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VOL. 9, No. 15 From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort Myers APRIL 16, 2010
Marianne Kanzius Follows The Dream
Nick's Kid Show returns this year to the River & Blues Fest
Marianne and the late John Kanzius
River & Blues Fest Returns byJim George
n Sunday, April FORtI MItIIS ohn Kanzius passed away in February 2009 of a rare leukemia. It was the
a8, the r8th annu-ess I end of a seven-year journey of uncertainty, pain, endless hospital visits and
Fest returns to downtown LI debilitating chemotherapy that he and his wife Marianne experienced since his
Forest returns Ceto downtowennial diagnosis on Good Friday of 2002, he as patient, she as care giver. But during that
Park The outdoor family- F F IT time of indescribable personal adversity Kanzius developed a potential treatment for
friendly event features cancer. The seed of his invention was planted when he saw the pain of children suf-
food from local restaurants with live music from Certified, Cracker Blues, The Juice, fearing the same side effects of cancer treatments that he himself was enduring.
Mambo Brothers and Deb & The Dynamics. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the bands Kanzius' dream was to see the first child treated with his invention. It was his single
play from noon until 7 p.m. Entertainment for children includes Nick's Kids Show focus all during his own struggle with the disease. He didn't live to see his dream come
and Moonwalk. true but Marianne, his wife of 45 years and mother of two children, is determined that
Proceeds benefit local charity Community Cooperative Ministries (CCMI). was incor- his dream will be fulfilled. Upon his death last year she took up the mantle of leader-
porated in 1984 and has long been a driving force in the Fort Myers community, pro- ship of the project, immersing herself in the myriad details of the various research
viding food to the homeless and nearly homeless, as well as emergency groceries continued on page 5
continued on page 8
It Truly Is Never Too Late... Help Kanzius Foundation
Just Ask Margaret Win $250,000 Grant
submitted by Georgia Darehshori,
"stage daughter" of
Margaret Hoorneman f e
M argaret Hoorneman, 96, former
I resident of Sanibel and present...
President of Shell Point Village, )"
Fort Myers, is finally going to real-
ize her dream which has been in the
making since 2001. Her expectations P'-he Kanzius Foundation is a candidate for a $250,000 grant from the Pepsi
are greater than ever for the resound- | Refresh Project, the bottling company's ground-breaking initiative to foster inno-
ing success of her musical Great vation in social goodwill around the world.
Expectations. You helped make it hap- Pepsi is awarding $1.3 million a month in amounts ranging from $5,000 to
pen and we are eternally grateful to all $250,000 to top vote-getting projects.
of you! Thanks especially to Bob and To receive this grant, the Kanzius Foundation must be one of the top two vote-
Carrie Caccioppo of Florida Repertory getters in the $250,000 category for April. A call goes out to everyone who's a part
Theatre in Fort Myers for believing in of the fight against cancer to cast a vote every day this month to help the foundation
the project of Great Expectations and reach its goal.
for so kindly and generously offering us Voting is easy.
the use of the theater on that memo- Log on to http://www.RefreshEverything.com/KanziusCancerResearch.
rable, standing-room-only night May 5, Click on the "vote for this idea" button. (If it is your first time on the site, follow
2008. Thanks to everyone for coming the simple steps to register.)
to the production and charging the Margaret Hoorneman t Be sure to click vote for this idea after you register.
continued on page 12
2 THE RIVER APRIL 16, 2010
Historic Downtown Fort Myers, Then And Now:
The Lee County Museum
by Gerri Reaves
D r id you ever drive down North
SI Cleveland Avenue and wonder about
*that bell-towered Mediterranean-style
building at the nexus of Edison Avenue and
That 1926 structure started its days as a
gas station, but in 1937 in the midst of the
*. Great Depression, two determined women
set about converting the charming gas station
1 into a museum.
Mrs. CE Briggs and Miss Bertha M.
Boomer founded the Lee County Museum and art school on the
edge of Edison Park, creating what today might be described as a
Briggs was a curator and collector, and Boomer was a visual
artist, musician, instructor, and member of the Koreshan Unity This 1926 building tl
Utopian Society community. She had studied art in Europe.
Museum admission was free and donations were welcome. The
PTA, the Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, the Women's Club, and the Fort Myers
chapter of the American Federation of the Arts were among its supporters.
The museum strived to be a center of activity, not only a place to see exhibits.
Meetings were held there, as well as various programs and discussions about arts and
Among the museum's permanent natural-history collection were American seashells,
birds, animals, butterflies, and ores. Other items included Indian relics, weapons, fabrics,
art objects, and antiques.
The ambitious project was short-lived, however, perhaps due to Boomer's death in
1941, or to hard economic times.
iat has served as a gas station, a museum, and a food market is now an auction gallery
now photos by Gerri Reaves
In the late 1940s, the bell-towered museum began a long stint as George W. and
Dorotha R. Goorley's Edison Park Grocery and Market, an enterprise that lasted
through the 1960s.
Former Edison Park Elementary students like Genevieve Bowen and Dick
Jungferman remember going to Goorley's store to buy candy. Bowen says that a skel-
eton was supposedly discovered in the tower and children thought it was haunted.
Those Edison Park students might very well have known what they were talking
about, it turns out.
Michael T. King and his family recently opened a business in the historic building
after extensive renovations. They run auctions and sell antiques, collectibles, and curiosi-
continued on page 3
The sign in this circa 1937 photo announces that the Briggs Lee County Museum will open
courtesy of the Southwest Florida Historical Society
The building, pictured soon after construction circa 1926, originally opened as a gas sta-
tion on the edge of Edison Park. Note the two sets of arches that were later closed off
courtesy of the King Family
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and Ken Rasi
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King has spent a lot of time in the
building at night and feels there's definitely
a touch of the supernatural about the
place. He's not the only one on the prem-
ises to report unexplainable noises.
Take time to notice one of North
Cleveland Avenue's most interesting sites.
Slow down and notice that bell tower that
encases much local history and maybe
some spirits too.
Then travel the short distance to the
Southwest Florida Museum of History at
2031 Jackson Street to learn more about
the days when two capable women envi-
sioned a cultural and educational center
for the public to enjoy.
Ask about the museum's last two
Author's Evenings in the 2010 season,
featuring Stewart Nelson and Robert
Earth Day Paper
April 22 marks the 40th anniver-
sary of Earth Day, and Goodwill
Industries of Southwest Florida
will promote environmental responsibil-
ity by hosting two Earth Day events.
On Wednesday, April 21, Goodwill is
teaming with Florida Community Bank's
Caloosa Shores branch at 11390 Palm
Beach Boulevard, Fort Myers, to host
a shred day and donation drive. From
11 a.m. until 2 p.m., Goodwill Secure
Shred will offer free shredding of one bag
or box of documents (additional bags or
boxes will be destroyed for $5 each). At
the same time and location, Goodwill's
retail arm will also accept donations of
gently-used clothing, accessories, and
On Earth Day, Thursday, April
22, Goodwill Secure Shred will host a
free shredding event at its North Fort
Myers facility at 4940 Bayline Drive.
Complimentary document shredding will
be available from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Goodwill's Secure Shred document
destruction division securely processes
sensitive documents and other materials,
such as newspaper, for numerous area
businesses and agencies. All paper shred-
ded is pulped and then transformed into
paper products. No paper is ever sent to
the landfill. Secure Shred also provides
jobs for local individuals with severe dis-
Through repurposing used and
unwanted goods, Goodwill has been an
environmental pioneer for over a century.
Last year, in Southwest Florida alone,
Goodwill's Retail and Donation Centers
received more than 22 million pounds
of donated goods, which may otherwise
have been sent to area landfills. Revenue
from the sale of these donations helps
provide job training and placement along
with other social services for people with
disabilities and other disadvantages.
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.
Their archives will amaze you. Call
939-4044 or drop by on Wednesday or
Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.
Sources: The archives of the
Southwest Florida Historical Society and
The Fort Myers News-Press.4
The walls of King Auction Gallery retain the arches under which automobiles once drove
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Fancy Fwming Anrques Commission Approves First Phase Of
SANTIQUES McCollum Hall's Preservation
COLLECTABLES n March 25, the City of Fort Myers Historic Preservation Commission voted
I ],to approve repairs to stabilize the building and a new roof for the historic
-McCollum Hall. This phase consists largely of repairs to severely deteriorated
ANTIQU ES structural components of the building and the replacement of the lower and upper
roof. The work plan, which was developed by Graef Engineering and Clemmons
Architecture, also includes a major alteration to the roof's configuration, a move
intended to make the facility's second floor more attractive as a reception hall and
special events venue.
This work, being undertaken by the City of Fort Myers Community Redevelopment
Agency (CRA), the building's owner, to protect against further damage, is a precursor
to the building's redevelopment in 2011. The CRA has entered into a contract with a
private developer, Urban Development Solutions, with the goal of the building being
renovated and put back into productive use as a commercial/recreational facility within
Hours: Tues-Fri 11-5 & Sat 11-4 the Dunbar community.
Ph: 334-1133 The Fort Myers City Council members
sitting as the Community Redevelopment
2259 Widman Way Agency, oversee the FMRA and its opera-
Historic Downtown Fort Myers tions. The FMRA office is located at 1400
Jackson Street in the River District.#
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The City of Fort Myers Solid Waste
Division announces that as of
April 7, Lee County has ceased
using the city's recyclables as fuel for
the waste-to-energy facility. Since then,
Lee County has stockpiled the city's
recyclable material until an alternative
processing facility is identified.
Effective April 12, the City of Fort
Myers' recyclable material is being trans-
ported to a single-stream recycling facil-
ity located in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
This process will continue until the
single-stream recycling facility at the Lee
County Material Recovery Facility (MRF)
is fully operational, which should occur by
For any questions on recyclable mate-
rials, call 321-8100.0
Greeters Club To
Elect New Board
The Greeters Club of Greater Fort
Myers will install a new board of
officers and begin another year
of monthly programs on Thursday, May
20. Current presidents of sister clubs
will be in attendance to give information
about their individual groups.
The luncheon registration begins at
11:30 a.m. at Crown Colony Country
Club, 16021 Winkler Road, Fort Myers.
Lunch is $18, and reservations are
required. Contact Patricia Spotts at 432-
9498 or Janet McVay at 481-8405.
All local women are welcome to attend
and join the group in many monthly
activities including Ladies and Couples
Bridge, Book Club, Dining Out, excur-
sions and charitable events.0
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Follows The Dream
activities going on at the M.D. Anderson
Cancer Research Center, University of
Pittsburg Medical center, Food and Drug
Administration, development of a human
sized RF Generator, patent issues and
fund raising. All of this while grappling
with the loss of her life partner. How did
she adjust to horrendous loss and the
scope of the job in front of her?
"I didn't have a choice," She said. "I
read a book once that said you exist until
you can live again. I'm doing a lot better
than just existing but when I lost John
there was nothing I could do about it. I
couldn't change what happened. John
gave me a gift when he asked me to
continue the project and in doing so I am
consumed with the project and therefore
don't have time to be thinking about
myself. I feel a big responsibility to any-
one who has cancer and to all those who
have supported the project. I'm frustrated
because I don't have the technical ability
John had or the ability to move things as
fast as he did but I'm determined as he
was to see his dream realized."
Kanzius, a radio engineer, developed
a technology that uses nanoparticles and
an external radio-wave generator to tar-
get cancer cells which heat up to a tem-
perature that kill the cells. Unlike current
treatments that cause nausea, weakness,
hair loss and damage to healthy cells, the
Kanzius treatment, according to research-
ers, would have no collateral damage to
healthy cells and no side-effects. That's
what their research has shown to date in
According to one internationally
known cancer researcher, "it is the most
exciting and promising cancer treatment
developed in the past 50 years."
Kanzuis' resolve is palpable as she
describes the strong faith that sustains
her; a faith that was tested many times
as she struggled to understand how her
husband, who was doing so much to help
people, could be taken.
Kanzius is at ease when talking about
technical aspects of the research and
details of scientific papers in support of
the technology. "I have an advisory com-
mittee which consists of legal, technical,
research and fundraising; all people who
have been involved with the project all
along, she said. "My time is completely
taken up with talking to people and
attending functions in support of the
project but it's all of us together that will
make the difference. It's not only the
patients that feel pain. Anyone connected
with that person feels it as well."
Her desk was piled high with notes,
journals and messages as she sorted
through phone calls from all over the
country. She had morphed from care-
giver to chief executive with a single goal
in mind... the project must be brought
to the conclusion of which her husband
"She is amazing," said Dr. Steve
Curley, chief research scientist for the
project at the M.D. Anderson Cancer
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member of Kanzius' advisory committee,
said Kanzius has an excellent grasp of
the science of the project and because of
that the project has not lost focus. "She
understands all facets of the project which
includes the research, fundraising and the
development of the equipment. The proj-
ect is in good hands."
Curley is expecting to issue two papers
to the medical community this month,
one demonstrating a new type of nano-
particle known as a Quantum Dot, a
composite metal (indium and gallium) that
has fluorescent qualities that can be seen
with a laser that will allow treatment at
lower temperatures to eliminate collateral
healthy cell damage; the other paper
illustrates the use of gold nanoparticles
in destroying pancreatic cancer cells.
Nanoparticles are a key to the success of
Curley said financial support from
Sanibel and Captiva has been instrumen-
tal in the rapid progress of the project.
He is anticipating adding two additional
researchers to his staff of 14. "Every
additional person we add reduces the
time to get to human trials," he said.
Marianne Kanzius left no doubt that
her husband's dream lives on through her
but she shies away from taking the credit
for the leap forward the project has taken
this past year.
"The advisory committee held me up
during a difficult time and they deserve
the credit. John selected them well," she
said. Spoken like a true chief executive.0
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Art In Public
he Art League of Fort Myers will
present a juried show at Broadway
Palm Art Gallery from April 12 to
This show consists of over 50 entries.
The Art League of Fort Myers partici-
pates with various locations to promote
art in public places.
To find out how your business or
location can benefit from having original
art displayed by the Art League contact
Nancy Nuce at studion.arst@yhoolcom or
call the art league at 275-3970.0
he Lee County Student Film
Festival is launching into the 21st
century this year by having partici-
pants submit their film entries online.
MyitownTv.com, Southwest Florida's
social media and video sharing site, has
partnered with the Lee County Public
Schools to serve as the online distribution
platform for all entries in this year's festi-
val. Media specialists and TV Production
teachers will have the ability to take their
students' work and submit the entries
online, saving cost, time, and the hassle
of DVD duplication and mailing.
The student film festival is an annual
event that showcases Lee County's young
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Tickets On Sale
T tickets are selling quickly for the
third annual Celebration of Women
to benefit Hope HealthCare
Services. The event will be held Thursday,
April 22 at Harborside Event Center in
downtown Fort Myers.
Organizers promise this year's event
will be bigger and better than ever. Due
to the sellout of 2009's luncheon with
more than 525 guests, organizers have
increased this year's capacity to 700. It is
open to ladies and gentlemen.
"The Celebration of Women is a gath-
ering to honor the female spirit and the
special role women have in our society
as caregivers. It is also an opportunity
to come together to express love, share
laughs with friends and celebrate life,"
said Samira K. Beckwith, president and
CEO of Hope HealthCare Services. "The
philosophy behind this event is the same
as Hope's mission to give each person
the opportunity to live life to the fullest."
The celebration will feature boutique-
style shopping with vendors donating
a portion of their proceeds to Hope,
a fashion show courtesy of Saks Fifth
Avenue and Bell Tower Shops, a silent
auction and raffle for fabulous prizes, fine
cuisine, and camaraderie. According to
Erleene Sanders, second-year event chair,
this year's mid-summer's night dream-
inspired theme will include trapeze artists,
stilt walkers, and mimes. The fashion
Samira K. Beckwith, Linda Uhler, Sandy Robinson, Kathy McKinley and Lou Pontius
show will showcase trapeze artists from
Robin Dawn Dance Academy. "It's really
more of a production this year than your
typical fashion show," Sanders said.
"Our committee of over 30 local
women has been working tirelessly for
months to make this event spectacular
and, most importantly, to increase aware-
ness and raise funds for Hope's programs
and services," said Sanders. "We all face
end-of-life issues and whether it is for
ourselves or someone we love, Hope pro-
vides exceptional care and services each
and every day in our community."
Doors will open at 11 a.m. with a
champagne reception. The lunch and
fashion show will begin at 12:30 p.m.
Men's and women's spring, summer
and resort fashions, from casual to eve-
ning wear, will be featured in the fashion
show along with creations by Miami
The Southwest Florida Attractions
Association (SWFAA) will hold its
monthly meeting on Wednesday,
April 21 at 7:45 a.m. at the Hilton
Garden Inn on Summerlin Road and
Doors and buffet open at 7:45 and
the program begins at 8:15. Cost is $18
for members and $21 for non-members.
Find out how to connect with corpo-
rate volunteers and how your organiza-
tion can benefit from working with them.
Representatives from Kohl's and General
Electric will discuss the benefits their
employees and their corporation receive
from volunteerism. Learn how they
encourage their employees to volunteer
and the positive impact it has on them
and the community.
Visit the new web site www.swflat-
tractions.com where the association has
added a new feature: Great Getaways.
The SWFAA promotes the attractions
industry in Southwest Florida. Benefits of
membership include breakfast meetings at
member prices, free organization listings
on the Web site and in the annual hand-
designer Craig Signer and silver jewelry
by designer Donald Huber.
Some of the silent auction and raffle
prizes include a washer and dryer from
Home-Tech, a week's stay at a villa in
Spain, designer jewelry, a 40-inch televi-
sion courtesy of Bill Smith Appliances
and a vacation package from Sanibel
Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa.
Proceeds will benefit Hope's programs
and services with a special focus on
Hope Kids Care which includes Pediatric
Hospice Care, Partners in Care: Together
for Kids (PIC), a palliative care program,
and Rainbow Trails, a free day camp for
children and their families who are cop-
ing with a life-limiting illness or the recent
loss of a loved one.
Hope provides developmentally appro-
priate care to infants, children and ado-
lescents with life-limiting conditions, and
book distributed to more than 400 loca-
tions throughout Southwest Florida, free
participation in the annual trade show.
Additionally, a new rack card is being
created and an advertising campaign tar-
geting the drive market from Tampa will
begin this summer to promote off-season
business to all attractions members so
joining now secures your opportunity for
advertising at the low price of $150.
Meeting reservations are required. Fax
278-5664, email Patty@BroadwayPalm.
com or call 415-PLAY (7529).
their families. Hope's holistic approach
to hospice care for children includes
emotional, spiritual and practical support,
art and music therapy, massage and aro-
matherapy and pet therapy. In addition,
PIC program services offer pain control
and symptom management, in-home
care, counseling and respite for family
caregivers. Grief support and counseling
are also available to children coping with
the loss of a loved one, or serious illness,
whether their own or a loved one's.
Individual tickets are $55. Tables for
eight guests are $550. Event sponsor-
ships are $1,500 to $10,000. Valet park-
ing will be available.
To purchase tickets or for more infor-
mation call 489-9147.w
Uhler & Vertich Financial Planners
will present complimentary
workshops on Social Security
Unlocked! at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 15,
Saturday, April 17, and Thursday, April
22, at Stonewood Tavern and Grill on
College Parkway in Fort Myers.
Social Security Unlocked! also will be
offered on Sanibel Island on April 20.
Each one-hour session will provide
information about when to start Social
Security payments, file-and-suspend
options, the impact of taxes and infla-
tion on payments, and how taking Social
Security affects one's family.
Attendance is limited to allow for ques-
tions; reservations are required. Please
call 936-6300 to reserve a place.
"There is a lot of confusion about
how and when to start collecting Social
Security payments and how those pay-
ments influence long-term financial cir-
cumstances," said Financial Planner Tom
Uhler, one of the workshop facilitators.
"Previous workshops have been suc-
cessful in helping people understand the
issues surrounding retirement, clearing up
misperceptions about Social Security and
increasing the comfort levels of those fac-
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Beelicious Foods, a project cre-
ated by Community Cooperative
Ministries Inc.'s (CCMI)
Montessori preschoolers, will present a
check to Cliff Smith, president of the
United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades
at 11 a.m. Monday, April 19.
CCMI's Montessori preschoolers estab-
lished the fictitious company, Beelicious
Foods, after receiving a grant funded by
the Junior League of Fort Myers. Grant
funds enabled the school to purchase
ingredients and tools to make healthy
snacks from scratch as well as crafts
including bracelets, picture frames and
holiday ornaments. Proceeds from the
sales of these items are being donated to
the United Way. CCMI is a United Way
"The goal is to teach the kids not only
about cultivating and harvesting healthy
food, but also about being self-sufficient
individuals as well as giving back to the
community," said Cindy Venezia, director
of CCMI's Montessori Preschool. "The
students are very excited to have raised
about $80 from Beelicious product sales,
50 percent of which will be given to
According to Venezia, in addition to
the students learning how to grow ingre-
dients and make snacks from scratch,
the students have also learned about
how small businesses are established.
Beelicious Foods includes students who
make up the fictitious company's board
of directors and executives.
"It makes me feel super duper happy,"
said Denaidrick Cook, Beelicious Foods
"I like to help people," added Raquia
Thompson, vice president.
"It makes me happy," said Mikaia
Brown, public relations, "We like United
Venezia said the company's name,
Beelicious Foods, was chosen by the
students after learning about how honey
bees are a vital part of nature because
they collect pollen and nectar to make
"These students are learning at an
early age that anything is possible and
that they are tomorrow's businessowners
and entrepreneurs," said Sarah Owen,
CEO of CCMI. "The United Way funds
our programs including Montessori
Preschool, and this donation might seem
like a little amount to many, but to these
kids it's a lot and the long-term lessons
they are exemplifying today will make a
better world tomorrow."
Community Cooperative Ministries
Inc.'s Montessori Preschool is located
at 3429 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Boulevard. For more information, call
332-7687 or visit www.ccmileecounty.
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Executive Director Honored
For Service To The Community
Susan Bennett, Melissa Simontis, Carolyn Moore and Carol McLaughlin
Members of the Gulf Coast Society of Fund Raising Executives (GCSFRE)
honored Carolyn Moore at its April 6 meeting. Moore is the retiring execu-
tive director of the Island Coast Aids Network. A $500 scholarship in her
honor has been established at Hodges University to assist a student focusing in a
career in the non-profit sector.
A panel of speakers discussed Moore's leadership during the meeting. Susan
Bennett, Susan Bennett Marketing and Media LC, spoke about Moore's experi-
ence with nonprofits and board memberships; Carol McLaughlin, Lee County Public
Schools, spoke about her involvement in the community and her spirit of servitude;
and Melissa Simontis, Pace Center for Girls, discussed Moore as a mentor.
The Gulf Coast Society of Fund Raising Executives is Southwest Florida's premier
professional fund raising organization. GCSFRE promotes the cause of professional
fund raising and serves its members through the development of educational programs
and the dissemination of fund raising information. The next meeting will be May 11 at
the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. Mike Mansfield, Habitat for Humanity, Charlotte
County, will speak on Involving Volunteers in Fund Raising. For more information on
the organization and how to become involved go to gcsfre.org.4
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On Friday, April 16, The Bar
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Lounge owners Ron Kopko and
Mark Solomon are celebrating the end
of the tax season with a Poor Again
2010 party. They are offering free food
sored in part by
deli meats and
from 11 a.m. to
2 p.m. with free
from noon to 2
On Wednesday, April 21 the down-
town eatery features Greece as the first
stop on the second leg of its Passport
Oasis culinary tour of the world. The
prix fixe dinner, served in the restaurant's
beautiful courtyard dining room, starts at
7 p.m. and is $37.50 per person.
Don't forget that The Bar Association
is now serving brunch with bottomless
mimosas every Sunday from 11 a.m.
until 4 p.m. The bar remains open until
The Bar Association is located at
1609 Hendry Street, Fort Myers.
Reservations are required by calling
Ugly's Waterside Bar, the place
where everybody gets prettier," features
happy hour with live music. The water-
side bar is located at Nervous Nellie's
Crazy Waterfront Eatery on Fort
Myers Beach and is open all day.
On Friday, April 16, Ugly's features
Hung Jury and the House Rockers;
Saturday is No Way Jos0 and the
Hightide Band; Sunday is The Oysters;
Monday is Vytas Vibe; Tuesday is Chucky
from Kentucky and Stet TV; Wednesday
is Left of Center and Vytas Vibe; and
Thursday is The Oysters and Mark Kobie.
Have Sunday brunch/lunch on Nellie's
waterside patio complete with island
music. This Sunday will feature reggae
with No Way Jos& Doors open at 9 a.m.
Let the knowledgeable staff at The Sandy
Butler show you the way to gourmet
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.
Florida is the nation's prime source for
fresh vegetables during the winter sea-
son and at the Alliance for the Art's
Green Market, local residents have the
first chance to browse a wide selection.
There is nothing like just-harvested veg-
etables at their peak in nutritional value
and flavor. Better yet, Green Market's 32
vendors offer not only locally produced
goods, they are mostly all natural, organic
The market is open Saturdays from 9
a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call
939-2787 or go to www.artinlee.org.
The 18th annual River and Blues
Fest is Sunday, April 18, so reserve
your room at Legacy Harbour Hotel
and Suites. The resort offers one- and
two-bedroom waterfront suites with full
kitchens and living rooms. Standard hotel
rooms are also available. All guests can
use the 5,000-square-foot sundeck over-
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heated swimming pool and free wi-fi, all
within walking distance to the festival in
Centennial Park, Fort Myers. Call 332-
2048 for the hotel or 461-0775 for the
marina or go to www.legacyharbour.com.
The Sandy Butler Gourmet
Market & Restaurant offers specialty
foods and superior service in a sensuous
atmosphere. It is a unique combination, Sha
which boasts a 150-seat restaurant that
features The Sand Bar and a gourmet
market of 10,000 square feet filled with
hard to find authentic foods.
On Tuesday, April 20, experience
gourmet the Sonoma way at The Sandy
Butler Restaurant. Beginning at 7 p.m., pre
the restaurant is serving a four-course
dinner with expertly paired wines from
Sonoma County, California. The cost is
$75 per person.
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River & Blues Fest Returns
ndy Butler Gourmet Market
urant is located at 17650 San
ulevard, Fort Myers. Call 482-
Flamingo Antiques announc-
business hours. The store is
iTuesday through Friday from
o 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11
Flamingo, located in historic
i Fort Myers, has a seemingly
election of antiques, vintage
decorative art and one-of-a-kind
s. Jesse Williams, owner, has
er large shop with unique trea-
n the past and present.
Flamingo Antiques is located
Vidman Way, Fort Myers. Call
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Hotel Rooms Waterfront Suites Boat Slips
HOTEL & SUITES MARINA
239.332.2048 www.legacyharbour.com 239.461.0775
West First Street. Fort Myers. Florida, 33901
Grab your blanket or chair, but leave your coolers and pets at home
and affordable childcare to the working
poor. In July of 2006, the agency expand-
ed its mission and outreach to Lee County
by merging with agencies that had histori-
cally provided home delivered meals to the
homebound hungry (Meals on Wheels), and
transportation services to the frail elderly
(Faith In Action). The merger created an
agency that is able to provide comprehen-
sive, unduplicated services to the homeless,
nearly homeless, homebound, seniors and
children more effectively, more efficiently
and with greater compassion than at any
other time in the former agency's histories.
Cost for adults is $5 and children under
10 are free. Pets, umbrellas and coolers
will not be permitted in the park.
For more information, go to www.
Five bands will take the stage on Sunday
between noon and 7 p.m.
THE RIVER APRIL 16, 2010 9
Do Your Part
To Help Stamp
Both food and volunteers are need-
ed for a successful National Letter
Carrier Food Drive on Saturday,
May 8. The 18th annual Stamp Out
Hunger drive has become the largest
one-day food drive in the country. But,
help is needed for make this year's drive
even more successful than last year's.
Food collected in Lee County goes to
the Harry Chapin Food Bank; in Collier
County, food goes to Collier Harvest.
The food collected on May 8 will pro-
vide assistance to the rapidly increasing
number of Lee and Collier residents who
are struggling with hunger. Nationwide,
last year, 73.4 million pounds of food
was donated; one billion pounds has been
collected in the past 17 years. The effects
of the recession and unemployment rates
are having a dramatic impact on the
agencies that help the hungry.
Letter carriers, other postal employ-
ees, and volunteers will do their part
on May 8 to provide as much food as
possible. The Campbell Soup Company
has been the principal corporate sup-
porter for the NALC National Food
Drive since 1997. Each year it prints
postcards for delivery by letter carriers in
the week before the food drive. Valpak
Direct Marketing Systems also supports
the food drive by featuring Stamp Out
Hunger inserts in their mailings. Publix
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the food drive.
In 2009, LAT MACounty customers10
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Supermarkets provides brown plastic
bags for donations several days prior to
In 2009, Lee County customers
donated over 405,000 pounds of food
for the Harry Chapin Food Bank. This
year, the goal is 500,000 pounds. The
food will be distributed at no cost to the
food bank's 170 participating agencies.
Postal customers are asked to place
non-perishable food in unbreakable con-
tainers next to their mailbox before their
letter carrier delivers mail on Saturday,
May 8. The carrier and/or volunteers will
do all the rest. The food is taken back
to a postal station, sorted, and delivered
to the food banks. Snowbirds departing
Human Trafficking Fundraiser April 23
H human Trafficking Awareness -
Partnerships, Inc. (HTAP) will P + 111 i
host a fundraising event entitled,
Freedom for All Independence Day
in April on Friday, April 23. The event
will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at Rob
DeGennaro's newest restaurant, Nervous
Nellie's Crazy Waterfront Eatery, 1131
First Street, Fort Myers Beach. Nervous
Nellie's will provide all-American appe-
tizers, and happy hour-priced drinks.
Suggested attire is picnic clothes.
There will be artwork on display created
by girls involved in the HTAP's Artreach
program. Girls from varied backgrounds
in Lee County have created four canvas '
wall hangings expressing their knowledge AM
and understanding of modern-day slavery, 8
especially as it potentially affects their peer ,,' .
group. A short program featuring paintings
and a preview of a human trafficking play 1 -
researched, written and produced by stu- N R 9PE
dents at the Cypress Lake Center for the One of the works that will be on display
Arts will be held at 7 p.m.
There will be a silent auction with items such as dinner gift certificates, a two-night
stay at Gulf Breeze Cottages on Sanibel, $500+ worth of personal training sessions,
and artwork. Funds will be used to continue the Artreach program and other aware-
ness building programs for Lee County students. If you are unable to attend, contribu-
tions may be made to HTAP, PO Box 1113, Sanibel, FL.
For additional information on this event or Human Trafficking Awareness
Partnerships, Inc., contact Nola Theiss at 395-2635 or nola@humantraffickingaware-
Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships, Inc. is dedicated to bringing the issue
of human trafficking to the forefront of public consciousness through local community
action and the sharing of resources among communities and organizations. Awareness
of the crime of human trafficking is the first step to eradicating modern slavery.
prior to May 8 are encouraged to drop
off their non-perishable foods at any post
office; the food will be held for the May 8
Volunteers for the Postal Service will
use their own cars to assist the letter carri-
ers in collecting the food. Food bank vol-
unteers will assist on the loading docks by
completing a preliminary sort of the food.
Those interested in volunteering for the
food banks should contact Marta Hodson
(Lee County) at 334-7007, ext. 32 or
Collier Harvest at 239-455-3663. Those
who can assist the Postal Service should
contact Debra Mitchell, 573-9638 in Lee
County or Jesse Costin in Collier County,
Norman Love Confections' (NLC)
Easter raffle raised $2,010 and
all proceeds were donated to
Dr. Emad Salman, who heads up the
The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Program at The Children's Hospital of
Southwest Florida. The winners of the
gourmet chocolate centerpieces are:
Katherine Filsoa of Bonita Springs,
Alice in Wonderland scene; Denice
Link of Cape Coral, Beach/Surfer
scene; and Peter Brocato of Naples,
Alice In Wonderland scene
These three amazing chocolate
showpieces were on display at the NLC
Chocolate Salon from Monday, March 22
to Friday, April 2, and raffle tickets were
purchased for $5 for a chance to win one
of the centerpieces.O
At Shell Point
residents of Southwest Florida who
would like to learn about resort
style retirement options and lif-
ecare are invited to attend one of several
informational meetings at Shell Point
Retirement Community. One of Shell
Point's retirement counselors will explain
the benefits of becoming a resident.
The meetings will be held at 9:15
a.m. on the following dates in the Crystal
Dining Room at Shell Point, which is
located on The Island: April 21, April 27,
May 5, May 12, May 19 and May 25.
The afternoon meetings will be held
at 1:30 p.m. on the following dates in
the Oak Room located in The Woodlands
neighborhood at Shell Point: April 20,
April 28, May 4, May 11, May 18, and
A brief presentation will be given on
the benefits of lifecare at Shell Point dur-
ing the casually-structured meeting, where
guests will learn about the numerous
retirement options available. Included in
the visit is a tour of the Island community,
model units in The Woodlands and Eagles
Admission is free; however, seating is
limited, so reservations are required and
may be made by calling 466-1131 or
Shell Point Retirement Community is
located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin
Road, two miles before the Sanibel
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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. Reverend N. Everett Keith II;
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.
Friday Youth 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
a.m.; 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.
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From page 10
9065 Ligon Court, Fort Myers, across
from HealthPark Hospital, 481-2125
Pastor: Interim Pastor Dr. Luder Whitlock
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.:
Donating to Goodwill is more con-
venient than ever for residents of
Lehigh Acres and the Gateway
community. Goodwill Industries of
Southwest Florida has opened a new
Attended Donation Center (ADC) at
Arborgate, a shopping center at the
intersection of Colonial Boulevard
and Treeline Avenue. In late summer,
the ADC will be replaced by a new,
12,000-square-foot retail store.
"Arborgate is in an area that's grow-
ing very quickly," said Laura Alford,
Goodwill's director of donor develop-
ment. "There's a lot of traffic going to
and from Lehigh Acres and Gateway, and
the Forum shops are right around the
corner. We're very optimistic about this
Goodwill has tentatively targeted
August 20 for the opening of its
Arborgate Retail & Donation center. It
will be the agency's 25th thrift store in
Southwest Florida. Goodwill also has
plans to open a bookstore in the lona
area on McGregor Boulevard.
The Arborgate donation center is
Goodwill's ninth in Southwest Florida,
and will be open daily and staffed from 9
a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
For a complete list of Goodwill's
Attended Donation Centers and Stores,
To advertise in
The River Weekly News
he Jewish Federation of Lee and
Charlotte counties will feature
the annual Holocaust Memorial
Service this Sunday, April 18 at 3:30
p.m. at Temple Judea, 14486 A&W
Bulb Road, Fort Myers. The program is
open to the whole community and free
Clergy participants in the program
include Rabbi Devorah Buchen, Rabbi
Jeremy Barras, Pastor Dan Betzer,
Bishop Gaspar Anastasi and Pastor
Fred Gross, author of One Step
Ahead of Hitler: A Jewish Child's
Journey through France, is the key-
note speaker. Gross, a graduate of New
York University, was a reporter for the
Journal-Courier, a daily newspaper in
New Haven, Connecticut, and was in
THERIVER APRIL16,2010 11
public-relations, specializing in educa-
tion. He's been actively involved in
the Jewish community in Louisville,
Kentucky. He is a member of the Jewish
Community Federation's Holocaust
Memorial Committee, its Committee on
Community Relations, and has taught
a Holocaust curriculum to sixth-grade
students at The Temple Sunday school
in Louisville. He continues to speak to
grade, middle and high school students
and to adult groups.4
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From page 1
Just Ask Margaret
photo by Michael Lamont
theater with enthusiasm that night. That
gave us the shot in the arm that we
needed to move boldly forward. With
renewed energy, we took the show on
the road (so to speak) back to LA and
now we are excited to share great news!
While performing (again, in the
experimental workshop" mode) at a
Pip and young Pip
photo by Michael Lamont
small theater (99 seats) in LA, the musi-
cal caught the attention of the artistic
team from the Tony award-winning Utah
Shakespearean Festival. This summer, all
summer, from July 1 through the August
Spring Open House At Shell Point
S hell Point
will host an
Open House on
24, from 9 to 11
a.m. at the King's
Living located on
The Island at Shell
begins at 9 a.m.
with a light con- _-_ E .
tinental breakfast -
and a presentation
about the benefits
of assisted living at King's Crown Assisted Living facility at Shell Point
Shell Point by Rita
Southern, director of assisted living for the community. Following the 30-minute pre-
sentation guests will be given a tour of the facility and furnished residences. At the end
of the tour, those interested are welcome to a take stroll through the resident gardens
and award-winning Orchid House.
"Assisted Living facilities allow prospective residents and their families an alternative
to nursing care for parents who may need assistance with the activities of daily living,
but do not require full time skilled nursing," said Southern. "Assisted Living offers indi-
viduals a comforting home-like environment, while improving the daily quality of life
through a variety of amenities."
Shell Point has two assisted living facilities on site, the King's Crown Assisted Living
and the Arbor Assisted Living. The King's Crown was recently renovated and features
120 residential units with studio and one-bedroom floor plans; an expansive dining
room; library; computer station; and a variety of activity and gathering spaces.
The Arbor Assisted Living is an elegant center with a total of 132 units, and a
variety of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom floor plans. Amenities include a full-
time activities staff, fitness center, salon, game rooms, chapel, library, and a number of
social areas throughout the building.
To reserve a space or for more information, call McKenzie Boren at 454-2077.4
Mrs. Havisham and Estella photo by Michael Lamont
28, Margaret's adaptation of Charles
Dickens' Great Expectations will finally
premiere as a full-blown production at
this theatrical bonanza in beautiful Cedar
City, Utah. Not only are there five other
performances going on in this theater
mecca of the west, but there is the added
bonus of being very near some of the
most spectacular natural settings in the
U.S. including Bryce and Zion canyons.
So friends, you are all invited to Utah
for an amazing experience for your
minds, hearts and souls. You will be
reunited with at least two of the original
characters from the Florida Rep produc-
tion. Ellen Crawford has again won the
role of eccentric Miss Havisham and
Dave Burrus will again be playing dear
Joe. Please see www.greatexpectation-
smusical.com for details about securing
tickets. (in ordering the tickets on-line
please put "Expectations" in the code
section). There will be four performances
each week. We have been given the won-
derful Randall L. Jones Theatre, which
is a 796-seat venue so there is plenty of
room. All of our creative team will be
there for the opening afternoon perfor-
mance on July 9, including Margaret, and
there will be a great celebration following
for all of you. We have secured a block of
rooms at reduced rates from July 8 to 11
at the Marriot Springhill Suites. We invite
anyone interested to join us. If you are
among those considering joining the cast
and crew and creative team for this event
and the party afterwards, please email
email@example.com and I will
be happy to give you details. If you would
like to come at any other time during the
summer and want details about the other
shows (Much Ado About Nothing, The
Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, Pride
and Prejudice and The 39 Steps) refer
So please come and please spread the
word, and thank you for your continued
photo by Michael Lamont
Pip and Estella
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Fun Run Boosts
Founded on the visible need for fitness,
leadership and character development in
schools, the Boosterthon Fun Run was
created to change the landscape of educa-
tion funding strategies and to empower
today's youth. The Atlanta-based com-
pany, with a vision to serve students and
schools, has grown significantly since its
inception in 2001, serving over 1,000
schools and helping them raise more than
How does Booster work? Students are
invited to gather pledges for each lap they
run in the Boosterthon Fun Run, the cul-
minating event of the two-week program.
Prior to the actual run, Booster team
members bring the classroom to life teach-
ing values based on the theme STAND UP
which represents the following character
Serve one another
Take time to read
Ask great questions
Never give up
Discover your talents
Booster's hassle-free program encour-
ages students to live healthy, active life-
styles and make positive choices. In addi-
tion, schools are seeing donations pour
in from all 50 states in most cases and
several countries outside the U.S., a feat
rarely seen with other methods.
The key to Booster's success is a
derivative of a corporate culture that
builds from the inside out. The company's
grounded character internally enables their
team to make a huge impact in the com-
munities they serve, changing the world
one child and one leader at a time.
Three youngsters running with a poster
Girls in groovy shades pose for a photo
f .. A9111li #y
Kicking off the fun
St. Michael Lutheran School in Fort
Myers has kicked off a two-week
fitness, leadership and character
program called the Boosterthon Fun Run.
The Booster program replaces former
product sales campaigns, and engages
students, parents and school faculty and
staff in an exciting challenge to boost both
funding and enthusiasm in the classroom.
Similar character programs can cost
thousands of dollars, but Booster covers
all administrative costs and has shown a
funding increase of nearly 70 percent over
other traditional methods.
"Booster helps schools raise funds, but
more so, we're out to impact the world
one student at time," said Chris Carneal,
Booster founder and president. "More
than the fitness and financial benefits,
the big win is what the students gain by
way of character education. Not only are
our team members enthusiastic, they are
incredible role models. They have taken
it upon themselves to be a good influence
for students across the nation, and impact
the world in a positive way."
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a circle of support services for victims
of domestic violence & sexual assault
Thursday, May 6, 2010 6-9pm
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MOMS Prosperity Network is accepting monetary and in-kind donations for this May 6th event. If you
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by Gerri Reaves
M uhly grass's (Muhlenbergia capillaries) airy
silky plumes make it easy to understand
why it's also known as mist grass or hair
Clouds of blooms seem to float atop the large
bunches of tightly rolled stiff leaf blades. Both white
and purplish pink muhly grass are common in this
Use this ornamental grass to sculpt and accent
the landscape. Strategically situated against sunlight,
the blooms will create a shimmery haze. Flowering
occurs during much of the year, usually during fall
Muhly grass has practical advantages as well. It's
drought-, cold-, and salt-tolerant. It also offers cover
for wildlife and prevents erosion.
Plant this perennial native in full sunlight or light
shade. It can reach up to five feet in optimum condi-
tions and grow as wide as it is tall.
Propagate muhly grass with seeds or by dividing
the clumps. It will also self-seed.
The only maintenance is cutting it back in late
winter to simulate natural seasonal fires and stimulate
Another advantage of striking ornamental grasses
in the landscape? Less time spent with a lawn
Sources: A Gardener's Guide to Florida's
Native Plants by Rufino Osorio and Everglades
Wildflowers by Roger L. Hammer.
Plant Smart explores sustainable gardening
practices that will help you create a low-mainte-
nance, drought-tolerant, hurricane- and pest-resis-
tant South Florida landscape.4
Low-maintenance muhly grass produces soft clouds of blooms for much of the year photo by Gerri Reaves
The iounod of Sprin?
The G of Spring
Api'l 9 7.301pm
Faith PresAyterla Church. Cape Coral
April ll 1 7pm
tin Hall, BI Arts of Sanitile
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Falth dist Church. Fort Myers
I THREE Symphony Choruses
To Host Earth
he Small Business Development
Center (SBDC) at Florida Gulf
Coast University will host a free
green seminar from 1 to 3 p.m. on
Thursday, April 22 at the Sugden
Welcome Center in conjunction with
Guest speaker is LEED Certified
Professional Casey Neurock, chief man-
aging partner for NeuGreen. Attendees
will learn both tangible and intangible
benefits of going green, and how to capi-
talize on them.
The SBDC will also introduce a green
Web site and directory geared toward
Southwest Florida small businesses that
offer green and sustainable products, ser-
vices and operations.
Gulfshore Business and Costco
Wholesale are sponsoring the event and
providing free organic refreshments.
Seating is limited and reservations
are required. Visit the SBDC Web site at
www.sbdcseminars.org or call 745-3700
to make reservations.
For more information about the event,
contact SBDC Assistant Director Suzanne
Specht at 745-3704.0
April 24 8pm
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film-making talent. It aims to give local
youngsters a platform to demonstrate cre-
ativity and innovation for their peers and
other video production professionals.
All entries are due by Friday, April 16.
Judging will take place on April 22 and
23. Awards will be presented Thursday
May 20 at 7 p.m.
To view the entries, visit www.
Anl afternoon filled with fashions
by Belk and a luncheon spon-
sored by Honey Baked Ham will
take place at the Tony Rotino Center in
Cape Coral on Saturday, April 24, 1 to
3 p.m. Fashions will range from casual
to formal to fit the Florida lifestyle. The
menu will consist of an appetizer, salad;
Honey Baked Ham, scalloped potatoes,
green beans almandine, punch, coffee
and dessert. ]\
Pre-Registration is required. Call 574-
0807 for more information.
The Tony Rotino Center is at 5817
CROW Case Of The Week:
Great Blue Heron
by Brian Johnson
D r. Julie Campbell sees all kinds of birds around her home
D on San Carlos Island, a little-known oasis tucked away in
Fort Myers Beach.
We have an incredible amount of wildlife here," she said. "It
was obvious the great blue heron had a broken wing. The other
herons would squawk and fly away but he would only move by
"' Campbell contacted CROW and volunteer Doug Albert made
a difficult but successful rescue of the impaired bird on March 24.
"CROW is phenomenal," said Campbell. "The gentleman who
came out here was fabulous."
At CROW, Dr. PJ Deitschel noticed right away that the great blue was favoring his
left wing. When palpating the area, she found a thickening around the "promixmal
humerus," that is, near the shoulder joint. It was clear the injury was more than one
week old, and the heron fairly thin had obviously been scavenging food as best he
Staff gave him injectible calcium and an
assortment of vitamins.
The next day a radiograph revealed a
bullet lodged in his upper chest. Somehow
it did not cause fatal damage, but was pos-
sibly the cause, direct or indirect, of the
shoulder injury. He may have sunk awk-
wardly to the ground after being shot.
As the bird was in otherwise good con-
dition, staff moved him on Day 2 to the
Small-Flight Cage, where he alternated his
time between a low perch and a sheltered
zone. His left shoulder had a slight droop,
and the great blue was in a relaxed but
reactive mood his first 48 hours. Feasting
on an assortment of fish, he soon was able
to glide from one end to the other. Great blue radiograph
Great blue heron
After an American bald eagle and then another great blue were discharged from
the Large-Flight Cage, the patient moved in to the vacant cage on April 9. He imme-
diately elevated to a high perch.
Staff watched him over the ensuing days, and he began to make agile trips the
length of the cage. "They were nice, easy, symmetrical flights with controlled landings
and easy lift off," said Dr. PJ.
The great blue was released on April 14.
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:
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Fast And Furious
w despite aS
days it was
close to a perfect
week on the water.
Fishing was easy
for the most part
with just about
every flat loaded
with fish. Some
really big Spanish mackerel are show-
ing up on the flats along with more and
more seatrout. Mangrove redfish fishing
keeps getting better and more and more
reports of small pods of tarpon showing
up are coming in every day.
Most of the week I spent family fish-
ing as I like to call it, drift fishing and
catching lots of trout, ladyfish, bluefish
and Spanish mackerel. Areas around the
power lines, Red Light Shoal, the Sanibel
Lighthouse bar, the grassy shoals inside
Redfish Pass and the grass flats at White
Rock were all great areas for this. We
stayed close to home all week and spent
our time fishing, not running, never get-
ting any further north than Redfish Pass
to stay on the good action.
Depending on the anglers, we used
anything from live shrimp under a pop-
ping cork, live shrimp on a jig head, soft
plastic jigs, spoons and even some plugs.
Talk about a wide open bite. At times
everyone was hooked up. This type of
flats fishing action has been just fast and
furious. Even though a lot of the trout
have been on the smaller side, getting a
limit of keepers in a few hours for a fish
fry has been easy.
I love this type of fishing to introduce
clients to saltwater angling. Taking out
people who have never fished and catch-
ing fish non-stop for the whole trip is
never a bad thing.
Sheepshead fishing is really winding
down now as the water temperature
creeps up. There are still lots around the
sound but they are not close to the size of
the past few weeks. While fishing for big
trout one day this week, Mack Jacobs of
Indiana caught a 21-inch monster sheep-
shead. The fish ate a jumbo shrimp fished
on the bottom.
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Chilled Oysters, Steamed Shrimp,
BBQ Beef Satays,
Consistent redfishing is finally here
too. Even on the not so high tides,
mangroves from Galt Island to Demiere
Key held lots of slot-sized fish. Live
shrimp remains the bait of choice with
the reds just not feeding too well on
anything else. Soak your live shrimp up
close to the mangroves and if you don't
get one in five to 10 minutes, keep
moving. Once I locate them, I've been
getting three or four out of each spot.
The big redfish of the week on my boat
was 29 inches.
Fishing in the spring you never know
what you will find. While running from
Chino Island to Cork Key earlier this
week I spotted a 40-pound-plus cobia
just laid up on the surface. By the time
I saw it from the tower it was too late
as I watched it spook. Right in the same
general area I spotted frigate birds feed-
ing on the surface as bigger fish crashed
baits. As I approached I quickly realized
it was a school of 20-pound-plus jacks
in a feeding frenzy. I had my anglers
cast out the trout tackle and hold on.
Catching a huge jack like this on light
10-pound spinning gear turned out to
be an epic battle, chasing the fish in the
boat at least two times to recover line
before being stripped.
Capt. Matt Mitchell moved to
Sanibel in 1980 and has fished local
waters for 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 questions email capt-
he Fort Myers Beach Yacht Club
will have its monthly meeting
on Wednesday, April 28 at the
American Legion Post 274 on San
Dinner will be catered and is available
for $14 per person. Social hour begins at
6, dinner is at 7 p.m., and the member-
ship meeting is from 8 to 9 p.m.
The club is at 899 Buttonwood Drive,
Fort Myers Beach.
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
Marine Store To
Host Benefit For
F ree car washes, complimentary
food and top-of-the-line boating
and outdoors merchandise await
people who attend the second annual
Community Day event on Saturday,
April 17, at West Marine Store #37
at Colonial Boulevard and Summerlin
Road in Fort Myers.
Mack Jacobs from Indiana with his 21-inch
The event is a benefit sponsored by
longtime sailing club Caloosa Marching &
Chowder Society (CMCS) to help student
sailors at the Edison Sailing Center, based
in the Fort Myers River District. West
Marine will donate five percent of the
day's sales to the sailing center. Young
sailors will wash cars and grill hot dogs;
donations will be accepted..
For more information, contact store
manager Henry Hoenk at 275-6077 or
com. For more information on local sail-
ing visit www.edisonsailingcenter.org or
Send Us Your Fish Tales
The River Weekly would like to hear from anglers about their catches.
Send us details including tackle, bait and weather conditions, date of
catch, species and weight, and include photographs with identification.
Drop them at the River Weekly, 16450 San Carlos Boulevard, Suite 2, Fort
Myers, Flordia 33908, or email to RiverWeeklyNews@aol.com.
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Florida Rep To
vice is free and open to the public. For
information visit the Rep online at www.
floridarep.org, or call the box office at
Call To Artists
The Art League of Fort Myers will
be accepting works for its show
Anything Goes. Receiving date is
Saturday, May 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. The
show will run May 7 through 29.
The league is looking for two dimen-
sional work in the following media: oil,
watercolor, acrylic, collage, pastel, original
prints (etching, lithograph, wood block),
fiber works, and photography. No three-
dimensional work will be accepted. No
specific theme is required. Size restric-
tions are: the length plus the width of
entries must not exceed 84 inches. Entry
fee for members is $10 for one, $20 for
two, and $25 for three. Non-members
are $15 for one, $25 for two, and $30
for three. For complete information call
275-3970 or go online to view April
Brush Notes for prospectus and member-
ship at www.artleagueoffortmyers.org.0
To advertise in
The River Weekly News
Florida Repertory Theatre will
host a memorial service for long-
time ensemble member Carol A.
Provonsha. The 51-year-old actress,
singer, director and educator, lost a long
battle with liver cancer on March 27.
A memorial service in her honor will
be held at the Historic Arcade Theatre
on Monday, May 17 at 7 p.m., the same
day as Florida Rep's local Equity Principle
Auditions. As per Ms. Provonsha's
wishes, the service will be a celebration
her her life and will take the form of an
audition. Anyone wishing to speak will
be allowed one to two minutes for a
monologue and, if they wish, 16 bars of
Provonsha's multi-faceted career
included more than 100 productions at
theatres all over the country extensively
in the state of Florida. She also toured
the country as a vocalist, and has had the
honor to work and/or study with Jose
Quintero, Joshua Logan, Burt Reynolds,
Dom De Louise, Charles Nelson Riley,
Antonio Vaida and Mickey Rooney.
Her work with Florida Rep began in
2002 with a production of Neil Simon's
Rumors. Her subsequent work with
Florida Rep included productions of
The Underpants, Deathtrap, Fools,
The Sugrabean Sisters and Scapino
and numerous times she performed her
one-woman shows, The Fat Lady Sings
and Too Big to Be a Waitress as special
engagements. In addition to her work on
stage, Provonsha served as a choreogra-
pher more than once, and was a main-
stay as a teacher with the Rep's educa-
tion programs, where she taught multiple
sections of Acting for Adults.
"The theatre community has lost a
mighty talent," said Producing Artistic
Director Robert Cacioppo. "It was my
pleasure to work with Carol many times,
and we are all saddened to say goodbye
to a colleague and friend well before her
The Memorial Service will be held
on Monday, May 17 at 7 p.m. at the
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Theater Interns To Perform Sunday
Adam Jones Daniel Benzing
F lorida Repertory Theatre announces its Showcase for Performance Interns
on Sunday, April 18 at 7 p.m. Dubbed Crisis! A Showcase of Identities, the
theme is "identity," and is a collection of scenes, monologues and songs that
will showcase the performers' talents, and take the audience on a journey of crises
and finding oneself.
This is a group of young professionals who've spent the season with Florida Rep,
working on the Arcade Stage, behind the scenes, administratively and in many capaci-
ties. this showcase is designed to give them a creative opportunity to showcase their
talents and to create an evening designed for them. "Their work this season has been
some of the best I've seen from an intern company," said Associate Director Jason
Parrish. "Florida Rep is very proud of their accomplishments, and wishes them the
best as they continue their careers in the theater."
The showcase features the talents of acting interns Daniel Benzing, Adam Jones
and Jackie Schram. Their work with Florida Rep's Children's Theatre series has been
seen all season long and all over Southwest Florida in two plays for children in grades
K-12, The New Kid And Then They Came for Me, which play in Florida Rep's
Children's Touring and Lunchbox Theatre Series. In the Arcade Theatre, Benzing was
Beach Art Show Opening
T he Fort Myers Beach 7 ffl,
Art Associaton with
support from the I
Town of Fort Myers Beach .
is hosting the annual
Student Scholarship Show
at its gallery on Donora .
Boulevard. Artwork was
hung on April 14 and the
gallery will be open for
viewing on April 17 during
regular hours of 10 a.m. to
3 p.m. Monday to Saturday oer
and from noon to 3 p.m. ,
on Sunday. '
Featured art is from -
senior art students of q
Cypress Lake High School
and Cypress Lake School of -
the Arts. Those who intend Maya Bryant painting
to study art and design at
the secondary education level are competing for college tuition scholarships awarded by
the art association. Cypress Lake Middle School art students will also have work shown
and be awarded prizes.
Beach Elementary School students, who always participated in the past, are not
showing this year because budget cuts caused the elimination of the school's art pro-
There will be a reception and awards presentation on Sunday April 25 at 3 to 5 p.m.
which is open to the public as well as students and their guests. There will be a wide
range of styles, subject matter and materials used. At the awards reception the winning
raffle ticket will be drawn for the watercolor painting done by Maya Bryant and donated
to the scholarship fund by her family. Tickets are for sale at the gallery until the drawing.
The show will run until April 28.
May 1 until October 26, gallery hours will be Wednesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to
noon. For more information on any FMBAA activity go to www.fortmyersbeachart.com
or call the gallery at 463-3909. Visitors and new members are always
seen in this season's Dial 'M' for Murder, Schram in Boeing-Boeing and all three
were prominently featured in this season's hit You Can't Take It With You, which
gained national headlines when The Wall Street Journal said that the production
"Sets the bar high!"
Stage management intern Claire K. Guy directs the showcase, the musical direc-
tor is Justin P. Cowan (The Herb Strauss Schoolhuse Theater), and production intern
is Tim Cobb (lighting and sound design). Administration interns Tyler Gutowsyky and
Leah Thomas will also be featured. Gutowsky will direct a piece, and Thomas, who
also appeared in You Can't Take It With You, will perform.
A reception with refreshments will follow the performance. There is no charge for
admission, but at $10 donation is suggested to help fund education and outreach pro-
Florida Repertory Theatre is on Bay Street between Jackson and Hendry in the
Historic Arcade Theatre in the Fort Myers River District. For tickets call the box office
Call For Artists:
2D/3D All Florida
has hosted its annual 2D/3D All
Florida Juried Exhibition, showcas-
ing artists from across the state. Alliance i
Exhibition Committee recently announced
that this year's 2D/3D artist prospectus
is posted and entries are being collected.
Interested artists can pick up a prospec-
tus at the Alliance campus, located on
the corner of Colonial and McGregor
boulevards, or download one from www.
There will be cash prizes and recogni-
tion in the popular exhibition that displays
work by artists of all levels.
Best in Show 2009, Trio By Renee Rey
FGCU Seniors" Spring Exhibits
Florida Gulf Coast University Art Gallery presents Finals: Spring Senior Project
Exhibitions, with an opening reception honoring graduating senior artists, 5 p.m. to
7 p.m., Friday, April 16 at the Arts Complex. The exhibition runs through May 2.
At the end of their studies, each art major must complete a senior project which he or
she successfully plans, creates, and executes a body of work that is conceptually strong
and technically proficient. The completed projects are presented in a campus exhibition
open to the university community and the general public.
"The opening night of our seniors' exhibition is an exciting night for our department
as we unveil the work of our graduating artists," said Anica Sturdivant, interim director of
the art gallery.
The gallery is located inside the Arts Complex on FGCU's main campus off Ben Hill
Griffin Parkway, east of 1-75 between exits 123 and 128. Parking is available in Lot 7 for
gallery visitors, parking passes are available at the parking kiosk located at the university's
THE RIVER APRIL 16, 2010 19
An Astonishing Play At Florida Rep
by Di Saggau
The play Trying, now showing at Florida Repertory Theatre, moves you to
laughter and tears. It deals with fundamental issues and allows the audience
to observe the interaction between cantankerous 82-year-old retired Judge
Francis Biddle and his idealistic new 25-year-old secretary Sarah. As the play pro-
gresses, we learn to love and care for the characters, played so well by David S.
Howard and Rachel Burttram. This is an autobiographical drama by playwright
Joanna McClelland Glass about the year she spent as secretary to Biddle, the for-
mer attorney general under FDR and judge at the Nuremberg Trials.
It's 1967 in Washington, DC. Biddle's cluttered office is located over the garage.
He has trouble walking and sometimes trying to remember what he was about to
say. As he interviews Sarah for the job he says, "we can't help but find each other
extremely trying." The audience will find nothing trying about watching this affection-
ate play. Biddle is a man who, because of the turbulent years of the 20th century, has
experienced his fair share of historical events, and he shares many of them. The script
involves bits and pieces of the Roosevelt-Truman era, and his regret about not fighting
harder to stop the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
Howard is a wonderful actor and gives a superb performance. He allows Biddle to
bluster and complain, ever ready to counter the first sign of a split infinitive. He gets
the best dialogue and is touching and witty as an octogenerian who, in his own words,
now functions "somewhere between lucidity and senility" and is aware that he is in
the process of leaving this life, "the exit light is blinking over the door, and the door is
ajar." Burttram is a worthy counterpart who exudes strength, assurance and vulnerabil-
ity to her character. The looks on her face when Biddle utters his many verbal jabs are
priceless. They play off one another well.
Throughout the six scenes we watch the relationship between the two grow from
a devastating combination to one of trust and admiration. The dialogue is so powerful
Cypress Lake High School To
Perform Shakespeare On Sanibel
Performing arts students from Cypress Lake High School Center for the Arts
hakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost, performed by Cypress Lake High School
Center for the Arts, will be staged on Sanibel at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17
in BIG ARTS Schein Performance Hall.
The play follows four bachelors' highly entertaining but hopeless efforts to dis-
guise their feelings of love. This update of the classic is set in the early 1960s. Love's
Labour's Lost is Shakespeare's most flamboyantly intellectual play; it abounds in
sophisticated wordplay, puns, and literary allusions.
The adaptation was inspired by the Mad Men television show, which explores
sexual harassment and a culture of arrogance in a time before the idea of "political
The school's Theatre Department has a reputation for producing programs of rec-
ognizable excellence as it educates and trains future practitioners of performing arts.
Cypress Lake High School's Center for the Arts program is also notable for producing
finalist contestants on top singing and dance television programs. They were selected
to perform in the 2010 Florida State Thespian Festival at the Tampa Bay Performing
Arts Center for a full house of 2,600 conference attendees. Their musicals were given
the Lee County High School Musical Awards, with the best overall music award in
2008 for All Shook Up, and an award in 2009 for The Producers.
Glass Joanna McClelland Glass David S. Howard and Rachel Burttram
it even elicits applause from the audience
mid-scene. Directed by Chris Clavelli, Trying takes the audience on a lovely journey
through the final years of an old man's life. It will stay with me for a long time.
The play runs through April 25 at Florida Repertory Theatre in the Historic Arcade
Theatre on Bay Street between Jackson and Hendry in the Fort Myers River District.
For tickets call 332- 4488.4
Cypress Lake Center for the Arts is a public Lee County High School. Students
have the opportunity to major in vocal music, theater, dance, band, orchestra, visual
arts and media.
Tickets are general admission $10, student/child $5. Content is appropriate for
high school age and up. To purchase tickets stop by BIG ARTS or call Marks Box
Office at 395-0900.0
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Fort Myers Engineer Volunteers And
Reports To United Nations In Haiti
Shawn Anderson, left, explains about
masonry to locals
T wo months after the earthquake and aftershocks of January, 2010, shambles,
lean-tos and tents cover the landscape of the crowded city of Port Au Prince,
Haiti. Relief funds and support teams rushed to find ways to help the people
of Haiti, but full recovery will take much longer. Some estimates report more than
10,000 different aide organizations providing relief to the country. Lately, rescue
teams have been replaced by cleanup crews and other rebuilding assistance as the
heat persists and rainy season fast-approaches. Many locals sleep outside rather
than risk entering the buildings that are still standing.
Fort Myers resident Shawn Anderson returned from his second volunteer week
in Port Au Prince on Sunday, April 11. As a structural engineer, he is volunteering
through the Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group (AIDG) and reporting to
the United Nations on the condition of building structures.
"In a week, we did 70 or 80 buildings of the thousands that were affected,"
Anderson said. AIDG acts as clearinghouse for buildings to be inspected. The volun-
teer teams are given a list, and they go out with a driver and a Creole-interpreter. "We
were seeing schools and orphanages, kids living outside in tents." The teams would
inspect buildings outside first, and if it looked safe, they'd check inside as well. They let
the owners know the condition and file the report.
"We don't really know what they're going to do with the reports, but then you stop
worrying about that and you look at the level of comfort you can give one step at a
time." Anderson said.
Although some people are comforted by Anderson's reports; others are harder to
convince. "There is a strong fear (of the buildings). Many of them have never heard of
the work I'm doing and don't understand. It's hard to explain to them that a building
is safe, and they can go back inside, when so recently people they knew were killed
in another building that fell. Concrete eats people. Who do you trust when you have
never heard about the science?" he said.
Anderson has 26 years of experience and is a licensed professional engineer (PE)
and president of TKW Consulting Engineers. He is a California-certified structural engi-
neer (SE), which requires additional knowledge and testing beyond the PE examination
on seismic principles and current structural engineering practices. He works with archi-
tects and builders to design the structural elements of buildings. In Fort Myers, his firm
has worked on commercial and residential projects, including Riva del Lago, which is
comprised of two 21-story high rise towers in Fort Myers, many of the academic build-
ings at Florida Gulf Coast University, and the Lee Memorial Emergency Room expan-
sion, among others.
Anderson is also a member of Engineers Without Borders and the lead SE with
Task Force 6, the Southwest Florida Urban Search and Rescue Team which responds
in disaster situations. In part due to high relief response, his team was not called to
assist following the earthquake in Haiti. Anderson, bent on finding a way to help,
heard from a past colleague and fellow Engineers Without Borders member that AIDG
needed structural engineers to volunteer for Haiti recovery and rebuilding efforts.
Teams are down there constantly, in overlapping one-week shifts. Anderson had been
to Haiti about five years ago as a volunteer to help build a school (which was not dam-
aged in the earthquake), and he was particularly eager to help Haiti in this situation.
During inspections, Anderson and his team noticed characteristics of some faulty
construction that could be prevented. They worked with local masons to teach them
techniques that would improve the performance of a building should there be another
"They were paying attention. Haiti has been a long time without an earthquake,
and the people were not prepared for this tragedy. They were very receptive to learn-
ing and understanding how to build more earthquake-resistant structures," Anderson
said. The team brought copies of building standards with them and had them trans-
lated into Creole. They left these, along with the masonry workshop lessons, with local
crews to guide the rebuilding.
Volunteers in the Haiti relief efforts stay at guest houses, which are local houses
used as accommodations for various aide workers. The one where he stayed had been
damaged by the earthquake, so the sleeping accommodations were tents in the back-
yard. So Anderson, like just about everyone else in the city, slept outside.
He says the experience of working in Haiti during this time stays with him. "It
reached me on different levels, both the country and culture and that I was able to do
what I do with the engineering part of it." Anderson says this trip was different from
his trip five years ago, which he describes as relatively apart and sheltered as opposed
to living, working and interacting directly with the community. "I wanted to know
about the people. I liked getting involved on a deeper level... I still think about what I
saw and what's going on. It's not just the normal routine (for me at home) any more.
I still see the collapsed buildings and the orphanages with children outside in tents and
happy children playing outside of the schools," Anderson reflected.
"The people of Haiti are living alongside the disruption, and trying to get back to
normal," he says. He was impressed by their undaunted will to survive and their ability
to still laugh, smile, joke and care and by how people in even the most dire of circum-
stances keep such hopeful spirits. "When others hear I was in Haiti, they tell me they
can't believe that I would go there, but I guess I don't really see it that way," Anderson
said. "I was doing the work I do in my everyday job, and if I am able to go, and able to
help, then this is just something I have to
Shawn Anderson, a structural engineer and president of TKW Consulting
Engineers in Fort Myers, volunteers with a global non-profit organization, inspect-
ing buildings and reports to the United Nations on the structural situation in post-
earthquake Haiti. He's preparing for his second week of service and shares his
experience of a nation in recovery mode.w
National Healthcare Decisions Day
ee Memorial Health System (LMHS), along with other national, state and com-
munity organizations, is leading a massive effort to highlight the importance
of advance healthcare decision-making an effort that has culminated in the
formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). As
a participating organization, Lee Memorial Health System is providing information
and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare
providers, and execute written advance directives Healthcaree power of attorney and
living will) in accordance with Florida state laws. These resources are available free
for download at www.leememorial.org/shareclub/livingwill.asp.
Additionally, on April 16, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Lee Memorial Health System is
welcoming the public to request free copies of an Advance Directive at the Information
Desk in each hospital's main lobby (Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center,
HealthPark Medical Center and Lee Memorial Hospital).
"National Healthcare Decisions Day will cause many people in our community to
have thoughtful conversations about their healthcare decisions and encourage them to
complete or update their advance directives to make their personal wishes known,"
said Jim Nathan, LMHS president. "Fewer families and healthcare providers will have
to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions at times of health crises and all
involved will be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to make
these tough choices."
For more information about National Healthcare Decision Day, visit www.national-
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Art Of The Olympia
Common ground by Liston Bochette
he Art of the Olympians (AOTO)
Gallery is offering a sneak peek
of its newest exhibit featuring the
works of the organization's founders Al
Oerter and Liston Bochette in the main
gallery now through the end of May.
Community members are invited to
attend a reception sponsored by Fort
Myers Toyota The Family Store, for the
Founder's Exhibit on Friday, April 16 from
5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Art of the Olympians
Al Oerter Center of Excellence at 1300
Hendry Street. There is no charge to
attend the reception.
The exhibit is a celebration of creativ-
ity and marks a milestone in history for
Olympians, artists and Olympic enthusiasts.
The late Al Oerter, a four-time consecutive
gold medalist in discus, sought to use pas-
sion for both art and sport to create and
establish an arena that both celebrates and
encourages individuals to strive for excel-
Following his passing in 2007, the
AOTO board members Dr. Markus
Sherry, Dr. Liston Bochette, and Oerter's
wife Cathy teamed up with a strong core
of volunteers and community leaders to see
Oerter's vision through to completion.
The exhibit features the art of Oerter,
including several of his impact artwork
pieces for which he bridged his passion
or sport with his creative vision and uti-
lized a discus and acrylic paint to capture
the impact of each throw. Locally-based
Olympian, artist and AOTO board mem-
ber Liston Bochette is also featured in the
exhibit. Bochette's focus on the strength
and creativity of Olympians captures the
spirit of the Olympic ideals.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday,
noon to 4 p.m. The gallery is closed to on
Monday and holidays. For entrance during
regular hours, AOTO is offering a special
admission rate of $2.
For general museum information, visit
the Web site at www.artoftheolympians.
com or call 332-5055.4
Masquerade by Al Oerter
East Wind by Al Oerter
22 THE RIVER APRIL 16, 2010
Miss Florida U.S. International
W, V ". E .
From left: third runner-up Lorena Placencia; first runner-up Genese Badeau; Miss Florida
U.S. International Donna Snow; second runner-up Rochelle Jones; and fourth runner-up
The Miss Florida U.S. International Pageant was held April 10 and 11 at
the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers. Women from all over Florida com-
peted for the title, and the opportunity to represent Florida at the Miss U.S.
International Pageant this summer.
The winner was Donna Snow from Cape Coral who represented Southwest
Dog Agility Club To Hold
Fun Match At The Lee Civic Center
The Calusa Dog Agility Club is a brand new not-for-profit organization serving
Southwest Florida to provide opportunities for competition in the sport of dog
agility and to help dog lovers find training in agility, obedience, rally and other
activities. Other objectives of the club are to promote and publicize dog sports,
provide learning opportunities for competitors to develop skills, share knowledge
regarding training and handling methods and to promote the humane treatment of
The Calusa Dog Agility Club will be holding an Agility Fun Match on May 22 at the
Lee Civic Center, 11831 Bayshore Road, North Fort Myers, outside on the grass from
9 a.m. until approximately 3 p.m. There will be an $8 per car entry fee to get into the
Lee Civic Center. This includes parking as well as admission inside the Civic Center for
the Greater Fort Myers Dog Club Show.
Exhibitors wanting to enter the Fun Match will need to submit an entry form by
May 17. The entry forms can be found at www.calusadog.org.
The Fun Match will showcase exhibitors and their dogs as they negotiate obstacle
courses for speed and accuracy. Prior to the formation of the club, the closest venues
available for competition were in Miami, West Palm Beach, Vero Beach and Palmetto.
Agility, the fastest-growing canine sport, allows dogs to demonstrate their nimble
nature and versatility by maneuvering a challenging course of obstacles, including tun-
nels, weave poles, jumps and seesaws. All dogs can compete, from a tiny Chihuahua
to a giant Irish wolfhound. Dogs of all sizes run the same course with adjustments in
the expected time and jump height.
Agility originated in England in 1978 and was designed to be halftime entertain-
ment at the Crufts Dog Show. The AKC held its first agility trials in 1994 with 2,000
entries that year. In 2009, there were over 1 million entries. Agility is a fan favorite
from a spectator point of view. Anyone looking to give their dogs a constructive outlet,
to form a stronger bond with their pet and play together in the process can train for
Log onto www.calusadog.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional informa-
tion about this event or to learn more about agility training and the Calusa Dog Agility
Failure Of The Arizona Legislature
To Pass A Funding Bill Could Open
The Door For Cubs Move To Naples
by Ed Frank
M aybe it's not over. Maybe there still is the possibility that
the Chicago Cubs will move their Spring Training head-
quarters to Naples.
Early this week, a key Arizona legislator said, "it is very unlike-
ly" that the Arizona Legislature will enact a funding mechanism
this year to finance the construction of a new stadium and train-
ing facilities for the Cubs in Mesa, Arizona.
"I think practically speaking, it is very unlikely we could
get anything done before adjournment later this month," said
Arizona House Majority Leader John McComish.
"There no potential solution that we can just dot the i's and
cross the t's, so to speak the potential solution that we're really close on. It's very
doubtful that we could get a solution done by the end of April," McComish added.
A memorandum of understanding between the Cubs and Mesa called for a tax on
ticket sales for all 15 teams that train in Arizona to finance the project. That proposal,
however, created a storm of protest from nearly every team except the Cubs.
The tax would have to be approved by the Arizona Legislature.
Failure of the legislature to enact the legislation this year means that one of the key
deadlines between the Cubs and Mesa will not be met.
So does this open the door for the Cubs to pick up stakes in Arizona where they
have trained for 50 years and move to Naples?
Cub spokesman Peter Chase declined comment.
Craig Bouchard, an Illinois native who lives in Naples and is spearheading the Cub-
to-Naples move, was quoted recently in the Chicago Tribune saying he could put a
deal in place in six weeks.
Another key player in the Naples proposal is Gary Davis, a financial adviser who
was recently elected to the Naples City Council. "We could tie up financing in 45
days," he said.
So stay tuned. Naples is ready to pounce if Arizona fails.
2010 Miracle Lose Three Straight to Start Season
It was a rough season start last week for the Fort Myers Miracle baseball team los-
ing three straight to the Bradenton Marauders, two at home at Hammond Stadium.
The third loss for first-year Manager Jake Mauer's squad was particularly disappoint-
ing as the Miracle took a 3-0 lead into the seventh inning only to spoil starting pitcher
Bobby Lanigan six strong innings by giving up two runs in the seventh and two in the
eighth for the 4-3 loss.
The Miracle are on the road until April 19 when they return to Hammond Stadium
to host the Charlotte Stone Crabs at 7:05 p.m.
Everblades Advance in Playoffs with First-Round Win over Elmira
The Florida Everblades defeated the Elmira (New York) Jackals three games to two
in the first round of the ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs to move on to play the winner of
the Kalamazoo-Reading in the best-of-seven second round.
The decisive 4-3 series winner over Elmira last Sunday on the road came in the
final 55 seconds when Milan Gajic scored with an empty-net goal.
Florida won two of three from Elmira on Elmira's home ice to advance to the sec-
The Everblades will play the first two games of the second round on the road at
either Kalamazoo or Reading with games three, four and five here at Germain Arena.
Charity Pro-Am Golf Tourney
he Immokalee Foundation will hold its 2010 Charity Classic Pro-Am Golf
Tournament at Bay Colony Golf Club in Naples Monday, November 15.
The popular fundraising event pairs foundation supporters with some of the
biggest names in golf. Last year, participants played alongside touring pros includ-
ing Peter Jacobsen, Andy Bean, Jay Sigel, Bruce Fleischer, John Cook and Terry-Jo
The exclusive event is slated to include only 24 foursomes, plus pros. The tourna-
ment begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and golf demonstrations, followed by a shot-
gun start at 9:30 a.m. The scramble format pairs players with a different pro for each
nine holes. The awards luncheon will be held immediately following the tournament.
Entry fees begin at $5,000. All pro-am golfers will receive tickets to the highly-
acclaimed Charity Classic Dinner Auction Friday, November 12 at The Ritz-Carlton
Resorts of Naples.
For more information or to make reservations, call Lori Apolito, The Immokalee
Our E-Mail address is press@RiverWeekly.com
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Crowds Cheer As
Local Boy Throws
Out First Pitch
Friday night, April 9 was the season
opener for Miracle baseball. The
first pitch of the season was thrown
by Sanibel resident Josh Heald, a 3rd
grader from Summit Christian School
in south Fort Myers. Josh received this
special honor as part of his prize for
winning the Miracle Christmas Card
Design Contest. Over 600 entries were
submitted and Josh's design was chosen
to be the official Miracle Christmas card.
Josh was cheered on by a group of
Summit families, including his 3rd grade
teacher, his art teacher, and the head of
Ups At Bay Oaks
Bay Oaks Recreation Center on
Fort Myers Beach is looking for
basketball players of all skill levels
to play in the Spring Basketball League.
The league will play a 10-week Monday
night season beginning on May 10.
Players can sign up as a free agent or
whole team. Availability is limited so
sign up early. For more information
contact Ed at 765-4222.
Collaboration of local partner-
ing organizations is announcing
A a new community project called
the Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise
Project. Founding partners are
the Southwest Florida Community
Foundation (SWFLCF), Goodwill
Industries of Southwest Florida, the
Southwest Florida Enterprise Center/
City of Fort Myers, SCORE, and
ACCION, USA with several more get-
ting ready to come onboard.
The project will provide training and
loans for individuals with low to moderate
income and/or individuals with other dis-
advantages, specifically the unemployed,
to start their own businesses. The proj-
ect has a five-county reach: Charlotte,
Hendry, Glades, Lee, and Collier.
Considered the backbone of the local
economy, a microenterprise is any type
of small business that has fewer than five
employees. Microenterprises typically
do not meet the credit and/or collateral
requirements necessary to access con-
ventional financial services due to factors
such as business type, length of time in
business, or insufficient credit history.
According to Julia East, SWFLCF's
president and CEO, "This project is the
result of a real grassroots effort by mem-
bers of our community. Very shortly after
a small study group was formed
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Josh (holding bat) with classmates from Summit Christian School
Josh with autographed bat, first pitch ball,
and winning artwork
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L longtime Sanibel islanders Ralph
Curtis and Charles LeBuff
announce the release of a new
book, Everglades Wildlife Barons:
The Legendary Piper Brothers and
Their Wonder Gardens. This 272-page
biography contains 33 illustrations and
was written by LeBuff and published
by Ralph Curtis Publishing. Curtis and
LeBuff met and became friends in 1952
when they both worked for the two men
who are the subjects of this biography,
the late brothers Bill and Lester Piper of
Bonita Springs. The Piper brothers are
Florida legends and in his book LeBuff
shares the highlights of their unique lives
- long lives that were dedicated to our
indigenous wildlife and the wild lands
collectively known as the Everglades.
Anyone who enjoys and studies Florida's
wildlife, and appreciates a read con-
taining real-life adventures, true deadly
drama, and regional history will enjoy
Between 1926 and 1932 the Piper
brothers plied the waters of the Detroit
River, which separates Wyandotte,
Michigan from Windsor, Ontario,
Canada. During their short but highly
specialized and successful six-year crimi-
nal career, at the height of American
Prohibition, the brothers each amassed
personal fortunes. Their wealth was
earned by ferrying lucrative loads of alco-
hol across the river the international
boundary to booze-thirsty Americans.
When a rival gang of bootleggers shot Bill
Piper during an assassination attempt, a
life-threatening injury that he barely sur-
vived, he retreated to the wilds of Florida
to hide out from his enemies and to heal.
After his retirement from rumrunning,
following this near-death experience and
the repeal of Prohibition, Bill returned to
Florida and partnered with the famous
herpetologist Ross Allen in development
of a reptile farm near Silver Springs,
Florida. The rest is history and in 1937
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the Civil War
1861, Ulysses S.
Grant, the son of
an Illinois harness-
maker, was ped-
dling firewood on
the streets of St.
Louis, and William
Tecumseh Sherman was a failed busi-
nessman whose family despaired he
could ever hold a steady job.
Four years later, in April, 1865, Lee
had surrendered at Appommattox Court
House; Lincoln had been assassinated
on Good Friday; Grant was military com-
mander of the Union's one-million-man
army, and Sherman had marched his
65,000 soldiers through the heart of old
Dixie on a 60-mile-wide swath of destruc-
The unlikely, but fortuitous rise to mili-
tary command by Grant and Sherman,
who bonded to an unbreakable friendship
in the crucible of the Civil War, is related
in a marvelous recent book by Historian
Charles Bracelen Flood.
Entitled Grant And Sherman, The
Friendship That Won The Civil War,
the account by Flood details how Grant
overcame a serious drinking problem
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W wildlife Barons
he and his younger brother, Lester, found-
ed the Bonita Springs Reptile Gardens.
This wildlife attraction evolved into the
Everglades Wonder Gardens and by 1952
this operation was Florida's premier
botanical and wildlife tourist destination.
The popular wildlife attraction remains
open and is still owned and managed by
members of the Piper family.
Bill and Lester Piper were no strangers
to living on the edge and doing danger-
ous things. They risked their lives on a
daily basis. As Lester Piper's grandson,
David Piper, Jr. writes in the book's intro-
duction: "who among you would stand
toe to toe with a black bear, dig into an
alligator cave, or try to resuscitate a lion
using mouth to mouth?"
The Piper brothers owned and exhib-
ited the world's largest collection of
threatened American crocodiles, and they
also pioneered the captive propagation
of the now endangered Florida panther,
beginning at a time when the state of
Florida was still paying a bounty on these
cats. They, and their animals, like Old
Slewfoot of The Yearling, were featured
in major motion pictures. Their Wonder
Gardens educated tens of thousands of
Americans in the early days of environ-
mental education and eco-tourism. Their
mission was clearly stated in their own
words, "We have only a sincere desire to
give the visitor a clear picture of the thrill-
ing life, dangers, intrigue and constant
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that cost him a military career before he
gained a second chance, and Sherman, a
failure in banking who was falsely accused
of insanity, before achieving the capture
of Atlanta that saved Lincoln from certain
defeat for re-election in 1864.
Both Grant and Sherman, sons of the
Midwest, were West Point graduates who
fell on hard times after graduation. Both
re-enlisted to minor commands as the
war started, but soon were winning victo-
ries in the West at Fort Henry, Vicksburg
Lincoln's generals in the East, how-
ever, were losing battle after battle to
Confederate General Robert E. Lee, who
struggle for existence that goes on in the
depths of the impenetrable and fascinat-
ing Everglades." The Piper brothers were
undeniably the Wildlife Barons of the
Everglades and this book brings them and
their adventures back to life. Everglades
Wildlife Barons will eventually be avail-
able wherever books are sold. LeBuff will
have the first book-signing for his new
book at MacIntosh Books and Paper on
Sanibel, 2407 Periwinkle Way, on April
21 between 2 and 4 p.m. In fact, he is
there manning the bookshop each and
every Sunday, and will be delighted to
sign and personalize copies of Everglades
Wildlife Barons, or his other popular
book, Sanybel Light. For more informa-
tion on the book signing call 472-1447.
LeBuff will have the Piper brothers
biography available at the Bonita Springs
Pioneer Reunion on May 1, and copies
are also available outside of the region
from one of the book's distributors,
Amber Publishing, through his Web site
Our E-Mail address is
had turned down the Union command in
favor of his beloved state of Virginia.
Despite his drinking problems (find out
what brand, I will get some for my other
generals), Lincoln promoted Grant to
overall command and with his capture of
Richmond and Sherman's March through
the South, the Union was saved.
Civil War buffs will be pleased at the
quality of writing and the wealth of new
information that the author includes in
Grant's determination, drive, clarity
of thinking, common sense, humility and
generous nature survive the passions and
violence of his day, and in a letter penned
to his wife, Julia, shortly after Lincoln's
death, Grant predicts with eerie accuracy
the rise of America as a super-power with
an appropriate warning.
Grant wrote: "It is now nearly 11
o-clock at night and I have received
instructions from the Sec. of War, and
the President, to start at once for Raleigh,
North Carolina (to fight Confederate
General Joseph Johnston's army)... our
great country ...is now beginning to loom
far above all other countries, modern or
He adds: "(Our) Nation, united, will
have a strength which will enable it to dic-
tate to all others, conform to justice and
right. Power I think can go no further.
The moment conscience leaves, physical
strength will avail nothing, in the long
For his part, Sherman said, "I knew
wherever I was that you thought of me,
and if I got in a tight place you would
come if alive."
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Sherman concluded, "He stood by
me when I was crazy and I stood by him
when he was drunk, and now, sir, we
stand by each other always."
Grant And Sherman, The Friendship
That Won The Civil War by Charles
Bracelen Flood. Farrar, Straus and
Giroux, hardback, 460 pages, six battle-
field diagrams, 19 photos, $27.0
Canterbury School invites you
to explore the Canterbury
Advantage at an open house on
Tuesday, April 20 from 8:30 to 10 a.m.
Parents and their children are
invited to tour the school including
the 42,000-square-foot Upper School,
experience first-hand Canterbury's com-
mitment to academics, athletics and the
arts, and talk to faculty and administrators
about the school, admission requirements
and financial aid. Come see for yourself
the difference challenging academic pro-
grams and unique extracurricular oppor-
tunities can make. For more information
call 415-8945 or register online at www.
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Advisor? Ask The
IF, qq by Jennifer Basey
plenty busy with
your work and fam-
ily. So you may not
have the time and
expertise needed to
stand the invest-
ment world. That's
why you may want to work with a pro-
fessional financial advisor.
But how do you find the right one?
You can start by asking the right ques-
tions. Here are a few to consider:
Have you worked with people in my
situation? As an investor, you have your
own special set of characteristics: level of
assets, stage of life, long-term goals, etc.
Before you sign up to work with a finan-
cial advisor, you need to make sure that
he or she is comfortable working with
someone like you.
What are your credentials? Inquire
about a prospective advisor's qualifica-
tions. Make sure anyone you might
work with has all the necessary securities
What is your investment philosophy?
- Just like investors, financial advisors
have different investment personalities.
Some might be naturally more aggressive,
while others are conservative. But the
ideal advisor is someone who will provide
you with guidance that's based on your
risk tolerance and investment prefer-
How will you communicate with
me? You'll want to make sure that
your financial advisor will communicate
regularly with you. Find out when you'll
receive statements and how often you'll
meet in person to review your portfolio.
Will your financial advisor call with sug-
gestions and recommendations? Are you
free to contact him or her at any time?
It's important to find these things out
as soon as possible. Remember, you're
entrusting this person with your financial
future so you have a right to expect
open, honest and frequent communica-
What sort of resources do you have
to draw on? Find out if a prospective
investment professional has access to
quality research and technical expertise
in key areas, such as investments, insur-
ance and estate planning. In some cases,
a financial advisor may be able to bring
in added expertise through a relationship
with another professional, such as an
attorney or accountant.
How do you get paid? Investment
professionals get paid in a variety of
ways: fees, commissions, percentage
of assets under management, or even
a combination of these. You do need
to know, right from the start, how your
financial advisor is getting compensated.
Can you provide me with refer-
ences? A lot of people are too shy to
ask for references. However, a reputable
financial advisor will be happy to give you
some names of people you can call. Of
course, you shouldn't expect a financial
professional to provide you with the spe-
cifics of other clients' financial transac-
tions. But you should be free to ask about
a financial advisor's style, responsiveness,
You may need to interview several
candidates before you find a suitable
financial advisor. But it's worth the effort.
Making the right choice today can pay off
far into the future.
Jennifer Basey is a financial advisor
in Fort Myers. She can be reached at
he 7th annual Administrative
Professionals Luncheon, Auction
& Fashion Show will take place on
Tuesday, April 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 1
p.m. at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre,
1380 Colonial Boulevard Fort Myers.
Dr. David Kelley will speak about The
Positive Power of Humor and there will
be a show featuring affordable fashions
Models are Amy Sedlacek, anchor
and Fox 4 newscaster; Nicole Williams,
professional volunteer; Pete Ippolito,
Professional Volunteer; Karina L. Borgia,
administrator, Borgia Law & American
Real Title; Veronica L. Culbertson, execu-
tive director, SWFL Hispanic Chamber
of Commerce; Shanice Nicholas-Warner,
student, Island Coast High School; Roger
Mercado, director of allocations and com-
munity planning, United Way of Lee,
Hendry and Glades.
Silent auction items include: shopping
at rock bottom prices with seven friends
at Chico's; Coach purse; jewelry by
Roberta Montgomery; Sanibel Harbour
Resort dinner cruise for two; Best
Western 3-day, 2-nights stay; Sea World
four complimentary tickets; and gift bas-
ket by Dillards.
To reserve a place call 332-5346 or
register at drpipercenter.org. Cost is $35
Nomination forms for the three best
administrative professionals are available
at drpipercenter.org or call 332-5346.
Edison State Earns
National Marketing Award
College *- *
has won an out-
for its market-
The National .
State College a /
silver medal in
at the group's Charlene Wolfe, Catherine Bergerson, Dean Bill Roshon, Associate
annual national Dean Dennette Foy, and Mary Sharp were members of the winning
conference Edison State team
last week in
New Mexico. The brochure for Edison State College's Professional and Technical
Studies was one of 1,700 entries in the category. More than 75 judges from across
the country reviewed the entries for the competition that recognizes excellence in
communications exclusively among two-year colleges.
Catherine Bergerson, director of communications and marketing, accepted the
award. Bergerson joined Edison State in October 2008 to create the department.
Since arriving, she has worked extensively with the college departments and adminis-
tration to develop branding for the school and develop media outreach.
"Edison State has so many interesting stories to tell, developing tools to share our
message continues to be an exciting experience," said Bergerson. "As a college with
a long history in the area, we've touched so many residents' lives. We're constantly
growing and evolving to suit an even broader range of cultural and academic needs in
our community. I'm honored that our efforts in communicating just a small part of the
Edison State experience have received national recognition."
Edison State has been an integral part of the greater Fort Myers community since
its founding in 1962. The college has innovative programs, passionate faculty and a
forward thinking administration. Edison earned state college designation in 2008 and
currently offers six baccalaureate degrees, with four more being introduced for the fall
semester. Recently, Edison State has taken steps to fully engage area residents and
potential students about the expanded curriculum, continuous academic achievements,
cultural programming, and numerous activities at the college.
Edison State College serves more than 18,000 students in five counties with cam-
puses in Lee, Collier and Charlotte, and a center serving Hendry/Glades. Many classes
are available online.,
June ACT Test Registration
registration is now open for the June 12 ACT achievement test. Students who
wish to take the college admission and placement exam must register before
The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam. It tests what students have
learned in school, not their aptitude for learning. The ACT also measures what stu-
dents need to know to be ready for entry-level college-credit courses based on ACT
College Readiness Standards. Every student's results can be tied directly to these con-
The ACT has four sections English, mathematics, reading and science and takes
about three hours to complete. Students who take the ACT Plus Writing complete
an optional writing test that requires an additional 30 minutes. Unlike other exams,
students are not penalized for guessing or answering all the questions on each test
section. In fact, it is beneficial for test takers to answer all questions within the time
During registration, students may select up to four universities to receive their score
reports. ACT scores are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities across
the United States. ACT reports scores only when requested to do so by the student.
Additional score reports are available for a small fee.
All students complete a detailed inventory of questions during ACT registration.
Each test taker receives an ACT score report that includes a wide variety of informa-
tion to assist with high school course selection, college readiness, career planning, and
The cost for the ACT test without writing is $32. When combined with the optional
ACT Writing Test, the total cost is $47. Students who qualify may apply for a fee
waiver through their high school counselor.
continued on page 30
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New Offices For Childcare
. Of Southwest Florida
C hild Care of Southwest Florida, Inc. has moved its headquarters to new larger
office space in South Fort Myers. The new address is 6831 Palisades Park
- Court, Suite 6, which is located in the International Center near Hammond
"With this move, we are able to bring all administrative functions and training facili-
ties under one roof, which will produce a much more efficient operation," said CEO
Beth Lobdell. "And with leases being available at historic lows, we were able to actually
get more space for less money than what we were spending previously."
Child Care of Southwest Florida leased 5,400 square feet in Palisades Park Court.
The new space includes a Professional Development Center for child care profes-
sionals to receive training required by the state of Florida to work in family child care
-- homes and child care centers. The non-profit organization provided state mandated
training for 3,760 individuals last year.
In addition to administrative functions, the headquarters also houses the USDA
Food Program, which reimburses participating family child care homes and child care
centers for the cost of meals and snacks offered to children in their care. Last year, 67
child care centers and 175 family child care homes in 10 counties participated in the
program, which is administered by Child Care of Southwest Florida under a contract
with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services.
Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc., also provides high quality child care for 800
children from infancy through age 12 at seven centers throughout Lee and Hendry
For more information call 278-1002 or visit www.ccswfl.org.5
F orida Power & Light Company's
ongoing investments to strengthen
the City of Fort Myers' electrical
infrastructure will continue in 2010.
This year, FPL plans to inspect
approximately 1,450 poles, clear veg-
etation from approximately 200 miles
of power lines and use Thermovision
infrared technology to examine five main
power lines in and near Fort Myers.
FPL customers can visit www.FPL.
com/maps and type in their street
address to see a detailed map of recent
improvements in their neighborhoods.
The online tool reveals FPL's system
improvements and investments, including
pole inspections, line clearing, power line
strengthening and Thermovision power
line inspections at the level of the power
lines serving individual neighborhoods
within the City of Fort Myers.
FPL's overall service reliability in 2009
continued to rank among the best in
the nation as the company made signifi-
cant progress on its long-term efforts to
strengthen its infrastructure. This year,
FPL continues to focus on improving reli-
ability and storm preparedness through-
out its distribution and transmission
"We know that our customers want
high reliability and low bills and we're
working to deliver that. We're invest-
ing in strengthening and upgrading our
infrastructure in Fort Myers to prevent
outages, prepare for storms and reduce
the time it takes to restore service when
an outage does occur. In 2009, our
statewide reliability was 46 percent bet-
ter than the national average," said FPL
External Affairs Manager Charlotte Miller.
"At the same time, our typical residential
customer bill was the lowest out of all 55
electric utilities in Florida and 10 percent
below the national average."
Following the 2004-05 hurricane
seasons that saw seven storms in a
15-month period, FPL responded to the
state's call to maintain a high level of
storm preparation. FPL embarked on a
series of comprehensive investments and
improvements to strengthen its electri-
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cal infrastructure to better withstand the
impact of severe weather, recognizing
that no utility can be 100 percent storm-
proof. The work is also designed to
further reduce customer outages through
aggressive preventive maintenance proj-
ects on its overhead and underground
lines and equipment.
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.- Massage And
M arcy Moreno and Jeff Sagorac,
owners of Cre8 Salon & Spa in
Cape Coral will be hosting an
onsite Massage-A-Thon and Cut-A-Thon
at the Cape Relay for Life on Friday,
April 23, starting at 6 p.m., at Ida Baker
. High School. Everyone is invited to stop
S. by to receive haircuts and chair massages
by fine hair designers and licensed mas-
sage therapists for only $8. All proceeds
.will benefit the Relay For Life efforts to
fight for a cure for cancer. If someone
donates 10 inches of hair in a pony tail
to Locks of Love they will receive a signa-
ture gift from Cre8.
continued on page 30
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Bridgeport Home Health Care, 2734
Oak Ridge Court, Suite 404, Fort Myers,
The Children's Hospital of
Southwest Florida, in partnership
with the Ronald McDonald House
Charities of Southwest Florida, offers a
free monthly autism spectrum disorder
(ASD) screening for toddlers 18 months
to five years of age.
The next screening will be held April
16 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the
Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, located in
the parking lot of East County Regional
Library at 881 Gunnery Road in Lehigh
It is estimated that one in every 150
children is diagnosed with some form
of ASD, making it more common than
childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and
pediatric AIDS combined.
Medical consultants for the project
stress that an early diagnosis can make a
vast difference for toddlers and their fami-
lies. They say early intensive behavioral
intervention can make an immense differ-
ence not just in the development of the
child, but in their families as well.
The ASD screening is conducted
by the Neurosciences Center at The
Children's Hospital, under the guidance
of Pediatric Neurologist Jose Colon, MD,
MPH, and Pediatric Psychiatrist Marianne
Krouk, DO. The screenings are admin-
istered by an advanced registered nurse
practitioner, who has extensive training
and experience in typical child develop-
ment and developmental disorders.
Another screening will take place on
May 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The
Outpatient Center at the Sanctuary.
A physician referral is not required. To
schedule a screening, call 985-3608.4
SFor the third year, Bridgeport Home
Health Care is offering two nursing
7" 1 school scholarships of $1,000 each
to be awarded in the following manner:
one scholarship to non-employees of
Bridgeport Home Health Care who are
residents in the counties their offices
serve (Collier and Lee); and one scholar-
ship to current employees of Bridgeport
Home Health Care. The scholarships
are non-renewable (for one school year
The process/requirements to apply for
1) Home health aide/nurse's aide or
licensed practical nurse who has worked
for two of the past three years in either
Providers capacity and are a resident in one of the
P royid rs above named counties.
2) Enrolling in LPN or RN school for
the upcoming fall school year of 2010 or
2011 and are not now currently in LPN
or RN school.
3) Two written recommendations from
current and past employers.
S 4) Completed application packet
received by May 15.
Selection of recipients will be made
by the management team of Bridgeport
Home Health Care and recipients will be
announced in July. To request an applica-
tion packet call 344-7420, or write to
30 THE RIVER APRIL 16, 2010
Did you know that donating blood
saves three lives? The Alliance
for the Arts, on the corner of
Colonial and McGregor boulevards in
Fort Myers will host the Bloodmobile at
its GreenMarket on Saturday, April 17
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All donors will
receive a free GreenMarket sustainable
shopping bag courtesy of the Alliance
for the Arts.
After donating, guests can browse
the market to fill their bags with fresh
fruits and vegetables that were picked just
The GreenMarket motto is Locally
Grown, Caught & Cultivated because the
art of living sustainable, means purchas-
ing food from right here, in the local
Vendors include 55 Degrees, Ana
Escalon, Andy's Island Seafood, Arctic
Body & Bath, B & D Organics, Back to
Basiks, Brittain Farm, Creations by Mia,
Crescent Tie Dye's, Daily Chocolate,
D.E. Organic, The Extension Office of
Lee County, French Bread Oven, Inyoni
Organic Produce, Island Botanicals,
Jim Perito BBQ, Kangan Water, The
Latas Patch, LEE BEES, Luce Family
Chiropractic, Pelican Coast Farms Inc,
Pajulie Pottery, Sloan-Grenier Enterprises,
Sunrise Farms, The Flying Pig and Wow
In March, GreenMarket welcomed its
newest vendor, Martin's FriendlyScapes,
offering Florida-friendly landscape
design and installation. Check out the
GreenMarket webpage for a complete list
of the Current GreenMarket Vendors.
The GreenMarket welcomes perform-
ers to enhance the event. Interested
parties may call (939-2787 or email
GreenMarket@ArtInLee.org. For infor-
mation about becoming a vendor, appli-
cations are available online at www.
ArtInLee.org. Click on Special Events and
Lehigh Couple Gets Free Ramp
The new ramp at the Lamy home
etty Lamy, 71, has several medical issues leaving her bedridden and wheel-
chair bound. Her husband and partner of more than 50 years, Charles, is her
full-time caregiver. He had to carry his wife to the car in order to get her to
and from doctor's appointments.
On April 8, volunteers sponsored by Builders Care, the charitable agency of the
Lee Building Industry Association, constructed a wheelchair ramp for the Lamy couple.
Harbor Springs Building Company provided all of the labor to make this happen.
The 16-foot ramp, complete with handrails and landing, was built in six hours.
"I am always so grateful to be a part of this organization," said Tom Killingsworth,
president of Harbor Springs Building Company and new board member for Builders
Care. "We are helping homeowners that are in dire straights. Whenever given the
chance, I try to pay it forward."
Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry
Association). Donations can be made online at www.LeeBuildersCare.org, or to the
Builders Care general fund at BB&T (formerly Colonial Bank) Page Field branch at
4959 South Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers. More information is available by calling
Each day, hundreds of Lee County
residents face one of their great-
est challenges in life: living with
Parkinson's disease. The month of April
is recognized as National Parkinson's
Awareness Month, to educate the public
and to promote support programs that
can increase quality of life for those
living with the disease, and their care
Parkinson's disease is known for its
visible symptoms, often beginning with
shaking, slowness of movement and dif-
ficulty with balance, and is sometimes
accompanied by depression. Without
treatment, the debilitating symptoms
progress over time. There is no cure.
Although Parkinson's disease is usually
associated with older adults, it can also be
experienced by people in their 20s, 30s
Each year, 60,000 Americans are
diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, along
with another 1.5 million who are already
affected. The Hope Parkinson Program,
the only Parkinson Program based in Lee
County, reaches about 500 people who
have been touched by Parkinson's, and
their care partners.
Education and support are critical in
the life of a person with Parkinson's, in
order to cope and maintain quality of life.
During Parkinson's Awareness Month it's
important to make the community aware
that there is hope.
"People with Parkinson's should have
every opportunity to live as well as pos-
sible," according to Hope President and
CEO Samira K. Beckwith. "Along with
their care partners, they can experience
the fullness of life through knowledge,
movement, creativity and fellowship all
important components of treatment."
Programs are available in the following
Exercise. A focus of the program
is exercise and balance classes that help
improve mood, keep muscles strong,
and improve flexibility and mobility all
of which helps to reduce the risk of falls.
Classes also include dance, art and music
and are offered in multiple locations every
month; each person participates at their
individual comfort level.
Support groups. Education programs
and discussion groups enable patients and
their care partners to learn about com-
mon symptoms, pain management, and
the emotional impacts of the disease.
Socialization. Staying active with
family and friends is an important com-
ponent of living with Parkinson's disease.
A large group of program participants
recently enjoyed a seven-day cruise orga-
nized by the Hope Parkinson Program.
Education. Interactive and educa-
tional programming helps participants
improve their knowledge of the disease
and their quality of life. Monthly lunch-
and-learn seminars provide insightful edu-
cational topics and time for socializing.
"Parkinson's Awareness Month pro-
vides an opportunity to celebrate the tre-
mendous progress made in the treatment
of the disease, as we look forward to the
discovery of a cure," Beckwith said.
For more information visit www.
HopeParkinson.org or call 985-7727.0
From page 1
"Our Cre8 Salon & Spa team is excit-
ed to participate in the Relay For Life this
year, and have an opportunity to support
their efforts to find a cure for cancer,"
For more information about this fund-
raiser, to make a donation, or to join the
Relay for Life team, contact Cre8 at
458-2704 or visit www.cre8salon.com.0
From page 26
June ACT Test
The ACT website, www.actstudent.
org, has helpful information, free sample
items, and options to order inexpensive
test prep materials to assist test takers
get ready for the exam. However, the
best preparation is to take rigorous core
courses in school, study hard, and learn
the academic skills needed in college.
Most students register online at www.
actstudent.org. Students may also pick up
registration forms from their high school
counseling offices; these forms must be
postmarked by May 7, 2010. Late reg-
istration is available until May 21 for an
And The Hungry
At Taste Of Estero
You can sample the food of Estero
restaurants and at the same time
help feed the hungry in the area.
Everyone attending the 3rd annual Taste
of Estero, presented by the Estero Gulf
Coast Kiwanis, is encouraged to bring
nonperishable food to be donated to the
Harry Chapin Food Bank.
The Sunday, April 25, event will
be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the
Estero Community Park on Corkscrew
The event, sponsored by Rocuant Law
Offices, Coconut-Point-Estero, will feature
food prepared by 20 to 30 restaurants,
three live bands and activities for children.
The event to be held rain or shine has
free admission. No pets or coolers will be
Additional information about the Taste
of Estero may be obtained by calling Mike
Wobrock, 248-1609, or by going online
Our E-Mail address is
THERIVER APRIL16,2010 31
SWFAS Celebrates Recovery
At 30th Anniversary Luncheon
You've Got A Friend Award winners Carl Keene, Larry Hart and Mary Hagan
Sponsor and SWFAS Board Member Fred SWFAS Board Treasurer Geoff Roepstorff of
Anderson of Chico's, Inc., and Sponsor Sanibel and Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott
Dennis Pearlman of Case Pearlman because SWFAS is here," said CEO Kevin
Corporate Benefits B. Lewis.
The program included highlights from
the first 30 years, a tribute to donors, and speakers who have gotten their lives back
on track because of SWFAS.
The most comprehensive substance abuse treatment and prevention program in
Southwest Florida, SWFAS serves 6,000 people per year from ages nine to 90.
SWFAS offers outpatient and residential programs for both adults and youngsters
from five locations in Lee County and two in Hendry and Glades counties. In addition,
SWFAS provides detoxification services for adults, prevention programming for youth
and adults, and an Employee Assistance Program for about 60 Southwest Florida busi-
Fees are charged on a sliding scale, based on family income. In many cases, private
insurance is accepted. SWFAS is a United Way agency.
For more information about SWFAS call 332-6937 or visit www.swfas.org.2
SWFAS Donors John and Larry Gavin of Master of Ceremonies and SWFAS Board
Gavin's Ace Hardware & Marine at Fort Member Jim McLaughlin and Board
Myers Beach Member Diana Black
More than 250 community leaders, board members and supporters cel-
ebrated the joy of recovery from substance abuse and the 30th anniversary
of Southwest Florida Addiction Services (SWFAS) April 1 at the Broadway
Palm Dinner Theatre, Fort Myers.
You've Got A Friend was the theme of the luncheon, which also included presenta-
tion of the first You've Got A Friend Awards to four individuals with long-standing ser-
vice to the non-profit organization.
Mary and the late Charlie Hagan Charlie Hagan was a founding board mem-
ber of SWFAS in 1980. He also served as the founder and first executive director
of Florida Lawyers Assistance, a network of recovering attorneys and judges. Mary
Hagan supported him in his efforts.
Larry Hart Hart is the longest serving member of the SWFAS board of direc-
tors with more than 20 years of service. He also serves on the board of the Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Corporation, offering input to Florida's leadership on state-
Dr. Washington Baquero Dr. Baquero is one of the original two employees still
with SWFAS and has served as medical director since SWFAS' beginning. While main-
taining his private practice, he also sought additional training to become certified in
addictionology and was a strong advocate leading to the creation of a two-year degree
program in behavioral health care at Edison State College; and
Carl Keene Keene is a donor to SWFAS. Although he is not the largest donor,
he was honored for being the most consistent over the longest period of time, giving
every two weeks for the past 10 years. Keene credits SWFAS with saving his daugh-
"I remember when my daughter needed money for a bus ticket and SWFAS gave it
to her. It's my way of giving a bus ticket to someone else who needs it," Keene said.
The free brown bag lunch, actually served in a brown paper bag, was made pos-
sible due to major sponsorships from Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Chico's, First
Community Bank of Southwest Florida, Goldberg Racila, D'Alessandro & Noone,
LLC, Leading Edge Financial Group, Inc., and Owen-Ames-Kimball Company.
"We are very grateful for the support we've had over the years that has made it
possible for us to help others. This was a celebration of new beginnings and lives saved
From page 23
MicroEnterprise Project Launches
to explore the possibility of supporting microenterprise locally, we had a group of
energetic partner organizations that were ready to make it happen."
Further highlighting the collaborative effort, East notes that each partner has a
distinct role to play in the project. "The community foundation's role will be to solicit,
accept and disburse funds on behalf of the Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise Project,
and we will be the main source of reporting to financial supporters. All funding will
flow through the community foundation, and our board of trustees has committed
$20,000 per year for three years to get the project started."
As for running the program, Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida will be the
administrator, coordinating the training, mentoring, and loan applications of clients.
The training curriculum that will be used was developed by the renowned Kauffman
Foundation, which specializes in supporting entrepreneurship. Over 300,000 entrepre-
neurs have been trained using this curriculum since 1993. Goodwill locations in other
states have already used it, so our local Goodwill is familiar with its success.
SCORE has partnered in the project to help provide and recruit mentors, who will
work closely with program participants in developing their business plans. Mentorship
is seen as one of the key needs as this project grows, and interested community mem-
bers are encouraged to visit the project's Web site at www.swflmicro.com.
The Southwest Florida Enterprise Center/City of Fort Myers will provide training
space and conduct the training. Through the rigorous training curriculum, clients will
determine if their projects are viable and if they should move forward with their busi-
Successful completion of this program makes a client eligible to pursue a microloan
with ACCION, USA, which specializes in working with small businesses that do not
meet the credit and/or collateral requirements necessary to access conventional finan-
The project has an official launch date of May 1, which is also when prospective
participants can begin sending applications to Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida.
However, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation has already been actively
seeking financial supporters for the project, and hopes that donors will be energized to
become involved. The three-year funding goal is $350,000. After three years, there
are plans in place to make the project sustainable, so SWFLCF's main focus right now
is to provide the initial seed money.
Says East, "By supporting the Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise Project, donors
are strengthening small businesses, which are the heart of our local economy, and
helping to put people back to work at the same time. This partnership project wants
to relieve pressure on families in our communities, reward an entrepreneurial spirit,
and create a model of a sustained collaborative effort that will benefit Southwest
Florida well into the future."
For more information about the Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise Project, visit
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Pets Of The
Hi, my name is Tanya and I
am a one-year-old female
lab mix. Do you have
people in your family? Do those
people like dogs. I ask this because
I'm looking to be someone's fam-
ily dog. Do you need a family
dog? If you do, I'm your girl. I'm
very smart, I can do commands;
"Come," "Sit," "Stay," and today
I learned to "Lie Down." I will be
learning more ever day. Tomorrow
it's "Roll Over."
I love to play, but I know when
playtime is over too. I'm very atten-
tive to people and I love and I do
my best to not disappoint them. I
know I will be a great family dog
because I know what it feels like to
be loved. It's just been a while. Oh
yeah, and I'm really cute too.
My adoption fee is $75 minus
a discount when you draw an egg
from Animal Services' adoption
basket containing a coupon worth
$20 to $75 off the regular price
of all pet adoptions during April's
Adoption Egg-stravaganza promo-
Well hello, humans. You've fallen
into my trap perfectly. My name is
Cleo. I am a two-year-old female
seal point Siamese kitty. Could you
use a little more attention in your
life? If yes, then I could make the
perfect pet for you. Did you know
that Siamese cats are "dog-like" in
their devotion to their owners? Us
kitties make great companions and,
of course, we're so incredibly beauti-
ful. What more could you want?
You don't even have to take me for
a walk; just give me lots of snuggles
and some time to chase a feather
on a stick, or even chase my own
However, I must ask that you
keep me strictly as an indoor pet
where it is safe as I am declawed on
all four feet. That means I will never
scratch your furniture ever. I get
along with everyone so if you have
other pets, I would love for a pet to
show me the ropes. I can't wait to
meet you and my new family.
My adoption fee is just like
Tanya: $75 minus a discount when
you draw an egg from the basket
Cleo ID #469405
which contains a coupon worth $20
to $75 off.
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 shelter
is open for adoptions from 11:30
a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through
Saturday at 5600 Banner Drive,
Fort Myers, next to the Lee County
Sheriff's Office, off Six Mile Cypress
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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 service commitment of 3 consecutive
months per year with a minimum of 3-5 hours per week
SR 9/5 N TFN
REAL ESTATE OFFICE
Twenty hours at $13 per hour.
R.E. license preferred.
Mature person with computer skills.
Call John at 850-1919
The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is
seeking Talented Volunteers:
Excel Data Entry and Analysis
Scan & Photoshop Articles
If interested, call Diane Thomas
SR 4/16 B 4/16
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 email@example.com
Interior Windows Carpet Cleaning
SR 11/13 NTFN
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(Carpentry, maintenance-toilets, faucets, ceiling fans, sliding doors, etc)
768-0569 or cell 464-6460
RS 11/14 MTFN
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
SR 10/23 V TFN
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 BTFN
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
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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
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
JVC I'Art 32" TV
Silver case, good looking, good working
order, w/remote and manual. $75
472-6837 (leave msg)
SR 11/20 NTFN
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
SCHWNN AIRDYNE UPRIGHT EXERCISE Bike.
Heart Rate Monitor, Time, Distance, Calories. $200.
SR 1/8 N TFN
Hourly, Daily, Weekly
Captiva Island 472-5800
SR 1/30 BTFN
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 4/16
2002 GEM ELECTRIC CAR
35 miles per hour
Seats 4 adults
SR 4/16 V 4/23
Send email to:
GARAGE SALE SANIBEL
April 17 from 8 am- 12 pm at 1013
Lindgren Blvd. Bookcase, CD's & DVD's,
Computer, Dishes, Flatware, Gadgets,
Glassware, Knick-knacks, Pots and pans,
Silver, Toys, Tupperware, Iron, Silverware,
Small Appliances, Wood Entertainment
Center, CD/DVD Racks. Funds to go to
Cub Scout Troop in need.
RS 4/16 V 4/16
HUGE GARAGE SALE
Fri & Sat 9am 5pm, Sunday 10am 2pm.
1349 Eagle Run Drive, Sanibel (off Donax).
No early birds please.
SR 4/16V 4/16
CAPTIVA MOVING SALE. 16537 Captiva Drive. Fri-
day, April 23 8am 1pm. Indoor and patio furnishings,
children's items, etc. NO EARLY SALES!
RS 4/16V 4/23
ESTATE SALE. 526 N YACHTSMAN Drive, Sanibel.
Fri & Sat 9am 2pm. Furniture, kitchenware, tools,
RS 4/16 V 4/16
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.
LOST BERETTA KNIFE
Lost- Beretta folding knife with 1/2
serrated edge. Very sentimental. Think we
lost on bike trail near Sanibel Bait Shop.
RS 4/16 N 4/16
LOST AND F'
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Property Management & Care.
Home Watch Pool Service
Saturday, April 17
Lots of great stuff!
8 a.m. to noon
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RS 11/27 N TFN
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VIP Executive Club
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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
3V Mobile: 910-3099
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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
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Homes Condos Land
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The Sanibel Cottages
Casa Ybel Resort
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Work with a
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It's our job to know the
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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 NTFN
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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 B TFN
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!
RS 7/31 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 VTFN
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.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-986-0005.
RS 2/5V 4/16
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 859-289-5401.
SR 4/16 M 4/23
ROOM FOR RENT
Master bedroom suite with private entrance
and bath. All utilities included. Plus HS
wireless internet. Refrigerator, microwave,
and coffee maker. May use my kitchen
for dinner prep. Annual or monthly.
Excellent references a must.
239-472-8702 Leave message if no answer.
RS 4/16 B 4/16
BEST BEACH ON SANIBEL
Secluded, 3 BR, 2 BA.
May 1 Jan. 1
$600 + utilities.
Call 970-846-5068 or 239-395-0668.
SR 4/16 M TFN
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.
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We provide enhanced marketing
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S 10/9 BTFN
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Steps from the beach. 1 bdrm/1 1/2 bath,
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$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
For a complete list visit our Website
Call Dustyn Corace, RE/MAX of the Islands
RS 10/9 BTFN
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
SANIBEL EAST END HOME
Heated pool, Gulf access
Grd. level 2BR/2BA
SR 3/12 ATFN
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 M TFN
MINUTES TO SANIBEL/FT MYERS Beach! Con-
venient Gulf Harbour! Very nice ground floor
2bedroom/2bath w/den, greatviews, near pool. Unfur-
nished. Call Joan at 630-479-9550.
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Free Adoptions For Adult Dogs
D despite a special
ing discounts on
all pet adoptions during
the month of April, Lee o p a
County Domestic Animal
Services (LCDAS) still has
too many adult dogs. To
find homes for as many
dogs as possible, LCDAS
will offer free adoptions
for all dogs one year old
or older through April
30. With a wide variety of
dogs on hand, adopters
will find everything from
a Shih Tzu to a shepherd Tanya ID#464077 Austin ID#465882
when selecting a pet.
Anyone adopting a puppy (under one year of age), cat or kitten will receive a discount of $20 to $75
off the regular adoption fee for the remainder of the month.
We want to eliminate any reason someone would have to acquire a pet anywhere but at a shelter,"
says Donna Ward, LCDAS Director..
For more information about pets for adoption, call 533-7387 (LEE-PETS) or visit www.LeeLostPets.
comrn to view current photos of pets available. T
Lee County Domestic Animal Services is located at 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers, off Six Mile
Cypress Parkway, next to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.0
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Lee County Sheriff's Office.... .................477-1 200
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 Symphony..................................489-1800
Harmony Chorus, Charles Sutter, Pres..............481-8059
The Schoolhouse Theater............................472-6862
S.W. Florida Symphony................................418-0996
Theatre Conspiracy................... .................936-3239
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
NA R FE(Nation A ctve Retired Federal Eployees) ........................... 482-6713
Navy Seabees Veterans of America............731-1901
Paradise Iowa Club of SWFL.......................667-1 354
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 M years 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 Way 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 katiu m .................................. ....................... 321-7510
Southwest Florida Museum of History... ......321-7430
If you would like your club/organization listed in
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40 THE RIVER APRIL 16, 2010
at Shell Point
The puLblic is invited and many
of these events are FREE!
(239) 466-1131 wwhellplim ornte
Shell Point is located in For t Myers. 2 miles before the Sanibel Causeway.
Shell Point is a non-profit ministry of The Christian and Missionary -ii ... I: ., .1. i I -III .. -,11 i,, i.-:-, 1 1i ..-1455-10
Shell Point Tour & Presentation p[J1 II vel IL b
S -- April 20, 28 at 1:30 p.m. April 21, 27 at 9:15 a.m.
INt t Join us for one of these group presentations about the Lifestyle and Lifec ,i .. 1i -
MT able at Shell Point followed by a narrated bus tour of the community. L,. 1 r i,.
freshments. Space is limited, so call 466-1131 to reserve your place.
Jazz by David Maxwell
Friday, April 16, 7 p.m. The Island at Shell Point
Grammy winner David Maxwell has a reputation as one of the finest blues
pianists alive and has played piano with great musicians such as Muddy Waters,
Bonnie Raitt, Otis Rush, and Eric Clapton. Tickets are $20, call 454-2067.
Annual Quilt Show 40
Saturday, April 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 18, Noon to 4 p.m.
Monday, April 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Island at Shell Point
The Quilt Show is an annual Shell Point tradition. Enjoy viewing quilts made by H !,. I l. iii.-r
quilters, along with some very special quilts of interest made by others. You'll be an' :>...l I.,
the creativity and intricacy of the displays. iC .,
FINEMARK Estate Planning in Uncertain Times
NAIONAL BANK UST with Richard E. Riley of FineMark National Bank & Trust and
Attorneys Bill Horowitz & Mary Beth Crawford of Cummings & Lockwood
Tuesday, April 20, 10 a.m. The Woodlands at Shell Point
In today's rapidly changing financial environment, estate planning has become a much more com-
plex process with multiple financial and taxation implications. Hear a thoughtful presentation
designed to shed light on the subject and introduce appropriate strategies for Estate Planning in
Uncertain Times. The seminar is free; however seating is limited and reservations are required.
To reserve your seat, please contact Jennifer Case at FineMark by i. hri. 461-5956.
Spring Time Garden Open House and Tour
Saturday, April 24, 9-11 a.m.
i King's Crown Assisted Living on The Island at Shell Point
Are you interested in learning more about Assisted Living for you or a loved one? If yes, please
join us for an enjoyable and informative event at King's Crown Assisted Living at Shell
Point. Enjoy a light continental breakfast and presentation, followed by a tour of the facility
'.r and furnished residences. At the end of the tour, interested guests are welcome to take a stroll
S, throughh the resident gardens and Shell Point's award-winning Orchid House. The event is
FREE, but seating is limited. To reserve your seat, call McKenzie Boren at 454-2077.
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
Bay Oaks Seniors
On April 29 the BOSS club of Bay
Oaks Center, Fort Myers Beach
will be going to the Broadway
Palm Dinner Theater to see Ring of
Fire, the Broadway hit that celebrates
the songs of the legendary Johnny
Cash. His remarkable life story is told
through his music and features over 30
Johnny Cash hits such as Ring of Fire,
I Walk the Line, I've Been Everywhere
and The Man in Black.
Cost to attend is $50 for members
of Bay Oaks and $60 for non-members.
Pre-registration is required. Contact
Laurie or Irma at 560-7807.0