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FREETake Me Home VOL. 12, NO. 46 NOVEMBER 22, 2013From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort MyersRead Us Online at IslandSunNews.com Scale Rails Holiday Train ShowScale Rails of Southwest Florida will present its Holiday Train Show on Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1 at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. both days at the Araba Shrine Temple, 2010 Hanson Street, Fort Myers. Admission is $7 for adults and $2 for teens. Children under 12 are admitted free as well as service personnel in uniform. There will be many special attractions such as 100-plus dealers and collectors selling trains and accessories. There will be five operating layouts to view, including the Christmas O scale layout decorated in winter scenery, an ON30 layout, the Scale Rails Tidewater District Layout in N scale and a Z scale layout. An N scale complete layout will be raffled. On display in the clubhouse will be a complete HO triple deck operating layout included with admission to the show. Scale Rails of Southwest Florida is a not-for-profit corporation of model railroad enthusiasts that is dedicated to promoting and encouraging the art and craft of model railroading by preserving the history, science, and technology of rail transportation. For more information call 731-0520. Part of the train layout at Scale Rails New Events Added To Captiva Holiday Village This SeasonA new twist has been added to the 2013 Captiva Holiday Village celebration. South Seas Island Resort will open its gates to the public this holiday season, and its all for a worthy cause. The Holiday Stroll weekends at the resort will benefit Golisano Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida. During two weekends, South Seas Island Resort will host the South Seas Holiday Stroll, where attendees can access the resort grounds and marina that will be aglow with lights, entertainment, arts and crafts, and visits with Santa. From December 12 to 15 and 19 to 22, South Seas will admit anyone who has purchased a Captiva Village Coupon Book for $20. Each book includes $500 worth of coupons from island businesses. They also include a ride on the Jolly Trolley, which will run from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. to transport visitors from South Seas South Village to North Pointe, where they will exit at Harbourside Bar & Grill and walk along the marina, where all the events, activities and entertainment will take place. This is such a fabulous opportunity for all ages to enjoy the perfect island holiday setting while raising much needed funds to help our local children, said Dorothy Fitzgerald, a Sanibel Island resident and member of the Captiva Island Yacht Club, who is chairing the Holiday Stroll. Theres something for everyone to enjoy, from live entertainment to arts and crafts, games, smores and, of course, jolly old St. Nick. This holiday stroll is sure to become a new holiday tradition for families. All proceeds will benefit the Golisano Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida, a new 128-bed pediatric medical facility being built on the grounds of HealthPark Medical Center in South Fort Myers. continued on page 18 Lighted Boat Parade The Junkanoo Band ready to stroll down Andy Rosse Lane The golf cart parade features many colorful characters


THE RIVER NOVEMBER 22, 20132 Historic Downtown Fort Myers, Then And Now: Places Live On In Spiritby Gerri Reaves, PhDStand at Jackson and First today and take a sweeping eastward glance. You wont see any structures that existed a century ago. However, you will see structures on the south side that preserve the spirit of what used to be there. In the right foreground of the historic photo taken sometime between 1908 and 1916 is Hill House, a boardinghouse-hotel that catered primarily to traveling business people. Mary F. Hill built the cozy well-shaded hotel in 1889 on the corner of First and Lee. The widow had come to Fort Myers in the 1880s with her two young daughters. One of them, M. Flossie Hill, would become a local legend for founding her famous womens clothing store in 1905. The wood-frame hotel in the photo disappeared in 1916, when Mary and Flossie Hill built a new brick and stucco hotel on the site. In 1918, that new Hill House was sold and renamed the Franklin Arms. In 1924, the eight-story skyscraper was erected behind it. That new hotel is still with us as a law office, albeit in much-altered form. Farther east (left) down First Street and across Lee stood the Roberts Building a century ago. Its second floor balcony is discernible on the left of the photo. Today, the Bank of America Building is located there. The Roberts Building pictured in the historic photo was the second commercial building that Carl F. Roberts constructed on that corner, the first having burned in 1907. It housed many businesses and agencies over the decades, including the Fort Myers Public Library in the 19-teens. How coincidental that the new downtown public library is on the verge of opening on the other end of the block, only a stones throw from where it was located when this historic photo was taken. Also on First Street between Lee and Royal Palm were the Elks Club and a private residence. However, they are set back from the street and indiscernible in the distance. But look closely and still farther east and youll see the steeple of the First Methodist Church on the southeast corner at Royal Palm, barely visible on the extreme left of the historic photo. In 1953, that wood frame building was replaced with a new one, but Fort Myers oldest church is still in the picture today at that historic location. While structures such as Hill House, the Roberts Building, and the old Methodist Church of a century ago are long gone, their spirits still linger along First Street. Take a walk down First Street between Jackson and Royal Palm and encounter the traces of history that linger there. Then continue your exploration of local history at the Southwest Florida Museum of History at 2031 Jackson Street. For information, call 321-7430 or go to museumofhistory.org. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Visit the Southwest Florida Historical Societys research center to learn more about the importance of places like Hill House and the Fort Myers Public Library in the early days of Fort Myers. The all-volunteer non-profit organization is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard on the campus of the Lee County Alliance for the Arts. Contact the society at 939-4044, or visit on Wednesday or Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon. Sources: The archives of the Southwest Florida Historical Society and the Story of Fort Myers by Karl H. Grismer. The River Weekly News will correct factual errors or matters of emphasis and interpretation that appear in news stories. Readers with news, tips, comments or questions, please call (239) 415-7732 or write to: The River Weekly News, 1609 Hendry Street, Suite 15, Fort Myers, FL 33901. Fax number: (239) 415-7702. E-mail: press@riverweekly.com. The River Weekly News reserves the right to refuse, alter or edit any editorial or advertisement. LORKENCo-Publishers Lorin Arundel and Ken Rasi Advertising Sales Isabel Rasi Office Coordinator Graphic Arts/ProductionAnn Ziehl Kristy See Photographer Michael Heider Writers Anne Mitchell Jeff Lysiak PRINTED ON RECYCLED PAPER Contributing Writers Read Us Online: www.IslandSunNews.com Click on The River Ed Frank Max Friedersdorf Tom Hall Audrey Krienen Traces of a century ago survive today in this view of First Street for example, a law firm occupies the new Hill House, built in 1916 on the southwest corner at Lee Stree, right photo by Gerri Reaves This photo of the south side of First Street was taken between 1908 and 1916. Left center is the balconied Roberts Building, demolished in 1957. courtesy of the Southwest Florida Historical Society


3 THE RIVER NOVEMBER 22, 2013 Fort Myers Public Art: Holiday Lights Shine Brightly At Edison Ford Estatesby Tom HallNamed one of the top 10 holiday events in Southwest Florida, Edison Ford Holiday Nights has illuminated the region for 38 years, opening the historic site at night with millions of lights and decorated homes, gardens, food and music. As the event opens early this year (November 29 during Thanksgiving weekend), decorating teams are on site assembling and installing festive holiday decorations throughout the Edison Ford estates. Every year, we select groups of decorating teams to embellish the homes with historically based decorations and the teams add their special flair and talent, said Edison Ford Chief Curator Alison Giesen. This presents a challenge since the decorators are instructed to decorate to the period of historical interpretation which is the late 1920s, and must represent the taste of the Edison and Ford families. Decorating continues throughout November with the opening of Edison Ford Holiday Nights on November 29, with a 6 p.m. tree lighting ceremony. In addition to the decorated homes and gardens, visitors can expect to see trees decorated for the annual Childrens Holiday Tree Trail, which involves more than 50 schools in creating historical, inventive and weatherproof decorations from recycled materials. For additional information on Edison Ford Holiday Nights, contact the Edison & Ford Winter Estates at 334-7419 or visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org. Edison Ford Holiday Nights is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. November 29 to January 4. The Edison Ford is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Edison Ford is the winner of the 2009 National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is an official project of Save Americas Treasures at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. It is located at 2350 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers. An arts advocate, Tom Hall guides weekly walking tours of the River Districts public art collection in Fort Myers. For more information, go to www.truetours. net. Holiday Nights at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is open November 29 to January 4 The Morgan House (239) 337-3377 We Cater!Off-Site & On-Site Parties Available with Licensed Full Bar Options Live Entertainment Nightly, Online Discounts, Loyalty Program, The Best Happy Hour NIGHTLY PROMOTIONS at BRATTAS BRATTASRISTORANTE.COM BRATTASRISTORANTE.COM DINNER DAILY 4PM DINNER DAILY 4PM 239-433-4449 239-433-4449 12984 S. CLEVELAND AVE., FORT MYERS 12984 S. CLEVELAND AVE., FORT MYERS THANKSGIVING DAY BUFFET MENU: THANKSGIVING DAY BUFFET MENU: THANKSGIVING DAY BUFFET THANKSGIVING DAY BUFFET 11am 3pm 11am 3pm $23. 23. 99 99 per person per person Regular Dinner Menu & Turkey Dinner Regular Dinner Menu & Turkey Dinner $18. 18. 99 99 per person per person with all the xings 5pm 9pm with all the xings 5pm 9pm Reserve Now!!! Reserve Now!!!Thursday & Monday Cold Water Lobster Tail & Steak starting at $14.99Tuesday All Night Happy Hour & $4.99 Appetizers Try our Seafood Extravaganza Friday & Saturday Night 3 Course Dinners starting at $24.99Sunday is Pasta prexe dinners starting at $16.99 THE RENATA BAND THE RENATA BAND AT BRATTAS AT BRATTAS Fri. Nov. 22 Fri. Nov. 22 7:30-11:30pm 7:30-11:30pm Carved Turkey Honey Glazed Ham Pork Tenderloin Parmesan Encrusted Tilapia Homemade Lasagna Peel & Eat Shrimp Sweet Mashed Potatoes Gouda Cheese Garlic Mashed Potatoes Lobster Bisque Cornbread Stuf ng Cranberry Salads, Vegetables & Desserts


THE RIVER NOVEMBER 22, 20134 Volunteers Needed For Goodwills Festival Of TreesThe Festival of Trees is returning for its 7th year at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First Street in downtown Fort Myers, and will open November 29 and run through December 6. The week-long event has become a holiday tradition for many families not only attending but, also volunteering. The Festival benefits The Southwest Florida Goodwill Foundation. This event wouldnt be possible without the hard work and support of our volunteers, said the events volunteer coordinator Natalie Tursi. We are open all day for most of the week. Volunteers play a huge role in making that happen. Volunteers are especially needed on Saturday, November 30 when the Festival expands onto the streets for its Family Fun Day. The special event features a Brunch with Santa, Childrens Workshop, performances from local schools, and a concert in the evening by the Beatles tribute band, The Nowhere Band. It also is the evening of the River Districts annual Holiday Stroll. Friday, December 6 will also be a busy evening for the Festival, as it overlaps with the River Districts monthly ArtWalk. Family Fun Day and the Festival, the Holiday Stroll, and ArtWalk bring a lot of people to downtown Fort Myers, said Tursi. We are looking for volunteers to greet, talk about the trees, and help out with the arts and crafts in the workshop during those busy times. The Festival of Trees is open November 29 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., November 30 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., December 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., December 2 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., December 4 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., December 5 from 5 to 9 p.m., and December 6 from 5 to 9 p.m. The Tux & Trees Gala will be held on Saturday, December 7 at 6:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity for groups, families, and friends to come out and volunteer together, added Tursi. The Festival of Trees truly rings in the holidays. Groups or individuals interested in volunteering can call Natalie Tursi at 9952106 ext. 2249 or email NatlieTursi@goodwillswfl.org. Last year, the Festival of Trees and Tux & Trees Gala raised $95,000 to support The Southwest Florida Goodwill Foundation. The Foundation supports Goodwills mission of helping people in the Southwest Florida community by providing life-changing opportunities to employment and independence. Goodwills Festival of Trees is proudly presented by FineMark National Bank & Trust. The Childrens Workshop is sponsored by East Coast Recycling Equipment. For Festival dates, times, and ticket information, visit www.tuxandtrees.com. For more information about Goodwills programs and services, visit www.goodwillswfl. org. The Festival of Trees and Tux & Trees Gala helped raise $95,000 in 2012 Bear tree decorated with more than 300 donated teddy bears Santa visits with kids at the Festival in 2012 For dinner reservations call 239-472-5555 5-10 pm Tues. Sat. at 1244 Periwinkle, Sanibel www.ilcielosanibel.com Full Bar & Wine Available for Catering & Private Parties NEW!3 Course Prix Fixe Menu $35 per personTues. Thurs. 5 6 PM Includes one bottle of house wine per couple DAILY HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS: 4:30 6:00 PM2-for-1 domestic bottled beer, wells & house winesALL APPETIZERS $6 LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY & SATURDAY Loved this restaurant. Fantastic experience. Food was exceptionally amazing. Service was outstanding. TripAdvisor Member, May 2013 Chinese & Japanese Cuisine Downtown Fort Myers (Post Oce Arcade Next to Hotel Indigo) 1520 Broadway For Takeout & Delivery Tel: 334-6991 OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEKMon-urs 11am 10pm Fri-Sat 11am 11pm Sun 12pm 9pm www. ichiban-sushi-chinese.com


5 THE RIVER NOVEMBER 22, 2013 Nellies Upstairs Waterside BarHappy Hour All Day, Everyday with Live music too!L Snacks in Between 11am-10pm, Plus Live Music 10% OFF ONE COUPON PER TABLE Can not be used with any other offer. 18% Gratuity may be added to bill before discount. 11am 10pm, Expires Nov. 29, 2013www.nervousnellies.net 1131 1st St., Ft. Myers Beach GPS COORDINATES: FREE with Dock Attendants Assistance Fort Myers Beach Artists In FranceIn June of this year, a group of 13 members from Fort Myers Beach Art Association traveled to Limoux, France for two weeks of painting, marking the first travel painting trip by the FMBAA. While staying in a converted monastery near the town square, they ventured to many quaint towns and to the seaside to paint each day. More than 125 pieces of art were created by the artists during the trip. A portion of this body of work is on display in Studio II of the FMBAA gallery concurrently with the Fall Judged Show in the main gallery. On Sunday, November 24 Century 21 TriPower is sponsoring a reception for both shows and invite the public to view the display. There will be a panel discussion of the French trip at 1:30 p.m., with more photos and paintings on display. Neil Walling will present the two books produced from this travel adventure, which will be available for sale. Pat Weaver, a Florida artist conducting a watercolor workshop this week, has judged the Fall Show and awards for those selected will be presented on November 24 at the reception from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. These exhibits will hang until November 29. Several short workshops are being taught at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association this December as well as Patty Kanes watercolor classes on Monday; Brian Christensen: Brush & Knife Painting, Pauline Healey: Watercolor Batik Art, Penny Fox: Acrylic Painting and Patty OKane: Trading Cards, Tiny Art. Visit www.fortmyersbeachart.com for more details. Also, the annual Art Divine Holiday Sale will run from November 30 through December 12. Buy original artwork for under $150. Framed and unframed and new Mini Masters for just $10. FMBAA Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more information on shows or classes, call the gallery at 463-3909 or visit www.fortmyersbeachart.com. M. Buelow painting outdoors in France photos by M. Buelow and N. Walling Joan Zeoli, current FMBAA president, painting in Minerve, France Group shot at Reine Le Chateau


THE RIVER NOVEMBER 22, 20136 Lehigh Acres Rec Center EventsVeterans Park Recreation Center is holding an outdoor Community Yard Sale on Saturday, December 7 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pre-registration for vendor spaces is required and vendors must bring their own tables and chairs. The price is $5 per space.Setup starts at 7 a.m. and gates open at 8 a.m. For more information, call Veterans Park Recreation Center at 369-1521. The center is hosting a free art show on Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with works by students and teachers in acrylics, charcoals, pastels, watercolors and oils. Breakfast with the Kringles is a Continental style breakfast with holiday crafts and a special visit with Mr. and Mrs. Kringle. Each child will receive a present with their visit. The Susan Katz Dance Group will perform a dance recital on Saturday, December 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is $5 per child up to age 13, and includes breakfast, craft and gift, and $3 per adult 14 years and older (breakfast only). Pre-registration is required. June DeVincent is now offering art classes on Mondays and Wednesdays at Veterans Park Recreation Center. Choose either oils or watercolors and charcoals. Price is $50 a month for one class a week and $70 for two classes. Veterans Park Recreation Center is located at 55 Homestead Road South, Lehigh Acres. For more information call June DeVincent at 368-6851. Greeters Club LuncheonThe Greeters Club will be celebrating the holiday season at its Thursday, December 19 luncheon. Come join the party at the beautifully decorated Colonial Country Club, take photos by their magnificent Christmas tree, and select a little treasure at their silent auction. Members will be bringing wonderful slightly used accessories for the silent auction. Make a luncheon reservation ($20 per person) and find out more about joining this dynamic group of Lee County women. Email greetersclub@gmail.com and provide your contact information (your name, email address and phone #). You will receive confirmation of your reservation. Greeters Club luncheons are held on the third Thursday of the month at 11:30 a.m. at the Colonial Country Club, 9181 Independence Way in Fort Myers. Cape Coral Hosts Donation Drive And Shred DayThe City of Cape Coral and Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida are telling Cape Coral residents to start cleaning out their closets for a community donation drive, to be held at the Cape Coral City Hall, located at 1015 Cultural Park Blvd. The drive will take place on Friday, November 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Goodwill will be on hand to collect furniture, clothing, housewares, computers and documents, all of which will go to providing revenue for Goodwills mission of providing life changing opportunities to people with disabilities and disadvantages. We are looking forward to partnering with the City of Cape Coral, said John Longridge, Goodwills Secure Document Destruction Coordinator. This is a great way to clean out closets and offices for a good cause. The gently-used donations will go into Goodwills Retail & Donation Centers across Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, Glades and Lee counties. Documents dropped off at the event will be recycled through Goodwills Secure Shred program while other items such as cardboard and plastic will be recycled. Revenue generated in Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc. Retail & Donation Centers provide funding for programs, including the Goodwill LIFE Academy, a tuition-free charter school for students with developmental disabilities, Goodwill Job-Link resource centers, youth mentoring and career guidance, transportation assistance and income-sensitive housing for people with disabilities and senior citizens. For more information about Goodwills programs and services in Southwest Florida, visit www.goodwillswfl.org. Government Resources DiscussionThe Southwest Florida Small Business Resource Network (SBRN) will host a networking and discussion event on ways government agencies can help small businesses from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 21 at the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport at Town Center, 9931 Interstate Commerce Drive. SBRN, a statewide organization, is sponsored locally by Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) Small Business Development Center. SBRN has access to many agency representatives who provide a variety of resources to small business owners, and most services are free. Warren Baucom of Lee Countys Economic Development Office will facilitate the discussion. Those present at the meeting will have an opportunity to meet face-to-face with agency representatives. The evening begins with the Resource Networks monthly Network After Five social event, where members and guests network and exchange ideas for growing their business. Cost for SBRN members is $15 per person, which includes hors doeuvres. Guests and unaffiliated small business owners pay $25 per person. The meeting is sponsored by Great Florida Insurance. Space is limited and RSVP is required. To register, go online to www. sbdcseminars.org. For more information or to get directions, contact Lorna Kibbey, coordinator for the FGCU Small Business Development Center, at 745-3700. Seafood And Shopping Trip The Kennedy Kruisers are off to Orlando to enjoy shopping and seafood on Saturday, December 7. They will shop at Orlando Premium Outlets and then will go to the Boston Lobster Feast for a buffet lunch that includes endless whole lobster, crab legs, shrimp, London broil, mussels and desserts. The cost is $50 for members and $55 for non-members. Pre-registerr by calling 574-0575. The senior center is at 400 Santa Barbara Boulevard, Cape Coral. Hortoons To advertise in The River Weekly News Call 415-7732 Read us online at IslandSunNews.com


7 THE RIVER NOVEMBER 22, 2013 boulderbrookthe nations nest art festivals Held on the grounds of the Sanibel Community House 2173 Periwinkle Way Sanibel, FLFor further information call 239-293-9448 or visit www.boulderbrook.netThe Sanibel Masters Art Festival continues a 20-year holiday tradition as 75 artists from across the nation bring their art to the Sanibel Community House on Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. Come browse and purchase paintings, jewelry, sculpture, glasswork and much more. Proceeds from this event benet the programs at the Sanibel Community House and the Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater. The Community House, located in the heart of Sanibel Island, is the meeting place for island civic and social events. The Schoolhouse Theater is Sanibel Islands only professional musical theater and offers Broadway caliber talent in an intimate atmosphere. To continue a marvelous tradition The BIG Arts Chorus will perform a preview of their holiday concert.Please join us for one of Sanibels nest community art events. Sanibel Mastersart Festival November 29th + 30th 9AM to 5PM League Of Women Voters MeetingLeague Of Women Voters of Lee County will hold their next meeting on Saturday, December 7 at the Hilton Garden Inn, located at 12600 University Drive in Fort Myers. Marijuana Matters? is the topic of the public forum. Speakers will discuss the pros and cons of this controlled substance from many perspectives including law enforcement, medical and recreational use and abuse. An amendment regarding the medical use of marijuana may be on the ballot in 2014. The League invites the public to attend. Cost for breakfast $15 per person. Reservations are requested by December 3. Call 278-1032 or e-mail lwvlee@ yahoo.com. Speakers at the LVW meeting will include Marshall Frank, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, (L.E.A.P.); Karen Goldstein, National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws, (NORML); Amy Ronshausen, Save Our Society from Drugs, (S.O.S.); and Deborah Comella, Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida. Agenda 8:45 a.m. Registration and networking 9 a.m. Breakfast and networking 9:30 a.m. LWV Lee member orientation 10 a.m. Program: Marijuana Matters? 11:30 a.m. LWV Lee board meeting The meeting is open to League members and the interested public. Information on the programs and issues of the League of Women Voters is available online at www.lwv.org, www. lwvfla.org and www.lwvlee.org. Call 2781032 or e-mail lwvlee@yahoo.com. Patriotic Evening ReceptionThe Disabled Veterans Insurance Careers Fund will host a Patriotic Evening Reception on Thursday, December 12 at the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, located at 8771 College Parkway, Building 2, Suite 201 in Fort Myers. Providing an update on the No Man or Woman Left Behind Society, the reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., with a short program and video to follow at 6 p.m. Heavy hors doeuvres and refreshments will be available. The Disabled Veterans Insurance Careers Gary V. and Gay G. Trippe Fund For Disabled Veterans was established in 2012 at the SWFLCF to support the 501(c)(3) organizations mission to educate, train and generate meaningful employment opportunities for physically disabled veterans who will excel at pro-actively cross selling personal lines insurance products on behalf of leading independent insurance agencies. DVIC later founded the No Man or Woman Left Behind Society, a group of individual and business members helping to raise the funds needed to initiate DVICs training program. The DVIC Fund will go a long way to help give our disabled veterans across the U.S. meaningful employment, said Gary Bryant, DVIC president and CEO. We are proud that this fund will continue to grow here in Southwest Florida where it was born. RSVP by calling 274-5900 or emailing RSVP@floridacommunity.com by Friday, December 6. For more information on the DVIC Fund, call 433-8523 or visit www.DVIC. us. Lee Republican Women To MeetLee Republican Women Federated will conduct their next dinner meeting on Monday, December 9 at The Hilton Garden Inn Fort Myers, located at 12601 University Drive in Fort Myers. Social-time begins at 5:15 p.m., with dinner and program to follow. The guest speaker is Terry Miller, chairman of the Lee County Republican Executive Committee. During the meeting, the installation of the LRWF 2014 officers will take place, as will a book donation presentation to Brightest Horizons School. Cost to attend the meeting and dinner is $20 per person all inclusive; cash bar available. To make reservations, call 4329389 or email cindylignelli222@gmail. com. For more information, contact Michele Duryea, publicity chair for the LRWF, at michelemduryea@embarqmail.com or call 280-7653. Farmers Market Special HoursThe River District Farmers Market in downtown Fort Myers has announced special day-beforeThanksgiving hours for the convenience of holiday cooks and shoppers who would like fresh food and handmade products at reasonable prices. The market, located at 2000 West First Street, underneath the U.S. 41 Caloosahatchee Bridge in Centennial Park, is normally open Thursdays but for the Thanksgiving holiday, it will be open Wednesday, November 27, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., instead. Holiday cooks will be able to purchase fresh local produce and specialty produce, seafood, honey, breads, olive oils and flowers for their harvest table. Free 2-hour parking is available next to the market under the Caloosahatchee Bridge.Call 810-2313 for more information.


THE RIVER NOVEMBER 22, 20138 Along The RiverFrom Friday, November 22 through Sunday, December 1, the American Sand Sculpting Championship returns to Fort Myers Beach. The main event is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Master sand sculptors from around the world are scheduled to hit the beach to work with over 1,000 tons of sand to create unbelievable works of sand sculpture art. Tourists and residents alike will have the rare opportunity to see a collection of some of the worlds very best sand sculptors create amazing sand sculptures. Featuring 30 sculptors hailing from several different countries, the singles will compete the first week, followed by the doubles. The Southeastern Tourism Society recognized the American Sand Sculpting Championship as a top 20 event of the entire southeastern United States. There are many interactive activities for guests to partake in, including: 30 sand sculptures View 30 sand sculptures, more than 1,000 tons of sand will be sculpted, including one huge 350ton sand sculpture. Quick sand speed sculpting Watch two sculptors face off in a 10-minute sculpt off. They sculpt a subject the audience chooses and the audience chooses the winner. Sand sculpting demonstrations and lessons Learn the tricks of Master Sculptors. Flying colors Watch world renowned artist and Master Sand Sculptor John Gowdy create a painting on a spinning canvas, timed to music in less than 10 minutes. Live chainsaw art Watch Rod Green create works of art from logs in a few minutes with only a chainsaw. Amateur contest Open to anyone and all levels of sculptors, try your hand at sand sculpting. State Championships This is a competition where an advanced amateur sand sculptor can prove their abilities and get one step closer to being accepted as a Master Sculptor. Tickets are $5 for adults. Children 4 years of age and younger get in free. For tickets and a full schedule of events, call the Greater Fort Myers Beach Area Chamber of Commerce at 4547500 or go to www.fmbsandsculpting. com. Heading down to Fort Myers Beach? Enjoy live music this Friday and Saturday nights at the Sunset Celebration. Friday features the band High Tide and Railhead will entertain on Saturday. The event is held from 5 to 10 p.m. both evening (weather permitting) at Times Square. For more information, call 463-5900. On Saturday night, the Car Cruise-In returns to downtown Fort Myers historic River District. The monthly event is scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. on the fourth Saturday and is free to the public. All classic cars and show cars welcome. Heavy rain or general nasty weather will typically cancel the outdoor event. Light rain will not. For more information, go to www. myriverdistrict.com. Every Monday through February 24, join local film buffs for Thank God Its Monday (TGIM). Short indie films will be judged to determine if they will earn a spot in the Fort Myers Film Festival held in March. TGIM features happy hour at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. On November 25, the musical guest is Melting Clockwork. The event is hosted by Eric Raddatz and co-host Melissa DeHaven. The final night of shooting for the TGIM television show and web series is November 25. Join the audience and be a part of the show. TGIM takes place at The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, located at 2301 First Street, Fort Myers. For more information, go to www.fortmyersfilmfestival. com. Every Wednesday season, Captiva Cruises offers boat cruises and tours from Captiva Island to the historic Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. The boat depart at 10 a.m. and cruise time aboard Santiva is approximately one hour and 40 minutes. In 1885, Thomas Edison fell in love with the village of Fort Myers while searching for the perfect material for his light bulb filament. He and Henry Ford became good friends through their work with the Detroit Edison Illuminating Company. Soon after, Edison and Ford became neighbors in Fort Myers. On your cruise along the shorelines of Captiva and Sanibel and up the Caloosahatchee, youll learn about the history and ecology of this vital ecosystem. Enjoy a private tour of the newly-restored Edison & Ford Estates homes and grounds after lunch. Captiva Cruises also offers dolphin watch and wildlife cruises that make for memorable family adventures. The tour company reports seeing dolphins on approximately 95 percent of their cruises. The trip runs from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and is narrated by volunteers from the SanibelCaptiva Conservation Foundation. Captiva Cruises is located at McCarthys Marina, 11401 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva Island. 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THE RIVER NOVEMBER 22, 201310 Kiwanians Collect Books For All Childrens Outpatient Care PatientsThe Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club is collecting new childrens books for the All Childrens Outpatient Care of Fort Myers patients and their siblings. The books will be distributed at the annual Breakfast With Santa holiday party that the club helps to organize. Ages of the children range from babies to middle school. Donations can be dropped off at the following locations with final donation pick up on Thursday, December 12: D. Gates Wealth Management, 1227 Del Prado Blvd S., Suite 101 Cape Coral, FL 33990 Luce Family Chiropractic, 4144-2 Cleveland Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33901 Orangewood Elementary, 4001 Deleon Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901 Paychex, 3860 Colonial Blvd., #100 Fort Myers, FL 33966 Priority Marketing, 8200 College Parkway, Suite 201, Fort Myers, FL 33919 Ruth Messmer Florist (The Atrium), 8695 College Parkway, #133, Fort Myers, FL 33919 State Farm, 9541 Cypress Lake Drive, Suite A, Fort Myers, FL 33919 The event is planned for Saturday, December 14, and the club is expecting around 150 children to attend. Businesses committed to donating items or services include Gulf Shore Bakery, Sun Harvest Citrus and Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. The Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club is looking for more service-minded individuals and business professionals who would like to make a direct impact on the community through volunteering. Meetings are held every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fort Myers. For details on joining the Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club, call club president Harris Segel at 939-4027 or email harris@pampered-pooch.com. The Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club can be found on Facebook or online at www. metro-mcgregor.com. For more information on All Childrens Outpatient Care of Fort Myers, visit www. allkids.org or call 931-5700. Kiwanis Club members with Santa Frank Poirier at the 2012 Breakfast With Santa Staff from All Childrens Outpatient Care with Santa Frank Poirier at the 2012 breakfast Kiwanians Steve Hess, Kim Barrera and Scott Smiley make pancakes for the children and their families at the 2012 breakfast Singers from the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre perform at last years event Kiwanian Leo Eason serves breakfast to the attendees


11 THE RIVER NOVEMBER 22, 2013 NOW OPEN FOR LUNCH MON-SAT 11:30AM 2:30PM 1223 Periwinkle Way Sanibel Island 239.472.1771 www.JacarandaOnSanibel.com Sanibels Best Sanibels Best HAPPY HOUR HAPPY HOUR 5 7 p.m. Nightly in the lounge 5 7 p.m. Nightly in the lounge 1/2 Price Drinks 1/2 Price Drinks Call & Well Liquor, Draft Beer Selections, Call & Well Liquor, Draft Beer Selections, Select House Wine Select House WineHappy Apps $5.95Sesame Encrusted Ahi Tuna, Crispy Fried Calamari, Chilled Oysters, Steamed Shrimp, BBQ Beef Satays, Mussels Marinara, Chicken Wings New Kiwanis Officers AddedThe Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club held their installation banquet for the clubs 2013-14 officers at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fort Myers. Awards were also given to club members for their support in service to the community. The individuals that took office include Harris Segel as club president, Ed Ludden as president-elect, Kim Berghs as secretary and Heather Chouinard as treasurer. Segel is co-owner of Pampered-Pooch Dog Boarding and Daycare; Ludden is president of Ludden Insurance; Berghs is volunteer center manager at United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee; and Chouinard is vice president and branch manager at the College Pointe office of Iberiabank. The 2013-14 Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club Board of Directors are Jessica Gnagey, Diane Connell, Pam Grabe, Bill Grant, Melanie Korenvaes, Hannah Pelle and Ada Trapanese. Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club recognized two club members with top club honors. Billy Yetter was awarded Volunteer of the Year, and 2012-13 club president Jessica Gnagey was awarded Kiwanian of the Year. The Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club is looking for more service-minded individuals and business professionals who would like to make a direct impact on the community through volunteering. Meetings are held every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fort Myers. For details on joining the Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club, call club president Harris Segel at 939-4027 or email harris@pampered-pooch.com. The Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club can be found on Facebook or online at www.metro-mcgregor.com. To find a Kiwanis club in your area, contact 2013-14 Kiwanis Div. 19 Kiwanis Lt. Gov. Trinky Jarrett at trinkyj@gmail.com or 745-5455. Cape Holiday SpectacularLake Kennedy Senior Center in Cape Coral will once again present the annual Turner Talents Holiday Show. Lori Turner and her team of dancers will grace the stage in the most elaborate costumes. Admission is $7 and punch and cookies will be served. Pre-registration preferred by December 6 by calling 574-0575. The 2013-14 Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club officers, pictured from left, are Heather Chouinard, Kim Berghs, Ed Ludden and Harris Segel Billy Yetter was presented the Volunteer of the Year Award by Kim Berghs Jessica Gnagey was presented the Kiwanian of the Year Award by Kim Berghs To advertise in The River Weekly News Call 415-7732


Churches/TemplesALL FAITHS UNITARIAN CONGREGATION (UUA) Where diversity is treasured 2756 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers Summer program: Understanding the Faiths of Our Worlds June 2 to August 25 11 a.m. Interim Minister, Rev. Margaret Beard, begins on September 1 239-226-0900. www.allfaiths-uc.org ALL SAINTS BYZANTINE RITE CATHOLIC CHURCH 10291 Bayshore Rd., N. Fort Myers Divine Liturgy is on Sun. at 10:30 a.m.; Rosary begins at 10 a.m. Lenten services (Presancti ed Liturgy) will be on Wed. evenings at 6 p.m. starting on Feb. 22. Administrator is Very Rev. Peter Lickman, ph. 305-651-0991. We are a Church of the Eastern Catholic or Byzantine Rite, 1.5 mi. east of Int. 75. ANNUNCIATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH 8210 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers Reverend Fr. George P. Savas Orthros Service Sunday 9 a.m. Divine Liturgy Sunday 10 a.m. www.annunciation.fl.goarch.org 239-481-2099 BETH SHILOH MESSIANIC SYNAGOGUE 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. 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. CHABAD LUBAVITCH OF SW FLORIDA ORTHODOX 5620 Winkler Road, Fort Myers Rabbi Yitzchok Minkowicz 433-7708, E-mail: rabbi@chabadswf.org Web site: www.chabadswf.org Services: Friday 6:30 p.m.; Saturday Kabbalah class 9 a.m.; Shacharit 10 a.m.; Kiddush at noon Minyan: Monday and Thursday 7 a.m. CHAPEL OF CYPRESS COVE 10200 Cypress Cove Circle Fort Myers 239-850-3943, Located at Cypress Cove Retirement Center on HealthPark Campus An ecumenical non-denominational community of believers. Sunday Worship Service, 10 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study, 7 p.m. Reverendt Ted Althouse, Pastor revtedalthouse@aol.com CHURCH OF THE CROSS 13500 Freshman Lane; 768-2188 Pastor: Bud Stephens; A nondemonimational church emphasizing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Sunday Service: 9:15 a.m. Traditional, 10:45 Contemporary. CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH 1619 Llewellyn Drive Fort Myers Just off McGregor across from the Edison/ Ford Winter Estates 334-4978 Pastor: Douglas Kelchner Worship times Sundays 9 and 10:30 a.m. Website: www.taecc.com COVENANT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 2439 McGregor Boulevard, 334-8937 Rev. Dr. Jeffrey DeYoe, Senior Pastor Reverend David Dietzel, Pastor Emeritus. Traditional Sunday service 10 a.m. Nursery available CYPRESS LAKE BAPTIST CHURCH 8400 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, 481-5442 Randy A. Alston, Reverend. Sunday Services: Bible study, 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship, 11 a.m., Evening Worship, 7 p.m., Wednesday Prayer Meeting, 6:30 p.m. CYPRESS LAKE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 8260 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, 481-3233. www.clpc.us. Clint Cottrell, pastor Prayer Service 8 a.m., Praise 9 a.m., Childrens Church 9 a.m., Traditional 11 a.m. Summer: Prayer Service 8 a.m. Combined Traditional/Praise 10 a.m. CYPRESS LAKE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 8570 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, 482-1250, 8 and 11 a.m. Sunday Traditional Service 9:30 a.m. Praise Service Sunday School all times FAITH FELLOWSHIP WORLD OUTREACH MINISTRIES 6111 South Pointe Boulevard, Fort Myers, 278-3638. Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m.; Voice of Faith, WCRN 13.50 AM Radio, Sunday, 1:30 p.m.; Thursday Service, 7:30 p.m.; Friday Youth Service, 7:30 p.m. Nursery care for pre-school children and Childrens 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 8:45 a.m.; Contemporary, 10:30 a.m. Go south on McGregor Boulevard. The church is 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 Estates. Sunday Morning Service and Sunday School, 10:30 a.m.; Wednesday Evening Testimony Meeting, 7:30 p.m. Child care provided at all services. Visit our Reading Room for quiet study at: 2281 First Street, River District. www.time4thinkers.com, www.christiansciencefortmyers.com, www.christianscience.com FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE 13545 American Colony Boulevard off Daniels Parkway in the Colony, Fort Myers, 936-2511 Pastor: Reverend 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. FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH in the Downtown Fort Myers River District 2466 First Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901 239-332-1152, www.fumcftmyers.org Sunday: 9 a.m. Contemporary Worship 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Coffee Fellowship 10:30 a.m. Traditional Worship 5 p.m. Youth Program FORT MYERS CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST) A STEPHEN MINISTRIES CONGREGATION 5916 Winkler Road, Fort Myers, 437-4330 Reverend Mark Condrey, Pastor Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m. Church School: 9:15 a.m. FORT MYERS CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST: 8210 College Parkway, Fort Myers, 482-3133. Philip White, pastor Morning Worship: 10 a.m. Church School: 10:15 a.m. Adult Forum: 11:30 a.m. IONA-HOPE EPISCOPAL CONGREGATION 9650 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers 4544778 The Reverend Dr. John S. Adler, pastor. Weekly services: 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 with Healing. Child care available at Saturday 5 p.m. and Sunday 9:30 a.m. services. JESUS THE WORKER CATHOLIC CHURCH: 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, 218-8343 Pastor Randy and Anita Thurman 10:30 a.m. Sunday Service All are welcome. LAMB OF GOD LUTHERAN/EPISCOPAL CHURCH Corner Cypress View Drive and Koreshan Boulevard, Three Oaks area, Fort Myers, 267-3525 Walter Fohs, pastor; Becky RobbinsPenniman, associate pastor Sunday worship services: 8 a.m. Early Grace Traditional 9 a.m. Awesome Grace Contemporary 10:30 a.m. Classic Grace Traditional 8:45 & 10 a.m. Sunday School Gods Group NEW BEGINNINGS CENTER New Home Church, 8505 Jenny Cae Lane, North Fort Myers, 239-656-0416 Weekly Friday Meeting Meet & Greet: 6:30 p.m. Kingdom Teaching: 7 p.m. Fellowship and refreshments after service. nbcministry@embarqmail.com, www.facebook. com/nbcministry. Alex & Patricia Wiggins, Ministers NEW COVENANT EYES CHURCH See Clearly. Meeting monthly at 9 a.m. at the Elks Lodge. 1900 Park Meadows Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33907. 239-220-8519 Pastor Alan Bondar www.newcovenanteyes.com Wear what you want, rockin music, relevant teaching, LIFT Kidz program, free coffee & donuts, people who are real, church thats actually fun. NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH OF FORT MYERS 16120 San Carlos Boulevard, Unit 10 239-985-8503 9:45 a.m. Sunday School for all ages 11 a.m Sunday Morning Worship. 7 p.m. Wednesday Evening Bible Study NEW HOPE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 3825 McGregor Boulevard. Fort Myers Pastor Eddie Spencer 8 & 9:30 a.m. Traditional Worship 11 a.m. Contemporary Worship 8, 9:30 & 11 a.m. Sunday School Youth and Childrens programming runs concurrent to Sunday services. Nursery care provided at all services 274-1230. For more information visit: www.newhopefortmyers.org PEACE COMMUNITY CHURCH Meets at Fort Myers Beach Masonic Lodge 17625 Pine Ridge Road, Fort Myers Beach 267-7400. Pastors Bruce Merton, Gail & RC Fleeman Adult Discussion Classes: 9-10 AM Countdown to Worship (praise music): 10:10 AM Amazing Grace Worship: 10:30 AM Phone 267-7400 Fax 267-7407 Web site: peacecommunitychurch.com e-mail: peace1265@aol.com PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH Sunday Worship at 9:30am. Peace is a member of the ELCA. We celebrate weekly communion with traditional liturgy, organ and choir. 15840 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers On the way to Sanibel. 239-437-2599, www.peaceftmyers.com, peace@peaceftmyers.com. REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH 3950 Winkler Ext., Fort Myers, 274-0143 8:15 and 10:15 a.m. Sunday Services Daily early learning center/day care RIVER OF LIFE ASSEMBLY OF GOD 21580 River Ranch Rd, Estero 239-495-0400, Senior Pastor: Todd Weston 8 and 9:45 a.m Services; 11:30 a.m. Legacy Service, multi-generational SAMUDRABADRA BUDDHIST CENTER Meditation classes. All are welcome. Guided meditations offering many methods 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. MeditationInFortMyers.org. SAINT COLUMBKILLE CATHOLIC CHURCH 12171 Iona Road, Fort Myers, off McGregor and north of Gladiolus. 489-3973 Father Joseph Clifford. Weekly masses: 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 Saturdays at noon and by appointment SAINT JOHN THE APOSTLE METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH 3049 Mcgregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, 344-0012 Pastor Reverend Steve Filizzi An Affirming & Inclusive Congregation Sunday Services, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mid-Week Service, Wednesday 6:30 p.m. SAINT MICHAEL LUTHERAN CHURCH & SCHOOL (LCMS) 3595 Broadway, Fort Myers, 239-939-1218, Worship: Saturday 5:30 p.m., Sunday 8 & 10:45 a.m. Bible Study for adults and children Sunday at 9:15 a.m. Phone for other dates & times. Plus Marriage Enrichment, Divorcecare, Griefshare. SAINT PETER LUTHERAN CHURCH 3751 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach, 463-4251. Sunday worship at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Womens Bible Study is offered on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 9:30 a.m. www.stpeterfmb.com SAINT NICHOLAS MONASTERY Church and Bookstore:111 Evergreen Road (southwest corner of Evergreen Road and Gail Street.) Liturgical services conducted in English and Church Slavonic; following the Julian (Old) Calendar. Liturgical Services: Sundays and Holy Days: Hours at 9:30 a.m. Holy Liturgy at 10 a.m. Call to confirm service schedule: 239-997-2847; Bookstore: 239-691-1775 or visit www.saintnicholasmonastery.org ST. VINCENT DE PAUL CATHOLIC COMMUNITY 13031 Palm Beach Blvd (3 miles east of I75) East Fort Myers (across from Ft Myers Shores) 239 693 0818 Weekday masses: 9 a.m. Tuesday-Friday Weekend masses: 4 p.m. Saturday Sunday 9 & 11 a.m. All Are Welcome! SOUTHWEST BAPTIST CHURCH 16940 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, 454-3336 Robert G. Kasten, Pastor Sunday Worship Service 11 a.m. Nursery available 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. Wednsday Service 6 p.m. TEMPLE BETHEL SYNAGOGUE 16225 Winkler Rd. 433-0018. Rabbi Jeremy Barras E-mail: rabbi.barras@templebethel.com Cantorial soloist: Lawrence Dermer Temple educator: Dale Cohen, MaEd, RJE Shabbat Services, Friday, 7:30 p.m. Torah Study, Saturday, 9:15 a.m.continued on page 13THE RIVER NOVEMBER 22, 201312


13 THE RIVER NOVEMBER 22, 2013Haque/Moeller Classical Guitar Duo Tour Stops At First Baptist ChurchTwo classical modern guitar virtuosos, Paul Moeller and Fareed Haque, will be making a stop along their Florida tour to present a concert on Sunday, November 24 at 3 p.m. The concert will take place at First Baptist Church, located at 1735 Jackson Street in downtown Fort Myers, and is open to the public. A free-will offering will be taken to assist the performers with their tour expenses. Audiences will be treated to an eclectic program, from Baroque masterpieces to overtures by opera composer Rossini as well as the fiery music of Spanish composer Manuel de Falla and tangos of Astor Piazolla. Moeller studied at Peabody with Manuel Barrueco, earning several prestigious awards and began his study with Haque at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, where Fareed is professor of jazz and classical guitar studies. Steeped in classical and jazz traditions, Haques unique command of the guitar and different musical styles inspire his musical ventures with tradition and fearless innovation. This innovation has led Haque to touring with recording artist Sting, releasing several albums on Stings label Pangaea, performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival, and with many notable performers including Artuto Sandoval, David Sandborn and Paquito DRivera. Joseph Caulkins, Director of Music Ministries for First Baptist, said, Paul Moeller is one of the most inspiring and sensitive guitarists I have ever heard. I knew him from his early studies in Illinois when he began taking lessons from Fareed and have had the privilege of watching his career flourish over the years. Every time Paul is in the area, we find a way to collaborate. Having both Paul and Fareed in the same program is going to be a very rare treat, not to be missed. In addition to the concert at 3 p.m., the Haque/Moeller Guitar Duo will also present special music at First Baptists 9:15 a.m. service. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call 334-7747 or visit www.firstbaptistfm.org. Paul Moeller Fareed Haque From page 12Churches/TemplesReligious Education; Sunday School and Midweek classes, Preschool Classes, Monday through Friday Web site: www. templebethel.com Affiliated: Union for Reform Judaism TEMPLE JUDEA (CONSERVATIVE) 14486 A&W Bulb Road, Fort Myers, 433-0201, Rabbi: Rabbi Marc Sack Minyan: Monday at 9 a.m. Religious Education: Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings Services: Friday night at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Web site: www.tjswfl.org THE NEW CHURCH The New Church of SWFL is located 10811 Sunset Plaza Circ. #401, behind Zoomers. Rev. Gabriella Cahaley officiates worship services on Sundays at 11 a.m. during the season. Other worship events are held on the beach in Fort Myers Beach. See our webpage http://www.newchurchflorida.com/ or call for more information 239-481-5535. UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH FORT MYERS 13411 Shire Lane (off Daniels Parkway one mile west of I-75). Minister: The Reverend Allison Farnum. Sunday services and religious education at 10:30 a.m. For information on all church events call 5612700 or visit www.uucfm.org. UNITY OF BONITA SPRINGS Family Service 10 to 11 a.m. Healing Circle 11 a.m. Hospitality and Fellowship, 11 a.m. Inspiring lesson, uplifting and dynamic music, meditation in a loving environment. Service held at 28285 Imperial Street, Bonita Springs. Call 947-3100. UNITY OF FORT MYERS 11120 Ranchette Rd, Fort Myers Winter Service: Sundays at 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. Childrens Class at 11 a.m. Reverend Jim Rosemary, Minister Our God is Love, Our Race is Human Our religion is ONENESS. www.unityoffortmyers.org. 239-278-1511 WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 9065 Ligon Court, Fort Myers, across from HealthPark Hospital, 481-2125 Senior Pastor: Robert Brunson Sunday Service: 9:30 a.m. Sunday School for all ages. 11 a.m. Blended Worship www.westminsterfortmyers.org 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, Interim Pastor Jim Eggert Pastor Peter Weeks Sunday Services: 8:30 a.m. Traditional; 10 a.m. Blended Traditional and Contemporary; 11:30 a.m. Contemporary. Childrens Sunday School, Adult /Teen Bible Classes, 10 a.m. Lee Van Asten & Friends To Perform Lee Van Asten & Friends will perform in a concert featuring the music of George Gershwin Sunday, November 24 at 2 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 15840 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers. Joining Van Asten will be Broadway national touring artist Mark Sanders, Norma Myers, Maureen Steger, Sharon Dendinger, Ric Jaeggi, Bonnie Lancaster, and Barbara Mendillo. A free will offering will be taken. All are welcome! Lee Van Asten & FriendsWedding Bells Ring On 11/12/13Last Tuesday was not just a typical wedding day at the Clerk of Court office. Couples who chose to wed that day will have the unique sequential anniversary date of 11/12/13. For couple Renukaa and Elieser Bocio, Jr., who dated for seven years, and exchanged wedding vows at 10 a.m. on that date, their anniversary will officially be 10-1112-13. Cindy Keller, a 25-year veteran of the Clerks office, performed this very special ceremony. The next sequential date this century: 12/13/14. After that, there will not be another sequential date until 1/2/2103. Clerk of Court spokeswoman Rita Miller said, Tuesday is not the most popular day to marry, averaging three to four ceremonies, but today, the Clerks office expects to perform at least 10 wedding ceremonies for couples choosing to have this very special anniversary date. Renukaa and Elieser Bocio, Jr. were wed at 10 a.m. on 11/12/13


THE RIVER NOVEMBER 22, 201314 Cold Front Patterns Are Key To Winter Fishingby Capt. Matt MitchellAlthough its not really cold yet, our typical winter pattern of cold fronts passing through has already begun. Each front has been a little cooler than the last, Anglers can expect to deal with this same weather pattern throughout winter here in South Florida. This pattern happens just about every seven to 10 days all winter long. As a front approaches we experience a few really warm calm days until the front gets close. When its almost on top of us, winds slowly begin to pick up and switch to the south for a few hours, bringing low pressure. Once the front moves through, conditions get cold and windy. In the first few days after the front we experience high pressure and strong north-northeast wind. Gradually, as things warm back up the winds slowly lie down and temperatures warm back up. These changes in our weather greatly affect our fishing and the patterns of the fish. Knowing how and what to do during these often less than perfect conditions makes all the difference between catching fish and just going on a bumpy windy boat ride. In the calm, sunny conditions prior to a cold fronts arrival, anglers have the most options. The few hours before a front arrives can be some of the fastest-paced fishing action you will ever find. The fish feel this low pressure and feed hard knowing the cold and wind is on its way. During this time we generally have a few hours of strong south winds before the winds switch to the west then north as the front passes. During this period of south wind I like to target east to west running windblown shorelines along with creek mouths and docks. When fishing cold front patterns, this hands-down is the best time to be out there. Once the front has passed, the next two to three days is all about hiding from the wind until things calm back down and conditions warm back up. During this time I fish sheltered warmer water generally close to home so I dont have to make any long boat runs in the rough seas. Even though the bite after the front is generally slower, fish still do feed. Cold and wind will bunch up the fish in certain warmer sheltered places. The colder the front the tighter the fish will bunch up. Creeks way back in the mangroves are some of my favorite cold weather places to be. Once you locate this warmer deeper water, action can still be good; its often just a matter of fishing smaller baits closer to the bottom with a slower presentation. This pattern proved so true this week while fishing in the days just after the strongest cold front of the year. Hiding from the strong winds while fishing mangrove creeks and residential canals, we found some very consistent action on snook, trout, mangrove snapper and jacks. Live shiners remained the bait of choice and having a live well full with plenty of extra for live chumming had the fish fired up. Cold and windy conditions moved lots of the really big trout in from the open grass flats to deep mangrove creeks and canals. In the first few days following the front we caught trout up to 28 inches with many of them over the 20-inch maximum size. Deeper water in the fiveto eight-foot range was loaded with these gator trout. Free-lined live shiners had these big trout exploding baits on the surface. These same deep creeks and canals were loaded up with schools of hungry jacks along with a few slot-sized snook. As it gets colder the further into winter, we get the next major change as anglers make the switch to fishing with live shrimp. This could be in as little as a few weeks or as late as January or February depending on how cold of a winter is in store for us. When our water temperature gets below about 70 degrees shiners will disappear and shrimp will become the bait of choice. To catch quality fish all winter you need to be able to quickly change techniques and be able to adapt just like the fish do. Having insight to where the fish go and what they do during the different stages of our cold front pattern is a must. Anglers need to change patterns and fishing locations as quickly as our winter time weather changes. Capt. Matt Mitchell has been fishing local waters since he moved to Sanibel in 1980. He now lives in St. James City and works as a back country fishing guide. If you have comments or questions email captmattmitchell@aol.com. Send Us Your Fish TalesThe 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, 1609 Hendry Street, Suite 15, Fort Myers, Florida 33901, or email to press@riverweekly.com. 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15 THE RIVER NOVEMBER 22, 2013 CROW Case Of The Week: Bald Eagle Flies To Freedomby Patricia MolloyOn November 8, excitement filled the halls of CROW. While an unsuspecting bald eagle was having a quiet breakfast outside, staff and volunteers scurried around the wildlife hospital gathering clean towels, protective falconry gloves and cameras, all of which were loaded into an awaiting van. Once the check-list was complete and the eagle had eaten, the impressive raptor was placed inside a large carrier and whisked away. The eagle, patient #2815, had been a patient at CROW since October (and was featured as the November 1 CROW Case of the Week). The adult female was found on Stringfellow Road near Sunshine Boulevard in St. James City with a gaping wound in the pectoral muscle. After nearly a week of critical care inside the wildlife hospital, she was transferred to a large, outdoor enclosure. There, the eagle was able to regain her strength with short flights that were quietly observed by Dr. Heather. As her health returned, she became restless and eager to return home. She was a very good passenger in the car. I could see her walk back and forth in the cage, said Ruth Parks, one of the CROW volunteers who released the eagle. When we got close to Pine Island, she got a little more active. Upon arrival in St. James City, fellow volunteers Chuck Hodgson and Ken Hodgson helped Parks carefully lift the heavy carrier out of the van and onto a patch of soft grass. The anticipation was palpable. She was very ready to go I opened the top of the cage and she was out in an instant, took a couple hops on the ground and headed for the trees, added Parks. She mounts the heavens, serene and proud, Great in her pure and noble fame, Great in her spotless champions name, And destined in her day to be Mighty as Rome, more nobly free.From The American Eagle by C.W. ThompsonCROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Inc.) is a non-profit wildlife hospital providing veterinary care for native and migratory wildlife from our local area. The hospital accepts patients seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mail donations to PO Box 150, Sanibel, FL 33957. Call 472-3644 or visit: www.crowclinic.org. She was out in an instant, took a couple hops on the ground and headed for the trees, said release volunteer Ruth Parks photo courtesy of Ken Hodgson Complete Do-It Yourself B oa t P a rt s St o r e Marine Tradin g Pos t 15600 S an C arlos Blvd, Un i t 170, Ft M y ers ( Bes i de B ig Lots ) C all 437-747 5 A dd iti o n al L oca ti o n s : 1156 N. Tamiami Trail in North Fort M y er s Call 997-577 7 2397 Davis Blvd in Naple s Call 793-580 0 H ou r s: 8am -5:30pm Mon-Sat $ 99. 9 5 Sta i n l ess Stee l Po w e r Coate d W hi te D u l Trumpet Hor n B i m i n i To p $ 199 Large Se l ect i on of Steer i n g W h ee l s


THE RIVER NOVEMBER 22, 201316 Plant SmartFruit IDby Gerri ReavesThe fruit produced by a plant species is one of its most important identifying features. Pictured are three Florida natives commonly found in wild, commercial and residential landscapes. All are lowmaintenance choices for a wildlife-friendly garden. Can you identify the species by their fruit? Gumbo limbos ( Bursera simaruba) fairly large reddish berries make for easy recognition, as does the trees most wellknown ornamental attribute, the peeling bark. Ranging in color from silver to bronze to red, the bark gives the tree the common name tourist tree, because it resembles the skin of a sunburned tourist. The fleshy berries that measure about one-half to an inch long are a food source for a variety of birds, especially mockingbirds and flycatchers. The species is the host plant for the rarely seen dingy purplewing butterfly. Gumbo limbos sculptural limbs, high wind resistance, and saltand drought-tolerance make it a great landscape choice. Florida privets (Forestiera segregata) purplish black fruit is eaten by a variety of birds, including warblers, bluebirds, mockingbirds and vireos. Oval and fleshy, each berry is less than a half-inch across and contains one seed. This shrub usually reaches 10 to 15 feet in height and works well as a screen or hedge. The dense network of woody branches makes good nesting habitat and cover for birds. It is pest-resistant and droughtand salt-tolerant. Wax myrtles (Myrica cerifera) waxy blue berries cluster along the stems of the female trees. The berries from this member of the aromatic bayberry family are used to make bayberry soap and the traditional Christmas bayberry candles -thus the plants other common name, Southern bayberry Only about one-eighth of an inch across, the fruit attracts a wide variety of birds, including bluebirds, bobwhites, brown thrashers, catbirds, Carolina chickadees, redbellied woodpeckers, ruby-crowned kinglets, white-eyed vireos, yellow-rumped warblers and tree swallows. It is also the host for the native red banded hairstreak butterfly. Tolerant of cold, salt, and drought, its fast-growing and can reach up to 40 feet if not sheared off, as it usually is in commercial and residential landscapes. And, its a nitrogen fixer, which means it produces its own fertilizer. Plant Smart explores sustainable gardening practices that will help you create an environmentally responsible, low-maintenance South Florida landscape. Wax myrtles tiny waxy berries attract a variety of birds Florida privet provides food and nesting habitat for birds Gumbo limbos berries take up to a year to ripen from green to a muted red photos by Gerri Reaves Caring For Your PlantsBanana Trees: Background And CareBy Justen DobbsThere are a lot of Floridians who enjoy growing their own tropical fruits. Some tropical fruit trees are easy to grow and some arent. The common banana tree (Musa sp.) is surprisingly easy to grow and care for. Store-bought bananas come from Central and South America and the Caribbean because the hot, humid climates there induce rapid growth and large, quality fruits. Did you know that many of these imported bananas come in green and unripe and have to be gassed before being put out for sale at your local grocery store? While this is not unhealthy, it is not organic. I have been to many areas of Miami and Homestead and actually seen some large plantations there with banana and plantain trees. Im not sure how large and delicious the Miami-grown bananas are, but were getting off subject. The easiest way to have your own banana tree is to buy one at a local nursery or online. There are always some available on eBay and probably from other reputable online nurseries. Because of their extremely fast growth rate, I recommend buying a smaller one to start no point in spending more money on a larger plant when they are such fast growers. Plant your banana in well-draining soil and preferably in full sun. It will need lots of water and a little bit of liquid fertilizer such as Miracle Gro in order to get a large, healthy adult plant. While banana trees can be drought-tolerant, they prefer copious amounts of water. Once your banana is a year or two old, it will go into flower. The beautiful flower stalks are usually pollinated by bees or flies, which helps them produce little tiny green bananas. Once the green bananas have reached their maximum size, they will begin to turn yellow and fall freely from the tree. If you dont collect them off the tree or immediately after they fall, they can be scooped up by rodents, pets, insects and small animals. Once each stalk of your banana tree (if it is clumping, or producing multiple canes) has fruited, it will die. It is usually OK to leave the dead stalk alone and let it rot and turn into mulch and fertilizer. This is not the end of the lifecycle, however, as the underground rhizomes should still remain. These rhizomes will produce new stalks during the next season. There are hundreds of types of banana trees and not all of them are edible. Some favorites among collectors are the Ice Cream banana, the Praying Hands banana and the Ae Ae variegated banana. Again, most of these can be found online, shipped to your door and grown with minimal care. Just make sure to protect your banana tree from frost as they all come from tropical countries and dont like cold. Justen Dobbs is a landscape architect in south Florida specializing in custom, upscale landscapes. He can be reached at seabreezenurseries@gmail. com. Ensete ventricosum is a beautiful ornamental tree, but does not bear edible fruit


17 THE RIVER NOVEMBER 22, 2013Guided Nature Walks To Resume At ConservancyConservancy of Southwest Florida offers free guided nature walks at three great locations. All walks are conducted by trained Conservancy of Southwest Florida volunteers and are subject to weather conditions and volunteer availability. Times and days are subject to change. Not available on holidays. Clam Pass, Naples, December 2 through April 30, Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. Free guided walk Boardwalk, Bay, and Beach. Learn importance of mangrove trees, some Florida history and meet fascinating creatures and plants that share this unique habitat. Meet your guide at the gazebo near the parking lot tram stop. Wear sun protection. Clam Pass Park is located west of Waldorf Astoria on Seagate Drive, west of U.S. 41. Free parking with beach sticker. Approximately 2 hours. Tigertail Beach, Marco Island, January 6 through April 25, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. Shore birds, wading birds, fiddler crabs, mangroves, live shells and more. Meet your Tigertail Beach volunteer guides at the kiosk for a walking tour of this natural beach. A designated destination on the Great Florida Birding Trail, Tigertail Beach is well-known to birders worldwide. The tidal lagoon and mudflats offer great views of many of the Gulf Coasts seasonal and year-round avian residents such as ospreys, pelicans, plovers, sandpipers, egrets, herons and roseate spoonbills, some of which are rare or endangered. Walks are 1 to 2 hours. Bring water shoes and binoculars. Directions: U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) to 951 (Collier Blvd.) South to Marco Island. Turn right on Kendall Court, the fifth light after crossing the bridge to Marco Island. Turn left at four-way stop sign at Hernando Court to Tigertail Beach. Free parking with beach sticker; otherwise subject to parking fee. Briggs Boardwalk, Rookery Bay, January 6 through March 31, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. Free, self-guided boardwalk open year round, dawn to dusk. Volunteer guides available most mornings. View five eco-communities from scrub to brackish ponds. Boardwalk is a Great Florida Birding Trail site. For more details and pictures, visit www.conservancy.org/nature-center/ nature-walks. Directions: From U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail), go east to 951 (Collier Blvd.) From I-75, take Exit 101 to 951. Take 951 south toward Marco Island. About 3 miles past where 951 intersects with U.S. 41, turn right on Shell Island Road. Go one mile, park in front of building with flagpole and take the path on the right to the back of the building where the boardwalk starts. Please do not enter or go towards the private building. For more information about the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, call 262-0304 or visit www.conservancy. org. White ibis walking along the shoreline at Clam Pass Mangrove periwinkle snails (Littoraria scabra angulifera) THANK YOU See photos at www.tastesanibelcaptiva.com Taste T-shirts available at CROW RestaurantsGeorge & Wendys Sanibel Seafood Grille Sunshine Seafood Caf & Wine Bar East End Deli / Sanibel Oasis Cafe Matzaluna, The Italian Kitchen Doc Fords Rum Bar & Grille Sundial Beach Resort & Spa Sanibel Deli / Queenies Rosies Caf and Grill Sanibel Fish House Baileys Catering The Sangria Grill Island Barbecue The Island Cow Lazy Flamingo Gramma Dots Fresh Taqueria The Jacaranda Thistle Lodge The Timbers Sanibel Deli Cips Place Traders


THE RIVER NOVEMBER 22, 201318 From page 1Captiva Holiday VillageThe 4th annual Captiva Holiday Village launches its 2013 spectacular the Friday after Thanksgiving with fireworks, tree lightings, holiday readings, musical performances and more. Each special themed weekend will be a fun filled extravaganza of sight and sound, set against the backdrop of the Gulf of Mexico and evening sunsets. During the event weekends, visitors can enjoy everything from decorated golf cart and lighted boat parades to Junkanoo dancers, live music and even a Marching Mullet Parade. A production crew from the Travel Channel filmed last years annual Captiva Holiday Village Golf Cart Parade as part of a proposed show called Xtreme Xmas, based on unique Christmas events across the United States. We were looking to showcase the best of the best across America but wanted to get away from the typical stories like the Radio City Rockettes or the lighting of the Rockefeller Center tree in New York City, said Travel Channel Creative Producer Nicole Dunn. The show, which also featured a festival in Jennings, Louisiana, a parade in New Mexico and Trappist monks in Missouri making fruitcakes for the holidays, is expected to air seven to 10 times between this years Thanksgiving and Christmas. This was such a great opportunity to bring our quirky island festivities to the world, said 2012 Golf Cart Parade Chair Denice Beggs. This parade is such a unique and fun event for locals to be involved in. The competition has really increased, and many participants plan their decorations a year in advance. Each year, Captiva locals try to outdo their neighbor by extravagantly decorating their personal or rented golf carts in lights, garland, hats and even plastic flamingos. Fun, festive and sometimes gaudy outfits go along with the tradition. Captiva Island resorts, inns, cottages and vacation homes are also offering lodging specials in conjunction with this years event. To learn more about Captiva Holiday Village or to buy your Captiva Holiday Village Coupon Book, visit www. CaptivaHolidayVillage.com. 2013 Event Schedule November 29 Tree Lighting and Fireworks at Tween Waters Inn November 30 South Seas Tree Lighting and Childrens Classic Holiday Reading Sunset Arias at Tween Waters Inn December 5 Researching Dolphins in Pine Island Sound at Tween Waters Inn sponsored by SCCF December 6 Sunset Arias at Tween Waters Inn Sanibel Luminary December 7 Royal Shells Decorated Golf Cart Parade Golf Cart Awards & Party Captiva Luminary December 12 Early Maritime History in Pine Island Sound sponsored by SCCF South Seas Holiday Stroll December 13 Mullet March at Jensens Twin Palms at 5 p.m. Captiva Memories and Holiday Captiva Island Historical Society film at Jensens Twin Palms South Seas Holiday Stroll December 14 Seafood and Fishing Festival at Jensens Twin Palms all day American Realty of Captiva Junkanoo Parade The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company Lighted Boat Parade Post Boat Parade Party Holiday Hayride through the Village to South Seas Island Resort and back. South Seas Holiday Stroll December 15 Carol Sing at Chapel By the Sea followed by refreshments at the Captiva Community Center South Seas Holiday Stroll December 19 to 22 South Seas Holiday Stroll Sunset Arias on the beach SCCFs guided monthly cruises on the Caloosahatchee return for the 18th year in November. The boat tour explores the meanders of the historic upriver Caloosahatchee as we follow the river back to a time when a waterfall served as the headwaters of the Caloosahatchee and settlers braved living amongst the wilderness. The 2.5-hour adventure begins by locking through the WP Franklin Lock in Olga. Heading east toward Alva, we enter the historic bends of the river and revisit the activities of the pioneers who traveled the same river to find paradise. Stories of the settlements and their adventures are blended with an understanding of the rivers oxbows, the wild creatures that call it home and the challenges the river faces. The tour is guided by Rae Ann Wessel, a river researcher, long-time river advocate, historian and SCCF Natural Resource Policy Director. The vessel is the stable and spacious 47-passenger Manatee Rover pontoon boat which features daily manatee tours. All seats have a great view for photographs and bird watching. Cruises depart 1 at p.m. from the WP Franklin Lock & Dam off SR 80 in Olga. Cruise dates are: Friday, November 29 (day after Thanksgiving) Sunday, December 8 Sunday, January 26 Sunday, February 9 Sunday, March 9 Sunday, April 13 Sunday, May 11 (Mothers Day) Private group cruises can be scheduled by appointment. Cruises depart at 1 p.m. and return by 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person, with payment due at time of reservation. Call SCCF at 472-2329 for more information. Please call by noon on Wednesday, November 27 for the November 29 cruise. Space is limited. 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Captiva Cruises Resume Trips To Historic Tarpon Lodge And Calusa Indian Mounds On Pine IslandCaptiva Cruises newest expedition in its Discover Southwest Florida History tours will focus on the fishing cultures in Pine Island Sound, a story of fascinating characters and traditions. This cruise will depart from McCarthys Marina on Captiva on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and travel to Pineland on Pine Island. Along the way, guests will get an up close look at historic fish houses of Pine Island Sound and discuss the areas diverse fishing cultures from the indigenous Calusa, to Spanish Cuban Ranchos, to the Punta Gorda Fish Company and to the spectacular Tarpon and sport fishing of today. Passengers will be greeted at The Tarpon Lodge and passengers will be oriented to this spectacular location, the family-run business and its storied tradition of fishing within Pine Island Sound and Charlotte Harbor. Passengers then will relax while enjoying old Florida charm of the 1926 Tarpon Lodge where lunch will be savored with waterfront views of Pine Island Sound and mangrove islands. After lunch, participants will walk across the street to The Randell Research Center (RRC). The RRC, a program of the Florida Museum of Natural History, aims to establish and maintain, at the internationally significant Pineland archeological and historical site, a permanent facility dedicated to learning and teaching the archeology, history and ecology of Southwest Florida. An RRC educator will guide guests on The Calusa Heritage Trail to one of the pre-Columbian Mounds of the ancient Calusa while elaborating on this unique fishing culture. These are excellent opportunities for families and neighborhoods to get together and learn about the natural and cultural history of Southwest Florida while enjoying a day out on the water. The next cruises to Pine Island will occur on Friday, November 22, then will be offered on Tuesdays through the season. Captiva Cruises also offers cruises to Cabbage Key, Useppa Island, Boca Grande, Beach & Shelling excursions to Cayo Costa State Park, Sailing Adventures, Sunset Cruises, and Dolphin Watch & Wildlife Adventures with the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation. Additional information and reservations for the cruise to the historic Tarpon Lodge & Calusa Indian mounds of Pine Island or any of Captiva Cruises programs and tours may be obtained by calling Captiva Cruises at 472-5300. A Few Facts About Sea Level Risesubmitted by Ken and Kate Gooderham, ASBPA executive directorsThe recent anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, which fell in the vicinity of a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC), inspired some thoughtful discussion about coastal concerns, the future and what we all should be doing about them. Unfortunately, it also inspired a few issuances from the usual suspects who use any excuse to beat the drum for their favorite (and deeply flawed) answers to every coastal problem even some we didnt know existed. Since these folks often present faulty conclusions based on skewed, disconnected or nonexistent science, we wanted to clarify the facts about some of the canards they regularly trot out for media and public consumption: Rising sea level will cause more erosion No. Higher water levels may cover more of the beach, but the level of the seas is not a factor in erosion in the way that waves, winds and inlets (or other disruptions in the flow of sand along the coast) are. Putting sand back on the beach is a bad investment, particularly of public funds How is spending millions of dollars to protect billions of dollars in property (and property taxes) a bad idea? Study after study has put the return on investment for coastal protection anywhere from eightfold to more than 300:1, depending on which financial measurement you use. Rising sea level will mean rising costs to protect our coasts Again, these two thoughts are not connected. Coastal costs may rise for a number of reasons availability of sand, our countrys dredging capacity, regulatory restrictions, and so on but rising seas is not one of them. Retreat is the only reasonable response to sea level rise Quite the contrary: Retreat is probably the most unreasonable response. Sea level could be going up inches, maybe a foot (the final number is still unclear), and you want to force people to abandon billions of dollars worth of property (for which theyre going to want to be compensated) and billions of dollars in infrastructure (which will need to be removed and a not-inconsiderable cost) while throwing away billions of dollars in tax revenue (which will be needed to pay for this rash retreat and will probably not be replicated when you force people to move inland away from the coast) and you call that reasonable? Storms such as Superstorm Sandy are conclusive proof that retreat is the only answer No, but storms such as Sandy prove that wide beaches, high dunes and sound building policies do make a huge difference in coastal survivability. The fact that adjacent communities suffered very disproportionate damages from Sandy, anomalies that can only be attributed to differences in beaches, dunes and buildings, was graphic and telling. Sea level rise will inundate coastal communities Yes, if all those communities sit by for years and years, doing nothing as sea levels slowly creep higher. But lets remember were not talking about a tsunami here sea level rise is a gradual increase in levels that can very successfully be countered by raising the level of your coastline or, more specifically, your beach dune line as a barrier against rising seas. Sea level rise will mean more and stronger storms affecting the coast Another dubious connection of two disparate ideas. Higher sea levels by themselves will have little to no effect on the frequency or strength of coastal weather events. The only real impact may be that water surge levels might be higher if you start from a higher base sea level but thats a miniscule portion of the overall storm surge, which is far more dependent on wind direction, tidal timing and the capacity of a storm to pile up water to push ashore at landfall. Storms may end up being stronger over time if water temperatures rise (which is a contributing factor to sea level rise as well), but thats a very different discussion. For more information, go to www.asbpa.org, Facebook or www.twitter.com/asbpa. 19 THE RIVER NOVEMBER 22, 2013Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702or email press@riverweekly.com


THE RIVER NOVEMBER 22, 201320 Southwest Florida Fine Craft Guild Member ExhibitThe Southwest Florida Fine Craft Guild will hold an All Member Exhibit at the Southwest Florida Foundation Community offices from November through January. Works ranging from jewelry, fiber art, stone sculpture, ceramics, woodworking, basketry, mixed media and more will adorn the walls and halls of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation. The exhibit opened on November 8 and runs through January 29. There will be an opening reception on Friday, November 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. This is a juried exhibit and is a partnership with the Art Council of Southwest Florida, who will also judge the work. All artwork is for sale and proceeds from the each artists sale goes to the Southwest Florida Community Foundations Fund for the Arts. The Foundations office is located at 8771 College Parkway, Building 2, Suite 201 in Fort Myers. For hours of operation, call 274-5900. For more information on exhibits and membership, visit www.swflcraftguild. org. Writing ContestThe Gulf Coast Writers Association 2014 writing contests deadline is December 31. The contest is open to all. Cash prizes will be given for fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Go to www.gulfwriters.org for guidelines, application forms and more information. Bell Joins ArtFest Fort Myers TeamChelsea Bell has recently joined ArtFest Fort Myers as their Festival Support Intern for the art festival. Chelsea is completing her last semester at Florida Gulf Coast University, a Resort and Hospitality major who is certified as a Guest Service Professional. She plans to focus on resort management. With over seven years of experience in the hotel industry, Bell looks forward to expanding her experience on the event side through her internship at ArtFest Fort Myers. As a native to Lee County, Bell appreciates ArtFests passion for focusing on art in the community. She is excited to be the Festival Support Intern for an organization that honors her hometown and can proudly call them Southwest Floridas premier art festival. ArtFest Fort Myers, the annual juried fine art festival, takes place on January 31, February 1 and 2, 2014 in the Fort Myers River District. Join the experience with 200 professional artists from across the county and around the world, the largest high school art exhibit and competition in south Florida and free interactive art experiences for children of all ages. For more information, visit www. ArtFestFortMyers.com or call 7683602. Family Musical At Bishop VerotYoure a Good Man, Charlie Brown, a family musical based on Charles Schultzs comic strip Peanuts, will be performed in the Anderson Theater on the campus of Bishop Verot Catholic High School in Fort Myers. Evening performances on Friday November 22 and Saturday November 23 begin at 7:30 p.m. A Sunday matinee November 24 begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for general admission seating. Doors open 30 minutes prior to performance. More information is available by calling 274-6706. Chelsea Bell Shell Point Concerts & Conversations Series Begins With Ars Nova String TrioShell Point Retirement Community kicks off its 2013-14 Concerts & Conversations Series with Ars Nova String Trio on Thursday, November 21 at 7 p.m. Jennifer Kozbial, violin, John T. Posadas, viola, and Adam Satinsky, cello, met while performing together as leading members of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. By forming Ars Nova String Trio, they have established themselves as an important presence in the chamber music world as vivid interpreters of the classics of the repertoire, advocates for new music, and dedicated teachers and mentors to a generation of young musicians. The trio combines the talents of three chamber musicians from very diverse backgrounds. As graduates of some of the worlds leading music schools, including the Cleveland Institute of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, Indiana University, the Peabody Institute of Music, the Eastman School of Music and Rice Universitys Shepherd School of Music, they have performed in many of the greatest venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Severance Hall as well as international halls in Canada, Mexico, Germany and Japan. The Concerts & Conversations Series offers classical music lovers an opportunity to experience concerts in an intimate setting and enjoy a dessert reception with the musicians following the performance. Series tickets include four concerts for $80, for a $20 savings, or individual tickets are available for $25 each. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. in The Grand Cypress Room of The Woodlands at Shell Point. Visit www.shellpoint. org/concerts or call the box office at 454-2067. The Ars Nova String Trio Staged Readings At Lab TheaterThe Laboratory Theater of Florida will begin its series of staged readings this season with Tom Ritis new play, Paranormal Producer, on Monday, November 25 at 7 p.m. This comedy features Rachel, who has left a secure job to follow her dream and become an actor. But, at age 53, her dream gets bleary when she discovers that producers want 20-year old bombshells not 53-year old bomb fragments. So she fabricates ghosts, ghost stories, and a larger than life psychic alter ego to become TVs next reality superstar. But what Rachel didnt plan on was a life changing encounter with a real ghost! Directed by Anne Dodd, the staged reading will feature actors Sandy Porter, Marcus Colon, Bonnie Grossmann, Patrick Day, Mike Dinko, Taylor Adair Nave, Dave Kensler and Jonathan Best. Staged readings allow audiences to hear a new work for the first time and observe some of the process of writing and rewriting a play. They can meet the playwright and can share feedback, which may help the playwright with final scriopt. Most of Lab Theaters staged readings showcase the regional talent of Southwest Florida. Tickets are $5 and are available for purchase at the door only. For more information, call 218-0481. The theater is located at 1634 Woodford Avenue, Fort Myers, 33901. From page 9Fort Myers Fareoffice holiday party. Reserve space in air-conditioned comfort or outside on the expansive waterfront patio. Nellies staff will magically satisfy everyone on your guest list with the very best food and drink without breaking the bank. While relaxing on the deck, swing to the beats of live reggae, rock and island music from the areas premier musical talent. Just upstairs from Nellies is Uglys Waterside Bar, the place where everyone gets prettier, and happy hour is all day, every day. Whether you arrive by land or sea, parking for patrons of Nellies and Uglys is free. The GPS coordinates are 26.41 N 81.18 W. 1131 First Street, Fort Myers Beach at the historic Fort Myers Beach Seaport. Call 463-8077.


21 THE RIVER NOVEMBER 22, 2013 Expansion Of Major League Baseballs Instant Video Review Likely To Lengthen Game Timesby Ed FrankBaseball Commissioner Bud Selig may have called it historic, but for millions of baseball fans who have become more and more disillusioned with the growing length of games, youve got to wonder if Seligs historic announcement will only add further time onto the American pastime. Last week, the commissioner said that Major League Baseball plans to expand its video review process next season to curtail the number of incorrect calls by umpires. The plan still must be approved by team owners, umpires and the players union. But it appears to be a done deal. Sure, there have been bum calls by umpires since the game was invented. And yes, the outcome of a few games may have been altered by bad calls. But do we really want to drag out what already is too long a game, having multiple reviews throughout nine, 12 or 15 innings, however long the game lasts? I know youre going to say that football instituted video reviews several years ago. And it appears to have worked. But football is a much faster moving game than baseball. Let me give you one personal experience this past season why I question the wisdom of this new plan: I arrived at the Major League ballpark about a half-hour before the scheduled 1:20 p.m. start. It began raining and the game finally began about 3:30 p.m. In the bottom of the ninth inning (by then it was about 6:30 p.m.), the home team tied the score and the game dragged on until mercifully ending in the bottom of the 13th inning. It was then 7:30 p.m., nearly seven hours after arriving. Thank goodness the video review system wasnt in place that day. Heres how Selig explained the new review process: Managers will be allowed one challenge over the first six innings of a game and two additional from the seventh inning until the completion of the game. Calls that are challenged will be reviewed by a video crew in MLB headquarters in New York, which will make the final ruling. Challenges not used in the first six innings will not carry over, and a manager who wins a challenge will retain it. Only reviewable plays (still to be defined) can be challenged. Non-reviewable plays will still be argued. Home run replay rules that were instituted previously will be grandfathered into the new system. Answering concerns over further slowing the game, Selig said the new review procedure should not take more than 90 seconds. We will have to see if that rings true. The commissioner said he is proud of the replay committee that devised the new plan. Its worked out remarkable well. Its historic. Theres no question about it. There be no question the new system is historic. But we will let the fans decide whether they like it. Will The Tampa Bay Rays Ever Get A New Stadium? Nearly every year, the Tampa Bay Rays field a competitive team. And every year, they record one of the lowest, if not the lowest, attendance in Major League Baseball. For a decade, the Rays ownership has worked and fought for a new stadium. The results have failed. Baseball needs a resolution to the problem, Commissioner Selig said recently. I find it a very troubling situation. He said his office is giving strong consideration to assigning someone to intervene in the process. Playing in outdated Tropicana Field, the team averaged just 13,000 fans a game this past season, resulting in millions of dollars in revenue sharing being poured into the organization. Team owner Stuart Sternberg said the team has a strong following but attendance continues to decline, even with an improved economy. Everblades Move Into First-Place Tie A 4-1 road victory last Saturday over the South Carolina Stingrays moved the Florida Everblades intro a first-place tie with South Carolina in the South Division of the ECHL. With a 10-2-1-1 (22 points) season record starting the week, the Everblades have the opportunity to improve on that record when they host the Orlando Solar Bears for two games this weekend at Germain Arena. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Friday, and 7 p.m. on Saturday. Power Squadron Boating Coursesubmitted by Cdr. Mary Smelter, San Carlos Bay Sail & Power SquadronThe San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadrons, will be offering Americas Boating Course on Saturday, December 7 from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This course is recognized by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. State law requires 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, December 14. Topics covered include hull design, docking, anchoring, handling boating emergencies, reading channel markers and many other topics to make each boating experience safer and more enjoyable. Successful completion of this course entitles the boater to six months free membership in a United States Power Squadron. The cost of the course is $45 with a $20 cost for a second person sharing the instruction materials. The course is being taught at the San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron Classroom at 16048 San Carlos Blvd. at the corner of Kelly Road (across from ACE Hardware). Students can register at www.scbps.com or call 466-4040. Our email address is press@riverweekly.com Ding Darling Offers His And Her Holiday Happy Hours For ShoppersThe Refuge Nature Store at J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge is planning gender-specific happy hour shopping events this holiday season. Ding Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge has planned a free LadiesOnly Holiday Shopping Happy Hour for Tuesday, December 3, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. A Men-Only Last-Minute Holiday Shopping Happy Hour will be held on Monday, December 23 with beer and pretzels from 4:30 to 6 p.m., The store has stocked some special holiday gift items for the two events, and it will have gift consultants ready with suggestions and free recycled paper gift-wrapping. All proceeds from Nature Store purchases go directly to benefiting wildlife and conservation, said store manager Lise Bryant. So we thought it would be a fun way to get everyone in the holiday spirit with an altruistic twist. The Refuge Nature Store carries a complete line of birding and nature books for adults and children, wildlife toys and games, gifts made from recycled materials, naturethemed jewelry and home dcor, logo T-shirts and hats, and a wide variety of other gifts and souvenirs. For more information on the refuge shopping events, visit www.dingdarlingsociety. org or call 472-1100 ext. 241. One of the Refuge Nature Stores new silk, wildlife-themed neckties, available for a limited time only The 2013 Luc Century Refuge ornament this year features hatchling sea turtles


THE RIVER NOVEMBER 22, 201322 Simplify Your Shopping!Order Your Groceries Online!Phone: (239) 313-1488www.fortmyersdailybread.com Local Grocery Delivery ServiceServing Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel, Cape Coral, Estero, Bonita Springs and NaplesFREE delivery on orders over $150Call for departure time CAPTIVACRUISES H T H E I S L A N D S H THE BEST WAY TO SEE THE ISLANDS IS FROM THE WATER 10 a.m. Island Cruise to Useppa or Cabbage Key Adventure Sailing Cruises 4:00 p.m. Dolphin Watch Cruise Beach & Shelling Cruise Sunset Serenade Cruise with Island Musicians Reservations Required for All Cruises(239)472-5300Cruises depart from beautiful Captiva Island www.captivacruises.com Financial FocusSharing Your Bounty Can Be Rewardingby Jennifer BaseyThanksgiving is almost here. If you have the financial resources to provide a comfortable life for your family, you have reason to be thankful. And if you can afford to share some of your bounty with charitable organizations, you may want to be as generous as possible because your gifts may allow you to both give and receive. By donating cash or other financial assets, such as stocks, to a qualified charity (either a religious group or a group that has received 501c(3) status from the IRS), you help benefit an organization whose work you believe in and, at the same time, you can receive valuable tax benefits. To illustrate: If you give $100 to a qualified charity, and youre in the 25 percent percnet tax bracket, you can deduct $100, with a tax benefit of $25, when you file your 2013 taxes. Therefore, the real cost of your donation is just $75 ($100 minus the $25 tax savings). Furthermore, if you donate certain types of non-cash assets, you may be able to receive additional tax benefits. Suppose you give $1,000. worth of stock to a charitable group. If youre in the 25 percent bracket, youll be able to deduct $250 when you file your taxes. And by donating the stock, you can avoid paying the capital gains taxes that would be due if you had eventually sold the stock yourself. To claim a charitable deduction, you have to be able to itemize deductions on your taxes. Charitable gifting can get more complex if you choose to integrate your charitable giving with your estate plans to help you reduce your taxable estate. The estate tax is consistently debated in Congress, and the exemption level has fluctuated in recent years, so its not easy to predict if you could eventually subject your heirs to these taxes. Nonetheless, you can still work with your tax and legal advisors now to take steps to reduce any possible estate tax burden in the years ahead. One such step might involve establishing a charitable remainder trust. Under this arrangement, youd place some assets, such as appreciated stocks or real estate, in a trust, which could then use these assets to pay you a lifetime income stream. When you establish the trust, you may be able to receive a tax deduction based on the charitable groups remainder interest the amount the charity is likely to ultimately receive. (This figure is determined by an IRS formula.) Upon your death, the trust would relinquish the remaining assets to the charitable organization youve named. Keep in mind, though, that this type of trust can be complex. To establish one, youll need to work with your tax and legal advisors. Of course, you can also choose to provide your loved ones with monetary gifts while youre still alive. You can give up to $14,000 per year, per individual, to as many people as you choose without incurring the gift tax. For example, if you have three children, you could give them a cumulative $42,000 in a single year and so could your spouse. Thanksgiving is a fine time to show your generosity. And, as weve seen, being generous can be rewarding for your recipients and yourself. Jennifer Basey is a financial advisor in Fort Myers. She can be reached at jennifer.basey@edwardjones.com. The Womens Fund Becomes SBDC ClientThe Womens Fund of Southwest Florida is a client of the Small Business Development Center hosted at Florida Gulf Coast University. SBDC Special Projects Consultant Cathy Haworth provides budgetary and fiscal organization assistance to The Womens Fund. She also has expertise in micro-lending, business development and non-profits. In addition, The Womens Fund has been referred to SBDC strategic advisors with other vital areas of expertise to assist small business development. For more information visit www. womensfundflorida.org or email contact@ womensfundflorida.org. Deborah Johnson and Catherine Haworth University Women Fashion ShowThe Fort Myers/Lee County chapter of the American Association of University Women will hold its 20th annual Holiday Fashion Show and Luncheon on Saturday, December 7, at 11 a.m. at the Grandezza Country Club in Estero. Cost is $35 per person inclusive. The show will feature fashions by Razzle Dazzle of Cape Coral. There will also be a live and silent auction and Opportunity Baskets. For more information call 731-0520. This is AAUWs major fundraiser which enables it to award scholarships to deserving women who in turn give back and enrich our communities. This past year AAUW awarded a $500 STEM grant to a Cypress Lake High School student for her Edison Regional Science and Engineering Fair project; $15,000 to the FGCU Foundation for scholarships; a $1,000 scholarship award at Edison State College; support for the Sue Goticent AAUW endowed Scholarship Fund; a $1,000 Lee County high school scholarship; and support for the Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund which gives financial grants to women in third world countries. Other contributions include $1,000 to the Eleanor Roosevelt Fund for research; and $1,000 to the Educational Opportunities Fund for Women. Kids Helping Kids FestivalThe community is invited to attend the inaugural Kids Helping Kids Festival, a day of family fun in support of Golisano Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida. It takes place Sunday, November 24 at Centennial Park, on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River. in downtown Fort Myers. The festivities, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will provide activities including carnival games, music, dance groups, kids obstacle course, bounce houses, rock walls and food vendors. Children and families will also be treated to a basketball clinic by the Florida Gulf Coast University mens basketball team. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under and include unlimited activities as well as two food and drink tickets. Individual VIP tickets are available for $50 or $125 for a VIP family pass, which include unlimited activities, food and drink tickets plus access to the VIP tent with beer, food, Sunday football and a silent auction. For more information, call Jerry Hemmer at 561-2900 or visit www.eatplayhelp.com.


23 THE RIVER NOVEMBER 22, 2013 1101 Periwinkle Way #105, Sanibel, FL 239-472-0044Happy Turkey Day! ENGEL & VLKERS Isabella Rasi 239-246-4716 $3,900,000 Sanibel Beachfront School Smartby Shelley M. Greggs, NCSPDear Shelley, My third grader is struggling in reading comprehension with stories, not factual information. He can read the words well but just seems confused about what he has read. He enjoys reading with me. Is there something I can do in our reading sessions to help him comprehend better? Tania S., Fort Myers Beach, Florida Tania, You have two things already in your favor with your sons reading skills. First, you say that he enjoys reading with you thats great! The other is that your son can decode words. He apparently understands the processes with decoding text. This too is great so now you can focus on helping him with comprehending fiction. Lisa Catherine Harper, adjunct professor of writing in the University of San Franciscos MFA in Writing program says that, Fiction asks kids to figure things out. It requires that they remember. It urges them to consider how one event leads to another. It demands that they slow down, maintain focus and develop an idea. It asks them to think in complete sentences. Fiction requires sustained thought, over a period of time and any number of pages. Its hard work! Here are some questions that you can ask him after he reads independently or after your reading times together that may help him learn how to think critically about what he has just read. Start with a discussion about the main character. Ask him who this story is about and to describe this person. To help him think about how to describe this character, ask him, What did he or she look like? Was that person old or young? Name any characteristics that might be associated with the main character. Next, discuss the main idea of the story. Again, ask him what is the main idea of the story or what is the story mostly about. Questions to help him think about the main idea include discussing if there is a moral or lesson to be learned from the story. Have him describe what happened in the beginning, middle and end and describe the problem in the story and how it was resolved or fixed. Youll want him to also think about when and where the story took place. Have him name the town or city where the story occurred. Have him answer where the story happened; on a farm, in a city, in the woods, at school? Did the story happen recently or in the past? What time of day did the events in the story take place? Practice using these questions with him. This will give your son a step-by-step strategy to learn how to comprehend fictional material and a technique he can use independently to increase his success when reading fiction. Ms. Greggs is adjunct faculty at Edison State College where she teaches psychology and education courses. She is also Nationally Certified School Psychologist and consultant for School Consultation Services, a private educational consulting company. Questions for publication may be addressed to smgreggs@gmail.com. Not all questions submitted can be addressed through this publication. CCMI, Child Care Of Southwest Florida Join ForcesCommunity Cooperative Ministries Inc. and Child Care of Southwest Florida have formed a partnership that will strategically enhance each agencys focus on its core mission. Students from CCMIs Community Montessori Preschool will transfer to Child Care of Southwest Floridas P.A. Geraci Child Development Center on January 2, 2014. The Geraci Center is located on Canal Street in Dunbar, less than two miles from CCMI. The change affects 34 preschoolers enrolled in CCMIs program. Child Care of Southwest Florida is a leader in early-childhood education and development, and their academics and philosophies mesh well with ours, said CCMIs Chief Executive Officer Tracey Galloway. We are working with our families and their children individually to make the transition as smooth as possible. Equipment, supplies and even classroom pets will be moved with the children, and the voluntary pre-kindergarten class will stay together to maintain continuity. Child Care of Southwest Florida has invited CCMI preschool parents to an early-December open house at the Geraci Center to encourage them to tour the center and meet the staff. We look forward to welcoming the CCMI students and their families, said Beth Lobdell, executive director of Child Care of Southwest Florida. The Geraci Child Development Center also provides infant and after-school care, services that may be helpful for siblings of our new students. The move eliminates some duplication of services within the Dunbar community and follows recommendations from the United Way for their partner agencies to collaborate on shared services. Both CCMI and Child Care of Southwest Florida are United Way partner agencies. CCMI works to eliminate hunger and homelessness while simultaneously inspiring and supporting sustained positive change in its clients by delivering innovative food, education and social service programs. Child Care of Southwest Floridas mission is to strengthen and enhance the lives of children and their families. Visit www.ccswfl.org to learn more. Stockings 4 Kids Aims For 1,500Each Christmas, some children go without the simple pleasure of something to open, but one local woman is trying to put an end to it. For the fifth year, local business consultant Lee Knapp is rallying the community to make Christmas dreams come true for local, less fortunate children through Stockings 4 Kids. She is seeking funds to purchase childrens toys to fill 1,500 stockings this Christmas. Knapp started Stockings 4 Kids, a 501(c)3 organization and a United Way partner organization, bringing local businesses, adults and children together to provide a Christmas stocking filled with surprises to 1,500 less fortunate children in the area. For some children it may be the only gift they receive. In order to meet the 1,500-stocking goal, Knapp needs to raise $20,000. Each 19inch Christmas stocking costs $12 including all gifts inside it. To date, the organization has 15 sponsors and has collected $14,980, just $5,020 shy of the total goal. Businesses, individuals and families are invited to make a tax-deductible donation to help fund Stockings 4 Kids. There are two sponsorship levels Santa and Elf. To provide a Santa sponsorship, donors are asked to contribute $1,200, which will fill 100 stockings. For an Elf sponsorship, the donation is $600, which will fill 50 stockings. Individual stockings cost $12 and donations of any kind are accepted and appreciated. All donations should be made out to United Way of Lee County with a note that the donation is designated for Stockings 4 Kids. United Mechanical Inc. is a major sponsor, providing and decorating its warehouse space as Santas Workshop, where Kids Helping Kids will take place on December 7. Young volunteers will be the elves responsible for stuffing the 1,500 stockings, a true example of kids helping kids and sharing the magic of Christmas. For more information, to donate or become a sponsor, contact Lee Knapp at stockings4kids@gmail.com or lee@leeknapp.com. She can be reached at 481-8557 or 898-0941. Santas Coming To Cape CoralChildren have the opportunity to visit with Santa on Saturday, November 30, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cape Coral Central Post Office, 1030 SE 9th Avenue. Santa will pose for pictures in front of a snowy North Pole backdrop while Photo Elf Leo takes family photos. The digital photos will be emailed to the family. The annual holiday family program is free. Santa is coming early this year because he wants families to have plenty of time to get those holiday greetings in the mail. Santa is suggesting that the photo can be used to order holiday cards or photo stamps for holiday greetings. The holiday family program will include a Letters to Santa writing station for children. The postal service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.


THE RIVER NOVEMBER 22, 201324 deaRPharmacistPrescription Sleeping Pillsby Suzy Cohen, RPhDear Pharmacist: What are the best medications to help me sleep? Ive tried all the natural remedies, I need something stronger! VE, Sacramento, California Why, as a nation, do we have trouble sleeping? It should be such a natural act. I urge you to find the underlying cause of your chronic insomnia and to change your sleep habits because you cant rely on medication forever. Chronic insomnia may be caused by sleep apnea, and sleeping pills in this case are dangerous. For some of you, a deficiency of your sleep hormone, melatonin, causes you to wake up very early. The point is that sleep disorders arent always related to neurotransmitter imbalances, so sleeping pills are not a wet blanket like everyone thinks. You can take them for awhile, but they just mask the underlying problem. Here are the most popular medications: Ambien (Zolpidem) Introduced in 1992, this helps put you to sleep, and keep you asleep. Many people reported having morning grogginess, so the makers came out with a controlled-release version in 2005 that works longer. Ambien usually puts you to sleep within 15 to 30 minutes. There are other brand names containing the same chemical ingredients such as a sublingual low-dose tablet called Intermezzo that you can take in the middle of the night. Theres Zolpimist, an oral spray. Every now and then, you hear a report of someone sleep-driving, having sex, making phone calls, sleep-walking and cooking meals. Lunesta (Eszopiclone) Everything I said about Ambien applies to this drug, it is similar in mechanism of action, as well of duration of action. Sonata (Zaleplon) Again, similar to Ambien, however, it has a very short duration of action. The advantage is you wont have morning grogginess, however the disadvantage is you may be staring at the alarm clock by 3 a.m. Rozerem (Ramelteon)This is my favorite sleep medication because it affects your melatonin receptors, increasing the length of time you sleep. You can start and stop as often as you wish, since there is no physical dependence. The drug may affect prolactin and testosterone levels, so if you use it long-term (greater than 3 or 4 months), have these levels evaluated. Silenor (Doxepine) Introduced in 2010, this medication blocks histamine receptors. It contains the same active ingredient as a popular antidepressant, but in a much lower dose. I like that it does not have addictive potential. Benzodiazepine drugs (Temazepam, Alprazolam, Clonazepam, Lorazepam and others) Very affordable and used for decades, these drugs have strong addictive potential and may cause daytime drowsiness. This category helps with some seizures. Insurance companies may have restrictions on which sleeping pills are covered, and will obviously expect you to buy generic; they often require you to try other approaches to your insomnia first. If anyone is interested in natural herbs or vitamins to help you sleep, Ill send you an expanded version of this article, just sign up for my free newsletter at www. DearPharmacist.com. This information is not intended to treat, cure or diagnose your condition. Suzy Cohen is the author of The 24-Hour Pharmacist and is a registered pharmacist. To contact her, visit www. dearpharmacist.com. Mom And Me by Lizzie and PryceLizzie and Pryce answer your questions and give advice about aging concerns from a two-generational perspective. A mother and daughter team, Lizzie is a retired RN and health educator, and Pryce is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice who specializes in the care of elders and people with chronic illnesses. Dear Mom & Me, I am an older businesswoman working in a very stressful business. All of the women and some of the men realize that a youthful appearance is a must, so we all try our very best: surgery, skincare, exercise, clothing, etc. What baffles me is how can you keep your age a secret when you are always asked for your birth date and/or drivers license? Where I live, this is your identification, sometimes even in the grocery store. Nothing seems to be private any more and privacy seems to be a thing of the past and our birthdate is how we are judged. How do you suggest I get around giving this information? Vera Dear Vera, Protect your private information as much as you can. If someone asks to see your license, ask why. A cell phone company required copying my license for the two-year contract. I asked why and the staff member said it was policy. I told them they could look at my license and verify my name and address but not copy. I also told them that if that was not enough I would take my business elsewhere. Apparently, that was good enough for them. They did not copy my license and they got my business. Apparently, so many people complained, it is no longer their policy. A friend of mine will not allow any clerk to look at her license when writing a check; she writes her license number on the check herself. Another friend will show her license but hold it in a way to cover up her birth date. I believe everyone has the right to protect their privacy and in this day and age, it is a necessity. Pryce Dear Vera, You are absolutely right; privacy seems to be a thing of the past in our modern society. Some cultures keep private information private and residents have to fight to get the information, but here we all must fight to keep our private information private and it is becoming a losing battle in most areas. Pryce has given you some suggestions; otherwise, just keep up your routine. Good health gives an air of youthful enthusiasm and you seem to be on the right track. Best of luck. Lizzie Lizzie and Pryces email address is momandmeaging@hotmail.com. Lee County Human Services Helps House Homeless Veterans Sixty-seven homeless veterans have found housing in Lee County, thanks to providers including Lee County Department of Human Services, Lee County Homeless Coalition, Veterans Affairs, American Red Cross, the Fort Myers Housing Authority and the American Legion Post 38. The effort started back in April, when local homeless providers were invited to join the 100,000 Campaign to house 100,000 homeless veterans nationwide by the end of December 2013. Local providers committed to housing 50 homeless veterans in 90 days. By the time the 90-day period ended, 52 homeless veterans found housing. So in July, the same local groups committed to housing another 50 to reach 100 by the end of December. So far, 67 veterans have been housed with another 33 to go to reach the goal. There are 20 veterans in the system currently looking for housing. The team teleconferences with each other every other week to identify program glitches and individual barriers to a veteran getting placed into stable housing. An innovative aspect of the team includes a partnership with the American Legion Post 38 for veterans to be with other veterans for support. Post 38 also secures and disburses household items to homeless veterans as they transition into their new life. Lee County Human Services is housed in a downtown building shared by Lee County Veterans Services at 2440 Thompson Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901. Veterans can call 533-8381. The motto for my office is, Every day is Veterans Day, said John Ebling, director of Veterans Services for Lee County. Our primary mission is to assist veterans or the widows of veterans with claims on different benefits. On average, Ebling sees 100 new clients each month. Many clients also arrive at Veterans Services seeking assistance with rent, utility bills and more, and he refers these individuals to Lee County Human Services for help. EMS Receives Training Grant Lee County EMS has received a $90,533 state Department of Health grant that will provide funding for EMS training and injury prevention initiatives throughout Lee County. The grant, which starts immediately and runs through September 30, 2014, will benefit county residents and visitors through better care delivered by Lee EMS and it will provide resources for injury prevention and community health education. The funding will be used in multiple programs, including pedestrian and bicycle safety, homeless and indigent transportation, EMT-paramedic training, CPR training and purchase of medical equipment. It also provides financial support to the Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition. For more information, visit www.safelee.org. 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25 THE RIVER NOVEMBER 22, 2013DID YOU KNOW My Stars FOR WEEK OF NOVEMBER 25, 2013ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A project benefits from your organizational skills that get it up and running. Your success leaves a highly favorable impression. Dont be surprised if you get some positive feedback soon. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Spend time on practical matters through the end of the week. Then begin shifting your focus to more-artistic pursuits. Resist being overly self-critical. Just allow yourself to feel free to create. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Restarting those creative projects you had set aside for a while will help provide a much-needed soothing balance to your hectic life. Besides, it will be like meeting old friends again. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) A change in plans could make it tough to keep a commitment. But stay with it. Youll get an A-plus for making the effort to do whats right and not taking the easy way out by running off. LEO (July 23 to August 22) The Lions enthusiasm for a workplace policy review is admirable. But be sure you know who is really behind the resistance to change before pointing your finger at the wrong person. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) You can expect to have to do a lot of work through midweek. Devote the rest of the week to checking your holiday plans in case some need to be adjusted to accommodate changes. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Try to avoid signing on the dotted line in the early part of the week. You need time to study issues that werent fully explored. Later in the week might be more favorable for decision-making. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) A new development could snarl travel schedules or other holiday-linked projects. Some flexibility might be called for to deal with the problems before they get too far out of hand. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Relatives seek your advice on a matter youd rather not be involved in. If so, use that sage Sagittarian tact to decline the offer, so that no ones feelings are needlessly hurt. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) A shift in planning direction might help you speed up your progress toward achieving that long-planned goal. Trusted colleagues are ready to offer some valuable support. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) An unexpected demand for settlement of an old loan could create some pre-holiday anxiety. But you might not really owe it. Check your records thoroughly before remitting payment. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Its a good time to get into the social swim and enjoy some well-earned fun and games with those closest to you before you have to resume more serious activities next week. BORN THIS WEEK: Your ability to sense the needs of others makes you a wise counselor for those seeking help with their problems. On Nov. 30, 1886, the Folies Bergere in Paris introduces an elaborate revue featuring women in sensational costumes. The highly popular Place aux Jeunes established the Folies as the premier nightspot in Paris. The Folies followed the Parisian taste for striptease and quickly gained a reputation for its spectacular nude shows. On Dec. 1, 1913, Henry Ford installs the first moving assembly line for the mass production of an entire automobile. His innovation reduced the time it took to build a car from more than 12 hours to 2 1/2 hours. On Nov. 28, 1925, the Grand Ole Opry, one of the longest-lived and most popular showcases for country music, begins broadcasting live from Nashville, Tenn. The showcase was originally named the Barn Dance. On Nov. 26, 1931, the first cloverleaf interchange to be built in the United States, at the junction of NJ Rt. 25 (now U.S. Rt. 1) and NJ Rt. 4 (now NJ Rt. 35) in Woodbridge, N.J., is featured on the cover of the Engineering News-Record. (By contrast, a piece on the under-construction Hoover Dam was relegated to the journals back pages.) On Nov. 25, 1952, The Mousetrap, a murder-mystery written by novelist and playwright Agatha Christie, opens at the Ambassadors Theatre in London. The crowd-pleasing whodunit would go on to become the longest continuously running play in history, with attendance by more than 10 million people to date. On Nov. 27, 1965, the Pentagon informs President Lyndon Johnson that if Gen. William Westmoreland is to conduct the major sweep operations necessary to destroy enemy forces during the coming year, U.S. troop strength in Vietnam should be increased from 120,000 to 400,000 men. On Nov. 29, 1975, Silver Convention earns a No. 1 pop hit with Fly, Robin, Fly. Suddenly, the world wanted to see the artists behind it. The problem: Silver Convention didnt exist. The two unknown singers whod cut the record couldnt be hired again, so two others were pressed into service to appear in their place. It was noted wit Oscar Wilde who made the following sage observation: Every saint has a past and every sinner a future. It seems that having blond hair was popular in ancient Rome, too. Those not naturally blessed with golden hair, though, had to go through a bit of an ordeal to change their natural color. The treatment of choice was pigeon droppings. Messy, perhaps, but effective. Those who study such things say that dung beetles use the Milky Way as a navigational aid. In June 2009, the town of Cave Creek, Ariz., was faced with an electoral tie in the race for a city council seat: Each candidate received exactly 660 votes. According to the state constitution, such ties can be broken by a game of chance. After some discussion, the candidates agreed that they would each pull a card at random out of a deck, and the one with the highest card would be declared the winner of the election. Thomas McGuire drew the six of hearts, then waited while his opponent, Adam Trenk, took his turn. Trenk pulled the king of hearts, securing his city council victory. You may be surprised to learn that clams can live to be 200 years old. If youre of a morbid inclination and have some time to kill in Chicago, head to that citys Graceland Cemetery. Find the monument known as Eternal Silence -a tall figure in robes -and look into the statues eyes. Its said that if you do that, youll have a vision of your own death. I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day. -E.B. White THIS WEEK IN HISTORY STRANGE BUT TRUE THOUGHT FOR THE DAY PUZZLE ANSWERS 1. GEOGRAPHY: Where is the region of Ulster located? 2. MOVIES: Where was King Kong found? 3. MEDICAL: What does the drug Minoxidil do? 4. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What are the RITA awards? 5. HISTORY: The Peloponnesian war was fought primarily between which two forces? 6. U.S. PRESIDENTS: Who was Gerald Fords running mate in 1976? 7. LITERATURE: The 18th-century writer Francois-Marie Arouet was better known by what pseudonym? 8. MUSIC: Who recorded the hit The Banana Boat Song? 9. ADVERTISING: The slogan Is it in you? was used to promote what product? 10. GAMES: How many pawns are used in a game of chess? TRIVIA TEST 1. Northern Ireland 2. Skull Island 3. Increase hair growth 4. Given for the best published romance novels 5. Athens and Sparta 6. Robert Dole 7. Voltaire 8. Harry Belafonte 9. Gatorade 10. Sixteen -eight per player. ANSWERS SPORTS QUIZ 1. When was the last time before 2013 (Elvis Andrus) that a Texas Ranger hit two triples in a game? 2. Who has the most home runs in a season by a major-league player who wasnt yet 20 years old? 3. Which NFL team has the longest current streak of not making the NFL playoffs? 4. When was the last time before 2012-13 that the University of Michigan basketball team started a season 16-0? 5. What team set the NHL record for most losses in a season? 6. When was the last time before the upcoming 2014 event that Belgiums mens soccer team qualified for the World Cup? 7. Jockey Bill Shoemaker was the oldest winner (54 years old) of the Kentucky Derby. What year did he do it, and which horse did he ride? ANSWERS 1. Michael Young, in 2002. 2. Tony Conigliaro hit 24 in 1964 for Boston at age 19. 3. The Buffalo Bills -13 seasons through 2012. 4. It was the 1985-86 season. 5. The San Jose Sharks lost 71 games during the 1992-93 season. 6. It was 2002. 7. Ferdinand, in 1986.


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THE RIVER NOVEMBER 22, 201328 REAL ESTATE CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIED DEADLINE FRIDAY AT NOON CLASSIFIED DEADLINE FRIDAY AT NOON ISABELLA RASIHAPPY TO HELP YOUWITH ALL OF YOURREAL ESTATE NEEDS! RS 1/4 NC TFN 1101 Periwinkle Way #105 Sanibel, FL 33957ISABELLA RASI(239) 246-4716EISABELLARASI@AOL.COM International Client Base 600 Shops Worldwide Multi-Lingual Sta MOBILE HOME PERIWINKLE PARK$95,000. 60 x 12 w/ metal roof-over plus 20 x 12 Florida room. Master BR has queen size bed & blt-in dresser & dbl closet. Master bath has combo bath/ shower & dbl sink vanity w/extra storage. Guest BR has dbl closet + blt-in drawers & private bath w/ shower. Eat-in-kit is open to LR which ows into Florida room. Designed pass-thru from K to FL room. Private 12 x 12 deck, picnic table and storage shed. One car carport with adjacent 2nd parking space. Ceramic tile ooring in kitchen. Florida room & bathrooms. Carpeting in both bedrooms & LR. Home recently inspected & has all required tiedowns. New central air & heat system & stacked washer/dryer, all appliances louvered blinds throughout. Purchase completely furnished including all linens, dishes, pots & pans, tableware, 2 sleeper couches, recliner, 2 dining tables & chairs, 4 outdoor chairs & folding beach chairs, etc. Call owner 317-293-0915 or email LMSrealtor@aol.com for further information or to make offer. RS 10/25 CC TFN SERVICES OFFEREDSCARNATO LAWN SERVICELawn Service, Shrubs and Tree Trimming Weeding, Installation of Plants, Trees and Mulch (one month free service available) Joe Scarnato (239) 849-6163 scarnatolawn@aol.comRS 1/25 BM TFN ROGER NODRUFF ELECTRICLic# EC12002788. Call Roger 239-707-7203. Aqualink Motor Controls. Of ce & Store Maint.RS 6/7 CC TFN HELLES CLEANING SERVICESResidential Cleaning to Satisfaction Sanibel & Captiva 239-565-0471 Sanibel Lic. #11412 Lee Co. Lic. #051047NS 1/4 PC TFN HOUSEKEEPER GIRL FRIDAYExperienced Housekeeper. Excellent References, Reliable, I will also help with light cooking and errands. Call Heather (239) 826-1045 Sanibel & Lee Co. LicenseRS 11/8 CC TFN AFFORDABLE HOME CAREHomeCare Services With A Difference Specializing in Alzheimers,Parkinson,Stroke etc. Live-ins, 8 hrs, 24 hrs. FBI Background Check available. Licensed & Insured. References Available, call Cell: 561-509-4491 or 239-963-8449NS 10/25 CC TFN FILE YOUR BP OIL CLAIM BEFORE THE DEADLINEFree test to determine if you qualify. if denied we can help. Forensic Recovery Specialists 727-409-3921, getyoursettlement@gmail.comNS 11/8 CC 11/29 S. FL LINE DANCEWith Robert Robitaille Line dance classes. Fun and great exercise with energetic instructor. All styles of music! No experience or partner required. Audience: adults and seniors. First 30 minutes of class is an instruction for beginners. Call 239-245-8196 or cell 954-309-3778. Welcome all...RS 11/15 CC TFN VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDAt The Sanibel School Call Michelle Wesley 239-910-8000 RS 1/4 NC TFN HELP WANTEDVOLUNTEERS NEEDEDVolunteers needed for light general maintenance. Call (CHR) Community Housing & Resources, Inc. 472-1189.NS 11/1 NC TFN NURSERY ATTENDANT Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ seeks paid part-time Sunday Nursery Attendant for year round on Sunday mornings for infant-4 year olds. Background check and references required. 2-3 years teaching experience preferred. We are a theologically diverse congregation. For more information contact 472-0497. NS 10/11 CC TFN FULL TIME DIRECTOR OF MUSICSaint Isabel Parish in Sanibel Florida seeks full-time Director of Music. The position is responsible for providing music planning, organ/piano accompaniment, cantor when necessary for all weekend and Seasonal Masses, as well as weddings and funerals. Requirements include: Knowledge of Catholic liturgy and tradition, experience in instrumentation and music composition, ability to recruit, train, and support a choir. Please send resumes and letter of interest to: saintisabel@aol.com or Saint Isabel Catholic Church, 3599 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel, FL 33957.NS 11/8 CC TFN VACATION RENTAL Island VacationsOf Sanibel & CaptivaMillion $ Views Await You! Cottages Condos Homes Miles of Beaches & Bike Paths239-472-72771-888-451-7277 RS 1/4 BM TFN LIGHTHOUSE REALTYPaul J. Morris, Broker VACATION RENTALS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & SALES 359 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island 239-579-0511 RS 1/4 CC TFN WALK TO BEACH, EAST END1/2 Duplex, 2 BD 1BA Bright, Clean, Modern Avail Nov, Dec, Jan Call Bob 410-913-2234 tidewaterbob@comcast.netNS 11/8 CC TFN SUNDIAL BEACH AND TENNIS RESORTOne bedroom condo (kings size bed), ground oor, steps to the beach. Rental daily, weekly, monthly or beyond. Please call for information: 917 208-6018SEALOFT VILLAGEPrivate community. Quaint cottage-two bedroom, two bathroom, pool, 250 step access to beach. Rental monthly. Please call for information:917 208-6018 NS 11/15 CC 1/3 ANNUAL RENTALSANIBEL HOME WATCHRetired Police Captain Lives on Sanibel Will Check Your Home Weekly Very Reasonable Rates (239) 728-1971RS 1/4 BM TFN HOME/CONDO WATCH CONCIERGE SERVICESDorado Property Management Full Range of Services Island Resident Licensed & Insured 24/7 Call Lisa or Bruce at 239-472-8875RS 1/4 BM TFN SERVICES OFFEREDFRONT OFFICE POSITIONSanibel real estate of ce offering FT front of ce position. Please fax resume with cover letter to: 239-472-3637 or email to: sales@remax-oftheislands.comRS 11/22 CC 11/22 HELP WANTEDWaterside Inn on the Beach is looking for a Full Time Reservationist. Computer skills and a friendly can-do attitude a must. Must be able to work some weekends and Holiday hours. Call Debbie @ 472-1345 or fax resume to 472-2148 NS 11/22 CC 11/22 REAL ESTATEOPEN HOUSE WEST GULF DRIVE Sunday, November 24th, 10am 2pm 4203 Dingman Drive, Sanibel Simply the Best... Gorgeous Renovation 4 BR, 3 BA $2,495,000 Chuck Bergstrom, 239-209-6500 Island Resident, Realtor NS 11/22 BM 11/22 COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATERESTAURANT, NIGHTCLUB, BARHigh Visibility, up to 90 seat possible, San Carlos Blvd 2 min. to Fort Myers Beach, Boat access Plenty of parking. For Lease Information call 239-246-4716NR 11/22 NC TFN RE/MAX OF THE ISLANDSPutting owners and tenants together Call Dustyn Corace www.remax-oftheislands.com 239-472-2311 RS 1/4 BM TFN GULF PINES HOME W/PRIVATE BEACH PATH SANIBEL ANNUAL RENTAL $3,500/MO UNFURNISHED3200 SqFt single family home in beautiful, private community. One house from beach, short walk to 2 community pools and tennis courts. Large, private landscaped lot.3-4 Bedrooms -most with decks; 3.5 baths, large open living room -LR& EIK open to screened porch. High end appliances, 2nd fridge, W/D, 2 car garage. Contact: (917) 680-4440.RS 11/8 CC TFN TOWNHOUSE FOR RENT2 Bed, 1 1/2 Bath. Shared Pool. Davis Rd. area, near Island. $670 month. 239-472-3071. NS 11/15 CC 11/22 KELLY ROAD 2BR/2BA2nd oor, end unit w/screened lanai. Small complex w/pool & tennis. No smoking, no pets. Close to Sanibel & Ft. Myers Beach $800/mo. Avail Dec. 1st. Annual only. 239851-4921 or 239-454-3252NS 11/22 CC TFN


Read us online at IslandSunNews.com29 THE RIVER NOVEMBER 22, 2013TO PLACE A CLASSIFIED LOG ONTO: IslandSunNews.com CLICK ON PLACE CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED DEADLINE FRIDAY AT NOON CLASSIFIED DEADLINE FRIDAY AT NOON CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS ANNOUNCEMENTANNOUNCEMENTDentist Lyle Hotchkiss has retired and Island Dental has been sold to Dr. Matt Davis. Copies of patient records are available at 1648 Periwinkle Way, Suite C-1, Sanibel 33957 (239-395-1211). NS 11/8 CC 11/29 VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDVolunteers needed for the After School Program which runs Mon.-Th, 2:30 3:15 pm call Linda Reynolds 472-1617RS 1/4 NC TFN HELP WANTED3883 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel, Fl Phone: 239-472-3644, ext 1 Fax: 239-472-2334 www.crowclinic.orgHELP US PLEASE!!We need volunteers for: Clinic emergency patient admissions desk and baby animal feeders Visitor education center greeters and gift shop cashiers CROW (239) 472-3644, ext. 231 or volunteers@crowclinic.orgRS 1/4 NC TFN WANTED TO BUYCASH PAID FOR MILITARY ITEMSCash Paid For Old Military Items. Medals, Swords, Uniforms, helmets, old guns, awards & more. Local Toll Free 1-866-440-3280 RS 9/6 CC 11/29 AUTO FOR SALE2003 VW BEETLE003 VW Beetle 87,000 miles Black/ Convertible New battery New back windows/Serviced on the Island Great beach car $6,000.00 239-579-0094 or 973-223-1325 Mimie NS 11/15 CC 11/22 BOATS CANOES KAYAKSDOCKAGEHourly, Daily, Weekly and Monthly. Captiva Island 472-5800 RS 1/4 NC TFN WANTED BOAT LIFT Local Sanibel Resident with 20 Flats boat is looking to rent a boat lift for the winter months. Please call Dan (317) 507-4447. Thank You! NS 11/15 CC TFN PETSFREE KITTEN TO GOOD HOMEFree kitten to good, safe home. No de-clawing. Fiesty Bengal mix. Call 472-1788 after 5 p.m.NS 5/31 NC TFN FREE MOM CAT & KITTENMom cat was dropped off in my neighborhood, she is only about 8 months old. Very sweet and loving. She had one kitten which is now one month old. They can stay together or be separated in a month. She is indoor & outdoor trained. CALL 239-689-1331. Free to a good home. NS 11/15 CC 11/22 FOUNDPrescription sunglasses found in parking lot of Limetree Center on Wednesday, February 27. Claim at Island Sun newspaper, suite 2 in Limetree Center, or call 395-1213. NS 3/8 NC TFN TOOL BOX WASHES UP ON SANIBELThis tool box with motor parts washed up on shore Saturday morning, May 8 about 8:30 on the beach at Sundial Resort on Sanibel Island. To claim call Sundial Resort Security 239-472-4151. NS 6/14 CC TFN LOST AND FOUNDTop 10 Real Estate SalesCourtesy of Royal Shell Real Estate Development CityYear BuiltSquare FootageListing PriceSelling PriceDays On Market Richardsons O L SubdSanibel20083,084$2,995,000$2,765,000320 Whiskey Creek TerraceFort Myers19784,406$895,000$804,000 119 Cape Coral Cape Coral20113,027$869,500$800,000 38 No Subdivision Fort Myers20053,700$849,900$785,000 188 Enclave Fort Myers20033,494$719,000$674,000 23 Azzurra Fort Myers20132,725$571,500$550,940 55 St. Moritz Miromar Lakes20032,249$549,900$497,500 296 Lake Murex Sanibel19761,665$495,000$485,000 7 Veridian Fort Myers20063,134$444,500$445,000 107 Fiddlesticks Country ClubFort Myers19883,055$460,000$400,000 894 GARAGE MOVING YARDSALES CAUTION GARAGE SALEHousewares, Furniture, Collectibles, Art and MORE. Saturday, 11/23, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 1125 Schooner Place. No early birds.NS 11/22 CC 11/22 FOR SALESilver and Gold Jewelry Great Gifts for Him and Her 2431 Periwinkle Way www.SanibelSeaLifeGallery.comNS 11/1 CC TFN BUY SELL TRADE


If you would like your club/organization listed in The River Calling Card, phone 415-7732Emergency .........................................................................................911 Lee County Sheriffs Of ce ........................................................477-1200 Florida Marine Patrol ................................................................332-6966 Florida Highway Patrol ..............................................................278-7100 Poison Control ................................................................1-800-282-3171HealthPark Medical Center .......................................1-800-936-5321Ft. Myers Chamber of Commerce .............................................332-3624 Foundation for Quality Childcare ..............................................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 Of ce .....................................................................1-800-275-8777 Visitor & Convention Bureau .....................................................338-3500 ARTS Alliance for the Arts ..................................................................939-2787 Art of the Olympians Museum & Gallery ...................................332-5055 Arts For ACT Gallery & Studio ..................................................337-5050 Art League Of Fort Myers .........................................................275-3970 Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall ......................................481-4849 BIG ARTS ................................................................................395-0900 Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre ............................................... 278-4422 Cultural Park Theatre ................................................................772-5862 Edison Festival of Light .............................................................334-2999 Florida Repertory Theatre at the Arcade ..................................332-4488 Florida West Arts ......................................................................948-4427 Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers.......................................472-0168 Gulf Coast Symphony ...............................................................489-1800 Harmony Chorus, Charles Sutter, Pres .....................................481-8059 Naples Philharmonic ...........................................................239-5971111 The Schoolhouse Theater .........................................................472-6862 S.W. Florida Symphony .............................................................418-0996 Theatre Conspiracy ..................................................................936-3239 Young Artists Awards ................................................................574-9321CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONSAngel Flight ................................................................1-877-4AN-ANGEL Animal Refuge Center ...............................................................731-3535 American Business Women Association ...................................357-6755 Audubon of SWFL .....................................................................339-8046 Audubon Society .......................................................................472-3156 Caloosahatchee Chapter DAR ..................................................482-1366 Caloosahatchee Folk Society ...................................................321-4620 Cape Chorale Barbershop Chorus .................................1-855-425-3631 Cape Coral Stamp Club ............................................................542-9153 duPont Company Retirees .......................................................454-1083 Edison Porcelain Artists ............................................................415-2484 Ft Myers UDC Chapter 2614 (United Daughters of the Confederacy ..................................728-3743 Friendship Force Of SW FL ......................................................561-9164 The Horticulture and Tea Society .............................................472-8334 Horticultural Society .................................................................472-6940 Lee County Genealogical Society .............................................549-9625 Lee Trust for Historic Preservation ...........................................939-7278 NARFE(National Active & Retired Federal Employees .............482-6713 Navy Seabees Veterans of America ..........................................731-1901 Paradise Iowa Club of SWFL ....................................................667-1354 Sons of Confederate Veterans ..................................................332-2408 Southwest Florida Fencing Academy ........................................939-1338 Southwest Florida Music Association ........................................561-2118 Kiwanis Clubs: Fort Myers Beach.................................................765-4254 or 454-8090 Fort Myers Edison .....................................................................694-1056 Fort Myers South ......................................................................691-1405 Gateway to the Islands..............................................................415-3100 Iona-McGregor..........................................................................482-0869Lions Clubs: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 433-3900AREA ATTRACTIONSBailey-Matthews Shell Museum ................................................395-2233 Burroughs Home ......................................................................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 Skatium ......................................................................................321-7510 Southwest Florida Historical Society ........................................939-4044 Southwest Florida Museum of History ......................................321-7430 True Tours .................................................................................945-0405 Pets Of The Week SUDOKUTo play Sudoku: Complete the grid so that every row, column and every 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 through 9 (the same number cannot appear more than once in a row, column or 3x3 box.) There is no guessing and no math involved, just logic.answer on page 27 THE RIVER NOVEMBER 22, 201330 My name is Sugar and I am a black and white female American bulldog mix, age 1 years. I have all the right ingredients to add some sweetness to your life. I love to play, run and have fun. I know my basic commands too. So if its a sweet girl you are looking for, I was made for you. Adoption fee: $45 during Animal Services Petsgiving Adoption Promotion My name is Maida and I am a oneyear-old female domestic short hair brown and white tabby. Im not very decisive, like which toy I want to play with, but I do know one thing. I want a new family to love me. Im quite affectionate and have loads of love to give you. Im really a cute kitty too. My coat looks like an ocelot but with a border of bright white. Adoption fee: $20 during Animal Services Petsgiving Adoption Promotion For information about this weeks pets, call 533-7387 (LEE-PETS) or log on to Animal Services website at www. LeeLostPets.com. When calling, refer to the animals ID number. The website updates every hour so you will be able to see if these or any other pets are still available. The shelter is open for adoptions from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The shelter is located at 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers, next to the Lee County Sheriffs Office, off Six Mile Cypress Parkway. All adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, rabies vaccination and county license if three months or older, flea treatment, worming, heartworm test for dogs six months and over, feline AIDS and leukemia test for cats, training DVD, 10-day health guarantee, and a bag of Science Diet pet food. The adoption package is valued at $500. Maida ID# 574869 Sugar ID# 569333 photos by squaredogphoto.com




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