble cause while still enjoying a phenomenal getaway to paradise every year, said Melissa Schneider, marketing director at Lani Kai. Just like their skit for the Village Peoples In the Navy we salute you, Cincy firemen, and cant wait until we can do it all over again next year. Follow the firemen year-long via their Facebook page Greater Cincinnati Firefighters Show group at Lani Kai Ft. Myers Beach. ARABA Shriners with firemen Angelo Scarlato and Jesse Bologna (orange shirts), and Lani Kai Island Resort owner Bob Conidaris (center), all coming together to support a wonderful non-profit organization photo by Melissa SchneiderFlorida Rep Play At Downtown Library Chamber To Hold Kids Fishing TournamentThe Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce will hold the inaugural Tails & Tailgating Kids Fishing Tournament at Marine Max on Saturday, April 7. The childrens fishing tournament starts at sunrise, and anglers may fish from land or boat. The new event combines fishing and food into one family-friendly experience. Young anglers must return to Marine Max by 2 p.m. to check in and announce what type of fish they caught. Deadline to register for the fishing competition is Friday, April 6. Cost per child is $25 and includes a participation trophy and access to the after-party following the competition. All children and parent fishing partners will also receive an event T-shirt. The after-party includes a shrimp boil at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 at the door and include food and beverages. We are excited to bring a day of fun and food to the Southwest Florida community during the Tails & Tailgating Kids Fishing Tournament, said Dan Adams, chairman of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Designed to include the entire family, the inaugural event provides opportunity for our areas youngest anglers to get out on the water, and the after-party is sure to offer a great time for all ages. Stokes Marine, Inc. is the Title Sponsor. Event sponsors include Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops as the Kids Zone Sponsor and Captains For Clean Water as the Snook Sponsor. Redfish Sponsors include Caloosa Tent & Rental, Camping World, HBK CPAs & Consultants, Iberiabank, Lott & Gaylor Insurance, Poll Pros, Inc. and The Mitchell Family, R & R Sprinkler & Landscape, Solomon & Hoover Certified Public Accountants and Stevens Construction. Trout sponsors include Prawnbroker Restaurant Group and Suncoast Beverage. Marine Max is located at 14030 McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers. Prospective participants in the fishing tournament can contact Stephanie Davis at for more information.


THE RIVER APRIL 6, 20184 LUCILLES BOUTIQUEPREMIUM WOMENS CONSIGNMENT15675 McGregor Blvd. Extension Ft. Myers, Florida 33908239-489-3554lucillesboutique@hotmail.comBRING THIS AD IN FOR 10% OFF YOUR PURCHASE F lu Mon Fri 10 to 5 Sat 10 to 4 Consignment by appt. only R EAL E STATE E XPERTSW Florida, Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel & Captiva Islands is All About HomeCathie Lewis, RealtorI will Sincerely work for YouPhone: 239-745-7367Cathie@AllAboutHome.Life Pfeifer Realty Group Kids Tag Art Raises Over $40,000 For Lee SchoolsIts more than just a way to beautify Floridas roads. Kids Tag Art, a partnership between the Lee County Tax Collector and the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, collected over $40,000 this year for art programs at 49 participating schools. The program gave more than 5,600 Lee County fifth-graders the opportunity to create a design for front-end decorative license plates to be sold on www.leetc. com, the Lee County Tax Collectors official website. Students were encouraged to come up with designs that fit with a Reach for the Stars theme. Our children deserve the highest level of art education possible, and they need to see how they can use art within the framework of the marketplace, Lee County Tax Collector Larry Hart said. Im proud that were able to encourage and contribute to the success of so many students. Its goes hand in hand with our mission of service to the community. Two designs from each participating school were selected as Award of Distinction winners. A reception catered by the Downtown House of Pizza and Jasons Deli was held for students who created the winning designs. Each school was presented with a check for $800 to be used for art supplies. The program continues to raise money for School District of Lee County schools. The tags will remain available on www. through the end of the school year, scheduled for May 31. They cost $20 plus $7.50 shipping and handling. Each Award of Distinction art design can also be purchased as a mug or mousepad. AAA The Auto Club Group is the programs Premier Sponsor. Prominent Sponsors are Sam Galloway Ford and eGOV. Several other community sponsors support Kids Tag Art, including Auto Data Direct/Title Check, Miami Heart Research Institute, Lee County Electric Cooperative, LifeLink, Strayhorn & Persons, PL and Goldberg Noone, LLC. This Award of Distinction-winning license plate design from a Gulf Coast Elementary School fifth grader is available for purchase, along with other student designs, at photo providedOne month after jeweler Mark Loren dropped three messages in a bottle from a helicopter into the Gulf of Mexico, a local student/fisherman has claimed the first prize. Wesley Skinner, 22, a commercial fisherman and senior at Florida Gulf Coast University, spotted the light green glass bottle floating at sea, about 30 miles offshore northwest of Sanibel Island. The water was extremely calm that day, Skinner recalled, and after seeing an object bobbing in the water, asked the captain turn around so he could take a closer look. He didnt immediately uncork the bottle, though, electing to stow it in a hatch and continue toward their fishing destination. Engine problems, however, meant a 12-hour trek back to shore, so Skinner opened the bottle. I thought it was real, but didnt know the extent of the prize, Skinner said. It just said Come claim your diamond. Loren, owner and founder of Mark Loren Designs, dropped the three bottles into the Gulf as part of a Valentines Day promotion. One contained a certificate for a diamond valued at $10,000, while the other two had certificates for $2,500 in merchandise and services at the Fort Myers gallery. I dropped them from a helicopter a few hundred yards from the shore, and factoring in the tides and wave action, we estimated the bottles could wash ashore within 24 to 48 hours, said Loren. Its amazing to think that Wes found the bottle 30 miles from where I dropped it. On Friday, March 16, Skinner visited Mark Loren Designs gallery at 13351 McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers to claim his diamond, a 1.9-carat round brilliant very fine quality gem with a retail value over $10,000. I was shocked, said Skinner, who has no immediate plans for the diamond. Thats a lot more money than I have in the bank right now. I couldnt be happier. Of course, Skinners discovery means two unclaimed Mark Loren Designs bottles are still floating at sea, or perhaps have washed ashore on an isolated beach or become lodged under some mangroves. Just this week, news media reported that a message in a bottle from New Zealand ended up in Spain eight years later. And earlier this month, officials confirmed the worlds oldest message in a bottle dated June 12, 1886 was discovered buried in sand on the west coast of Australia. Lets hope it doesnt take that long for these other two bottles to be found, Loren joked. Wes Skinner and Mark Loren photo provided Student Collects $10,000 Through Message In A BottleClassic Movie Set For Teen NightSidney & Berne Davis Art Centers (SBDAC) Junior Board of Directors is inviting Southwest Florida students to a movie night featuring the original classic sci-fi comedy Ghostbusters at the art center on Friday, April 13. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the movie begins at 7 p.m. Cost is $5 or $4 with non-perishable food donation. Movie goers can also purchase concessions, like pizza, popcorn, soda, and candy. Seating and floor space for lounging will be available in additional to theater-style seating. Bring pillows if choosing to sit on the floor. A big screen will be set up for the movie. Adults over 18 must be accompanied by a school-aged child to attend. All proceeds benefit the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Centers Junior Board. The SBDAC Junior Board was established to provide young adults with an opportunity to gain experience serving on a non-profit board. Each year, the Junior Board is given a budget and tasked with presenting events to the community. The Junior Board meets regularly, plans events, and makes an action plan to put on the event. This extracurricular initiative serves multiple purposes: it allows Junior Board members to fulfill volunteer hours required for scholarships; it helps gain experiences related to learn teamwork, planning, and implementing projects developed; and it gives them experience serving on a managerial board. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First Street in downtown Fort Myers. Visit www.sbdac. com or call 333-1933 for tickets and information.


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THE RIVER APRIL 6, 20186 Fort Myers Art: Dramedy About Family, Friendship And Forgivenessby Tom HallOpening April 13 at the Laboratory Theater of Florida is Visiting Mr. Green. The story follows two men thrown together under the oddest of circumstances. Having almost hit 86-year-old widower Mr. Green with his car, Ross Gardiner is charged with reckless driving. He must now complete a form of community service and visit Mr. Green every week for the next six months. At first, both men resent these forced visits, but soon their conversations reveal family secrets and past hardships in need of being brought into the light of day. A story of acceptance and open-mindedness, replete with charm and poignancy quickly develops. Local favorite Michael Hennessey ( The Best Man ) plays Mr. Green. After a career spanning 50 years and 150 stage, film and television productions, Michael settled in Naples, Florida. He has been seen locally in Proof, Broadway Bound, Lend Me a Tenor, Rumors, The Mousetrap, Tale of The Allergists Wife and, most recently, Other Desert Cities with the Naples Players; Escanaba in da Moonlight and Fridays with Stage 88; and Come Blow Your Horn, On Golden Pond, Chapter Two, Plaza Suite, Love Letters, Visiting Mr. Green and the world premiere of the play he authored, Take Five with the Marco Players. He was seen at Lab Theater in both Gore Vidals The Best Man (he was former president Art Hockstader) and Glengarry Glen Ross Visiting Mr. Green transcends the gaps between young and old, gay and straight, parent and child by immersing us in their one unifying common thread, love, said Hennessey. You will love this play. The internationally-loved play also stars Brandon Somers ( Burn This ) and is directed by artistic director Annette Trossbach, who selected the play for this season because of its honest, hopeful, poignant portrayal of two men who have found themselves marginalized for different reasons and eventually find common ground and friendship. Conservative Jewish, Mr Green doesnt want anything to do, at first, with energetic and modern Ross Gardiner, Trossbach revealed. But tolerance leads to acceptance and then leads to their embracing of one another and a revaluation of who each of them are. The show is a gentle reminder that, through openness, peace and kindness are possible. Visiting Mr. Green plays from Friday, April 13 to Sunday, April 29 at the Laboratory Theater of Florida. Stage It! 2 Ten-Minute Play Festival April 28 and 29 The Center for Performing Arts of Bonita Springs has announced the line for its Stage It! 2 Ten-Minute Play Festival which takes place in the Moe Auditorium & Film Center on Saturday, April 28 at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m. Ten plays will premiere at the two-day event, which also includes a book release party to celebrate the publication of all the winners. A total of 206 plays were received from around the nation, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and England. Each play was critiqued by two of 21 judges from across the country and Canada. The judging panel included playwrights, directors, screenwriters, professional actors and editors from New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Toronto, Chicago, Boston, New Orleans, Jacksonville and Naples. Thirty plays were selected for publication in the Stage It! 2 Ten-Minute Plays book that will be released on the opening night of the festival. Ten of the plays will be performed over the two days by CFABS community theatre per formers, and an Audience Favorite will b e selected by the patrons attending. The following are the 10 plays that will be performed during the festival: A Lively Outfit by Jeff Dunne of Eldersburg, Maryland; Cancelled by M. Rowan Meyer of Woodside, New York; Cuckoo by James Pfrehm of Homer, New York; Dany, Major and Mills by Denise Hinson of Sugarland, Texas; Ebook Meets Treebook by Rex McGregor of Auckland, New Zealand; Love In Ten Minutes by Jim Flores of Hacienda Heights, California; No Problem by Lela Chesson of Rocky Mount, North Carolina; Sheep! by J. Gulotta of New York, New York; Swans by WL Newkirk of Celebration, Florida; and The Bull Of Queens by Brian Scanlan of New York, New York. Tickets are $12 and can be pur chased in advance by calling 495-8989 or b y visiting The Moe Auditorium and Film Center is located at 10150 Bonita Beach Road in Bonita Springs. Tom Hall is both an amateur artist and aspiring novelist who writes art quest thrillers. He is in the final stages of completing his debut novel titled Art Detective A former tax attorney, he lives in Estero with his fianc and their four cats. Foundation Launches Earth Day Campaign The Southwest Florida Community Foundation has launched an Earth Day campaign to raise awareness and funds for the environment in Southwest Florida. The Earth Day the SWFL Way campaign is meant to engage locals on how they can save the unique environment and help be a part of the change by sharing what efforts they pledge to take in honor of Earth Day on April 22. Participants can take a poll and choose three things they plan to do in honor of Earth Day at https:// There are giveaways for everyone who engages, and the Community Foundation is giving away Pura Vida bracelets to anyone who makes a donation to their Fund for the Environment of Southwest Florida. Options in the poll for engagement include stopping the use of plastic straws, using your own cup when you buy a cup of coffee or tea, avoiding the use of plastic cutlery and bottles, using re-usable shopping bags and more. We are focused on a sustainable Southwest Florida and think the idea of doing the most good for the community right now while protecting it for the future is important, said Sarah Owen, president and CEO of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation. Sustainability, especially for our environment, is at the center of everything we do. Earth Day is celebrating its 48th year as a movement that continues to inspire, challenge ideas, ignite passion and motivate people to action. The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. Today, the Earth Day Network (EDN) works with tens of thousands of partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. Michael Hennessey and Brandon Somers photo provided National TV Series Filming In Lee CountyThe filming of a future episode of Facing Waves featuring the Great Calusa Blueway in Lee County will run from Saturday, April 7 to Friday, April 13. Produced by Heliconia, Facing Waves is an adventure travel TV series that showcases top paddling destinations around the world. Each 30-minute episode features paddling adventures while telling the story of the region and people of the area. The Great Calusa Blueway episode will follow hosts Luke Hopkins and Anne Pagano of Body Glove as they and their two young daughters explore the variety of amazing paddlesport activities Lee County is known for. Adventures will include the Calusa Palooza Paddle Race at Koreshan State Park; a family paddle and day at Bunche Beach; stand up paddleboard and kayak fishing at Tarpon Lodge; camping at Cayo Costa State Park; and visits to the Calusa Heritage Trail, Randell Research Center and Sanibel and Captiva islands. Were really excited that Facing Waves is coming to the Calusa Blueway for one of their episodes, said Mike Hammond, Calusa Blueway coordinator for Lee County Parks & Recreation. They film the top paddling destinations around the world. Facing Waves is all about sharing the magic that surrounds our oceans, rivers, lakes or ponds, and inspiring travelers to visit these magnificent destinations, said Heliconia President and Facing Waves guest host Ken Whiting. Paddlesports simply provide a unique and spectacular means of exploring and learning about a region. Now in its sixth season of filming, Facing Waves is currently broadcast on FOX Sports Networks, Outside TV and Nautical Channel reaching 90 million households in four languages and 40 countries. For more information about the series, visit To showcase your top paddling destination or brand, contact Brendan Mark at 613582-7154 or


7 THE RIVER APRIL 6, 2018 Famous Author Lecture Series Continues April 16Literature lovers can take part in a lunch and lecture with an acclaimed writer at the Famous Author Lecture Series at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Bestselling, critically acclaimed au thor Karen Dionne is up next on Monday, April 16 fr om noon to 2 p.m. A book signing and question-and-answer session will also take place. Dionne is the author of The Marsh Kings Daughter. She is the cofounder of the online writers community Backspace, the organizer of the Salt Cay Writers Retreat and a member of the International Thriller Writers, where she served on the board of directors. She has been honored by the Michigan Humanities Council as a humanities scholar and lives with her husband in Detroits northern suburbs. Tickets are $35, while a table of eight is $280. The afternoons lunch will be prepared by Chefs Mike and Karen Gavala, owners of G3 Catering. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First Street in down town Fort Myers. For more information and tickets, visit or call 333-1933. Dionne Karen photo courtesy Robert Bruce image providedSymphony Closes 57th Season With Bernstein BashThe Southwest Florida Symphony, Lee Countys only professional orchestra and one of the oldest on Floridas Gulf Coast, concludes its 57th Masterworks season with Happy Birthday Leonard Bernstein at Barbara B. Mann Hall at FSW on Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. In addition to celebrating Leonard Bernsteins 100th birthday and his brand of artistic genius that catapulted symphonic music into the 20th century, the symphony also celebrates the great music of film composer Elmer Bernstein, the Bernstein of the West with a performance of his Guitar Concerto, featuring one of classical guitars brightest stars, Pablo Sainz-Villegas. Southwest Florida Symphonys Music Director Nir Kabaretti offers a highly popular pre-concert lecture that takes place at 6:30 p.m. These lectures are offered in order to better educate audiences about the pieces being performed and often feature a guest artist question-and-answer session and demonstrations. Tickets cost between $29 and $92 per person and may be purchased online at www., by visiting the Southwest Florida Symphony Box Office located at 8290 College Parkway, Suite 103 in Fort Myers, by calling the Symphony Box Office at 418-1500 or at the door, one and a half hours prior to the concert. Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall is located at 13350 FSW Parkway in Fort Myers. For more information, visit Pablo Sainz-Villegas photo provided Davis Woods is the place to be, located just minutes from area beach and many amenities that SW Florida offers. This 2 bedroom/ 1 bath home has a delightful view of the community pool, lake and tennis courts. Both the living room and master bedroom provides entrance to the lanai through sliding glass doors. Roll down hurricane shutters on the lanai offer storm protection. This property will make a comfortable home or investment. The seasonal rental market at Davis Woods is very strong and many seasonal renters return year after year. The home is being sold fully furnished and has everything you need to make yourself comfortable. Pack your bags and move in!16881 Davis Road #524Look no further, this home shines and pride of ownership shows throughout this Villa located in an adult community. Relax by salt water pool enjoying the water feature and the lovely view of a lake and golf course. This community offers an abundance of amenities including restaurants, golf, indoor and clubs and the list goes on. Conveniently located close to Interstate 75, this is a must see property. 9259 Aviano Dr.I will sincerely work for youCathie Lewis, RealtorPhone: 239-745-7367 Cathie@AllAboutHome.LifePfeifer Realty Group Price Reduced $235,000 Listed at $139,000REAL ESTATE EXPERTSW Florida, Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel & Captiva Islands is All About Home From page 1Fundraiserthe president was always the first one out and the last one in. I even tried to wait him out, but I couldve been there until midnight and hed still be out fishing. The celebrity group also discussed ongoing problems and possible solutions to Floridas polluted water crisis, gender equality in the workplace, the benefits and drawbacks of being in the spotlight and past vs. current threats to the United States. Goss offered a concise list of five current threats to our nation, including modern terrorism, nuclear proliferation, the re-emergence of Chinese and Russian macro-aggressors, cybersecurity and living in what he calls The Post-Truth Era. I grew up believing that when you lose the truth, you lose trust, Goss said. We live in fun times, but its also very scary, added Dr. Hummel. Burns, who began working at NBC-2 in 1994 as a reporter, worked her way up to primary anchor two years later. Her award-winning career includes two Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards and several awards from the Florida Press Association. Reacting to a question about gender equality in the workplace, Burns stated that she is teaching her own daughter that finding a successful career relied upon two key ingredients: education and expectations. Worldwide, I still think weve got a long way to go, said Burns. But I think were moving in the right direction. Every one of us whether you are an author or accountant, a government official or a grade school teacher deals with the stresses of performance in their workplace and their life, said Dr. Hummel. I just thought it would be great to sit down with this panel, all have seen and done so much in their days and have been wildly successful, to talk about when the pressures got the best of them and they didnt perform at the top of their game. To conclude the discussion, the panelists were each asked what its like living in the public eye. Burns said that in her job, she tries to give people all of the facts so that they can draw their own conclusions, and that she prefers to stay off social media, since many posts are subject to being misinterpreted by readers. I live here, have raised our family here I love the island, said Goss, who added that he wished more people would use their celebrity status to evoke positive change. Its a simple, quiet life. I dont have to have three people check out the grocery store whenever I go shopping. White, who more than the other two panelists appears in the spotlight during public appearances and book signings, reflected upon choosing to live on Sanibel. It has been my conviction that we dont choose to live on these islands they choose us.


Along The RiverThe River District Alliance will host Art Walk in downtown Fort Myers this Friday, April 6 from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, April 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fourteen galleries invite visitors and residents to meet the artists and enjoy live art demonstrations and exhibitions along the river district. For more information, visit www. During ArtWalk on Friday, Arts for ACT Gallery will hold an opening reception and meet-the-artists session from 6 to 10 p.m. The ArtPoems Group will display original works of art and poems in the main gallery, while local artist Terry Lynn Spry will be showing creative oil paintings in the white gallery. Co-op artists will also exhibit new works. Both of these exhibits continue through Monday, April 30. Arts for ACT Gallery is located at 2265 First Street in downtown Fort Myers. For more information, call 337-5050. Also during the Friday portion of ArtWalk, local physicians and Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) art students will have an opening reception at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center from 6 to 10 p.m. Both groups will be exhibiting their works at the art center during April. The exhibitions will close on Tuesday, April 24. Admission is free to both exhibitions. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First Street in downtown Fort Myers. For more information, visit The Alliance for the Arts will present Square One Improv group in Theatre Conspiracy this Friday, April 6 at 8 p.m. Square One Improv is a hilarious, musical, interactive comedy group that packs shows with hilarious songs, sketches and jokes made up on the spot based on audience suggestions. No two shows are the same. General seating tickets are $15. For more information on the improv show, visit or call 939-2787. One of Gulf Coast Humane Societys biggest fundraising events of the year, The Fast and the Furriest, will be held at Hammond Stadium this Saturday, April 7. The 5K Run/1-Mile Walk fundraiser will hold registration at 6 p.m. The 5K run starts at 7:30 a.m. followed by the 1-Mile Walk at 7:35 a.m. The run/walk event is dog-friendly. The first 500 5K runners and 1-Mile walkers will earn a Finisher Medal, with the top fundraiser receiving a trophy and traditional age group medals will be awarded to top chipped runners, and to the Fastest Dogs in three weight categories. Other awards will be for the Triple Crown Award winners. Hammond Stadium is located at 14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway in Fort Myers. To register, visit www. or email Howell at To kick off National Parkinson Awareness Month, Hope Healthcare Parkinson Program is holding Walk 4 Hope at Lakes Regional Park on Saturday, April 7 at 10 a.m. The oneto three-mile walk will help raise awareness and support the local Parkinson community. A registration fee of $25 per person includes an event T-shirt and light refreshments. Corporate sponsorships are available. Lakes Regional Park is located at 7330 Gladiolus Drive in Fort Myers. For more information and to register, visit or call Michelle Martin at 985-7727. Edison & Ford Winter Estates will host its last Rhythm on the River music celebration of the season in the river pavilion with the Journey tribute band, Faithfully, this Saturday, April 7 at 6 p.m. During the show, Faithfully will give away a guitar signed by the group. The band has been performing Journeys hits all around the world since 2011. Event tickets are $25 or $20 for Edison Ford members. A cash bar will be available. A limited number of seats will be provided; guests are encouraged to bring a folding chair. Edison & Ford Winter Estates is located at 2350 McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www. or call 334-7419. The IMAG History & Science Centers annual gala From the Fort to the Future, will be held this Saturday, April 7 from 7 to 11 p.m. The special evening will consist of an auction, heavy hors doeuvres, cocktails and full access to roam about the center. Guests will be treated to hands-on activities and interactive experiences, including a scavenger hunt, the latest VR exhibit, the Virtual Battle of Fort Myers and equipment demos from the soon-to-be IMAG Fab Lab. The IMAG History & Science Center is located at 2000 Cranford Avenue in Fort Myers. Those interested in attending and supporting IMAG can learn more at The ninth annual BBQ, Bands & Brew event will be held at Centennial Park this Sunday, April 8 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Taking the stage throughout the day are local headlining bands Rocker from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Chasing Dallas from 1 to 2:30 p.m.; Deb & The Dynamics from 3 to 4:30 p.m.; and Soulixer from 5 to 6 p.m. All proceeds raised at BBQ, Bands & Brew support Lee BIA Builders Cares mission of providing emergency repairs and construction services at no cost to elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged homeowners who are unable to obtain repairs through traditional means. Admission is $10 per person with tickets available for purchase in advance or at the door. Children ages 12 and under are free. Advance tickets are still available for the event, and can be reserved by calling 938-0056 or emailing Centennial Park is located at 2000 West First Street in Fort Myers. To learn more, visit www.leebuilderscare. com/bbq-bands-and-brew. Chasing Dallas will perform at BBQ, Bands & Brew at Centennial Park photo courtesy THE RIVER APRIL 6, 20188 Fresh ingredients, simplicity, love... the recipe for a treasured dining experience Chef/Owner AJ Black7 Days 5-10 pm 751 Tarpon Bay Road Sanibel Island, FL Reservations Suggested 239-395-4022 FINE ITALIAN CUISINEIL TESORO RISTORANTEinspired by Island Fare in a bistro styleVOTED BEST CHEFBEST OF THE ISLANDS AWARDTASTE OF THE ISLANDS IRON CHEF WINNER AJ BLACKCelebrating Our 10 Year AnniversaryExtensive New Wine List Tasting Menu From page 1Mound Houseon NBCs Season 12 of The Voice, where she gained a spot on Team Adam. Brook also opened last year for Kevin Costner at The Ranch in Fort Myers. Parking is available on site and nearby. Concertgoers are asked to bring their own chair or blanket. Food and beer will be available for purchase. No coolers allowed. The property at Mound House is nearly three acres of landscaped, bayfront grounds. It is located at 451 Connecticut Street on Fort Myers Beach. Call 7650865 for more information.


9 THE RIVER APRIL 6, 2018 15880 San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Next to TargetOpen 4:30pm 7 Days a Week 239-590-8147 NOW OPEN FOR LUNCHMON FRI 11:30 AM 2:30 PM United Way Campaign Raises Record AmountThe United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee has concluded the 2017-18 campaign and exceeded the campaign goal of $10,000,336. This is the first United Way campaign goal to exceed $10 million and the 25th consecutive year that the goal has been met or exceeded. Campaign Chairs Beth Hendry and John Clinger made the announcement that local residents and companies contributed a record amount, $10,050,133 to the campaign which is a 4 percent increase. The campaigns theme, The Power of Ten, emphasizes the power of $10 million: what it can do for United Way Partner Agencies, and the difference the agencies can make in the lives of the people they help. The announcement was made at the March 29 meeting of the United Way board of directors at the United Way headquarters. At the goal announcement, Hendry, who is a board member and senior vice president of Iberiabank said, Not only has our United Way made goal, we have exceeded the $10 million. Our extraordinarily generous community has done it again. To all of you who gave, we send our heartfelt thanks. Clinger, who is a board member and senior vice president as well as senior resident director of Merril Lynch said, The goal of $10 million caused us to think about what $10 million can do for the people of our community and our 94 United Way Partner Agencies. Making the goal means our agencies will receive their full share of funding for the coming year, including agencies and programs that are relatively new to the network such as Alliance for the Arts ArtPlay for young people with autism, the Multiple Sclerosis Center, I WILL Foundation, Wellfit Girls and Valeries House. Long-standing United Way Partners like Abuse Counseling and Treatment, Childrens Advocacy Center, Community Cooperative and Bonita Springs Assistance will be able to continue their vital programs because our United Way surpassed goal. The top local contributing companies are as follows: 1. Publix Super Markets, $1,816,717 2. Bonita Bay Group, $473,803 3. Lee Health, $260,555 4. Enterprise Holdings, $222,760 5. Chicos FAS, $200,000 6. LCEC, $191,596 7. FineMark National Bank & Trust, $172,311 8. Lee County School District, $152,952 9. BB&T Oswald Trippe & Company, $114,437 10. Lee County Government, $105,156 The top community contributors are as follows: 1. Bonita Bay, $902,894 2. Sanibel Captiva, $477,383 3. Pelican Landing, $254,606 4. Mediterra, $202,751 5. Fiddlesticks, $169,224 6. Grandezza, $141,564 7. Shadow Wood, $140,818 All money raised in the United Way Campaign stays in the local community to help support the local human service network. United Way partner agencies and initiatives like Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimers Resource Center, Child Care of Southwest Florida, Childrens Advocacy Center, Harry Chapin Food Bank, The Salvation Army, Mission United and United Way 211 serve a diverse range of needs in our community such as nurturing children and youth, strengthening families, and meeting critical needs such as helping the elderly and disabled live independently, and empowering communities by bringing health and human services to neighborhoods. The United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee has raised and distributed over $167 million since it was established in 1957. For more information, call United Way at 4332000 or visit Beth Hendry and John Clinger photo provided Valeries House Settles Into New ResidenceValeries House, Inc., a Southwest Florida nonprofit helping grieving children work through the loss of a loved one together, has relocated to a home in downtown Fort Myers in order to serve the growing need for services in the community. The previous Valeries House was listed for sale by the owner, forcing the nonprofit to find another location to serve children. The new house brings the same homey feel of our original location, yet has allowed us stability, said Angela Melvin, founder and CEO of Valeries House. We have secured a two-year lease on our new home while we begin to build a campaign to raise money so we can build and secure a home of our own. The new Valeries House Fort Myers location is at 1762 Fowler Street. It has 2,200 square feet that includes a main house and two units, plus room for parking and a back yard to play. The two story yellow and white Victorian house was originally built in 1910. After many years as the home of several early Fort Myers families, the house has been refurbished to accommodate the Valeries House organization. Melvin said, We are happy to have been the inspiration for bringing life back to this house. Valeries House children meet weekly at the home for grief support and mentoring. The organization is currently serving 140 children from Lee, Collier, Charlotte and Sarasota counties at its Fort Myers and Naples locations. The vision of Valeries House is that no child will grieve alone. For more information or if you know a child that is struggling with grief, contact Angela Melvin at or go to Valeries House is a United Way Partner Agency and is fully supported through generous donations from the community. Valeries House on Fowler Street photo provided


Churches/TemplesALL FAITHS UNITARIAN CONGREGATION Sunday 10:30 a.m., 2756 McGregor Boulevard,, 226-0900. ALL SAINTS BYZANTINE RITE CATHOLIC Sunda y 10:30 a.m. 10291 Bayshore Road, 305-651-0991. ANNUNCIATION GREEK ORTHODOX Sunday 9 and 10 a.m. 8210 Cypress Lake Drive,, 481-2099. BETH SHILOH MESSIANIC SYNAGOGUE Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. 15675 McGregor Boulevard, 437-3171. BIBLESHARE 10 a.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Tuesday, 7050 Winkler Rd, Suite 121, www.simplysimple, 437-8835. BREAD OF LIFE MINISTRIES Sunda y 10:30 a.m. 16581 McGregor Boulevard, 267-3166. CHABAD LUBAVITCH ORTHODOX Friday 6:30 p.m. 5620 Winkler Road,, 433-7708. CHAPEL OF CYPRESS COVE Sunday 10 a.m. 10200 Cypress Cove Circle,, 850-3943. CHURCH OF THE CROSS Sunday 9:15 and 10:45 a.m. 13500 Freshman Lane, 768-2188. CONGREGATIONAL Sunday 10:30 a.m. 1619 Llewellyn Drive,, 334-4978. COVENANT PRESBYTERIAN Sunday 10 a.m. 2439 McGregor Boulevard, 334-8937. CYPRESS LAKE BAPTIST Sunday 9:45 and 11 a.m., 7 p.m.; Wednesday 6:30 p.m. 8400 Cypress Lake Drive, 481-5442. CYPRESS LAKE PRESBYTERIAN Sunday 8, 9, 10 and 11 a.m. 8260 Cypress Lake Drive,, 481-3233. CYPRESS LAKE UNITED METHODIST Sunday 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. 8570 Cypress Lake Drive, 482-1250. FAITH FELLOWSHIP WORLD OUTREACH Sunday 10:30 a.m.,Thursday 7:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 p.m. 6111 South Pointe Boulevard, 278-3638. FAITH UNITED METHODIST Sunday 8:45 and 10:30 a.m. 15690 McGregor Boulevard, 482-2030. FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST Wednesday 12 noon Testimony Service, Sunday 10:30 a.m. 2390 West First Street,, FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE Sunday 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. 13545 American Colony Boulevard, 936-2511. FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Sunday 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. 2466 First Street,, 332-1152. FORT MYERS CHRISTIAN Sunday 10:30 a.m., 5916 Winkler Road, 4374330. FORT MYERS CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST; Sunday 10 a.m., 8210 College Parkway, 4823133. IONA-HOPE EPISCOPAL CONGREGATION Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.; Tuesday 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday 9:30 a.m. 9650 Gladiolus Drive, 454-4778. JESUS THE WORKER CATHOLIC Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday 8, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. 881 Nuna Avenue, 481-1143. KINGDOM LIFE Sunday 10:30 a.m. 2154 McGregor Boulevard, 218-8343. LAMB OF GOD Sunday 7:45 and 10 a.m. 19691 Cypress View Drive,, 267-3525. NEW BEGINNINGS CENTER Friday 6:30 and 7 p.m. 8505 Jenny Cae Lane,,, 656-0416. NEW COVENANT EYES Monthly 9 a.m. 1900 Park Meadows Drive,, 220-8519. NEW HOPE BAPTIST Sunday 11 a.m.; Wednesday 7 p.m. 16120 San Carlos Boulevard, Unit 10, 985-8503. NEW HOPE PRESBYTERIAN Sunday 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. 10051 Plantation Road,, 274-1230. PEACE COMMUNITY Sunday 10:30 a.m. www. 17671 Pine Ridge Road,, 2677400. PEACE LUTHERAN Sunday 8 and 10 a.m. 15840 McGregor Boulevard,, peace@ 437-2599. REDEEMER LUTHERAN Sunday 8:15 and 10:15 a.m. 3950 Winkler Ext., 274-0143. RIVER OF LIFE ASSEMBLY OF GOD 8, 9:45 and 11:30 a.m. 21580 River Ranch Road, 495-0400. SAMUDRABADRA BUDDHIST CENTER Meditation classes. MeditationInFortMyers. org, 567-9739. SAINT COLUMBKILLE CATHOLIC Monday through Saturday 8 a.m.; Saturday 3 and 5 p.m.; Sunday 7, 9 and 11 a.m., 5:30 p.m. 12171 Iona Road, 489-3973. ST. FRANCIS XAVIER CATHOLIC Monday through Thursday 6:45 a.m.; Friday 6:45 and 11 a.m.; Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 6:45, 9:30 and 11 a.m. 2157 Cleveland Avenue, 334-2161. SAINT JOHN THE APOSTLE METROPOLITAN Sunday 10 a.m. 3049 McGregor Boulevard, 344-0012. SAINT MICHAEL LUTHERAN Saturday 5:30 p.m.; Sunday 8 and 10:45 a.m. 3595 Broadway, 939-1218. SAINT NICHOLAS MONASTERY Sunday 9:30 a.m. 111 Evergreen Road,, 997-2847. ST. VINCENT DE PAUL CATHOLIC Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m.; Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 9 and 11 a.m. 13031 Palm Beach Boulevard, 693-0818. SOUTHWEST BAPTIST Sunday 11 a.m.; Wednesday 6 p.m. 16940 McGregor Boulevard, 454-3336. TEMPLE BETHEL SYNAGOGUE Friday Shabbat 7:30 p.m.; Torah Saturday 9 a.m.; Religious School Wednesday 5:30 p.m. and Sunday 9:30 a.m.16225 Winkler Road,, 433-0018. TEMPLE JUDEA (CONSERVATIVE) Friday 6:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. tjswfl. org.14486 A&W Bulb Road, 433-0201. THE NEW CHURCH Sunday 11 a.m. 10811 Sunset Plaza Circle #401, 481-5535. UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST Sunday 10:30 a.m. 13411 Shire Lane, uucfm. org, 561-2700. UNITY OF FORT MYERS Sunday 10 a.m. 11120 Ranchette Road,, 278-1511. WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Sunday 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. 9065 Ligon Court, 481-2125. WORD OF LIFE Sunday 10 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. 2120 Collier Avenue, 274-8881. ZION LUTHERAN Sunday 8, 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. 7401 Winkler Road,, 481-4040. THE RIVER APRIL 6, 201810 Kiwanis Donates Over 2,500 Books To Grade SchoolsThe Kiwanis Club of Fort Myers Gateway to the Islands recently purchased 375 World Atlas books for all the third or fourth grade students at Heights Elementary and Rayma C. Page Elementary Schools in the Lee County School District. The annual project at Heights for the past five years has resulted in over 1,000 youth receiving their very own World Atlas, while more than 425 youth at Rayma Page have received their free book from the Kiwanis Club. The World Atlas covers such country facts and profiles as climate, population, and geographic features and extremes for all the countries in the world, along with flags and maps. The annual free book fair for every student in both schools, near the end of the school year, will result in a total of over 2,500 books for the two schools this year. The media specialists from the two schools will make selections from just over 400 book titles to cover all interest areas for the youth to make a choice of a book. Each student has about 10 minutes to choose their book to keep and take home. Heights Media Specialist Katie Riemenschneider, who was named Lee Countys 201617 Teacher of the Year, said, What a terrific way to start the summer and encourage the children to continue reading. Funds for these two signature proj ects and many more service endeavors are made possible by many generous Lee County restaurants and commu nity support for the organizations only annual fundraising effort, the Delicious Dining Discount (BOGO) Book. The 2018 off-season discount book is now available and features 59 dining estab lishments from Fort Myers Beach, Bonita Springs, Cape Coral and Fort Myers. Purchase options may be found at by clicking on home page center hexagon photo. Gateway to the Islands Kiwanis Club is comprised of professional men and women and is seeking more serviceminded individuals and business pro fessionals to impact the community through volunteering. The club meets Tuesdays from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. For more information, visit or email or call 218-5768. Rayma Page classroom after receiving World Atlases photos provided Heights Elementary cafeteria after receiving World Atlases


CROW Case Of The Week: Baby Birds by Bob PetcherIt is said that springtime represents new beginnings. In the wild, that phrase translates to newborns as many animals give birth to their young at this time of year. In the spring months, some of the most common patients CROW officials see at the hospital are baby birds when many species including common grackles, northern mockingbirds and mourning doves have begun to hatch. According to Dr. Malka Spektor, CROW veterinary intern, statistics show that approximately one quarter of CROW patients taken in during the past month were baby birds. Unfortunately, many of these young patients (either newly born nestlings or fledglings that are still developing wing feathers) should not be patients at all because they are not injured or orphaned. They are mistakenly brought to CROW or a drop-off site when they are found on the ground. These young birds are still dependent on their parents yet are grounded when they either fall from their nests, drop during flight training or their nests get blown out of the trees. CROW officials call these birds and other baby creatures abducted animals. With a little effort, a lost bird can often be returned to the nest by the person who finds it without it having to make a trip to the Sanibel clinic. We call patients abducted when they are healthy and have parents, but are taken out of the wild and brought to us because people think they are orphans, said Dr. Spektor. When we can, we will try to re-nest them. If You Care Leave It There is a CROW program developed by Dr. Heather Barron, CROWs hospital direc tor, in an effort to reduce the number of abducted animals entering the clinic. The program offers a brochure that allows one to be educated on the difference between orphaned and abducted and what one can do once faced in a possible rescue scenario. If You Care Leave It There is a program to educate the public that a wild animal baby will do best when left in the wild. Often times, the parents are not at the nests all the time; often baby birds will fledge and be on the ground, with their parents around to keep an eye on them, even if you dont see the parents, said Dr. Spektor. We want to make sure the babies we get are true orphans, not abducted from their parents. If there is an obvious injury, or if there is no sign of the parents signs are different for different species then they should be brought in. But always call first and we can explain what to look out for. According to the brochure: Humans are never a young animals best hope for survival. They are its last hope. A young animal should only be removed from the wild after all avenues to reunite it with an adult animal are exhausted. Within the brochure, Dr. Barron offers information that everyone must adhere to: If you happen to see a young, wild animal, please leave it alone unless there appears to be something wrong a clear injury or a fallen nest. If the nest has fallen out of a tree but the young inside the nest appear healthy, please replace the nest in the tree as high up as you can reach. If this is not possible, consider placing the nest in nearby bushes or even nailing it to the side of the tree in an area where the young will have some shade and shelter from the elements. If the nest itself is missing or damaged, an artificial nest may be created. The educational program appears to be working. Dr. Spektor stated that approxi mately 20 to 30 percent of these young patients ar e abducted, which is down from 80 percent before the program was implemented couple of years ago. To become better educated on If You Care Leave It There, pick up a hard copy of the program brochure at CROWs Visitor Education Center at 3883 Sanibel Captiva Road or visit articles/if-you-care-leave-it-there to view it online. CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Inc.) is a non-profit wildlife hospital providing veterinary care for native and migratory wildlife from our local area. The hospital accepts patients seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mail donations to P.O. Box 150, Sanibel, FL 33957. Call 472-3644 or visit Mourning doves that were abducted and brought into CROW but are not injured photo by Brian Bohlman RIVER 11 THE RIVER APRIL 6, 2018


Clean Clear Water Equals Really Big Troutby Capt. Matt MitchellFishing during the past weeks warming trend was a much needed change from the flip-flopping hot/ cold weather we experienced the entire month of March. If you add in crystal clear water in the middle to northern sound and use live shiners for bait again, even a few days of crazy winds could not take the smile off my face. Now that we are finally in April the last strong cold fronts should be behind us. Now our fishing will kick into high gear. After a prolonged winter, game fish are coming out of their winter hideouts hungry and ready to eat. Really big trout were the target species for me most of this week. During these clean clear water times, we catch some real giants. Our spring trout bite when we are lucky enough to have the clear water like we do now is about as good as it gets all year. Spotting these laid-up fish while riding up in the tower of my boat can make fishing super easy at times. Once I do find them its often just a matter of returning to these same sand potholes to catch them for what can be days in a row. Some of the smaller mangrove islands in the middle to northern sound where the most productive big trout spots for me this week. The best big trout action came from north Cork Key. Many of these tiny little mangrove islands that dont even have names have sand holes right up against them. Just out from them are the places these trout like to hang out. Depending on the wind and tide movement, we were able to sit as far out as possible. Making a long accurate cast to these sand holes was key to catching these big trout along with a few 25-inch-plus monsters. Many of these islands can only be reached on the higher water incoming tides. Shallow sand holes on the open grass flats also held lots and lots of trout of all sizes during the lower water periods. Once we found that one magic sand hole, we would often catch our limit of fish at just that one stop. Many of these trout are just shy or even over the 20-inch max. Pitching big live free-lined shiners into these sand holes gave clients some awesome visuals as these big trout often blew up time and time again as they chased and missed the bait. When you find this clean clear water, the big trout will be there. 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. ISLAND MARINE SERVICES, INC. NEW MOTOR SALES REBUILT POWERHEADS FACTORY TRAINED 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 Specialist Call on Paint PricesDave Doane NEW M O T O R S ALE S REB U ILT P O WERHEA D S FACTORY T R A I N E D 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 Sanibel & C aptiva For Li f e Y B t t Yo ur B ottom Yo ur B ot to m Specialist Specialist Call on Paint Prices C Call on a c es C C ll n Pa in t Pr i es C C i i Call on Paint Prices D ave Doane1 Send Us Your Fish TalesWe 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 a photograph with identification. Email to or call 395-1213. Jackson, age 12 and visiting from Wisconsin, caught lots of big trout this week with Capt. Matt Mitchell photo provided THE RIVER APRIL 6, 201812 BOAT RENTALSFishing Cabbage KeyDolphin Watching Captains Available472-5800Jensens Marina Captiva Island Fishing gear is hazardous to birds, reptiles and mammals.CLEAR YOUR GEAR It Catches More Than Fish


Plant SmartTamarindby Gerri ReavesTamarind (Tamarindus indica) is a large evergreen tree thought to originate from eastern Africa or the East Indies. This member of the pea, or bean, family is also called Indian-date and is not to be confused with the native wild tamarind (Lysiloma latisiliquum). This tree with a massive trunk grows up to 65 feet or higher. Dense foliage makes it a good shade tree. It has excellent wind resistance, low water needs, medium salt tolerance and a moderate growth rate. The stocky rough-textured trunk is sometimes twisted. The branches are drooping, and, with age, the tree develops a domed crown. The foliage is fern-like and finetextured. Leaves of 5to 10-inches long consist of as many as 30 pairs of elliptical leaflets, each less than an inch long. Clusters of pale yellow star-like flowers with purplish or reddish veins appear in spring. The smooth brittle fruit pod measures up to six inches long. Cinnamon-brown and brittle, it is constricted between the large seeds. The pod contains edible pulp and usually ripens in late spring into summer. That sweet-sour pulp is used to make chutney, curries, soft drinks and sauces such as the popular Worcestershire sauce. Tamarind is used in Indian and Southeast Asian cuisines, and tamarind paste is a staple in Asian food stores. The plant has many medicinal uses. This tree is easy to grow in South Florida and needs little maintenance. When choosing a spot for it, give it full sun and consider that the sticky pods will fall on patios or walkways. Sources: 500 Plants of South Florida by Julia F. Morton; Florida Landscape Plants by John V. Watkins and Thomas J. Sheehan; Florida, My Eden by Frederic B. Stresau; National Audubon Society Field Guide to Florida by Peter Alden et al.; Waterwise: South Florida Landscapes by SFWMD; www.floridata. com; and Plant Smart explores the diverse flora of South Florida. The trunk is rough and stocky The pinnate leaves give the tree a feathery look. The pods contain a pulp used in Indian and Asian cuisine. Tamarind is a non-native highly windresistant tree that can grow more than 60 feet high photos by Gerri Reaves 13 THE RIVER APRIL 6, 2018Tips For Living With AlligatorsThe American alligator is a conser vation success story. Florida has a healthy and stable alligator popu lation, which is estimated at 1.3 million alli gators of every size. They are an important part of Floridas wetlands, but should be regarded with caution and respect. Alligators become more active and vis ible during spring when temperatures rise and their metabolism incr eases. Although serious injuries caused by alligators are rare in Florida, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recom mends taking precautions when having fun in and ar ound the water. Alligators inhabit all 67 counties in Florida and can be found anywhere there is standing water. Reduce the chances of conflicts with alligators by swimming only in designated swimming areas during daylight hours. Also keep pets on a leash and away from the water. Because alligators control their body temperature by basking in the sun, they may be easily observed. However, the FWC urges people to keep their distance if they see one. And never feed alligators because it is dangerous and illegal. The FWC places the highest prior ity on public safety and administers a Statewide Nuisance Alligator Pr ogram (SNAP) to address complaints concerning specific alligators. People concerned about an alligator should call the FWCs toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (392-4286). SNAP uses contracted nuisance alligator trappers throughout the state to remove alligators four feet in length or greater that are believed to pose a threat to people, pets or property. The FWC also works diligently to keep Floridians and visitors informed, including providing advice about living with alligators. Learn more about alligators at www. American alligator photo provided Get Your Vehicle Serviced Before You Head Up NorthAll Makes and Models both Foreign and Domestic 35 years experience in the service and repair of all makes and models. Reputation of honestly, trust and experience. 3 years or 36,000 Mile Warranty on most services. Caring, well-trained staff Let us earn your business. Come and experience the Legendary service difference. Service coupons available on website OPEN Monday Friday 8am to 5:30pm Saturday 8am to 4pm


THE RIVER APRIL 6, 201814 Or consider not using any rat poisons at all. Instead, seal all entry points to your home. Help SCCF Bring Back the Barn Owls SCCF 472-2329 sccf.orgPoisoned rats can kill the eagles, hawks, bobcats and owls that eat them.Tell your pest control professional to NOT use these rat poisons: brodifacoum bromailone difenacoum difethialone Yard Sale At CROW This WeekendSupport the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) while browsing through gently used items at CROWs Yard Sale on Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7. The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both days. There will be a vast assortment of items, mostly donated by volunteers, CROW staff and members of the community. They include books, lamps, furniture, jewelry, decorative items and wildlife related artwork. Our volunteers have played a big role in helping us organize all the items and price them accordingly, said JoEllen Urasky, CROW business and operations manager. They have taken the lead for us, which is amazing. All of the items are reasonably priced from 25 cents to $50, with a few exceptions. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale will benefit CROW. CROW is located at 3883 SanibelCaptiva Road. For more information, call JoEllen Urasky at 472-3644 ext. 221. Peruse gently used items this weekend at the CROW Yard Sale photo provided Business Leaders To Visit 24-Hour Veterinary Clinic Leadership NEXT, a professional organization for advancing business leaders in Southwest Florida, brought to you by the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, will hold its next program at Specialized Veterinary Services (SVS) on Tuesday, April 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. This program comes at a perfect time as National Pet Day is the very next day. The program will offer guests the opportunity to network and tour the 24-hour, state-of-the-art emergency hospital specializing in individual care for pets. Services include advanced imaging, internal medicine, interventional radiology, neurology, surgery and animal rehabilitation. SVS is also a drop-off location for distressed or injured wildlife. CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife) evaluates their status and treats them so they can be released to their natural habitat. Guests will also learn more about this partnership and how they are helping wildlife in Southwest Florida through research and conversation medicine. The April program sponsors are Pool Pros, Inc. and Stevens Construction. Leadership NEXT programs are free to attend for members of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce and $10 for future members. Refreshments will be provided. All guests are encouraged to register in advance at www. Leadership NEXT is a premier networking group for advancing professionals in Southwest Florida. More than 50 guests representing a variety of businesses and industries throughout the region regularly attend the monthly programs designed to provide valuable information and foster collaborative working relationships. SVS is located at 9500 Marketplace Road in Fort Myers. Follow Leadership NEXT on Facebook to learn more. Whether submitting bids remotely or during the SanCap Cares live auction, one lucky bidder will win a one-of-a-kind Jim Sprankle carving and other related items offered in this lot. This eastern screech owl carving will be auctioned off at SanCap Cares on Sunday, April 8. The piece was donated to the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) by Richard and Feyza Shipley and created by 2018 SCCF Brush of Excellence prize recipient Jim Sprankle. The auction lot will also include an SCCF screech owl box installed at the winners home and a special Owl Event for the winner and guests with SCCF Environmental Educator Dee Serage-Century. Auction proceeds for this item will be split evenly between SCCF and Golisano Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida. When the Shipleys offered this piece to SCCF, we immediately knew the best and highest use of their generous donation, said SCCF Executive Director Erick Lindblad. We are delighted to be working in partnership with SanCap Cares and Golisano to benefit both organizations missions and programs. The Sprankle sculpture is currently available for preview at The Sanctuary Golf Club on Sanibel. A very limited number of SanCap Cares sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information or to find out how you can make a bid on Sprankles eastern screech owl carving, contact Jeff Muddell at 984-0381 or jeff. Richard and Feyza Shipley photo provided Jim Sprankles 2014 eastern screech owl carving photo by Skipp Tutor SCCF And Hospital To Benefit From Auction Item


15 THE RIVER APRIL 6, 2018 3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road Sanibel Island, Florida 33957 (239) 395-2233 Open Daily, 10 a.m. APRIL 2018MUSEUM SPONSOR DAILY CRAFTS AND TANK TALKS Tax Collector Opens New LocationLee County Tax Collector Larry Hart just found a new way to save money and make life easier for people at the same time. The Colonial Service Center has opened in the AAA Auto Club South office at 2516 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers, giving the citizens of Lee County another place they can visit to take care of business. The new center is designed to help shorten wait times at the other six Lee County Tax Collector locations and give nearby residents a more convenient option. It accomplishes that without the major capital expense of a new building. The facility already exists. Were not asking taxpayers to build a new facility, Hart said. Were taking advantage of an existing opportunity to better serve our citizens. The new center handles vehicle registration, property tax payments, license plate renewals, parking permits, birth certificates, Class E driver licenses and ID cards, plus vehicle and vessel titles, excluding those issued to dealers. The services are more limited than those found at other Lee County Tax Collector locations, but Hart is confident theyll make a significant difference for the thousands of people who visit the centers each year. No one has time to waste these days, Hart said. We understand that. Were doing everything we can to get you in and get you out, and the Colonial Service Center will make that happen faster for more people. The seeds for the center were planted in May 2017, when the tax collectors office began searching for additional space. The goal all along was to partner with another agency or organization to cut down on costs. We went looking for a win-win situation, and thats exactly what we got, Hart says. Visit to learn more about Lee County Tax Collector services and online payment options that allow Lee County residents to skip the lines altogether. Lee County Tax Collector employee Clarissa Hall assists customers at the new Colonial Service Center, which operates out of the AAA Auto Club South office photo provided Senate Bill 376 For First Responders CommemoratedLocal first responders joined Fort Myers Fire Chief John Caufield, Florida Chief Financial Officer/ State Fire Marshall Jimmy Patronis and Southwest Florida elected officials at Fort Myers Fire Department Fire Station 1 earlier this week to commemorate the signing of Senate Bill 376, which allows first responders suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to access mental health benefits available through the Florida workers compensation system. In addition, Sanibel Island firefighter Rob Popkin and City of Fort Myers police officer Steve Gruber shared their firsthand accounts of PTSD and the importance of having access to mental health providers. Both emphasized how finding the right provider and getting appropriate treatment helped them navigate this potentially devastating disease. We commend Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature for passing this significant new law, remarked Chief Caufield. Many first responders struggle with after effects of their job and dont realize the emotional toll can accumulate over time. Having access to the right healthcare professionals is critical for the wellbeing of not only the affected person, but to their families, friends and coworkers, and in certain cases it can save a life. For more information contact Stephanie Schaffer at 321-7157 or email


THE RIVER APRIL 6, 201816 Jazz On The Green Benefit For Make-A-WishDespite the inclement weather, jazz fans came out for a wonderful evening of music and food at Jazz on the Green at Six Bends on Saturday, March 10. Guests were treated to three musical acts: Green Wave Jazz Band, The Brandon Robertson Quartet, and headlining act, The Jeff Rupert Quintet. Some of Southwest Floridas top restaurants including Artichoke & Company, Gather, Metro Diner, Sweet Melissas Caf and Simply Southern Catering were on site to serve many hors doeuvres. Funds raised at the concert benefit Make-A-Wish of Southern Florida and will be used to fulfill the wishes of two Southwest Florida children suffering from critical illnesses. Mark Nields and Julie Harmon photos provided Jason and Sherri Huff Suzanne Boy and John Agnew John and Laurie Albion Lorene Harriman and Lucy Costa Taylor Ross and Cindy McCurry-Ross From left, Mary and Scott Fischer, Sherry Kubesh, Cindy Abplanalp Gould and Victor Mayeron From left, Victor Mayeron, Karen Tasman, Connie Ramos-Williams, Gary Tasman, Julie Harmon and Jason Huff From left, Elysa, Keith and Maxine Grossman


17 THE RIVER APRIL 6, 2018 Attourney Appointed To CommitteeThe law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, PA Attorney L. David Sims was elected to the 20th Judicial Circuits Grievance Committee recently. The grievance committee reviews complaints against lawyers licensed by The Florida Bar, investigates the allegations, and decides whether there is probable cause to believe a lawyer violated the professional conduct rules imposed by the Supreme Court of Florida and whether discipline against the lawyer is warranted. Sims is a Florida Bar board certified marital and family lawyer, a certified family mediator and chair of the firms divorce, marital and family practice. He concentrates his practice in all areas of divorce, marital and family law, including dissolution of marriage, adoption, paternity, mediation, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Sims has been honored throughout his legal career by Florida Super Lawyers magazine (2009 to 2017) and Florida Trend magazines Legal Elite (2015). He also holds the highest AV-rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Sims is a member of The Florida Bar (member, Family Law Section), Lee County Bar Association (member, Family Law Section), the Association of Family Law Professionals and the Florida Chapter of the Association of Family Law and Conciliation Courts. He is also past president of the Lee County Legal Aid Society. Sims is also a member of the Fort Myers Christian School Board, member of the National Alliance of Mental Illness of Lee County Board of Directors, and a member of Gideons International. Additionally, he is a candidate for certification as certified christian conciliator through Peacemaker Ministries. Sims received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida (BAE, with honors, 1972) and his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University (JD, 1975). He can be reached at 344-1119 or via email at david.sims@ For more information on Sims or Henderson Franklin, visit www.henlaw. com. L. David Sims photo provided Input Needed At City MeetingA community meeting regarding the City of Fort Myers fiscal year 201819 annual action plan for particular grant funding will take place at the Dr. Carrie Robinson Community Center on Tuesday, April 10 at 6 p.m. It will be in reference to the city receiving grant fund ing annually from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Input is needed from citizens. All are welcome to attend. The Dr. Carrie Robinson Community Center is located at 2990 Edison Avenue in Fort Myers. For more information, contact Beverly Reed at 321-7979 or email Nominations Sought For Apex AwardsThe Women in Business committee of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its 13th annual Apex Awards. Nominations must be submitted by Wednesday, April 11. Presented by Southwest Florida Distributing, Publishing, Web Advertising, the Women in Business Apex Awards event is an evening gala celebration to recognize local women with reputations for professional excellence, outstanding community service and for actively assisting others in attaining professional goals and leadership skills. The annual Apex Awards is a great tribute to the women of our community who are making a difference through their professionalism, philanthropy, leadership and mentoring of others, said Jessica Walker, co-chair of the 2018 Apex Awards. We look forward to celebrating the remarkable women of Southwest Florida during our annual awards ceremony in August, and encourage the community to nominate their outstanding leaders. Nominees and winners will be recognized during an awards ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs on Saturday, August 25. For more information or to submit a nomination, visit events/apex-awards or contact Stephanie Davis at or 332-2930 ext. 213. REIS Meeting Set For April 10Initiatives to encourage infill development and redevelopment in Fort Myers will be explained by Leigh Scrabis, execu tive director of the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), and Katherine English, partner at Pavese Law Firm, at the Real Estate Investment Societys (REIS) April 10 luncheon meeting in the Osprey Room at Pelican Preserves Clubhouse at 11:45 a.m. The meeting is sponsored by KimleyHorn. Cost is $30 for members and $40 for guests, which includes lunch. The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency oversees 14 redevelopment districts and is guiding new land use plans and development codes for the river district, adjacent midtown area and MLK corridor. Scrabis and English will also explain how the CRA worked with the city on a stormwater retrofit project at the citys golf course, building additional water treatment volume into the existing system and creating a stormwater mitigation bank that developers could use instead of building onsite treatment systems. The program uses offsite credits that can be sold or given to developers as an incentive to increase private investment and property values. It is the first municipal offsite credit bank ever permitted by the South Florida Water Management District, and the nutrient-removal system improves the impaired water body it feeds while spurring urban infill and redevelopment. Following the presentation, Scrabis and English will respond to questions of specific interest to the real estate investment and development industry. Scrabis has been with the Fort Myers CRA since 2004 and executive director since 2016. She earned an engineering degree at University of Florida and was in the financial industry for eight years. English joined Pavese Law Firm in 1994 and has been a partner since 2000. Her practice concentrates on agriculture, environmental and land use law, with an emphasis on protecting entitlements for larger properties. Pelican Preserve is located at 9802 Pelican Preserve Boulevard in Fort Myers. Reservations are required by April 5 and may be made at


THE RIVER APRIL 6, 201818 Financial FocusTime For Financial Spring Cleaningby Jennifer BaseyThe days are longer and the temperatures are warmer so it must be spring. For many of us, that means its time for some spring cleaning. But why stop with sprucing up your living space? This year, consider extending the spring cleaning concept to your financial environment, too. How can you tidy your finances? Here are some suggestions: De-clutter your portfolio. As you go through your home during your spring cleaning rounds, you may notice that youve acquired a lot of duplicate objects do you really need five mops? or at least some things you can no longer use, like a computer that hasnt worked since 2010. You can create some valuable space by getting rid of these items. And the same principle can apply to your investment portfolio, because over the years you may well have acquired duplicate investments that arent really helping you move toward your goals. You may also own some investments, which, while initially fitting in to your overall strategy, no longer do so. You could be better off by selling your redundant investments and using the proceeds to purchase new ones that will provide more value. Get organized. During your spring cleaning, one of your key goals may be to get organized. So you might want to rearrange the tools in your garage or establish a new filing system in your home office. Proper organization is also important to investors and it goes beyond having your brokerage and 401(k) statements in nice neat piles. For example, you may have established IRAs with different financial services companies. By moving them to one provider, you may save some fees and reduce your paperwork, but, more important, you may find that such a move actually helps you better manage your investments. Youll know exactly where your money is going, and it could be easier to follow a single investment strategy. Also, with all your IRAs in one place, it will be much easier for you to manage the required minimum distributions you must start taking when you turn age 70 1/2. (These distributions are not required for Roth IRAs.) Protect your familys financial future. When cleaning up this spring, you may notice areas of concern around protecting your home perhaps theres a crack in your window, or your fence is damaged or part of your chimney is crumbling. Your financial independence and that of your family also needs protection. Is your life insurance sufficient to pay for your mortgage, college for your kids and perhaps some retirement funds for your spouse? Do you have disability insurance that can provide you with some income if you become ill or injured and cant work for a while? Have you considered the high costs of long-term care, such as an extended nursing home stay? A financial professional can help you determine if your insurance coverage is adequate for all these needs. Consider putting these spring cleaning suggestions to work. They may help you keep your financial house in good shape for all the seasons yet to arrive. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones financial advisor. Jennifer Basey is a financial advisor in Fort Myers. She can be reached at jennifer.basey@ Bringing The Outdoors In Part I of 3Designing Your Outdoor Spaceby Trinette NelsonBefore you fill your outdoor space, take some time to look at how the space is laid out and how you will use the space. Here are some points to consider: Do you need overhead coverage for shade or the elements (awning, umbrella)? What type of flooring will you use (concrete, wood, resin, stone, pavers)? Do you want walls (for retaining, decoration, holding plants, seating)? What size and shape should your patio space be (circular, rectangular, multi-level)? Do you need spaces for different functions (eating, cooking, seating)? What type of furniture should you consider? What special features might you incorporate (kitchen, fire pit, fountain, hot tub, waterfall)? Are there any deed restrictions for my housing development, and do I need building permits? Once you have answered all these questions or at least have an idea, you need to commit to an approach: doing it yourself or hiring a professional and, of course, you must consider all the elements of your project. A professional can help you if you need answers to your questions. Some professionals you may want to seek out depending on the scope of your project area are a decorator, landscaper, general contractor or painter. Trinette Nelson is an interior designer on Sanibel/Captiva Islands and can be reached at linda@ New City Clerk Settles In At WorkGwen Carlisle was sworn in on March 22 as the new Fort Myers City Clerk. The City Clerks office maintains all city records and ensures the integrity of elections and documents. Ms. Carlisle will lead the office integration of new software and technologies to provide high quality services to elected officials, members of the general public, city staff and other government agencies. Most recently with the Town of Jupiter Island, Ms. Carlisle brings more than 20 years of experience to the position and is a credentialed Master Municipal Clerk through the International Institute of Municipal Clerks organization. I look forward to working with Gwen as she draws upon experiences with other municipalities to bring the latest in best practices to the clerks office, said Saeed Kazemi, City Manager. Working across all city departments and the general public, the City Clerk plays a crucial role in documenting our citys history and day-to-day proceedings. Gwen has the background and skills necessary to navigate the changing landscape of how city information is recorded, kept and disseminated, said Kazemi. Gwen Carlisle and Saeed Kazemi photo provided County Receives National Award For Irma WorkLee County government has received a national award for its work before, during and after Hurricane Irma. Lee County officials accepted the 2018 National Hurricane Conference (NHC) Outstanding Achievement Award on Wednesday at the NHC Conference at the Hilton Orlando Hotel. The award recognizes the county for serving as a model for other organizations in its handling of hurricane-related activities. NHC officials recognized Lee Countys achievement in hurricanerelated preparedness in past years as well as 2017, including legislation, public awareness programs, financing mechanisms, sheltering plans, engineering research, warning notification systems and prediction techniques. The key word for this award is innovation. Were looking for individuals or organizations who are doing things in a new or better way and who are worthy of emulation by others around the country. The award is not for someone who is simply doing his or her job well, an NHC official said in a statement. Accepting the award on behalf of the county was Emergency Management Director Lee Mayfield, Public Safety Director Ben Abes and Assistant County Manager Christine Brady. It takes the whole community to respond and recover effectively, Mayfield said. No one entity can do it all. Public and private sectors, nonprofits and most importantly the individual citizen and family. Irma was unprecedented in its size and threat, and it was not your typical hurricane. Under the direction of the Lee Board of County Commissioners, the Department of Public Safety/ Emergency Operations Center (EOC), in coordination with municipalities and partner agencies, coordinated the response to Irma one of the largest hurricanes in Southwest Floridas history. Irma hit Lee County on September 10, 2017. Earlier this month, Mayfield and the county received state recognition for Irma-related efforts. The Florida Emergency Preparedness Association invited Mayfield to Tallahassee and presented him with the Chad Reed Emergency Manager of the Year Award, which is awarded to those who show excellence in their profession. During Irma, more than 100 individuals worked in the EOC, providing support to responders in the field and determining protective actions, including evacuations and sheltering operations. Based on the significant threat from Irma, about 300,000 people in Lee County were ordered to evacuate, prompting the largest sheltering operation the countys history about 35,000 individuals in 14 shelters. This was the largest of any of Floridas 67 counties. The county also sheltered about 3,550 pets of evacuees. There was no loss of life. After response operations came to a close, recovery from Hurricane Irma began. Long-Term Recovery efforts continue today by leveraging partnerships with agencies such as the United Way and many other human services agencies throughout Lee County. Contractors and Solid Waste workers have collected 1.75 million cubic yards of horticultural waste and nearly 67,000 cubic yards of construction and demolition debris. The county has undertaken an effort, in coordination with partners, to remove impediments from waterways to reduce future flooding.


19 THE RIVER APRIL 6, 2018 RIVER Book ReviewThe Complete Diaries Of Young Arthur Conan Doyleby Di SaggauSanibel author John Raffensperger had five books published in less than a year. I first reviewed The Education of a Surgeon in March of 2017 and Dont Hang My Friend a few months ago. Now I am going to attempt to review The Complete Diaries of Young Arthur Conan Doyle, which is three books in one. Its a whopper and is a must read for all mystery lovers, especially those who are Sherlock Holmes fans. The book includes three adventure books, Adventures in the Wild West in 1878, Adventures in Russia 1881, and Adventures in America 1883. The three diaries grew out of an article Raffensperger published in a surgical journal titled Was the Real Sherlock Holmes a Pediatric Surgeon? Dr. Joseph Bell, an Edinburgh surgeon and the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes was the first surgeon to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. He pioneered many operations for children. The three diaries all start with a medical diagnostic problem and there are operations, criminal problems, most with a medical background in all three stories. Each is linked to political conspiracies. The first book details how Doyle, at the age of 19, and Dr. Bell come to America on a secret forensic mission to solve a string of grisly and mysterious murders. In each murder, the thyroid gland has been removed from the body. The book involves Doyles real-life contemporaries, including Robert Louis Stevenson, Allen Pinkerton and Henry Ward Beecher whose sister authored Uncle Toms Cabin. Its an exciting mix of murder, mystery and literary history with a little humor thrown in for good measure. Adventures in Russia, the second of the lost diaries takes place when Doyle was a 22-year-old student at the University of Edinburgh Medical School. He serves as a British spy along with Bell as they journey to St. Petersburg, to save the czar from being assasinated. Famous people also appear including Dostoyesky and Rasputin. The third diary was written in 1883 while Doyle was a young doctor starting out in his career. Again Doyle is serving as a British spy along with Bell. The diary tells how the two journey to America to stop a series of murders and what could escalate into a world war. This time characters include Herman Melville and Oscar Wilde. The diaries detail how Doyle was inspired by Dr. Bell to create Sherlock Holmes and how the two of them work as a Holmes and Watson-like team going on secret forensic missions with global impact. Robert Rotenberg, author of Stranglehold, says Think Sherlock Holmes meets Huck Finn with a bit of Treasure Island and Peter Pan thrown in for good luck. What a fun read and a great adventure. I loved all three and couldnt put them down. The book is the combined effort of Dr. John Raffensperger and Professor Richard Krevolin. School Smartby Shelley M. Greggs, NCSPDear Shelley, My daughter will be going to high school next fall and I really dont know what to expect academically. I know high school is difficult for so many kids, and I want to know if there is anything we can do to prepare? Claudia V, Fort Myers Beach Claudia, High school is a time of increasing independence socially, emotionally and academically too. Learning to apply knowledge to real life situations and becoming independent thinkers are important high school tasks. The goal is for them to graduate with the skills they need to be ready for college or a career. All states have educational standards where they define the learning goals by subject and grade that every student is expected to achieve. To keep your child on track for graduation, Ive listed some of the basics of what your child is expected to learn in high school. Your childs teachers should be able to tell you their strengths and weaknesses and that will allow you to do some remedial work with your child if necessary. In high school, theres an emphasis on reading and thinking critically, and kids are expected to become critical readers and writers. They read classic works of literature like The Grapes of Packed with facts and employing an engaging storytelling style, [Female Pioneers of Fort Myers] both teaches and entertains. Local history buffs and newcomers to history will value Tuthill and Halls research and appreciate the accessible format, too.Gerri Reaves, PhD, author of Legendary Locals of Fort Myers and Fort Myers, Then & Now Available atWWW.AMAZON.COM WWW.EDITORIALRXPRESS.COM Wrath by John Steinbeck as well as modern pieces like The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. They compare, contrast and examine the different types of writing and look for common themes. They also focus more on historical texts. High school students writing focuses less on summarizing and more on providing thoughts and opinions about what theyve read and learned. They also work on editing and writing multiple drafts of reports and papers. The following activities are typically used to strengthen language and literacy in high school: Demonstrate an understanding of figurative language and how its used in writing to give a text more than one meaning Talk or write about what they read; support ideas and opinions using specific examples about the text both explicit and implied Analyze the reasoning used in historical documents Take a side or point of view on an issue; support it using reasoning, facts and other evidence Do shortand long-term research projects; present the information in writing, and orally, with graphics or as a video presentation Participate in group discussions by listening, presenting ideas and responding to other peoples thoughts In high school, kids build on the math skills they learned in middle school to gain a more in-depth understanding of algebra and geometry. They use math to solve real-world problems and start seeing how mathematical ideas connect to one another. Activities like these support high school math skills: Create and solve math problems that have two or more unknown variables Understand the difference between correlation and causation Recognize that math problems can be solved in more than one way Use mathematical functions and formulas to describe the relationship between two numbers Use probability to predict what will happen and to make sense of data Prove mathematical statements (theorems) using formulas and statements that are known to be true Remember, that all students struggle with learning from time to time, however if your child struggles continually, you may want to talk with your childs teachers. Its never too early or too late to ask for extra help. Classroom accommodations, apps and a few changes at home could make a big difference. Shelley Greggs is adjunct faculty at Florida SouthWestern State College, where she teaches psychology and education courses. She is also a nationally certified school psychologist and consultant for School Consultation Services, a private educational consulting company. Questions for publication may be addressed to Not all questions submitted can be addressed through this publication.


All Masters Are Exciting, But This Years Is Anticipated More Than Mostby Ed FrankAsk nearly any sports fan and they will tell you The Masters is atop or near the top of any list. You can be certain that the world of sports will be focused this weekend upon historic Augusta National Golf Club for what is anticipated as the most exciting Masters since the tournament began in 1934. As play began today, Thursday, there are fascinating story lines for the worlds greatest golfers vying for the winners green jacket. Heading the list is the return and resurgence of Tiger Woods. He remains arguably the most popular golfer despite his off-thecourse travails and undergoing spinal fusion surgery less than a year ago. In his last three tournaments, he finished 12th at the Honda Classic, a tie for second at the Valspar Championship and a tie for fifth at Bay Hill. He teed off today at 10-1 odds to win his first major tournament since 2008. His last Masters title came in 2005. These 10-1 odds are the same for Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas. Defending champion Sergio Garcia was around 25-1. And dont count out Phil Mickelson who won this year in Mexico, his first PGA championship in five years. The favorites this weekend also include two-time Masters Champion Bubba Watson, twice a tournament winner this year, and Jason Day, who won in 2018 at Torrey Pines. Broadcaster Jim Nantz, who will call his 33d consecutive Masters for CBS, said last week, This is probably the most anticipated Masters any of us have seen in our lifetime. If he (Woods) wins, it would be one of the epic moments in the history of the sport. Perhaps you recall when Jack Nicklaus won the 1986 Masters as the age of 46 the oldest Masters winner and the second oldest winner of any major championship. Julius Boros holds that distinction with his 1968 PGA Championship at 48. Woods is 42, Michelson is 47 and Ian Poulter, who won the last spot in this weekends Master with last weekends playoff victory at the Houston Open, is 42. Its an age-old clich, but the 2018 Masters should be one for the ages. Miracle 2018 Season Starts Tonight The 2018 edition of the Fort Myers Miracle baseball season begins tonight, Thursday, when the Miracle hosts Charlotte at 7 p.m. in Hammond Stadium. The same two teams play here again tomorrow, Friday, at 7 p.m. The Miracle, the Advanced A Minor League team of the Minnesota Twins, will start its 26th consecutive year here. The team has been affiliated with the Twins organization all 26 years. Fort Myers will be managed this year by Ramon Borrego, his first year as manager. The 25-man opening night roster for the Miracle includes 13 players whom spent part of last season here. Right-handed pitchers Brady Anderson and Cody Stashak headline the returning players. They led the Miracle in innings pitched a year ago Anderson with 113 and Stashak with 83.1. Anderson played his college baseball here at Florida Gulf Coast University. The roster includes three of the Twins top 30 prospects as ranked by Baseball America. They are outfielder Aaron Whitefield, and infielders Lewin Diaz and Travis Blankenhorn. All three are 21 years old and played last season for Low A Cedar Rapids. RIVER THE RIVER APRIL 6, 201820 Pfeifer Realty is Your Home Team! 239.472.0004 Miracle To Host 10 Fireworks Shows In 2018The Fort Myers Miracle will be offering spectacular fireworks shows after 10 home games this season, bringing the popular family-friendly attraction back by popular demand. Fireworks will dazzle Miracle fans after nine Friday night games at Hammond Stadium and Independence Day on Wednesday, July 4. Unfortunately, fireworks were a part of the scheduled Opening Night festivities on both Thursday, April 5 and Friday, April 6 but were canceled due to dry conditions and moderate to high levels for fire danger in Southwest Florida. There is no better way to start your weekend than a Friday night at the ballpark capped by fireworks, said Chris Peters, president and general manager of the Miracle. Its one of our more popular promotions for fans, and thanks to our generous corporate sponsors, were able to continue lighting up the sky for 10 nights this season. All games featuring postgame fireworks shows begin at 7 p.m. Fireworks dates for the 2018 season include Friday, April 13; Friday, April 27; Friday, May 4; Friday, May 18; Friday, June 8; Friday, June 29; Wednesday, July 4; Friday, July 20; Friday, August 3; and Friday, August 17. Pyrotechnic displays will be coordinated by Zambelli Fireworks, a Pennsylvaniabased company that produces more than 1,600 shows annually at municipal celebrations, corporate functions and sporting events. Miracle single-game tickets cost an additional $1 on fireworks nights, and $2 more on Independence Day. The Fort Myers Miracle, the Class-A Advanced Affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, began the 2018 season on Thursday, April 5 against the Charlotte Stone Crabs. The 140-game regular season schedule runs through Sunday, September 2. For more information, call 768-4210 or visit Fireworks at Hammond Stadium photo provided SPORTS QUIZ 1. In 2016, Miguel Monter o of the Chicago Cubs became just the third player to have a pinch-hit grand slam in the postseason. Name either of the other two to do it. 2. Which pitcher is the Milwaukee Br ewers franchise leader in career strikeouts? 3. How many consecutive AFC East titles have the New England Patriots won entering 2018? 4. Which of these two confer ences, entering 2018, was the last to win an NCAA mens basketball championship: Big Ten or Pac-12? 5. In 2017, W ashingtons Barry Trotz became the fifth NHL coach to reach 737 career regular-season victories. Name two of the four ahead of him on the list. 6. Who was the first Asian boxer to hold a world heavyweight title in one of the four major sanctioning organizations? 7. In 2017, W eston McKennie became the third youngest player (19) to score in his U.S. mens soccer debut. Name either of the two younger players. ANSWERS 1. Cincinnatis Mark Lewis, in 1995, and Ricky Ledee of the New York Yankees, in 1999. 2. Yovani Gallardo, with 1,226 strikeouts. 3. Nine AFC East championships. 4. The Big Ten won in 2000, while the Pac-12 last won in 1997. 5. Scotty Bowman, Joel Quenneville, Ken Hitchcock and Al Arbour. 6. Ruslan Chagaev, who won the WBA title in 2007. 7. Juan Agudelo (age 17) in 2010, and Landon Donovan (18) in 2000.


21 THE RIVER APRIL 6, 2018 Sox Foundation Awards College ScholarshipsFor the third consecutive year, the Boston Red Sox honored 13 local high school seniors, presenting them each with a $5,000 college scholarship by the Red Sox Foundation prior to a spring training game on Saturday, March 24. Education remains an area of focus for the Red Sox foundation, and we are so excited to award these promising students who will be this communitys future leaders, said Katie Haas, vice president of Florida business operations for the Boston Red Sox. Winners are chosen based on academics, community service and overall need. All the students from last years class went on to attend four-year colleges upon graduation. Scholarship funds are raised from proceeds from the annual Swings For The Sox golf tournament held each fall to benefit the Red Sox Scholarship in partnership with The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Inc. This years tournament was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma, but the Red Sox Foundation still honored their annual commitment to one deserving student from each of the 13 public high schools in Lee County. In the past six years the Red Sox Foundation golf tournament has raised more than $260,000 for local nonprofits and scholarships. The Red Sox Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and the official team charity of the Boston Red Sox. The foundations primary focus locally is in serving the health, education, recreation and social service needs of children and families across Southwest Florida. The Red Sox Foundation is one of the most successful in all of Major League Baseball. The 2018 scholarship recipients and their respecitve schools are as follows: Gabriella Ferra, Cape Coral High School; Chandler LHommedieu, Cypress Lake High School; JaTyra Knight, Dunbar High School; Stanya Lundy, East Lee County High School; Haley Deyulus, Estero High School; Mike Edouard, Fort Myers High School; Luis Almendarez, Ida Baker High School; Lukes Toussaint, Island Coast High School; Andrea Gelsey, Lehigh Senior High School; Jorge Orozco, Mariner High School; Isabella Montoya-Bedoya, North Fort Myers High School; Chandler Williamson, Riverdale High School; and Jessica Pegueros, South Fort Myers High School. Red Sox scholarship winners pictured with team officials and Wally the mascot photo provided Bronze Scholar For FSW StudentFlorida SouthWestern State College (FSW) student Summer Chrzescian, 19, was in shock after hearing she had been nominated for the 2018 All-US Academic Team, a Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society program recognizing the best two-year college students in the nation. Chrzescians original goal had been to make the All-Florida Academic Team to help pay for attending Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) in the fall. She made the state team along with fellow FSW students Idea Andrade and Jordan Sutphin but was also nominated to represent FSW at the national level. Earlier this month, she was recognized as a Coca-Cola Academic Team Bronze Scholar. I was in complete tears of joy, she said. I had only been aiming for the Florida team so going beyond that was amazing. Students are nominated for the state or national academic teams by a college administrator, and selection is based on academic achievement, leadership and engagement in college and community service. As one of 150 students chosen nationwide, Chrzescian will receive a scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. In her two years at FSW, she served as president of the colleges PTK Omicron Epsilon Chapter on the Thomas Edison (Lee) Campus, worked as a Peer Mentor, and was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. As a member of the FSW Honors Scholar Program, she also studied how political systems affect their citizenry in Nicaragua and participated in the Model United Nations simulation at Harvard University. Chrzescian, a first generation college student from Naples High School, will be graduating from FSW in May and transferring to FGCU to continue studying finance. Inspired by her study abroad trip to Nicaragua, she wants to work with an international service organization. After coming back from Nicaragua, I decided that I wanted to travel for a living, she said. Ive been traveling for years and I love it. PTKs mission is to recognize the academic achievement of college students and to provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders. It is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,280 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States and its recognized as the official honor society for community colleges by the American Association of Community Colleges. Student organizations and clubs at FSW enhance the student experience through community service, leadership develop ment, social events, peer mentoring, r ecreation and more. Keeping students engaged is part of the colleges Dedicate to Graduate initiative, which provides the tools and services they need to graduate. For more information, visit www.fsw. edu/engage. Learn more about PTK at or Summer Chrzescian photo providedGulf Coast Harmonizers Golf ExtravaganzaGulf Coast Harmonizers annual Charity Golf Extravaganza is ready to score big for local charities at Westminster Golf Club on Saturday, April 14. Proceeds go to the Golisano Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida Pediatric Childrens Speech Therapy Program. Over the past 26 years, almost $35,000 has been raised by the event in support of the program to help children. The four-person scramble will kick off with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. and participants have the chance to win a two-year lease on a new car sponsored by Scanlon Automotive Group by sinking a hole in one on a par 3 hole, plus a putting contest, closest to the pin, longest drive and many other ways to win prizes. All par 3s will have hole-in-one prizes. Included also will be a dinner banquet and one ticket for a free draft beer. We are thrilled along with Golisano Childrens Hospital with the results from our past years, and we are thankful to be able to help them again this year. We are looking forward to having a great time and raising a lot of money for the hospital, said John Wickes, event chairman. Westminster Golf Club is located at 2199 Berkley Way in Lehigh Acres. For more information, contact Wickes at 462-8444 or www.gulfcoastharmonizers. org. Closing Sale At Red Sox StoreThe Boston Red Sox Team Store located at JetBlue Park will close for the season on Friday, April 13. Store hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. According to store manager Doreen Arsenault, as a thank you to team fans, all items, excluding select memorabilia, are discounted at 50 percent off regular retail prices and some select items are discounted even further. The team store is not scheduled to reopen until January 2019. The Red Sox Team Store is located at JetBlue Park, the Boston Red Soxs 106-acre Spring Training and Player Development Complex, located at 11500 Fenway South Drive in Fort Myers. For more information, call the store at 226-4732. From page 1Musical Lineupstudents from Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida SouthWestern State College, kicks off the performances at 11 a.m. The Collective, an all-original band, performs their refreshing take on acoustic driven, red-dirt alternative rock at 1 p.m. Strange Arrangement, organized by the Brothers Van Kirk from Pine Island, takes the stage at 3 p.m. Gulf Coast Symphony performs the 10th annual Symphony at Sunset at 5:30 p.m. Taste of the Cape highlights local restaurants offering samples of their signature dishes. There will also be a variety of craft beers, margaritas and wines. Proceeds benefit scholarships and community programs. Admission to the days activities is free, and food and drink prices range from $3 to $8. Along with the Gunterberg Charitable Foundation, the Gulf Coast Symphony and Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce Education Committee are again co-presenting Taste of the Cape. Four Freedoms Park is located at 4818 Tarpon Court in Cape Coral. For more information, call 277-1700 or visit www.


THE RIVER APRIL 6, 201822 Local celebrities and guests happily outbid one another at the unique and creative Eat. Clay. Love... Again fundraiser at Ronald McDonald House in Fort Myers on March 15. Celebrity artists designed and painted the platters months ago and were delighted to see the finished works of art. From pineapples to butterflies, to grape vines and big red shoes, there was no shortage of creativity. The event started with hors doeuvres and cocktails, followed by an auction of the platters, and a dinner prepared by Chef Brian Roland of Crave Culinaire. Famed auctioneer Tommy Williams led the show and, in less than 30 minutes, the crowd raised more than $26,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Southwest Florida. Featured artists included Lawrence Antonucci, MD, MBA CEO of Lee Health; Kimberley Barrera owner of Moringa Is For Life; Phil Borchmann editor in chief of Gulfshore Business magazine; Rich Castiano owner of the World Famous Cigar Bar; Cinnamon The Ronald McDonald House dog; Barbara Fewster artist and retired RMHC board member; Pason Gaddis co-founder and CEO of Florida Media Group, LLC; Randall Henderson mayor of Fort Myers; Rebekah MacFarlane-Barney COO for the MacFarlane Group and owner of Prima Luce; Cindy McCurry-Ross executive editor and vice president of content at The News-Press and regional editor of the USA TODAY Network, Florida; Ronald McDonald; Jenna Persons partner at Strayhorn & Persons Law Firm; Rachel Pierce co-anchor and investigative reporter for NBC2; Laura Ragain executive director of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida; Sawyer Smith managing partner with Wilbur Smith Attorneys at Law; Christopher T. Spiro president, CEO and chief creative officer of Spiro & Associates; Sandy Stilwell Youngquist owner of Stilwell Enterprises & Restaurant Group as well as secretary and vice president of grants for SWFL Childrens Charities, Inc.; Debbie Toler vice president of public relations and marketing for SWFL Childrens Charities, Inc.; Andie Vogt vice president for SWFL Childrens Charities, Inc.; Shannon Wagner artist at Cone 06 Pottery Studio and freelance marketer; Shannon Yates co-owner and executive chef at Nevermind Awesome Bar & Eatery, Beastie Bar, Animal House Swine & Cocktail Bar and Danger Danger. For more information on how to be involved for 2019, visit www.rmhcswfl. org or call Amy at 437-0202. From left, Leanna Gonzalez, Illeny Farese, Karen Marshall, Amy Blanco and Laura Ragain photos provided From left, Tonya and Dan Justice, Angela and Logan Davis, Chef Shannon Yates, Keith and Michele Lewis, Rachel and Chris Spiro From left, Tommy Williams, Margo Cutler, Bill Cantwell, Jeanie Keith, Joe Callaghan, Cindy Callaghan, Barbie Griffiths, Cathy and Dick Finnan From left, Baby Sophia, Carolina Ferrer and David Ferrer, a guest family who stayed at the Ronald McDonald House of Southwest Florida during Hurricane Irma Platters painted by celebrity artistsRonald McDonald House Charities Benefit Brings In $26K In 26 Minutes


23 THE RIVER APRIL 6, 2018 FSW Research Lecture SeriesFlorida SouthWestern State College (FSW) will present a Research Lecture Series at the FSW Thomas Edison Campus Rush Auditorium, Building J, Room 103 on Wednesday, April 11 at 11:30 a.m. The series will highlight the re search of several FSW faculty and students who will discuss their r esearch projects and findings. Presentation topics include: Bring Library Resources to Life for Students by Cindy Campbell, faculty librarian; Everybody Wins: An Exploration of Sustainable Business Practices by Nathalie DeLeon, student; The Sandinistas, the Contras, and the Miskitu Fight for Cultural Preservation by Owen Dyches, student; Data Mining for High Intensity Interval Trainings Effect on Academic Performance by Dr. Erik Fay, professor, biology; Hero or Zero: Fact Checking Our Past by Megan Frisina, student; Toxicity Evaluation of Food Additives by Dr. Gabriel Gaidos, professor, biochemistry; Sustaining Mental Health: An Exploration of Integrative Psychiatry and Allopathic Medicine by Janna Linehan, student; The Sunny Side: Implementation of Solar Power in Florida by Danica Murray, student; A Digital Repository for the Study of Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle (16231673) by Dr. Shawn Moore, professor, English; Goal Setting, Mindfulness, and Self-Efficacy in the College Classroom by Heather Olson, professor, student life skills; and Rotten, Vicious, and Damned: Punks Subjectivity of Resistance by Dr. Elijah Pritchett, professor, humanities. Immediately following, FSW Humanities Professor Dr. Wendy Chase will present Picture This: The Art and Artifice of Portraiture at 12:30 p.m. Dr. Chase is a professor of humanities and the program coordinator for the Honors Scholar Program at FSW where she teaches interdisciplinary courses in modern humanities and cinema. Dr. Chase holds a masters in French literature and a doctorate in humanities with an emphasis in film studies and modernism from Florida State University. Her recent scholarship has focused on contemporary practices in art activism. For more information on the FSW Research Lecture Series, contact Dr. Joseph van Gaalen, director, assessment and effectiveness, at 433-6965 or Joseph. Dr. Wendy Chase photo provided Beautifulife:The Crossby Kay CaspersonThis past week, I thought many times about the cross and what it means to people from all different walks of life. As we moved through Holy Week and all the events leading up to Easter Sunday, I had several conversations with my daughters about those events, what transpired and what we can take with us in our every day lives. I prefer to start my conversations with a question like, What was the purpose of the last supper? Or What is Easter all about? Or, my favorite one is, What does the cross mean to you? Of course, with kids, there are varying answers to all of these questions, but I believe that if I asked the question about the cross even to adults, I would get an array of responses. What does the cross mean to you? Some people will display a cross on a mantle or over their bed. I think there is still a beautiful, but simple cross over my parents bed. Some wear a cross as a piece of jewelry, and then there are those who have cross tattoos. But, in doing so, what is the reason or the purpose for that? I happen to believe that there is a multitude of words that come to mind for many different individuals from protection, redemption, sacrifice and faith, to trust, peace, salvation, love or even freedom and glory. There is a strange contradiction when you think about it, that the cross can bring such as death to life, accusations to forgiveness, defeat to victory, sin to purity, and, of course, hate to love. What was once known as a cruel form of execution is now a symbol of something so beautiful and personal. I believe that the cross resembles a choice that we make every day to give love out freely and to receive love from others. To know deep inside that you are loved even without having to hear the words I love you. Yes, indeed, the cross is so many things; it is personal, it is prophetic, it resembles humility and also something that is final. Why is it that so many continue to carry the cross but will hold on to something from the past that is hurtful instead of just letting it go? If we keep the painful, life-changing vision in our heads that Jesus carried that cross on his back so that we dont have to bear the burdens on ours any longer, we may finally be able to move forward knowing that the debt was paid for our salvation. I encourage you to take this beautiful time of year to reflect and to open your heart to a deeper understanding of renewal and all the words that go along with it like rejuvenation, revitalization and restoration. My affirmation for you this week is: I am taking time to reflect on the cross and what it means to me and how it continues to move me forward on my journey to my most beautiful life. Kay Casperson is a beauty and lifestyle expert, founder and CEO of Beautifulife by Kay Casperson. She owns resort spas on Sanibel and Captiva islands and manufactures beauty and lifestyle products sold across the country. To stay inspired, visit www. or follow on social media @kaycasperson. Love That Dress Collection ShowPACE Center for Girls, Lee County will celebrate the launch of its next Love That Dress! collection with a Tuesday, April 10 fashion show at the Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, April 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fashion meets Passion will feature 15 community leaders donning the latest fashion trends and styles on the runway, highlighting new looks from White House|Black Market and retailers from Miromar Outlets. Love That Dress! solicits donations of new and gently loved dresses, handbags, shoes and accessories. Thousands of items then are resold at discounted prices and all proceeds benefit PACE Center programs and services. Fashion meets Passion will be a fantas tic event as we kick off another season of Love That Dr ess!, and I cant wait to check out some of our favorite Love That Dress! styles, said Christin Collins, co-founder of Love That Dress! As we celebrate the 10th year of Love That Dress!, it is also exciting to showcase the designer clothing and accessories of Miromar Outlets and White House|Black Market, two phenom enal supporters who have been with us since the very beginning. Collins will be joined on the runway by fellow models Bryan Avery, Theresa Ayers, Mark Blust, Melissa Cofta, Alyssa DeLora, Jonathan Gabel, Meg Geltner, Teri Lamaine, Trish Leonard, Gail Markham, Robert McDonald, Amy Sanford, Barb Stevens and Sandy Stilwell-Youngquist. The Center for the Performing Arts is the presenting sponsor, and White House|Black Market is the title spon sor. Additional sponsors include 96.9 WINK-FM, ABC7, Califor nia Closets, Fort Myers Infiniti, Gulfshore Life, Miromar Outlets, New Beginnings Events, Priority Marketing, Services by Jordan and TLC Marketing & Creative Services. Weve been blessed to have amazing support from the community and our business partners for the past decade, and were off to a great start this year, said Leonard, co-founder of Love That Dress! All of the money we raise at these events ultimately benefits the PACE Center, which has now served more than 600 girls during the past 10 years. PACE Center assists girls ages 11 to 18 who have multiple risk factors impacting their academic achievement, including family income, substance abuse, domestic violence, foster home placement, neglect, grief, incarceration of a family member and physical, emotional or sexual abuse. Tickets for Fashion meets Passion are $30, or $25 with the donation of a gently loved dress. Complimentary light bites and beverages will be available, along with amazing raffle baskets. The Center for the Performing Arts is located at 10150 Bonita Beach Road Southeast in Bonita Springs. For more information, call 425-2366 or visit www.


RIVER deaRPharmacistChronic Fatigue Syndrome And Thyroid Linkedby Suzy Cohen, RPhDear Readers: There are many reasons that you might be tired and suffering with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). To be clear, CFS is not the kind of fatigue that goes away after youve rested, this is a persistent type of weakness that is inexplicable, unrelenting and disabling. CFS has been pinned on EpsteinBarr (EBV) and human herpes virus 6 (HHV-6), parasites, mycotoxins, mold, adrenal dysfunction, nutrient deficiencies and much more. But new research published in March 2018 in Frontiers of Endocrinology has uncovered a rather obvious link, one that has the potential to change your life dramatically, and in a good way. Chronic fatigue impacts about 2.5 million people in the United States who deal with it, but live in an awful state of exhaustion, brain fog, dizziness and muscle pain or weakness. Attempts to treat it with antibiotics, stimulants, sleeping pills and antidepressants have left millions of people adversely affected by the drugs and still feeling pretty dreadful, perhaps only marginally better, but certainly not cured. Im confident, especially now, that thyroid medication holds the key to getting better if you have CFS. Scientists in the Netherlands and in Spain got together and inferred that CFS could be a result of low thyroid (T3) hormone levels, independent of the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). To test the theory they looked at 197 people, of which 98 had been diagnosed with CFS and 99 were not. After comparing thyroid function, and biomarkers of inflammation, the research ers found that the people with CFS had dramatically lower levels of important thy roid hormones, including triiodothyronine (T3) and thyr oxine (T4) but surprisingly they had normal TSH levels. This means that your TSH could appear normal on a lab test, but your T3 could be lower due to poor activation (which means that the T4 isnt converting to T3 fast enough). This means that you would have all the symptoms of low thyroid (and it will not be detected if the doctor just looks at your TSH levels) and let me remind you, this is what most do, they just look at TSH levels and nothing more. There are many reasons for poor T3 activation, and I wrote a book on this topic called Thyroid Healthy. Its on Amazon. I also have an ebook I can share for free if you sign up for my newsletter at my website. The folks with CFS happened to produce higher amounts of reverse T3 (rT3) which sadly is like your hibernation hormone. It slows you down, it basically puts you to sleep. Its not biologically active like T3. To read more about this, visit my website and use the search box to find the article called, Measure Reverse T3 and Get Thyroid Healthy. This critical research means that people with CFS are likely suffering from an underlying thyroid problem and could benefit dramatically from simple afford able medications like Compounded T3, Cytomel or other for ms of T3 medication. The T4 drugs like Levothyroxine will not be of benefit and might exacerbate the problem due to more rT3 formation. 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. THE RIVER APRIL 6, 201824 Doctor and DieticianHealthy Lifestyle And Alzheimers Disease by Ross Hauser, MD and Marion Hauser, MS, RDThe rate of Alzheimers disease is increasing in the United States, with experts expecting a tripling of the numbers by 2050. Every 66 seconds someone in America develops Alzheimers disease, and two-thirds of these people are women. Is this disease preventable? Many researchers say it is. Drug companies havent been very successful at finding a cure, but lifestyle interventions, including diet, exercise, and stress management can make a difference. Interestingly, older folks in communities who regularly exercise, have strong family and community ties, and follow diets similar to the Mediterranean diet demonstrate very low percentages of dementia. The Mediterranean diet is high in vegetables, beans, fruit, olive oil and nuts, and lower in meat and dairy. Many people think there is nothing they can do to prevent Alzheimers disease, and that they are destined to get it if their parent has it. But research actually shows that an individuals risk of developing Alzheimers increased six-fold if their spouse has it. This points to lifestyle as a major culprit. These lifestyle factors can include unhealthy food choices, lack of physical activity, smoking, high stress, lack of connectedness or community and poor sleeping patterns. Dont wait until you are older to start practicing healthy habits that may prevent Alzheimers later. You have the power to prevent and alter the course of many diseases with simple daily habits. When it comes to optimizing brain health, make it a point to eat fresh plant-based foods, obtain restorative sleep, exercise regularly, practice gratitude and stress management techniques, and try to learn something new each day. Consider starting with one change, such as making exercise a part of your daily routine. Even small, consistent changes can bring about amazing, positive changes in the brain. This information is not intended to treat, cure or diagnose your condition. Caring Medical Regenerative Medicine Clinics has two locations: one in Oak Park, Illinois, and one in Fort Myers. It was established in 1991 by Ross Hauser, MD, and Marion Hauser, MS, RD. They can be reached at info@ Understanding Dementia Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center will host an informative community event called Understanding Dementia on Wednesday, April 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. Presented by Robin Baum, the Alzheimers Association and Seniors Blue Book, the free event is open to the public. Proceeds and donations from the event are to benefit the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimers Resource Center. Catherine Cruikshank, Ph, director of education at the Alzheimers Center and Angel Duncan, MALMFT, director of Neuropsychiatric Research Center of Southwest Florida, will be two key note speakers. They will explain the disease process, recent updates on research and development, and answer questions from the audience. There will also be vendor sales, giveaways and goodies. Vendors include LuLaRoe, Pampered Chef, Rodan & Fields Skincare, Gifts that Care, Innovative Caregiving Solutions and Fantastic Sams. Sponsors include Brookdale Senior Living, Arden Courts, Winkler Court, Harbor Chase, and Cypress Point Assisted Living and Memory Care. Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First Street in Fort Myers. To RSVP, call 850-4099. Program For Diabetes PreventionHave you been told that you have Prediabetes? Would you like to learn about a variety of tools that have been proven to prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 Diabetes? Lee Health will hold a free program designed to help you make modest lifestyle changes and cut your risk of Type 2 Diabetes by more than half. This year-long program with weekly meetings for the first six months, then once or twice a month for the second six months, will be held on the first floor, meeting room A, at Cape Coral Hospital on Tuesdays, beginning on April 17 from 6 to 7 p.m. It is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Information presented in the workshop can help you become empowered to prevent Type 2 Diabetes. Learn about the benefits of physical activity; manage symptoms of stress, make smarter decisions related to healthy eating, and tips to stay motivated. Participants will receive a participant guide to use as an ongoing reference tool once the classes are completed. Cape Coral Hospital is located at 636 Del Prado Boulevard in Cape Coral. Seating is limited and registration is required. Call 424-3127 for more informa tion. Nine Pharmacy Residents To Train At Lee HealthNine new pharmacy practice residents will be completing their training at Lee Health. The new residents, which were announced by the National Residency Matching Program, include: First-Year Residents: Jordan Barkes, University of North Carolina; Michelle Estevez, Skaggs University of Colorado; Kelly Groover, Auburn University; Bryan Pinero-Acosta, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine; Melanie Rolfe, University of Florida; and Robert Bobby Sheridan, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Second-Year Specialty Residents: Pediatrics Elizabeth Faville, PharmD, LECOM, PGY1 Lee Health; Health System Pharmacy Administration Farima Fakheri Raof, PharmD, Nova Southeastern University, PGY1 Lee Health; and Critical Care Michelle Henninger, PharmD, Nova Southeastern University, PGY1 Cleveland Clinic Florida. This is the 10th class recruited for our residency program. As we have built a strong foundation for our program, we have increased the number from an initial two residents to now having 10 residency positions available, explained Suzanne Turner, PharmD, FASHP, program direc tor of the Pharmacy Practice Residency Pr ogram at Lee Health. We interviewed 24 applicants and filled all six of our firstyear residency positions, and three of four specialty residents through the National Residency Matching Program. The pharmacy residency training program assures highly-trained pharmacists for Lee Health patients and has strength ened the collaborative care provided at our facilities, ensuring our mission to optimize patient outcomes through interdisciplinary medication management, stated John A. Armitstead, MS, RPh, FASHP. A total of 25 residents have completed the program at Lee Health since it started in 2008. Seven of 12 first-year graduates completed second-year specialty programs at Lee Health. The first-year program has a retention rate of over 50 percent of the past pharmacy residents staying on to work within the Lee Health system. All graduates of the program who have sat for board certifications exams have passed for a total of 24 advanced certifications in the areas of pharmacotherapy, oncology, critical care and infectious diseases.


THE RIVER APRIL 6, 2018 25 Emergency . ............................................... 9 11 Lee County Sheriffs Ofce . .............................. 477-1200 Florida Marine Patrol . ................................... 332-6966 Florida Highway Patrol . .................................. 278-7100 Poison Control . ................................... 1-800-282-3171HealthPark Medical Center . ...................... 1-800-936-5321Ft .. Myers Chamber of Commerce . ......................... 332-3624 Foundation for Quality Childcare . .......................... 4 25-2685 Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce . ................... 454-7500 Fort Myers Beach Library . ............................... 463-9691 Lakes Regional Library . ................................ 5 33-4000 Lee County Chamber of Commerce . ........................ 931-0931 Post Ofce . ..................................... 1 -800-275-8777 Visitor & Convention Bureau . ............................ 3 38-3500ARTSAlliance for the Arts . .................................... 9 39-2787 Arts For ACT Gallery & Studio . ............................ 337-5050 Art League Of Fort Myers . ............................... 275-3970 Barbara B .. Mann Performing Arts Hall . ...................... 481-4849 BIG ARTS . .......................................... 3 95-0900 Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre . .......................... 2 78-4422 Cultural Park Theatre . ................................... 772-5862 Edison Festival of Light . ................................. 334-2999 Florida Repertory Theatre at the Arcade . ....................332-4488 Florida West Arts . ...................................... 948-4427 Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers . ...................... 288-2535 Gulf Coast Symphony . .................................. 489-1800 Harmony Chorus, Charles Sutter, Pres . ..................... 481-8059 Naples Philharmonic . ................................ 239-597-1111 The Schoolhouse Theater . ............................... 472-6862 SW Florida Symphony . .................................. 418-0996 Theatre Conspiracy . .................................... 936-3239 Young Artists Awards . ................................... 574-9321CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONSAmerican Legion Post #38 . ........................... 2 39-332-1853 Angel Flight . .................................. 1 -877-4AN-ANGEL Animal Refuge Center . .................................. 731-3535 American Business Women Association . .................... 357-6755 Audubon of SWFL . .................................... 3 39-8046 Audubon Society . ...................................... 472-3156 Caloosahatchee Chapter DAR . ............................ 482-1366 Caloosahatchee Folk Society . ............................ 321-4620 Cape Chorale Barbershop Chorus . ................... 1 -855-425-3631 Cape Coral Stamp Club . ................................. 542-9153 duPont Company Retirees . .............................. 454-1083 Edison Porcelain Artists . ................................. 415-2484 Embroiderers Guild of America Sea Grape Chapter . ...... 2 39-267-1990 FM UDC Chapter 2614 United Daughters of the Confederacy . ... 728-3743 Friendship Force Of SW FL . .............................. 561-9164 Garden Club of Cape Coral . .......................... 2 39-257-2654 Horticulture and Tea Society . ............................. 472-8334 Horticultural Society . ................................... 472-6940 Lee County Genealogical Society . ......................... 549-9625 Lee Trust for Historic Preservation . ........................ 939-7278 NARFE(National Active & Retired Federal Employees . ......... 482-6713 Navy Seabees Veterans of America . ....................... 731-1901 Paradise Iowa Club of SWFL . ............................. 66 7-1354 Sons of Confederate Veterans . ............................ 332-2408 Southwest Florida Fencing Academy . ....................... 939-1338 Southwest Florida Music Association . ...................... 5 61-2118 Kiwanis Fort Myers Beach . .................... 7 65-4254 or 454-8090 Kiwanis Fort Myers Edison . .............................. 694-1056 Kiwanis Fort Myers South . ............................... 691-1405 Gateway to the Islands .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218-5768 Iona-McGregor . ....................................... 482-0869 Lions Club Fort Myers Beach . ............................. 463-9738 Lions Club Fort Myers High Noon . ......................... 466-4228 Lions Club Estero/South Fort Myers . ....................... 898-1921 Notre Dame Club of Lee County . ......................... 7 68-0417 Organ Transplant Recipients of SW Florida . .................. 247-3073 POLO Club of Lee County . ............................... 477-4906 Rotary Club of Fort Myers . ............................... 332-8158 Sanibel-Captiva Orchid Society . ........................... 472-6940 United Way of Lee County . ............................... 433-2000 United Way 211 Helpline (24 hour) . ................... 2 11 or 433-3900AREA ATTRACTIONSBailey-Matthews National Shell Museum . .................... 395-2233 Burroughs Home . ...................................... 337-9505 Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium . ....................... 275-3435 Edison & Ford Winter Estates . ............................ 334-7419 Fort Myers Skate Park . .................................. 321-7558 Imaginarium Hands-On Museum & Aquarium . ................ 321-7420 JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge . .................. 4 72-1100 Koreshan State Historic Site . ......................... 2 39-992-0311 Langford Kingston Home . ............................ 239-334-2550 Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center . .............. 765-8101 Skatium . ............................................. 3 21-7510 Southwest Florida Historical Society . ...................... 93 9-4044 Southwest Florida Museum of History . ...................... 321-7430 True Tours . .......................................... 94 5-0405 To be listed in calling card email your information to: press@riverweekly. .com PETS OF THE WEEK Haven on Earth Animal LeagueTriscuit And MaliaDuring the month of April, Haven on Earth Animal Leagues adoption fee for adult cats is only $35. Hi there! Im Triscuit. I am a beautiful, 1-year-old calico kitty, and I just had a litter of kittens. I am being fostered while I raise my babies and will be available for adoption in about a month. I will be spayed and brought up to date on all vaccines. As an adult, my special adoption fee is only $35 during the month of April. Hello! Im Malia. I am a very pretty Siamese girl with beautiful blue eyes. Im about 7 years old. I would prefer to be the only cat in the house, but I get along well with dogs. I am currently staying with a foster mom. I am spayed and up to date on all vaccines. My adoption fee is $35 during the month of April. We are being cared for by Haven on Earth Animal League. For more information, call Diane at 860-833-4472 or email Triscuit photos provided Malia Lee County Domestic Animal ServicesCrystal And LoriHello, my name is Crystal. I am an 8-yearold female chihuahua who is technically considered a senior here at Lee County Domestic Animal Services. But you couldnt tell. I have the energy of a teenager, and I am very playful and fun to be around. You would never know that I am blind, though the veterinarian thinks I may still see shapes, because I can get around just fine and my disposition doesnt let me slow down a bit. Visit our Facebook page to see me in action. My adoption fee is $25. Hi, Im Lori. I am a 6-year-old female domestic shorthair who is a playful gal with a young spirit. I like to roam about and check out the action. I am a free spirit at heart, but definitely love my cuddle time as well. I get along well with other cats, so take advantage of the adopt one feline, get a friend at no charge special My adoption fee is $25. For information about this weeks pets, call 533-7387 (LEE-PETS) or log on to Animal Services website at 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 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The shelter is located at 5600 Banner Drive in Fort Myers, next to the Lee County Sheriffs Office off Six Mile Cypress Parkway. All adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, rabies vaccination and county license if three months or older, flea treatment, worming, heartworm test for dogs six months and over, feline AIDS and leukemia test for cats, training DVD, 10-day health guarantee, and a bag of Science Diet pet food. The adoption package is valued at $500. Crystal ID# A732818 photos provided Lori ID# A733060


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THE RIVER APRIL 6, 2018 27 FIND AT LEaAST S SIX D DIffFFERENCES BETWEEN PaANElLS SUDOKUTo play Sudoku: Complete the grid so that every row, column and every 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 through 9 (the same number cannot appear more than once in a row, column or 3x3 box.) There is no guessing and no math involved, just logic.answer on page 29 answer on page 29Blueberry and Yogurt Breakfast Parfait p hoto courtesy Fresh From Florida Blueberry and Yogurt Breakfast Parfait 2 pints fresh blueberries, rinsed 2 cups granola 3 cups low-fat vanilla yogurt cup blueberry jam cup water Fresh mint sprigs for garnish In a small mixing bowl, combine blueberry jam and water. Use a whisk to completely mix the jam and water together. In four parfait glasses, make layers using granola, yogurt and fresh blueberries. Evenly add one layer of the blueberry jam mixture. Top each parfait with fresh blueberries and garnish with mint. Serve cold.


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20187-Day Local Forecast Cape Coral Bridge Tides Redfish Pass Tides Point Ybel Tides Punta Rassa Tides SUNDAYMost ly Cloudy High: 80 Low: 69 TUESDAYMost ly Sunny High: 75 Low: 68 THURSDAYSunny High: 71 Low: 64 Day HighLowHighLow Fri7:40 am9:43 am4:45 pmNone Sat5:35 pm12:58 amNoneNone Sun6:47 pm2:10 amNoneNone Mon11:52 am3:19 am8:27 pm2:37 pm Tue12:07 pm4:16 am9:58 pm4:08 pm Wed12:24 pm5:02 am11:06 pm5:05 pm Thu12:39 pm5:40 amNone5:49 pm Day HighLowHighLow Fri6:23 am10:18 am4:24 pmNone Sat7:32 am12:59 am5:14 pm10:30 am Sun8:42 am2:23 am6:32 pm10:53 am Mon12:56 pm3:27 am8:47 pm3:11 pm Tue10:57 am4:18 am9:56 pm4:12 pm Wed11:41 am5:05 am11:00 pm5:06 pm Thu12:12 pm5:46 am11:52 pm5:56 pm Day HighLowHighLow Fri6:45 am9:45 am3:50 pmNone Sat4:40 pm1:00 amNoneNone Sun5:52 pm2:12 amNoneNone Mon10:57 am3:21 am7:32 pm2:39 pm Tue11:12 am4:18 am9:03 pm4:10 pm Wed11:29 am5:04 am10:11 pm5:07 pm Thu11:44 am5:42 am11:06 pm5:51 pm Day HighLowHighLow Fri9:50 am3:08 am6:55 pm12:59 pm Sat7:45 pm4:14 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THE RIVER APRIL 6, 2018 29 KING CROSSWORD SUPER CROSSWORD MAGIC MAZE SUDOKU PUZZLE ANSWERS My Stars FOR WEEK OF APRIL 9, 2018Aries (March 21 to April 19) Rumors of a change in the workplace could make you a mite uneasy about going ahead with implementing your ideas. Best advice: Ignore the talk and proceed as planned. Taurus (April 20 to May 20) Everyone has an opinion on how to handle a recent business suggestion. Thank them for their advice. Then go ahead and follow your own fine instincts. Gemini (May 21 to June 20) While home is your main focus this week, new issues in the workplace need your attention as well. Take things step by step. Pressures ease in time for weekend fun. Cancer (June 21 to July 22) Be less rigid when handling a relationship problem. You might believe youre in the right, but try to open your mind to the possibilities of facts youre currently not aware of. Leo (July 23 to August 22) Leos and Leonas run at a hectic pace throughout much of the week. But by the weekend, the Lions Dens become a purrrfect place for you Fine Felines to relax in. Virgo (August 23 to September 22) Change is favored early in the week. This should make it easier for you to reassess your plans for handling a troubling professional relationship. Good luck. Libra (September 23 to October 22) A suggestion from a colleague could give your professional project that long-needed boost. Meanwhile, someone close to you still needs your emotional support. Scorpio (October 23 to November 21) Before complying with a colleagues request, check to see that the action benefits all, not just one persons agenda. Continue firming up those travel plans. Sagittarius (November 22 to December 21) Your social life is on the upswing, and the only problem is deciding which invitations to accept. Enjoy yourself before settling down for some serious work next week. Capricorn (December 22 to January 19) With your creative aspects on high, you might want to restart your work on that novel or painting you put aside. Your efforts will bring a surge in your self-esteem. Aquarius (January 20 to February 18) While youre generous with others, be sure youre not overlooking your own needs. Take time to assess your situation and make adjustments where necessary. Pisces (February 19 to March 20) Being applauded for your achievement is great. But watch out that you dont start acting like a star. It could lose you valuable support with your next project. Born This Week: Your strong belief in justice, along with your leadership qualities, help you protect the rights of others. On April 15, 1783, the Continental Congress of the United States officially ratifies a preliminary peace treaty with Great Britain. Five months later, the Treaty of Paris was signed, bringing an end to the Revolutionary War. On April 9, 1859, a 23-year-old Missouri youth named Samuel Clemens receives his steamboat pilots license. Clemens is better known by the pseudonym Mark Twain, a boatmans call noting that the river depth was two fathoms (12 feet) and safe for travel. On April 14, 1912, the luxury liner RMS Titanic, on its maiden voyage, fails to divert its course from an iceberg, ruptures its hull and begins to sink. Of the estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard, some 1,500 were killed. On April 12, 1945, while on a vacation, President Franklin Roosevelt suffers a stroke and dies. FDR had been elected president four times and had served for more than 12 years, the only president ever to serve more than two terms. On April 11, 1951, President Harry Truman relieves the flamboyant and egotistical Gen. Douglas MacArthur of command of U.S. forces in Korea. The firing set off a brief uproar among the American public, and he returned home to a heros welcome. On April 10, 1963, the atomic submarine USS Thresher sinks in the North Atlantic during deep-diving tests, killing the entire 129 man crew. An investigation found that a silver-brazed joint in the engine room had caused a short in critical electrical systems. On April 13, 1970, disaster strikes 200,000 miles from Earth when oxygen tank No. 2 blows up on Apollo 13. Commander James Lovell reported to mission control on Earth: Houston, weve had a problem here. Using dramatic and untested maneuvers, Apollo 13 touched down safely in the Pacific Ocean four days later. The unknown soul who made the following sage observation must have been a keen observer of events: A politician can appear to have his nose to the grindstone while straddling a fence and keeping both ears to the ground. Swedish chemist and engineer Alfred Nobel, famed inventor of dynamite and originator of the Nobel Prizes, could speak five languages fluently by the time he was 17 years old. Most languages change dramatically over time. If we in modern America were to try to read, say, Beowulf (which was written in Old English), only those who have spent time studying the language would be able to make out more than a word or two here and there. If youre from Iceland, however, this isnt the case; the written language there has remained virtually unchanged for more than 1,000 years. Modern Icelanders have no trouble reading sagas that were written in the 10th century. Those who study such things say that fully one-third of all your brainpower is used for vision. At some point in your life youve probably gotten your hands gooey with papier-mache, whether you were making crafts yourself or helping your kids. You may not have realized, though, that the term papier-mache means chewed-up paper in French. You might be surprised to learn that there are people who study how air quality, humidity, the hardness of the water and pollution affect peoples hair. According to these researchers, the worst American cities for your tresses are Corpus Christi, Texas; Olympia, Washington; and Pittsburgh. Jobs are like going to church: Its nice once or twice a year to sing along and eat something and all that, but unless you really believe theres something holy going on, it gets to be a drag going in every single week. -Thomas Michael Disch THIS WEEK IN HISTORY STRANGE BUT TRUE THOUGHT FOR THE DAY SCRAMBLERS TRIVIA TEST 1. Boston 2. Candle in the Wind (1997, Elton John) 3. Three: Aglaia, Euphrosyne and Thalia 4. Washington National Airport 5. Statler and Waldorf 6. Jane 7. Fear of the number 13 8. Lake Victoria 9. 9.5 magnitude, near Valdivia, Chile, in 1960 10. Silicone TRIVIA ANSWERS 1. U.S. Cities : Which U.S. city is popularly known as Beantown? 2. Music : What was the best-selling music single of all time? 3. Mythology : In Greek mythology, how many graces are there? 4. T ransportation: Which major airport is known by the threeletter code DCA? 5. T elevision: What are the names of the two Muppet characters that heckle the cast from their balcony seats? 6. Literatur e: What is the first name of Agatha Christies detective Miss Marple? 7. Psychology : What is triskaidekaphobia? 8. Geography : What is the largest freshwater body in Africa? 9. General Knowledge : What was the strongest earthquake recorded? 10. T oys & Games: What is the main ingredient of Silly Putty?


THE RIVER APRIL 6, 2018 30 PLACE CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED To advertise in the Island Sun and The River Weekly News Call 395-1213 LOVE SANIBEL? MASTIQUE HI RISE2 miles from causeway. Full resort amenities on 50 acres. direct elevator to unit. Gated community. $549K. 3/30 4/20 REAL ESTATEGARCIA REAL ESTATE AND CONSULTINGRICHARD J. GARCIA, GRI, 4/29 TFN SIMCOE ON SANIBEL For more details 3/9 TFN ANNUAL RENTAL WANTED 3/23 4/13 RENTAL WANTED SERVICES OFFEREDROGER NODRUFF ELECTRIC 6/7 TFN JC WINDOW CLEANING 11/17 TFN SCARNATO LAWN SERVICE scarnatolawn@aol.com1/25 TFN HELLES CLEANING SERVICES 1/4 TFN ANNUAL RENTAL 472-6747Gulf Beach Properties, Inc. 2/23 TFN SANIBELWaterfront Home: ANNUAL RENTALANNUAL RENTAL ON SANIBEL 3/30 4/20 COMMERCIAL RENTALWONDERFUL RENTAL IN POPULAR LOCATION ON SANIBEL 8/5 TFN VACATION RENTAL Island VacationsMillion $ Views Await You! Condos 239-472-72771-888-451-72771/4 TFN 1/26 TFN $2,350 ANNUAL LEASE, AVAILABLE NOW 4/6 4/6 ANNUAL RENTAL Cycling Safety NotesRide to the right Warn to pass Wear a helmet Use lights at night Always be courteousSANIBEL BICYCLE CLUB BOATS CANOES KAYAKSDOCKAGE 1/4 TFN GARAGE SALECROW YARD SALE items and wildlife related artwork. 4/6 4/6 GARAGE FURNITURE SALE 4/6 4/6 GARAGE SALE MCGREGOR WOODS 4/6 4/6 SERVICES OFFEREDPROFESSIONAL CAR WASH & WAX & DETAIL BY HAND Satisfaction Guaranteed. 9/29 TFN ENVIROMOW OF LEE COUNTY OFF your 1/26 TFN HELP WANTEDJERRYS FOODS SERVERS & BARISTAS 5/6 TFN DRIVERS NEEDED 3/16 4/6 EXPERIENCED RETAIL SALES 4/6 4/13 HELP WANTED 4/6 4/27


THE RIVER APRIL 6, 2018 31 Top 10 Real Estate SalesCourtesy of Royal Shell Real EstateMedical Center Baby-FriendlyGulf Coast Medical Center received prestigious international recognition from Baby-Friendly USA when the hospital was named a Designated Baby-Friendly birth facility. Based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, this prestigious international award recognizes birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence and skills they need to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies. There are more than 20,000 designated Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers worldwide. Currently there are 502 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the hospital experience is critical for women who intend to breastfeed, said Julie Harney, nurse manager, maternal/ child services at Gulf Coast Medical Center. Mothers must be supported immediately after birth to establish breastfeeding, which gives infants the best start in achieving a healthy life, including a reduced risk for obesity. Earning the Baby-Friendly designation is validation for the work we do to support breastfeeding moms and babies. To learn more about the BabyFriendly hospital initiative, visit www. Pharmacists Author StudyIn a study published recently, authors from Lee Health demonstrated that utilizing T2Dx diagnostic technology improved care for patients suspected of sepsis and reduced costs. Authored by Lee Health pharmacists Megan Patch, PharmD, Emily Weisz, PharmD, and Sandy Estrada, PharmD, the study that was published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy found that patients suspected of a candida infection that were tested on the new technology received targeted therapy in only six hours compared to conventional testing practices that took 28 hours more than 4.5 times faster. Lee Health was the first health system in Florida to adopt the T2Dx Instrument and the T2Candida Panel, which detects candida, one of the deadliest sepsiscausing infections. By using the new instrument, Lee Health clinicians were able to reduce empiric antifungal therapy for patients that did not have a candida infection, which led to savings in pharmacy costs. Due to the more targeted use of antifungals, the average duration of therapy was reduced by four days, discontinued after a single dose or avoided altogether in 58.4 percent of patients. This data demonstrates that innovation at Lee Health is leading to improved care for our patients and also reducing costs, said John Armitstead, Lee Health System director of pharmacy. The testing is helping to get our patients suspected of sepsis on the right therapy faster. Tickets Available For Hall Of FameTickets and sponsorship opportunities are still available for Junior Achievement of Southwest Floridas 2018 Business Hall of Fame, Lee County induction and awards ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa on Wednesday, April 25. A cocktail reception at 5 p.m. kicks off the event and will be followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. During the event, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida will induct Pason Gaddis, co-founder and CEO of Florida Media Group, LLC, and Gary Griffin, P.E., president and CEO of B & I Contractors, Inc., into the 2018 Business Hall of Fame, Lee County. Individual tickets are $250 each, and sponsorship packages that include up to eight seats are still available. Proceeds benefit local Junior Achievement programs. The Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa is located at 5001 Coconut Road in Bonita Springs. To reserve tables, purchase individual tickets or become a sponsor, call 225-2590 or visit Hortoons Subdivision City Year BuiltSquare FootageListing Price Selling Price Days On Market McPhie ParkFort Myers Beach 2018 4,768 $2,795,000 $2,740,000 10 Chateaux Sur Mer Unrec Sanibel 1983 2,098 $2,595,000 $2,450,000 17 Cape Coral Cape Coral 2016 4,785 $2,500,000 $1,800,000 345 Devonwood Fort Myers 2006 8,759 $1,999,000 $1,750,000 612 North Captiva Dunes Captiva 1994 2,528 $1,595,000 $1,454,000 175 Cassina Miromar Lakes 2017 2,742 $1,595,000 $1,568,158 125 Verona Lago Miromar Lakes 2004 3,293 $1,290,000 $1,250,000 691 Intracoastal HarbourFort Myers 2012 2,857 $1,250,000 $1,200,000 66 Cape Harbour Cape Coral 2003 2,807 $1,150,000 $1,035,000 79 Nature's Cove Estero 2000 4,333 $1,125,000 $1,070,000 5