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VOL. 9, No. 29 From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort Myers JULY23, 2010
Arts For ACT Gallery Opening
Exhibit And Artists Reception
Bunche Beach Is One Of
Area's Best Birding Sites
Experience the beautiful birds of Bunche Beach with a bird patrol guide on
Saturday, August 14 from 8 to 10 a.m.
Meet in the parking lot at Bunche Beach located in South Fort Myers, off
Summerlin Road; drive south on John Morris Road until it dead-ends.
Bunche Beach is excellent for both migrant and resident wading and shorebirds
working the mudflats at low tide due to the diversity of micro-invertebrates.
This event is free and provided in cooperation with Lee County Parks and
Bring binoculars, sun protection, shoes that can get wet, a bottle of drinking water,
your curiosity and love of nature.
For more information call 707-3015 or log onto www.birdpatrol.org.
No registration is necessary.:
This Weekend At
Lee County Parks
parking fees will
be waived at Lee
parks and boat ramps,
and swimmers will =
have free admission.
Saturday, July 24 and 1 "
Sunday, July 25.
the parking fees and
pool admission in cel-
ebration of National
Parks & Recreation
Month, which is
marked each July.
"As part of the nationwide celebration,
Lee County is pleased to be a part of rec-
ognizing the many values and benefits of
parks and recreation," said Dave Harner,
deputy director of Lee County Parks &
Recreation. "Parks and recreation's pre-
serves, facilities and sites touch the lives
of almost everyone from the very young
to the very old."
Lee County also would like to recog-
nize the 800 volunteers who serve the
department, Harner said.
"Parks, greenways, blueways and open
spaces provide a welcome respite from
a fast-paced, high-tech lifestyle while
protecting and preserving Lee County's
natural environment," said Kathy Cahill,
Southwest Region director for the
Florida Recreation and Park Association
who also is the Lee County Parks &
Recreation volunteer services coordinator.
The Board of County Commissioners
urges all citizens to visit the parks, espe-
cially this weekend.
For more information about parks and
facilities along with directions and special
events, visit www.leeparks.org.4
Life's Colors by Jolene Hardy
oin Arts for ACT
First Street in
Myers, on Friday,
August 6, from 6
to 10 p.m. for an
and ArtWalk for fea-
tured artists Jolene
Brown and William
be something for
paintings with whim-
jewelry and mixed
media galore. This
through August 31.
design school in
1991 from Cal State
University Northridge. Photography 2 by Stacey Brown
She began her career
in advertising and graphic design in Los Angeles, California, working for a well-known
firm with clients such as Diamond Back Bikes; Forget the Frizz hair care; and Guess?
Shoes. She later moved to Houston, Texas to pursue her advertising career, working
for J. Walter Thompson on accounts such as Ford Motor Company, Exxon, Texas
Instruments, and BP Oil and Gas. She then moved to Birmingham, Alabama and later
to Knoxville, Tennessee working in the world of advertising and marketing. During
these years, she found inspiration and freedom in her fine art paintings and jewelry
making selling her creative inspirations in each of these cities. She has won numer-
ous awards in fine art, advertising and marketing. In 2009, Hardy was married and
relocated to Fort Myers to pursue her passion in fine art and design. She gets her
inspiration from life experiences, nature and her graphic background as well as from
one of her favorite artists, Salvador Dali. "Creating with the motto of 'live life to the
fullest,' while trusting in God to take care of the details," is Hardy's signature quote.
continued on page 3
2 THE RIVER JULY 23, 2010
Historic Downtown Fort Myers, Then And Now:
The Caloosahatchee ,'
by Gerri Reaves
lor decades, shuffleboard
.- 1 was a recreation staple
a along the Fort Myers
riverfront indeed, in many
S Florida communities with I
a substantial winter tourist
"The shuffleboard courts
shown in this 1947 photo
I were a much-used amenity
in what was then called the
waterfront park (later Centennial Park). The yacht
basin and park were but two projects completed by Not a trace remains of the court
the Work Projects Administration (WPA) during the
When the courts were demolished several years ago, they lay in dilapidated condi-
tion on the east side of the Hall of Fifty States on Edwards Drive, a crumbling remind-
er of the block's vibrancy in post-World War II downtown. Adjoining the courts were
the hall and the Civic Center (also recently demolished).
In the late 1940s, winter visitors spent untold hours on the shuffleboard courts by the river. The
States is visible in the left background. courtesy of South\
rs where scores were kept and friends were made photo by Gerri Reaves
Promotional literature in the 1940s could boast a tantalizing menu of leisure activi-
ties in the city's park: tennis, shuffleboard, roque (croquet), horse-shoes, checkers, and
Less athletic games such as bridge were also popular, and the Fort Myers Chess Club
had its headquarters at the Hall of Fifty States, which was also a venue for dances.
There was also the swimming pool by the river,
located where the entrance to the Pleasure Pier was until
Shuffleboard, originally called shove board, enjoyed a
long history before it worked its magic on the shores of
the Caloosahatchee. Originated in England in the 1500s,
t it started as a game played on a polished table.
Even in the Revolutionary era in this country, the
game had a large following, and it gained steadily in
popularity through the years. That popularity reached
its peak in the 1940s and 1950s, when the game was
played on military bases and ocean liners and in fraternal
clubs, rehabilitation hospitals, youth clubs, community
centers, and taverns. Teams and competition were com-
Shuffleboard aficionados such as celebrities Betty
Grable, Harry James, Merv Griffin, Alan Ladd bolstered
the game's appeal.
Baby boomers might be the last generation to remem-
U ber playing shuffleboard very much. The game's slow
-- pace and gentle competition made it perfect for long
summer evenings, and memories of the shuffleboard
court resonate in the memories of boomers.
Walk down to Edwards Drive and Lee Street to the
site of the last downtown shuffleboard courts and pay
respects to the game that brought hours of pleasure to
players by the river.
Then walk a few blocks to the Southwest Florida
Museum of History at 2031 Jackson Street, where you
can learn more about the recreational activities that capti-
e east side of the Hall of Fifty vated generations of winter tourists.
west Florida Historical Society
continued on page 5
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Arts For ACT
THE RIVER -JULY 23, 2010 3
galleries nationally and internationally. This jewelry line was featured in 30 Macy's
South department stores. Brown was featured as a visiting artist at the Dallas, Texas
Apparel Mart and the Atlanta, Georgia Apparel Mart. She was also a featured artist at
the Macy's Trunk Show in Miami, She became interested in raku pottery and had a
home studio where she produced platters, boxes and vases.
Photography has been a part of William Hofer's design career since earning
his BFA in graphic design from Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania. Beginning with capturing black and white images and processing film
negatives and prints, Hofer continued working with the medium through color films
and transparencies to today's digital technology. He is currently in the process of digi-
tizing his collection of black and white negatives and color transparencies. His primary
photographic interest lies in capturing images of flora and fauna of the natural envi-
ronment. However, any visual images that attract his eye and imagination will be the
subject of his camera lens. In his wildlife images, he tries to illustrate the beauty and
grace and capture something about the behavior or habitat of the subject. He hopes
his viewers pause and reflect on the environment and appreciate the visual beauty of
each piece. ^
Big Cypress Sun & Moon by Bill Hofer
Stacey Brown began making pottery, painting, needlework and jewelry and doing
artsy" things at a very young age. Creativity has always been present in her life
regardless of age or profession. She has always had a passion for photography and
antiques. She now combines all of these passions in her vibrantly colored handmade
jewelry, furniture, and photography and painting line called Vintage Recycled Designs.
Recycling and "up cycling" found treasures are in line with her attitude of preservation
and appreciation for all things vintage. Brown was co-owner and designer of Pittman/
Causey Accessories, a wearable art company during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Jewelry from this line was offered in boutiques, department stores, apparel marts and
B cl- 6wJ E&Zk
FRIDAY SUNDAY, AUGUST 6- 8
9 am to 4 pm (noon to 1 pmlunch)
Biolchini Riverfront Studio
81 West North Shore Avenue
North Fort Myers
This information-packed workshop is designed to give
a good foundation for bold, direct palette knife painting.
The workshop will accommodate 6 to 12 painters.
Participants can expect to produce at least one painting.
To Register or for Outline
CALL 239-466-3485 OR GO TO WWW.JANELLENART.COM
Has Local Goods
She Alliance for the Art's
| GreenMarket, open Saturdays from
8 a.m. to noon, continues to attract
visitors with locally grown produce, live
musical performances, cooking demon-
strations and community oriented events.
Customers sample and shop a wide
variety of products including local and
organic produce, honey, free-range eggs,
tropical fruit and fruit trees, fish, flowers,
gourmet breads, chocolates, teas and cof-
fees, olives, cheeses and herbs.
Live weekly cooking demonstrations
with chefs Reiner Drygala and Heath
Higginbotham of Bistro 41 feature reci-
pes created with locally-grown ingredi-
Broadway and Hollywood tunes are
played by The Zany Ladies, a senior duo.
GreenMarket July special events
include Lee County voter registration
booths, a July 24 blood drive organized
by Florida Blood Centers and children's
activities with the Florida Historical
Society's Story Lady, Fredricka Howe.
New vendors join the GreenMarket on
a weekly basis. Latest additions include
clay art by Debbie McPhail, semi-precious
stones and custom jewelry by Ann &
John Cassidy, potted vegetable plants,
herbs and tropical fruit by farmer Arthur
Levine and customized lifestyle plans by
Team BeachBody, Randy and Patti Hunt.
Also visit the Alliance galleries and gift
shop, open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to
The Lee County Alliance of the ARTS
is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard
just south of Colonial Boulevard.4
Summer Prix Summer
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$300 person i 0 person,
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of the month.
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4 THE RIVER -JULY 23, 2010
' ITS IRONIC.
THAT HE WAS A
PROFE SS IONAL
The future of Lee County schools,
budgeting and other important
issues are slated for discussion
among candidates at an August 5 com-
munity forum at the Alliance for the
Arts in Fort Myers.
Board candidates representing three
districts will present their qualifications
and platforms prior to the primary runoff
election on August 24. One candidate
from each district will be chosen by vot-
ers. Seven candidates are vying for the
Participating candidates will address
a variety of issues pertaining to one of
Florida's largest (80,000 students) and
most diverse school districts. A question-
and-answer session will follow candidate
remarks. News-Press Community Editor
David Plazas will moderate the 60- to
90-minute forum beginning at 6 p.m.
The forum is free and open to the
public. A reception will follow in the main
gallery. The forum is sponsored in part
by the Arts for a Complete Education in
The Lee County Alliance is located at
10091 McGregor Boulevard just south of
Colonial Boulevard. Visit www.artinlee.
org for more details.0
Read us online at IslandSunNews.com
Class Size Info Is
Now On The Web
In 2002 Florida voters approved a con-
stitutional amendment that set limits on
the number of students in "core sub-
ject" classes in the state's public schools.
Districts have been working with school-
wide averages for the student/teacher
ratios, based on grade level, since the law
The amendment is slated for full
implementation during the 2010-11
school year meaning schools can no
longer use an average when calculating
class size per grade level; they must have
every single class meet the established
ratios (18-1 grades Pre-K-3; 22-1 grades
4-8; 25-1 grades 9-12.)
However, during the 2010 session, the
Florida Legislature approved a joint reso-
lution that will appear on the November
2010 ballot allowing voters to tweak the
law and provide schools the ability to
continue calculating the class size at the
"We've said all along that keeping
class size down is a positive, but that
the schoolwide average was the best
way to do so," said Dr. James Browder,
Superintendent of Schools. "This gives
school principals the flexibility to do what
is right for students based on their indi-
vidual needs while listening to the intent
of the voters to keep class size down."
To help provide information to vot-
ers, the Florida Department of Education
has created a Web page that contains
a wealth of information on the Class
Size Amendment. There is a link to this
site on the district's Web site (www.lee-
schools.net) under the News & Events
section of the main page.
While the law may change in
November based on what voters decide,
Lee County Public Schools has been
working to prepare for full implement -
continued on page 14
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Historic Downtown Fort Myers
THE RIVER -JULY 23, 2010 5
National Parks At Shell Point
D r. Craig Rademacher will give a visu-
al presentation on several national
parks at Shell Point Retirement
Community on Thursday, July 29. The pre-
sentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the Village
Church Auditorium in The Island neighbor- .
"Many of us grew up visiting several of
the national parks throughout the country,"
said Mary Franklin, resort services manager
at Shell Point. "This presentation will offer
attendees a better understanding of the
background on the various national parks, e4 ,
as well as giving them a chance to view
some unique photos of beautiful landscapes ,
from all over the country. It will surely be
an event that nature and adventure lovers
would thoroughly enjoy, as well as people
who grew up near any national parks."
Since 1872, national parks have been
a part of the American experience. People
have grown up visiting these parks, and
built a psychological and emotional connec- Craig Rademacher
tion to their grand landscapes and enduring
heritage. Dr. Rademacher will explore our
understanding of how national parks evolved and why these magnificent places form
an essential link between our nations' past and its future.
The event is free; however seating is limited and a reservation is required. Call 454-
2054 to RSVP or for further information.
Shell Point Retirement Community is just off Summerlin Road, two miles before
the Sanibel Causeway.
From page 2
Don't miss Tutankhamun: Wonderful Things from the Pharaoh's Tomb, extended to
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.
Be sure to visit another valuable historical resource, the Southwest Florida Historical
Society, located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard. Call 939-4044 or drop by on
Wednesday or Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.
Sources: The archives of the Southwest Florida Historical Society, The Story of Fort
Myers by Karl H. Grismer, shuffleboard.net/history.html, and shuffleboardfederation.
Back-To-School Clothing Drive
T ish DeFeo, president of the Moms Prosperity Network of Florida, announces
the first annual Back-To-School Clothing Drive to benefit Lee County students
Sin need. Families are facing hardships this year more than ever, so the Moms
Prosperity Network of Florida has partnered with several business owners to coordi-
nate drop off sites for donations of gently used or new back-to-school clothing in all
sizes. DeFeo is encouraging the community to clean out their closets and donate any
clothes that are gently worn to this cause.
All clothing collected will be distributed at the 11th annual BIG Backpack event held
at Harborside Event Center on Sunday, August 1. A boutique and changing area will
be set up for kids to select an outfit in their size. Some shoes and other accessories
may also be provided. Volunteers are needed to help sort the clothing according to size
and gender. Donations of hangers and racks are also needed.
Moms Prosperity Network of Florida is a non-profit organization. Its mission is
to assist, support and provide inspiration to moms in the community. The organiza-
tion offers life coaching, parenting classes, financial coaching as well as the resources
needed to have a life of dignity. For more information visit http://www.momsprosperi-
Drop off locations for clothing are:
Gulfcoast Orthodontics/Dr. Laboda
14361 Metropolis Avenue, Suite 1
Zehner & Peluso Associates
5268 Summerlin Commons Way,
Bernardo Injury Law
1601 Jackson Street, Suite 104
Title Junction, LLC
6313 Corporate Court, Suite C
12734 Kenwood Lane #65
16251 North Cleveland Avenue
Premiere Executive Suites
5237 Summerlin Commons
Bank of America
571 Pine Island Road
1103 Del Prado Boulevard S.
814 Pine Island Road, suites #201-20
Grossman Family Law
1714 Cape Coral Parkway E.
Lusk Drasite & Tolisano, Attorneys
Del Prado Boulevard
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6 THE RIVER -JULY 23, 2010
Along The River
Oin Saturday, July
24, eat, drink
and be merry at
the Christmas in July
celebration at The Bar Jul acil.
and Logunge. .k "Ai
Owners Mark ,w in
Solomon and Ron
Kopko are turning their "
bistro into a winter won-, .
derland for the evening. .....
Sip wassail outside in
their beautiful courtyard
then dine inside one of
the bistro's exotic dining
rooms. The holiday din-
ner starts with Russian Celebrate Christmas in July at The Bar Association Bistro
Onion Soup, rock cor-
nish hens with stuffing
and vegetable du jour followed by their famous bread pudding with bourbon sauce.
Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and reservations are accepted.
The Bar Association is also hosting several special events next month: ArtWalk on
Friday, August 6; a Sex in the City Party on Friday, August 13; Ladies' Night Out with
half price drinks from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 17; a BLT (Boxers, Lingerie &
Togas) theme-party with free appetizers for those in costume on Friday, August 20;
Ladies' Night Out with half price drinks from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 24.
The Bar Association Bistro and Lounge is located at 1609 Hendry Street, Fort
Myers in the historic Peeple's Court. Call 334-8080.
On Thursday, July 29, The Sandy Butler Restaurant is featuring Chilean wines
as part of its summer wine series. The Chilean wine dinner is $35 per person and
begins at 7 p.m. Reservations are suggested.
The first course is a seafood chowder with Chilean seabass, potatoes, leeks, pep-
pers and cilantro in a light cream sauce topped with chicharrones. It is paired with
Hacienda Arucano Sauvignon Blanc.
The second course is a fresh field green salad topped with grilled marinated skirt
steak and Chimichurri vinaigrette. It is paired with Hacienda Arucano Carmenere.
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The third course is pork loin stuffed
with chorizo over yucca puree topped with
Downtown regulars enjoying lunch in the natural au jus. It is paired with Hacienda
climate-controlled, historic Post Office Arucano Cabernet Sauvignon.
Arcade Through September, The Sandy Butler
Restaurant also offers a daily prix fixe menu
that includes a three-course dinner and a glass of wine for $30 per person. Live music
is offered all summer long on Friday and Saturday nights from 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy
drinks and gourmet cuisine at the restaurant or at The Sand Bar while listening to
Michael Anthony on Spanish guitar.
The Sandy Butler Restaurant and Gourmet Market is located at 17650 San Carlos
Boulevard, Fort Myers. For reservations, call 482-6765 ext. 1.
In the mood for Chinese and Japanese cuisine? Stop at local favorite Ichiban in
downtown Fort Myers' River District. The family-owned and operated restaurant fea-
tures an extensive sushi menu, sake bar and daily Chinese lunch and dinner specials.
For lunch, try the combination shrimp with lobster sauce served with fried rice and
egg roll for $6.95 or sample a selection of lo mein, chop suey and vegetarian dishes.
Aside from daily lunch specials, Ichiban boasts an extensive Japanese and Chinese
dinner menu, including Bento boxes served with chicken or beef terriyaki and
Ichiban is located at 1520 Broadway in downtown Fort Myers, in the historic Post
Office Arcade. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday
and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m. Free delivery
is available within the River District. For more information, call 334-6991.0
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Helps Homeland Security
Laura Alford, Goodwill director of donor development, with the 60+ suitcases and bags
donated to TSA
When the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) needed luggage
to train its bomb-sniffing dogs, TSA turned to Goodwill Industries of
Southwest Florida. The non-profit donated more than 60 pieces of used
luggage and nearly 900 pounds of clothing for use in training its canine inspectors
and their handlers.
"It'll definitely go to good use," said inspector Jason Nimark, TSA lead exposives
detection canine handler. "The donation of this luggage will enhance the training of
our dogs and the protection of the public."
Nimark, along with lisaac, an explosives detection canine, picked up the luggage
and clothing at Goodwill's North Fort Myers headquarters on Wednesday, June 14.
LIFE Academy Students
Discover The Power Of Pennies
TSA inspector Jason Nimark with explosives detection canine Ilsaac and Laura Alford
"These suitcases and clothes were soiled, torn and damaged, so we couldn't re-sell
them," said Laura Alford, Goodwill's director of donor development. "This was a great
way to repurpose these items and keep them out of the landfills. And if Goodwill can
contribute to our national security, that's even better."
The baggage and clothing will be used for testing and training at Miami
International Airport and at an off-site training center.
"When we train, we use up to 50 pounds of clothing in the bags to simulate real
baggage," Nimark explained. "We're always trying to teach the dogs something new,
so there's constant training for the dogs and handlers."
TSA also assists other federal, state, and municipal agencies in the training of their
canine officers and handlers.#
your goal. Even a penny has power when it is saved!"
The LIFE Academy is a tuition-free Lee County charter school for students with
developmental disabilities. LIFE Academy's programs focus on more than just function-
al academics. The charter school also focuses on life skills, in order to allow students
to live as independently as possible after graduation. The school is currently enrolling
students for the fall.
After their pennies were bundled, weighed, and deposited in the bank, LIFE
Academy students voted on the best way to spend their hard-earned coins. Students
paid for a trip to the movies, and lunch at Chick-fil-A. They also went bowling and had
a pizza party to celebrate their success, all funded by their collected pennies.
"It's wonderful to see our students working together to achieve something so signifi-
cant," said Kirsten O'Donnell, director of public relations for Goodwill. "Some of them
will go on to live in a group home environment in the future, so fostering that sense
of community and teamwork is important. Plus, to be able to celebrate their successes
together is great."
The Goodwill LIFE Academy is a program of Goodwill Industries of Southwest
Florida. For more information contact LIFE Academy Principal Lynn Pottorf at 334-
4434 or visit www.goodwilllifeacademy.org.4
Hunter helping out with the counting
How long would it take to collect nearly 200,000 pennies? For the special-
needs students at the Goodwill LIFE Academy, the task took less than one
year. Students at the Lee County Charter School collected 197,577 pennies
as part of the school's Penny Power project.
LIFE Academy Principal Lynn Pottorf introduced the school to the possibilities that
pennies held in the 2008-09 school year. That year, the students collected 168,653
pennies. This year, the bar was set even higher.
"Penny Power teaches the students many lessons of saving," said Pottorf. "If you
want something beyond your budget, save a little bit at a time and you can achieve
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8 THE RIVER -JULY 23, 2010
ALL FAITHS UNITARIAN CONGREGATION
has moved to its new home
on 2756 McGregor Boulevard
Fort Myers, (6 blocks south of the
Edison Home; 2 miles north of Colonial
Reverend Dr. Wayne Robinson
Sunday Services: 9 and 11 a.m.
Children's Education: 9 a.m.
Adult Education: 10 a.m.
8210 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers
Reverend Fr. Athanasios Michalos
Orthros Service Sunday 9am
Divine Liturgy Sunday 10am
Fellowship Programs, Greek School,
Sunday School, Community Night
BETH SHILOH MESSIANIC
15675 McGregor Boulevard. 437-3171
Rabbi: Judah Hungerman
Friday Service, 8 p.m.
Saturday Service, 11 a.m.
Shabbat School Saturday Morning
Adult Hebrew Classes
Please call for information on full program.
BREAD OF LIFE MINISTRIES
CHURCH OF GOD:
16581 McGregor Boulevard, 267-3166
(Just past the Tanger Outlet Mall)
Pastor: Barry Lentz, 281-3063
Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday Bible Study, 7 p.m.
CHURCH OF THE CROSS:
13500 Freshman Lane; 768-2188
Pastors: Jeff Moran and Michael Bulter;
A nondenominational church emphasizing
a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Sunday Service: 9 a.m. Contemporary
10:45 a.m. Traditional.
CHRIST THE KING
1188 Lake McGregor Drive, Fort Myers,
432-1724. 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.
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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istries, calendar, blogs, etc.
NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH
OF FORT MYERS
16120 San Carlos Boulevard, Unit 10B
Tom Richards, Pastor
Sunday School for all ages 9:45 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship 11 a.m.
Sunday Evening 6 p.m.
Wednesday Evening Bible Study 7 p.m.
Special Monday Community Group service
at 7 p.m. for those who can not attend
NEW HOPE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
3825 McGregor Boulevard. Fort Myers
Pastors: Bill Stephens, Stu Austin and
Howard Biddulph, Associate Pastor
Traditional Worship at 8:00 and 9:30 am,
Contemporary Worship at 11:00am
Sunday School at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00am
Youth and Children's programming runs
concurrent to Sunday services.
Nursery care provided at all services
For more information visit: www.newhope-
PEACE COMMUNITY CHURCH:
(Meets at Ft. Myers Beach Masonic Lodge)
17625 Pine Ridge Road, Fort Myers Beach
Pastors: Bruce Merton, Gail and RC
Traditional Worship 9:45 a.m.
Contemporary Worship 11:15 a.m.
Phone: 267-7400 Fax: 267-7407
Web site: peacecommunitychurch.com
PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH:
15840 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers
Walter Still, Senior Pastor,
Sunday Worship: 8 and 9:30 a.m.
3/4 mile south from the intersection of
McGregor, San Carlos and Gladiolus.
A congregation of the ELCA.
REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH
3950 Winkler Extension, Fort Myers
Daily early learning center/day care
Sunday Services, 8:15 and 10:15 a.m.
Meditation classes. All are welcome.
Guided meditations offering many meth-
ods for relaxing the body and focusing
the mind on virtuous objects to bring
increasing peace and happiness into
daily activity. For information, class times
and locations call 567-9739 or visit www.
SOUTHWEST BAPTIST CHURCH:
16940 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers,
Robert G. Kasten, Pastor
Sunday Worship Service 11 a.m.
9:45 a.m. Sunday School for all ages
Junior Church grades one to five
Wee Church Pre-K to K
Evening Service 6 p.m.
Wednesday Service 6 p.m.
12171 lona Road, Fort Myers, off
McGregor and north of Gladiolus.
Father Joseph Clifford.
Monday through Saturday 8 a.m.
Weekend masses: Saturday 3 and 5 p.m.;
Sunday: 7, 9,11, and 5:30 p.m.
Reconciliation is available at the church on
Saturday at noon and by appointment
SAINT JOHN THE APOSTLE
METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH
3049 Mcgregor Boulevard, Fort Myers,
Pastor Rev. Steve Filizzi
An Affirming & Inclusive Congregation
Sunday Services, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Service, Wednesday 6:30 p.m.
ST. MICHAEL LUTHERAN
CHURCH & SCHOOL (LCMS)
3595 Broadway, Fort Myers
Wednesday Fellowship: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner $5, 6:15 p.m. bible studies
Worship: Saturday, 5:30 p.m.,
Sunday 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. with 9:15
a.m. adult and children's Bible Study, plus
marriage enrichment studies. Divorce Care
on Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
During Lent: Wednesday worship
noon and 6:15 p.m.
TEMPLE BETHEL SYNAGOGUE:
16225 Winkler Rd. 433-0018.
Rabbi Jeremy Barras
Cantorial Soloists Joseph/Lynn Goldovitz
Shabbat Services, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Torah Study, Saturday, 9:15 a.m.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Services, Saturday,
Religious Education Classes, Midweek,
Grades 2-7, Wednesday, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Preschool Classes, Monday through Friday
Confirmation Classes, Wednesday,
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. to noon
TEMPLE JUDEA (CONSERVATIVE):
14486 A & W Bulb Road,
Fort Myers, 433-0201.
Rabbi: Benjamin S. Sendrow,
Cantor: I. Victor Geigner.
Weekly services: Monday and Thursday, 9
a.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.
Religious school Sunday, 9 a.m. to noon,
and Wednesday, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Family Midrash services on the first and
third Fridays of the month at 7 p.m.
Pre bar/bat mitzvah class Monday, 5:30 to
7 p.m., followed by confirmation class from
7:30 to 9 p.m.
For information on early childhood educa-
tion/preschool, phone 482-1121.
THE NEW CHURCH
The New Church of SWFL is located at
10811 Sunset Plaza Circle, by Summerlin
and Pine Ridge Roads, behind Zoomers
and the ponds.
Spiritual Recovery, Wednesdays 10 a.m.
Healing Service, Wednesdays 11 a.m. and
Friday 6:30 p.m.
Sunday Worship Services, 11 a.m.
Call for information 481-5535.
THOMAS A. EDISON
1619 Llewellyn Drive Fort Myers
Just off McGregor across from the Edison/
Ford Winter Estates
Senior Minister: Douglas Kelchner
Traditional Worship Sunday's 10:15 a.m.
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.
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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.
9065 Ligon Court, Fort Myers, across
from HealthPark Hospital, 481-2125
Pastor: Interim Pastor Dr. Luder Whitlock
TKenny Conidaris, a 17-year-old
SEstero High School student,
Enjoys fishing, soccer, hanging out
at the beach and playing with his four
At age 12, he was diagnosed with
severe aplastic anemia, a disease where
the bone marrow stops making enough
red and white blood cells and platelets for
the body. Patients with aplastic anemia
are at risk for life-threatening infections
or bleeding. Recently Kenny was also
diagnosed with paroxysmal nocturnal
hemoglobinuria, or PNH, a disease that
can stem from aplastic anemia and occurs
when abnormal blood-forming stem cells
produce red blood cells with a defective
Kenny's father, Ken, said that Kenny's
current treatment is like putting tape
on a hose that leaks the tape could
hold forever or the hose could explode.
"One bone marrow transplant could save
Kenny's life," he says.
Kenny is one of the more than
10,000 people each year with a life-
threatening disease who could benefit
from a marrow transplant. These tissue
types are inherited, but 70 percent of
patients do not have a matched donor
in their family. Kenny is among that 70
percent and is relying on the National
Marrow Donor Program to find a match.
"Many people want to be registered
to donate blood marrow, but don't know
how," said Nancy Hendrick, commu-
nity relations coordinator for the Lee
Memorial Blood Center. "That's why
we're holding a bone marrow search and
blood drive. We want to help increase
community awareness of the need for
blood and marrow donors, and it would
be awesome if we could find a match."
Anyone age 18 to 60 who is willing
to donate to any patient in need and
meets the health guidelines can join the
Bone Marrow Donor Program registry.
Hendrick said the process is much sim-
pler than in the past and the majority
of donations are done without surgery.
"Cells from a person's mouth are col-
lected with a cotton swab and analyzed to
determine if that person is a match with
any patient in the registry. Donors never
pay for donating and are never paid to
donate," she said.
See if you are a match for free at the
9:30 a.m., Contemporary;
Worship and Adult Classes
11 a.m., Blended Worship
WORD OF LIFE CHURCH:
2120 Collier Ave, Fort Myers, 274-8881;
Services: Sunday 10 a.m.;
Wednesday 7 p.m.
Bishop Gaspar and Michele Anastasi
ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH:
7401 Winkler Road, Fort Myers,
481-4040, Pastor, Steve Hess
Sunday Services: 8 a.m. traditional;
9:30 a.m. contemporary; 11 a.m. blendings.
Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.0
Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Search
Saturday, July 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
at the Lani Kai on Fort Myers Beach.
There will be food, prizes and activi-
ties. For more information, call the Lee
Memorial Blood Center at 334-5333.0
Islam To Be Aired
Anew documentary film that is said
to offer insight to understanding
2 the Muslim world and valid reasons
for building bridges and inspiring coop-
eration between Muslims and the West,
will be shown at Lamb of God Church on
Saturday, July 24 at 6 p.m.
The film, titled Inside Islam: What a
Billion Muslims Really Think, is jointly
sponsored by the Islamic Center for
PEACE and The Center for Sacred Unity
at the Lamb of God Church. The film
showing, which is part of a three-hour
program, is free of charge to the public.
Refreshments will be served.
The top polling organization Gallop
was used to conduct tens of thousands of
interviews in 35 predominantly Muslim
nations, as well as smaller populations in
Europe and the U.S. The broad extent of
the polling has delivered findings for the
world's 1.4 billion Muslims with a plus or
minus accuracy of three percent.
Gallop researchers asked the ques-
tions that may be said to be on every
American's mind: Why is there so
much anti-Americanism in the Muslim
world? Who are the extremists and how
do Muslims feel about them? What do
Muslims like and dislike about the West?
What do Muslim women really want?
Crucial policy decisions hang on these
questions which continue to generate
passionate disagreements. Yet, for all the
heat and controversy, the actual views of
the world's Muslims have been conspicu-
ously missing from this debate until now.
A discussion session following the
film will be led by guest speakers Dr.
Shaker Elsayed, a prominent Muslim
scholar from Fairfax, Virginia and Daniel
Tutt, public relations director at Unity
Productions Foundation which produced
For more information, or to make a
reservation, call the Islamic Center for
PEACE at 671-1761, or go to http://
The Lamb of God Church located at
19691 Cypress View Drive in Fort Myers
(from South U.S. 41, turn left at Estero
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Festivities were held on Thursday, July
22 beginning at 10 a.m. when special
gifts were presented to each lady before
Later that afternoon, 22 members of
Filomena's family flew in to celebrate her
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Part I of II
JFK's Pilot Picked Sanibel Over Hawaii
By Barbara Joy Cooley, President and
Mike Gillespie,Vice President, Committee of the Islands
The Marine aviator
who had served
Korea, and Vietnam -
and who once piloted
JFK's helicopter took
one look at Sanibel and
said, "Here's home."
That pilot was Colonel
He and his wife, Jean -
a Navy flight nurse had
both been on active duty
during the Korean War.
They had met in Japan
and got married in Hawaii
after a short courtship.
They fell in love with it
and went back many times
during their marriage.
But something would
beckon them to Sanibel.
By 1970, the Reeds
started planning for life
after the Marines and
began the search for a
place to live. Their daugh-
ter, retired Navy Captain
Nori Ann Reed, lives on
Sanibel today. Intrigued by
what we had heard of this
On the wing of his FU2 Corsair fighter in the Pacific, WWII, 1945
Col. Edwin Reed piloting Marine One
Colonel Reed with President John F. Kennedy
extraordinary military family, we contacted Nori Ann and asked her to tell us more -
about her family, their love of Sanibel, their service to their country...and to our island
How, we asked Nori Ann, did your folks find Sanibel?
"Mom and Dad," she said, "set out in a little Cessna and went island hopping down
the east coast, looking for someplace that captured the 'feel' of their beloved Hawaiian
islands but wasn't so far from both their families. They stopped off in lots of places,
including the Keys, but no place even came close.
"Then," she continued, "on their return to Quantico, Virginia, where Dad was
stationed, they came via Fort Myers, because very close friends lived in Cape Coral.
A thank-you note from Jacqueline Kennedy to Col. Edwin Reed
During the visit, Mom and Dad were told, 'you have to see Sanibel.' And like so many
others, they fell in love with it. Though neither of them was impulsive, they bought
a Sunset South condominium essentially that day. They came home from their trip,
bubbling over with enthusiasm to my brother Rob and me about the wonderful place
they had discovered. After that, even their favorite island Kauai took second place to
We asked Nori Ann for some background on her dad and his military service
before he arrived here.
From a farm in west Texas
"He was raised on a farm in west Texas," she said, "where his father was essential-
ly a sharecropper for my Dad's maternal grandmother (who literally sat at their kitchen
table when the cotton crop came in and was given her 51 percent before any other
bills were paid).
"Dad was very tall for his time," she continued, "almost 6'5", and was given an
athletic scholarship to college. He planned to be a football and basketball coach, but
like so many of his generation, WWII changed all that.
"In 1942, his entire basketball team went down to the Marine recruiter and signed
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to become officers and pilots for the Marine
Corps. Despite being mostly Texas farm boys
who had never been in a plane, all of them
said OK. They all had the attitude of 'whatever
needs doin', they'd do it.' Thus began Dad's
lifelong love of flying and his 30 plus year
.. ~ career in the Marine Corps."
And what, we asked, did that career
He did great things in the Marine Corps,"
Nori replied, "at one point having qualified to
fly every type of aircraft in the Marine Corps
inventory. One of the highlights of his career
was being President Kennedy's pilot in the
Marine One helicopter. In the famous film clip
of President Kennedy reaching down to stop
the toddler John-John from running out to
the helicopter, I never watch the Kennedys I
always try to catch a glimpse of my Dad looking
back at the scene from the helicopter window."
When, we asked, did your parents move
Edwin Reed after he retired to Sanibel full time?
"During his Marine Corps physical in 1972,"
Nori told us, "Dad was discovered to have a brain tumor. Later on, we would find
out it was due to Agent Orange from his time in Vietnam, but at the time, 'why'
didn't matter. Dad was in the fight of his life and spent five months in Bethesda Naval
Hospital. Upon his release from the hospital, he was also retired from the Marine
Corps, and we (Mom, Dad, and I) headed for Sanibel. While Dad certainly was 'bet-
ter' and would be around for two more decades, from then on our family had almost
a sense of being on borrowed time, and where else would we spend it with joy except
Walking the beach at sunset
"Mom and Dad loved to walk the beach at sunset, and I can still see them in my
mind's eye, ambling down the beach, my very quiet, tall Dad nodding at my tiny-in-
comparison (5'2") Mom's conversation as the day slowly came to an end."
We knew that Colonel Reed had joined the Committee of the Islands and
was elected chairman in 1976, just one year after its founding.
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What was it, we asked Nori Ann, that attracted him to this new organization?
"To Dad," she replied, "the Committee of the Islands seemed to be the right thing
to do. I go back to the same attitude he exhibited when he joined the Marines. A job
needed doing, and like so many others on the island at the time who joined with him,
he set out to do it.
"Dad had a unique perspective on Lee County politics and plans for Sanibel," she
continued. "He was a Sanibel resident, but he had been hired as the airport manager
at Page Field, which at the time was the main airport for Southwest Florida. This job
required involvement with the Lee County Commission, both at hearings and in day-
"Dad became increasingly concerned about what he was hearing when it came to
Sanibel. Approval was being sought and granted for more and more densely popu-
lated projects. He believed it would get worse, because he thought Sanibel just didn't
have enough voters to sway the Lee County Commission from seeking more and
more revenue from bigger and bigger projects even thought it threatened to destroy
the very reasons why people came to Sanibel in the first place.
Coming together for Sanibel
"Dad didn't believe in 'no growth,' Nori continued, "but he believed that reasonable
people could reach agreement on what was proper and in keeping with the Sanibel
spirit. That's what he thought the Committee of the Islands could be about, reasonable
people coming together for the good of Sanibel, despite whatever other political views
We asked Nori Ann, "What else do you think people who love our island
would be interested in knowing about your dad?"
"That he never stopped loving Sanibel," she replied. "He has been gone 16 years
and spent nearly the last two years of his life in a Cape Coral nursing home, a victim
of the side effects from the tumor and with many cognitive functions gone. But no
matter how confused he was, he never stopped wanting to come home and walk that
beach one more time. And Mom, at 86, still watches the sunset on Sanibel and misses
him. Me, too."
We're glad this Marine pilot and his family chose to land on Sanibel. We are deeply
grateful to them for their service to our country... and to our island.
If you have stories about Sanibel's history, the Committee of the Islands invites
your input. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For other commentaries about Sanibel, visit
1131 1st St., Ft. Myers
12 THE RIVER- JULY 23, 2010
Captiva Cruises And SCCF Team Up
To Ensure No Child Is Left Ashore
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Above: Richard Finkel, center, with youngsters from Brightest Horizons; below: getting
ready to explore the waters
by Marc DiBenedetto,
Island Sun Summer Intern
If you have run out of
summer activities then
the new Captiva Cruises'
Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise
departing from the Sanibel
Harbour Marriott Hotel at
Punta Rassa is a great way
to spend an afternoon.
Only $25 ($15 for a child)
can get you an afternoon
cruise aboard where you
can see the beautiful shores
and wildlife from a new and
unique perspective. Your cap-
tain and tour guide will have
These girls found lots of king's crowns
All smiles after finding a king's crown
Show and tell
Brightest Horizons student show off his shell
extensive knowledge of the area and wildlife due to their 70 hours training and classes
before their first tours. The tour begins and ends at the Sanibel Harbour Resort and
you are taken under the Sanibel bridge, out towards the Sanibel Lighthouse, over to
Pine Island and the "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, then past Picnic Island
and back in to the resort.
Dolphins, wild birds, and other wildlife are abundant throughout the cruise making
the trip a very enjoyable experience.
Diane Etter of the Captiva Cruises emphasized that the cruises were not only great
for tourists but for local Floridians as well. The water is peaceful, beautiful, and of
course "everybody loves dolphins," Etter said.
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Captiva Cruises has been running
for 25 years and added trips from the
Sanibel Harbour Marriott last October.
But perhaps their most significant pas-
sengers of all came on Friday, July 9.
That is when Richard Finkel, environ-
mental educator with Captiva Cruises,
took 40 Brightest Horizons students on a
special private early morning cruise.
Here's what some of the children
from Brightest Horizons had to say:
Luis "My favorite part was when
we saw the dolphins."
Elizabeth "I like that we got to
use the nets to find sea creatures
and we saw a shark."
Yahir "I like being in the water
and looking for animals."
Devin "It was fun. I like seeing
the dolphins and crabs."
Dahlia "It was a great experi-
ence. I like learning about the dif-
ferent kinds of shells that we found."
Jennifer "I like finding creatures
in the water."
Brightest Horizons Family Solutions is
a leading provider of employer-sponsored
child care, back-up care, education and
work/life solutions and has been in exis-
tence since 1998.
Captiva resident and Brightest
Horizons board member Nathalie Pyle
paid for transportation for the students
to the dock. Finkel, along with captains
Andy Scott and Kevin Smith, took the
kids on a shoreline discovery cruise and
even made a stop at Picnic Island where
the children were able to use hand-held
seining nets and learn about the ecology
of the area. Many of the students were
able to see live shrimp, crabs, and sea
stars amongst other sea creatures for
the first time and had great things to say
about the trip.
Concerned that so many of our
local youth, such as those at Brightest
Horizons do not have the opportunity to
experience the wonders of our marine
environment, Paul McCarthy, owner of
Captiva Cruises, is launching a commu-
nity-based initiative to marshal the nec-
essary resources to get kids out on the
water. "Richard Finkel is designing cus-
tom boat expeditions, which will provide
these youngsters with an extraordinary
educational and recreational experience,"
McCarthy said. "Captiva Cruises has
enlisted the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation
Foundation (SCCF), preeminent in the
field of environmental education as its
Kristie Anders, education direc-
tor of SCCF, had this to say about the
new initiative: "The Sanibel-Captiva
Conservation Foundation is thrilled to be
able to join the efforts of Captiva Cruises
in facilitating a new program, No Child
Left Ashore. This is a great opportunity
to reach out to children that may not
otherwise have the chance to connect
with marine environment. We hope that
others will see this as an opportunity to
team up with us to assist those that may
not otherwise have the good fortune to
explore our coastal habitats."
Tina Parsons, executive director of
Brightest Horizons, said, "We appreciate
the opportunity Captiva Cruises has pro-
vided for our children. They have had an
unforgettable, unique experience in and
on the water which will hopefully lead to
an improved understanding of the natural
resources our area has to offer; and the
fragile ecosystem which is affected by
each of us."
Businesses, schools, educators and
individuals who would like to become
involved in No Child Left Ashore are
encouraged to contact Richard Finkel at
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America's Boating Course
The San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power
Squadrons, will be offering America's Boating Course on Saturday, August
21 from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.This course is recognized by the National
Association of State Boating Law Administrators.
The State of Florida recently passed legislation requiring anyone born after January
1, 1988 to have passed a safe boating course and obtain a Boating Safety Education
ID card, which is valid for life, in order to operate a boat with more than 10 h.p. Each
student will receive a card/certificate from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission
upon completion of the class.
The course consists of two sessions on consecutive Saturdays. The second session
will be on Saturday, August 28, also from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Topics covered include hull design, docking, anchoring, handling boating emergen-
cies, reading channel markers and many other topics to make each boating experience
safer and more enjoyable.
The cost of the course is $40 plus $20 for a second person sharing the instruction
The course is being taught at the San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron class-
room at 16048 San Carlos Boulevard at the corner of Kelly Road (across from ACE
Hardware). Register online at www.scbps.com or call the office 466-4040.4
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Water dropwort, a member of the carrot family, is larval host plant for the eastern black
swallowtail butterfly photos by Gerri Reaves
by Gerri Reaves
W ater dropwort (Oxypolis filiformis) is a native perennial that blooms all
Its natural habitat is freshwater wetlands, but it commonly beautifies urban
marsh-like areas such as ditches and swales.
Butterfly gardeners will want to include this easy-care plant in the landscape
because it's the larval host plant for the eastern black swallowtail butterfly. Use it in a
wet area or a natural garden.
This member of the carrot family is related to celery, parsley, dill, and fennel.
Also known as water cowbane, it grows in full sun, reaching two to five feet tall and
spreading by seed.
The lacey white flower clusters can be several inches across, although the flowers
themselves are only about one-eighth of an inch in diameter.
All of the individual flower stems arise from the same point, forming an umbrella-
like, sparsely branched structure.
The stems are hollow and the leaves long and linear. The Latin name filiformis
means "threadlike" and refers to the filament-like phyllodes, or enlarged leaf blades
ranging from four inches up to a couple of feet long.
From page 4
Class Size Info
tion of the Amendment for 2010-11. This includes hiring extra teachers needed to
ensure a class-by-class compliance. Staff has also been exploring the possible use
of long-term substitute teachers and recently, the Foundation for Lee County Public
Schools provided a suggestion that the district recruit recently retired instructors, which
district staff is researching to determine if that is feasible.
For more information, visit the www.leeschools.net.4
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On Mason Corbin Court in Fort Myers, water dropwort stand among the purple flowers of
pickerelweed, another freshwater wildflower
If water dropwort picks your landscape as a home, think twice before mowing it
It will reward you with "flower umbrellas" and give the butterflies an improved
chance of survival.
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Donate To Fishing
he Operation Open Arms (OOA)/
VFW annual Fishing Tournament.
will be held on Saturday, August
7 starting at 8 a.m. at the Punta Rassa
public boat ramp.
Active duty servicement and service-
women (two to each boat) will receive a
free fishing charter with refreshments and
all of the gear and bait as well as a barbe-
cue at the Fort Myers Beach VFW. The
charter boats will be provided at no cost
by professional guides who will be volun-
teering their time. Gasoline cards will be
provided to the professional guides.
The tournament will provide a much-
needed break for military personnel on
leave from a war zone. Operation Open
Arms is asking asking for $250 to spon-
sor each boat, but will accept any dona-
Founded in 2005 on Pine Island by
Charter Boat Captain John "GiddyUp"
Bunch, who was a U.S. Marine officer in
Vietnam, Operation Open Arms serves
active duty servicemen and women.
Operation Open Arms is an IRS
approved 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation
so contributions are tax deductible. Two
sitting presidents, George W. Bush and
Barak Obama have recognized the orga-
nization for its great work.
The mission of Operation Open Arms
is to provide every possible benefit to
our active duty servicemen and women
while on leave from a combat zone. The
organization also provides free mental
health counseling to active duty service-
men and women. The organization has
no staff and operates only through its
volunteers and business partners through
a network of sponsoring businesses that
extend free benefits in a wide range of
categories. Partners donate hotel room
nights, restaurant meals, fishing charter
trips, excursions to the Keys, sightseeing
opportunities, leisure activities, haircuts
and dental work.
For more information log onto www.
operationopenarms.org or call Capt.
Bunch at 283-8838. Donations may be
sent to: operation Open Arms, P.O Box
101, St. James City, FL 33956.4
Fishing Cabbage Key
Load Up On Pinfish For
A Great Day Fishing
by Capt. Matt Mitchell
P infish are the universal summertime bait for our area and
that's what the fish are eating right now. All our gamefish
and various other species can be caught using pinfish. A
live well full of pinfish is pretty easy to come by right now if
you know how and where to look.
Depending on your timeframe and how many you need there
are multiple ways to catch them. Cast netting is probably the
most popular method but hook and line and bait traps all work
My favorite way of filling up the livewell with pinfish and shin-
ers is chumming and throwing a cast net. When I throw for bait
I prefer to anchor up and chum. Chumming schools the bait up
and means a lot less throws than simply drifting and throwing the cast net. Grass flats
and edges of grass flats in three to five feet of water are the places to try. Moving tide
helps too as this will disperse the chum out from the boat and draw the bait in.
Everyone has their favorite baitfish chum recipe which can be anything from
canned cat food to jack mackerel mixed with bread, grits, oats, etc. For ease of use I
buy salt water fish food which is a dry mix and can be bought at most bait and feed
stores. Bait stores generally have it broken down into smaller packages while feed
stores sell it by the 50-pound bag. I mix a pound or two of the dry mix with salt water
until it's a thick paste-like consistency. A chum spoon works well for this as I'm not
into putting my hands and fingers into the mix. I like to use a wooden sushi rice spoon
for chumming. They are cheap and float, just in case you drop it over the side of the
boat. If you want to beef up this mixture you can add menhaden oil but I find you
don't really need it.
I like to anchor
up from the bow and
then powerpole down I
from the stern. This
stops the boat swinging
around on the anchor
and keeps you right on
your chum line. With
the livewell at the stern
of my boat this makes
it easy to simply shake
the baits from the net
into the livewell. To
chum, simply throw
small amounts of salt
water fish food mixture
from the back of the
boat paying attention to '
how the chum drifts out
on the current. I like to
chum for 10 to 15 min-
utes before throwing
my 12-foot net. Any
size net will work but I
prefer 3/8th mesh. A
six- or eight-foot net
will get the job done but
the bigger the net the
less you generally have
to throw. Usually three
casts and a half-hour
of my time and I have
plenty of live bait for
the day of fishing.
Baitfish traps also
work well but need to
be baited almost daily. This big redfish ate a pinfish
For a few years I kept
three bait traps around the sound that always held at least a dozen or so baits each
day. I used these during tarpon season and kept them baited with my old cutbait of
mullet. Before a charter I would run around collecting the bait and re-bait them for the
next day. After a few months, though, the bait traps became barnacle encrusted and
only ended up lasting two seasons. When you leave a bait trap out in the water you
also take the chance of someone else pulling it up and stealing it or having it run over
by a boat and lost forever. After losing two of my three traps to either thieves or pro-
pellers, I quit using them. These bait traps caught a great assortment of bait including
crabs, grunts and pinfish.
Hook and line fishing for pinfish is quick and easy once you get them feeding.
When I'm fishing a tournament I prefer to catch my pinfish a day or two ahead using
this method. The baits don't get as beaten up as they do when caught in a cast net
and just plain live longer. I like to anchor up and tie a chum block off the back of the
boat. This really gets the pinfish fired up. I like to use a Sabuki rig on a light spinning
rod with a lead weight on the bottom. The best bait to use on the 6 hook Sabuki rig is
cut up squid legs. The squid legs are very tough and stay on the hook well which saves
THE RIVER JULY 23, 2010 15
time on re-baiting hooks. A dehooker works great for this as you simply grab the line
above the rig, put the dehooker on the hook and shake the baits off into the live well.
This way the baits have never been touched. Once the pinfish are feeding well you can
catch three or four at a time and not even dirty the boat with a cast net. When catch-
ing lots of pinfish hook and line I generally have two people working the rods while I
work the de-hooker.
Spend some time catching bait before heading out. No matter how you choose
to get your pinfish, a full livewell generally makes for a great day of fishing. Whether
you're after tarpon, snook, redfish, trout or grouper, right now pinfish are the bait
everything is eating.
Capt. Matt Mitchell moved to Sanibel in 1980 and has fished local waters for
more than 25 years. He now lives in St. James City and has worked as a back coun-
try fishing guide for more than 10 years. If you have comments or questions email
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.
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16 THE RIVER- JULY 23, 2010
L local actor
j 1' ---came up
I with the idea of
letting the audi-
C M ence select which
play wins Theatre
New Play Contest.
Bill Taylor, pro-
ducing and artistic
director for the theatre, agreed and a
new play preview party held July 17 at
the Alliance for the Arts proved to be a
delightful new experience for the audi-
Attendees enjoyed refreshments
and rubbing elbows with many of the
actors taking part in the staged read-
ings. The top three shows, selected from
306 entries, were Elsewhere by Adam
Szymkowicz; Lone Wolves by Philip
Hall; and Cynthia's Lament by Paul J.
The winner Cynthia's Lament -
will be performed in October at Theatre
Conspiracy. The play is about a successful
romance novelist, Taylor, who goes by the
nom de plume of Cynthia Silver. Taylor
wants to break away from pretending to
be Cynthia and prove that he is a respect-
able author on his own. The 25 minutes
Piece By Piece
Opens August 6
Piece by Piece, the stained glass
art of John Coleman, presented
by the Sidney & Berne Davis Art
Center, show opens on August 6 from
6 to 10 p.m. during the Downtown
Fort Myers Art Walk. The Laboratory
Theatre of Florida will also present the
one-act play Anywhere but Here.
John Charles Coleman and his brother
Robert have practiced law in Fort Myers
for the last 30 years. John has worked
with stained glass for over 25 years. He
was introduced to stained glass by his
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John Brothers, Karen Goldberg
Michelle and Joe Pescatrice
we heard last Saturday night had us in
stitches, so everyone is looking forward to
seeing the entire show this October.
Coming up next at Theatre Conspiracy
is Searching For Eden: The Diaries of
Adam and Eve, by James Still. More
wife Patsy Coleman, who has helped him
learn all facets of the art.
Coleman's stained glass art includes
windows, paintings floral, landscape,
and abstract, many in a diamond shape -
and a wide variety of vases.
In Anywhere but Here two very dis-
similar runaways, a teen and a street-wise
70-year-old, meet in bus station in this
prizewinning and charming one-act com-
edy. Showtimes are 7 and 8:30 p.m.
After 10 p.m. the festivities continue
in the Grand Atrium with Art After
Hours. There will be a cash bar and pizza
provided by Downtown House of Pizza.
Volunteers are needed for the Sidney
& Berne Davis Art Center to assist with
seasonal events. Contact Kathy Robinson
at 333-1933 for more information.
Lyn Bruner and Ron Treaseh
than a hundred years after Mark Twain
wrote his own short stories about Adam
and Eve, Still combines those stories for
Act One of Searching for Eden and then
imagines Adam and Eve in the present
day for Act Two to create this completely
original and contemporary play about the
world's first love story. It will play August
Denyea Clarkson, Robert Feigenblatt,
20, 21, 26, 27, 28, September 2, 3, 4 at
8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee August 29.
For tickets, call Theatre Conspiracy
at 936-3239. The theater is located at
Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor
Boulevard, Fort Myers.,
Prepared To Be Taken
Back In Time At The Schoolhouse
he Herb Strauss Schoolhouse
Theater's summer shows are
rocking the islands. You'll
want to kick up your heels to hits
like Night Fever, Dancing Queen,
Proud Mary and Stayin' Alive
in the The 70s Show, and Love
Shack, Material Girl, Whip It and
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun in 80s
to the Max.
Lexie Dorsett, Gina Gloria,
Samantha Rotella, Kevin T. Murphy
and Geoffrey Nelson star in these
fun-filled, high energy musical
revues under the direction of Artistic
Director Victor Legarreta and musi-
cal directors Sarah Lawing and Justin
P. Cowan. Retro choreography is
directed by Bobby Logue.
Special summer pricing is in
effect; children 16 and under are just
$10 and adults are $25. The 70s
Show plays Wednesday and Saturday
nights through August 14, 80s to the
Max runs Tuesday and Thursday eve-
nings through August 12.
The Herb Strauss Schoolhouse
Theater is at 2200 Periwinkle
Way, Sanibel. For tickets call 472-
6862. Visit the website at www.
Schoolhouse Theater is a program of
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he United States Gymnastics
Federation will host its National
Championships in Hartford
Connecticut August 11-14 and Lee
County-based Art of the Olympians has
been chosen to design the "Look of the
This special honor will promote sport
and the arts among both competitors and
Color field paintings created by the
late Olympian Al Oerter will adorn ban-
ners, posters, bill boards, T-shirts, and
even the accreditations that the athletes
wear around their necks. Oerter was a
four-time gold medalist and is consid-
ered to be the role model for Olympians
around the world.
Oerter was a recognized artist with
talent rivaling his famous athletic accom-
plishments. Visa is the title sponsor for
the Championships. Oerter and Visa
worked on projects together over the
In addition, the acclaimed Olympian
artist Liston Bochette will create a
special commemorative work of art to
acknowledge the national championships.
Bochette has done similar works for
THE RIVER -JULY 23, 2010 17
many international and national federa-
tions in the past. He was a gold medal
winner at the Barcelona Olympic Games
on the cultural side. His work is sought
after in many parts of the world.
AOTO will host a special exhibition of
art work created by Olympians during the
championships. This exhibition will high-
light works by 15 different Olympians
including Bob Beamon, Florence Griffith
Joyner and Cameron Myer.
More information about Art of the
Olympians is available at www.artoftheO-
Susan Scott shows off her new dresses
After winning Top Female Bronze
in Las Vegas with partner Steve
Wilkie, Susan Scott of Captiva
is going to the World Championships
in San Juan, Puerto Rico, again with
Along with Scott's 11 rhythm and
five smooth dances, she has added eight
international dances to her repertoire.
"To say the least, I have been training
hard since May with Steve and numerous
other coaches," Scott said. "At this com-
petition I will be on the dance floor over
250 times. To add to the excitement and
drama Steve is dancing 'full out' with torn
knee ligaments and will require surgery
upon our return.
"I am counting on him to continue to
coach me from a sitting position until he's
ready for our next competition"
Scott added, "No matter what the out-
come in Puerto Rico, I know I have the
dancing fever. My hope is to bring a big
trophy back to Captiva. "
The monthly meeting of the Fort
Myers Beach Yacht Club will be
held Wednesday, July 28 on the
top floor of Nervous Nellie's Crazy
Waterfront Eatery (formerly Snug
Harbor Restaurant) under the sky bridge
on Estero Island.
Social hour begins at 5:30 and dinner
is ordered off the menu starting about 6
Potential new members wishing to
attend are invited to call Commodore
Tom Swanbeck for reservations and
additional information at 292-6284. To
learn more about the club log onto www.
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Golf's Oldest Prize Won By Unknown
Whose Name Is A Tongue Twister
by Ed Frank
H is name was next to impossible to pronounce. He was
a 200-1 shot to win golf's oldest tournament. And the
only other tournament he had ever won, this year's
European Tour's Open De Andalucia in Spain, Monarch
Airlines forced him to leave the winning trophy at the airport,
terming it to be a "dangerous object."
It's doubtful this was the case this week when 27-year-old
Louis Oosthuizen departed for his home in South Africa with
the prized Claret Jug after his seven-stroke victory in the 139th
British Open at St. Andrews in Scotland.
While the announcers struggled all weekend with his name,
the unknown Oosthuizen had little problem with golf's most
famous course shooting a final round of 71, finishing 16 under par for the week.
Just a few months ago, the personable Oosthuizen was an aspiring golfer who got
his chance to compete as the result of fellow countryman Ernie Els' youth foundation.
Now he is the six South African to win this major championship joining the ranks of
Els, Retief Goosen, Trevor Immelman, Bobby Locke and Gary Player.
Accepting the Claret Jug during the trophy presentation, he thanked Els and then
acknowledged South Africa's leader Nelson Mandela who was celebrating his 92nd
birthday last Sunday.
Last weekend, old St. Andrews toppled the world's best and most famous golfers,
but not Oosthuizen. His putting was superb, his driving near perfect and his overall
He might have been unknown until last weekend. But that's not the case today. His
win at the oldest golf course in the world is what sports is all about. It proves that pre-
dicting a winner is usually next to impossible
No Cubs Spring Training for Naples
It appears the campaign to bring the Chicago Cubs to Naples for spring training
has ended as the team will remain in Mesa, Arizona.
The Cubs have trained in Mesa for more than 50 years and are working with the
city for a new facility. A group in Naples had mounted an aggressive drive to shift that
site to Southwest Florida, promising to build a stadium and training facilities without
using property taxes.
The Cubs issued the following statement last week:
"The Cubs are appreciative of the efforts from the Naples team to provide the club
with a first-rate spring training facility. Despite the opportunity that exists in Naples,
for the time being we will continue our
work in Mesa to build a spring training
Following the Cubs announcement,
Craig Bouchard, a leader of the Naples
group, said they have respectfully with-
drawn their offer.
Miracle Win Seven of Nine Games;
Back to .500
The surging Fort Myers Miracle baseball
team completes an eight-game home stand
this weekend against the Brevard County
Winning seven of their last nine games
including three in a row, the Miracle began
this week with a second-half season record
of 11-11. They trailed the first-place St. Louis oosthuizen
Lucie Mets by just 3-1/2 games.
This weekend's schedule calls for 7:05
p.m. games Friday and Saturday and a
Sunday start at 1:05 p.m.0
Sanibel Island Junior Tennis
photo by Bob Stapleton
he Dunes Golf & Tennis Club will host the first annual Sanibel Island Junior
Tennis Championships August 20 to 22 on the club's Har-Tru tennis courts.
The tournament is sanctioned by the USTA and will offer singles divisions for
both boys and girls. Divisions are categorized by age and include 18, 16, 14, 12, and
10 and under.
In addition to the main draw there will be a consolation tournament for players who
lose their first match. Awards will be presented to all main draw finalists and consola-
tion winners. Complimentary courtside beverages and fruit will be served throughout
the tournament and all entrants will receive a Dunes logo towel for participating.
Registration closes on Tuesday, August 17. Visit USTA.com to register. The entry
fee is $38.13 per player. The tournament ID# is 153710610. USTA accepts major
credit cards. For more information on this event or questions regarding registra-
tion, call Diane Limeri, Dunes Tennis Pro Shop manager, at 472-3522. Toni Halski,
USPTA member since 1982, is the tournament director.,
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The Pepsi Refresh program funds
grants that will have a positive impact on
the community. Only two $250,000 grants 1,b. ;m.
are awarded each month to the two grant
ideas that receive the most popular votes
over a one-month period.
If received, this grant will contribute
to the continuing restoration efforts.
The funds will help create arts education Fir-d Fm' r-.!
classrooms for under-served children. The
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center has been
restoring the historic post office and federal
building on downtown's First Street since
2003. The nonprofit organization relies Trn
heavily on community support and grants ., &,J
to complete these renovations.
The center has raised $3.2 million thus
far, and still needs $2 million for comple-
tion. The 23,000-square-foot facility will
house four floors of galleries, classrooms,
and event and outreach space for its annu-
al Florida Arts Festival, galas, and commu-
nity rentals. I IQ
For more information on supporting
local arts, visit the Sidney & Berne Davis
Art Center's website at www.SBDAC.com
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Broadway Palm Presents
A Musical Adventure
B roadway Palm Dinner Theatre and
The Cat in the Hat invite you on
an adventure with Seussical the
Musical, playing July 29 through August
14. "Oh, the thinks you can think" when
Dr. Seuss most popular characters and
stories hit the stage in this family musical.
Seussical the Musical follows the
adventures of Horton, the sweet, good-
natured elephant, who one day hears
voices coming from a speck of dust. When he discovers that on this tiny speck exists
the smallest planet in the universe, he promises to rescue and guard it because a per-
son's a person, no matter how small." Along the way he runs into The Cat in the Hat,
Mayzie LaBird, JoJo, Gertrude McFuzz, Sour Kangaroo and many other popular Dr.
Seuss characters. The upbeat musical score, which includes over 25 songs, will have
your toes tapping, your fingers snapping and the entire family's imagination running
Paul Bernier directs the play. Bernier is the artistic director for Broadway Palm's
Children's Theatre and Off Broadway Palm productions. He said, Seussical is ulti-
mately about family and friendship, keeping a promise, and the power of imagination.
It's one of the most popular family shows playing across the Unites States. We're
thrilled to be bringing it to Southwest Florida." Choreography is provided by Amy
Marie McCleary, who is also playing the role of Mayzie LaBird.
Do you like green eggs and ham?" Come and find out for yourself... it's on
the buffet. Performances are Thursday through Sunday evenings with matinees on
Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices are only $18 for all ages and include
the buffet and the show. Reserve your tickets by phone at 278-4422, online at www.
BroadwayPalm.com, or at the box office, 1380 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.
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20 THE RIVER JULY 23, 2010
It's Back To Baseball After 3,700-Mile
Jaunt From To Southern California
Josh and Doug Congress in front of the Angel Stadium
by Doug and Josh Congress
edited By Ed Frank
S anibel to Anaheim,
California -it was
an eight-day trip of
majestic sightseeing with
only two days of Major
League baseball in Denver.
But now it's time to get
back on our major mis-
sion of visiting the 10 big
league parks in the west-
ern United States.
Game time today is
not until 7 p.m. when the
Angels take on their bit-
ter rival, the Los Angeles
Dodgers in inter-league
With all day to "do"
Southern California, Josh Rock formation at Angel Stadium
demanded we check out
Huntington Beach, known as Surf City. His eyes were popping huge waves, beauti-
ful sugar sand beaches and thousands of tan, bronzed... well you get the picture.
Finally it was time for baseball and we were excited to see Angel Stadium, a beauti-
ful facility that will host this year's All-Star game. But there are a couple of features
that are disappointing.
Beyond the left field wall is a rock formation with running water. It looks pretty
cool until you get close and see the rocks are fake. The scoreboards are cluttered with
advertisements and lack the clarity of the high definition boards found in the newer
We do like the park, but have become spoiled by some of the newer facilities that
offer so many great features and amenities. Angel Stadium was opened in 1960 and
is the fourth oldest Major League stadium. It is in need of renovation, but is still nicer
than half the stadiums we have visited.
The game was a huge rivalry since the teams are only 30 miles apart.
Despite generating only four hits, the Angels managed to score two runs and com-
pletely shut down the Dodger offense. However, it ended in a weird play after the
Dodgers threatened to tie the score.
Josh Congress with his game hot dog
Josh Congress with his game hot dog
With runners on first and
second, pinch hitter Jamey
Carroll bloops a hit to left field.
The runner on second scores
what would have been the tying
run only to have it nullified
when Dodger Russell Martin
was picked off rounding second
Nest day's rematch was the
final game in this series, and
with the Dodgers having lost
six straight, they came with
a strong offensive game that
ended in a 10-6 victory. It was
a long 41/2-hour game that
included a 20-minute power
Despite the late hour, it
didn't keep us from stopping
at In-N-Out Burger (our third
visit) for delicious double-double
hamburgers and fries.
The next day it was onward
to Los Angeles for two days of
baseball between the Dodgers
and New York Yankees a
bitter rivalry that transcends
Just imagine this scene: Our
2003 Toyota Sequoia with
129,000 miles and fresh off a
3,700 cross-county trip, littered
with tourist and ballpark mag-
nets and covered with desert
dust, arrives in posh Beverly
Clunking and spewing dust,
we pull alongside a $300,000
Rolls Royce where I was tempt- Angel Stadium sculpture
ed to ask the driver if he had
some Grey Poupon. (Remember that famous commercial?)
Once out of high society, we arrive at the 56,000-seat Dodger Stadium. It opened
in 1962 and is the largest in baseball.
Despite its numerous deficiencies, the park oozes baseball history and lore. And it
provides breathtaking views of downtown Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Mountains.
Dodger Stadium is in great shape for its near 50-year-old age. It offers the best pea-
nuts in baseball and the Dodger Dog isn't half bad either.
There are, however, outdated scoreboard; uncomfortable seats with little leg room;
the ushers are seat hopper Nazis; and the parking is horrendous. It requires at least an
hour to get out of the parking lot.
Nevertheless, Dodger Stadium is a top five park.
As for the games, we had the incredible privilege of watching two games between
these dreaded rivals with game one going to the Yankees and game two to the
Speaking of hatred, there were thousands of loud, rowdy Yankee fans in the crowd
and as the game intensity rose, the alcohol consumption increased. Ultimately fights
were breaking out everywhere. It was if we went to see a fight and the Dodger-Yankee
game broke out.
Tomorrow we head up the coast to San Francisco, but it has been two days with-
out an In-N-Out Burger and both of us are experiencing the shakes. Our first priority
tomorrow is finding an In-N-Out Burger.
Next week: Fog City, San Francisco.4
Sign in Dodger Stadium
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Way Through The
qq by Jennifer Basey
ou may not
i but July 24
is Amelia Earhart
S Day. July 24 was
it's the birthday of
perhaps the most
aviator in history.
ended tragically when she became lost
in the Pacific Ocean in 1937 on her
voyage around the world, but she is still
celebrated for her bravery and pioneer
As an investor, you can learn a lot
from Earhart's career. Here are a few les-
sons to consider:
Plan ahead. After a lengthy analysis
of Earhart's final flight, decades after it
occurred, a noted aviation expert came to
one succinct conclusion: "poor planning,
worse execution." Yet on her successful
flights, Earhart was known to have pro-
duced, and followed, detailed flight plans.
As an investor, you, too must plan
your journey toward your financial goals.
First, you need to identify your destina-
tion, such as a comfortable retirement.
Next, you must create a "map" to reach
your goal, in the form of a detailed
financial strategy based on an investment
portfolio tailored to your risk tolerance
and time horizon. And along the way,
you must chart your progress via regular
reviews of your investments' perfor-
Use the right "tools." Some sources
have noted that, on the fateful flight,
Earhart did not appear to fully under-
stand how to use her plane's direction-
finding loop antenna, which at the time
was a new technology. If you don't fully
understand the "tools" that is, the
investments you need to help achieve
your goals, you may run into difficulties.
Always know exactly what you're invest-
ing in and why you've chosen those spe-
cific investments. Without this informa-
tion, you could end up with investments
that are either too risky for your comfort
or too conservative for your goals.
Follow your vision. On the day they
disappeared, Earhart and her navigator,
Fred Noonan, were scheduled to land on
Howland Island. Unfortunately, it was a
cloudy day; some researchers speculate
that the clouds' dark shadows on the
ocean surface may have camouflaged
Howland Island and confused the avia-
tors. As an investor, you need a clear
view of what you want to accomplish in
the long term and you need to avoid
having your vision "clouded over" by
short-term events such as price drops and
Put sufficient "power" in your
portfolio. Many aviation scholars and
researchers believe Earhart's plane simply
ran out of gas before she could land on
Howland Island. Does you portfolio have
sufficient "fuel" to help you go the dis-
tance? Specifically, do you have the right
mix of growth- and income-oriented vehi-
cles to power you toward college for your
kids, a comfortable retirement and your
other goals? If you're not sure, you may
want to work with a professional financial
advisor to get the assistance you need.
You probably will never try to circum-
navigate the globe in a small plane. But
if you can emulate the best features of
Amelia Earhart such as her courage,
perseverance and faith in the future -
while taking steps to help focus on what
you can control, your investment journey
may be rewarding.
Jennifer Basey is a financial advisor
in Fort Myers. She can be reached at
Paul Sands Is Honored Posthumously
By American Red Cross
T he American Red Cross Lee County
Chapter honored Paul Sands, for-
mer senior advisor at VIP Realty,
Commercial, with a Humanitarian Award
at the organization's annual luncheon on
The award was accepted by the late
Sands' successor and his former partner
in life and business, Lisa Sands, as well
as VIP Realty, Commercial advisors Kim
Hudak and Mark Morris. The award rec-
ognizes Sands for serving as an inspiration
to others and exemplifying the spirit of +
"Paul cared about the community and
was an avid supporter of organizations
such as American Red Cross throughout
his life," said Lisa Sands, advisor and man-
ager at VIP Realty, Commercial. "I was
honored to accept this award on his behalf
and know he would have been honored
Sands passed away on April 14 after a
year-long battle with cancer, during which Paul Sands
time he assisted the American Red Cross
in finding a new business location and negotiating a lease. The American Red Cross
moved into the new location at 7051 Cypress Terrace, Suite 110 on June 21.4
College Board Elects New Chairman
E dison State
elected a new
chairman for the
T. Vernon, JD was
to a one-year term as
head of the College
"Working with Christopher T. Dr. David Klein Dr. Randy Parrish
Edison is rewarding Vernon
on several levels,"
said Vernon. "From a macro level, the success of an open enrollment higher educa-
tion institution such as Edison is crucial to our five county area, to our state and to our
country's future. On a micro level, Edison is an amazingly lean organization. It is very
well run in both its day to day operations and its constant focus on staying relevant in
order to meet the needs of students and the community in the future."
Vernon is a founding partner of the business and investment litigation firm of
Vernon Healy in Naples. He and his wife live in Collier County with their two children.
Board member Dr. David Klein of Charlotte County will serve as vice-chairman.
Dr. Klein is an ophthalmologist in Port Charlotte, his wife Stephanie is an analyst with
Fawcett Memorial Hospital. The couple has two grown sons.
Board members and Edison State College President Dr. Kenneth Walker extends
a warm thanks to Dr. Randy Parrish who most recently served as board chairman.Dr.
Parrish is a practicing optometrist and alumnus of Edison College. He was appointed
to the board in March 2006 by then-governor Jeb Bush. He and his family live in
As directed by College policy the Board of Trustees elects a new chair at the close
of each fiscal year.0
Umbilical Cord Blood
A Powerful Treatment For Children
Umbilical cord blood is one of the most valuable tools to treat blood diseases
in children, says Emad Salman, MD, director of the Pediatric Oncology/
Hematology program at The Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida.
Blood from the umbilical cord, which is found in the placenta following childbirth,
is rich in stem cells that form a person's blood, like those in bone marrow, Dr. Salman
Stem cells in cord blood can treat cancers of the blood; inherited diseases, such as
sickle cell anemia; or conditions causing bone marrow to fail, such as disease or poi-
son. "Cord blood is much less expensive and painful than a bone marrow transplant
because the cord blood is free, and a live donor is not required," said Dr. Salman.
A "stem cell rescue" involves infusing a patient with the new stem cells that travel to
the bone marrow and help create new, healthy blood cells. Most pediatric oncologists
recommend banking cord blood for use by the general public or from the birth of a
second child if your first child has a blood cancer.
Lee Memorial Health System does not do stem cell rescue or bone marrow trans-
plants. However, The Children's Hospital does provide care for patients who have
received the procedures, Dr. Salman said. "Patients must be followed carefully after-
ward, as they will be prone to infection for at least one year."
Stem cells from cord blood are most useful in pediatric patients. Adults may be bet-
ter off with a bone marrow transplant because of the number of stem cells needed.4
attorneys Craig R. Hersch and
Michael B. Hill, of Sheppard,
Brett, Stewart, Hersch, Kinsey &
Hill, PA, will present a free, informa-
tive workshop on Medicaid Planning on
Tuesday, July 27, at 9 a.m. at Temple
Beth El, 16225 Winkler Road in Fort
Myers. Hersch and Hill are Florida Bar
board certified attorneys in wills, trusts
and estates, specializing in estate plan-
ning, probate and trust administration,
and asset protection strategies.
Attendees will learn about legal
Medicaid planning opportunities that exist
to help protect a home and other assets
from nursing home costs even for
those who are already in a nursing home.
Participants will receive a free DVD on
long-term care planning. Light refresh-
ments will be served. Register by calling
425-9379 or go to www.sbshlaw.com.^
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We are currently seeking applicants
for several volunteer positions,
If you are interested, please contact
Marguerite Jordan at 472-3644 Ext. 3
or visit our website www.crowclinic.org
SR 9/5 N TFN
Island Cow restaurant is taking applications
for very experienced servers. Aloha POS
system knowledge required, able to
work weekends and holidays a must!
Call Juan to set up an interview at 823-3514
SR 7/9 B 7/30
MOTHER'S HELPER NEEDED
Mother's helper needed for
one kindergarten child
4- 5 days/week from 2:30- 6:00.
Please call 239-841-9254.
RS 7/23 A 7/30
B & B CONDO PROS
Property Management & Care.
Home Watch Pool Service
SR 9/11 BTFN
While you are away by
retired architect, Sanibel resident.
SR 9/30 D TFN
HELLE'S CLEANING SERVICES
Residential Cleaning to Satisfaction
Sanibel & Captiva 239-565-0471
Sanibel Lic. #11412 Lee Co. Lic. #051047
SR 11/13 BTFN
(Carpentry, maintenance toilets, faucets, ceiling fans, sliding doors, etc
768-0569 or Cell 464-6460
PERSONAL HOME CARE
Assist with transportation, meals,cleaning,
home/car maintenance. Excellent organiza-
tional skills. Island Resident.
Call Lisa 239-472-8875
RS 10/23 BTFN
NEED COMPUTER HELP?
Sanibel Resident. 20 Years pc
Experience. Pc Troubleshooting, Data
Backup & Restoration, Networks, Virus
Detection & Removal. Free Initial
Consultation. Call Fred 472-3873
RS 3/12 V 7/23
Sanibel-Captiva Care and Companion Service,
LLC Medical appointments, general transportation,
shopping, light meal preparations, and light
cleaning. Our services are customized to meet
our clients needs. Call 239-395-3591, or
for an emergency call 239-472-0556.
SR 10/3 BTFN
Interior Windows Carpet Cleaning
SR 11/13 N TFN
SANIBEL HOME WATCH
Retired Police Captain
Lives on Sanibel
Will Check Your Home Weekly
Very Reasonable Rates
SR 4/9 B TFN
CHILD CARE FOR
INFANTS & TODDLERS
Phoebe's Nest Early Learning and
Development Program is accepting
enrollment for infants and toddlers ages
3 months 36 months. Full or Part time.
Contact Beth at 472-6378 or at
firstname.lastname@example.org for rates and
schedules. License pending.
RS 5/28V 8/13
available for summer tutoring.
Certified in all subjects.
Convenient Medical Supplies offers a wide
selection of home healthcare products.
Including incontinence and urological
products, diabetic supplies, durable
medical equipment such as walkers, and
we can supply all of your enteral nutrition
needs. We provide discrete shipping
directly to the customer. Shipping on
orders over $95 is free. Visit us at
RS 7/2 V 7/23
Join other "news junkies" every Monday,
10 a.m. to noon, Phillips Gallery, BIG
ARTS, to discuss current events. Donation
$3. Refreshments during break. Tell your
friends. For more information call 395-0900.
SR 4/28 N TFN
BOATS CANOlES KAYAKS
Hourly, Daily, Weekly
Captiva Island 472-5800
SR 1/30 BTFN
MISC. FOR SALE
SONY TRINITRON TV
36" in 7' cabinet, extra speakers
VHS & DISC Players
SR 2/5 N TFN
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY
13 Volumes 1978
SR 6/4 N TFN
Bicycles For Sale by Sanibel owner. Fugi,
Cannondale, and a Recumbent. Excellent Condition.
SR 7/23 M 7/23
FURNITURE FOR SAL E
MAPLE DESK FOR SALE
Denmark Interiors Maple Desk.
30" x 60" w/ File Drawers.
Like New, Half Price.
SR 7/2 N TFN
WAN I ITO JBUY
YARD SALE SANIBEL
Saturday, July 24; 7am 11am (no early birds)
1800 Ardsley Way (across from
Cheeburger Cheeburger). Sofas, porch
furniture, tables, rugs, trike with platform,
daybed & mattress, computers & more.
GREAT FINDS! GREAT DEALS!
MULTI FAMILY GARAGE SALE
Saturday, July 24 from 9 a.m. 1 p.m.
Household items, furniture, books,
clothes, many things like new
1684 Bunting Ln, Sanibel
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HUGE GARAGE SALE!
Sat., July 24 (8am-1 pm), Sun., July 25
(9am-noon), 1255 Isabel Drive, Sanibel.
HUGE SALE Everything must go!
Incredible selection in all categories!
Turn right off Causeway on to Periwinkle,
go 1 block, then right on Bailey Rd, left on
Bay Dr., continue around marina to Isabel Dr.
RS 7/23 M 7/23
Friday and Saturday, July 23 & 24, 8 a.m.
to noon. West Elm king bed, dresser and
chair, Robb & Stucky sofa, framed prints,
2 sets golf clubs, women's clothing (small),
silk plants, books, much more! Sanibel
Bayous, 5280 Umbrella Pool Road.
SR 7/23 D 7/23
NOTICE IS HERE BY GIVEN
that the undersinged, desireing to do
business under the fictitious name of
E.M.A.C. 4-D FITNESS is located in Lee
County, Florida, with an address of 15961
McGregor Boulevard, Suite 1, Fort Myers,
FL 33908 has registered said name
with the Division of Cororations of the
Department of State, Tallahassee, Florida.
Dated the 14th Day of July, 2010.
Executive Management for Adult Care, LLC
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3BR/2BA, Lake View
3BR/3BA Dunes duplex. Great golt
course views. Beautiful wood floors
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CONDO FOR SALE
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SR 10/9 N TFN
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Sanibel River view. Broad decks
with beautiful plantings. Grab a
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Periwinkle Park. Cozy, unique home with
covered porches & sweet gardens.
Flexible terms. 472-4246.
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TURN KEY OFFICE SPACE
Central location -1630 Periwinkle Way.Furnished
office including a Reception area and kitchen facil-
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sq.ft. @$15 per sq.ft. Plus CAM.
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OFFICE SPACES FOR LEASE
Iona 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
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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
PRIME SPACE FOR LEASE
Retail, Office, Take Out, Etc.
Attractive Rates Offered!
"Islander Center" on Sanibel
Prime Periwinkle Frontage
High Traffic Tenants
Flexible Space Available
SR 4/30 B TFN
PRIME COMMERCIAL/OFFICE SPACE
For sublease on Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.
Excellent exposure and convenient location,
flexible square footage available to suit your
needs. Call 239-472-2183 for more information.
SR 12/3 BTFN
2 BR 2 BA 1st floor corner unit on canal. Free boat
dock. Fishing, lanai, pool, steps to beach. Interior
& furnishings new Jan 2006. Weekly/monthly/sea-
sonal. Call owner 419-566-8670.
SR 4/13 V TFN
Share house. Close to causeway, two
blocks from beach. Female only,
non-smoker. Single Mom with one female
child possible. $500/month. Available
September 1. 239-472-8464. Ask for Kim.
RS 7/23 M TFN
DUPLEX & ROOM AVAILABLE
Duplex 2-Bed, 1-Bath.
Available Aug. 1 Nov. 1, $750/mo.
Also, room for rent, $400/mo.
Share bath and kitchen. 745-7514.
SR 7/23 V 7/23
DIRECT BAYFRONT COTTAGES
Popular west end where Sanibel/Captiva
meet. 1 BR-3+BR, single story, furnished,
full kitchens, 3 docks, direct access, heated
pools, pet friendly, beach across street.
Best spot on island. 239-848-0906
RS 3/12 M TFN
Bay to Sea is FREE!
Captiva & Sanibel Vacation Rentals
Rent directly from more than
300 property owners!
FREE for Renters to use!
FREE for Owners to use!
SR 2/12 BTFN
SANIBEL ARMS 2/2
First floor condo, completely redone -
November 2005. TVs/DVDs, internet, pool/
clubhouse. Just a few steps to beach.
Call owners: 401-253-2511
SR 1/26 M TFN
EAST END COTTAGE
Steps from the beach. 1 bdrm/1 1/2 bath,
AC/heat, full kitchen, laundry.
$3,500/mo + tax Jan-Mar,
neg.off-season. Call for availability.
SR 1/9 BTFN
For a complete list visit our Website
Call Dustyn Corace, RE/MAX of the Islands
RS 10/9 B TFN
Completely renovated 1 BD/1 BA apartment
on Sanibel, 2412 Palm Ridge Road,
$793/mo. Available immediately.
Call Island Management at 472-5020.
SR 7/9 BTFN
HOUSE FOR RENT
2 BD/1 BA house for rent on Bailey Road.
$950 a month.
Inquire at the BP Station.
RS 7/16V 7/23
CUSTOM HOME, PRIVATE, river view, guest loft
with sun porch, pool, tennis, beach. No smoking or
pets. Available monthly beginning April. 405-210-
2341 or 405-307-8949
SR 1/8 MTFN
JUST OVER CAUSEWAY. Great Location.
Davis & Heald. 2BR-2BA. All Tile All New Paint Plus
Lanai. Washer & Dryer. Quiet & Secure. Four Unit
Building. Looking For Right Tennant Not Right $$.
SR 6/11 M TFN
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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............357-6755
Audubon of SWFL......................................339-8046
Audubon Society........................ .................472-3156
Caloosahatchee Folk Society......................677-9509
Cape Coral Stamp Club..............................542-9153
duPont Company Retirees ..........................454-1083
Edison Porcelain Artists.............................415-2484
The Horticulture and Tea Society.................472-8334
Horticultural Society................... ................472-6940
Lee County Genealogical Society................549-9625
Lee Trust for Historic Preservation ................939-7278
NA RF E(Natonal Active & Retired Federal Eployee) .......... ................. 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
Iona-M cG regor........................... ................ 482-0869
Fort Myers Beach...................... .................463-9738
Fort Myers High Noon................................466-4228
Estero/South Fort Myers.............................898-1921
Notre Dame Club of Lee County................ 768-0417
POLO Club of Lee County............................. 477-4906
Rotary Club of Fort Myers............................332-8158
Sanibel-Captiva Orchid Society....................472-6940
United Way of Lee County................................433-2000
United Way 211 Helpline (24 hour).......211 or 433-3900
Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum...................395-2233
Burrough's Hom e..........................................337-9505
Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium............275-3435
Edison & Ford Winter Estates......................334-3614
Fort Myers Skate Park...............................321-7558
Imaginarium Hands-On Museum & Aquarium........321-7420
JN "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge.........472-1100
Koreshan State Historic Site................239-992-0311
Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center..........765-8101
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V voters in the lona-McGregor Fire
District will have the option to fund
fire services differently when they
mark their ballots during the August 24
primary election. If they approve a Fire
Readiness Assessment, current property
tax funding of district operations would be
supplemented by a flat annual assessment
of no more than $185 per parcel.
District residents are invited to an
informational meeting to learn about the
Fire Readiness Assessment on Tuesday,
July 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the district office,
6061 South Pointe Boulevard, just south
of College Parkway.
During the last three years, the
assessed value of property, which deter-
mines the ad valorem property taxes
paid, has fallen by more than 33 percent
in the district, cutting revenue.
"We have reduced staff, decreased
salaries and benefits, and cut expenses,
without sacrificing service," said Fire
Chief William Elliott, who has headed the
district since 2006. "We have worked
hard to effectively balance the district's
staff, equipment and other resources with
the needs of the community. Regrettably,
I believe that if our budget is cut further,
we will have no choice but to lay off
firefighters, resulting in slower response
times and diminished performance.
"Fire protection is a critical public ser-
vice, requiring 24/7 readiness to respond
to calls for help, Elliott said. "Our goal is
to thoughtfully consider what it takes to
fund the level of service demanded by our
citizens during the annual budget process,
so we are appropriately staffed, equipped
and ready when they call 911."
Special assessments for fire protection
services are used in other districts, munic-
ipalities and counties throughout Florida.
The assessment approach under con-
sideration by the district would provide
a stable, supplemental revenue source
by which property owners, regardless of
their property values, would share more
equitably in the actual cost of keeping the
district continuously ready to respond to
fires in their homes and businesses.
If voters approve the Fire Readiness
Assessment, the district could lower the
property-tax millage rate and continue to
perform effectively. With the combina-
tion of the assessment and the adjusted
ad valorem taxes, some property owners
may pay a little less, and others might
pay slightly more, but the maximum
increase would be no more than $185
per year per parcel (less than $16 per
During 2009, the district responded to
8,557 calls in addition to providing emer-
gency management, public education and
The mission of the lona-McGregor
Fire District is to protect the lives and
property of the community through
exemplary fire education, prevention,
suppression and emergency rescue ser-
vices with professionalism, compassion
and integrity. The district serves and
protects more than 37,000 homes and
businesses from five stations. To learn
more, visit www.ionafire.com. Those who
have questions about the Fire Readiness
Assessment are invited to call Chief
William Elliott at 433-0660.
Bay Oaks Offers
Fine Arts Class
ay Oaks will be offering an inno-
vative new class called Elephant
Playhouse, which is an introduc-
tion to the arts for children ages seven
to 12. It will be held on Mondays and
Wednesday with a special program on
The class will consist of learning new
instruments, singing, story telling, learn-
Great East End Location
secluded on dead -end
street. Launch your kayak
or canoe from the dock
on the Sanibel River
and explore the amazing
wildlife. You'll find lots
of storage in this 3+car
garage, 3 bedroom/2 bath
home featuring beamed
ceilings, wide plank pine floors, fireplace, French doors opening
to screened porch, with sauna, and overlooking beautiful
pool area. A very comfortable, near beach home in very nice
condition. Offered for $749,000.
Contact Ken Colter 239/851-1357 or Bob Berning 239/699-95
Sanibel Harbour Yacht Club
2 Great Boat
allow for carefree
boating, have your
and boat cleaned
before and after
each use, fuel
at cost, and only
minutes to the Gulf of Mexico. 5 star concierge service,
gorgeous clubhouse with gourmet deli and restaurant.
12x12x40 offered for $79,900
15x15x45 offered for $149,900
Contact Marianne Stewart 9141582-6647
Artfully decorated condo in desirable South Ft. Myers.
Close to Beaches, theaters and restaurants. Great
starter, second or retirement home in quiet neighborhood.
Western View over the lake makes for great sunsets.
Offered for $197,500.
Contact Ray Ochester 2391410-9725
ing to write, painting, set design, puppet-
ry, face painting, acting and mime, and
will culminate in a small musical which
will be videoed throughout production.
Different local artists and musicians
will aid in instruction. The goal of this
playhouse is to promote creativity and
Monday to Wednesday classes are $85
for eight (twice weekly) one-hour classes;
the Friday classes are $15 for a 11/2-hour
class. Snacks and some art supplies are
If you have any questions or to sign
up call Bay Oaks at 765-4222. Pre-
registration is required.,
If you are interested in listing your
island property, contact the island's
oldest and most prominent real
y We get results!
located in the
g River views and private beach access. Design your
own island getaway or there are plans available for
a 3 bedroom, 2 bath pool home with 3 car garage.
Lot offered for $425,000 or house lot package for
97 $1,099,000. Contact Ken Colter 239/851-1357 or
Bob Berning 239-699-9597
Location is everything,
Even in Crown Colony.
Don't short yourself
with a limited view.
This is one of the
best possible location
Crown Colony for
this Heron model
with 3 bedrooms and formal dining room. This home is
immaculate and shows like a model. You will have frequent
views of Bald Eagles, Osprey, Hawks, White Pelicans and
Wood Storks on lake. Enjoy beautiful views of the sunrise
and the golf course from the screened lanai. Offered for
$425,000. Contact Larry Hahn 239/898-8789.
Our E-Mail address is
1149 Periwinkle Way Sanibel, FL 33957 239/472-0176 fax 239/472-0350
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