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VOL.9,No.14 From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort Myers APRIL9,2010
.. Life-Affirming Drama Opens Friday
will open the
show Trying by .
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on April 9. Trying
is a play The New
York Times says
is "comic and
year she spent as
secretary to Judge
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Concert This Weekend t:s.mb s
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In a first for the Southwest Florida area, the Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers character study set Rachel Burttram and David S. Howard
will present Great Moments in Opera, which will feature the most beloved against the back- Photo by Chip Wolfe
opera choruses and arias from familiar operas. There will be two performances: drop of 1960s
Saturday, April 10 at 7 p.m. at Moorings Presbyterian Church in Naples; and political unrest in Washington, DC. Trying finds two very different generations strug-
Sunday, April 11 at 4 p.m. at Riverside Church in Fort Myers. Tickets are on sale gling to find common ground in the midst of uncertain times.
now. The production stars Broadway and screen veteran David S. Howard as Judge
Opera lovers from all over the area will have the chance to hear many of their Francis Biddle, and Florida Rep Associate Director Rachel Burttram. Trying plays
favorite selections all in one concert, continued on page 8
continued on page 16
Quilt Show Open To The Public
Shell Point annua9 #
J Quilt Show .
will be open to the
public for the first J it
time since it began 1 4
26 years ago. The
show will be on dis-
play from Saturday, 0
April 17 through -
Monday, April 19. J
The resident quilt _
invites the public
to view the many
sizes and varieties .
of quilts created -
by artists at Shell
Point. : i '
"There are so
individuals living at A variety of quilt styles will be on display
Shell Point, and the
residents who create these beautiful quilts are excited to invite the public on property
to view their hard work," said Jean Arndt, Shell Point resident and quilt show chair-
person. "This is the first time we have opened the quilt show up for anyone outside of
Shell Point to visit, and we are really looking forward to having many guests here on
The show will be on display inside the Social Center on The Island at Shell Point on
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., and Monday from A northern reflective theme
continued on page 17
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Historic Downtown Fort Myers, Then And Now:
by Gerri Reaves
Sack in the 1930s, Alphonso "Buck" Fernandez opened
a restaurant that some locals still remember for its tasty
food. Buck's Place was located on the north side of
Palm Beach Boulevard (East First Street), just east of Billy's
Creek Bridge and only a stone's throw from the banks of the
-' Caloosahatchee River.
According to Buck's nephew, Tom Fernandez, his uncle is the
| man dressed in the coast guard uniform in one of the historic
photos. He thinks that the woman sitting to Buck's right is Alma
Scott Fernandez, Buck's wife.
The undated photo must have been taken during the World
War II years, since Buck enlisted in 1942. Note the Art Deco glass bricks around the
entrance, the roof-top neon sign, and the Venetian blinds in the front windows.
Buck also appears in the undated interior photo of the restaurant. The classic stain-
less-steel bar stools, tables and S-curve chairs capture the welcoming atmosphere of a
mid-20th century eating establishment.
Behind the counter to the left is a convenient Heinz Electric Soup Kitchen, which
heated individual servings of soup in only two minutes.
Tom says that Buck's was a family restaurant. Buck was very likeable, and he would
let people go into the kitchen to see what was going on.
As a result, diners must have really trusted the quality of the food preparation and
Tom's father, Joe George Fernandez, used to take the family to the restaurant to
eat. But he wouldn't take them too often because Buck refused to let them pay, says
Doug Bartleson, who grew up in East Fort Myers, fondly recalls the many meals he
ate at Buck's. His mother would take him there and they would enjoy the curb service
and eat in their car.
He specifically remembers the hamburger sauce at Buck's.
I i .
Owner Buck Fernandez stands at the bar of his East Fort Myers restaurant
photos of Buck's Place courtesy of the Fernandez family
Buck's Place was located on the north side of Palm Beach Boulevard (right), just west of
the now non-existent Isabelle Street. This is a view toward downtown Fort Myers.
photo by Gerri Reaves
"Whatever Buck did to it was a secret that died with him," he says.
Buck came from a true Southwest Florida pioneer family. He was born on Mound
Key in 1909 to Antonio and Maria Fernandez, natives of Portugal. Antonio was a mis-
sionary and helped to found Methodist Church in Estero, but after arriving on Mound
Key, he became a fisherman to survive.
By the late 1950s, Buck's Place closed and its owner went back to sea, so to
speak, starting a successful and long career as a fishing guide out of Fort Myers Beach.
His first boat was the 23-foot Pixie, which was followed by a series of boats elegantly
Stroll down First Street, cross Billy's Creek, and see the former site of Buck's Place.
Then marvel at the changes the landscape has undergone, head back toward town,
continued on page 3
This photo of Alma Scott Fernandez (left) and Buck Fernandez (seated) at Buck's Place
was taken between 1942 and 1945
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From page 2
and visit the Southwest Florida Museum
of History at 2031 Jackson Street to
learn more about Fort Myers' restaurant
See the current exhibit, Tutankhamun:
Wonderful Things from the Pharaoh's
Tomb, and ask about the walking tours
of historic downtown on Wednesday and
For information, call 321-7430 or
go to swflmuseumofhistory.com. The
museum's hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5
p.m. on Sunday.
When researching local history or
doing genealogical research, be sure
to check out the Southwest Florida
Historical Society at 10091 McGregor
Boulevard. Call 939-4044 or drop by on
Wednesday or Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.
Sources: The archives of the
Southwest Florida Historical Society.
Cherish the Children Event and
Auction will be held at the Sidney
& Berne Davis Art Center in the
River District of downtown Fort Myers
on Saturday, April 17.
The event will feature one-of-a-kind
hand painted furnishings and artwork
from the imagination of local artists.
Along with unique auction items, there
will be live music, food and drinks, and a
local celebrity chair.
The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
is at 2301 First Street.
Ansel Adams Exhibition
In Bonita Springs
he Art League of Bonita Springs will host a col-
lection of Ansel Adams works beginning April 9.
The Ansel Adams: Early Works exhibition
focuses on the masterful small-scale prints made by
Adams from the 1920s into the 1950s. This show is
organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions. All Images
are copyright 2010 The Ansel Adams Publishing
The exhibition opening reception will be held
from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 9 in conjunction with a
campus-wide open house at the Center for the Arts.
The campus will be celebrating its 10th anniversary.
All classrooms will be open with instructors and artists
showing and selling artwork and answering questions
about classes and programs at the art league. The
Ansel Adams: Early Works exhibition will remain on
display through May 1.0
Golden Gate Headlands, 1950 This beautiful archival replica is made
using the very latest digital technologies to produce the finest reproduc-
tion. Each one is individually produced and inspected, assembled using
museum quality materials, and designed to provide a most elegant pre-
sentation. photo by Ansel Adams
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Downtown Fort Myers Tel. 334-8080
Food For Hungry
The Post Office is appealing to
departing snowbirds not to throw
away unwanted food but to drop
it off at their local post office.
"The hungry in our community need
your food donations as you clean out
your cupboards to return north," says
Debra Mitchell. spokeswoman for the
local postal service.
"Please leave your donations of non-
perishable food items at your local Post
Office. Your donations will be saved for
inclusion in the letter carrier food drive on
Saturday May 8. All food will be distrib-
uted by local food banks," says Mitchell.0
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For up-to-date information
on the local beaches
Tax Night Mailing
Income tax procrastinators need to
be aware that postal services for
those tax returns will be limited on
Thursday, April 15.
The Internal Revenue Service requires
that income tax forms be sent by certified
mail if the preparer wants verification that
the forms were received by the IRS. The
certified mail receipt would also provide
verification of the date of mailing.
The Page Field Main Post Office,
2655 N Airport Road, Fort Myers will
remain open for business until 8 p.m. Full
retail service and an April 15 postmark
will be available until then.
Three contract post office locations
will offer extended hours: Alico Self
Storage, 7600 Alico Road, Fort Myers
will extend hours to 7:30; Sun Harvest
Citrus, 14810 Metro Parkway, Fort
Myers until 7 p.m.; Get Your Paint On,
3398 Forum Boulevard, Fort Myers until
10 p.m. Mail will be collected at mid-
night for an April 15 postmark from the
blue collection boxes at the Fort Myers
Processing & Distribution Center located
at 14080 Jetport Loop Road. All other
post offices and contract post offices in
the Fort Myers/Cape Coral area will close
at the end of their normal business hours.
Collection of mail from all blue boxes will
be at the normal posted times.#
Biennial candidate forums begin
for the Fort Myers Republican
Women's Club with the appear-
ance of two candidates on Tuesday,
April 20 at The Helm Club, The
Landings, South Fort Myers. State
Attorney Steve Russell and Public
Defender Kathy Smith will discuss the
intricacies of their jobs and their quali-
fications for being re-elected. Neither
candidate has opposition. A question-
and-answer session will follow their pre-
The public is invited to attend. A social
hour begins at 11:15 a.m. with the lun-
cheon and candidate forum following at
noon. The cost for the luncheon is $16;
reservations are required by Thursday,
April 15 and may be made by contacting
Tina Laurie at 489-4701.
The Fort Myers Republican Women's
Club is affiliated with the Florida
Federation of Republican Women and
the National Federation of Republican
Women. Additional information about the
club may be obtained by contacting the
past president, Marilyn Stout, at
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Cell Phone Use
While the bill to ban texting when
driving has moved forward in
Tallahassee, statistics show that
laws will not stop drivers from using cell
phones at the wheel.
Police have a difficult time enforcing
cell phone laws. Drivers get more creative
in hiding their cell phones, increasing
the risk of a crash and death or injury of
Cell phone use causes 1.6 million
crashes each year; 500,000 people are
injured and 6,000 people are killed each
year due to cell phone use according
to the National Safety Council, United
States Department of Transportation and
the Highway Loss Data Institute.
If laws do not make a difference, what
works? Social pressure to be responsible
drivers will make the difference.
Recognizing that use of a cell phone
while driving increases the risk of hav-
ing a crash fourfold the same risk as
a drunk driver and texting while driv-
ing increases the risk of a crash by eight
times, the Florida Junior Civitan Board
of Directors have launched the Be a NO
PHONE Driver campaign to raise aware-
Teenagers across Florida are encour-
aging their peers, school mates, family
and the public to sign a pledge to Be a
NO PHONE Driver, to stop risking the
lives of everyone on the road, including
To sign the pledge, visit www.
Florida Herb Day
L earn how to grow herbs from the
experts and from your neighbors
L t Southwest Florida Herb Day on
Saturday, April 10 from 8:30 a.m. to
For many herbs there is a season
while others prefer year round exposure.
Popular and exotic herbs will be for
sale. Registration is at 8:15 a.m.
Bobbi Robertson, Lee County Master
Gardener, will open the session and
Dennis Gretton will speak on Growing
& Using Herbs in Florida. There will be
a tasting table with food to sample made
with fresh herbs from the garden.
Herbs for Florida Gardeners will be
discussed by Monica Brandies.
The workshop will be at the Lee
County Extension Service, 3406 Palm
Beach Boulevard, east Fort Myers.
Cost is $8 per person in advance, $10
at the door.
For more information contact Claudia
Piotrowicz at 533-7514 or email email:
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New Requirements for Renewing
Florida Driver License
he City of Sanibel has been notified by the Lee County Tax Collector that
specific proof of identification is now required to renew or obtain a new driv-
er's license or ID card.
1. Primary Identification Bring One (original or certified copies)
Certified U.S. birth certificate includes territories and District of Columbia
Valid U.S. passport or passport card
Consular report of birth abroad
Certificate of naturalization, Form N-550 or N-570
Certificate of citizenship, Form N-560 or N-561
2. Social Security Number Bring One:
Social Security Card (if issued)
Pay check stub showing number
Letter from Social Security Administration
3. Residential Address Bring two:
Deed, mortgage, payment booklet, or rental agreement
Florida vehicle registration or title
Utility bill or hookup work order
Statement from person you live with along with two address documents in that
Name Change (if applicable)
Multiple name changes must show documents (original or certified copies) linking
current name with primary identification document.
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Along The River
G et your groove
on at Ugly's
Waterside Bar, .
the place "where every-
body gets prettier,"
at Nervous Nellie's
Eatery on Fort Myers .^B
Beach. The waterside
bar is open all day and
features happy hour
with live music.
On Friday, April
9, Ugly's features No
Way Jos0 and Vytas
Vibe; on Saturday,
The Oysters and Vytas
Vibe; on Sunday, the
Hightide Band and The
Oysters; on Monday,
Fire Zeus and Vytas
Vibe; on Tuesday, Stet- -
TV, the Diane Russell
Band, A200 and Soapy
Tuna; on Wednesday is
the Hightide Band; on
Thursday is Band 4 and
The Oysters; and on
Friday, April 16 is Hung .
Jury and the House
brunch/lunch on Nellie's
waterside patio com- The Bar As
plete with island music, other Sunc
This Sunday will feature
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sociation Bistro and Lounge offers brunch every
reggae with No Way Jos0. Doors open at
- 9 a.m.
S If you are traveling by boat, marina
dockage is free with dock attendant's
assistance. If you dine at Nellie's, park
your car for free and let one of Nellie's
pedicabs bring you to the beach and back.
Nervous Nellie's Crazy Waterfront
Eatery is located at 1131 First Street,
Fort Myers Beach and is open for Sunday
Brunch, lunch, dinner and snacks in
between. Call 463-8077 or go to www.
Play it smart this spring break and call
> Erroll's Taxi for a safe ride home. The
24-hour taxi service also offers transpor-
tation to and from the airport with lim-
ousines and Towncars available. All cars
are non-smoking with service all around
Southwest Florida to Miami, Tampa, St.
Petersburg, Fort Launderdale, Naples,
Fort Myers Beach, and Sanibel and
Captiva Islands. Call 770-3333.
Beginning Sunday, April 9, The Bar
Association Bistro and Lounge will
serve brunch and bottomless mimosas
every other Sunday from 11 a.m. until 4
p.m. The bar remains open until 7 p.m.
On Friday, April 16, owners Ron
Kopko and Mark Solomon are celebrat-
ing the end of the tax season with a Poor
Again 2010 party. They are offering free
food tasting, sponsored in part by deli
meats and artisan cheese producers Dietz
and Watson, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with
free wine tasting from 12 to 2 p.m.
The Bar Association Bistro and Lounge
is located at 1609 Hendry Street in histor-
ic downtown Fort Myers. Call 334-8080.
Call ahead and reserve your room at
Book your room at Legacy Harbour Hotel and Suites for the River and Blues Fest
Legacy Harbour Hotel and Suites
for the River and Blues Fest on Sunday,
April 18. The resort offers one and
two-bedroom waterfront suites with full
kitchens and living rooms. Standard hotel
rooms are also available. All guests can
enjoy the 5,000+ square foot sundeck
overlooking Legacy Harbour Marina, a Please visit our River Weekly News
solar heated swimming pool and free wi-fi, online advertisers at
all within walking distance to the festival www.islandsunnews.com.
in Centennial Park. Call 332-2048 for the You can click through to their
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to www.legacyharbour.com. about real estate, shopping,
On Tuesday, April 20, experience restaurants and services.
gourmet the Sonoma way at The Sandy Just click on the logos surrounding
Butler Restaurant. Beginning at 7 p.m., the front page.
the restaurant is serving a four-course
dinner with expertly paired wines from
Sonoma County, California. The cost is
$75 per person.
The Sandy Butler Gourmet Market and Restaurant is located at 17650 San Carlos
Boulevard, Fort Myers. Call 482-6765 for reservations.,
Lee County VCB
he Lee County Visitor &
Convention Bureau (VCB) recently
honored its 120 volunteers at
the 20-year celebration of the Visitor
Services volunteer program at the Hyatt
Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa
in Bonita Springs.
The program started with one staff
person and 24 volunteers on October
1, 1990 in two welcome booths at the
Southwest Florida Regional Airport on
Chamberlin Parkway. Three of the origi-
nal volunteers are still with the program:
Maureen Charlebois, Rosie Kershaw and
Since 1990, the volunteers have
donated 300,000 hours of service, saving
Lee County $3.8 million in wages. They
have taken nearly 200 familiarization
trips to hotels and attractions to better be
able to assist visitors with their questions
about the area, and have helped with
dozens of special projects, conferences,
meetings, consumer shows, sports and
community events, festivals and work at
the state welcome centers.
"Our thanks to the hundreds of volun-
teers who have aided our visitors over the
past 20 years, serving as the welcome
face of our community," said Tamara
Pigott, VCB executive director. "These
ambassadors are one of the best assets
of the Southwest Florida tourism com-
The program has grown over time,
assisting a few thousand visitors the first
year to more than 260,000 last year.
"Our dedicated volunteers have always
stepped up to the occasion whenever
and wherever they were needed," said
Judi Durant, VCB Visitor Services direc-
tor. "We are very fortunate to have great
people who are willing to give back to the
community by welcoming our guests."
If you would like to become part of the
next 20 years of the program, contact
the VCB Visitor Services staff at
Bob Halgrim, Caroline Keyes, Sherrie Streit, Joanie Halgrim, Rose Browning, Christin
Collins, Bill Fiorello
John Halgrim will be posthumously given
the Uncommon Friends Award for 2010
The John Halgrim Foundation
announced its official formation
with a celebratory launch party
that took place on April 1, hosted by
Jackie Streit (grandmother of John
Halgrim) in Fort Myers. With nearly 100
people in attendance, including John
Halgrim's family, friends and supporters,
the event provided an opportunity to
share recent news of the John Halgrim
Orphanage and the goals and mission
of the John Halgrim Foundation.
Following the diagnosis of an
inoperable, malignant brain tumor
in 2006, 15-year-old John Halgrim
was approached by the Make-A-Wish
Foundation, offering him an opportunity
for one last wish. John told the volunteer
that he would like to open an orphanage
in Africa. The Make-A-Wish Foundation
was not sure that they could facilitate
John's wish, however, he carried on and
pursued other channels. When his pas-
tor heard about John's desire to help
needy children in Africa, it was met with
great enthusiasm from his local church
community. Through support and dona-
tions from his community, family and
friends John's wish was granted and
one year to the date of his passing, the
John Halgrim Orphanage was opened in
Nairobi, Kenya. Now home to 60 chil-
dren, the wish of a 15-year-old boy with
a big heart for others became a reality.
The launch party was also timed in
conjunction with the airing of a PBS
documentary entitled John's Wish, which
aired this Easter weekend on WGCU.
Board members also shared news about
upcoming fundraising events and activi-
ties, including an annual golf tournament
on October 2 at Fort Myers Country
Club. Also present at the launch party
was Executive Director of Uncommon
Friends Arlene Roth, who announced
that John Halgrim will be posthumously
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given the Uncommon Friends Award on
The launch party brought together
members from all of John's community
and allowed for those interested to learn
more about John's wish and find ways to
volunteer. John's mother Joanie Halgrim
thanked all the orphanage supporters
saying, "John was an ordinary boy fac-
ing extraordinarily tragic circumstances in
life, and his driving desire to think beyond
his own pain and do something for oth-
ers inspired an entire community. John's
wish is now a reality in the bricks and
mortars of a safe home in a small part of
The John Halgrim Foundation was
established to support underprivileged
children throughout the world, fostering
their well-being, health and education
through a variety of forms. The founda-
tion seeks to provide financial support to
the John Halgrim Orphanage in Nairobi,
Kenya, and establish a scholarship fund
to enable a local area student attend col-
lege. The foundation believes in giving
each child it takes into its care the secu-
rity of food, home and education as
well as hope for the future.
The John Halgrim Foundation is a
registered and accredited 501(c)3. For
more details on how you can help and
ways to give visit: www.johnhalgrimor-
phanage.com, and www.johnhalgrim-
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Wanderlust Auction Is April 14
Mark Loren necklace
The 21st annual Wanderlust travel auction and gourmet dining extravaganza
will take place Wednesday, April 14 at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club.
With the evening's Candy Land theme, guests will follow Wanderlust pathways
to whimsical cocktails, a wine raffle, one-of-a-kind travel packages, world-class din-
ing experiences, annual golf memberships, shopping sprees and spa treatments.
The fundraising event, hosted by Southwest Florida's major resorts, private clubs,
restaurants and tourism partners, benefits Florida Gulf Coast University's Resort &
Hospitality Management program.
A sampling of live auction packages
Passage for two on ResidenSea's The World cruise, home of millionaires' sea-
borne mansions, for a seven-night voyage in a plush one-bedroom apartment, with an
itinerary befitting this ultra-luxury vessel;
A Napa Wine Adventure with accommodations at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon
Bay with private winery tours including Chateau Montelena and a romantic picnic at
Private Chef's Table for eight at Bay Colony Golf Club and wine dinner for eight
at Angelina's Ristorante with limousine transport for all guests;
One-of-a-kind diamond and amethyst necklace created especially for Wanderlust
by jewelry designer Mark Loren accented by a 15.80 ct. Brazilian amethyst atop a
bronze Viking ornament dated 900 A.D., diamonds and a black pearl;
New York in style with accommodations at The Ritz-Carlton, Battery Park and
tickets to a Broadway play of your choice;
A Peter Max original piece of art is the centerpiece of a New York package with
accommodations at the exclusive Manhattan condo, The Horizon;
Five nights at 'Tween Waters Inn including boat rental, fishing charter and dinners
at three of Captiva's favorite restaurants;
Golf at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs including four-night stay accommo-
dations, four rounds of golf and airfare;
Key West getaway to Casa Marina Resort;
Exclusive one-year family golf membership at Raptor Bay Golf Club; and
Eleven day trip to Hawaii with stays on Waikiki, Kauai and Maui, plus round trip
air tickets for two.
"The live auction will also include airfare and luxury hotel stays in London and
Paris," said Brian Holly, 2010 Wanderlust chairman and FGCU Resort & Hospitality
Management advisory board member. "I think it has the potential to be the most excit-
ing Wanderlust in the event's 21-year history."
The silent auction lots will range from international stays in Curacao, to getaways
to Florida's finest resorts including The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Boca Raton Resort
& Club and The Breakers to a cooking class for 10 at Roy's restaurant. Also featured
will be a fine-wine raffle; "balloon pop" with restaurant, retail, local hotel and golf four-
somes; and a fishbowl of on-the-spot donations.
New this year will be a Wanderlust Girl's Night Out sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue
at Bell Tower Shops, Fort Myers. For a $50 donation to the RH&M program, guests
will receive a ticket to a private event at Saks on Wednesday, April 28 featuring wine,
hors d'oeuvres, fashion models and special offers.
Wanderlust is the major fundraising event for Florida Gulf Coast University's Resort
& Hospitality Management program, the fastest growing academic program at the
University. Last year, Herbert J. Sugden Hall, the program's 37,000-square-foot aca-
demic building, opened making FGCU competitive with hospitality programs across
Tickets for Wanderlust are $250 per person and corporate sponsorships are
$3,500. For additional information or to reserve a ticket contact Karen Royal at 239-
590-7742 or visit http://cps.fgcu.edu/resort/wanderlust.html.,
April At Lakes
Next month's roster of activities
at Lakes Regional Library offers
topics for all ages. The following
activities are free to the public:
English Cafe, 6 p.m. Monday, April
Practice your English at English Cafe,
a free, conversation session for adult
ESOL and ESL students. Each 90-minute
session provides adult learners an oppor-
tunity to practice speaking English with
Book Discussion: Donovan Campbell's
Joker One, 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 20
Read and discuss Donovan Campbell's
book Joker One: A Marine Platoon's
Story of Courage, Leadership, and
Brotherhood. Princeton graduate
Campbell's 40-man infantry division
called Joker One went to Afghanistan
expecting to rebuild, but found itself
fighting jihadists instead. The dynam-
ics of how platoon members support
one another in day-to-day operations
is detailed by Campbell. Registration is
Wii Bowling for Adults, 10 a.m.
Thursday, April 22
Have fun bowling on the big screen
with the Wii gaming system! No heavy
balls to lift, and just as much fun!
Sponsored by the Friends of Lakes
Regional Library. Registration is required.
Every Child Ready to Read two- and
three-year-olds, 6 p.m. Wednesday, April
Learn how to get your child ready to
read. This workshop introduces the six
pre-literacy skills and explains why they
are so important to learning to read,
gives examples of how to help children
learn the skills, and sends parents home
with early literacy activities they can
incorporate into their family's daily rou-
tine. Sponsored by the Friends of Lakes
Regional Library. Registration is required.
Baby-Parent Rhyme Time, Crawlers:
9:30 a.m. Monday, April 12, 19, 26
Walkers: 10:30 a.m. Monday, April
12, 19, 26
Rhymes and songs for infants, up to
24 months, accompanied by an adult.
This 20-minute program is filled with
songs designed to introduce rhyming
and movement to infants. Registration is
Toddler Storytime, 10 a.m. Tuesday,
April 13, 20, 27; 10 a.m. Wednesday,
April 14, 21, 28
Children two years old and their care-
givers participate in song, fingerplays and
short stories. Registration is required.
Family Storytime, 11 a.m.
Wednesday, April 14, 21, 28
This program is for the whole family
and lasts about 30 minutes. Registration
Peter Rabbit Party, 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, April 7; and 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, April 8
Hear the story of Peter Rabbit, a mis-
chievous and floppy-eared friend, and
make a Peter Rabbit paper doll, dance
the Bunny Pokey, and play games galore.
For ages two to five. Registration is
Preschool Storytime. 11 a.m.
Tuesday, April 13, 20, 27
Preschoolers three to five attend this
storytime independently while parents or
caregivers wait nearby in the library build-
ing. This storytime includes activities that
require more participation and a longer
attention span. Each preschool storytime
lasts about 30 minutes.
Disney Storytime Deluxe, 10:30 a.m.
Friday, April 16
This special storytime will include sto-
ries about your favorite characters and
your favorite Disney songs. Games, activi-
ties and a Disney craft will follow. Come
dressed as your favorite cast member. For
ages two to five. Registration is required.
Kids Read Down Fines, 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 24
Kids Read Down Fines, 2 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 24
Lakes Regional Library is at 15290
Bass Road in Fort Myers. For more infor-
mation about a program or to register,
From page 1
through April 25. Performances are
Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m, with
2 p.m. matinees on Wednesday, Sunday
and selected Saturdays with a special twi-
light performance at 7 p.m. on April 11.
Trying is sponsored by FineMark
National Bank & Trust and Bernese
Subscriptions and single tickets are
now on sale through the box office at
332-4488. Single tickets are priced at
$42, $38 and $20 and $25 and $20 for
Florida Repertory Theatre performs in
the Historic Arcade Theatre on Bay St.
between Jackson and Hendry with free
parking in the Fort Myers River District.
Visit online at www.floridarep.org.0
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This backpack is an example of the
items that are made from recycled drink
From their classrooms to store
shelves, Fort Myers schools are
learning how waste can be reused
instead of discarded. With hundreds
of students eating lunch every day,
the teachers at several area schools
- St. Michael Lutheran, Orangewood
Elementary and Colonial Elementary -
used to see a lot of used drink pouches
get thrown away. Now they earn two
cents for every one of those pouches
they collect and return to a company
called TerraCycle, which makes afford-
able, eco-friendly products from packag-
"We've just gotten under way with
our collecting and everyone is enjoying
a real hands-on experience to help save
the earth," said St. Michael Lutheran First
Grade Teacher Paulette Wagoner. "The
program has become a great math lesson
in that the students know to count out
10 pouches and bundle them in packs of
100. The 'pouch person' is actually a job
in our classroom and the students take
turns with the responsibility."
Orangewood Elementary second
grader Jake Ciano started the Drink
Pouch Brigade last year and also says it's
a good math lesson while also saving the
"Classes that collect can use differ-
ent numbers to count and bundle the
pouches such as fives or tens," said Jake.
"We have fun collecting the garbage and
earning money for our school. We've
earned almost $50 that would have been
The schools are part of a free nation-
wide program called Brigades that pays
schools and non-profits to collect non-
recyclable waste that would otherwise go
to landfill. Now the programs are coming
full circle back to Fort Myers through a
partnership with local Walmart locations.
TerraCycle uses waste material to
make products such as Seed Starter kits
from yogurt cups and pencil cases made
from drink pouches, which will be sold
at Walmart for the first time in honor of
the 40th anniversary of Earth Day this
In fact, for a limited time Walmart is
selling the widest range of TerraCycle's
upcycled products ever. For the month
of April, TerraCycle's products will be
sold right next to original items, so tote
bags made from Frito-Lay wrappers will
be sold with bags of Frito-Lay chips and
backpacks made from Capri Sun drink
pouches will be sold next to boxes of the
popular juice. One item will be purses
and shoulder bags for teens and adults
made from popular Mars candy wrappers
like M&Ms and Skittles.
"The kids will be excited to be able to
go to a local store and see TerraCycle's
product," said Natasha Edinger, a teacher
at Colonial Elementary. "I think it is
great they get the opportunity to see their
efforts come to life. We have collected
almost 6,000 pouches, earning $115.
With the money, we will be buying and
selling reusable bags and donating to
Nationwide over 50,000 schools and
community groups have signed up to
help collect over 25 million used pieces of
packaging. Through TerraCycle Brigades,
schools and non-profits will earn close to
one million dollars this year!
Any interested organizations can learn
more or sign up for free at www.terra-
THERIVER APRIL9,2010 9
A Celebration Of
lorida Gulf Coast University
Bower School of Music presents
A Celebration of American Music
with guests Sharon Mabry and Patsy
Wade at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 13
in the Student Union ballroom. The
concert is free and open to the public.
Mabry, a mezzo-soprano, was a fea-
tured recitalist in NPR's Art of Song
series. Her sensitive interpretation of
traditional and contemporary music has
placed her in demand as a singer and as
a master teacher of vocal techniques in
the U.S. and Europe. She is professor of
music at Austin Peay State University in
As a pianist, Wade is particularly
known for her collaboration in inter-
preting 20th century music. She has
premiered numerous works in the U.S.
and Great Britain. She has held faculty
positions at Austin Peay State, Vanderbilt
University and Belmont University.
Mabry and Wade will perform songs
by Barber, Bolcom, Ives, Rochberg,
Vehar and Vercoe.
For more information, contact
Associate Professor of Music and Head of
Vocal Studies Jeanie Darnell at
Leading-Edge Stem Cell
Researcher To Speak At BIG ARTS
who are leaders in
their field. Dr. Irving
Weissman, one of
the leading adult
stem cell research
scientists in the
world, will present o
his research at 7:30
p.m. on Sunday,
April 18 in Schein
Tickets are gen-
eral admission $25,
and students $10.
Weissman will U
explain why so Dr. Irving Weissman
believe stem cells
provide enormous potential for life-saving therapies. Weissman is the director of
Stanford University's Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, one of
the nation's top stem cell programs.
Weissman has directed the institute since its founding, providing vision and leader-
ship to build one of the nation's top stem cell programs. In 1988, Weissman became
the first to isolate in pure form any stem cell in any species when he isolated the
hematopoietic or blood-forming stem cell in mice. His work has opened up an entirely
new area of scientific research with enormous potential for life-saving therapies.
Weissman recently made an exciting step toward the goal of transplanting adult
stem cells to create a new immune system for people with autoimmune or genetic
blood diseases. As published in the November 2007 issue of Science, his lab found a
novel way to transplant new blood-forming stem cells into the bone marrow of mice
without the tissue-damaging radiation or chemotherapy usually required, thereby effec-
tively replacing their immune systems. Many aspects of this technique will need to be
adapted before it can be tested in humans, but when those barriers are surmounted,
the benefits could be significant. An immune system transplant, much like a liver or
heart transplant, would give a person with an autoimmune disease, such as multiple
sclerosis, hope for a healthy future.
In addition to being the Virginia and DK Ludwig professor for clinical investiga-
tion in cancer research, he is a professor of pathology and developmental biology at
Stanford, and, by courtesy, professor of neurosurgery and of biological sciences.
The lecture is supported by Patron Series sponsor FineMark National Bank & Trust,
and sponsors are Helen and Chuck Ketteman.
For tickets, call 395-0900. BIG ARTS is at 900 Dunlop Road.:
Genealogical Society Seminar
he Lee County Genealogical Society, Inc. is hosting a half-day seminar
on Saturday, April 10 with Genealogist, Lecturer and Librarian Pamela J.
Cooper. The seminar is titled Census Census Census. Cooper, who is
thesupervisor of the Archive Center and Genealogy Department of the Indian River
County Public Library in Vero Beach will look at the sometimes unlockedd" at infor-
mation in the U.S. Federal Census. She will present two workshops:
1790-1840 Census of Chickens, Ducks, and Geese
The United States Population Schedules 1850-1930
The seminars will be held in the Fellowship Hall of the Wesley Memorial United
Methodist Church, 4141 DeLeon Street, Fort Myers.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the first session at 9:15 a.m. The second ses-
sion is scheduled to end at 11:45 a.m.
The cost of the seminar is $5 per person which includes all topic related materi-
als and refreshments. Pre-registration is required. No walk-ins. Registration is due by
Wednesday, March 31. If you must cancel after making your reservation, it must be
done by Monday, April 5. No refunds will be made after that date.
With the Web site www.LCGSFL.org for a downloadable registration form, or send
your name, address, telephone number and email address with your check payable to
LCGS to Carol Rooksby Weidlich, President, Lee County Genealogical Society, Inc.,
5529 Adam Drive, North Fort Myers, FL 33917-4099. For more information call
Carol at 567-2686.
10 THERIVER APRIL9,2010
ALL FAITHS UNITARIAN CONGREGATION
has moved to its new home
on 2756 McGregor Boulevard
Fort Myers, (6 blocks south of the
Edison Home; 2 miles north of Colonial
Reverend Dr. Wayne Robinson
Sunday Services: 9 and 11 a.m.
Children's Education: 9 a.m.
Adult Education: 10 a.m.
8210 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers
Reverend Fr. Athanasios Michalos
Orthros Service Sunday 9am
Divine Liturgy Sunday 10am
Fellowship Programs, Greek School,
Sunday School, Community Night
BETH SHILOH MESSIANIC
15675 McGregor Boulevard. 437-3171
Rabbi: Judah Hungerman
Friday Service, 8 p.m.
Saturday Service, 11 a.m.
Shabbat School Saturday Morning
Adult Hebrew Classes
Please call for information on full program.
BREAD OF LIFE MINISTRIES
CHURCH OF GOD:
16581 McGregor Boulevard, 267-3166
(Just past the Tanger Outlet Mall)
Pastor: Barry Lentz, 281-3063
Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday Bible Study, 7 p.m.
CHURCH OF THE CROSS:
13500 Freshman Lane; 768-2188
Pastors: Jeff Moran and Michael Bulter;
A nondenominational church emphasizing
a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Sunday Service: 9 a.m. Contemporary
10:45 a.m. Traditional.
CHRIST THE KING
1188 Lake McGregor Drive, Fort Myers,
432-1724. Rev. N. Everett Keith III;
An Old Catholic Community; Liturgy
in English; Sunday Mass at 9:30 a.m.
COVENANT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH:
2439 McGregor Boulevard, 334-8937
Rev. Dan Hagmaier, pastor
Traditional Sunday service 10 a.m.
CYPRESS LAKE BAPTIST CHURCH:
8400 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers,
Danny Harvey, pastor
Sunday Services: Bible study, 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship, 11 a.m.
Evening Worship, 7 p.m.
Wednesday Prayer Meeting, 7 p.m.
8260 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, 481-
3233; Clint Cottrell, pastor
Traditional, 8 and 11 a.m.;
Contemporary, 9:30 a.m.
Children's Church K4J (Kids for Jesus)
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH:
8570 Cypress Lake Drive,
Fort Myers, 482-1250
Sunday Traditional Service: 8 and
11 a.m., Praise Service: 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School: All times
FAITH FELLOWSHIP WORLD
6111 South Pointe Boulevard, Fort Myers,
278-3638. Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m.;
"Voice of Faith," WCRN 13.50 AM Radio,
Sunday, 1:30 p.m.
Thursday Service, 7:30 p.m.
FridayYouth Service, 7:30 p.m.
Nursery care for pre-school children and
Children's Church for ages 5-12 available
at each service.
FAITH UNITED METHODIST CHURCH:
15690 McGregor Boulevard
Fort Myers, 482-2030
Pastor: David Stauffer.
Traditional services 9:00 a.m.;
Contemporary, 10:30 a.m.
Go south on McGregor Boulevard. The
church is 1/2 mile past the intersection of
Gladiolus and San Carlos Boulevard on the
way to Sanibel.
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST:
2390 West First Street, next door to Edison
Sunday Morning Service and Sunday
School, 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday Evening Testimony Meeting,
Child care provided at all services.
Visit our Reading Room for quiet study at:
2281 W. First Street, River District
www.spirituality.com and www.christian-
FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE:
13545 American Colony Boulevard (off
Daniels Parkway in the Colony), Fort
Pastor: Rev. Joey Brummett
Sunday School: 9:30 a.m.; Morning
Worship, 10:30 a.m.; Sunday Evening, 6
p.m.; Wednesday Family Night, 7 p.m.
FORT MYERS CHRISTIAN CHURCH
(DISCIPLES OF CHRIST) A STEPHEN
5916 Winkler Road, Fort Myers,
437-4330. Rev. Mark Condrey, Pastor
Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m.
Church School: 9:15 a.m.
FORT MYERS CONGREGATIONAL
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST:
8210 College Parkway, Fort Myers,
482-3133. Philip White, pastor
Morning Worship: 10 a.m.
Church School: 10:15 a.m.
Adult Forum: 9 a.m.
HOLY THEOTOKOS MONASTERY:
111 Evergreen Road, North Fort Myers,
Eastern Orthodox men's monastery.
Liturgical services conducted in the
English, Greek and Church Slavonic lan-
guages, following the Julian (Old) Calendar.
Liturgical Services: Sundays and Holy
Days: The Third and Sixth Hours at 8:30
Divine Liturgy at 9 a.m.
9650 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers,
The Rev. Dr. John S. Adler, pastor
Saturday 5 p.m., Eucharist with Healing
Sunday 8 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite One;
9:30 a.m., Family Eucharist with Healing
and Church School
Tuesday 9:30 a.m., Morning Prayer (in
Spanish); Wednesday 9:30 a.m., Eucharist
Child care available at Saturday 5 p.m. and
Sunday 9:30 a.m. services.
JESUS THE WORKER
881 Nuna Avenue, Fort Myers, 481-1143
Masses Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.;
Sunday, 8 and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
KINGDOM LIFE CHURCH:
2154 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers,
Pastor Randy and Anita Thurman
Sunday Service, 10:30 a.m.
All are welcome.
LAMB OF GOD LUTHERAN/EPISCOPAL
Corner Cypress View Drive and Koreshan
Boulevard, Three Oaks area, Fort Myers,
Walter Fohs, pastor; Becky Robbins-
Penniman, associate pastor
Sunday worship services:
Early Grace Traditional, 8 a.m.
Awesome Grace Contemporary, 9 a.m.
Classic Grace Traditional, 10:30 a.m.
Sunday School God's Group, 8:45 and
MESSIAH REFORMED CHURCH
Worship Gathering Sunday 10 a.m.
Pastor Alan Bondar
Fort Myers Villas Civic Association Bldg.
2306 Sunrise Blvd. Fort Myers, 33907
Bible Study Wednesday 6:30 p.m.
Fellowship Lunch Sunday noon
Teen Events Monthly
c/website for podcasts, special events, min-
istries, calendar, blogs, etc.
NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH
OF FORT MYERS
16120 San Carlos Boulevard, Unit 10B
Tom Richards, Pastor
Sunday School for all ages 9:45 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship 11 a.m.
Sunday Evening 6 p.m.
Wednesday Evening Bible Study 7 p.m.
Special Monday Community Group service
at 7 p.m. for those who can not attend
NEW HOPE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
3825 McGregor Boulevard. Fort Myers
Pastors: Bill Stephens, Stu Austin and
Howard Biddulph, Associate Pastor
Traditional Worship at 8:00 and 9:30 am,
Contemporary Worship at 11:00am
Sunday School at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00am
Youth and Children's programming runs
concurrent to Sunday services.
Nursery care provided at all services
For more information visit: www.newhope-
PEACE COMMUNITY CHURCH:
(Meets at Ft. Myers Beach Masonic Lodge)
17625 Pine Ridge Road, Fort Myers Beach
Pastors: Bruce Merton, Gail and RC
Traditional Worship 9:45 a.m.
Contemporary Worship 11:15 a.m.
Phone: 267-7400 Fax: 267-7407
Web site: peacecommunitychurch.com
PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH:
15840 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers
Walter Still, Senior Pastor,
Sunday Worship: 8 and 9:30 a.m.
3/4 mile south from the intersection of
McGregor, San Carlos and Gladiolus.
A congregation of the ELCA.
REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH
3950 Winkler Extension, Fort Myers
Daily early learning center/day care
Sunday Services, 8:15 and 10:15 a.m.
Meditation classes. All are welcome.
Guided meditations offering many meth-
ods for relaxing the body and focusing
the mind on virtuous objects to bring
increasing peace and happiness into
daily activity. For information, class times
and locations call 567-9739 or visit www.
SOUTHWEST BAPTIST CHURCH:
16940 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers,
Robert G. Kasten, Pastor
Sunday Worship Service 11 a.m.
9:45 a.m. Sunday School for all ages
Junior Church grades one to five
Wee Church Pre-K to K
Evening Service 6 p.m.
Wednesday Service 6 p.m.
12171 lona Road, Fort Myers, off
McGregor and north of Gladiolus.
Father Joseph Clifford.
Monday through Saturday 8 a.m.
Weekend masses: Saturday 3 and 5 p.m.;
Sunday: 7, 9,11, and 5:30 p.m.
Reconciliation is available at the church on
Saturday at noon and by appointment
SAINT JOHN THE APOSTLE
METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH
3049 Mcgregor Boulevard, Fort Myers,
Pastor Rev. Steve Filizzi
An Affirming & Inclusive Congregation
Sunday Services, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Service, Wednesday 6:30 p.m.
ST. MICHAEL LUTHERAN
CHURCH & SCHOOL (LCMS)
3595 Broadway, Fort Myers
Wednesday Fellowship: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner $5, 6:15 p.m. bible studies
Worship: Saturday, 5:30 p.m.,
Sunday 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. with 9:15
a.m. adult and children's Bible Study, plus
marriage enrichment studies. Divorce Care
on Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
During Lent: Wednesday worship
noon and 6:15 p.m.
TEMPLE BETHEL SYNAGOGUE:
16225 Winkler Rd. 433-0018.
Rabbi Jeremy Barras
Cantorial Soloists Joseph/Lynn Goldovitz
Shabbat Services, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Torah Study, Saturday, 9:15 a.m.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Services, Saturday,
Religious Education Classes, Midweek,
Grades 2-7, Wednesday, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Preschool Classes, Monday through Friday
Confirmation Classes, Wednesday,
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. to noon
TEMPLE JUDEA (CONSERVATIVE):
14486 A & W Bulb Road,
Fort Myers, 433-0201.
Rabbi: Benjamin S. Sendrow,
Cantor: I. Victor Geigner.
Weekly services: Monday and Thursday, 9
a.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.
Religious school Sunday, 9 a.m. to noon,
and Wednesday, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Family Midrash services on the first and
third Fridays of the month at 7 p.m.
Pre bar/bat mitzvah class Monday, 5:30 to
7 p.m., followed by confirmation class from
7:30 to 9 p.m.
For information on early childhood educa-
tion/preschool, phone 482-1121.
THE NEW CHURCH
The New Church of SWFL is located at
10811 Sunset Plaza Circle, by Summerlin
and Pine Ridge Roads, behind Zoomers
and the ponds.
Spiritual Recovery, Wednesdays 10 a.m.
Healing Service, Wednesdays 11 a.m. and
Friday 6:30 p.m.
Sunday Worship Services, 11 a.m.
Call for information 481-5535.
CHURCH FORT MYERS:
13411 Shire Lane (off Daniels Parkway one
mile west of 1-75)
Minister: The Rev. Allison Farnum
Sunday services and religious education at
For information on all church events call
561-2700 or visit www.uucfm.org.
UNITY OF BONITA SPRINGS:
Family Service 10 to 11 a.m.
Healing Circle 11 a.m.
Hospitality and Fellowship, 11 a.m.
Inspiring lesson, uplifting and dynamic
music, meditation in a loving environment.
Service held at 28285 Imperial Street,
Bonita Springs. Call 947-3100.
continued on page 11
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From page 10
9065 Ligon Court, Fort Myers, across
from HealthPark Hospital, 481-2125
Pastor: Interim Pastor Dr. LuderWhitlock
9:30 a.m., Contemporary;
Worship and Adult Classes
11 a.m., Blended Worship
WORD OF LIFE CHURCH:
2120 Collier Ave, Fort Myers, 274-8881;
Services: Sunday 10 a.m.;
Wednesday 7 p.m.
Bishop Gaspar and Michele Anastasi
ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH:
7401 Winkler Road, Fort Myers,
481-4040, Pastor, Steve Hess
Sunday Services: 8 a.m. traditional;
9:30 a.m. contemporary; 11 a.m. blendings.
Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.0
Plays To Benefit
literacy Volunteers of Lee County
(LVLC) will debut of five original
one-act plays at an event to sup-
port adult literacy programs in Lee
The public is invited to attend ACTS
for Literacy on April 23 and April 24 at
the Foulds Theatre, Alliance for the Arts,
10091 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers.
There will be a reception and a perfor-
mance each night,and a matinee on April
LVLC is partnering with Thespian
Productions to present a showcase of five
original one-act plays with the theme of
Green Scenes. Each play focuses on the
subject of environmental awareness and
the importance of preserving the planet.
For more information, go to LVLC's Web
Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at
the door. To purchase tickets call 866-
811-4111, log onto atwww.theaterma-
nia.com, or contact LVLC at 415-3621.
Sponsors are Internal Medicine
Associates and Alexander & Hoover,
Thespian Production is a theater
production company with offices in New
York City and Fort Myers. It specializes
in producing plays in small to medium
size venues. Its success has been built on
the aspirations of directors, actors, public
relationships and support from communi-
ties. It offers a wide range of opportuni-
ties for emerging artists to have their
work produced to a diverse audience in
New York and Florida.
LVLC is an affiliate of ProLiteracy
America, a member of the Florida
Literacy Coalition and a United Way part-
ner agency. Its mission is to provide free
adult literacy programs in Lee County.0
Our email address is
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12 THERIVER APRIL 9, 2010
Signs Of Snook
W ith light
i winds and
A the 80s all week
Florida finally feels
how it should
this time of year.
Conditions on the
water were about
as perfect as they
get for spending time out on the boat.
Along with the great weather, fishing
has really kicked into high gear.
Last week we caught the highest num-
bers of fish on the sound since the fall.
If you were looking for non-stop action,
drifting with live shrimp, soft plastic jigs
and spoons caught fish almost every cast.
Flats from three to six feet deep near
Redfish Pass, Blind Pass and Captiva
Pass all had lots and lots of fish. Spanish
mackerel, ladyfish, trout, bluefish and
pompano are simply thick out there.
On the higher tides, red fishing around
mangrove keys in the northern sound was
on fire with almost as many redfish out
there as you would see in the fall. Most of
the reds we caught were in the slot with
a few bigger ones up in the 30-inch class
in the same areas. The schools of reds
were so thick on certain mangrove points
they could not all hide under the shade.
Schools of 20 to 50 fish were common.
The key to getting these reds to eat
is being there at the right time. The last
hour or so of the incoming tide and the
first part of the falling tide is when they
have been feeding. Most of this water
around these northern keys is so shallow
that you can only get in when the tide is
up anyway. It's great to see the cold had
no effect on our redfish population at
all. Any mangrove key north of Demiere
Key is worth checking out as odds are it's
As we get closer to spawning time
for snook, it's going to be interesting to
see how many made it through the cold
winter. With so many dead, things looked
really bleak for a while but while I was up
in Pelican Bay on Cayo Costa last week I
saw a school of a few hundred snook of
all sizes. I don't think the fish kill will be
as devastating to our snook fishery
as we first thought but only time
will tell. Sure, we lost a lot of fish
but does anyone really know how
many were here before? During
the next month, as the snook
move closer to the passes and the
beaches to spawn, we will get a
much better idea of the state of the
This week I had a few reports of
the first tarpon of the season being
caught. Some of the first places
these fish show up every year
never change. Marker 4, the trench 1
between marker 18 and 22 and
Captiva Pass are usually the early
season hot spots. I did see a free-
jumping tarpon last week around
Captiva Rocks which was more
than enough for me to get my
tarpon gear ready to go. Last year
was one of the toughest tarpon
seasons I can remember for fishing
the poons in the sound; hopefully
this year is much better.
Bait has really showed up thick in
over this last week with shiners and
pinfish now easy to catch on your
favorite bait flat. After shrimp fish-
ing all winter, it's really cool to have
a mix of baits when you head out
again. The majority of the fish I'm Chris
catching are still on live shrimp but wee
any day now the fish will make the
switch over to that baitfish pattern.
It really says a lot about our fishery
when you see how fast things rebound
after a long cold winter.
Capt. Matt Mitchell moved to Sanibel
in 1980 and has fished local waters for
tian Simms with his first shark caught this
k while trout fishing
more than 25 years. He now lives in St.
James City and has worked as a back
country fishing guide for more than 10
years. If you have comments or ques-
tions email email@example.com.A
Help jump start Earth Day by
joining Lee County Parks &
Recreation volunteers and other
groups and others at the Pre-Earth Day
Coastal Clean-up on Saturday, April 17.
Marine debris and beach litter will be
collected along the shoreline and roadway
near New Pass Bridge at Dog Beach and
Big Hickory Island Preserve.
Check-in is at 9 a.m. at Dog Beach,
8800 Estero Boulevard, on the south end
of Lovers Key. Trash bags, gloves and
refreshments will be provided to all vol-
unteers. Wear secure footwear, hats and
sun screen. Learn about other volunteer
opportunities with Lee County Parks &
Recreation, including the Friends of Dog
The event runs until noon. For more
information or to pre-register call 229-
For a personal copy of the map and
specific directions, visit the Web site
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Call & Well Liquor, Draft Beer Selections, BBQ Beef Satays,
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Select House Wine esns
Captive Cruises is offering the fol-
lowing naturalist-led enviornmen-
tal education programs:
Science at Sea Cruise
Be a marine biologist. This 90-minute
hands-on scientific inquiry is fun for all
ages. Crab traps and plankton nets will be
hauled for a look at some of the compo-
nents of the food chains. Use compasses
for navigational aids and magnifying
viewers to see the things we can't usually
see. Take part in actual scientific research
that will be utilized by the Sanibel-Captiva
Conservation Foundation's Marine Lab.
This is an exciting trip for the whole fam-
Shoreline Discovery Cruise
Travel to a secluded beach for a guided
shoreline walk to discuss coastal sea life
and beach dynamics. Explore mudflats
and use nets within the shallow sea grass
beds for an up-close look at some of the
smaller yet amazing inhabitants of the
back bay estuary ecosystem. Bring wad-
ing shoes and your sense of adventure for
this hands-on sea life encounter.
Sailing Under The Stars Cruise
Enjoy the sunset, experience day turn-
ing into night, linger out on the water
and sail under the stars. Planets, stars
and constellations will be identified along
the way. Mythology, mysteries and fea-
tures of our Milky Way galaxy, as well as
the greater universe, will be appreciated
under the magic of the night sky.
Call 472-5300 for reservations. Log
on to www.captivacruises.com for more
he monthly meeting of the Fort
Myers Beach Yacht Club, founded
1953 and consisting of over 100
members, will be held Wednesday, April
28 at the American Legion Post 274 on
San Carlos Island. The address is 899
Buttonwood Drive, Fort Myers Beach.
Dinner will be catered and is available
for $14 per person. Social hour begins at
6 p.m., dinner at 7, and the membership
meeting is from 8 to 9 p.m.
Potential new members wishing to
attend any or all portions of the meet-
ing are invited to call Commodore Tom
Swanbeck for required reservations and
additional information at 292-6284.To
learn more about the club log onto www.
Send Us Your Fish Tales
T he River Weekly would like to hear from anglers about their catches.
Send us details including tackle, bait and weather conditions, date of
catch, species and weight, and include photographs with identifica-
tion. Drop them at the River Weekly, 16450 San Carlos Boulevard, Suite
2, Fort Myers, Flordia 33908, or email to RiverWeeklyNews@aol.com.
c A DA DA
CROW Case Of The Week:
by Brian Johnson
O n February
an eaglet who had
not quite fledged
a gated commu-
nity in Fort Myers.
John Sanders, who
had been keeping
an eye on the nest,
found the baby
bald eagle at the
bottom of a tree.
"It was deja vu because we had a baby
eagle from the same nest in Devonwood
last year," said CROW Veterinarian Dr.
PJ Deitschel. "He came in thin, pale,
dehydrated, and with an increased respi-
Dr. Amber McNamara, who admit-
ted the raptor, found that he became so
stressed on handling that she opted to
forgo the subcutaneous fluids rather than
risk an immediate mortality. "When you
see open-mouth breathing by a bird, you
need to stop treatment right away," said
Dr. PJ saw the bird the next morning
and offered him a fish, which he con-
sumed on the spot. His eyes were bright,
and she could tell that he had refreshed
himself with water from a bowl. He ate
fish throughout the first day.
Staff monitored him for signs of
internal injuries, which fortunately never
appeared. "We put a perch in his cage,
and he exhibited typical baby behavior,"
said Dr. PJ. "He would get up on the
perch for a short period of time, then lay
down on his chest."
Within a few days the eaglet was pow-
ering down 16 herring, one chick and
four mice per day. He was happy to sit
quietly in his cage, and the staff rarely
heard any rustling or vocalization.
On March 4, however, he became "a
bit agitated" so staff moved him outdoors
to the 40-foot small-flight cage. Here he
had a choice between a perch and an
enclosed wooden nesting area. He started
off spending most of his days lying in the
shelter of the nest, but came out to the
perch in incrementally larger amounts of
On March 25, the eaglet earned a
transfer to the large-flight cage. In a short
time he was making impressive flights
from front to back.
Cat Turner, CROW's senior rehabilita-
tor, returned the eagle to Devonwood on
April 1. When she opened the carrier,
he did not zoom for daylight. In fact, he
stood perfectly still for a while. Cat began
to disassemble the cage so he could
simply fly straight up, but just as she was
about to finish he walked out of the car-
rier onto the grass.
The bird's sibling peered at him from
Eaglet perched on a branch in the small-flight
the nest, and within a minute or two an
adult swooped onto a nearby branch,
chatting with the youngster.
The eagle made a flight toward the
nest, but the angle of ascension was too
extreme and he dropped into a bush.
"He was able to catch one foot on
a branch, and then hung upside down,
like he had in the flight cage," said Cat.
"Flying is like riding a bike, it takes a
while to get it right."
Cat backed away from the scene and
the eagle subsequently made a successful
return to the nest.
CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation
of Wildlife, Inc.) is a non-profit wildlife
hospital providing veterinary care for
native and migratory wildlife from the
Gulf Coast of Florida. The hospital
accepts patients seven days a week
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mail donations
to PO Box 150, Sanibel, FL 33957.
Call 472-3644 or visit: www.crowclinic.
Raises Funds For
M ichiganders will once again go
the extra mile for manatees at
the seventh annual Save the
Manatee 5k Run, 2-mile Fun Walk,
on May 22 at the Metro Huron-Clinto
Metropark in Mt. Clemens.
"We can't believe this is the seventh
year hosting the event," says Lesley
Argiri, a biology teacher at L'Anse
Creuse High School in Harrison
Township. Over the last six years,
Argiri and her students have raised over
$35,000 for Save the Manatee Club, a
national nonprofit conservation organiza-
tion located in Maitland, Florida, whose
mission is to protect endangered mana-
tees and their aquatic habitat for future
generations. The club was co-founded
in 1981 by singer/songwriter Jimmy
"It's so sad to hear about all the
manatees who have died from the cold
this past winter," says Agiri. "So far this
year, 448 manatees have died from all
causes. More than 220 of these are
from cold stress. More than 170 other
manatee deaths have been categorized as
"undetermined/unrecovered," but many
of those were also likely caused by cold
stress because of their location and tim-
"This year's deaths represent a loss of
up to 8.5 percent of the entire manatee
population in just the first 11 weeks of
the year. It seems manatees need our
help more than ever. And that's why we
race for the manatees every year here in
Michigan we want to make a positive
difference in the lives of these amazing
Patrick Rose, executive director of
Save the Manatee Club, commends Argiri
and the students of L'Anse Creuse High
School for their care, dedication and hard
work to make each race a success. Car
washes and fundraisers held throughout
the year help raise additional funds.
"Our heartfelt thanks go out to Lesley,
other teachers in her school, the students,
volunteers, community businesses, and
everyone who runs or walks in the race.
Each of them literally helps to further
our work saving endangered manatees
and their habitats with every stride that is
taken," Rose said.
Race participants receive a registration
packet of special items and coupons. A
variety of trophies, medals, awards, and
door prizes can be won with age group
awards categories for runners. The course
is USTAF certified and the race will be
scored using the Chrono Track D-Tag.
Early registration before May 7 costs
$17 for walkers and $20 for runners,
and includes a newly designed race
T-shirt. After May 8, it's $20 for walk
ers and $25 for runners to register, and
includes a T-shirt if available. The entry
fee does not include the park entrance
fee of $4 per vehicle. The race starts and
finishes inside the Metro Huron-Clinton
Metropark. Checks can be made payable
to L'Anse Creuse High School and sent
to: Lesley Argiri, 37855 De Prez Ct.,
Harrison Twp., MI 48045.
For more information on the Save
the Manatee 5k Run, e-mail Argiri at lar-
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by Gerri Reaves
L ook up into the trees during early spring and
you might see the showy spikes of the cardinal
airplant (Tillandsia fasciculata).
This native airplant, or epiphyte, is a member
of the pineapple, or bromeliad, family. Stiff narrow
leaves give the plant two more common names, stiff-
leaved wild pine and quill-leaf.
Epiphytes use trees such as cypress, oaks, and
pines as growing platforms. The relationship between
plant and tree is not parasitic, however.
The cardinal airplant obtains nutrients from the
debris, water, and insects that collect in the cup-like
rosette of leaves at its base.
The downward-curving gray-green leaves average
eight to 12 inches in length and taper to a point. The bright red bracts inspire the
The bright red color does not come from the flow- common name. The actual flow-
ers but from the bracts, the leaf-like structure under ers are small, tubular and violet.
the inflorescence or flower spike. Bracts are usually photos by Gerri Reaves
red on the lower flowers and greenish on the upper
One must look closely to see the small concealed violet tubular flowers, which attract
In its native hammocks and swamps, the cardinal airplant gets high humidity and par-
tial shade. However, as seen in these photos, it can be found in much more exposed set-
tings in suburban yards, probably the result of air-borne seeds lodging in the rough bark.
It can also be propagated by division.
This plant is listed as endangered in the state of Florida, so avoid collecting it from the
wild. The native population has been ravaged by a Mexican weevil whose larvae destroy
the heart of the plant.
Sources: A Gardener's Guide to Florida's Native Plants by Rufino Osorio,
Everglades Wildflowers by Roger L. Hammer, and Native Florida Plants by Robert G.
This large cardinal airplant thrives in a suburban yard
Haehle and Joan Brookwell.
Plant Smart explores sustainable gardening practices that will help you create a
low-maintenance, drought-tolerant, hurricane- and pest-resistant South Florida land-
submitted by Erin O'Brien,
Edison State College student
Award winning, hilarious, and
a Florida native, author Carl
Hiaasen visited Edison State
College in Fort Myers on Thursday
March 17 sharing stories from his life,
and (surprisingly wild) experiences as an
author. Hiaasen expressed that most of
his stories are inspired by the beauty of
Florida and sometimes contain political
Edison State College has titled 2010
as The Year of the Environment; in addi-
tion, the college has a small but growing
creative writing program, so it comes as
no surprise that Hiaasen was a perfect
choice to speak for Edison students.
One of his most popular books, now a
major motion picture, is Hoot (a Newbery
Award winner). Hoot was inspired by
an event that took place when Hiaasen
was growing up in his hometown of Fort
Lauderdale. Hiaasen told his audience
that he and his friends watched as the
construction of buildings destroyed the
habitat of several Florida owls. This was
a traumatic event for a young soul and,
indeed, contributed to Hiaasen becoming
Another major motion picture that
was based on one of Hiaasen's books
was a film released in 1996 titled Strip
Tease starring Demi Moore. This story
had political undertones, the story's char-
acters were inspired by real people.
In addition to writing best-selling nov-
els, Hiaasen also writes for the Miami
Herald. It is this newspaper where
Hiaasen sees bizarre news headlines,
which he then uses as inspiration for
characters for his books.
During his presentation at ESC,
Hiaasen also made sure to stress the
importance of preserving Florida's
environment. He stated that saving the
Florida Everglades is of grave importance
- not a money-making project. He asked
his audience, "How did we let this hap-
pen?" and stated that he "will die fighting
The author's side-splitting humor
never failed to shine through the entire
evening, closing with a comical story
about doves and Disney, explaining how
nature will always get its revenge. The
construction of Disney caused some
home displacement for a Florida native
bird, the red tail hawk. The hawks, how-
ever, made new homes inside the Disney
Parks. Just outside one of the Disney
hotels was a popular place for couples
to have their wedding ceremonies. At
the end of the ceremonies, Disney would
release "doves" (actually pigeons) into the
air, giving a beautiful finish to the event.
Because of the displacement of the red
tail hawks, however, and the regularity of
the pigeons being released, the red tail
hawks now had a nightly routine for din-
ner catching the pigeons right above
a captivated wedding party. Needless to
say, this "wild" act created a horrifying
wedding event, rather than a beautiful
one. Thus Hiaasen's all-time favorite
newspaper headline came to be: "Disney
seeks homes for about 200 surviving
Carl Hiaasen graced Edison State
College with his humor, charm, and
environmental awareness. What a terrific
addition to our Year of the Environment!
Erin O'Brien is completing her sec-
ond creative writing class at Edison
State College and is interested in pur-
suing journalism in the future.
Affairs Of The
Art Continue In
he Art League of Bonita Springs
will present Ansel Adams: Early
Works on Friday, April 9, from 6
to 8 p.m. The exhibit will remain through
May 1 at Center for the Arts, 26100 Old
41 Road, Bonita Springs.
Admission is free and open to the
Ansel Adams (1902-1984) was a giant
in the field of landscape photography.
This exhibition focuses on the master-
ful small-scale prints made by Adams
from the 1920s into the 1950s. Most
museum-goers are familiar with the high-
contrast prints on high-gloss paper stock
that Adams manufactured to order in the
1970s-80s. Much less familiar are the
intimate prints, rich in the middle tones,
that Adams crafted earlier in his career.
The entire campus of the Center for
the Arts will be open to visitors with fac-
ulty and students displaying and selling
their artwork in the studio/classrooms.
Instructors will be present to answer ques-
tions about classes.
Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays, 1 to 5
The Art League of Bonita Springs
continues with Affairs of the Arts No.
16 The DuFrane Garden of Fame on
Monday, April 12 at noon. Cost: $75
continued on page 23
he Fort Myers Power Squadron is
in high gear. The squadron will be
conducting public boating classes
starting Tuesday, May 4 and continue
for five consecutive weeks from 6 to 8
p.m. After which NASBLA certificates
and wallet cards will be issued. Some
of the topics covered will be State
Boating Laws, Aids to Navigation, Boat
Handling and Emergencies at Sea.
Refreshments will be provided. Call 1/
Lt. Grant Esser, AP for further informa-
tion at 945-6612.
There will be a rendezvous at Snook
Bight Marina on April 12, 13 14.There
are people coming by boat and car.
There is also some planning and chart-
ing being done on a combined four-
sqadron cruise from Fort Myers down
to the middle Keys, up to Biscayne Bay,
on to Stuart and then the ICW to Lake
Okeechobee and then the Caloosahachee
back to Fort Myers. This is a trip of about
500 miles, traveling about a 100 miles
per day, allowing extra time for weather
and extended stays for fun and relaxation
at different ports of call. Tentative dates
are October 15 to 30.
Contact Cdr. Robert Heck, SN for fur-
ther information at 995-0292.
The Fort Myers Power Squadron
offers public education classes, boat trips
and free vessel safety inspections.
There is a dinner meeting on the first
Thursday of every month.4
A Tribute To The Mighty Tarpon
The crowd gathers for a photo with the cake marking the 125th anniversary of Tarpon
Bay as the birthplace of tarpon and big game fishing
by Anne Mitchell
Tarpon is king around these parts especially during gamefish season April
through June and recently anglers, environmentalists and writers turned out
to pay homage to this mighty fish.
Fittingly, the venue was Sanibel's Tarpon Bay and as historian and author Carlene
Brennen tells it with much research to back it up that's the exact spot where big
game fishing was born 125 years ago.
Brennen, who has co-authored a book with bestselling writer Randy Wayne White
about the history of tarpon fishing, told the assembled crowd that in 1855, William
Halsey Wood, an architect from Dansville, New York, was the first person documented
to bring a tarpon to the boat by rod and reel.
He had tried before many times and lost many a tarpon, said Brennen. He kept
redesigning his tackle but his biggest breakthrough may have been when he came to
the conclusion he had to let this massive fish run and not try to hold it back. "He got
More Money For
Better budget for beaches... but
more money is still needed.
President Obama released his
budget proposal last month.
Coastal advocates are relieved to
see an increase in funding for coastal
projects, but say it is still not enough to
restore America's eroding shoreline.
Leaders from the American Shore &
Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA)
announced last month they are pleased
President Obama's 2010 budget proposal
includes more money for coastal projects
than previous administrations, but that
the amount is still not enough.
"We are very pleased that this admin-
istration has a better appreciation for
the coast," says Daniel Sheehan, an
ASBPA governmental affairs representa-
tive. "The increase in funding shows this
administration sees the importance of
funding programs that promote sound
coastal stewardship as well as providing
jobs and other significant benefits for the
The president's FY 2011 budget
includes $4.88 billion for the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, $53 million of which
is slated for coastal projects. This is a 10
percent reduction for the Corps' overall
funding. The ASBPA believes Corps
funding should be approximately $6
billion, which would create or preserve
more than 300,000 permanent jobs and
enable the Corps to move forward on
numerous national priorities it has been
charged to complete. Furthermore, the
ASBPA maintains coastal projects should
be funded at $400 million, which more
closely reflects the number of federal
coastal projects awaiting full funding to
finish their authorized tasks.
continued on page 23
THERIVER APRIL9,2010 15
two more that day and
two more at the mouth of
the river," Brennen said.
His feat was reported in ,
The New York Times and
The Fort Myers News- .
The event spawned ,
an industry in the area,
bringing boat designers
and builders and tackle .
companies. Local guides
were much sought after
by wealthy visitors. Fish
camps and hotels sprung 2 i
up to accommodate them.
Even writer and outdoors ..,:::,
man Zane Grey came [
here to practice on these -
mighty warriors before Carlene Brennen and Ralph Woodring during the Tarpon
heading to Nova Scotia to Bay ceremony
try for a big fish record.
The book, titled Randy Wayne White's Ultimate Tarpon Book: The Birth of Big
Game Fishing, a 400-page tome, will be out in October. Besides giving the history of
the sport, it will contain a tarpon stories from some of the best outdoor writers in the
nation, including Zane Grey and Ernest Hemingway, interspersed with chapters and
comments from White, who was a fishing guide out of Tarpon Bay Marina before he
became a novelist. Brennen is also an accomplished tarpon angler and has been pres-
ident of several local tarpon hunters clubs, which were represented at the celebration.
Ralph Woodring, son of a pioneer Sanibel family, said tarpon scales found in
Indian mounds prove that the Calusa caught tarpon before Wood and ate them. For
commercial fishermen, hooking a tarpon was "the worst thing that could happen,"
Woodring said. "They tear up your gear."
Paul Tritaik, manager of the JN "Ding" Darling Wildlife Refuge, of which Tarpon
Bay is part, admitted to becoming hooked on hunting the silver kings.
He said Wood's first tarpon was caught on a five-foot bamboo pole, 21-thread line
and a side of mullet wired on for bait.
"It took 261/2 minutes from the first leap to bringing him to the skiff. The tarpon
was five feet nine inches and 93 pounds," Tritaik said.O
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Sailboats on the water is one of the Vavrina paintings on display
Artwork On Display At
The artwork of the late Charles Laurel Vavrina will be on display in Commissioner
Tammy Hall's downtown Fort Myers office until May 14. Vavrina, an impression-
ist American artist was born in Wisconsin and lived in Fort Myers. Many of his
works have been influenced by Van Gogh and Vlaminck. The artwork is on loan from
the artist's gallery. The public is welcome to view the artwork and learn more about
the artist. Call 533-2226 to confirm office hours for viewing the artwork.
Other local artists will be featured every four to six weeks. Commissioner Hall's
office is on the first floor of the Old County Courthouse, 2120 Main Street in down-
town Fort Myers.
Final Concert In Shell Point Series
he final performance in Shell
Point Retirement Community's
Fine and Performing Arts Concert
Series will be the Contiguglia Brothers.
The concert will be held on Thursday,
April 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Shell Point in
Church auditorium announced Dawn
Boren, director of resident life for Shell
Point Retirement Community.
"The 2009-10 Fine and Performing
Arts Concert Series has been a great
success," said Dawn Boren, director of
resident life at Shell Point. "Residents and
visitors from all over Southwest Florida
have enjoyed the variety of performances
that were offered, and many are already
asking what concerts will be in line for the
American identical twins, Richard and
John Contiguglia are among the most Contiguglia Brothers
acclaimed and versatile piano-duos in the igug ers
world today. Since their London debut in
1962, following which the London Daily Telegraph described their playing as setting
a new standard for this intimate form of music-making," Richard and John are now
the proprietors of their own recording company, Gemini CD Classics. Their releases
on the Gemini label, Schubert Piano Duets The Final Year, Live from the Holland
Liszt Festival Duos of Franz Liszt for One and Two Pianos, Music of Gershwin-
Grainger and, most recently, Beethoven/Liszt 9th Symphony, reflect their lifelong
commitment to popularizing the great body of music for two pianists.
Tickets are $35 each, and are available by calling 454-2067.
Shell Point Retirement Communityis just off Summerlin Road, two miles before the
Art League Fine Arts
the winners of
the annual pho-
show was Ava .
Roeder, an educa-
tor and patron
of the arts in
"The show was
very enjoyable to
said. "The variety
of subject and
process is unique .
to our artistic
senses and the
world of technol-
ogy. The possibili First place winner Susan Mills with her photograph Just Got There
ties of capturing
an image and producing it, whether it is through traditional, digital or digitally altered
state, expands the opportunities for both photographer/artist and those that love to
look at the images."
First Susan Mills Just Got There, unaltered photo. This photo may be of a
warm, misty, and serene scene or cold harsh and uninviting. The overall atmosphere is
Second Linda Benson, Ghost Night Wind, altered photograph. Illustrative com-
mon scene in Southwest Florida, but the whiteness and ghostlike feeling is compelling.
The boat is charging through the water toward the viewer.
Third Anthony Pignone, Midnight, unaltered photograph. The porcelain quality
of the figure moves between the real and dream- like world.
Merit awards (unaltered photographs) Thomas Haydock, All Tied Up; John D.
Jones, Koi II; and Rosamaria McKeown, Candy Flowers;
Honorable mention (unaltered photographs) Tom Buckard, No Shrimp Tonight;
James Foutz, The Eye of the Beholder; Sandy Poore, Cheers.
The Gallery & Gift Shop are at 1451 Monroe Street, Fort Myers. For classes and
membership call 275-3970.w
From page 1
Mastersingers In Concert
The popularity of opera in recent years has soared with the simulcast broadcasts
of the Metropolitan Opera and the increase in local opera companies. "We believe
anyone who loves opera in particular and good music in general will enjoy these per-
formances," said Jim George, president of the Mastersingers. "Nothing like this has
ever been done in this area. Operas such as The Flying Dutchman, Don Giovanni,
the Magic Flute and Carmen are among the many operas familiar to most people and
music from them is instantly recognizable. Opera is an art form populated by the cel-
ebrated names of composers such as Verdi, Bizet, Wagner, Mozart and Puccini, among
others. Many people unfamiliar with opera may know the music but might not know
who wrote it or which opera it comes from."
The excitement of Habenera from Carmen, La Dona e Mobile from Rogoleto
and The Drinking Song from La Traviata, to name a few of the selections, will
offer audiences a sampling of their favorite operas. Jeff Faux, artistic director of the
Mastersingers, will conduct the orchestra and chorus. "By doing the performances
concert style we can offer a broad array of opera selections," Faux said. "In addition,
we'll be doing all selections in the language in which it was written so the audience will
hear Italian, German, French and Russian. We even included some selections from
Gilbert and Sullivan which, of course, will be in English."
Soloists for the two performances will be soprano Beth Wininger, mezzo soprano
Kathy Moffett, tenor Robert Beane and baritone Ron Bowman.
The 70-voice Mastersingers, in its ninth season, is comprised of experienced singers
from all over Southwest Florida. Its performance of the Brahms Requiem last season
was characterized by the Naples Daily News as one of the four most memorable per-
formances in Southwest Florida, and a performance with the Naples Philharmonic in
October was met with a standing ovation and critical acclaim.
Tickets for the concerts are $20. Call 770-8447 for information and or go to
www.mastersingersfm.com for online ticket purchase.4
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To The Public
Intricate design and stitching
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to the quilts on display, visitors will have the opportunity
to listen to music created and performed by Shell Point residents while also viewing
the orchids on display from the Shell Point Orchid House. For more information, call
Mary Franklin, resort services manager at 454-2152.
Shell Point is located two miles before the Sanibel Causeway.
Shell Point Stages
Blues and jazz pianist David
Maxwell will perform on Friday,
April 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Shell
Point Church Auditorium, Fort Myers.
Maxwell plays many styles of blues,
jazz and improvised music, but he is
best known for his soulful virtuosity and
unmatched ability to reach the heart of
post-war Chicago Blues.
In the last decade, Maxwell has
received over a half dozen WC Handy
and Grammy nominations and a Grammy
Award for recorded work, as well as
Handy nominations for instrumental per-
He has played with many of the greats
including tours with Freddie King, Bonnie
Raitt, James Cotton, Otis Rush, Buddy
Guy, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy Rodgers,
Charley Musselwhite, Johnny Adams and
Ronnie Earl. He also played with bands
Muddy Waters, John Lee-Hooker, The
Fabulous Thunderbirds, Levon Helm,
Jimmy Witherspoon, Lowell Fulson,
Junior Wells and many others. He has
been involved in well over 50 recording
sessions and can be found playing keys
on many blues albums that have been
released over the last 25 years.
Maxwell's music was used in the movie
Fried Green Tomatoes and in the TV
series Touched by an Angel. He has
performed on Late Night with Conan
O'Brien and is on several videos playing
with Freddie King in the early 70s.
Tickets are $20 and available by
calling the Shell Point Retirement
Community Box Office at 454-2067.
Our E-Mail address is
Quilt pattern detail
On Sunday, April 18, grab a blanket and head downtown for the 18th
annual River and Blues Fest in Centennial Park. The outdoor, family-friendly
event features food from local restaurants with live music from Certified,
Cracker Blues, The Juice, Mambo Brothers and Deb & The Dynamics. The festival
begins at 11 a.m. and the bands play from noon until 7 p.m. Entertainment for chil-
dren includes Nick's Kids Show, and Moonwalk.
Cost for adults is $5 and children under 10 are free. Proceeds benefit local char-
ity Community Cooperative Ministries (CCMI), which provides food to homeless
and nearly homeless, as well as emergency groceries and affordable childcare to the
working poor. Pets, umbrellas and coolers will not be permitted in the park.
For more information go to www.riverandbluesfestival.com.^
HOTEL & SUITES MARINA
239.332.2048 www.legacyharbour.com 239.461.0775
West First Street, Fort Myers. Florida, 33901
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18 THERIVER APRIL9,2010
by Di Saggau
Love's Labour's Lost is often
thought of as Shakespeare's most
flamboyantly intellectual play. It
contains sophisticated word play, puns,
literary allusions and clever contempo-
rary poetic forms. Cypress Lake High
School Center for the Arts will present
this play at BIG ARTS on Saturday,
April 17, 7:30 p.m., in Schein Hall. It's
an OnStage presentation. Head of the
theater department at Cypress Lake,
Jason Loete, said he thinks this work
has more tongue-in-cheek humor and
innuendo than most of Shakespeare's
His students will put a different twist in
their production and it sounds quite inter-
esting. "We are taking the play and set-
ting it in the early '60s. Part of the inspi-
ration is TV's Mad Men. I was inspired
by the sexism of the show because there
is also a lot of sexism in Loves, Labour's
Lost. It's set up that men do this and
women do that and it's got all those
devices that shake things up. In one case
it comes down to what woman is wearing
which bracelet. The guy's a fool because
the girls have exchanged a bracelet.
Loete said the students have had the-
ater history which has brought them up
through the works of Shakespeare. "They
aren't afraid, which makes me happy.
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If you have not yet experienced the-
ater at BIG ARTS, this is the perfect
opportunity. Tickets for Love's Labour's
Lost are only $10 for adults, $5 for
students. Call BIG ARTS at 395-0900
or stop by the box office, 900 Dunlop
Free Seminar For
At The Alliance
Performing arts students from Cypress Lake High School Center for the Arts
Many kids are afraid of Shakespeare.
These kids are able to jump right in and
say they can conquer this."
Traditionally the play opens with the
King of Navarre and three noble compan-
ions taking an oath to devote themselves
to three years of study, promising not
to give in to the company of women.
However, the king and his men comically
fall in love with a princess and her three
The main story is assisted by many
other humorous sub-plots. At the end of
this play within the play, there is a bitter
twist in the story, providing an unusual
ending for Shakespearian and Elizabethan
Loete said that at least half of his stu-
dents, at this point, are thinking about
being Broadway bound. Even if they
don't, theater offers so much. "Any
career you could imagine, theater is going
to prepare you. Be it lawyer, doctor, tile
craftsman, or construction, theater is a
living art that encompasses everything."
He said his favorite thing to hear follow-
ing a performance is when audiences say
they can't believe that was a high school
group, and he hears that a lot.
he Young Artists Awards program
will be hosting a seminar for stu-
dents in the performing arts on
Saturday, April 17 from 1-3 p.m. at the
Alliance for the Arts.
The event will feature professionals
and educators in the areas of vocal and
instrumental performance, dance, and
drama. There will be a panel discus-
sion and a question and answer session.
Information about the audition process
and educational and performance oppor-
tunities will be shared. This event is free
and open to the public.
The Alliance for the Arts is located
at 10091 McGregor Boulevard in Fort
Myers. The Young Artists Awards, mov-
ing into its eighth year, is a not for profit
performing arts education, audition, per-
formance, and scholarship program for
area students ages eight to 21 which
provides professional feedback, exposure,
and performance opportunities for tal-
ented young people.
Visit www.youngartistsawards.org for
Royal Ballet Company In Swan Lake
The Royal Ballet Company's Swan Lake
Captured live at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in High Definition,
BIG ARTS and DigiScreen/Opus Arte presents Swan Lake performed by
The Royal Ballet Company, Thursday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m.
Swan Lake is one of the best loved of all classical ballets and one of the most
popular in the Royal Ballet repertoire. It has that magical combination of Tchaikovsky's
music, a compelling story of tragic romance, and choreography that allows the very
best dancers to show just how impressive they can be.
Director Anthony Dowell's legendary production was inspired by designs of Imperial
Russia in 1895, when the ballet was first performed. Dance fans will experience the
thrill of seeing The Royal Ballet's production with its wondrous choreography, moonlit
images of ethereal swans, palace balls, and breathtaking dancing.
To purchase tickets stop by BIG ARTS or call Marks Box Office at 395-0900.:
Angels Of The Arts Nominees
T he Alliance for the Arts has
announced the 2010 Angels of the
Arts nominees for their contribu-
tions to the cultural vitality of Lee County.
This year 90 Angels nominees, their
guests and arts supporters will celebrate
the arts with local celebrity host, live per-
formances, fine food and good company.
Angels award recipients will be announced
and awarded the signature Angel trophy,
sponsored by BB&T Oswald Trippe and
Company, during the awards ceremony
on May 3 at The Broadway Palm Dinner
While the Alliance awards only one
winner in each category, all nominees are
recognized as a vital component of the Lee
County arts community.
And the Angels of the Arts nominees
Literary Artist Darrell House, Christine
Lemmon, Jesse Millner, Robert Macomber,
Mary Lou Williams
Arts Teacher Jessica Beasley, Stuart Brown, Cindy Collins, Rachel Endrizzi,
Patricia Fay, Michelle Hamstra-Messina, Leo Johnson, Lucie Macherowski, Robert
Munoz, Graciela Price, Eric Riemenschneider, Jenifer Riley, Annette Trossbach
Arts Volunteer Brian Christenson, Phyllis Dowd, Leo Johnson, Gretchen
Johnson, Randy Kashi, Lois Kilgore, Sally Kopko, Joe LeMay, Ellen Leslie, Marilyn
Mecca, Sydney Scodras, Carla Ulakovic, Freda Van Pelt, Judy Woods
Arts Journalist Dick Westlake, Mary Wozniak
Arts Organization Arts for Act Gallery, BIG ARTS, Daas Gallery, Florida
Repertory Theatre, Global Community Engagement, Harbour View Gallery, Howl
Gallery, Sidney & Berne Davis Arts Center, Spirit of the Gulf
Business Arts Sponsor Nita's Sweet Bean Cafe, Northern Trust, Realmark
Young Artist Emma Coleman, Keana Jordan, Robbie Linklater, Angela
Maglione, Trevor Schmidt, Dallas Stobb, Elle Sullivan
Arts Benefactor John Boler
New Artist Alan Bradford, Philip Huebeck
Performance Artist Joseph Caulkins, Chris Clavelli, Darrell House, HYPE
The Gulf Concerts
SummerJazz on the Gulf photo by Pat Shapiro
The smooth sounds of jazz will continue this summer at The Naples Beach Hotel
& Golf Club's 25th annual SummerJazz on the Gulf free concert series.The
performances are on the resort's scenic Watkins Lawn overlooking the Gulf of
Mexico one Saturday evening a month from 7 to 10 p.m. beginning in June. This
year's concerts will be on June 26, July 24, August 28, and September 18.
The entertainment lineup is not yet set, but last year's entertainment included per-
formances by Alan Darcy, Late Night Brass, Women's Blues Revue, and Big Night
There will be parking, just north of the hotel at Lowdermilk Park, with free park-
ing for those with a Naples beach sticker. Free trolley service will run to and from the
resort. Guests may bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating, but coolers are not per-
mitted. Call 239-261-2222 for further information and directions.,
THERIVER APRIL9,2010 19
with Act-Up Productions, Madison Mitchell, Lisa Morgan, Jason Parrish, Strange
Organization Leader Sonia Arledge Lamano, David Acevedo & Xavier
Brignoni, Ruth Christman, Phyllis Dowd, Claudia Goode, Andy Howl, Shirley Hales,
Lee Ellen Harder, Michael Moran, Anica Sturdivant, Annette Trossbach
Arts Publication Gulf Coast Times, Mangrove Review, Southwest Florida
Visual Artist Stephen Gray Blancett, Pam Brodersen, Drew Cemer, Patricia Fay,
Marcus Jansen, Mark Loren, Norman Love, Paul Rodino
Lifetime Achievement Tom Powell, Carol Slife, Wellington Ward
When the arts thrive, so does the community, and thanks to the hardworking cre-
ative individuals in Lee County the past year has been filled with theater shows, art
installations, musical performances and special events. The Angels of the Arts Awards
Program thanks those individuals and businesses who are committed to entertaining
and educating the community through art.
Celebrate the arts and buy your tickets today. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. and the
awards ceremony starts at 7. Additional tickets are $45 and can be purchased by call-
ing the Alliance for the Arts at 939-2787 or visiting the Web site at www.ArtInLee.
The Alliance for the Arts is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard just south of
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A Murder Mystery
Musical At The
by Di Saggau
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playing at The
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Theater, but to my
.1 delight I was over-
joyed. This British
comedy is a delight from start to finish,
a fast-paced flawless production. The
woman next to me said it was the best
thing she's seen while visiting our area.
Set in 1935, the show is about six
guests who are invited for the weekend
to Lord Dudley Rancour's retreat on an
island in the middle of a lake. As a raging
storm washes out the bridge causing the
phones to die, so do the characters. The
guests, three servants and an uninvited
college student start biting the dust in
As the bodies pile up the cast enter-
tains with hilarious song and dance
numbers. Unless you've seen the show
before, the songs won't be anything you
remember, but I guarantee you will enjoy
them. They start out with A Marvelous
Weekend; others include The Man With
the Ginger Moustache, The Legal Heir,
Dinghy and New Day. It's not just the
Rachel \Miller and Kevin Rose
Rachel Miller and Kevin Rose
songs that are so enjoyable, it's the mar-
velous choreography by Amy McCleary.
The cast members exhibit terrific timing
as they are put through their paces.
Here are the characters. The talented
Kay Francis is Miss Tweed, an ama-
teur detective; Rachel Miller is Hope, a
naive ingenue who is instantly drawn to
Geoffrey (Kevin Rose), the college stu-
dent; Colonel Gillweather is played by
Matt Reed, and Nigel Rancour, the black
sheep of the family, is played by Kevin
T. Murphy. These two were a real hoot.
Elizabeth Urbanczyk, the lady with a gor-
geous and powerful voice, is Lady Grace
Madison Mitchell Kay Francis Elizabeth Ubanzk
Madison Mitchell, Kay Francis, Elizabeth Urbanczyk
Manley-Prowe. Victor Legarreta, who
directed this entertaining show along with
Justin P. Cowan, plays Dr. Grayburn;
Madison Mitchell is Lettie, the maid; and
James Lane is Flint, the caretaker. Miguel
Cintron rounds out the cast playing the
butler. This fun-filled musical mystery will
keep you guessing, but I can tell you right
now that the butler didn't do it.
The costumes, set and sound effects
also add a lot to the production.
It is a dark and stormy night at the
Rancour Retreat as guests meet their
demise in so many different ways. I mean
it sincerely when I say this is a show that
lets you have a lot of fun.
Something's Afoot plays through
April 24. Tickets are available by
calling 472-6862, stop by The
Herb Schoolhouse Theater, 2200
Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, or visit www.
The Man In Black Ignites
Broadway Palm Stage
Cast singing Ring of Fire
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre presents the Broadway hit Ring of Fire, play-
ing April 15 to June 5. Ring of Fire celebrates the man in black, Johnny
Cash, and his remarkable life story as told through his music. He was a poor
Arkansas boy who picked cotton on the family farm before embarking on 50 years
of writing more than 1,000 songs. Cash spent his career strumming his Martin gui-
tar and singing in his distinctive bass/baritone voice that won him 17 Grammys and
sold more than 90 million albums.
Even after his
passing, Cash is
still one of the
entertainers of all
time. Ring of Fire
tells his story of
tion, humor and
cast includes eight
singers and a phe-
stage in a musi-
cal celebration of
the world's most
favorite rebel. Man in Black will be performed during Ring of Fire
The show fea-
tures over 30 hits
including I Walk the Line, Jackson, Folsom Prison Blues, Man in Black, I've Been
Everywhere, A Boy Named Sue and the title track, Ring of Fire.
Ring of Fire is directed and choreographed by Ann Nieman, with musical orches-
trations by JR McAlexander, sets by Dominic Lau, costumes by John P. White, cos-
tumes coordination by Jimmy Conti, lighting design by Russell A. Thompson, and
special effects by Ray Malone and Dennis Hitchcock.
You'll be stompin' your feet and shoutin' for more with Ring of Fire. Performances
are Tuesday through Sunday evenings with selected matinees. Starting in May, per-
formances are Wednesday through Sunday evenings with selected matinees. Dinner
and show tickets range from $47 to $53 with group discounts available for parties of
20 or more. Children (12 and under) dinner and show tickets are just $21. Show only
seats are available for $27. Tickets are now on sale and can be reserved by calling
278-4422, by visiting www.broadwaypalm.com, or by stopping by the box office at
1380 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.4
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Dance Alliance takes the stage at
the Alliance for the Art's Foulds
Theatre on April 17 at 8 p.m.
and April 18 at 2 p.m. Featured cho-
reography includes pieces by former
member of Merce Cunningham and
Paul Taylor Dance Companies, Cynthia
Arenillas (2009) and director of the
dance program at Lehigh Senior High
School Center for the Arts, Melissa
Booth and company members.
With a mission to provide dance pro-
grams geared toward encouraging and
showcasing creative movement, Dance
Alliance performs several times a year
around Lee County. The dance troupe
dazzled guests at the Art Fest Fort Myers
Preview Party, kicking off the yearly
festival in shapely abstract costumes. In
January, the group danced alongside New
York based Dance Company, Valerie
Green/Dance Entropy in their modern
dance ensemble at the Alliance.
"We consider ourselves movement
artists in the medium of dance and chore-
ography," said Lori Madl, one of the six
members of Dance Alliance, the resident
dance company at the Alliance for the
Arts. "Each dancer contributes to the
dynamics of the group with diverse per-
formance art backgrounds and specialized
Dance Alliance formed in the summer
Dance Alliance performing Tango
of 2009 after the loss of their instructor,
Cynthia Arenillas. Each dancer brings a
unique background to the group and will
present work in this concert highlighting
each of their strengths. Founding com-
pany members include Lauren LaPatin,
Lori Madl, Jennifer Reed and Michelle
Verissimo. In the fall of 2009, the troupe
welcomed new additions, Lydia Frantz
and Sway Hodges.
Space is limited and guests are encour-
aged to purchase tickets in advance.
General admission is $20, Student price
is $12 and discounts are available for
groups of 10 or more. Call 939-2787 or
buy online at www.ArtInLee.org.
The Alliance for the Arts proudly
supports the artists and arts is at 10091
McGregor Boulevard just south of
Colonial Boulevard. Visit www.ArtInLee.
org for more details.0
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22 THERIVER APRIL 9, 2010
New Season, New Manager,
New Faces On Miracle Baseball
Team With Home Opener Tonight
by Ed Frank
he home opener for the 2010 edition of the Fort Myers
Miracle baseball team is tonight, Friday, at Hammond
Stadium where a new manager with a famous last name
will guide the Miracle in their 19th season.
Several returning veterans from last season's division-winning
squad and a host of promising new players comprise Manager
Jake Mauer's roster that seeks a repeat of last year's success-
E ^y ful run in the tough High A Florida State League. Mauer is the
older brother of Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins, the reigning
American League batting champion and MVP.
Free tickets for tonight's 7:05 p.m. home opener against
Bradenton at Hammond Stadium in the Lee County Sports Complex are available at
any of the 19 Wendy's locations in Lee and Charlotte counties. A big fireworks show
will follow the game.
The Miracle also will host Bradenton Saturday night. A farm team of the Pittsburgh
Pirates, Bradenton replaces the Sarasota Reds as one of the six teams in the FSL
In addition to Fort Myers and Bradenton, the South Division includes the St. Lucie
Mets (New York Mets), the Jupiter Hammerheads (Florida Marlins), Charlotte Stone
Crabs (Tampa Bay Rays), and the Palm Beach Cardinals (St. Louis Cardinals).
Certain to earn big attention this season for the Miracle is Kyle Gibson a hard-
throwing right hander who was the Twin's first-round draft pick last year. This former
All-American out of the University of Missouri is starting his professional career at the
High A level, bypassing the rookie and Low A leagues.
A stress fracture in his pitching forearm diagnosed just before the draft scared off
some teams but not the Twins who grabbed him with the 22nd overall pick. Following
rehab, the Twins assigned him to the instructional leagues where he showed why he is
so highly regarded. He could move up quickly in the Twins organization with his sink-
ing fastball, slider and changeup.
Returning to the Miracle this year is popular Chris Cates, at five-foot, three inches,
the shortest player in the Twins organization. A shortstop, he batted .251 in 118
games last season.
Pat Kelly, another shortstop, is a Miracle newcomer after missing most of the last
two seasons due to a knee injury. He was a second round selection of the Twins in
Second baseman Drew Thompson is moving up from Low A Beloit where he
compiled a .242 batting average last year in 91 games. He missed all of the 2007 and
2008 seasons due to various injuries.
Also returning to the Miracle this season are third-baseman Nick Romeo (.247 in
74 games last year) and catcher Jair Fernandez who was a non-roster invitee to the
Twins Spring Training squad this year. He played 70 games as a catcher and 14 as
designated hitter for the Miracle a year ago.
Infielder Ramon Santana is moving up from Beloit to the Miracle after hitting .296
in 103 games for that Low A team.
Outfielder Even Bigley is back with the Miracle this year after a productive season in
2009 when he batted .280 in 95 games.
Following this weekend's home openers, the Miracle is on the road until April
19 when they return to Hammond Stadium to begin a three-game series against
Charlotte. The local team plays seven home games in eight days during that stretch.
Spring Training Farewell for Another Year
The Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins again drew record crowds this year
as fans jammed Hammond Stadium and the City of Palms Park for Spring Training.
Again this year, the Red Sox had sell-outs for every home game running their con-
secutive sellouts at City of Palms Park to 104 games a streak dating back to March
Although seven teams have moved their Spring Training headquarters from Florida
to Arizona since 1993 there now are 15 teams in both states the Chicago Tribune
recently came up with an interesting study showing that teams that train in Florida
have won all but three World Series since 1990.
That includes the last four Series winners and six of the last seven Florida in
2003; Boston, 2004; St Louis, 2006; Boston, 2007; Philadelphia, 2008; and the
New York Yankees, 2009.
Charities Get $245,000 From 2010 Ace Group Classic
February's Ace Group Classic donated $245,000 to local charities, an increase of
$10,000 from 2009.
"We are ecstatic to be able to increase our donations from last year," said tourna-
ment director Jason Camp. Thirteen local charities benefited from the tournament.
Everblades in First Round of Kelly Cup Playoffs
The Florida Everblades, which finished the regular season with a 38-25-9 record,
began the first round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs this week hosting the Elmira Jackals at
The first two games in the best-of-five series were Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
The scene shifts to Elmira today, Friday, for game three if necessary.
Florida completed the regular season last weekend with a split in a two-game series
with first-place Charlotte losing Friday night 3-1, but scoring a 4-3 shootout victory
Saturday before more than 7,000 fans at Germain.
The Everblades ended the regular season in the ECHL South Division nine points
behind Charlotte, but with a season record of 7-6-1 against the Checkers.O
T he 2010 Inter-Club Challenge, a
golf tournament that pits golf club
against golf club in a friendly rivalry,
is set for April 26 at The Old Collier
Golf Club, with 20 local teams partici-
pating along with the clubs' golf pros.
The Immokalee Foundation is hosting
the tournament in partnership with The
First Tee of Naples/Collier Program in
"Proceeds from the tournament sup-
port a brighter future for the children
of Immokalee through The Immokalee
Foundation's seven core programs, one
of which is The First Tee of Naples/
Collier Program in Immokalee," said
tournament co-chair Kevin T. Johnson.
Immokalee students from The First Tee
of Naples/Collier will be at the tourna-
ment to cheer on teams from clubs such
as Bay Colony, Bonita Bay, Calusa Pines,
Grey Oaks and Mediterra. The students
will also play with the teams on the Par
3s. "This is a fantastic opportunity for the
teams to meet students who benefit from
the proceeds of the Inter-Club Challenge,
and for students to interact with their
benefactors and pro golfers," said tourna-
ment co-chair Tom Weyl.
Rose Celbeau, Ismael Esteverne, Yolenna Esteverne, Ruben Cadet, Alex Campbell, Alex
Galvan, Gerardo Lugo, Marisol Zetina
According to The First Tee of Naples/
Collier Executive Director Cindy Darland,
The First Tee is a national youth devel-
opment organization dedicated to
positively impacting the lives of young
people through the game of golf. "Since
2008, we have developed a very reward-
ing partnership with The Immokalee
Foundation," Darland said, "and together
we are looking to expand The First Tee
program to even more middle and high
school students in Immokalee." Currently,
there are 50 Immokalee students in the
program, and those with the highest
grades will participate in the Inter-Club
Challenge. "Being invited to the tourna-
ment is an added incentive to work hard
in school," said TIF Executive Director Liz
The 2010 Inter-Club Challenge is
hosted by The Old Collier Golf Club.
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney is the pre-
senting sponsor, and other corporate gold
sponsors are Fifth Third Bank (found-
ing sponsor), Bigham Jewelers, Jaguar
Naples, Porsche of Naples and Naples
Illustrated. The tournament's under-
writers are Arthrex, Quarles and Brady,
Sagemark Consulting, and Tom and
Arlene Weyl. Prize sponsors are Bigham
Jewelers, Marquis Jet, Porsche of Naples
and Jaguar Naples.
For information call 239-825-4851 or
he Derek Waugh-Stetson University
Boys' Basketball Camp schedule is
Shooting Camp, June 11 through 13.
Position Camp, June 13 though 17.
Individual Camp, July 25 through 29.
High School Team Camp, June 26 and
For more information contact Chris
Capko at firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to
5K Run On Green
The Fort Myers Recreation Division,
in partnership with the Fort
Myers Track Club, will hold a 5k
Memorial Day Run on the Green at
Eastwood Golf Course located beside
the Calusa Nature Center at 4600 Bruce
Herd Lane in Fort Myers just off of Ortiz
This is an opportunity for a one-of-a-
kind trip through one of the city's finest
golf courses. The route will take runners
through the back nine holes and finish at
the clubhouse. Medals awarded for first,
second and third place finishers in each
Registrants will receive a race T-shirt,
race course map, post-race refreshments
and be eligible for door prizes if present
after the race.
Check in is at 6:30 a.m. May 31 and
the race starts at 7:30 a.m.
Entry fee is $20 prior or on race day.
To pre-register by mail no later than
Friday, May 28, log onto www.ftmyer-
Get Moving... For the Health of It!
will take place on Saturday, April
10 at 9 a.m. at Centennial Park,
Fort Myers. Registration begins at 9 a.m.
Form a team of friends, co-workers, fam-
ily or just yourself for a day of community
fitness with activities for every member
of the family. From aerobics to Zumba,
you'll find plenty to help you get moving.
Try the Family Fitness Zone, Baby
Boot Camp or follow marked routes to
run, walk, bike and roller blade through
There's also a farmer's market on the
Caloosahatchee River, health care infor-
mation booths and door prizes. Trophies
will be awarded for Best Team T-shirt and
Team with the Most Participants.
Centennial Park is located in
downtown Fort Myers along the
For more information call the Fort
Myers Recreation Division at 321-
From page 15
"The 10 percent reduction and the
lack of additional funding for the federal
beach nourishment program is harmful to
reducing coastal risks and protecting the
coastal environment," Sheehan said.
Historically, Congress has appropri-
ated approximately $100 million a year
to reduce coastal erosion. During the
previous administration, which proposed
a mere $13 million for coastal projects,
Congress made up the difference by
appropriating $105 million. By compari-
son, "most European nations spend at
least 10 times more each year on coastal
issues despite having far less coastline to
protect." Sheehan said. "It's discourag-
Beaches are coastal levees, protecting
the 55 percent of America's population
and coastal infrastructure from storms.
"The president's budget does little to
promote the protection and restora-
tion of America's coastal environmental
resources," Sheehan said. "Over the next
several months, ASBPA will work with
the Appropriations Committees so that
Congress fills as much of the coastal bud-
get gap created by the president's budget
For more information about coastal
needs, visit www.asbpa.org.2
From page 14
Bonita Art League
Each year the league presents Affairs
of the Arts with social events at various
venues throughout Southwest Florida.
There are 18 events total.
The garden of Barbara DuFrane is a
masterpiece of landscaping. Upon arrival
guests will stroll throughout the garden
with its unique original stone and marble
sculptures. As guests approach the ter-
races of the lanai wine and champagne
will be poured as an invitation to lunch.
Guests will dine amongst vibrant table set-
tings with an astonishing array of colorful
dishes. A local gardening expert will lead
a discussion and will respond to ques-
THERIVER APRIL9,2010 23
Information: 495-8989 or www.art-
Live at the Promenade!' features
Compton and Bennett, Red Hot Ragtime
on Wednesday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 members, $30 non-mem-
bers, $35 at the door
Popular duo Rick Compton and Betsy
Bennett will take the audience on a musi-
cal journey through toe-tapping piano
and sultry vocals from Scott Joplin to
Fats Waller and Leon Redbone and from
Bessie Smith to Maria Muldaur.
For more information on any of these
events, call 495-8989 or go to www.art-
24 THE RIVER APRIL 9, 2010
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FPL Encourages Customers To
Treat Every Day Like Earth Day
Beginning April 1, Florida Power & Light Company kicked off a month of
activities encouraging Floridians to treat every day not just April 22 as
Throughout April, FPL's Earth Day Is Every Day campaign will offer a series of
daily tips 30 tips in all for families who want to incorporate environmental steward-
ship into their regular routines and save money on their monthly utility bills. FPL will
also host a number of community events in its service territory to boost environmental
awareness and encourage adoption of environmentally friendly, energy-efficient prac-
"FPL is proud to be an industry leader in environmental stewardship, and we invite
our customers to join us this month in implementing environmentally responsible life-
style choices to help preserve our natural resources. ... many of these actions can also
save money on utility bills, so these really can be win-win actions for customers," said
Randy LaBauve, FPL's vice president of environmental services.
Phase One is Green All Around: Ten Tips to Help the Environment and Your
For the first 10 days of April, FPL reviews appliances and common habits in homes
and businesses that can have a large impact on utility bills. Simple changes can also
help conserve natural resources.
Avoid hand-washing your dishes (as if you need an excuse) automatic dishwash-
ers consume one-third less water than hand-washing so you'll reduce both your water
usage and water-heating costs.
Turn the ceiling fan off when you leave the room. Diligence at preventing fans
from running unnecessarily can save you up to $7 a month in energy costs.
Adjust your washing machine to the appropriate water level for each load, and
use cold water to wash and rinse your clothes when possible. You'll reduce your water
usage, and you'll also save the energy you would be using to heat the water.
Replacing that old porch light with an energy-efficient compact-fluorescent bulb
can save you up to $50 over 2 V2 years.
For a standard one-horsepower pool pump, reducing the run time by two hours a
day can save you about $9 a month in electricity. For larger pumps, the savings could
The U.S. Department of Energy recommends the following rule of thumb for
computer usage: If you aren't going to use your PC for more than 20 minutes, turn
off your monitor; if you're not going to use your PC for more than two hours, turn off
both the CPU and monitor.
Don't forget to clean or change your air-conditioning filter once a month. Your
unit won't have to work as hard, and you'll keep your indoor air cleaner.
When using air-conditioning, the average home can save $4.50 a month just by
raising the temperature a single degree.
Replacing your showerhead with a water-efficient model can cut your hot water
usage in half and save up to $50 a year on your electric bill. Don't forget to repair
dripping faucets and leaky toilets. According to FEMA, one drop per second wastes
2,700 gallons of water per year.
Keep warm with a blanket... for your pool. Two-thirds of a pool's heat escapes
from the water's surface. Use a pool blanket to cut the amount of energy used to heat
the water in half.
For more information on FPL's Earth Day Is Every Day campaign, the full list of
tips, links to videos and other information visit www.FPL.com.0
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FGCU Center Launches Report
At Fundraising Celebration
The Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education released its five-
year report entitled Works Toward Realizing the Dream at the sixth annual
fundraising celebration on Sanibel. The publication offers readers an account
of the center's progress toward achieving a sustainable future. According to center
Director Dr. Peter Blaze Corcoran, the report "is our accounting to the university
and the stakeholder community of activities to achieve our goals."
The report contains a summary of the center's mission, profiles of the board of
advisors, and examples of past work organized into four sections by the center's goals.
These sections include: (1) Research in environmental and sustainability education, (2)
Local education and civic engagement, (3) Professional development at the university,
and (4) Scholarship, teaching, and service in the university. The report closes with a
statement of planned future initiatives.
The report also highlights partnerships with other international organizations. For
example, Nobel laureate and founder of Green Cross International Mikhail Gorbachev
reflected on the center's anniversary: "I congratulate the Center for Environmental
and Sustainability Education on its fifth anniversary. I am glad that Green Cross
International and the center have been successfully cooperating on a number of proj-
ects. I wish Florida Gulf Coast University and the center all the best, and look forward
to continuation of this partnership."
Contributors to the center's recent successful fundraising celebration received
the report to legitimize continued support. Center advocates Peter and Mallory
Haffenreffer also continued an annual tradition of energizing donor participation with
The Haffenreffer Challenge. In addition to their generosity as hosts of the fundraising
celebration, the Haffenreffer's will match any new donations offered to the center up
to a total of $10,000.
Student assistants Jessica Mendes and Ariel Chomey holding one of the first publications
of Works Toward Realizing the Dream
To receive a copy of the five-year report or to make an additional contribution, con-
tact the FGCU Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education at 590-7166 or
Did You Know,,,
Mildew And Mold
by Laura Zocki Puerto,
LCEC Public Relations Specialist
mold are as
oranges and palm
trees in Southwest
Florida. Not only
can mildew and
mold affect your
health, they can
cause major dam-
age to your home.
If your home is
vacant for any
extended period, LCEC energy advisors
recommend the following steps to pre-
vent costly damage as well as maximize
Be sure to keep a small amount of
air conditioning on. If the air conditioner
is completely shut off, mildew damage
may occur due to humidity build-up in the
Install a timer on your air conditioner
to cycle the air for two hours per day.
Or install a humidistat on your air condi-
tioner. Set it to cycle your air conditioning
whenever indoor humidity exceeds 65
To minimize humidity in the air, you
may want to shut off the water supply
to toilets and flush them. Another step is
to cover them with cling wrap. This will
ensure no additional humidity is brought
into the home.
Leave all interior doors open to
promote airflow and guard against mil-
dew. Space out clothing, shoes and other
stored materials for the same reason.
Other helpful tips:
Save electricity by unplugging the
water heater, since it won't be used.
A full refrigerator/freezer will use
less power than an empty one. Use jugs
of tap water to fill the unit. If you unplug
the refrigerator, prop the door open and
be sure it's clean.
Just to be safe, you may want to
have a neighbor, friend or professional
house sitter check your home periodically
during your absence.4
Increasing Community Awareness
and Consensus Building is a two-hour
workshop from the Florida Institute of
Government's Non-Profit Series Session
The second of a three-part fundraising
series builds upon lessons learned in the
first session and takes them to practical
applications. For an organization and/
or community to be successful in capacity
building and fundraising, it is essential to
understand the important role community
awareness plays in achieving positive
growth. Participants will learn to incorpo-
rate a multi-faceted community awareness
campaign and consensus building strategy
to enhance positive outcome.
Debra Lynne is instructor for the
series. The workshop runs from 8:30
a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 13 at
FGCU's Atrium Executive Center, 8695
College Parkway, # =1181, Fort Myers.
The cost is $39 per workshop. For
more information call Joanne Hartke at
425-3273 or email@example.com
BBQ, Bands And
For Builders Care
The Lee Building Industry
Association (BIA) is hosting an
afternoon of BBQ, Bands and
Brew to benefit its nonprofit charitable
arm Builders Care on Sunday, April 25
from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Lee County
Alliance for the Arts. The fundraiser
is open to the public and will feature
food from eight local barbecue-themed
restaurants and caterers, live music by
local bands Deb & The Dynamics and
The Juice, and games and attractions
for all ages. Local celebrity judges and
attendees will vote for the best barbecue
"We look forward to hosting this fun
family event for a great cause," says Bob
Bassett, Builder's Care president. "All the
proceeds will fund projects that improve
people's lives right here in our commu-
Admission for BBQ, Bands and Brew
is $10 per person, feee for children ages
12 and under, and free parking is avail-
able. Guests are encouraged to bring
chairs and blankets, but no coolers, dogs
or beach umbrellas will be allowed.
Tickets can be purchased in advance
at Lee County Alliance for the Arts at
10091 McGregor Boulevard in Fort
Myers; Stevens Construction at 6208
Whisky Creek Drive, Fort Myers; the
Fiddlesticks branch of BB&T Bank at
9090 Daniels Parkway, Fort Myers;
and the Page Field branch of BB&T
Bank, 4959 S. Cleveland Avenue, Fort
Myers. Reservations may be made by
calling 938-0056 or e-mail bbq@bia.
net. Additional information is available at
Builders Care is the nonprofit chari-
table arm of the Lee Building Industry
Association (BIA). Its objective is to
provide emergency repairs and construc-
tion services to elderly, disabled and eco-
nomically disadvantaged people who are
unable to obtain home repairs through
WUSF Public Broadcasting
has received a grant from
the Corporation for Public
Broadcasting to fund a Local Journalism
Center (LJC). Called The Healthy State
Collaborative, the LJC will focus on
creating multimedia content related to
healthcare issues and healthcare policy.
"We are so pleased to receive this
grant from the Corporation of Public
Broadcasting," said JoAnn Urofsky,
general manager of WUSF Public
Broadcasting. "The establishment of the
LJC will give us an opportunity to pro-
vide programming and content to a wide
array of audiences about an issue that is
so important to so many Floridians."
The grant will also provide WUSF an
opportunity to collaborate with other pub-
lic television and radio stations in Florida.
Other stations involved in The Healthy
State Collaborative include WEDU
(Tampa, FL), WGCU Public Media (Fort
Myers), WMFE Public Media (Orlando),
WMNF (Tampa) and WUFT (Gainesville).
The two-year project will include
audio, video, text, photos, blogs, social
networking, dynamic syndication and
mobile applications. Significant attention
will be directed to engage a younger and
more diverse audience, in addition to the
core public radio audience.
Five other regions around the country
have also received grants to fund LJCs.&
26 THERIVER APRIL9,2010
Find Ways To Cut
S by Jennifer Basey
of your fellow
may be filing your
taxes this week.
If you think that
things might have
turned out differ-
ently had you paid
less in investment-
related taxes, you
might want to take steps soon to help
ensure a different outcome in 2011.
Here are some "tax-smart" strategies
Invest in municipal bonds. If you're
in one of the upper income brackets,
you might benefit from owning munici-
pal bonds. The interest payments from
"munis" are typically exempt from federal
income taxes, and may also be exempt
from state and local taxes, depending on
where you live. (However, the interest
from some types of munis may be subject
to the alternative minimum tax, or AMT.)
"Max out" on your Roth IRA. If you
qualify for a Roth IRA, try to fully fund it
every year. Your earnings grow tax-free,
provided you've had your account at least
five years and you don't take withdrawals
until you're at least 59-1/2. And now,
it's easier to convert a traditional IRA to
a Roth IRA. Under previous rules, you
Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold
Marketing and Public Relations
and m.creative have joined forces
to provide clients with a more com-
prehensive range of services. Principal
Melinda Isley, APR, of m.creative has
become a partner in Gravina, Smith,
Matte & Arnold, joining principals Amy
Gravina, APR, Laurel Smith, APR, Tina
Matte and Sharon Arnold.
Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold has
specialized in developing long-term,
results-oriented marketing and public rela-
tions programs for Southwest Florida's
leading businesses and organizations
since 1983 and has been recognized for
expertise in community outreach, issues
management and strategic marketing pro-
grams. The firm m.creative has provided
a full range of public relations services
including media relations, graphic design,
advertising and social media programs
"We've long admired Melinda's cre-
ativity, professionalism and the results
she has generated for her clients," said
Gravina. "The merger benefits our com-
bined client roster and allows both firms
to expand services."
"From the day I moved back to my
hometown, this was the firm and these
were the professionals I tried to model
myself after," said Isley. "Our principles,
ethics and goals are well aligned, and I
could not be happier to be their partner."
could only convert if your modified adjust-
ed gross income (MAGI) was $100,000
or less. But starting this year, you can
convert funds to a Roth IRA even if your
MAGI is over $100,000. And if you con-
vert in 2010, you can report the taxable
income from the conversion over a two-
year period, in 2011 and 2012.
Distribute assets between taxable
and retirement accounts. You'll want to
look at all your investments as a whole
to determine if they're working together
to help you achieve your goals. But in
considering ways to control investment
taxes, you may also find it useful to look
at two separate categories: your tax tax-
deferred retirement accounts, such as
your traditional IRA and your 401(k),
and your taxable accounts, which hold
all the investments not in your retire-
ment accounts. As a (very) general rule,
you might want to put income-producing
securities, such as taxable bonds, into
your tax-deferred retirement accounts.
When you ultimately take out this money,
presumably at retirement, your withdraw-
als will be taxed at your income tax rate,
but by then, you may be in a lower tax
bracket. Conversely, you may want to
put growth-oriented securities, such as
stocks, in your taxable account; as long
as you hold these assets at least a year,
you'll only have to pay the long-term
capital gains rate, which is currently 15
percent if you're in one of the top three
tax brackets. (This rate may soon rise,
Sell your "losers" throughout the
year. If you own investments that have
lost value and that you don't need to
Gravina, Smith and Isley hold
bachelor's degrees from University of
Florida's College of Journalism and are
accredited by the Florida Public Relations
Association, which named them Public
Relations Professionals of the Year in
1987, 1988 and 2004 respectively.
Isley also studied graphic design at
the Southeast Center for Photo/Graphic
Studies in Daytona Beach. She served
as creative director and public relations
manager for Southwest Florida compa-
nies before launching m.creative in 2000.
Some of her clients include Barbara B.
Mann Performing Arts Hall, Community
keep for other reasons (such as portfolio
balance), consider selling them through-
out the year. Your losses can offset any
capital gains you might have achieved;
if you don't have any gains, the losses
can offset up to $3,000 of your regular
income. Plus, any losses that you don't
use in a given year can be carried forward
indefinitely for use against future capital
Before embarking on any of these
strategies, consult with your tax advi-
sor. Every "tax-smart" move may not be
appropriate for your individual situation.
But if you're concerned about the impact
of investment taxes, it can certainly pay
to explore all your options.
Jennifer Basey is a financial advisor
in Fort Myers. She can be reached at
For Learning And
Members of the Southwest
Florida chapter of the American
Society for Training &
Development will will hold their April
21 dinner membership meeting at the
Hilton Garden Inn in South Fort Myers.
at 5:30 p.m.
Theme of the meeting will be Best
Practices Ideas, Tips, and Tools for
improving their learning and development
programs. Attendees will share their own
best practices and discuss what they've
Cooperative Ministries Inc., Harbour
House at the Inn, accounting firm Myers,
Brettholtz & Company PA, attorneys
Osterhout, McKinney & Prather, and The
Veranda restaurant. Isley serves on the
board of directors for the local American
Cancer Society, chaired the 2008 Cattle
Baron's Ball and was selected as one
of Gulfshore Business Magazine's 40
Under 40 in 2007.
Hall Selected For
The National Association of
Counties has selected Lee County
Commissioner Tammy Hall as one
of 25 county leaders from across the
United States to participate in the sev-
enth annual County Leadership Institute,
a rigorous four-day program offered in
partnership with Cambridge Leadership
Nominated by Christopher Holley,
Executive Director of Florida Association
of Counties as an official with a com-
mitment to developing collaborative and
innovative solutions to local issues, Hall
will meet at IBM's Institute for Electronic
Government in Washington, DC from
June 1-5. Representatives from George
School of Public Policy and Public
Administration will participate as a univer-
learned during previous meetings on-site
at two area organizations with excellent
Cost is $20 for members and $25
for non-members and guests. Menu is a
choice of chicken cacciatore or stuffed
To register, e-mail to johnmfischerjr@
gmail.com, or call Mike Fischer at 540-
7197. Registration deadline is April 19.
The Southwest Florida Chapter of
the American Society for Training and
Development (ASTD) is a non-profit asso-
ciation serving approximately 80 mem-
bers throughout the Southwest Florida
area. The chapter was officially chartered
in 1990. Its members are practitioners,
managers, administrators, educators, con-
sultants, researchers, and students who
work in the field of training and human
ASTD is the world's largest associa-
tion dedicated to workplace learning and
performance professionals. Its 70,000
members and associates come from more
than 100 countries and thousands of
organizations multinational corpora-
tions, medium-sized and small businesses,
government, academia, consulting firms,
and product and service suppliers.
Our email address is
The Institute, now in its seventh year,
has graduated 141 members from 42
states and 138 counties across the coun-
try. Known for enhancing the capacity of
county officials to identify and implement
innovative solutions to the complex chal-
lenges facing county government in the
21st century, this year the program will
focus closely on the demands of personal
leadership in a new era of government,
one characterized as a "permanent crisis"
by CLI faculty member Marty Linsky.
"The county officials who participate
in the institute get information, ideas and
perspectives they can't get anywhere
else," said Larry Naake, executive director
of NACo. These county leaders not only
discuss the core principles of public ser-
vice leadership with prominent experts,
they also collaborate intensively with each
other to develop new ways to attack real-
life issues of importance to the citizens of
In addition to developing skills and
cultivating new perspectives of leader-
ship, the Institute builds a network of CLI
alumni who continue to offer support,
suggestions and feedback across years
and county lines. Classes meet daily
from 8:30 a.m. to 5p.m. and in three
evening meetings. Program costs are
offset by corporate and non-profit spon-
soring organizations. Sponsors for 2010
include IBM, ESRI, NACo's Financial
Services Corporation (FSC), the National
Council of County Association Executives
(NCCAE) and the Arizona Association of
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The BIG ARTS New Frontiers
Health and Science lecture pro-
grams began March 24 with Dr.
Waleed Abdalati, who studies high lati-
tude glaciers and ice sheets using satel-
lites and airborne instruments, as well
as ground-based data from field expedi-
He said most of today's satellites are
past their design life, living on borrowed
time. New ones will be going up but only
about half as many.
He is director of the Earth Science and
Observation Center at the University of
Colorado in Boulder. His talk was titled,
Polar Ice in a Changing Climate: Are We
Waking Sleeping Giants?
Abdalati showed many slides of the
changing ice cover, saying some of the
icebergs are as tall as the length of a
football field. The ice acts as a blanket,
a barrier flow of energy exchange to the
ocean. The ocean ice cover affects ocean
circulations, climate, atmospheric circula-
tion and weather. It reflects a lot of the
incoming solar energy from sunlight, and
when it melts it exposes a darker surface
which absorbs the sunlight, causing the
surface to heat up, causing more ice to
melt and more energy to be absorbed.
"That is why ice is really one of the
most sensitive aspects of the climate sys-
Dr. Waleed Abdalati, left, and New Frontiers Chair Chuck Ketteman
tem. Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets
hold the equivalent of 223 feet of sea
level rise. That's not all going to melt into
the sea tomorrow and cause oceans to
rise catastrophically, but the question is
how much is flowing into the sea causing
our oceans to rise?"
For the coming centuries, he said the
high end of predictions is not off the
charts but there are areas that would be
adversely affected. He showed a slide of
Florida featuring outlying areas that would
be affected by a meter of sea level rise.
"Over the last 15,000 years, sea levels
have been going up by about three and a
half millimeters a year, not much until you
add it up over time. In 50 years it really
starts to matter. Eighteen thousand years
ago oceans were 120,000 meters lower
"The weak underbelly glaciers are
speeding up, getting thinner, losing mass,
all consistent with the story of 'collapse,'
which in glaciological language means a
few hundred years. Melt is going up 10
percent a decade and that is compelling.
The ice is changing much more rapidly
than our models have predicted. Arctic
sea ice has been shrinking at a rate of
three percent per decade, the thick ice
has been shrinking at a rate of 10 per-
cent per decade. Meanwhile in Antarctica
it has been growing about one percent
per decade. It's a complicated story," he
"We used to think it took centuries for
ice to respond to warming temperatures.
Turns out it takes hours." As to green-
house gases, he said the world's ice cov-
ers are responding dramatically and the
key to our success depends on society.
He used a quote from Socrates to
explain what he does. "The earth is a
mosaic of stories. Man must rise above
the earth, the top of the atmosphere and
beyond, for only thus will he fully under-
stand the world in which he lives."
During a question and answer session,
Dr. Abdalati reassured Floridians that they
don't need to sell now. "The best projec-
tions for the next 100 years show on the
low end about half a foot of sea rise. On
the high end about five feet. Realistically
it's reasonable to expect between two to
three feet in the coming 100 years."
The next speaker is Dr. Paul Cherukuri
on Wednesday, March 31, 7:30 p.m.
at BIG ARTS. He will talk about
Nanotechnology Big Things Come In
Small Packages and how it is changing
the way researchers think of medical
Sweet Memories: Pirates, Pearls
& Paradise will be held May 1
from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. to ben-
efit the Dubin Alzheimer's Resource
- Center. The gala will be held at Heritage
Palms Golf & Country Club, 10420
Washingtonia Palm Way in Fort Myers.
This event will offer an opportunity to
sample delectable chocolate creations by
area chefs and bakers including Cypress
Lake Country Club, Heritage Palms
Country Club, Irresistible Confections,
and The Flying Pig.
S Participants can bid on an array of
Is items and beautiful baskets donated by
local shops and businesses at the silent
and live auctions to benefit Alzheimer's
programs in Lee County. Ticket contribu-
tions also includes lavish hors d'oeuvres
throughout the evening.
Len Jennings and Stacey
Deffenbaugh, ABC 7 news anchors, will
serve as hosts for the evening. The gala is
sponsored by Arden Courts Alzheimer's
Assisted Living and The Palms.
Tickets are $75 per person.
Sponsorship opportunities are available,
including table sponsors of $1,000 which
includes a table for eight. Fun attire to
complement the pirates, pearls, and para-
dise theme is suggested.
The Dubin Alzheimer's Resource
Center, a United Way partner agency,
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Aquarium is on Saturday, April 17 at 7 p.m. at The Sidney & Berne Davis
Art Center in the downtown River District in Fort Myers.
The event features one-of-a-kind hand-painted and decorated children's chairs,
benches, barstools, wine cubes and platters designed by local artists. An assortment
of silent and live auction items include a five-hour sunset cruise for 40 people on the
Mother Ship, four tickets to the NASCAR Homestead race including Cold Passes for
the Pits, salon specialties and golf outings.
The evening will include live music, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the unique sur-
roundings of the Davis Center. Tickets are $75 and may be purchased at www.imagi-
nariumfortmyers.com/cherish or by calling 321-7409. RSVP by April 9 to receive
complimentary valet parking and VIP after party tickets.
Local sponsors are Dr. Bennett, Kushner and Kushner, Florida Gulf Bank, Sheryl
Weisinger, Gulf Coast Orthodontics, Chico's, Lott & Gaylor, City Tavern, Estero
Dermatology, Herndon Carr, and Morgan and Morgan.0
Email your editorial copy to:
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F CU Florida Institute of
Government will present a Practical
Solutions for Improving Memory
workshop from 8:30 a.m. to noon on
Monday, April 12. It's for managers,
supervisors and employees from both the
private and public sectors.
The half-day workshop is from the FIG
Professional Development Series. This
course teaches participants to sharpen
"remembering skills" that foster positive
interpersonal relationship skills for success
in business and in life.
Dr. Bill Beckwith is instructor for the
course which will take place at the Atrium
Executive Center, 8695 College Parkway,
Suite 1181, Fort Myers.
Topics will include:
S* Quit trying to remember and start
planning to remember better
Create strategies to manage those
"when" and "what" to do's
Practice techniques to improve
memory for names
Identify strategies for maintaining a
healthy brain and efficient memory
Develop five-step personal action
Plan for continued memory improvement
rs Cost is $79. Contact Joanne Hartke
at 425-3273 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reg-
30 THERIVER APRIL9,2010
I'm Joe and I'm a five-month-old
domestic short haired kitten. I like play-
ing a lot whether it's with other cats or
people and, as you can tell by my photo,
I really get into it. I especially like toys
I can pounce on. I also enjoy spending
quality time with people. Please come
visit me at the shelter and see if we're
made for each other.
My adoption fee is just like Austin's:
$75 minus a discount when you draw
an egg from the basket which contains a
coupon worth $20 to $75 off.
Throughout April at Lee County
Animal Services, anyone adopting can
draw an egg from the basket for a cou-
pon worth $20 to $75 off the regular
price of all pet adoptions. The reduced
adoption fee will still include the complete
package of services.
For information about this week's
pets, call 533-7387 (LEE-PETS) or log
on to Animal Services' Web site at www.
LeeLostPets.com. When calling, refer to
the animal's ID number. The Web site
updates every hour so you will be able
to see if these or any other pets are still
The shelter is open for adoptions
from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday
through Saturday. The shelter is located
at 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers, next
to the Lee County Sheriff's Office, off Six
Mile Cypress Parkway.
All adoptions include spay/neuter sur-
gery, 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 guaran-
tee, and a bag of Science Diet pet food.
The adoption package is valued at
Austin ID# 465882
Hi, my names is Austin and I'm an
American bull dog mix. I'm only
18 months old and I'm a very
handsome young boy. I was lost and the
officers found me and brought me to the
shelter. Now I'm hoping you will find me
irresistible and take me home. I'm very
smart and know how to sit already. I will
be glad to learn anything you want to
Week For Animal
T ong-gone is the stereotype of the
dog catcher who did little more
han round up loose dogs and put
them in his truck. The reality is that
animal control officers save the lives of
dogs and cats and make their com-
munities a safer place for people and
animals every day.
In recognition of this service the
National Animal Control Association
(NACA) has designated the second
week of April as Animal Control Officer
Appreciation Week. Click www.leelost-
aspx to see actual photos and video of
Lee County cases.
According to NACA, animal control
officers face more one-on-one contact
with the public than any other public
safety employee. They risk their safety
and health on a daily basis dealing with
aggressive and dangerous animals.
Additionally, they are exposed to multiple
zoonotic diseases through contact with
infected animals. Unlike the old stereo-
type, they are state certified and continu-
ing education is a job requirement.
On any given day, Lee County ACOs
investigate animal neglect or cruelty,
apprehend roaming and/or dangerous
dogs, rescue sick and injured animals,
educate pet owners regarding laws and
teach me. I'm not real fond of cats but I
love people a lot.
My adoption fee is $75 minus a
discount when you draw an egg from
Animal Services' adoption basket contain-
ing a coupon worth $20 to $75 off the
regular price of all pet adoptions during
April's Adoption Egg-stravaganza promo-
proper pet care, and mediate disputes
between neighbors regarding their pets.
In the past year Lee County ACOs
responded to over 17,000 field service
calls, rescued more than 8,000 stray ani-
mals and confiscated 333 cats and dogs
that were victims of cruelty and neglect.
Lee County has 15 animal control offi
cers who serve the county's human popu
lation of 600,000 and an estimated dog
and cat population of over 278,650.
"It can be an overwhelming job at
times," says Adam Leath, operation man-
ager for Lee County Domestic Animal
Services. "Our officers go beyond just
responding to calls and make a personal
effort to see that both people and pets
receive the help they need." Leath notes
that this has been especially true in the
past year with regard to numerous animal
hoarding cases that Lee County ACOs
handled and resolved by ensuring that the
people received help as well as the ani-
mals that were rescued.
Anyone who would like to show their
appreciation for the hard work and dedi-
cation of Lee County Animal Control
Officers may make a tax-deductible
donation to the Animal Care Trust Fund.
The fund provides vital veterinary care
for sick and injured animals. For more
information about Animal Control Officer
Appreciation Week call 533-7387 (LEE-
Volunteers Needed For Trap-Neuter
Program To Save Feral Cats
ee County Domestic Animal Services (LCDAS) will hold a task force meet-
ing for residents interested in participating in a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)
Program for feral and community cats on Saturday, April 17 from 1 p.m. to 2
The meeting will be held at the agency's shelter, 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers,
next to the Lee County Sheriff's Department. The TNR program is aimed at reducing
the number of feral cats currently estimated at 98,000 in Lee County.
Step one in program was the approval by the Board of Lee County Commissioners
last year for a TNR Program to provide sterilization and vaccination of wild, outdoor
cats to reduce overpopulation and euthanasia. Step two was securing additional fund-
ing for the project from a grant through the Florida Animal Friend License Plate pro-
gram. The third step will be to form a task force to handle the current demand for the
Task force members would donate a few hours or a few days per week.
Responsibilities include assisting residents with setting traps, transporting trapped cats
for sterilization appointments, returning sterilized and vaccinated cats to their original
trapping site, and providing education. Representatives are needed for Bonita Springs,
Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres, North Fort Myers and Estero.
Each year in Lee County thousands of feral and community cats in good health face
unnecessary euthanasia without a TNR program. The University of Florida School of
Veterinary Medicine advocates that TNR is the most humane and effective solution for
preventing pet overpopulation and reducing euthanasia. Further studies also support
that eradication as a method to reduce overpopulation has been a failure.
For information about TNR or to make a reservation for the task force meeting
contact Lee County Domestic Animal Services at 533-9200 or email dward@leegov.
he scene doesn't quite play out
like an episode from CSI or the
latest police drama. On TV, an
identity mystery can be solved in under
an hour. However, in a true-life reality
show playing out in Lee County and
thousands of shelters across the nation,
most stray pets are never identified and
never reunited with their owners. There
is a simple solution though one that
Lee County is making available to every
pet owner regardless of income.
The solution is microchip identification
and the agency believes it is the key to
improving the county's dismal 12 percent
owner return rate. Only 12 percent of
dogs and less than one percent of cats in
Lee County are reunited with their own-
Each April, Lee County Domestic
Animal Services (LCDAS) joins the
American Humane Association in cel-
ebrating Every Day Is Tag Day, an annual
campaign that encourages all pet owners
to tag and microchip their companion
animals. "Pet identification is the most
important tool animal control officers
have to reunite lost pets," said Adam
Leath, LCDAS operations manager.
"Identification saves lives, reduces shelter
overcrowding, and saves millions of tax-
payer dollars currently spent to house and
care for homeless pets."
In fact, permanent identification, that
can't be lost or removed, is so important
that Lee County discounts pet license fees
for pets that are microchipped as
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PETA Urges Animal
Lovers To Leave
PETA reminds people about the
danger of leaving their dogs in hot
cars even for just a few minutes -
and urges everyone to leave their canine
companions safe at home on warm
Hot weather is often deadly for chil-
dren and animals, who are unable to
protect themselves when exposed to
rising temperatures. This important mes-
sage comes on the heels of news that an
18-month-old Fort Myers girl died after
being left alone in a car when the tem-
perature outside was only 71 degrees.
When left in a hot vehicle, a child's
body temperature can increase three
to five times faster than an adult's, and
because dogs can't perspire and can only
cool themselves by panting, they can suc-
cumb to heatstroke in just 15 minutes and
suffer brain damage or death as a result.
PETA receives alarming reports about
dogs who succumb to heatstroke within
minutes when owners are delayed in
shopping malls and fail to realize how little
time it takes for a car's interior to heat
up. On a 78-degree day, the temperature
inside a car can climb to 97 degrees in
just 10 minutes. For more information,
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Although some pets are like children, their body temperature increases
dramatically while in a car with its windows rolled up
Share your community news with us.
Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702
or email email@example.com
ANA HAMILTON SERVICES
Residential & Commercial
Serving the Lee Island Coast
for over 18 years
Lic # S10-14929
HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES
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Serving Lee, Hendry and aidess Couatees...
211 is a free three-digit phone number people can call for
information and referral on health & social services.
211 is for non-emergency assistance only.
You can always reach the 211 service by dialing
(239) 433-3900 in Lee and
(863) 675-8383 in Hendry and Glades Counties.
QUALITY WITHOUT QUESTION
INTERIOR & EXTERIOR
DECORATIVE FAUX PAINTING
"Since 1986 Ron is still on the job
satisfying his Sanibel and Captiva customers."
Visit our gallery of pictures at
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H IELP WANTED
We are currently seeking applicants
for several volunteer positions,
If you are interested, please contact
Marguerite Jordan at 472-3644 Ext. 3
or visit our website www.crowclinic.org
A time-sensitive training is involved in all of our patent-care. We do
ask our volunteers to make a serce commitment of 3 consecutive
months per year wth a minimum of 3-5 hours per week
SR 9/5 N TFN
BEACH HOUSE SWIMWEAR on Captiva
now hiring PT sales. 10-15 hrs per week.
Seasonal ok. Energetic and interested
in learning how to sell swimwear?
Call Peggy 239-395-5383 or apply online
SR 3/5 B TFN
REAL ESTATE OFFICE
Twenty hours at $13 per hour.
R.E. license preferred.
Mature person with computer skills.
Call John at 850-1919
SANIBEL SCOOP NOW HIRING
Part time positions available.
Apply in person at
2411 Periwinkle Way
or call 472-9866.
Ask for Brittany.
RS 4/9 M 4/9
If you would
like copies of
The River delivered
to your business or
organization, Please call
(Carpentry, maintenance toilets, faucets, ceiling fans, siding doors, etc)
768-0569 or Cell 464-6460
While you are away by
retired architect, Sanibel resident.
SR 9/30 DTFN
On Island Free Estimates.
Over 15 Years Experience.
Offering Professional Upholstery Services,
Custom Art and Hand Painted Furniture.
Lacy@LacyMcClary.com or 918-740-4972
PERSONAL HOME CARE
Assist with transportation, meals,cleaning,
home/car maintenance. Excellent organiza-
tional skills. Island Resident.
Call Lisa 239-472-8875
RS 10/23 B TFN
HELLE'S CLEANING SERVICES
Residential Cleaning to Satisfaction
Sanibel & Captiva *239-565-0471
Sanibel Lic. #11412 Lee Co. Lic. #051047
SR 11/13 BTFN
SANIBEL HOME WATCH SERVICE
Retired Police Captain
Lives on Sanibel
SR 4/9 B TFN
NEED COMPUTER HELP?
Sanibel Resident. 20 Years pc
Experience. Pc Troubleshooting, Data
Backup & Restoration, Networks, Virus
Detection & Removal. Free Initial
Consultation. Call Fred 472-3873
RS 3/12 V 4/30
Sanibel-Captiva Care and Companion Service,
LLC Medical appointments, general transportation,
shopping, light meal preparations, and light
cleaning. Our services are customized to meet
our clients needs. Call 239-395-3591, or
for an emergency call 239-472-0556.
SR 10/3 BTFN
Computer repair, setup, file recovery & troubleshoot-
ing for home or office. 15 year Island resident.
Guaranteed work & low rates. Call Justin at
677-0226 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
SR 1/11 VTFN
Interior Windows Carpet Cleaning
SR 11/13 NTFN
Trouble shooting your computer
Both Hardware and Software
Services in many languages
English, Scandinavian, German and even
in Polish. Repairing PC & MAC/Apple.
When was the last time you
backed up your data?
Contact Thomas Figura 239-297-9746
RS 3/26 V 4/9
Join other "news junkies" every Monday,
10 a.m. to noon, Phillips Gallery, BIG
ARTS, to discuss current events. Donation
$3. Refreshments during break. Tell your
friends. For more information call 395-0900.
SR 4/28 N TFN
MISC. FOR SALE
SONY TRINITRON TV
36" in 7' cabinet, extra speakers
VHS & DISC Players
SR 2/5 N TFN
2 brand new table lamps -
crystal with white shade $50
Gray office chair $15
RS 2/5 N TFN
SCHWINN AIRDYNE UPRIGHT EXERCISE Bike.
Heart Rate Monitor, Time, Distance, Calories. $200.
SR 1/8 N TFN
BOATS CANOFS KAYAKS
Hourly, Daily, Weekly
Captiva Island 472-5800
SR 1/30 B TFN
BOAT STORAGE FOR RENT
10x12x30 GROUND LEVEL Dry Dock
at Sanibel Harbor Yacht Club
(Next to Sanibel Bridges)
Unlimited In/Out Privileges 7 days/week
Complete Boat Wash/Engine flush after each use
Total use of club facilities (no dues)
(Restaurant, Marina Supplies & Boat Shop
& Certified Mechanics & Repair Shop); showers,
Fuel at Wholesale (gas & Diesel) Slip #157
Call Chad 239-222-4848
Call Phil 239-395-0407
SR 11/13V TFN
AUTO FOR SALE
2002 GEM ELECTRIC CAR
Made by Chrysler, Fargo, ND
Island Street Legal
New batteries, heat/defrost, trunk,1,850 miles
SR 4/2 P 4/9
ZUMA SCOOTER 2004 LOCATED on Sanibel. Only
11,000 miles. New battery, tire and tune up. $1,100
RS 4/2V 4/9
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B & B CONDO PROS
Property Management & Care.
Home Watch Pool Service
SR 9/11 BTFN
JVC I'Art 32" TV
Silver case, good looking, good working
order, w/remote and manual. $75
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SR 11/20 NTFN
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YARD SALE SANIBEL
Saturday, April 10. All day.
501 Lagoon Drive
All great things at great prices.
Early birds welcome!
RS 4/9 M 4/9
GIRLY- GIRL GARAGE SALE. Friday- Saturday, 9am
- 3pm. 760 Windlass Way, Sanibel. Clothes, Shoes,
Jewelry, Belts, Hats, Kitchen Stuff, Collectibles- wow!
RS 4/9 V 4/9
ES INE SALES
ISLAND ESTATE SALES
Unique Silver, Jewelry, Art, Furniture,
Wicker, More. Islanders get
one cash item!
2431 Periwinkle Way, www.SanibelAuction.com
LOS I AND FOUND -
EAST END OF SANIBEL ISLAND,
Yachtsman Drive area.
Brown female tortie, and black female.
Both very friendly and vocal.
Call 472-4410 or 277-0058.
SR 3/26V 4/16
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CASIFE AD DEADIN MONDA AT NOO
To HELP YOU
13500 PALMFLOWER LANE
NOVELLI INTERNATIONAL REAL ESTATE
RS 11/27 N TFN
Pfeifer Realty Group
Sanibel Island, FL
SR 2/12 BTFN
VIP Executive Club
Multi-Million Dollar Producer
WELCOME To PARADISE...
2480 Library Way
Zoned for both commercial and
residential use. Rare opportunity on
Sanibel Island. Asking $1,150,000
3BR/3BA Dunes duplex. Great golf
course views. Beautiful wood floors
3BR/3BA remodeled duplex in Dunes
with sweeping golf course views and
granite, marble, tile, pavers, 3rd floor
office, 1763 sq.ft. $524,000
1663 Bunting Lane
Beautiful Corner Lot!
3BR/2BA, Lake View
3 Mobile: 910-3099
d6 A@ ,'c-www.BrianSanibel.com
SR 8/6 N TFN
CONDO FOR SALE
Two bed/two bath unfurnished ground
floor condo, close to Sanibel and
Fort Myers Beach, $95,000.
Let us share
over 30 years
of Island Living
Homes Condos Land
Time Shares as low as $6,000
The Sanibel Cottages
Casa Ybel Resort
Tortuga Beach Club
Work with a
AICP Land Planner/Realtor/Owner
It's our job to know the
property you are about
to buy or sell better
SR 12/11 BTFN
HOME FOR SALE
Live inexpensively on Sanibel.
Charming, unique unit in Periwinkle Park.
SR 3/12 N TFN
Send email to:
Tarpon Beach 204
Great View! Great Income!
!!! Great Bargain!!!
Sanibel Arms G-2
!! Panoramic Gulf View!!
Great Updates & Income
FANTASTIC PRICE $519,000
Thinking of Selling?
We'll sell your property
within an agreed upon
time or we'll pay you up
to $5,000 at closing:
Robyn & Robb
of the Islands
SR 4/9 B TFN
How Adorable Can a House Be?
3/2 Y2 bath with vaulted ceiling, open
kitchen- refreshingly interesting atrium-
sun room- privacy fence surrounds- all
rooms open to gardens. Bike to beach
Kinzie Island- East End Sanibel
5/5 + den on canal. 3 story elevator, 20'
coffered ceilings, seamless windows,
multiple outdoor entertainment areas,
Private Pool, dock, lift, plus community
tennis pool/spa. Beach cabana- kitchen.
This community has it all...
the only thing missing is you!
New price of $1,750.000.
for more information
Glenn Carretta <
John R. Wood
239-850-9296 or 239-395-3100
SR 4/9 B 4/9
Single wide unit number 30
in Adult Periwinkle Park on Sanibel
Island. One bedroom one bath with
central air. Located on quiet street with
great view overlooking the pond. Has a
large finished lanai including washer and
dryer. All in great condition. Willing to
pay monthly fees for first six months.
Asking price $79,900.
For more information
SR 1/29 M TFN
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4A573 CASIED CASIED 4A573
TURN KEY OFFICE SPACE
Central location -1630 Periwinkle Way.Furnished
office including a Reception area and kitchen facil-
ity. Recently designer decorated. Suite B-1072.6
sq.ft. @$15 per sq.ft. Plus CAM.
Call 239-985-0033 or 940-7823.
SR 11/21 BTFN
Architecturally designed real estate office
on Periwinkle with 7-12 private offices
depending on configuration. Freshly
painted, new floor covering, reasonably
priced. Call 239-940-7823 for showing
SR 12/14 BTFN
OFFICE SPACES FOR LEASE
lona Schoolhouse Professional Center
Great Location at McGregor Blvd & Kelly Road.
685 sq feet & 1350 sq feet units available. Will
negotiate year lease! Call Lisa at 239-472-2792
RS 1/4 B TFN
800 Sq. ft. Doc Ford's Center. New large white
tiles on floor. New bathroom. Raised ceiling
and new windows. Motivated owner some
FREE RENT. Call Nancy .'.. ` :.:..
SR 8/7 B TFN
RETAIL SPACE FOR RENT
Retail space available on Periwinkle Way.
Frontage 2,100 sq. ft.
RS 8/14 BTFN
OFFICE SPACE FOR LEASE
Convenient location on Periwinkle Way, Island
Tower Plaza, Sanibel. 1st Floor availability with
700 sq. ft. of space. Leasehold improvements
negotiable. Call Joe at 516-972-2883 or toll free
at 800-592-0009. Fax is 212-371-2290
SR 10/12 BTFN
RETAIL OR OFFICE SPACE
East End of Sanibel
Call 239-472-0121 or 239-410-2553
SR 12/11 PTFN
PRIME COMMERCIAL/OFFICE SPACE
For sublease on Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.
Excellent exposure and convenient location,
flexible square footage available to suit your
needs. Call 239-472-2183 for more information.
SR 12/3 BTFN
PRIME PERIWINKLE FRONTAGE! 1,000 sq ft
perfect for retail, office, other. Hardwood floors -
beautiful! Ample parking, no cam fees!
RS7/31 A TFN
2 BR 2 BA 1st floor corner unit on canal. Free boat
dock. Fishing, lanai, pool, steps to beach. Interior
& furnishings new Jan 2006. Weekly/monthly/sea-
sonal. Call owner 419-566-8670.
SR 4/13 V TFN
ANNUAL OR SEASONAL RENTAL
Sanibel 2BR/2BA- Furnished, Central A/C,
Wet Bar, Vaulted Ceilings, Direct TV, Internet,
Pool, Screened Lanai, Garage. Call 954-605-
3325 or 800-618-3325 for details.
SR 7/17 M TFN
LOVELY SANIBEL CANAL HOME
Watershadows, direct access, no bridges,
new dock, 3-bd/2-bath, walk to Bay.
Immaculate. Available annually for
$2,195/month. Call for seasonal rate.
email@example.com or 603-986-0005.
RS 2/5V 4/16
Two-bedroom cottage on Sanibel.
Furnished. Ground-level. On quiet street
near Gulf beach. Available April-December.
Livingroom, dinette, full kitchen, 2 bed-
rooms, bath, screened/glassed-in lanai.
Carport. w/d. $800/monthly.
All utilities furnished except elec.
HS internet available. Call owner:
Cell 859-749-7574 or 239-395-0036.
SR 4/9 P 4/9
Pleasant one-bedroom furnished apartment
on Sanibel, near Gulf beach and causeway.
Florida room and deck, ground-level,
natural setting, carport. w/d.
Available April-December. $700/monthly.
All utilities furnished. Call owner:
Cell 859-749-7574 or 239-395-0036.
SR 4/9 P 4/9
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Meticulously remodeled 3BR/3BA Duplex
in the Dunes with panoramic golf course
views, granite, marble, tile, pavers, large
kitchen, and loft/office available as season-
al rental for one month or series of months.
Call Jean Johnson 703-548-0545.
SR 3/7V TFN
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RS 2/19 A 4/30
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S 10/9 BTFN
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SR 2/12 BTFN
EAST END COTTAGE
Steps from the beach. 1 bdrm/1 1/2 bath,
AC/heat, full kitchen, laundry.
$3,500/mo + tax Jan-Mar,
neg.off-season. Call for availability.
SR 1/9 B TFN
SANIBEL ARMS 2/2
First floor condo, completely redone -
November 2005. TVs/DVDs, internet, pool/
clubhouse. Just a few steps to beach.
Call owners: 401-253-2511
SR 1/26 M TFN
East End. 1/2 Duplex.
Walk to beach near Causeway.
2-1 completely remodeled.
Deck, new kitchen, bath and tile.
DIRECT BAYFRONT COTTAGES
Popular west end where Sanibel/Captiva
meet. 1 BR-3+BR, single story, furnished,
full kitchens, 3 docks, direct access, heated
pools, pet friendly, beach across street.
Best spot on island. 239-848-0906
RS 3/12 M TFN
TOWNHOUSE ON CAPE COD BAY
The beach, clubhouse & GOLF.
White Cliffs Plymouth, MA
month of July & Sept.
Please call for info.
RS 3/26 M 4/16
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RS 10/9 B TFN
Two bed/two bath unfurnished ground
floor condo off Kelly Road. Close to Sanibel
and Fort Myers Beach. Annual lease
$875/mo. Six month lease also avail.
Pets under 25 lbs. OK. Call 851-3506.
SR 1/29 N TFN
LEASE OR LEASE/
PURCHASE ON SANIBEL
Three bedroom, two bath piling home
with a convenient east end location.
Very low utility costs, two car enclosed
garage, bright and airy with vaulted
ceilings, unfurnished and immediate
occupancy. Asking $1,750
plus utilities for an annual lease.
Lease purchase terms are negotiable.
Call Charles Sobczak, Realtor
with VIP Realty, at 239-850-0710.
SR 2/12 BTFN
SANIBEL EAST END HOME
Heated pool, Gulf access
Grd. level 2BR/2BA
SR 3/12 ATFN
South Ft. Myers, close to beaches.
Well maintained, freshly painted, huge
living room, washer & dryer, quiet
Call Pam 887-0834
RS 4/2 M 4/9
SANIBEL ANNUAL RENTAL
Single family home in wonderful, quiet,
natural development west end of Sanibel.
Large landscaped lot one home away
from beach with private beach path. 3-4
bedrooms (most with private porches), 3
baths, large open living area, kitchen open
to large dining area, screened porch off
living/dining areas. Laundry room on main
floor features second fridge. House has
elevator & two-car garage. Community has
several pools, tennis courts & lovely natural
lagoons. $5,300/mo. + util. Annual rental only
RS 4/9 M 4/30
CUSTOM HOME, PRIVATE, river view, guest loftwith
sun porch, pool, tennis, beach. No smoking or pets.
Available monthly beginning April. 405-210-2341 or
SR 1/8 MTFN
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well as sterilized. This is because sterilization reduc-
es the number of pets that end up in shelters and
identification reduces the amount of time, if any,
pets will spend at the shelter.
LCDAS offers microchipping for Lee County
dog and cat owners every Friday from 10 a.m.
until noon at the shelter, 5600 Banner Drive, Fort
Myers, next to the Lee County Sheriff's Office off
Six Mile Cypress Parkway. The cost is only $15 or
$5 with proof of public assistance. The one-time
cost of the microchip saves pet owners 77 percent
off the cost of a license and ensures they can be
identified should their pet become lost. "It's a win
for pets, pet owners, the shelter, and the taxpay-
ers," said Ria Brown, public information officer for
For more information call 533-7387 or visit
www.LeeLostPets.com. Photos of lost pets are also
editorial copy to:
press @ riverweekly.com
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Lee County Sheriff's Office ........................... 477-1200
Florida M arine Patrol.................. ................332-6966
Florida Highway Patrol...............................278-7100
Poison Control................. ................ 1-800-282-3171
HealthPark Medical Center................1-800-936-5321
Ft. Myers Chamber of Commerce...............332-3624
Foundation for Quality Childcare.................425-2685
Ft. Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce...........454-7500
Fort Myers Beach Library.............................463-9691
Lakes Regional Library.....................................533-4000
Lee County Chamber of Commerce............931-0931
Post O ffice..........................................1-800-275-8777
Visitor & Convention Bureau........................338-3500
Alliance for the Arts................... .................939-2787
Arts For ACT Gallery & Studio.....................337-5050
Art League Of Fort Myers............................275-3970
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall..........481-4849
B IG A RTS .................................. ................ 395-0900
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre.................... 278-4422
Cultural Park Theatre....................................772-5862
Florida Repertory Theatre at the Arcade...........332-4488
Florida W est Arts..........................................948-4427
Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers..........472-0168
Gulf Coast Sym phony..................................489-1800
Harmony Chorus, Charles Sutter, Pres..............481-8059
The Schoolhouse Theater.............................472-6862
S.W. Florida Symphony..............................418-0996
Young Artists Awards.................................574-9321
CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS
Angel Flight..................................1-877-4AN-ANG EL
Animal Refuge Center..................................731-3535
American Business Women Association............463-1221
Audubon of SW FL......................................339-8046
Audubon Society....................... .................472-3156
Caloosahatchee Folk Society.......................677-9509
duPont Company Retirees ..........................454-1083
Edison Porcelain Artists...............................415-2484
The Horticulture and Tea Society............. 472-8334
Horticultural Society...................................... 472-6940
Lee County Genealogical Society................549-9625
NAR F E(Natna Ad ve& Retired Federal Employees).......... ................. 482-6713
Navy Seabees Veterans of America............731-1901
Paradise Iowa Club of SWFL........................667-1354
Southwest Florida Fencing Academy............939-1338
Southwest Florida Music Association...........561-2118
Fort Myers Beach.....................765-4254 or 454-8090
Fort Myers Edison.............. ...................694-1056
Fort Myers South....................... ................ 691-1405
Gateway to the Islands..............................415-3100
lona-M cG regor.......................... .................482-0869
Fort Myers Beach...................... .................463-9738
Fort Myers High Noon................................466-4228
Estero/South Fort Myers..............................898-1921
Notre Dame Club of Lee County................ 768-0417
POLO Club of Lee County............................477-4906
Rotary Club of Fort Myers............................332-8158
Sanibel-Captiva Orchid Society....................472-6940
United W ay of Lee County...............................433-2000
United Way 211 Helpline (24 hour).......211 or 433-3900
Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum....................395-2233
Burrough's Hom e ..........................................337-9505
Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium............275-3435
Edison & Ford Winter Estates......................334-3614
Fort Myers Skate Park..................................321-7558
Imaginarium Hands-On Museum & Aquarium........321-7420
JN "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge.........472-1100
Koreshan State Historic Site................239-992-0311
Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center..........765-8101
S katium .................................. ....................... 32 1-75 10
Southwest Florida Museum of History... ......321-7430
If you would like your club/organization listed in
The River Calling Card, phone 415-7732
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