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VOL. 9, No. 16 From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort Myers APRIL23, 2010
A Classic Tale For The Kids
The cast of The Emperor's New Clothes
roadway Palm Children's
Theatre will present the Hans
Christian Anderson classic
The Emperor's New Clothes April
28 through May 30.
The Emperor's New Clothes is
the classic tale about an emperor
who cares more about his clothes
than anything else in his kingdom.
That all changes when Mr. Stitch and
Mr. Sew wreak havoc at the palace
when they present The Emperor
with a special gift; an exquisitely
beautiful "magic" suit that is invisible
to all but the wisest of men. This
hilarious musical adaptation is perfect
for children of all ages.
Broadway Palm Children's
Theatre presents full-scale produc-
tions suitable for all ages. Most
performances begin with a buffet at
noon and show time at 1 p.m.
Tickets for lunch and the show
are $15 for all ages and can be
reserved by calling 278-4422, by
visiting www.BroadwayPalm.com, or
by stopping at the box office at 1380
Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.4
Canals To Get Earth Day Facelift
The City of Fort Myers has recently created an Adopt A Canal Program to
allow citizens concerned about the environment an opportunity to make a dif-
ference by creating awareness and reducing thoughless disposal of waste in
our waterways. The city has a total of 33 miles of ditches and canals that the area is
dependent on for flood control.
Of these canals, a total of 12 miles has been adopted by local state agencies and
engineering consulting firms to keep them free of debris for two years. These organi-
zations have a dedicated staff of volunteers to clean the canals on Earth Day to encour-
age community awareness and responsibility by removing excess debris.O
Mitch Ryder And The Detroit Wheels
To Headline Blues On The Green
itch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels have been booked to headline the
10-band, two-day festival held on the greens of the Fort Myers Beach Golf
Course May 1 and 2.
Last year over 525 people attended Blues on the Green and this year the event
promoter, Carl Conley, expects that number to grow. "Our lineup this year will be
superhot," he said. "Mitch has some of the finest, hungriest Detroit musicians playing
today with his band they will be taking no prisoners!"
Tickets are $20 for a single
day and $25 for both days of
the show. Food and drinks are
available and attendees are
encouraged to bring lawn chairs
A iand blankets to stretch out on
the grass in front of the stage. A
l limited number of VIP tables will
also be available.
"We have a fantastic place to
host a blues concert here at the
Fort Myers Beach Golf Course,"
said owner Chip Durpo. "Where
else can you see a concert this
close to the beach and sit on
7Last year all 10 VIP tables
sold out affording those patrons
seating directly in front of the
The event is produced and
promoted by the Island Arts
Foundation. Sponsors include
FishTale Marina, Thomas Coyne,
Covanta Energy, the Island
Gene "King Sax" Wilson Sand Paper, Red Coconut RV
Resort and the Town of Fort
Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels have sold millions of records and their clas-
sic hits, Devil With the Blue Dress On and Good Golly Miss Molly represent core
American rock 'n' roll revered the world over.
continued on page 7
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Historic Downtown Fort Myers, Then And Now:
by Gerri Reaves
TT enley Place is one of downtown's prettiest and best-
..- conceived small subdivisions, but it's easily overlooked.
L Located just west of the Caloosahatchee Bridge
between West First Street and McGregor Boulevard, the shady
> circle was originally called McCrosky Place in 1922.
f The styles of the first homes built there were influenced by the
bungalow and Dutch Colonial Revival.
But the subdivision soon became Henley Place, named for
William P. "WP" Henley, whose connection to Fort Myers dates
to the 1880s. He became a successful builder and a substan-
tial property owner. Among his contracting projects were the
Thomas A. Edison home and the city's first recreation pier at the
foot of Fowler Street.
That circle developed during the boom years is largely vacant today. Only one struc-
ture from the circle's early days remains.
Jerry Haberle and Suzanne Sutton lived at Henley Place in the early 1970s, both in
apartments at the center of the east side, he in a cozy duplex with a big cistern in the
They remember Henley Place as a peaceful multi-generational neighborhood.
The street encircled an area filled with cabbage palms and oaks, which helped with
noise reduction. The many oak trees standing there today create a miniature urban
park on the edge of one of downtown's busiest intersections.
In those days, traffic flowed both ways through the circle, but most drivers respect-
ed the privacy of residents and rarely used it as a direct route between McGregor
Boulevard and West First Street, Sutton says.
The circle, a natural round-about, encouraged motorists to travel at a reasonable
speed, and besides, there was no room to park on Henley.
Haberle and Sutton lived on Henley after the construction of the Caloosahatchee
Bridge drastically rerouted the traffic patterns in that part of town and made it some-
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This photo was taken moments before this 1920s home on Henley Place was destroyed
by the Fort Myers Fire Department in a training exercise in January 2009
courtesy of the Southwest Florida Historical Society
The 1920s building was soon replaced with contemporary modular structures
The McGregor Boulevard entrance to Henley Place, a 1920s subdivision shaded by oaks
and palms. The Caloosahatchee River is visible beyond the circle and West First Street.
Several apartment buildings once stood on the eastern half (right).
now photos by Gerri Reaves
thing of a traffic-tangle overpass. Nevertheless, Haberle remembers living on Henley
as "extremely pleasant," even though the bridge ramps loomed just behind their resi-
They were fortunate to live downtown before the full effect of suburban sprawl
drained business to the suburbs and the Edison Mall.
They were "attuned to downtown," Haberle says, and it was an easy walking dis-
tance to stores and entertainment.
Two grocery stores were located downtown then, one of which was the A&P.
Restaurants abounded, and one of their favorites was the Snack House on Broadway.
Both the Edison and Arcade Theatres screened first-run movies. What more could
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Meander through Henley Place to get
a feel for how pedestrian friendly, conve-
nient, and pretty an urban neighborhood
can be, given some innovative planning.
Then head to the Southwest Florida
Museum of History at 2031 Jackson
Street to learn more about the small-scale
tasteful developments that gave early Fort
Myers a touch of class.
Ask about the museum's last Author's
Evening in the 2010 season with Robert
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
The society would appreciate your
help in completing its collection of the
Fort Myers High School yearbook, The
Caloosahatchian. Check your shelves
and closets for years 1986 to 2005. Call
939-4044 or drop by on Wednesday or
Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.
Sources: The Story of Fort Myers by
Karl H. Grismer, and the archives of the
Southwest Florida Historical Society and
The Fort Myers News-Press.4
National Day Of
The Fort Myers Beach Ministerial
Association will host a Community
National Day Of Prayer presenta-
tion on Thursday, May 6. The service
will begin at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary
at Beach United Methodist Church
(BUMC), located at 155 Bay Road
(behind the library).
The National Day of Prayer was cre-
ated in 1952 by a joint resolution of
the United States Congress and signed
into law by President Harry S. Truman.
While many current political leaders are
considering the cancellation of this law
so not to offend people, prayer has been
the cornerstone of this country since
its development. The founding fathers
called for prayer during the Constitutional
Congress, and, prior to the battle of
Gettysburg, President Abraham Lincoln
turned to God in prayer. Prior to the
storming of the beaches of Normandy,
President Franklin Roosevelt called for
this nation to unite in prayer.
The service will include representation
from Beach United Methodist Church,
Chapel By the Sea Presbyterian, Church
of the Ascension Roman Catholic and St.
Raphael Episcopal. Music, which will play
a vitally important role in the service, will
be led by Dr. Douglas Renfroe, director
of music and fine arts at BUMC, who,
from 1971 to 1974, was the soloist at
the National Day of Prayer Breakfast
in Washington, DC. Assisting will be
soprano Johanna Fincher, organist Julie
Wenger, pianist Joy Bowe, flute/bas-
soon Gayle Heskett, and members of the
BUMC Chancel Choir.
The mission of the National Day of
Prayer Task Force is to communicate
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with every individual the need for per-
sonal repentance and prayer, mobilizing
the religious community to intercede for
America and its leadership in the seven
centers of power: government, military,
media, business, education, church and
family. Through the mediums of music
and the spoken word, this service will
bring to attention the need for a belief in
prayer and the power which prayer pos-
For more information, call Beach
United Methodist Church at 463-9656.0
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the Democratic Women's Club will
Should its monthly meeting Saturday,
B T y 9May 8 at the Royal Palm Yacht
Club, 2360 West First Street, Fort
Peter Burkert, a Fort Myers attorney
and a Democratic Party candidate for
C 0N TA 6 0 I US. State Senate District 27, the seat now
C ) 4 speakheld by Dave Aronberg, will be the
IGHt COUGH! speaker.
The luncheon meeting is from 10:30
4AAA C _& a.m. to 1 p.m. The luncheon price is
$18. Guests are welcome.
To make a reservation, call 466-8381.
More information about the DWC is
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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
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 activi-
ties including Ladies and Couples Bridge, Book Club, Dining Out, excursions and
Port Authority Receives
Award Of Disctinction
T he Lee County Port Authority (LCPA), operator of Southwest Florida
International Airport and Page Field General Aviation Airport, was recognized
by the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association
(FPRA) for its Crisis Management and Communications Plan. LCPA received an
Award of Distinction in the Public Relations Programs Crisis Communication cat-
egory at the 2010 Local Image Awards presented in Fort Myers.
The Southwest Florida Chapter of FPRA conducts the Local Image Awards annu-
ally to recognize outstanding public relations programs and to encourage and promote
the development of public relations professionalism in Southwest Florida. They have
become a standard of excellence and demonstrate the best of innovation, planning
and design in the region. An Award of Distinction is presented to entries that meet the
standard of excellence set forth by the panel of judges. The 2010 competition received
32 entries from organizations throughout Lee and Collier counties and was judged by
the Central West Coast Chapter of FPRA.4
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City Wins Project Of The Year Award
The City of Fort Myers' Downtown Utility and Streetscape Project was awarded
the Project of the Year award in the Historical Restoration/Preservation cat-
egory by the Florida Chapter Awards Committee of the American Public Works
This award brings further recognition to the City of Fort Myers and the efforts made
to revitalize downtown while restoring and preserving the historical elements. Eighty
projects throughout the state of Florida were submitted for consideration.
The APWA Project of the Year Award recognizes the managing agency, the engi-
neer and other team consultants, and the contractor who work together to complete
public works projects.
Awards are judged on the following criteria:
Use of good construction management techniques and completion of the project
Safety performance and demonstrated awareness of the need for a good overall
safety program during construction
Community relations through efforts to minimize public inconvenience and pre-
cautions to protect the public during construction, and other means of improving rela-
tions between the agency and the public
Demonstrated awareness for the need to protect the environment during con-
Unusual accomplishments under adverse conditions
Additional conditions deemed important to the public works agency such as time
or money-saving techniques or exceptional quality control, etc.
The Downtown Utility and Streetscape project team outlined the construction tech-
niques, accelerated schedule and safety programs while emphasizing the understanding
and protection of the historic elements of our downtown area. All facets of the com-
munity relations program were described including the Fort Myers Redevelopment
Agency's programs to assist the downtown businesses during construction. The City of
Fort Myers combined the utility project with the streetscape project to reduce cost and
construction inconvenience to the public. By rebidding the project in phases, the city
was able to reduce the cost further due to a downturn in the economy.
Emphasis was given to streetscape's design challenges while meeting Americans
with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements in a historic district. This was particularly
challenging because the new roadway and sidewalk systems employ narrower streets,
wider sidewalks and lower street profiles. One of the most exciting accomplishments
was recovering and "recycling" over 500,000 bricks once covered for decades by
asphalt on existing streets. Reusing the old bricks was a large and unique undertak-
ing in preserving historic downtown. Gaining acceptance from other agencies to use
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smaller, historic traffic signals throughout downtown adds to the downtown charm and
unusual accomplishments of the project. The City of Fort Myers Downtown Utility and
Streetscape team has been invited to present the project at the 50th anniversary of the
APWA Florida Chapter annual meeting in Orlando on May 4.w
On Lee County
What issues do you believe
are most important to the
sustainable development of
Lee County? Does the current plan
adequately address those major issues?
What changes do you envision to better
direct the development of the county
through the comprehensive plan?
Lee County is updating its
Comprehensive Plan, The Lee Plan,
to create a 21st century document that
will help to create a sustainable, self-
sufficient community. The update will be
guided by the state-required Evaluation
and Appraisal Report process. The Lee
County Division of Planning will hold
workshops to encourage public participa-
tion in the process. The goal is to both
improve the Lee Plan through policy
changes or additional research and to
affirm that present policies are produc-
ing the anticipated results and addressing
This assessment occurs once every
seven years and the public is asked to not
miss this important opportunity to partici-
pate in one of the following workshops:
Tuesday, April 27, 5 to 7 p.m.
North Fort Myers Public Library, 2001
N. Tamiami Trail NE, North Fort Myers
Wednesday, April 28, 5 to 7 p.m.
South County Regional Library,
21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero
Tuesday, May 4, 5 to 7 p.m.
Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass
Road, South Fort Myers
Wednesday, May 5, 5 to 7 p.m.
East County Regional Library, 881
Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
Tuesday, May 11, 10 a.m. to noon
Boca Grande Community Center, 131
First Street West, Boca Grande
*Thursday, May 13, 10 a.m. to noon
Captiva Civic Association, 11550
Chapin Lane, Captiva.
Contact the Lee County Division
of Planning, 533-8583, for additional
information or to request reasonable
accommodations in accordance with the
Americans with Disabilities Act.w
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Music Is Magic!
submitted by Lynn Ferraina,
President of Paul Todd Charities
Harry Chapin once said "To know
is to care, to care is to act, to
act is to make a difference" and
that is what Paul Todd Charities and
Sargento Foods did to make a huge
difference by raising $38,500 for the
Harry Chapin Food Bank and $24,500
for Jen's Kids Fund at The Children's
Hospital of Southwest Florida. The con-
cert was held at the Barbara B. Mann
Performing Arts Hall on Palm Sunday,
March 28 at 7pm.The concert featured
Paul Todd, Paul Todd Jr., Amy VanWyk,
Pastor Dan Betzer of First Assembly
of God church, Steffanie Pearce of
Opera Naples and the Calusahatchee
Stompers. Lois Thome of WINK News
was the celebrity guest emcee. Each of
these tremendous talents donated their
time and talent to help Jen's Kids Fund
and the Harry Chapin Food Bank.
"In every child's heart there is a fire,
it starts out burning low, when properly
attended it soon begins to glow. Started
by our God above, kindled by a parents
love, it becomes a burning flame, each
child a tribute to his name, so love your
Todd wrote these lyrics about children
for his song Love Your Children Well.
Todd is a resident of Southwest
Florida, a father of four, the music direc-
tor of St. Agnes Catholic Church and a
philanthropist whose charity bears his
name, with a mission to help children,
families and the armed forces through the
Paul Todd (musician); Scott Saxon (Barbara B. Mann); Joe Manhart (Paul Todd Charities);
Jennifer Likness (Jen's Kids Fund); and Lynn Ferraina (Paul Todd Charities)
gift of music.
As president of Paul Todd Charities
Inc., I am proud of what we have
accomplished since we started five
years ago. Grants have been given to
a variety of charities including Feed the
Children, The Gabriel House, Habitat for
Humanity, Sunlight Home, Early Years
Education, Ricky King Children's Fund,
Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Voices of the
Kids of Southwest Florida, St. Vincent De
Paul Society, Guadeloupe Center, AMI
Kids Big Cypress, Baby Basics of Collier
County, Jen's Kids Fund, Harry Chapin
Food Bank and the Cystic Fibrosis
Foundation, just to name a few. The
majority of the charities have focused on
helping children. This year's focus will not
be any different. One of our major grants
this year is going to Jen's Kids Fund at
The Children's Hospital of Southwest
Florida to help refurbish the pediatric
wing. It is hard enough for a child to be
ill with cystic fibrosis, cancer, diabetes,
Crohn's disease or asthma, but to be in a
room 24 hours a day that is not estheti-
cally pleasing makes it even harder. Many
of the children are referred to by the staff
as "frequent flyers" because they return
over and over again. The goal is to refur-
bish 14 rooms with new paint, beds, visi-
tor chairs, lounges and to purchase TVs,
DVD players and other amenities to help
young patients pass the time. The cost is
$15,000 per room.
Our second grant is going to The
Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest
Florida. Think of a child going to bed
hungry or never having a hot meal. That
same child not being able to concentrate
at school because he worries there will be
no food for supper. The Harry Chapin
Food Bank is Lee and Collier counties'
largest food distribution center. In the last
two years the number of people served
jumped 82 percent, applications for food
stamps rose 150 percent, and 66 percent
of elementary school students received
free or reduced price meals during the
school year. Did you know 465,000
people in Florida are living on food
stamps with no other source of income?
There are 89,000 homeless people
in Florida, these are the people who
desperately need the food bank. Harry
Chapin collects eight million pounds of
food annually valued at $13 million. For
every $1 donated, $6 worth of food can
be distributed. Each month 500,000
pounds of food is collected and delivered
to 170 charitable agencies such as food
pantries, soup kitchens, school programs,
shelters and senior centers in Southwest
Florida. Forty percent of those served are
Paul Todd is famous for his unique
concerts. Although he is first and fore-
most a Christian artist, his concerts
include original, classical, popular and
continued on page 24
A Princess Can Change The World
Ethiana Lovely Previlus, Legacy of Giving Essay Contest winner
More than 20 Immokalee middle and high school students put themselves in
Princess Diana's shoes and dreamed of how they would change the world
from eradicating poverty to improving high school graduation rates as
part of an essay contest created and sponsored by the Fifth Third Bank Women's
The bank invited participants in The Immokalee Foundation's Immokalee Readers
mentor program to answer one of two questions: How did Princess Diana change the
world? Or, if you were a princess, how would you change the world? The answers
included education, equality, preserving natural resources and making peace.
All of the girls who submitted entries traveled by bus on March 30 to see the
Princess Diana: Dresses of Inspiration exhibition at The von Liebig Art Center in
Naples. The day featured afternoon tea with their mentors, Fifth Third Bank Women's
Network members and foundation representatives. Three top winners received prizes
that included bookstore gift certificates and a commemorative plaque recognizing their
achievement. All the girls received tiaras,
Princess for a Day pink sashes and a
There were few dry eyes in the audi-
ence as first place winner, 14-year-old
Ethiana Lovely Previlus, read of her desire
to eliminate poverty. "I would make sure
every family has a pillow to put their heads
on at night," she said, inspired by her trip
to Haiti last summer. "Every child would
have shoes and fresh clothes to put on
their backs. No one would struggle to find
basic survival supplies."
Second- and third-place winners were
Daisy Olvera (age 15, 10th grade) and
Angelica Jean (age 15, 10th grade),
respectively. Olvera's essay was about
eliminating hunger and the importance
of education, and Jean's essay was about
ending homelessness and the significance
"This program was a powerful way
to inspire creativity among Southwest Daisy Olvera, second place winner
Florida's future businesswomen, and it was
also a powerful reminder of the things we take for granted," said Kathy Leavesley,
Fifth Third Bank vice president and marketing director. "Fifth Third Bank believes and
supports The Immokalee Foundation's mission to provide educational opportunities for
Immokalee's children from early childhood through the beginning of their professional
"We cannot thank Fifth Third Bank enough for their sponsorship of these young
ladies and support of TIF," said Liz Allbritten, executive director of The Immokalee
Foundation. "Our young ladies walked away with a greater knowledge of who Princess
Diana was, and the many lives she touched around the world. Following the event,
many of our young ladies volunteered for Kids Against Hunger, wearing their sashes
and tiaras as they bagged food for the hungry living in Immokalee and Haiti."
The von Liebig Art Center was honored to have these special guests see the exhibi-
tion, which is on view through June 27. "Princess Diana is inspiring new generations
to make a difference in the world," said Joel Kessler, CEO and executive director of
the art center. We are proud to present this original exhibition of Diana's dresses and
an extensive, historical collection of British Royals memorabilia to help educate our
youth about Diana, the monarchy and philanthropy."
From page 1 Tree Planting
Mitch Ryder And Celebration
The Detroit Wheels A+ I Drarl,
To get everybody in the mood for
blues, the IAF will be hosting a kick-off
party on Sunday, April 11 featuring
18-time Grammy nominee Gene "King
Sax" Walker. The event will be held at
the Purple Heart Theater at 2915 Estero
Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach from 4 to
Walker has played with a who's who
list of notables including the Beatles, Neil
Diamond, Aretha Franklin, The Isley
Brothers, Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson
Tickets are limited and first choice
goes to members. For tickets, call
765-6988 or go to www.islandartsfoun-
dation.org where reservations can be
Those interested can also join the
more than 200 members currently on the
IAF rolls supporting the performing arts
on Fort Myers Beach.#
Our email address is
May Art Walk
Noelle Aparte, a talented vocalist
and winner at the March Young
Artists Awards competition, will
be the featured performer on Friday, May
7 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Art League
of Fort Myers as part of the monthly Art
The Young Artists Awards, moving
into its eighth year of programming, is a
not for profit performing arts education,
audition, performance, and scholarship
program for area students ages eight to
21. It provides professional feedback,
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Join Lee County Parks & Recreation
on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22 at
2:30 p.m. at Lakes Regional Park
to thank Covanta Energy for its dona-
tion of $1,000 to plant new trees at the
south Fort Myers park.
Covanta Energy annually chooses
a location to benefit its Clean World
Initiative Program on Earth Day. With
Lakes Park as the 2010 recipient, the
company's donation will go toward three
Florida native slash pines to be planted in
Parking Lot No. 3.
The 279-acre park is open 7 a.m. to
dusk daily at 7330 Gladiolus Drive in Fort
Myers. For more information on Lakes
Park or other Lee County parks and
preserves, call 533-7275 or visit www.
exposure, and performance opportunities
for talented young people in the com-
Noelle, 13, is an accomplished classi-
cal and contemporary singer. The public
is invited to attend this free performance
at the gallery at 1451 Monroe Street.
The Young Artists Awards program is
a monthly partner with Fort Myers Art
T he Gulf Coast Symphony presents
another of its acclaimed Classical
Access Concerts on Saturday
evening, May 8. This program features
Prokofiev's Sinfonia Concertante,
Opus 125 with special guest cello soloist
Kevin Hekmatpanah, and Tchaikovsky's
Symphony No. 5.
The concert will be held in Anderson
Theater at Bishop Verot High School,
5598 Sunrise Drive, at 7:30 p.m. Ample
free parking is available. Single tickets are
$15 with half price tickets for students
and seniors, and free tickets for children.
Tickets are available online at www.
gulfcoastsymphony.org, by calling 481-
4849, or in person at Anderson Hall one
hour prior to the concert. The concert
is sponsored in part by members of the
Gulf Coast Symphony's Musical Legacy
Society and Advanced Pain Management
& Spine Specialists. For more informa-
tion email email@example.com
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Fort Myers High School girls lacrosse team
Great Season For
Fort Myers High
F rt Myers High School girls
lacrosse team traveled to Boca
Raton last weekend to play in the
IA League state finals. The team has
four Sanibel players; seniors Kimberly
Greenplate and Mary Stufano, sopho-
more Samia Islam, and freshman Hallie
The team played Estero High School
Friday night for the state semi-final game.
The score was Fort Myers 16-Estero 13.
The offense was led by Mary Stufano
with 7 goals and Trish Woolfe with 4
goals and the defense was led by Sam
Miller the goalie with 19 saves backed
by deep defense players Kimberly
Greenplate and Madeline Summa.
The state final game was held
Saturday night against Marjorie Stoneman
Douglas High School. Fort Myers lost but
they were excited to have made it to the
state finals for the first time in the history
of Fort Myers Lacrosse. Mary Sufano also
ended the season with an all-time high of
94 goals and was excited to be the first
Fort Myers lacrosse player to sign to play
in college. She will be playing lacrosse for
Emerson College in Boston next year.
Fort Myers High will be sorry to lose
11 seniors this year. The girls had a great
season and ended up undefeated in dis-
trict games with an overall record of 13
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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.
FridayYouth Service, 7:30 p.m.
Nursery care for pre-school children and
Children's Church for ages 5-12 available
at each service.
FAITH UNITED METHODIST CHURCH:
15690 McGregor Boulevard
Fort Myers, 482-2030
Pastor: David Stauffer.
Traditional services 9:00 a.m.;
Contemporary, 10:30 a.m.
Go south on McGregor Boulevard. The
church is 1/2 mile past the intersection of
Gladiolus and San Carlos Boulevard on the
way to Sanibel.
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST:
2390 West First Street, next door to Edison
Sunday Morning Service and Sunday
School, 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday Evening Testimony Meeting,
Child care provided at all services.
Visit our Reading Room for quiet study at:
2281 W. First Street, River District
www.spirituality.com and www.christian-
FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE:
13545 American Colony Boulevard (off
Daniels Parkway in the Colony), Fort
Pastor: Rev. Joey Brummett
Sunday School: 9:30 a.m.; Morning
Worship, 10:30 a.m.; Sunday Evening, 6
p.m.; Wednesday Family Night, 7 p.m.
FORT MYERS CHRISTIAN CHURCH
(DISCIPLES OF CHRIST) A STEPHEN
5916 Winkler Road, Fort Myers,
437-4330. Rev. Mark Condrey, Pastor
Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m.
Church School: 9:15 a.m.
FORT MYERS CONGREGATIONAL
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST:
8210 College Parkway, Fort Myers,
482-3133. Philip White, pastor
Morning Worship: 10 a.m.
Church School: 10:15 a.m.
Adult Forum: 9 a.m.
HOLY THEOTOKOS MONASTERY:
111 Evergreen Road, North Fort Myers,
Eastern Orthodox men's monastery.
Liturgical services conducted in the
English, Greek and Church Slavonic lan-
guages, following the Julian (Old) Calendar.
Liturgical Services: Sundays and Holy
Days: The Third and Sixth Hours at 8:30
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
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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 8
9065 Ligon Court, Fort Myers, across
from HealthPark Hospital, 481-2125
Pastor: Interim Pastor Dr. LuderWhitlock
9:30 a.m., Contemporary;
Worship and Adult Classes
11 a.m., Blended Worship
WORD OF LIFE CHURCH:
2120 Collier Ave, Fort Myers, 274-8881;
Services: Sunday 10 a.m.;
Wednesday 7 p.m.
Bishop Gaspar and Michele Anastasi
ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH:
7401 Winkler Road, Fort Myers,
481-4040, Pastor, Steve Hess
Sunday Services: 8 a.m. traditional;
9:30 a.m. contemporary; 11 a.m. blendings.
Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.:
Southwest Florida Christian
Academy located at 3750 Colonial
Boulevard in Fort Myers, is offer-
ing open enrollment for the 2010-11
school year. Contact the school office at
936-8865 for more information or to
schedule a tour.
SFCA offers grades kindergarten
through 12th. Financial assistance is avail-
able to qualified families.
Apply Now For
Hope HealthCare Services is
now accepting applications for
Rainbow Trails, a camp for chil-
dren aged six to 17 and their families in
need of special support and counseling.
The all-day camp will take place on
Saturday, June 12 at Treeline Elementary
School in Fort Myers.
Rainbow Trails, provided at no cost to
families, includes two programs for chil-
dren and families to meet their specific
Campers and their families who have
experienced the loss a loved one within
the past year will gain a better under-
standing of the loss and grief process.
They will have the opportunity to memo-
rialize and say goodbye to their loved
The camp also serves children who
have a long-term illness, along with their
siblings who may have lost some of their
access to Mom and Dad because of their
brother or sister's special needs. The
families will learn new skills to cope with
changing family dynamics.
"At Hope, we know that loss, grief
and illness are natural events in life that
children may not fully understand,"
according to Hope President and CEO
Samira K. Beckwith. "Through Rainbow
Trails, we can help to alleviate the tre-
Child Needs Help
achel began specialized medical
care at 18 months. She has polyar-
ticular, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis,
over active immune system, ulcerative
colitis proctitis, and uveitis.
Although the family has insurance
which costs $11,000 a year, the medical
bills, medications and special care Rachel
requires have put this family of four in
financial trouble. Their home is currently
in foreclosure and past due medical bills
are currently in the thousands.
Rachel has the opportunity to be treat-
ed by specialists in Pennsylvania. After
sending hundreds of medical documents
to the doctors and making many phone
calls, the specialists will take Rachel's
case. But money is in issue. The flights,
meals, lodging, co-pays, and 20 percent
out of pocket are not covered by insur-
ance and the family simply does not have
the money. But this little girls needs the
Fifth Third Bank and Destiny Diaper
Bank are working together to help
make this trip possible for Rachel. The
Rachel's Flight project needs donations
to help Rachel and her father see the
specialists that may be able to help this
little girl. An estimate of the total out of
pocket cost for the doctors, tests, hospi-
tal, and 10-day stay is $50,000. Every
dollar donated to the 5/3 bank account
Rachel's Flight will go to helping Rachel.
mendous emotional burdens that families
may be facing. When a little six year-old
says, 'Thank you for helping me,' we
know we have made a difference."
To enroll as a camper or apply as a
counselor, visit http://www.hopehcs.
org/rainbowtrailscamp/ or call (800)
835-1673. For more information, visit
L ee Memorial Health System
Foundation announced that more
han $5,500 was raised at its
recent TableTalk event.
Proceeds from the inaugural TableTalk
will benefit Jen's Kids Fund a newly
established fund at the Lee Memorial
Health System Foundation to support the
renovation of the General Pediatrics Wing
at The Children's Hospital of Southwest
Florida. Jen's Kids Fund was established
by 27-year-old Jennifer Likness, a cystic
fibrosis patient, and her mother Heather
Knight in 2009.
Barbara DuFrane, of DuFrane
Jewelers, hosted the event March 16
at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point.
TableTalk guests included best-selling
author Janet Evanovich; renowned
chocolatier Norman Love; and local artist
Donations to "Rachel's Flight" can be
made at any Fifth Third Bank location.
For more information, contact
Rebecca Hines at Destiny Diaper Bank,
southwest Florida Christian
Academy hosted Devon
McDonald, a former player for
the Indianapolis Colts, at the middle
school chapel on Tuesday, April 13.
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C ape Coral author Fran
Wasserman offers kids a dose of
feline adventure in her new book,
which is just being released nationwide,
titled The Miracle Kitten.
The story reveals how the only thing
worse than being caught in a storm is
being caught in a storm alone. Young
readers follow Mommy cat as she tries
to save her three kittens from the winds
and rain of a hurricane without leaving
Published by Tate Publishing and
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Along The River
Avoid the expense and hassle of
carrying excess luggage on your
return flight by shipping your per-
sonal items home at the UPS Store.
Owner Matt Ponzio's store is conve-
niently located near Fort Myers Beach
and the Sanibel Causeway in the Publix
Plaza on the corner of Summerlin Road
and San Carlos Boulevard. His profes-
sional staff will carefully package your
clothes, souveniers and valuables for your
convenience to ensure that they arrive at
their destination unharmed.
The UPS Store is located at 169703
San Carlos Boulevard, Fort Myers. It is
open Monday through Friday from 8
a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Bring along the UPS Store
ad featured in this week's River Weekly
News and Island Sun newspapers and
receive five percent off shipping. Offer
good through May 30. Call 454-7111.
Heading to Fort Myers Beach? Worry-
free parking for your car or boat is avail-
able for patrons of Nervous Nellie's
Crazy Waterfront Eatery. Nellie's
offers a wide variety of casual fare that
will delight diners of all ages. After dining,
let one of Nellie's pedicabs drive you to
the beach and back. Finish the day off
with happy hour and live music at Ugly's
Waterside Bar, upstairs from the restu-
Friday, April 23 features the House
Rockers, Vytas Vibe and Mark Kobie; on
Saturday, No Way Jos0 and Vytas Vibe;
on Sunday, The Oysters; on Monday,
Vytas Vibe; on Tuesday, Chucky from
Kentucky; on Wednesday, the Hightide
Band; and on Thursday, the Hightide
Band and The Oysters. This Sunday's
brunch/lunch features reggae with No
Directions to Nellie's: after crossing
the bridge to Fort Myers Beach, take the
first two right turns and follow First Street
to the waterfront. You can't miss it.
Nervous Nellie's Crazy Waterfront
Eatery is open for Sunday brunch, lunch,
dinner and snacks in between. Call 463-
8077 or go to www.nervousnellies.net.
Why not head to Sanibel for a special
night of theater and food? Catch one of
the last performances of Something's
Afoot at the Schoolhouse Theater.
The British musical farce by James
McDonald, David Vos and Robert
Gerlach offers a colorful assortment of
characters thrown together in a murder
mystery where everybody is a suspect!
Final show times
are 8 p.m. on
Friday, April 23
and Saturday, SO
show, have a
at Il Tesoro Al
Italian with New Frne Ialioi Cuisine
Classic flair, and
serves up a festi-
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expected. Polished, professional, excellent
service with the taste and feel of a Tuscan
holiday.The menu sings of the delights
of Italy -with the freshness of local fare.
AJ Black, chef/owner, was elected Best
Chef in the Best of the Islands Awards in
The Schoolhouse Theater is located at
2200 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Call the
box office at 472-6862 for tickets.
II Tesoro Ristorante is at 751 Tarpon
Bay Road, Sanibel. Call 395-4022.
On Saturday, April 24, the third annu-
al River District Regatta takes place in
downtown Fort Myers.
The course is on the river between the
Caloosahatchee Bridge and the Midpoint
Pilot's Club Holds
Keys To Success
Forum On April 29
The Fort Myers Pilot's Club will
hold its 7th annual Keys to
Success forum on Thursday, April
29 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 13051
Bell Tower Drive, Fort Myers,
Kevin Snyder, an internationally
known speaker and author, will present,
Turning your Passion Into Success, an
educational and motivational program to
help individuals lead more intentional and
fulfilling lives. The program will be pre-
sented twice, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
(includes breakfast) and again from noon
to 1:30 p.m. (with lunch).
Pilot Club of Fort Myers is part of an
international organization of business
professionals who work to improve their
local communities and support people
affected by brain-related disorders and
disabilities. They will present $8,000 to
the Children's Network of Southwest
Florida and IMPACT for Developmental
Education at the morning forum. During
the afternoon forum, they will present
their annual Keys to Success award to
one of six finalists who most exemplifies
the club's code of ethics. Nominees are:
Heather Christie, Action Coach; Freda
Himschoot, P.A.T.S Auto Parts Store;
Kirsten Iffland, Children's Network of SW
Florida; Danielle Lucht, Alliance Financial
Group; Cora Molloy, Henderson, Franklin
Starnes & Holt; and Sarah Owen,
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Bridge. Three races are planned, weather
permitting, with trophies to be awarded
to the top three finishers in each fleet.
The first race starts at 10 a.m. and
the public is welcome to watch the sailing
activities from the Edison Sailing Center's
South Training Center, 2000 West First
Street, Fort Myers. Call 349-5168.0
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Junior League Wine Gala
Rick Williams and Denise and John Spence at a previous Wine Gala Fundraiser
The Junior League of Fort Myers has scheduled its annual Wine Gala for May
6, from 6 to 9 p.m., hosted at Fine Mark Bank. Everyone is invited to attend.
Guests will taste a variety of fine wines and hors d'oeuvres and take part in a
silent auction all to benefit the many community projects the Junior League supports
each year. There is a limited number of tickets available. To reserve and prepay log
onto www.jlfm.org. Tickets are $41 per person and include unlimited food and wine
tastingn. Tickets will also be available at the door.
The Junior League of Fort Myers is currently accepting silent auction items and
event sponsorships for the gala. If you or your business would like to get involved or
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Trout Of The
Year Are Here
T rout fishing
has been the
last month and just
when I thought
it could not get
any better, it did. I
have been catching
good sized trout on
shrimp and shrimp-
pattern lures but last week the bigger
trout really started to respond to live
white bait some of the biggest trout
caught I have seen in a long time.
One real pig this week measured
26 inches with a 12-inch-plus girth. It's
amazing how fat trout get when they
reach this size. This fish must have
weighed over five pounds. Watching the
trout pop and chase the big white baits
around is almost as much fun as catching
Most of the bigger trout I have been
catching are in relatively shallow water
of roughly two to three feet. Finding the
right bottom has been the key. I look
for what I call salt and pepper bottom:
healthy grass with sandholes. Close prox-
imity to deeper water seems to help too.
I've been targeting flats or humps close to
the intercoastal. These big trout are much
more spooky than their smaller broth-
ers so sit way off and make long casts.
Fishin Cabbage Key
Dolp in Watching
Freeline live white baits or fish them
under a popping cork. These fish seem to
be feeding better on the incoming tide but
I'm catching them on both tides.
Along with the trout out on the flats
there have been jacks, bluefish, big
Spanish mackerel, sharks and a few
pompano. Keep your eyes open for birds
working to find hot action and a mixed
bag of fish. While doing the trout thing
one day we saw birds down close to the
water and motored up to see what was
going on. As we got closer we could see
huge splashes on the surface. Throwing
baits into the commotion we imediatley
hooked up on a 10-pound-plus jack
which ran 100 yards of line off the light
trout tackle in about 30 seconds. These
big jacks will eat just about anything
thrown at them and are a great way
to learn how to fight a big fish on light
While running in from a charter in
the bay this week I saw two tripletail.
One small fish was on an old plastic
bait bucket that I almost hit; then not a
quarter-mile later there was a keeper on
a crab pot buoy. After shutting down the
boat and coming back up on the marker,
I tossed a live shrimp on a bobber up
close to the tripletail which the fish imme-
It's always nice to have the heads up
of seeing a small tripletail to make you
say, "Maybe I should keep my eyes open
for tripletail." After a great day fishing
the tripletail was a tasty bonus fish to end
the day for my clients. With stone crab
pots only out on the gulfside for another
month, make some time to go run them
a few last times before they are gone.
Although I have not done any tarpon
fishing yet this season I have been seeing
more and more poons around the bay.
While riding by marker 20 this week I
saw a boat hooked up with a jumping
tarpon which looked to be around 100
pounds. I also saw a few free-jumping
tarpon inside the no-wake buoys around
St. James City and a few rolls between
the Flamingo Bay channel and the clam
leases. I also heard reports this week of
pods of tarpon off Knapps Point on the
gulfside of Sanibel.
Generally, I don't start to book tarpon
trips until May as April can be very hit or
miss. Just to be on the safe side though I
have started bringing a few bigger sticks
in case I run across a pod of tarpon.
Usually my first tarpon of the season
comes unexpectedly while trout fishing
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on the flats and
is over after just a
ing continues to
improve with tons
of little blacktips
invading the flats. "
Twice this week -
I had hungry -
sharks grab the
trout an angler
was bringing in to
the boat. These
four- to five-foot
blacktips gave "*
us no chance on
the light trout
tackle and light
drag and cutting
right through the
leader like it was
We did land a few
two- to three-foot
while fishing live
shiners out on the
flats. These little Watch for working bird
sharks are great
fun on light tackle, jumping clear out of
the water and making long runs.
Capt. Matt Mitchell moved to Sanibel
in 1980 and has fished local waters for
more than 25 years. He now lives in St.
L ee County Parks and Recreation is
offering the following environmen-
Matanzas Pass Preserve
Free Guided Walk: Exploring
Ethnobotany (new program year-
Wednesday, April 28, 9:30 11 a.m.
Find out how indigenous plants can be
used for such things as food, shelter,
medicine and clothing. Learn the his-
torical importance of some of Florida's
plants to humans. Walks are held the last
Wednesday of every month. Meet at the
entrance to Matanzas Pass Preserve. This
is a free walk but parking space is limited
so come early. Matanzas Pass Preserve is
at 199 Bay Road, Fort Myers Beach.
Group guided tours for other environ-
mental walks at Matanzas Pass Preserve
or Bowditch Point Park are available year-
round upon request by calling 229-7356.
Bunche Beach Free Guided Walk:
Low Tide Loafing at Sunset
Tuesday, April 27, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
See what mysteries the low tides uncover
at sunset as you explore the mud flats
on this one-hour guided walk. Wear
s to find big jacks like this one
James City and has worked as a back
country fishing guide for more than 10
years. If you have comments or ques-
tions email firstname.lastname@example.org.A
shoes that can get wet and bring your
bug spray. Bring your camera for some
great sunset pictures. Bunche Beach is
off Summerlin Road, 18201 John Morris
Road in Fort Myers.
Bowditch Point Park Kayaking
Trip: Morning Eco Paddling Tour
Tuesday, May 4, 9 a.m to noon.
Paddle San Carlos Bay, Hurricane Bay
and Pelican Bay in search of dolphin,
manatee and a wide variety of birds. Cost
for this trip is $40 per person and you
must pre-register at www.leeparks.org or
by calling 533-7440 a minimum of 48
hours in advance.
Dog Beach Kayaking Trip: Kayak
With Your Canine
Wednesday, May 19, 10 a.m. to
noon. If you enjoy paddling with your
pooch, this trip is for you. Meet at the
kayak launch across from Dog Beach
on Estero Boulevard just south of Lovers
Key. Dogs must be under 100 pounds
and only one dog per boat permitted.
Dogs are free but must have current vac-
cinations and wear their own lifejacket.
Cost for this program is $40 per per-
son and you must pre-register at www.
leeparks.org or by calling 533-7440 a
minimum of 48 hours in advance.4
Send Us Your Fish Tales
he River Weekly would like to hear from anglers about their catches.
Send us details including tackle, bait and weather conditions, date of
catch, species and weight, and include photographs with identification.
Drop them at the River Weekly, 16450 San Carlos Boulevard, Suite 2, Fort
Myers, Flordia 33908, or email to RiverWeeklyNews@aol.com.
THE RIVER APRIL 23, 2010 13
CROW Case Of The Week:
by Brian Johnson
T he wild
the past two
down dozens of
palm fronds on the
and stirred up at
least one osprey
nest on Sanibel.
On Sunday, April
11, Gloria from the Palms of Sanibel,
a collection of cottages on the east end
of Sanibel, contacted CROW about two
CROW volunteer Renee Keller and
her daughter Hailey went to the scene,
captured the pair and took them back to
"They were wet and a bit bedraggled,"
said CROW Vet Dr. PJ Deitschel. "We
dried them off, gave them arnica and
fluids, and got them into a dark cage to
The larger juvenile weighed 1.67 kilo-
grams while her sister weighed 1.27 kilo-
grams. The larger one had broken blood
feathers, possibly from a collision with a
fence at the cottages.
The next day the
birds were pretty
alert and showed no
signs of internal inju-
ries. Dr. PJ and Dr.
Amber gave them
and hand-fed them
pieces of fish. They
looked good enough
to go outside to the
so the two vets car-
ried the osprey fold-
ed up in towels out
of the hospital and
across the CROW
By the following
day the smaller one
was flying happily 4
around the osprey
compound and ready
for release. She went *
back to the east
end on Wednesday,
April 14. Staff reha- Close up the ospre
bilitator Cat Turner
reported an excellent release: the bird
immediately flew to the top of a roof and
was in striking distance of the nest.
Her sister had to stay behind.
"Obviously she was bruised and sore,"
said Dr. PJ. "Even with the encourage-
Bass Fishing League Winners
y looks very alert
ment of watching her sibling fly, she
didn't want to."
However, she soon began eating her-
ring and ladyfish on her own. Staff noted
her gliding down from a high perch on
Sunday, April 18.
The next day the osprey was seen
flying in the cage, and is now days from
getting her visa back to the Palms of
Dr PJ examines the osprey's injured wing
CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation
of Wildlife, Inc.) is a non-profit wildlife
hospital providing veterinary care for
native and migratory wildlife from the
Gulf Coast of Florida. The hospital
accepts patients seven days a week
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mail donations
to PO Box 150, Sanibel, FL 33957.
Call 472-3644 or visit: www.crowclinic.
Lucky Wells won the co-angler side of the
BFL Gator Division competition
Robert Crosnoe of Inverness, Florida caught a five-bass limit weighing 24
pounds, 12 ounces Saturday to win $4,385 in the FLW BFL (Forrest L.
Wood Bass Fishing League) Gator Division tournament on Lake Okeechobee.
Lucky Wells of Winter Haven, Florida caught a five-bass limit weighing 23 pounds,
11 ounces to win $2,193 in the co-angler division.
The next BFL Gator Division tournament is scheduled for May 8 at Lake
Okeechobee in Okeechobee City. After the fifth Gator Division tournament is com-
plete, the top 40 boaters and co-anglers, based on point standings, will qualify for
the Regional Championship at Lake Seminole in Bainbridge, Georgia October 21 to
23 for a chance to win a 198VX Ranger boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or
Yamaha outboard and a Chevy pick-up; co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger 198VX.
FLW Outdoors, named after Forrest L. Wood, the legendary founder of Ranger
Boats, is the largest fishing tournament organization in the world, offering anglers
worldwide the opportunity to compete for millions over the course of 189 tourna-
ments in 2010. FLW Outdoors has also taken fishing mainstream with FLW Fantasy
Fishing, awarding the largest prizes in the history of fantasy sports. FLW Outdoors
memberships are available featuring numerous benefits including Player's Advantage.
For more information about FLW Outdoors and its tournaments, visit FLWOutdoors.
com or call 270-252-1000. For more information about FLW Fantasy Fishing, visit
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14 THERIVER APRIL23,2010
by Gerri Reaves
Florida Keys blackbead
(Pithecellobium keyense) is a
wide-spreading evergreen shrub
or small tree whose native habitat is
shell mounds, coastal hammocks, and
This wildlife-friendly, low-maintenance
plant is listed as threatened by the state
From late winter into spring, it pro-
duces spherical white or pinkish flowers
with many delicate stamens.
Perhaps its most distinctive feature,
however, is the curved reddish pod con-
taining shiny black fruit. This spiraling
structure of the seed pod inspires another
common name, ram's horn.
The leaves usually are comprised of
two leaflets, which can be oval or ellipti-
cal, and the bark is fissured.
Unlike it relative cat-claw
(Pithecellobium unguis-cati), blackbead
usually lacks the spines in the leaf bases
and has larger leaves and leaflets.
Florida Keys blackbead is salt-tolerant
and highly drought-tolerant. Plant it in
moist well-drained sandy or limestone
Full sun encourages horizontal rather
than vertical development. It typically
reaches eight to 15 feet in height and
makes a good buffer plant or accent
The dense foliage
provides cover for
wildlife, and the seeds
are a food source for
birds. The leaves are
the larval food for the
giant orange sulphur
and the cassius blue
butterflies, and the
nectar is sought by
many other butterfly
Shrubs and Woody
Vines of Florida
by Gil Nelson, A
to Florida's Native
Plants by Rufino
Osorio, and regional-
that will help you
create a low-main-
South Florida land-
Florida Keys blackbead, a wildlife-friendly shrub or small tree, is listed as threatened by the state of Florida
photo by Gerri Reaves
Oxbow And Riverlore Cruises Return
River cruise looking down Oxbow
Take the Caloosahatchee Oxbow and Riverlore Cruise in May and learn about
the historic Caloosahatchee. This guided monthly cruise, offered on Sunday,
May 2 and also on Mother's Day, May 9, explores the meanders of the his-
toric upriver Caloosahatchee. We follow the river back to a time when a waterfall
served as the headwaters of the Caloosahatchee and settlers braved living amongst
The 2.5-hour adventure begins by locking through the WP Franklin Lock in Olga.
Heading east toward Alva, you'll enter the historic bends of the river and revisit the
activities of the pioneers who traveled the same river to find paradise. Stories of the
settlements and their adventures are blended with an understanding of the river's
oxbows, the wild creatures that call it home and the challenges the river faces.
The tour is guided by Rae Ann Wessel, a river researcher, long-time river advocate,
historian and SCCF (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) natural resource policy
director. The vessel is the stable and spacious 47-passenger Manatee Rover pontoon
boat that runs daily manatee tours. All seats have a great view for photographs and
Cruises depart from the WP Franklin Lock & Dam off SR 80 in Olga at 1 p.m. and
return by 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person, with advance reservations required
by calling SCCF at 472-2329 by 3 p.m. on Friday, April 30 for the May 2 cruise and
by 3 p.m. on Friday, May 7 for the May 9 cruise. Space is limited.O
Florida Yards & Neighborhoods
Hosting Bus Trip To Lakeland
F YN May 4th LakeLand Bus Tour May 4th, 2010 The University of Florida's
The Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program is organizing a bus tour to Florida
Southern College in Lakeland, Florida on Tuesday, May 4. Lakeland is about 50
miles southwest of Orlando.
Florida Southern is the only college campus designed by famous architect Frank
Lloyd Wright and has the largest collection of Wright's building in one place. "The
architecture represents the laws of harmony and rhythm," Write said in 1950. "It's
organic architecture." You can view photos online at http://www.flsouthern.edu/tour/
The bus tour will leave Rutenberg Park at 7:45 a.m. sharp and return around 6
p.m. You can bring your own lunch, or purchase lunch at the college cafeteria. Prepaid
reservations are $50 per person and include the bus tour and the entrance ticket to
the garden. Call Claudia at the Lee County Extension Office, 533-7514.
Florida Yards And Neighborhoods
lorida Yards and Neighborhoods is offering an introductory class to learn the
nine principles that guide Florida-friendly landscaping in Lee County. Taught
by Lee County Extension Master Gardeners, each principle is explored in
class, so you can apply what you learn to your own yard. Plant selection and place-
ment, efficient irrigation, proper mulching, and techniques to obtain a beautiful and
healthy yard will be discussed.
The class will be held April 29, 6 to 9 p.m., at Eco-Living Center at Rutenberg
Park, 6490 South Pointe Boulevard in Fort Myers.
Cost $5 per household. Sponsored by Lee County Extension and the Florida Yards
& Neighborhoods Program.0
F orida Repertory Theatre announc-
es its lucky 13th season of award-
winning theater that The Wall
Street Journal called "Profoundly
Florida Rep's 13th season includes
some of the hottest titles in America,
two plays in the new studio, a revival of
the company's inaugural production, and
boasts subscription packages that make
theater more affordable than ever. The
current season has been one of laughter
and escape, highlighted by record-break-
ing attendance and even more national
recognition when The Wall Street
Journal counted Florida Rep among
some of the "Best Theatre of 2009." The
Noises Off by Michael Frayn
October 26 to November 20
A revival of Florida Rep's Inaugural
production, over a million people have
wept with laughter at arguably the best
farce ever written. This sidesplitting comic
romp follows the hilarious exploits of a
hapless theatre troupe trying to mount a
sex farce while a real-life farce is unfold-
A scene from Fall in Love
Gaslight by Patrick Hamilton
November 30 to December 19
Set in fog-bound London in 1880,
Gaslight is a classic psychological thriller
that tells the story of the Manninghams
of Angel Street. Under the guise of kindli-
ness, the handsome Mr. Manningham is
torturing his wife into insanity in hopes of
getting away with murder.
The Santaland Diaries by David
Sedaris; adapted by Joe Mantello
December 9 to 23 In the new
Florida Rep studio
Arts For ACT Exhibit
Opening And Reception
Join Arts for ACT Gallery on Friday, May 7 from 6 to 10 p.m. for the opening
reception and art walk for May featured artists; Beth Everhart, Andrea Cambio
and Africa Valdez.
Everhart is a photographic artist working in Fort Myers. Currently, she teaches
visual arts at Island Coast High School in Cape Coral. She is also an instructor in fine
arts/digital photography at Barry University's Adult Education Program. She received
her MFA degree from Hunter College of the City University of New York in 1989,
and has been teaching since. Before relocating to Florida, she taught photography
and digital imaging courses at a number of New York City colleges and universities.
Additionally, she photographed artwork for publication for galleries, museums and
artists. Her photography uses a variety of camera formats, such as pinhole, and older
medium format box cameras (circa 1950s and 1960s), and is usually printed in black
and white. Her work has been shown most recently in a one-person exhibit at Snug
Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island. Everhart was the recipient of an artist's grant
from the Brooklyn Arts Council.
Essentially self-taught, Cambio was born in New York City. Her fascination with sci-
ence and art was conceived early on in her youth. Both chemistry-set experiments and
painting came naturally to her. She was taught by her father, a jewelry designer, that
there is no correct way to hold a paintbrush. From an early age, she began to freely
interpret life on a canvas. She has chosen a career in dermatology because it is a
natural combination of medicine and the visual arts. By clinically applying her "eye" to
patients, she continues to strengthen and sharpen her gift of observation a key ele-
ment in the creation of her art. Cambio has had multiple exhibits of her painting in the
New York City area. Her work can also be found in private collections throughout the
world. When not painting, she can be found practicing medicine in Southwest Florida,
as well as spending time with her husband and two daughters. Working primarily in
acrylic and oil bar on canvas, her subject matter includes historical, cultural and reli-
Valdez was born in Venezuela into a family that was highly involved in the arts. She
learned about art appreciation from birth rather than a course at the undergraduate
level. She attained a degree in fashion design in her native country of Venezuela with
an emphasis in art. She also received a certificate of completion at the Art Instruction
School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Although portrait and traditional painting is her
focus, her repertoire includes a love for mixing abstract art with realism to produce
a unique and special meaning and feeling to every painting, she creates. Valdez is a
rare tri-cultural artist. She blends her native South American art with the European old
world establishment art of Italy. To add additional flavor she has added the influence
the North American modern style.
ACT Gallery is at 2265 First Street in downtown Fort Myers.,
Crumpet, the elf, is back for another
season of mischief in the New Florida
Rep Studio. In a play The News-Press
called "More naughty than nice," audi-
ences will once again be treated to David
Sedaris' unique brand of thorny holiday
Sylvia by AR Gurney
January 4 to 23
From the author of Florida Rep hits,
The Middle Ages and A Cocktail Hour,
Sylvia is a hilarious and intelligent comedy
about a man, his wife and the street-
smart mutt who puts their marriage in the
doghouse. *Note: Replacing the previ-
ously announced, Collected Stories.
Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps
Adapted by Patrick Barlow, from the
novel by John Buchan
February 1 to 26
Still running in New York, The 39
Steps is the Broadway sensation where
Hitchcock meets hilarious. This two-time
Tony-winning treat is part Hitchcock
thriller and part Monty Python that is
filled with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany
characters (played by just four actors) and
some good old-fashioned romance.
The Lady With All The Answers by
February 10 to 26 In the new
Florida Rep Studio
For decades, renowned advice colum-
nist Ann Landers answered letters from
Americans in need of advice. In this witty
and touching comedy, Landers finds her-
self on deadline for a column about a new
kind of heartbreak... her own.
August: Osage County by Tracy Letts
March 8 to 27
The most honored and criti-
THE RIVER APRIL 23, 2010 15
cally acclaimed play of the last decade,
August: Osage County is a darkly comic
and terrifyingly real play about a family
approaching total meltdown. This Pulitzer
smf Tony-winning drama delights in its
very adult content, mature language and
dramatic situations. It is the kind of play
you won't forget, but is not recommend-
ed for the easily offended.
Miracle On South Division Street by
April 5 to 24
According to family legend, there was
a miracle on South Division Street when
the Blessed Mother appeared in one
man's barbershop. From the author of
Florida Rep hits, Greetings! and Over the
Tavern, comes this touchingly miraculous
new comedy where a deathbed confes-
sion changes everything.
The Devil's Music
The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith by
May 3 to 22
Sexy and racy blues singer, Bessie
Smith, was the most successful enter-
tainer of her time, and takes center stage
to tell the story of her amazing life. Put
your troubles aside, and travel back to
Memphis in 1937 to soak up the blues as
Bessie sings the songs that made her so
*Title subject to availability.
Subscribe now and save over 40 per-
cent, with packages available for as low
as $117. Call 332-4488 or visit online
at FloridaRep.org. Florida Rep is located
in the Fort Myers River District in the
Historic Arcade Theatre on Bay Street
between Jackson & Hendry.,
16 THERIVER APRIL23,2010
$1 Million Gift To Endowment
Assures Live Theater On Island
Steve Klug, Art Cassell, Victor Legarreta, Lee Ellen Harder, Chuck Bonser, Mary Buck, and
The boards of directors of two Sanibel arts organizations announced Tuesday
the intention to join forces. The Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater located
at 2200 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, will become part of the BIG ARTS
family of programs and productions effective immediately, pending approval of the
theater's foundation members.
A $1 million challenge grant to the BIG ARTS Endowment Fund has been
pledged by island residents John and Mary Jo Boler who are benefactors of both The
Schoolhouse Theater Foundation and BIG ARTS. Steve and Debbie Klug, along with
the Klug Family Foundation, pledged to match the first $500,000 of the Boler's gift to
secure the $1 million endowment to specifically support the theater operations in per-
petuity. The second half of the matching grant ($500,000) will be raised by BIG ARTS
and used to support the full range of BIG ARTS programs. Steve Klug is also current
president of the board of The Schoolhouse Theater Foundation, the supportive orga-
nization of The Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater. The conditions of the gift include
that the annual earnings of the $1 million endowment will support theater operations
and the direction of the theater will be under Art Cassell, former president of The
Schoolhouse Theater Foundation.
by Di Saggau
t's all about
and his music
at Broadway Palm
and that translates
to a memorable
evening of ener-
getic song and
S dance during Ring
of Fire. Every actor
comes on stage and says "I'm Johnny
Cash," including the women. Even the
wait staff says the same thing as they
lead you to your table. Through Cash's
songs, the actors take us on a musical
tour through the spirit of Cash's life,
work in the cotton fields, his love affair
with June Carter Cash, his drug prob-
lems, and his prison experiences.
The show features eight talented
singers and a terrific six-piece orchestra
right on stage, performing over 30 musi-
cal numbers. Cast members are Adam
Clough, Kelly Cusimano, Diana Fox,
Mike Long, Todd Meredith, Margie Mills,
Scott Moreau and Marija Reiff. There's
very little dialogue in the show. Long,
in the Ragged Old Flag number speaks
passionately about Cash's thoughts on
patriotism. It grabs you.
Reiff is a hoot as a contender at the
Grand Ole Opry singing Flushed From
Ring of Fire cast members and musicians
the Bathroom of Your Heart. While
the show is about Cash's music, not
his voice, Moreau comes the closest to
sounding like the revered man in black,
especially in Folsom Prison Blues and
Meredith puts a clever comical twist
on A Boy Named Sue, Reiff, Cusimano,
and Fox are great in the spirited Sunday
Morning Coming Down. The surprise
musical number is All Over Again, sung
passionately and beautifully by Mills. A
real audience pleaser. Man in Black, fea-
turing Long and company, explains why
Cash always wore black.
You feel his grief. The show ends
with the entire cast singing I've Been
Everywhere, playing guitars and bringing
down the house.
The musicians play a huge role. Jason
J. Labrador on fiddle, John F. McCarty
and Tom Weaver on guitar, Chris Rose
on bass, and Loren Strickland at the key-
board, perform right along with the sing-
ers and also have their own toe-stompin'
solo number. The job of percussion is
shared by Tim Capel, Rich DeGenero
and Gary Leone.
Ring of Fire is directed and choreo-
graphed by Ann Nieman. It plays through
June 5 at Broadway Palm, 1380 Colonial
Boulevard. For tickets call 278-4422, or
buse Counseling and Treatment
needs donations of art from pro-
fessional and emerging artists for
its fine art auction fundraiser, benefitting
domestic violence and sexual assault cli-
ents and their children.
ACT, the domestic violence and sexual
assault center, serves Lee, Hendry and
Only 50 artists will be juried into the
live auction by a guest celebrity auctioneer
(past celebrities include Jessie Metcalfe,
Lily Tomlin, Sharon Stone, Meryl Streep,
Joan Rivers and Niecy Nash). Artwork
may be two- or three-dimensional and of
any media. Only original works will be
accepted into the live auction.
Art must be delivered on or before
May 28 to the ACT administrative offic-
es. Judging will be held in early June. If
a piece does not make the live auction,
the artist will be contacted to pick up the
piece in early June. Silent auction artwork
is also being accepted and it is hoped that
100 artists will donate.
The preview exhibition of all the
artwork will be at the Richard H. Rush
Library at Edison State College on June
18 from 6 to 8 p.m. Last year over 900
art patrons attended this event. Artists will
receive one free ticket to the art auction if
their piece is chosen for the auction.
Arts for ACT 2010 Arabian Nights
will be held at the Hyatt Regency
Coconut Point Resort in Bonita Springs,
on August 14.
Contact Claudia at 939-2553 or
email@example.com with any questions
about participating in this event. Forms
may be downloaded from the gallery Web
site at www.artsforactgallery.com Click
on Portfolio, then click on Arts for ACT
2010 Artist Art Donation Forms.4
The Schoolhouse Theater Foundation board of directors approved the proposal
with an overwhelming majority at a board meeting held on April 19.
"Little change to the high quality theater experience will be noticed by the patrons
of The Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater," said Klug. "This consistency of quality
comes with the added guarantee that live theater will continue on the island with a
stronger financial base, more efficient operations and broader reach to members of
BIG ARTS, and island residents and visitors." Klug said ballots have been sent out to
the nearly 300 members of the theater to vote on the proposal. "If you love live the-
ater on Sanibel, vote yes," said Klug, after the press conference at BIG ARTS.
The move will combine the management, marketing, fundraising and volunteer pro-
gram operations into one collaborative effort making the organizations more efficient
and financially stable. Upon approval, assets of The Schoolhouse Theater Foundation
will be transferred to BIG ARTS. Klug will join the BIG ARTS board of directors to
provide continuity and oversight of the transition of operations at the board level.
"This is a huge plus for our community and for the arts," said Chuck Bonser, presi-
dent of the BIG ARTS board of directors. "At a time when non-profit organizations
all over the country, particularly the arts organizations, and even including the public
schools arts programs, are suffering cutbacks and program eliminations, BIG ARTS,
The Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater, and the Sanibel-Captiva community all owe
John and Mary Jo Boler and Steve and Debbie Klug a great debt for their willingness
to step forward with these leadership gifts to our citizens and visitors."
The members of The Schoolhouse Theater Foundation will be sent a letter outlining
the proposal this week and members will be asked to vote on the proposed structure
change at a special meeting of the members on April 30 at 10 a.m. at The Herb
Strauss Schoolhouse Theater.
No immediate changes to staff have been planned during the transition in manage-
ment, according to BIG ARTS officials. The current members of The Schoolhouse
Theater Foundation will become automatic members of BIG ARTS until the annual
"We welcome broadening our offerings and look forward to the collaboration of our
staffs, volunteers and benefactors to make the BIG ARTS programs, and the theater
program in particular, as strong as possible," said BIG ARTS Executive Director Lee
Ellen Harder. "We look forward to the
synergies afforded by this talented group
of theater staff, volunteers, actors and Artists" W ork
Artistic Director Victor Legarreta."O Needed For ACT
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Painting by B. Dobbs
Beach Art Gallery
The Fort Myers Beach Art
Association gallery is full of local
students' art work brought in for
the Student Scholarship Show hosted
by the group annually with support from
the Town of Fort Myers Beach.The gal-
lery will be open for viewing until April
28 during regular hours of 10 a.m.
to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday
and from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Featured art is from senior art students
at Cypress Lake High School and
Cypress Lake School of the Arts. Those
who intend to study art and design at
the secondary education level are com-
peting for college tuition scholarships
awarded by the art association. Cypress
Lake Middle School art students also
have work shown and will be awarded
prizes. Beach Elementary School stu-
dents are not showing this year due to
budget cuts and the elimination of the
Call For Artists:
2D/3D All Florida
TFr 24 years the Alliance for the Arts
has hosted its annual 2D/3D All
Florida Juried Exhibition, showcas-
ing artists from across the state. Alliance
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.0
There will be a reception and awards
presentation on Sunday, April 25 at from
3 to 5 p.m. which is open to the public
as well as students and their guests. The
public is invited to stop by and view the
pieces created by these very talented
students. There is a wide range of styles,
subject matter and materials.
At the awards reception the winning
raffle ticket will be drawn for the water-
color 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 gallery is on Donora Street at the
blinking light off Estero Boulevard. It is
open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m.
to 3 p.m. and Sunday noon to 3 p.m.
until April 29. May 1 until October 26
hours will be Wednesday and Thursday 9
.m. to noon. For more information see
the Web site www.fortmyersbeachart.
com or call the gallery at 463-3909. New
members are always welcome.#
Best in Show 2009, Trio By Renee Rey
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Junior Achievement Earns
Peak Performance Award
Cecilia St. Arnold, Jodie Greenhoe, Victoria Stephen, Jaclyn Shea and Kimberly Ouimet
Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida is being honored with the worldwide
organization's Peak Performance Award for 2009. The award recognizes 12 of
Junior Achievement's 149 area offices for superior annual performance in con-
tributing to the overall growth and development of the organization.
To qualify for the award, the 12 winning offices had to earn Junior Achievement's
Summit Award for fiscal year 2008-2009 and fiscal year 2007-2008, show growth in
student participation and report a current year operating surplus.
"We are grateful to all our supporters for making this accomplishment possible
during these challenging economic times," said Victoria Stephan, president of Junior
Achievement of Southwest Florida. "Our entire staff also deserves much credit for their
hard work and commitment to achieving excellence."
Visit www.JASWFL.org on the Web.4
F orida Gulf Coast University Small Business Development Center will host a
two-hour informational presentation for anyone interested in learning about
the franchise business. It will takeplace from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, April 23
at the FGCU Cape Coral Center located at 1020 Cultural Parkway.
This workshop provides information on business ownership and the pros and
cons of each start-up business, buying an existing business and buying a franchise.
Attendees will learn the myths and misconceptions about franchising, royalties, fran-
chise fees and financing.
Presenters include Gail Ector, franchise consultant for FranNet of Greater Tampa
Bay; attorney Jack Mac'Kie of The Franchise Guy, LLC; and T.J. Hughes, vice presi-
dent of Business Banking for Fifth Third Bank.
Cost to attend is $20. Visit the SBDC website at www.sbdcseminars.org or call
239-745-3700 to register. For more information contact Suzanne Specht, assistant
director for SBDC, at 239-745-3704.0
Local School Takes First Place At
Future Problem Solving Competition
Earlier this week, Cape Canaveral was the host to teams of problem solvers
and future thinkers from all over Florida who joined to explore the challenges
of global food distribution in the year 2065. Lee County's Caloosa Middle
School won first place and will be the one team from the state to compete at the
International Future Problem Solving Global Issues Competition at the University of
Wisconsin in June. Congratulations to the Caloosa Middle Future Problem Solving
Team members: Melissa Biggs, Skyler Hammer, Stella Durham, Kayla Nicely and
their coach, Pat Brewer.
At the state competition, students from 4th grade through high school seniors
plunged into the future scenario that involved the Nereid Project, a group of robotic
aquapods or floating fisheries which produce millions of high protein fish from genet-
ically-modified fish eggs for the world seafood market. The Poseidon Corporation,
developers of the Nereid Project, needed a risk assessment to analyze the impact of
the project and aquaculture's role in easing world hunger.
Lee County was well represented by teams from Manatee Elementary, coached
by Stefanie Stevens and Mark McDonagh; Tropic Isles Elementary, coached by Lana
Shakman and Brandy Macchia; and North Fort Myers High School, coached by
HOSA state winners 2010
Win At State
ight practical nursing students
from Lee County High Tech
Center Central competed at the
Florida Health Occupations Students
of America (HOSA) State Leadership
Conference that took place on April
8 and 9. All eight students won med-
als and are eligible to compete at the
national competition which will be held
in June in Orlando. HOSA is a student
organization whose mission is to pro-
mote career opportunities in health care
and to enhance the delivery of quality
health care to all people. The winners
Stacy Barbera Gold, Job Seeking
Heather Brulia Silver, Medical
Marie Deceus-Cesar Gold, Medical
Brittiany Garrett Gold,
Jamie Hodges Silver,
Kelsey Patrick Gold, Nursing
Sabrina Shaum Gold, Medical
Erin Vangrinsven Gold,
Canterbury Student Is National
Achievement Scholarship Winner
iana Preudhomme, a Canterbury
School senior, has been selected
as the winner of a National
Achievement $2,500 scholarship. Of
the 160,000 high school students who
entered the program, only 700 received
the prestigious scholarships.
Liana, the daughter of Dr. Jules and
Evelyn Preudhomme of Fort Myers, will
attend Georgetown University in the fall.0
Firm Opens Office In River District
o better serve the law firms in the Fort Myers River District, Merit Court
Reporting is opening a second office downtown at 2022 Hendry Street, Suite
104. The new office is scheduled to open May 1. There will be free parking
for clients at the new location, which is within easy walking distance of First Street
and all of the downtown area.
"This new location will allow us to provide the highest level of service to our clients
in the Fort Myers River District and areas nearby," said Debbie Cail of Merit Court
Merit Court Reporting's main office is centrally located in Fort Myers at 6213
Presidential Court, Suite 100.0
by Jennifer Basey
s an investor,
think it's easy
to evaluate your
the bigger the gain,
the better, right?
This statement is
true enough, but as
an investment strat-
egy, it's incomplete and, if followed
rigidly, it could lead you to make some
mistakes that could hinder your progress
toward your financial goals.
What are some of these potential mis-
takes? Here are a few to consider:
Evaluating performance over a short
period of time If you measure an invest-
ment's performance over a relatively
short period of time, you may be more
tempted to invest emotionally that is,
you'll buy more shares of an investment
when you feel good" about it because
its price has risen, and you'll sell more
shares when you feel bad" because the
investment's price has fallen. This behav-
ior is the opposite of the classic piece
of investment advice: Buy low and sell
high." Try not to make investment deci-
sions based on short-term performance.
Instead, look at an investment's long-term
track record. While it's true, as you have
no doubt heard, that "past performance
can't guarantee future results," it's none-
theless useful to see how an investment
has fared in different market environ-
Neglecting the impact of contribu-
tions and withdrawals If you put more
money into an investment, it will be
worth more until the price drops and
if you take money out of an investment,
it will be worth less until the price rises.
Yet many people mistakenly attribute
their investments' performance to these
inflows and outflows.
Failing to distinguish between
growth" and "income" investments To
help achieve your long-term goals, you'll
need a mix of growth-oriented invest-
ments, such as stocks, and income-pro-
ducing vehicles, such as bonds. However,
bonds will typically not add much growth
to your overall portfolio, so keep this in
mind when you look at the year-to-year
change in value on your investment state-
Maintaining unrealistic expecta-
tions In 2009, the Dow Jones Industrial
Average rose nearly 19 percent, while
the S&P 500 jumped more than 23 per-
cent. But if you anticipate such unusually
high returns annually, and you base your
investment strategy on them, you'll likely
be disappointed and have trouble meeting
your goals. For a variety of reasons, most
investment experts foresee relatively mod-
est returns in the financial markets over
the next few years, so you'll want to plan
Comparing investments to bench-
marks Try not to compare the perfor-
mance of your investments to bench-
marks such as the Dow Jones Industrial
Average or the S&P 500. If you've
chosen an aggressive investment mix,
your returns may show wide swings, beat-
ing the benchmarks substantially in some
years while trailing them significantly in
others. On the other hand, if you're a
conservative investor, your returns may
consistently lag the major benchmarks,
but you'll probably experience less volatil-
Once you know what to expect from
your investments, you'll be less likely to
be disappointed at your returns and
you'll be better prepared to create and
follow an investment strategy that works
Jennifer Basey is a financial advisor
in Fort Myers. She can be reached at
As a world traveler herself, art-
ist Leoma Lovegrove feels for
European tourists who are unable
to return home because of the Icelandic
volcano. To help them pass the time,
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she invites them to come to Lovegrove
Gallery & Gardens in Matlacha and
paint a souvenir at no cost to take back
to Europe when the dust has settled.
Lovegrove says, "A flight of creativity
is the next best thing to a flight home."
For more information call 282-1244.
The gallery is open daily, 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. at 4637 Pine Island Road.
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Cancer survivor Jennifer Neilson with Minnesota Twins Celebrity Classic committee
members Debby Welsh, Lydia Christie and Lenny Katz accept tournament proceeds on
behalf of Lee Memorial's Regional Cancer Center. Additional sponsorships and donations
brought the total to over $113,000.
Twins Classic Raises Over $113,000
ee Memorial Health System Foundation announced that over $113,000 was
raised through its Minnesota Twins Celebrity Classic held this spring at prestigious
Fiddlesticks Country Club in Fort Myers. Funds raised will support programs and
treatments at the Regional Cancer Center located at the corner of 1-75 and Colonial
Boulevard in Fort Myers.
This marks the 12th consecutive year that the Minnesota Twins Organization has
stepped forward to headline the major golf event. Once again, the American League
Central Division Champions came through in a big way to help local cancer patients.
The golf tournament was headlined by 2009 American League MVP Joe Mauer
and included many Minnesota Twins stars including Joe Nathan, Michael Cuddyer,
JJ Hardy, Nick Punto, Nick Blackburn, Drew Butera, Denard Span and Carl Pavano.
Twins General Manager Bill Smith, Manager Ron Gardenhire and Twins legends Tony
Olivia, Kent Hrbeck and Bert Blyleven also hit the links in support of the cause.
Sponsors of the tournament included Ultimate Sports Adventures, Team Scotti,
LeeSar, Fifth Third Bank, Owen-Ames-Kimball, Shoreline Aggregate, Mercedes-Benz
of Naples, STERTS Corporation, TRIA Orthopedic Center and SEI.
For more information on the 2011 Minnesota Twins Celebrity Classic, or for cor-
porate sponsorship inquires email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the foundation
office at 985-3550.4
Bonita Bay Tennis Tournament
Raises Funds For Lee Memorial
Lee Memorial Health System Foundation announced that more than $165,000
was raised at the recent Bonita Bay Celebrity Tennis Tournament.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Barbara's Friends, an organization that
raises funds for The Children's Hospital Cancer Unit. Barbara Haskell, who lost her
life at the young age of 32 to breast cancer, is the inspiration and spirit behind her
namesake, Barbara's Friends. After a four-year battle with her illness, Barbara mar-
veled at the bravery of children with cancer. After her passing, her parents Betty
and Frank Haskell helped make her wish come true to help children by establishing
Sponsors of the event included FineMark National Bank and Trust, Grappone
Automotive Group, US Trust, Comcast, Trianon Hotels and Head. Ken Mack and Pat
Valva served as co-chairs of the event.
The event featured 18 former tennis professionals who competed in a Pro
Challenge narrated by Mary Carillo, gave lessons, clinics, and participated in two pro
am competitions. A cocktail party and auction generated the $165,000 in proceeds.
For more information on how you or your company can support Lee Memorial
Health System programs, services, equipment, and facilities call the Lee Memorial
Health System Foundation office at 985-3550 or visit www.LeeMemorial.org/
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The Twins Are Off To The Races
In Their Sparkling New Stadium
by Ed Frank
XY es, the baseball season is only two weeks old. And no,
Swe don't want to put a hex on this one team in particu-
But it has sure been a rosy start for the Minnesota Twins who
jumped out to a 9-4 start by winning all four beginning series
against the Los Angeles Angels, the Chicago White Sox, the
SBoston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals.
Adding to this euphoria are the rave reviews over their mag-
nificent new outdoor stadium, Target Field, where the Twins had
won four of six as of the beginning of this week.
The jump start had the Twins in first place in the American
League Central Division with a 1-1/2-game lead over the Detroit Tigers. We should
add, however, that the Twins are strong favorites to repeat as Central Division
It's also obvious that the three big bats in the Minnesota lineup have adjusted well
to their new digs. Through those first 13 games, Joe Mauer, the reigning American
League MVP was hitting .378; Justin Morneau, .319, and Michael Cuddyer, .340.
No question that Mauer is earning the $184 million in his new eight-year contract.
The beautiful Target Field has created a vast new revenue stream for the Twins
despite the fact that its 39,500-seat capacity is 16,000 less than the Metrodome a
site hated by most opposing teams.
More than two million tickets had been sold weeks before the 2010 season even
"The revenues to the Twins from the Metrodome were extremely low. It was time
to get a baseball park that is designed specifically for baseball fans and baseball players.
We're going to have some weather challenges, but I think we have technology on our
side. The ballpark is built to handle weather," Twins General Manager Bill Smith said
These new revenues allowed the Twins to increase last season's payroll of about
$65 million to nearly $100 million this year. That 50 percent jump propels their pay-
roll into Major League's top 10.
The question is asked often why the new stadium does not include a retractable
roof in view of Minnesota's well-known bitter weather? It took nearly a decade of diffi-
cult wrangling and negotiations to arrange financing for the $550-million Target Field.
Another $150 million would have been required for a retractable roof and that
money was just not available.
A new stadium, sold-out crowds, a .692 record through the first two weeks it was
a great season start for the Minnesota Twins.
Everblades Need Historic Comeback to Avoid Elmination
Down three games to none in their best-of-seven playoff series against the Reading
Royals, the Florida Everblades faced crucial Game Four Tuesday night at Germain
Arena. All three losses were by one goal each.
Never in ECHL history has a team come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series.
In fact, only one team has come back to win three straight after losing three straight
games. That team was the Cincinnati Cyclones against Atlantic City in 2003.
continued on page 21
New Horizons First Annual
Super Kids Club Golf Tournament
The First Annual Super Kids Club Golf Tournament, created by New Horizons
of Southwest Florida to benefit the student mentoring program, will be held
on May 8 at Worthington Country Club in Bonita Springs. A shotgun start
will begin the tournament at 8 a.m., and finishing up the tournament will be a lun-
cheon, silent auction, and a special performance by the Super Kids Choir.
Since 2002, when Bob and Ellen Nichols founded New Horizons, the organization
has been dedicated to meeting the academic needs of at-risk children in Bonita Springs
and Naples. The Super Kids Club and the Super Teens Club both provide tutoring and
lessons in Christian-based character-building; the Super Teens Club also offers leader-
ship training and college and career planning. Students have full access to computer
labs to do research for projects or use the individualized learning programs. New
Horizons also created the Super Kids Church and the Teen Sailing program to teach
seamanship, team building, discipline, and decision-making skills. All proceeds from
the golf tournament will go toward furthering these programs.
"We are celebrating our eight year of helping Southwest Florida students, and it is
amazing to me how much we have
grown, from the 20 students we were
helping back in 2002 to the 200
that we are reaching now," said Bob
Nichols. "We are hoping to expand
our programs even more, and it is
wonderful to see members of the
community get behind what we hope
will be the first in a long line of fund-
There are many different ways
to help support this event. The cost
to be a player is $125, inclusive of
golf, cart, luncheon and gratuities; T b
to attend solely the luncheon, silent
auction, and Super Kids Choir perfor-
mance is $30. Hole sponsorships are Q "
$150; site sponsorship, with signage
included, is $500. Major sponsors of
the golf tournament include Wynn's
Market, Sunshine Ace Hardware, and
Century Link. r UjwLJL_ 1_J-lo
For more information on attend-
ing or sponsoring the tournament,
making donations, or volunteering
with New Horizons of Southwest
Florida, call 565-6714 or email V W
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From page 20
Interestingly, the Cincinnati coach that year was Malcolm Cameron, the present
After losing 7-6 and 5-4 in Games One and Two in Reading, Florida was defeated
2-1 on home ice last Saturday.
Long Homestand Welcomed by Miracle
The Class A Fort Myers Miracle began a nine-game home stand this week at
Hammond Stadium after struggling to a 2-7 season start.
Fort Myers faces Charlotte for three games, Monday through Wednesday, two
against Bradenton Thursday and Friday, and then the Palm Beach Cardinals provide
the weekend opposition, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Offense has been the big early season problem as the Miracle failed to score more
than three runs in any of those first nine games.P
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Sweet Dreams Come True
At Wanderlust Travel Auction
Kristin and Ray Judah
A sellout crowd of 400 guests satisfied their sweet tooth for dining, travel, fine
wine and other luxuries at the 21st annual Candy Land-themed Wanderlust at
The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. Guests bidding on live and silent auction
packages and purchasing tickets to win a wine raffle or attend a Saks After Hours
event raised $230,000 for FGCU's Resort & Hospitality Management program. The
annual fundraiser is hosted by Southwest Florida's major resorts, private clubs, restau-
rants and tourism partners.
Fishbowl winners Scott and Diana Willis
"It was an electric evening with bid paddles flying and guests enjoying cuisine pre-
pared by The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club and contributed by epicurean partners
who stepped forward to support the effort," said Brian Holly, Wanderlust chairman
and R&HM Advisory Board member.
"Students in the R&HM program have a unique opportunity for real-life train-
ing in resort and hospitality management that benefits their careers, our economy in
Southwest Florida, and tourism throughout the U.S.," said Dr. Sherie Brezina, director
of the R&HM program. "Helping plan Wanderlust is just one of many ways students
gain experience to jump-start their careers."
Wanderlust is the biggest fundraising event for FGCU's Resort & Hospitality
Management program and is hosted by Collier and Lee counties' major resorts and
other hospitality partners. The specialized degree program, which began offering
classes in 2003, is the culmination of resort industry leaders working on behalf of the
university to design and offer a degree program tailored to the dynamic and complex
needs of premier resorts in Southwest Florida.
Wanderlust 2011 will take place in the spring. To be placed on the invitation mail-
ing list, contact the FGCU Resort & Hospitality Management program at 590-7742 or
visit the Wanderlust Web site at http://cps.fgcu.edu/resort/wanderlust.html.4
Pelican Landing Residents
Raise Funds For Children's Hospital
Live auction winners Jim and Mary Fox
The single largest bid of the evening was $17,000 for a seven-night voyage on The
World by ResidenSea, an ultra-luxury ship that is home to millionaires. A $10,000
bid brought the winner a fishbowl full of on-the-spot donations including a certificate
for four consecutive years of tuition at FGCU, donated by FGCU President Wilson
Bradshaw, a featured speaker during pre-auction remarks. The fishbowl also held trips
to Hawaii, golf foursomes, tickets to Boston Red Sox games and many other items
described on slips of paper tossed in by guests during the evening.
During the live auction, other high-bid items included a Napa wine adventure for
five nights, auctioned for $5,500; a trip to Hawaii for nine nights, auctioned off for
$6,000; and a custom jewelry piece by renowned designer Mark Loren, auctioned for
In addition to the live auction, the evening included a silent auction of 55 travel,
dining, sporting and spa packages; a raffle of a collection of fine wines; and balloons
for purchase that were filled with restaurant, spa, golf and resort certificates.
Guests also purchased tickets to Wanderlust Saks After Hours at Bell Tower Shops
on Wednesday, April 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. The Saks After Hours, which is open not
only to Wanderlust guests but to all supporters of the FGCU Resort & Hospitality
Management program, will feature wine, hors d'oeuvres, live music, raffles and fashion
insights. Call 277-6295 for reservations and additional information.
Fom left: George White; Joanne Ribble; Bill Ribble; Kathy Bridge Liles,vice president of
Women's & Children's Services; John lacuone, executive director; Tom Ostrander, Pat
Smart, Glen Werner, Bill Smart, Joanne Hoover, Gail Hansen, Beverly Waite and Carol
Over the past six months, the Pelican Landing community has raised $27,860
for Jen's Kids Fund, which supports refurbishing the general pediatrics wing
at The Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida. The community held a
chance drawing, holiday home tour, giving tree ornament sale, community garage
sale and resident art fair and wine reception as part of the combined effort.
Lee Memorial Health System honored the committee members and the residents
of Pelican Landing at a recent check presentation at The Children's Hospital of
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Music Is Magic!
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You can always reach the 211 service by dialing
(239) 433-3900 in Lee and
(863) 675-8383 in Hendry and Glades Counties.
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through April 30th
thanks to Animal
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adult dogs. Imagine,
an adorable, medi-
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me for free! Just
take me home and
love me. If that isn't
enough, I'm very
polite and already
know how to sit
I'm Herman, a
tic short hair whose
claim to fame is:
the world's friendli-
est cat! I will be the
best companion you
ever had because
I'm not one of Rex ID# 463150
those aloof type of
kitties. I also am very entertaining to watch and enjoy
my playtime. Please come meet me so we can start
having fun together. My adoption fee is $50 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
For information about this week's pets, call 533-
7387 (LEE-PETS) or log on to Animal Services' Web
Herman ID# 468088
site at www.LeeLostPets.com. When calling, refer to
the animal's ID number. The Website updates every
hour so you will be able to see if these or any other pets
are still available.
The shelter is open for adoptions from 11:30 a.m.
to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The shelter
is located at 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers, next to
the Lee County Sheriff's Office, off Six Mile Cypress
All adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, age-
appropriate vaccinations, rabies vaccination and county
license if three months or older, flea treatment, worm-
ing, heartworm test for dogs six months and over, feline
AIDS and leukemia test for cats, training DVD, 10-day
health guarantee, and a bag of Science Diet pet food.
The adoption package is valued at $500.0
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We are currently seeking applicants
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A time-sensitive training is involved in all of our patent-care. We do
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SR 9/5 N TFN
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Retail sales & beading experience necessary.
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Please call 472-8686 and ask for Vince.
SR 4/23 B TFN
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our clients needs. Call 239-395-3591, or
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SR 1/11V TFN
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SR 11/13 N TFN
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SR 11/13 BTFN
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RS 3/12 V 4/30
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RS 11/14 M TFN
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SR 10/23V TFN
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SR 4/28 N TFN
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SR 4/9 B TFN
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Silver case, good looking, good working
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SR 11/20 NTFN
SONY TRINITRON TV
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VHS & DISC Players
SR 2/5 N TFN
SCHWNN AIRDYNE UPRIGHT EXERCISE Bike.
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SR 1/8 N TFN
FOR SALE Crate for large dog. like new $55.
SR 4/23V 4/23
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SR 1/30 BTFN
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SR 4/16 V 4/23
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RS 11/27 N TFN
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SR 2/12 BTFN
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SR 8/6 N TFN
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Charming, old Florida-esque unit in
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SR 3/12 N TFN
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4A573 CASIED CASIED 4A573
TURN KEY OFFICE SPACE
Central location -1630 Periwinkle Way.Furnished
office including a Reception area and kitchen facil-
ity. Recently designer decorated. Suite B-1072.6
sq.ft. @$15 per sq.ft. Plus CAM.
Call 239-985-0033 or 940-7823.
SR 11/21 BTFN
Architecturally designed real estate office
on Periwinkle with 7-12 private offices
depending on configuration. Freshly
painted, new floor covering, reasonably
priced. Call 239-940-7823 for showing
SR 12/14 BTFN
OFFICE SPACES FOR LEASE
lona Schoolhouse Professional Center
Great Location at McGregor Blvd & Kelly Road.
685 sq feet & 1350 sq feet units available. Will
negotiate year lease! Call Lisa at 239-472-2792
RS 1/4 B TFN
800 Sq. ft. Doc Ford's Center. New large white
tiles on floor. New bathroom. Raised ceiling
and new windows. Motivated owner some
FREE RENT. Call Nancy 239-246-4075.
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
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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-
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SR 4/13 V TFN
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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 2/5 V 4/30
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
Meticulously remodeled 3BR/3BA Duplex
in the Dunes with panoramic golf course
views, granite, marble, tile, pavers, large
kitchen, and loft/office available as season-
al rental for one month or series of months.
Call Jean Johnson 703-548-0545.
SR 3/7V TFN
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S 10/9 BTFN
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neg.off-season. Call for availability.
SR 1/9 B TFN
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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
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full kitchens, 3 docks, direct access, heated
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RS 3/12 M TFN
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RS 10/9 B TFN
Two bed/ two bath unfurnished ground
floor condo off Kelly Road. Close to Sanibel
and Fort Myers Beach. Annual lease
$875/mo. Six month lease also avail.
Pets under 25 Ilbs. 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
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RS 4/16 A 4/23
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Please Report Animal Abuse
examples of cruelty that Lee County Animal Services' Officers see on a daily basis include both
intentional abuse and animals being neglected or denied necessities of care, such as food, water
Currently one of the greatest areas of concern involves dogs that are improperly tethered in their yard
and left unattended by their owners for the majority of time. Lee County case files show that the life led
by tethered dogs is often characterized by neglect and even death.
To view actual case photos from Lee County Domestic Animal Services' files go to http://www.
April is Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month sponsored by the American Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals. Lee County Domestic Animal Services (LCDAS) urges residents to report animal
abuse, particularly for those dogs living their life on the end of a chain.
Why is chaining or tethering dogs not recommended?
Dogs are pack animals and their human family is their pack. Being deprived of this companionship
causes dogs to suffer mentally and physically.
Dogs tethered for long periods can become highly aggressive. They naturally feel very protective of
their territory since they cannot escape. The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
reports that 17 percent of dogs involved in fatal attacks on humans were restrained on their owners'
property at the time of the attack. Tragically, children are often the victims.
Tethered dogs often become victims of neglect and abuse. Being out of sight and out of mind leads
to a lack of basic care. These forgotten dogs frequently suffer from starvation, lack of preventive medical
care, inadequate shelter, improper tethering that causes injury or death, and exposure to heat and other
extreme elements. Having no means of escape, they also can be targets of teasing or torture.
To report animal abuse in Lee County call (239) 533-7387 (LEE-PETS). Have as much information as
possible including a description of the animal and its condition, the location with an exact address if pos-
sible, the date and time, and any witnesses.
Tax deductible donations to help with the recovery and treatment of pets who have suffered from
abuse may be made to the Animal Care Trust Fund at www.leelostpets.com or mailed to Animal Care
Trust Fund, 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33912.0
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Lee County Sheriff's Office .............. ........ 477-1200
Florida M arine Patrol.................. .................332-6966
Florida Highway Patrol................................278-7100
Poison Control................................... 1-800-282-3171
HealthPark Medical Center.................1-800-936-5321
Ft. Myers Chamber of Commerce...............332-3624
Foundation for Quality Childcare.................425-2685
Ft. Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce...........454-7500
Fort Myers Beach Library.............................463-9691
Lakes Regional Library.................. .................533-4000
Lee County Chamber of Commerce............931-0931
Post O ffice.......................................... 1-800-275-8777
Visitor & Convention Bureau........................338-3500
Alliance for the Arts.................... .................939-2787
Arts For ACT Gallery & Studio.....................337-5050
Art League Of Fort Myers............................275-3970
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall..........481-4849
B IG A RTS .................................. .................395-0900
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre.................... 278-4422
Cultural Park Theatre...................................772-5862
Florida Repertory Theatre at the Arcade...........332-4488
Florida W est Arts......................................... 948-4427
Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers..........472-0168
Gulf Coast 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
Animal Refuge Center...................................731-3535
American Business Women Association............463-1221
Audubon of SWFL......................................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
Lee County Genealogical Society................549-9625
Lee Trust for Historic Preservation ................939-7278
NA R F E(National Active &Retired Federal Employees)............................482-6713
Navy Seabees Veterans of America............731-1901
Paradise Iowa Club of SWFL................... 667-1354
Southwest Florida Fencing Academy............ 939-1338
Southwest Florida Music Association...........561-2118
Fort Myers Beach....................765-4254 or 454-8090
Fort M years Edison......................... ................. 694-1056
Fort M years South....................... ................ 691-1405
Gateway to the Islands..............................415-3100
lona-M cG regor........................... ................ 482-0869
Fort M years 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 ................................... ...................... 32 1-75 10
Southwest Florida Museum of History... ......321-7430
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