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FREETake Me Home VOL. 12, NO. 47 NOVEMBER 29, 2013From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort MyersRead Us Online at IslandSunNews.com USS Mohawk Project Wins Suncoast Emmy For Technical AchievementOn November 23, the crew that sank the USS Mohawk, Mike Campbell, Joe Weatherby, Dave Sirak and John Park, accepted the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy Award for Technical Achievement for the filming of the sinking of the USS Mohawk. The group was recognized for the onboard cameras and data collection recorded by the cameras and instruments sunk with the ship. Located 28 nautical miles off the coast of Captiva and Sanibel islands at a depth of 90 feet, the USS Mohawk is a oneof-a-kind dive destination made possible by Joe Weatherby, ship wrecker for Reef Makers, and Mike Campbell, Lee County Natural Resources senior environmental specialist. Joe Weatherby and Mike Campbell display the Suncoast Emmy Awards for Technical Achievement that they won for their involvement in the USS Mohawk Project Empty Bowls Lunch At FGCUOn Friday, December 6, Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) Art Program will host the annual Pottery Sale and Empty Bowls Soup Lunch for pottery enthusiasts, holiday gift buyers and community supporters at the arts complex courtyard on campus. The sale takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the soup lunch from 11:30 a.m. until the soup and bowls run out. For 13 years, the art program has partnered with the United Arts Council of Collier County to produce an annual pottery sale, featuring potters from across Southwest Florida. The event provides visitors an opportunity to purchase beautiful, functional, handmade pottery while also benefiting the art councils art education programs. A portion of the proceeds from every sale will go toward the purchase of art supplies and equipment, and contribute to funding for teachers in after-school programs. This years sale will feature pottery by Annabelle Johnson, Rinny Ryan, Patricia Fay, Sara Truman, and current and former FGCU art program students. Empty Bowls is a national phenomenon that unites potters, students, restaurants and food banks to address the needs of the hungry in local communities. The formula for fundraising is simple and sincere potters and students make bowls, area restaurants donate soup and bread, and hunger assistance organizations provide education. For a $15 donation, visitors to the event will pick out the bowl they like best and fill it with the soup of their choice. After a soup kitchen style meal, the bowl is washed and taken home for use with the knowledge of having assisted needy members of the community. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be given to partner organizationcontinued on page 5 Christmas Concert Set For December 1Let First Baptist Church welcome you home for the holidays with its 5th annual This Is Christmas concert. Start off the season with an evening of new and traditional carols led by conductor Joseph Caulkins on Sunday, December 1 at 7 p.m. The concert will take place at First Baptist Church downtown and is open to the public. Audiences will be treated to a new work by Mark Hayes, one of this generations master composers. What Sweeter Music weaves 15 Christmas carols and original music into a festive cantata for full orchestra, choir, soloists and narrator. continued on page 5 Jeana Malone Joseph CaulkinsGulfshore Ballet To Perform The Nutcracker At Bishop VerotGulfshore Ballet will present The Nutcracker Suite on December 8 at 4 p.m. at Anderson Theatre on the campus of Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers. Gulfshore Ballet has been performing selections from Tchaikovskys Nutcracker in the area since 2001. Until now, this production has been performed on Sanibel. Under the artistic direction of Franklin Gamero and Iliana Lopez, former principal dancers of the Miami City Ballet, Gulfshore Ballet students age 4 to 17 will bring the Christmas magic to the stage again this year. continued on page 18 Girls dressed in their holiday best wait for the ballet to start


THE RIVER NOVEMBER 29, 20132 Historic Downtown Fort Myers, Then And Now:Fort Myers Gets A Pierby Gerri Reaves, PhDThe pier shown in the historic photo might not look like anything extraordinary today, but when it was built a century ago, it was something grand: Fort Myers first public amenity. The pier extended from Fowler Street and had a large shelter at the end, with benches and docks. In this view from the end of the pier, the steeple of the Methodist Church at First Street and Royal Palm Avenue peeps over the trees on the far right. As modest as this pier was, getting it built took considerable effort, for as always, there were differing opinions about which public projects to invest in and when. In 1910, the voters of Fort Myers were evidently in the mood for public improvements. In the spring, the town passed a bond issue for water mains, wells, a sewer system, and a pumping system by a sizable margin. While the projects disrupted the streets, people complained. Sound familiar? But residents could at least comfort themselves with the knowledge that outhouses would no longer exist downtown. Along with this forward-thinking mindset came a new self-image. The little Town of Fort Myers was incorporated as a city in May 1911. Thus, the stage was set for the first publicly funded amenity: a recreation or pleasure pier at the foot of Fowler Street. (This pier should not be confused with the much grander Pleasure Pier built in 1927 near the foot of Heitman Street.) Prominent citizens such as Harvie E. Heitman, Dr. WF Gwynne, and Dr. MO Terry were among the supporters, but still, the fight wasnt easy. Terry, for example, vividly remembered how divided public opinion could be. He and his wife Tootie McGregor Terry had championed the building of a seawall and waterfront boulevard along the river in 1907. They even had a practical plan to pay for the $25,000 project. Owners of riverfront property would pay $18,000 and a bond issue would fund the towns $7,000 portion. But it didnt fly. Dr. Terry recalled the experience in a letter to Peter Ruhl, editor of the Fort Myers Press: I think I never made so many enemies in so short a time. Why was it so contentious? The public generally liked the idea, but the owners of the riverfront property involved opposed it, even though infill would have increased their waterfront land. Eventually, those property owners agreed to build seawalls at their own expense, beginning in 1908 and finishing about four years later, but that was not a public riverwalk comparable to those in other cities. In November 1911, Councilman Heitman and Capt. Gwynne proposed a public pier so the town would have something to advertise to the world. It would extend over the Caloosahatchee at the foot of Fowler Street. They raised $2,250 by public subscription, and they appealed to the city council for permission to build the pier and for a contribution of $1,000. In February 1912, the council agreed to chip in its portion and awarded contracts for the infill for the bridge approach and the construction. It took more than a year for completion because subscriptions were slow to come in, but at last, the city had something to be proud of and enjoy. The official opening took place on April 11, 1913, complete with a concert by the Fort Myers Military Band. At last, the general public had a place to stroll or sit by the river. But the pier lasted less than 20 years. In 1930, the first Edison Bridge opened in the piers footprint and was dedicated in 1931.continued on page 6 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 The view is downhill today from where the pier once extended. Edwards Drive (right) was constructed in the 1950s. photo by Gerri Reaves Fowler Street led right onto the pier, Fort Myers first public amenity. The steeple of the Methodist Church at First and Royal Palm peeps above the trees on the far right in this undated photo. courtesy of the Florida State Archives


3 THE RIVER NOVEMBER 29, 2013 The Morgan House (239) 337-3377 We Cater!Off-Site & On-Site Parties Available with Licensed Full Bar Options Fort Myers Public Art: New Public Artwork Pays Tribute To Historic Cattle Families by Tom HallMarks & Brands is Fort Myers newest public artwork. On November 16, the centerpiece of the sculptural installation was lifted into place at the new Fort Myers Regional Library as California sculptor Peter Mitten watched intently from close by. The artwork actually consists of five pieces: four bronze relief panels containing the imprints of cattle hooves and an eight foot tall metal sculpture called Stacked Brands. The latter is made up of historic branding irons utilized by Lee Countys cattle ranchers to mark their cattle in the decades following the end of the Civil War. The City of Fort Myers has arranged to loan Stacked Brands to Lee County for display in the courtyard outside the new library, that is due to be completed in late December or early January. The 400to 500-pound rust-colored sculpture now sits atop a four-by-fourfoot raised concrete pedestal that sits in the center of a shallow 12-foot wide by 77-foot long travertine water feature that architect Kevin Williams has designed to run along the west side of the plaza opposite the librarys entrance. While the brook bed is dry for the time being, when the water is finally turned on, its cascading, gurgling sounds will help conjure visions of herds of cattle fording Whiskey Creek, Billys Creek and even shallow portions of the Caloosahatchee River. Between 1865 and 1915, a crude sand and dirt cattle trail sliced through the heart of Fort Myers, which prided itself on being a rough-and-tumble cow town. Connecting pasture lands in Fort Ogden to shipping pens and a deep water wharf built in Punta Rassa by Union soldiers in 1864, the road was dotted with scrub pens and stopovers like the crackerstyle shack at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates that Jacob Summerlin put up for cattle drovers moving herds down the oldcontinued on page 6 The sculpture Stacked Brands, by California artist Peter Mitten, graces the exterior of the new Fort Myers Regional Library in the heart of downtowns River District Live Entertainment Nightly, Online Discounts, Loyalty Program, The Best Happy Hour NIGHTLY PROMOTIONS at BRATTAS HAPPY HOUR AT THE BAR SUNDAY THRU THURSDAY 4PM-CLOSE HAPPY HOUR AT THE BAR SUNDAY THRU THURSDAY 4PM-CLOSEFIND OUT WHY BRATTAS WAS VOTED BEST CASUAL FINE DINING 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 OPEN OPEN THANKSGIVING THANKSGIVING 11am 9pm 11am 9pmThursday & 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 F F S S AA Renata & Paul Renata & Paul Fri. Nov. 29 7:30-11:30pm Fri. Nov. 29 7:30-11:30pm DOUBLE DARE DOUBLE DARE Playing Saturday Playing Saturday Nov. 30 7:30-11:30 Pm Nov. 30 7:30-11:30 Pm


THE RIVER NOVEMBER 29, 20134 Local Playwright To Be Honored By Naples PlayersArts of the Inland writer Chuck Wood of Lehigh Acres is a winner of the Naples Players annual one-act play playwriting competition. His short play Waiting For My Vote was among the four winning plays chosen. Among the hundreds of persons in long lines on election day 2012, Waiting For My Vote centers on two strangers who form an unexpected friendship while in line. The two share small talk, a snack, deeper insights and a surprise decision. All four plays will receive staged public readings at the Sugden Theatre the evenings of December 6 and 7. A public reception will be held for the winning playwrights following the December 6 performances. Wood was also a Naples winner in 2005 for his play Tonight Is Forever. In July, Wood learned that he had won first place in the Clarence Bud Jones Memorial Playwriting Competition, sponsored by the Firehouse Theatre in La Belle. His winning longer play, Up Close From A Distance, will receive a full staged production at Firehouse Theatre during the 2014-15 season. In Up Close From A Distance, a south Florida college English instructor attempts to write the perfect love story for the stage, guided by her colleague who directs the theatre program. Meanwhile, an accomplished artist, encouraged by his travel writer friend, is challenged to locate a captivating woman whose facial image repeatedly visits him in dreams. Two young acting students round out the cast. Larger-than-life forces make their way into the lives the the six characters, sharpening their awareness of life choices within their control as well as those beyond their control. Wood has a background in teaching at the high school and college levels. He has been a member of Arts of the Inland since its inception. He has a longtime writing connection with the Gulf Coast Writers Association and with the Penpushers at the Lehigh Acres Senior Center. He has also written and directed a number of dramatic productions at the Lehigh Acres Church of the Nazarene. Christmas Hymn Sing At St. Peters The annual Christmas Hymn Sing at St. Peter Lutheran Church will take place on Tuesday, December 3 at 7 p.m. It will be led by well-known local tenorsoloist Robert Beane and the program will feature all the favorite hymns of Christmas. Admission is free and everyone is invited. St. Peter Lutheran Church is located at 3751 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach, phone 463-4251. Torah Study At Temple JudeaOn Thursday, December 5 at noon at Temple Judea, Rabbi Sack begins a one-hour Torah study that includes an open discussion of Torah and Judaism where all levels of background and all questions are encouraged. The session is held on the first Thursday of the month at the Edison National Bank. Rabbi Sack asks attendeed to bring a chumash if they have one. He will bring the text for the session. Temple Judea is located at 14486 A & W Bulb Road, Fort Myers. For more information, call 433-0201 or send an email to tjswfl@gmail.com. Chuck Wood JOB FAIR! 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5 THE RIVER NOVEMBER 29, 2013 From page 1This Is ChristmasThis is a very imaginative score with colorful orchestrations, lovely solos, and even has a few opportunities for the entire audience to join in the celebration, said Joseph Caulkins. The First Baptist Ringers will be featured in a new setting by Joel Raney of Away In A Manger for strings, piano, and flute and in the Appalachian carol I Wonder As I Wander, with pianist Teresa Davis. Several soloists will be featured, including tenor soloist Chris Culpepper, singing the well-known Every Valley from Messiah, Jeana Malone in Mark Hayes Song of Mary, as well as soprano Michelle Caulkins and baritone Vincent Gonzalez. A professional orchestra led by Concertmaster Reiko Niiya will accompany the Sanctuary Choir, First Baptist Ringers, Vocal Ensemble and soloists. A 12-voice ensemble will perform In The Bleak Midwinter by Harold Darke and a special arrangement of God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen by Philip Kern. Keyboardists Judy Richey and Teresa Davis will also be featured in a holiday medley for piano four hands. Audiences have come to enjoy Josephs innovative holiday programs he conducted over the years throughout the community and First Baptist is excited to have Mr. Caulkins leading their music program and conducting his fifth Christmas concert at the church. This is always one of the highlights of the season for me. The church is so beautiful at Christmas and the candle lighting, at the end of the concert, is such an inspiring conclusion, said Caulkins. Those who can are asked to help make a difference this season by bringing a toy or donation for the Salvation Army Toy Drive. This is a special time of year to remember those less fortunate than ourselves. For this outreach, we are focusing on the often forgotten age group of youth, ages 12 and up. This is a real need brought to our attention by our local Salvation Army, said Rev. John Daugherty. Since 2011 First Baptist Church and Elevation Ministries have become partners in ministry. Stronger together than apart, these two congregations share facilities located in the River District at 1735 Jackson Street for the purpose of worship, Bible study, discipleship, fellowship and serving among our neighbors in downtown Fort Myers. For more information, call 334-7747 or visit www.firstbaptistfm.org. Michelle Caulkins Vincent GonzalezFrom page 1Empty Bowls LunchInterfaith Charities of South Lee in Estero for its community food pantry. Soups for this event are provided by Hyatt Regency Coconut Point (Beef and Barley), Teds Montana Grill (Bison Chili), Carrabbas (Lentil Sausage), PF Changs (Egg Drop and Hot & Sour), Waterside Grill (Chicken Noodle), and Connors Steak and Seafood (Crab and Lobster Bisque). In addition, the FGCU Science of Cooking class will be contributing a vegan soup developed as a class project. And once again, ciabatta bread will be donated by The Artisan Bread Company. For further information, contact Sara Truman at 745-4229 or struman@ fgcu.edu. Send your editorial copy to: press@riverweekly.com RIV RIV Nellies Upstairs Waterside Bar Where its Happy Hour all the time!!! 10% OFF Offer valid with Cash payments only... No credit cards. ONE COUPON PER TABLE Can not be used with any other offer. 18% Gratuity may be added to bill before discount. 11am 10pm, Expires Dec. 13, 2013 Lunch Dinner Snacks in Between11am-10pm u G b www.nervousnellies.net FREE MARINA DOCKAGE with Dock Attendants AssistanceDont Miss the Holiday Boat Parade. December 7thNervous Nellies Ofcial Voting SpotFor Best Decorated Vessel!!!


THE RIVER NOVEMBER 29, 20136 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 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. From page 2PierWalk down to Fowler Street and imagine a town without a public park or even a modern road but then a public pier materializes! Keep walking a few more blocks to the Southwest Florida Museum of History at 2031 Jackson Street, where exhibits will help you envision the historic downtown that took big steps forward in the 19-teens. 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 public projects that got funded and the ones that didnt over the course of local history. 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. From page 3Public ArtWire Road (now McGregor Boulevard). The weed-strewn sand road was finally replaced with a paved thoroughfare thanks to legendary civic leader Tootie McGregor Terry, who offered in 1912 to cover the costs of paving the 20-mile stretch from Whiskey Creek to Punta Rassa if the city and county would pick up the cost of paving Riverside Avenue from Whiskey Creek to downtown Fort Myers.While the four bronze panels were delivered with Stacked Brands, they are awaiting evaluation for their compliance with ADA and other safety requirements before they are placed at strategic locations along First Street and possibly McGregor Boulevard close to the Summerlin stopover on the north side of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Marks & Brands is the 25th sculpture in the City of Fort Myers public art collection, which also maintains more than two dozen paintings, prints and photographs in its Portable Works Collection. When combined with works commissioned by the federal government, Lee county and other sources, there are more than 45 public artworks within the city limits, with most being concentrated in a four-square-block area in the downtown Fort Myers River District. Additional information about the artworks can be found at www.cultureNOW. org. 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. Hortoons Shell Point Informational Meetings Residents of Southwest Florida who would like to learn about resortstyle retirement options and the benefits of lifecare are invited to attend one of several informational meetings at Shell Point Retirement Community. The meetings will be held in the main Commons located in The Woodlands neighborhood at Shell Point on December 4, 10 and 18 at 10 a.m. Following the 45-minute presentation, guests will tour two of the three Shell Point neighborhoods The Island and The Woodlands see model residences, and learn about Shell Points newest neighborhood, The Estuary. Admission to these informative sessions is free; however, seating is limited, so reservations are required and may be made by calling Maureen Thomson at 466-1131 or 1-800-780-1131. Adoption Special Black SaturdayLee County Domestic Animal Services will kick off a Black Tie Affair on Black Saturday. Beginning on November 30, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, all black and mostly black cats will be available for adoption for just $10. Animal Services always offers two-for-one cat adoptions so adopters have the option of getting two cats for $10. The special will run until all the cats have found new homes. For the event, felines will be wearing their little black dresses and tuxedos as black cats are always in formal attire. Black cats are classy, elegant, and versatile, said Ria Brown, LCDAS Public Information Officer. This is a special opportunity to discover how personable and entertaining these often overlooked cats can be. The variety available includes solid black, tuxedo (black and white), tortoise shell, and black tabby, not to mention short, medium, and long haired cats. Potential adopters will have lots to choose from and are encouraged to check the agencys website at www.leelostpets. com for a peek at the cats and kittens currently available or to submit an adoption application online. The site updates hourly. All cats adopted are sterilized and receive age appropriate vaccinations, flea treatment, de-worming, microchip ID, feline aids and leukemia test, and county license for cats three months and older. The adoption package is valued at over $500, making it an even better opportunity to add a new feline companion to your family. The shelter is located at 5600 Banner Drive in Fort Myers, next to the Lee County Sheriffs Office. Regular adoption hours are Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. including Black Saturday, November 30.


SeriesNewOpportunitiesat Shell Point Shell Points Life Enrichment Series offers the opportunity to discover new things about yourself and the world you live in. Concerts, presentations, lectures, shows, special events, and more! The public is invited and many of these events are FREE! (239) 466-1131 www.shellpoint.org Visit www.shellpoint.org/LES for full listings of this months events! Shell Point Retirement Community is located in Fort Myers, 2 miles before the Sanibel Causeway.Shell Point is a non-profit ministry of The Christian and Mission ary Alliance Foundation 2013 Sh ell Point. All rights reserved SLS-2560-13Dec 4,10&18 Discover Shell Point Tour & Presentationat 10am. Join us for a group presentation about the Lifestyle and LIfecare available at Shell Point followed by a narrated bus tour of the community. The presentation will also include information about Shell Points newest neighborhood, The Estuary, which will include 50 residences in a combination of single-family signature homes and twin villa homes, along with a community center and pool. Call 466-1131 or 1-800-780-1131 to reserve your place.Dec 8Season of Praise: Christmas Celebration at 6:15pm. The Village Church Choir with Festival Orchestra, including members of the Southwest Florida Symphony, present carols and holiday classics to celebrate the birthday of a King. The musical by Tom Fettke, entitled God Is With Us. Traditional in style, with innovative twists and turns, it combines classical music by Faure, Beethoven, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, and Billings, with some of the world's most loved Christmas Carols. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.shellpoint.org/seasonofpraise or by calling 454-2147. Dec 16 SWFL Symphony Concert: Holiday Popsat 7:30pm. Composer, arranger, and conductor Jim Stephenson brings his fresh take on the joyous music of the season with this spirited symphonic performance of holiday favorites. Tickets are $25. To purchase tickets visit www.shellpoint.org/concerts or call 454-2067. Dec19The Four Freshmenat 7:30pm. Masters of harmony, The Four Freshmen have gained recognition as one of the most influential vocal groups of all time. They have been inspired by the likes of The Beach Boys, Kenny Rogers, The Mamas and the Papas, Frankie Valli, The Manhattan Transfer, and countless others. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at www.shellpoint.org/concerts or by calling 454-2067. Dec 24 Christmas Eve Carols & Candlelight Services at 4:15pm and 7:15pm. This year, in order to accommodate the holiday crowd, The Village Church will host two candlelight services on Christmas Eve. Enjoy gathering with your family and friends on the eve of our Saviors birth for a very special service including candlelight, caroling, holiday music, and an inspirational message from Senior Pastor Andy Hawkins. Call 454-2147 for more information. Dec6Ho Ho Ho Lot of Savingsfrom 9am to 5pm. Stop by the Community Thrift Stores Holiday Celebration to receive a secret discount off your entire purchase. See a snowfall of surprises each hour, along with complimentary popcorn and Christmas cookies. Located in Miner's Plaza, next to Planet Fitness, on the corner or McGregor and Gladiolus in the Iona area of South Fort Myers, the store also accepts donations and provides tax deductible receipts. For more information, call 225-6529. Dec 15 Service of Lessons and Carolsat 6:15pm. In celebration of the holid ay season, The Villag e Chu rch will host a traditiona l wo rship cele bration retelling the p rophecy of Christ through the sin ging of familiar carols and hymns. Several read ers will speak the scriptures that recount the prophetic message of Gods plan for redemptio n. Call 454-2147 for more information. FREE FREE FREE FREE! Dec.2013 7 THE RIVER NOVEMBER 29, 2013


THE RIVER NOVEMBER 29, 20138 Along The RiverIn 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation which invited Americans to observe the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. In 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt changed the date to the fourth Thursday in November to help merchants by lengthening the Christmas shopping season. In modern America, Hanukkah usually overlaps with the Christmas season of gifts and parties. This year, for the first time since 1888, the first day of the sacred holiday Hanukkah falls on the same day as the secular holiday Thanksgiving. Local events this week: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27 Nervous Nellies in Fort Myers Beach presents Rock The Dock from 9 to 11 p.m. The concert is the largest 96 K-Rock party of the year and features live music from Mind Monkey. The first 96 people through the door at will receive a chance to win a Janes Addiction autographed guitar from the local radio station. You must be 21 years or older. Whether you arrive by land or sea, parking for patrons of Nellies and Uglys is free. If you are traveling by boat, marine dockage is available at the Snug Harbour Marina with dock attendants assistance. The GPS coordinates are 2627.41 N 81.18 W. Nervous Nellies Crazy Waterfront Eatery is located at 1131 First Street at the historic Fort Myers Beach Seaport. Call 463-8077 or go to www.nervousnellies.net. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29 The opening night of Cactus Christmas by Eliot Byerrum at The Cultural Park Theatre. The play runs through December 8. Christmas Eve is tough for private investigator Cactus ORiley, a white-hot redhead with the holiday blues. Cactus is attempting to lure her secretary, Fred, away from his overly-protective mother; dodging the attentions of Deputy D.A. Windsor; and considering closing her business for good. She doesnt need the added aggravation of two fugitives who burst into her office looking for justice and a dead detective named Jake Marley. Christmas turns into a dickens of a holiday for Cactus as she solves mysteries, delivers small miracles and takes a second chance on love and sleuthing. Comedy, mystery and romance converge in this charming contemporary Christmas tale where good will and justice triumph. Showtimes are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Saturday second show at 3 p.m.; and Sunday at 3 p.m. The Cultural Park Theatre is located at 528 Cultural Park Boulevard, Cape Coral. Call 772-5862 or go to www.culturalparktheater.com. The 20th annual Sanibel Masters Art Festival is on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Community House. The festival showcases paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor, drawings and pastels, 2D and 3D mixed media and collages, photography and digital art, woodworking, sculpture, ceramics, glass, handmade Tiffany-style lamps, fiber art, and jewelry produced by 75 artists and artisans from around the country. Visitors have the opportunity to interact with the artists, learn a little about their inspiration, find out how they made their artworks and purchase fine works directly from the artists. In addition to fine art and crafts, the festival is renowned for its gourmet food booths and live entertainment. The Community House is located at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Call 472-2155 or go to www.sanibelcommunityhouse.net. The kick-off for Captiva Holiday Village s two-week holiday celebration is Saturday. The weekend includes tree-lighting festivities, arias on the beach, a Junkanoo carnival, along with lighted boat and golf cart parades. For more information, call 579-1462 or go to www.captivaholidayvillage.com. The annual Edison & Ford Holiday Nights begins Friday with the Opening Night Tree Lighting Ceremony, November 29 at 6 p.m. Santa and the Naples Carolers join Mr. Edison and Mr. Ford in celebrating holiday traditions. View the lights and seasonal decorations that fill 20 acres of gardens, historic homes and other buildings on the waterfront property. Holiday Nights runs through January 4. The Edison & Ford Winter Estates are located at 2350 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers. Call 334-7419 or go to www.edisonfordwinterestates.org. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30 Begin the day with brunch with Santa and Goodwills Childrens Workshop with Family Fun Day at The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Activities include a delicious brunch, photos with Santa and holiday arts and crafts. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First Street in the heart of downtown Fort Myers historic River District. Call 333.1933 or go to www.sbdac.com. Starting at 7 p.m., get in the holiday spirt with the River District Holiday Stroll. The free event features live music from the Nowhere Band, a Beatles tribute band, which will play holiday and classic rock favorites after the wreath lighting at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Its a fun event for the entire family. For more information, call 855-732-3836. Tween Waters Inn on Captiva is ready for the islands Holiday Village Edison & Ford Holiday Nights begins Friday with a tree lighting ceremony 481 4 7 33 12600 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myer s w ww. scuba vi ced iv e r s co m Swim with t h e Fi s h es w ww.SeabreezeN u rseries.com ( 239 ) 5 60-1422 W HI T EFL Y or Sooty Mold? ? Y We can hel p A sk about our S eason D iscount! m s, Pal m e s, n ativ e n s croto n d s, bromelia d e s, buttery bush e re & mu ch m or


9 THE RIVER NOVEMBER 29, 2013 Brattas serves fresh made-to-order food in an inviting atmosphere featuring live music nightly. The two for $20 menu is served all day Sunday to Thursday. Happy Hour is daily from 4 to 6:30 p.m. with drink and appetizer specials. Filet Napoleon, Taylor Street Baked Ziti and fresh bruschetta are a few favorites on the restaurants daily menu. Lobster tail and Chilean sea bass is served on the weekends. 12984 S. Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers. Call 433-4449. Doc Fords Rum Bar & Grille is named for the Doc Ford character in local author Randy Wayne Whites bestselling mystery novels. Its a well known gathering place and tropical theme sports bar with indoor and outdoor patio seating. The combined menu offers all the lunch and dinner items from 11 a.m. until closing. It includes cedar plank salmon topped with a mango chipotle glaze or a marinated grilled chicken sandwich. The fish tacos are a local favorite and theres a well provisioned raw bar. Tropical drinks are a specialty, notably the signature rum drink, Island Mojito. 708 Fishermans Warf, Fort Myers Beach. Call 765-9660. Ichiban is a downtown favorite for Chinese and Japanese cuisine. The name means Number One in Japanese and offers its customers the perfect balance of great quality and affordable prices. Ichiban has been family owned and operated for eight years and its enduring popularity is a testament to its exceptional, friendly service. Take out and delivery within the River District available. 1520 Broadway #106, Fort Myers. Call 334-6991. Courtneys is a family business run by Executive Chef Dale, his wife Betty and their son. Courtney. The warm and welcoming bar is great for lunch, libations and lots of laughter. Relax in comfort with friends and enjoy discounted drinks and appetizers during happy hour, served 4 to 7 p.m. daily. The dining room offers a wonderful dinner variety; if youre an early diner, be sure to check out the Sunset Dining Specials. Eggceptional entres highlight the restaurants Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday dinner is served 4 to 8 p.m. 20351 Summerlin Road Units #111 & 112, Fort Myers. Call 466-4646. With casual dining and live music in a charming atmosphere, The Morgan House has been a Fort Myers institution since 1923. Nightly Specials: Monday, $20 prime rib and half-price select bottles of wine; Tuesday, $6 Morgan House burger and half-off craft beer; Wednesday, half off appetizers and house wine; Thursday, $4 martinis and half-off select shots; Friday, complimentary buffet upstairs with two drink minimum and half-off house wine and select domestic drafts; and Saturday, half-off select margaritas and tequila shots. 33 Patio De Leon, Fort Myers. Call 337-3377. Nellies offers the perfect backdrop for mixing business and pleasure at your FORT MYERS FAREDining From Downtowns Historic River District To The Beaches For more information, check out our advertisers in this weeks River Weekly DOC FORDS RUM BAR & GRILLE ICHIBAN NERVOUS NELLIES CRAZY WATERFRONT EATERY COURTNEYS CONTINENTAL CUISINEMini cannolis from Brattas Piano Bar and Ristorante MORGAN HOUSE BRATTAS RISTORANTE 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 5PMcontinued on page 20


THE RIVER NOVEMBER 29, 201310 CCMI Joins Local MovementCommunity Cooperative Ministries, Inc. has joined #GivingTuesday, a first of its kind effort that will harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners charities, families, business and individuals to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. Taking place on December 3, #GivingTuesday will coincide with the kickoff of the holiday-shopping season and inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support and help create a better world. It will utilize the power of social media to create a national movement around the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are, today, synonymous with the holiday season. CCMI is participating as a partner in #GivingTuesday to engage the Southwest Florida community in helping those in need during crisis and then connecting them to additional services addressing the root causes of hunger through the organizations programs and services. The organization invites the Southwest Florida community to be a part of #GivingTuesday through the holiday season by adopting a family, donating a holiday meal or volunteering their time. #GivingTuesday is a counter narrative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday because it reminds us that the spirit of the holiday season should be about community and not just consumerism, said Tracey Galloway, CEO of CCMI. The most meaningful gift we can give our children, loved ones, friends and neighbors is the commitment to work together to help build a better world. We hope this movement will encourage our community to give back not only during the holiday season but all year round. Seeing an opportunity to channel the generous spirit of the holiday season to inspire action around charitable giving, a group of friends and partners, led by New Yorks 92nd Street Y, came together to find ways to promote and celebrate the great American tradition of giving. Thought leaders in philanthropy, social media, innovative giving and grassroots organizing joined with 92nd Street Y to explore what is working in modern philanthropy and how to expand these innovations throughout the philanthropic sector while providing counsel and resources to help build this movement. Each week, new organizations have joined the movement and are providing creative ways people can embrace #GivingTuesday and collaborate in their giving efforts to create more meaningful results in their own communities. A movement committed to celebrating and providing incentives to give, #GivingTuesday is endorsed by Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, Dorothy A. Johnson Center on Philanthropy, Giving Institute, Giving USA Foundation and InterAction. Charity Navigator, Givewell and GuideStar are serving as Charity Advisors. VolunteerMatch is a volunteer advisor to #GivingTuesday. Its founding partners include the United Nations Foundation, DonorsChoose.org, Mashable, Blackblaud, charity: water, GlobalGiving, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Kiva, Darden Restaurant Group, Groupon, Unilever and VentureThree Capital. To learn more about #GivingTuesday participants and activities or to join the celebration of giving, visit www. GivingTuesday.org, www.Facebook.com/ GivingTuesday or www.Twitter.com/ GivingTues. For more information about CCMI, call 332-7687 or visit www.ccmileecounty.com. Councilman To Speak At Metro-McGregor Kiwanis MeetingFort Myers City Councilman Tom Leonardo is scheduled to speak at the MetroMcGregor Kiwanis Club on Tuesday, December 3 at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 12600 University Drive in Fort Myers. Councilman Leonardo is currently serving his second term in office representing the citizens of Ward Six. He serves on the Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization and represents Lee County as its voting member on the statewide Metropolitan Planning Organization Advisory Council Governing Board. He has served Fort Myers as chairman of the Community Redevelopment Agency and as chairman of the Southwest Florida Enterprise Center. To make your reservation, email Harris Segel at harris@pampered-pooch.com or Kim Berghs at kim@unitedwaylee.org. Lunch is available for $12. Reservations are required by Wednesday, November 27 by 5 p.m. The Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club is looking for more service-minded individuals and business professionals who would like to make an impact on the community through volunteering. Meetings are held every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn. For details on joining the club, call president Harris Segel at 939-4027. 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11 THE RIVER NOVEMBER 29, 2013 Bishop Verot Football Collects 5,000 Pounds Of Donations For GoodwillMembers of the Bishop Verot Catholic High School football team collected 2 tons of donations for Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida during a week-long donation drive in November. The donations filled a 28-foot Goodwill truck. This was about giving back to the community, said senior Dakota Herting. We saw an opportunity to help those that need the donations. Thats why we are out here. Weve been doing school donation drives for a few years now, but most have been at elementary schools, says Buffy Hagood, commercial donations coordinator for Goodwill. This is the first year weve partnered with Bishop Verot. Were really pleased with the results. The gently-used donations will be resold at Goodwills Retail & Donation Centers, and online, with the proceeds supporting Goodwills mission services. A donation of that size can help us provide accessible housing for more than half a year, to someone with a disability, said Director of Public Relations Kirsten ODonnell. Or it could fund two-week internships for eight students at our school for students with developmental disabilities. Donation drives like this really make a huge impact on the people of Southwest Florida. Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc. operates 28 retail & donation centers in Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, and Glades counties to provide funding for its mission of providing opportunities to people with disabilities and disadvantages. For more information about Goodwills programs and services in Southwest Florida, visit www,goodwillswfl.org. Some of the Bishop Verot students who took part in the collection Letter Carriers Participating In Toys For Tots DrivePostal Service Letter Carriers will collect new, unwrapped toys that are left at the mailbox and in collection bins in local Post Offices on Saturday, December 7. All Post Office customers in the Suncoast District which includes ZIP Codes beginning with the following first three digits: 321, 327, 328, 329, 335, 336, 337, 338, 339, 341, 342, 346 and 347 are included. Postal Service Letter Carriers, in support of the Marine Corp Toys For Tots Foundation, will collect new, unwrapped toys left at mailboxes as they deliver mail on December 7. All toys collected will be distributed through the Marine Corps Toys For Tots program to provide a bright holiday for less fortunate 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. 2163 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, Fl 33957 Ph: 239.472.0606 www.SanibelIslandCow.com 395 7 7 P P P P P h h h h: h: 2 2 2 2 2 39 39 39 39 4 4 72 0606wwwSanibelIslandCowcom Get Crabby At The Cow Get Crabby At The Cow Get Crabby At The Cow Get Crabby At The Cow with our Famous Stone Crabs1/2 lb & 1 lb. quantities Appetizers & Full Dinners Best Prices On The Planet Come Try our Come Try our NEW NEW Cowlicious Cowlicious Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Specials Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Specials Sanibels Most Award Winning RestaurantServing Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week. Snacks In-between Live Music! Outdoor Seating LIVE LIVE MUSIC MUSIC s s Always Fresh ...Always! way s! w w Always Fresh ...Always Fun! Servin A ..Always Full Full Turkey Dinner Turkey Dinner Served Served Thanksgiving Day Thanksgiving Day Open Regular Hours Open Regular Hours We Proudly Brew


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 29, 201312


13 THE RIVER NOVEMBER 29, 2013 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. Peace Lutheran Church invites you... to share an hour with Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Michael Burkhardt and the Season of Advent... Savior of the Nations, Come An Advent Festival of Hymns, Carols and Readings December 8 at 3:00PM Peace Lutheran Church 15840 McGregor Blvd Ft Myers, FL 33908 239-437-2599 Special Guests Amanda Hall and Cayle Thompson will be reading the selected writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, readings which help us reflect on Advent in a way that can only be shared by a Person of God who suffered much for the cause of God and the Grace Sent to us exemplified by the ultimate gift of Jesus Christ. The Peace Festi val Choir will be under the direction of Richard D Jaeggi and there wi ll be many opportunities for you to join in song as arranged so wonderfully by Michael Burkhardt, a modern Lutheran tradition in his own right. Mark your calendar today! Advent is COMING! The Savior of the Nations is Coming! Send your editorial copy to: press@riverweekly.com Snowflakes Mean Savings At Community ThriftOn Friday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., customers are invited to chose a snowflake with a secret discount to receive additional savings off already well-priced items during the Community Thrift Stores holiday celebration. A snowfall of surprises will delight customers each hour, along with complimentary theater-style popcorn and Christmas cookies. The Community Thrift store is located in Miners Plaza, next to Planet Fitness, on the corner or McGregor Boulevard and Gladiolus in the Iona area of South Fort Myers. Regular store hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 2256529. The store features home dcor, clothing, artwork, knick knacks and furniture, as well as building supplies, construction materials, appliances, and fixtures. Tax deductible receipts are available for individuals or organizations that donate items to the store. Shell Point Retirement Community, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving seniors in Southwest Florida, opened the Community Thrift Store in 2011. USPS Toys For Tots Pickup Is December 7The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry and Glades counties announced the USPS Toys For Tots drive is still occurring this year. Residents of Lee County are accustomed to getting a postcard reminder of the USPS and Toys For Tots partnership, but this year, that card will not be distributed to local residents in their mailboxes. However, the toy drive is taking place on Saturday, December 7. Lee County residents wanting to help should place a new, unwrapped toy by their mailbox to be picked up by their local mail carrier on Saturday. The local Toys For Tots representatives will pick up the toys from the USPS, and those toys will be distributed to children in this community through The Salvation Armys Christmas Cheer program. Residents in surrounding counties can contact Toys For Tots at www. ToysForTots.org or contact their local Salvation Army office. To learn more, contact The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry and Glades at 278-1551 or visit www.salvationarmyleecounty.org.


THE RIVER NOVEMBER 29, 201314 Be Thankful For Thanksgiving Cool Downby Capt. Matt MitchellThanksgiving means the arrival of our first strong cold front of the year for anglers. Windy conditions leading up to the front made being out on the water a little tough going. Despite the wind, once tucked away, trips still produced a great mixed bag of fish. This week marked the switch over to live shrimp fishing as rough seas made catching shiners out on the beach not only dangerous but close to impossible. Prior to the windy conditions and cold front, shiner fishing just about any place you chose to fish was on fire. Lots of snook of all sizes along with, jacks, trout and mangrove snapper made up the majority of the action. After chumming live shiners for the last few months, it was only a matter of time until the shiners ended and it was time to make the switch over to shrimp fishing. The good thing about live shrimp is the action is hard to beat for both variety and non-stop action. The downside is you had better take lots of shrimp as everything eats shrimp. Redfish were the main target of most trips this week during the windy periods but lots of other species got in on the party. Everything that swims in our waters eats shrimp and though most of the fish caught are not giants you never know when you will hook into a big snook or redfish. Most redfish I caught this week were all found close to home in the southern sound as thats the area I targeted. During the morning, higher water redfish were caught under the mangrove shorelines on the east side of the sound along with potholes around oyster bars. During lower tide periods, deeper mangrove channels and shorelines in and around the Ding Darling Refuge held good numbers of redfish. Just about every spot I tried for redfish held at least a few, with some places generating non-stop action. Though most of these redfish are blue-tailed and on the small side of the slot, they are our normal winter sized reds. What they lacked in size they often made up for in sheer numbers. Catching 20-plus redfish and coming home with a limit of slot sized fish up to 25 inches is never a bad thing. It seems the slot-sized fish are mixed in with these rat reds. If youre catching lots of shorts, just stay put and after four or five shorts there will be a keeper. Its great to see so many redfish around and its a good sign that our winter time redfish action will stay consistent. The first sheepshead of this winter season were also caught on shrimp during trips this week. Four-pounders and even a few closer to five pounds were caught in and around deeper docks and while targeting redfish along mangroves. Both live and small pieces of shrimp rigged on a small sharp hook, light leader and just a big enough split shot to get the bait to the bottom was the rig of choice. Sheepshead will be a go-to species for now all winter long. They are a great food fish as they feed on crustaceans and have firm, white, mild meat. They are a favorite of many winter-time anglers in Southwest Florida along with the fact they only need to be 12 inches long to keep and they have a generous bag limit of 15 per angler per day. How quickly things can change. Just a few days ago I was still fishing a fall pattern with shiners being the go-to bait. It only took one good hard cold blast and our fishing switched practically overnight to the a winter pattern. As conditions gradually warm back up, things might switch back to shiners for a few more weeks or until the next strong cold front arrives. But from now until spring, I wont be leaving the dock without live shrimp in the bait well.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. 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. 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 29, 2013 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-Sa t $ 99. 9 5 Sta i n l ess Stee l Po w er 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 CROW Case Of The Week: ChuckWills-Widowby Patricia MolloyOne of the most exceptional migratory birds of Southwest Florida is the Chuck-wills-widow (Caprimulgus carolinensis), a nocturnal avian that is the size of a pigeon. Preferring rural woodlands, it breeds from Long Island, Indiana and Kansas down to the Southeastern U.S. While the species winters primarily in the tropics, few make it as far south as Sanibel. A Chuck-wills-widow was admitted to CROW last week after being found on the ground by a man who initially mistook the bird for a baby hawk. Dr. Katie McInnis, DVM intern, performed the initial physical examination. She immediately noticed that the patient was a bit underweight. Additionally, bloodwork indicated that the bird was fighting an infection, which was treated with antibiotics. Radiographs ruled out any other abnormalities. Before being placed in a quiet room to rest, the patient was tube-fed a special mixture designed for insectivores that provides nutrients found in the Chuck-willswidows natural diet of insects and other invertebrates. In the wild, these birds utilize their enormous mouths to suck insects out of the air while they fly. They just dont eat in captivity, explained Dr. Heather Barron, hospital director. They feed on the wing, which cant be easily reproduced in a hospital setting. Sometimes you can put a bug in their mouth and they may swallow it, but Ive never had one eat on its own. After two days of supportive care in ICU, the bird became more alert and perky. Dr. Heather felt it was time to transfer the patient to an outdoor enclosure. Sprinkled throughout CROWs wooded campus, the large structures are covered in fine mesh netting and provide enough room for avian patients to take short flights for stamina building. Before the morning transfer, Jordan Donini, assistant wildlife rehabilitator, brought the Chuck-wills-widow to one of the examination rooms for breakfast. Several staff members gathered quietly in the adjoining halls to catch a glimpse of the unusual bird. It looks just like an Whip-poor-will! whispered one student excitedly. After less than a week of care at the wildlife clinic, this remarkable Chuckwills-widow was given a clean bill of health by Dr. Heather and returned to its home in Fort Myers. CROW (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. Jordan Donini, assistant wildlife rehabilitator, tube-feeding the Chuck-wills-widow The large mouth of the bird allows it to catch insects such as beetles, moths, termites and winged ants while in flight


THE RIVER NOVEMBER 29, 201316 Plant SmartCannonball Treeby Gerri ReavesThe amazing cannonball tree (Couroupita guianensis) is native to South America and a member of the Brazil nut family. It has been grown for centuries in India, too, where it is considered a sacred tree. Youre more likely to see the cannonball tree in a botanical garden than in a residential landscape, for it is somewhat messy, requires lots of space, and can reach a height of more than 100 feet. The leaves cluster at the branch ends. Both the flowers and fruit grow from a tangle of thick stems that grow from the trunk. The nectarless flowers measure two to three inches across, with six pink or red petals. They develop in bunches, have a pleasant fragrance, and contain both fertile and infertile pollen. Insects feed on the infertile pollen and in the process are covered in the fertile pollen from the stamens in the hood or male part of the flower. Thus the fertile pollen is carried to other plants. The fruit that gives the tree its common name falls from the tree when mature and often cracks open. A ripe fruit is about 10 inches in diameter and weighs as much as a bowling ball. Needless to say, one should avoid standing near a fruit-bearing tree. In contrast to the flowers, the fleshy pulp of the six-segmented fruit has an unpleasant stench. The seeds are embedded in the pulp, which oxidizes to a bluish green color. The cannonball tree has many traditional medicinal uses. Sources: fairchildgarden.org, eoearth. org, and environmentalgraffiti.com. Plant Smart explores the plant life of South Florida and sustainable landscape practices. The tree is named for its heavy fruit The flowers contain both fertile and infertile pollen The flowers and fruit of the cannonball tree grow on the trunks thick stems photos by Gerri Reaves Caring For Your PlantsBorder Grass Which To Useby Justen DobbsThrough some advancement in landscaping technology, new plants have recently come out that are more drought-tolerant, more cold hardy, more robust and more inexpensive to maintain. A common plant that is used in landscaping sometimes well and sometimes irresponsibly is the ornamental grass. There are a few types of grasses that are used in landscaping here in Southwest Florida. Some of these grasses include fountain grass, chord grass, mondo grass, Loriape and variegated flax lily. This is in addition to the three types of sod that are typically used here Bahia, Floritam and Zoysia. Sometimes, it is ideal to create a planter along your walkways or edges that contains a row of grasses with mulch in between. Again, these grasses range from fountain grass to Loriape, and serve to add to the ornamental appeal of the yard. In some cases, though, yards can be overdone with strips of planter beds that would be better off as grass. This is up to your own preference and your landscapers eye for design. I prefer to see variegated flax lily (Dianella tasmanica) over variegated Loriape because it is a tougher, better plant. This falls in line with my advancement in landscaping technology theme. Also, fountain grass requires maintenance and doesnt always look very good, so you are better off sticking with chord grass. Although these grasses look tough and are notoriously low-maintenance, they would benefit from some additional water and fertilizer if you want them to do well. All ornamental grasses and types of sod prefer full sun and lots of water. They can be drought-tolerant in the winter, but their growth will slow and they may not look as good. With regard to sod, I prefer Seville sod (not listed above), which is a hybrid that doesnt mind shady conditions and doesnt mind drought. It grows slightly sideways as well, reducing the frequency with which it needs to be mowed. Again, this is a recent advancement in technology that all homeowners could benefit from if they knew about it. While grass is not a focal point in any landscape, it does have its place as a counterpart to the broad-leaf plants, palms, trees and hedges. I believe that sod should only be planted as a small area for recreation, not in huge expanses of space where the only person to touch it is the lawn maintenance crew. Ornamental grasses should be used sparingly and only to complement other native or exotic trees in the yard. If you want a more colorful plant, look for paintbrush crotons, Dioon cycads and Aechmea bromeliads. All of these will add to your tropical look without racking up your maintenance bill. Justen Dobbs is a landscape architect in south Florida specializing in custom, upscale landscapes. He can be reached at seabreezenurseries@gmail. com. Flax lily makes a gorgeous border grass Sometimes, it is best to plant sod all the way up to your walkways


17 THE RIVER NOVEMBER 29, 2013Conservancy Nature EventsBeginning January 2 through March 31, The Conservancy of Southwest Florida offers free Briggs Boardwalk, Rookery Bay walks Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to noon. The self-guided boardwalk is open year round, dawn to dusk. Volunteer guides are available most mornings and walkers can view five eco-communities from scrub to brackish ponds. For details, go to www.conservancy.org/nature-center/ nature-walks. Upcoming events include: January 2, Free Clam Pass Walks begin operating through April 30, Monday-Saturday, at 9 a.m. This is a free guided walk on the boardwalk, bay and beach to learn the importance of mangrove trees, some Florida history, and meet fascinating creatures and plants that share this unique habitat. Meet the guide at the gazebo near the parking lot tram stop. Clam Pass Park is located on Seagate Drive, west of U.S. 41. Parking is free with a beach sticker. January 2 marks the start of Good Fortune II early morning nature cruises, through late April. Coast Guard-certified captains and trained volunteer guides steer through mangrove-lined channels of Rookery Bay, home to an amazing array of some of the most spectacular wading birds and wildlife. Occasionally, dolphins show up. Cruises may not be available on all days and are dependent on weather conditions and tides. Subject to cancellation. Call 403-4236 to book. Cruises depart from Shell Island Road. Visit www. conservancy.org/goodfortune for directions. Adult members, $32/under 12, $14; Others: adult $42/under 12, $19. A Leisurely Lunch Cruise takes place Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m..l to 1 p.m. Includes one hour stop for lunch on Isle of Capri. Lunch not included in program price. Classic Sunset Adventure is daily and times vary. It offers spectacular views of hundreds of shorebirds coming to roost on the mangrove islands for the night. Friends and Family Sunset Cruise allows participants to gather a group of 10 and join other guests on the Good Fortune II for one group price. Members $299; others $399. Two hour private charters aboard Good Fortune II are available year-round for private events up to 35 people. Members $699; others $799. Other events include: January 5, Cinema Sundays Disneys Oceans, Sunday, 1:30 p.m. Followed by an ocean-inspired childrens craft. Movie length is 84 minutes. Members free; others, regular Nature Center admission rates apply. Beginning January 6, Free Tiger Tail Beach Walks through April 25, MondayFriday 8:30 a.m. Shore birds, wading birds, fiddler crabs, mangroves, live shells and more! urs. January 7, Hidden History Sunset Cruise, Rookery Bay,Tuesdays, times vary. January 9, 16, 23 and 30, Nature Photo Workshops by Dennis Goodman, Thursdays, 9-10 a.m. Register at www. dennisgoodmanphotography.com/excursions or call 825-4677. Adult, $79. For more information about the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, call 262-0304 or visit www.conservancy. org. Award-winning photographer Dennis Goodman will teach secrets of wildlife photography Throughout the season, The Conservancy offers adventures aboard the Good Fortune II Dr. Gary Schmelz on a fossil dig photo by Dennis GoodmanPower 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. 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 Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702or email press@riverweekly.com


THE RIVER NOVEMBER 29, 201318 Call 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 From page 1The NutcrackerTicket prices are $50 VIP, $25 for general admission and $10 for students 17 and under. To purchase tickets, visit Gulfshore Ballets website at gsballet.org or call the Gulfshore Ballet office 5906191. Anderson Theatre is located at 5598 Sunrise Drive, Fort Myers. Gulfshore Ballet has one of the most professionally acclaimed teaching faculties in Southwest Florida, comprised of professionals who have both extensive performing and teaching experience. Gulfshore Ballet was founded in 2000 by former New York City Ballet principal dancer Melinda Roy. In 2011, Roy passed the baton of artistic direction to retired Miami City Ballet principal dancers Franklin Gamero and Iliana Lopez. Gamero and Lopez danced with Miami City Ballet under the direction of its world renowned founder, Edward Villella. Since Gulfshore Ballets inception, it has provided classical ballet training for aspiring dancers as young as four years old through pre-professional skill level as well as adult classes. In recent years, Gulfshore Ballet has broadened the disciplines it offers by providing classes in tap, jazz and lyrical dance, with all classes being taught by internationally acclaimed faculty. It also provides master classes throughout its performance season with instructors by principal dancers from major metropolitan ballet companies. As a result of the caliber of training that students receive, a number of its graduates have gone on to train at illustrious institutions like the School of American Ballet and Fordham University. A scene from The Nutcracker Suite The Sugarplum Fairy Community Players Casting Call December 4BIG ARTS Community Players will be holding open auditions for An Evening of Radio Theater beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4 and continuing at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 5. All auditions will be held in Schein Performance Hall at BIG ARTS. Actors must bring a headshot and biography to the casting call and be prepared to do a cold reading from the script. The Community Players will be staging readings of two of Americas favorite episodic radio programs from the 1940s and 1950s, The Bickersons and Dragnet, and will include a segment devoted to a selection of hit songs originally performed by the Andrews Sisters. Audition dates: The Bickersons December 4, 6:30 p.m. Lead: Clara, female; voice-match for 50to 60-year-old Lead: John Bickerson, male; voicematch for 50to 60-year-old Supporting: Blanche, (off stage recorded) female; voice-match for 50to 60-year-old Supporting: Surgical nurse, female; any age Supporting: Doctor, male; 30 years old and up Dragnet December 4, 7:30 p.m. Lead: Sgt. Joe Friday, male; voicematch similar to original actors and demeanor important Lead: Officer Frank Smith (Joes partner), male; voice-match similar to original actors and demeanor important Lead: Martha Dunbetter, female; voicematch for elderly woman Supporting:Tina Millot, female; voicematch for 30to 50-year-old Supporting: Ralph Portlong (suspect) male; voice-match for 40to 50-year-old Supporting: Policeman, male, any age Supporting: Bessie Maxon (Marthas sister), female; voice-match for elderly woman December 5, 6 p.m. for two announcers and three jingle singers Announcers, any age with a rich voice; bring a recording of your speaking voice Jingle singers, any age; bring a recording of your singing voice The presentation of The Bickersons will feature two 15-minute scripts based on the couple who seemed to have no business being married at all. The iconic battling comedic duo may have inspired other popular television couples, such as Ralph and Alice Kramden ( The Honeymooners), Nels and Harriet Oleson (Little House on the Prairie) and more recently, Al and Peg Bundy ( Married... with Children). Dragnet, the popular radio, television and film series, will be performed from a 30-minute script by the BIG ARTS Community Players. Originally staring Jack Webb as Sgt. Joe Friday and Ben Alexander as Officer Frank Smith, the weekly television series focused on the cases of the dedicated Los Angeles police detective. The big screen version of Dragnet featured Dan Aykroyd (Sgt. Joe Friday) and Tom Hanks (Det. Pep Streebek). An Evening of Radio Theater showcases dedicated volunteers and performers, both onstage and backstage, and will be performed at Schein Performance Hall at BIG ARTS, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel on Thursday, January 30, and Friday, January 31 at 8 p.m. The Community Players also need volunteers to help with set-building, props acquisition, stage managing and stage hands for theater productions. The Community Players provide local live theater, performed for the community by the community. If you are interested in directing one of these BIG ARTS Community Players performances, contact Shirley Jewell at srjewell@embarqmail.com. To advertise in The River Weekly News Call 415-7732


19 THE RIVER NOVEMBER 29, 2013 Everglades Restoration High Priority For FWCThe Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), during its meeting on November 20 in Weston, presented a position paper designed to help guide Everglades restoration. The position paper provides guidance on how to resolve habitat and wildlife issues as the FWC and partners work together on Everglades-restoration efforts. This document is an important tool for managing the habitats and species in this complex ecosystem. In the position paper, FWC biologists provide science-based information regarding the timing, distribution and flow of water throughout the Everglades ecosystem. It also provides data collected over the past 60 years demonstrating how fluctuating water levels impact the wildlife and habitats in this ecosystem. Its all about the quality, quantity, timing and distribution of water, said FWC Commissioner Ron Bergeron. Our approach is adaptive and based on six decades of in-the-field science. Extreme high and low water events negatively impact the ecosystems native wildlife and habitats. For example, extreme high water levels are detrimental for terrestrial species such as panthers, deer, bobcats and raccoons. High water conditions reduce the amount of available food sources and indirectly may lead to the spread of disease. Extremely low water levels can also have negative impacts such as peat fires that can cause long-lasting damage to tree islands and other plant communities. Returning the water flow back to a more natural state will have positive impacts for native plants and animals. We need flexibility in dealing with extreme high or low water events because either means sudden death for the Everglades ecosystem, said Bergeron. We need to have the tools and policies to manage emergency water events so that we can keep the Everglades alive during the largest restoration effort in the world. FWC staff will continue to protect fish and wildlife resources by participating in planning meetings and providing comments, review and input into future decisions about Everglades restoration. To learn more about the FWCs major wildlife management area in this ecosystem, the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor WMA, visit www.MyFWC.com/Viewing and select Wildlife Management Areas then Explore by Name. Micro-Greens Production Workshop The UF/IFAS Lee County Extension in collaboration with Ken Ryan of Herban Gardens offers a MicroGreens Production Workshop on Friday December 6 at Herban Gardens, North Fort Myers. Micro-greens are young, nutritious seedlings of edible vegetables and herbs that are harvested and eaten in less than 14 days. Research has shown that micro-greens offer a nutritional punch well above their weight, providing nourishment and flavor that is sought after by consumers and top chefs. Participants will join Ryan, a veteran micro-greens producer and farmer, to learn techniques gathered over three decades in New England and in Florida, on how to grow, nurture and excel at producing micro-greens as nutritional powerhouses that can be enjoyed all year round in salads, soups, and sandwiches. Drawing on his skill-sets and unique marketing approach, he will elaborate on how to produce micro-greens as an agri-business enterprise. Space is limited; pre-register with a non-refundable payment of $100 by Friday November 22. Make checks out to LCEOAB and mail to Micro-greens Workshop, 3410 Palm Beach Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33916. For more information call Roy Beckford, agriculture and natural resources agent, at 533-7512 or email fbeckford@leegov.com. The workshop begins at 8:30 a.m. Herban Gardens is at 8400 Dosonte Lane. Topics of expertise to be covered include: Quality Seeds and Sources Varieties and Hybrids Composts, Amendments and Nutrient Needs Germination Skills and Techniques Harvesting Techniques Lunch will be provided and micro-greens will be on the menu. Ken Ryan Leafy edible micro-greens Micro-green assortment Sample micro-greens Time to Refurnish Your Home or Condo? FAMILY OWNED & OPERATED SERVING LEE COUNTY COMMUNITIES FOR OVER 20 YEARS QUALITY PRODUCTS FROM: CARLTON, CAPRIS, LANE, FLEXSTEEL, SUMMIT DESIGN, DOUGLAS, QUALITY WICKER, SEA WINDS, SIMMONS, RESTONIC, BODY REST, REBWOOD, FOREST DESIGN, SHAW, PATIO DESIGN, BEST AND MORE.MONDAY FRIDAY 9-6 SATURDAY 9-5 SUNDAY 11-5LARGE SELECTION OF WICKER & RATTANOur Experienced Staff Will Help You Coordinate Delivery While Youre Here or Away OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK FURNITURE WORLD CAN HANDLE ALL YOUR NEEDS! FURNITURE WORLD CAN HANDLE ALL YOUR NEEDS!Living Room Bedroom Dining Room Patio Mattress Sets CONDO PACKAGE3 OR MORE ROOMS OF FURNITURE$6162CALL FOR DETAILS15631 SAN CARLOS BLVD, FORT MYERSCONVENIENT LOCATION FROM SANIBEL & FT. MYERS BEACH239-489-3311 www.furniture-world.net Specializing in Sofa Sleepers To advertise in The River Weekly News Call 415-7732


THE RIVER NOVEMBER 29, 201320 Arts For ACT Gallery Exhibit And ReceptionJoin Arts for ACT Gallery, located at 2265 First Street in downtown Fort Myers on Friday, December 6 from 6 to 10 p.m. for the opening reception and art walk for December 2013. This month, ACT Gallery will feature two photographers, Lynn Berreitter and Pam Brodersen, the art of Carol Anfinsen and mixed media art by Alisha Koyanis. Come downtown to view great art and support the ACT Gallery and Boutique. Lynn Berreitters interest in photography came at an early age while watching her father develop images of her in his basement darkroom. Fascinated by the process, she picked up her sisters brownie camera and began to take photos. She still has those black and white pictures from the late 1960s, which were taken to the local pharmacy for developing. She was finally able to play in the darkroom when she took her first photography class in seventh grade. Through school, she played with 110 cameras and amassed many snapshots and photo albums and fell in love with the camera. For her 12th grade graduation, she received a Canon TX as a present, her first SLR camera with interchangeable lenses. In college, Lynn worked on the school newspaper and spent many hours in the darkroom. She became a freelancer with the local Trenton, New Jersey newspapers, opened up her own black and white archival print lab, and worked at photographing the local flavor of the area. The introduction to digital came later with her first DSLR which was purchased in 2003. The switch from shooting people to shooting nature happened when she and her husband moved to Florida. Fighting the manipulation of the image, she strived to keep her images pure and unaltered. With the advent of the iPhone, that all changed. The pure fun of shooting with the iphone was irresistible. Not only did she start to use her iPhone everyday to shoot, she also uses toy cameras with film to experience why she picked up that camera in the first place. Its been a long love affair that she hopes will continue to the end. Pam Brodersen is a digital artist whose process goes far beyond the taking of a digital photograph. A stylus on a pressure sensitive monitor becomes her brush and allows her to hand work her images. Computer software becomes her digital darkroom. With a mastery of these tools and technology there is no restriction to her creativity. Brodersen is a full-time resident of Sanibel, who draws on her experience as a commercial photographic illustrator. In her Chicago studio she worked on national advertising campaigns for clients such as Kelloggs, United Airlines, McDonalds, Pillsbury and Disney. Her commercial film work won both national and local Gold Addys. She continues to win awards with her digital images. Carol Anfinsen started her fine art career first as a freelance writing consultant. She also wrote childrens stories and articles for childrens magazines. This led to a contract for writing a series of educational video scripts for children which branched out into adult education and training projects; consulting with such entities as Marshfilm Companies, The Learning Exchange, local school districts, Courage Center, St. Paul Companies, Vancouver Aquarium and Northwest Airlines. Anfinsen has created childrens stories, scripts, educational and training materials for schools, physician organizations and corporations. She has designed and written newsletters, brochures, stationery and varied marketing materials using elements of graphic design. Carol believes there is spirit, voice, and emotion even in inanimate objects, but especially in living things. She envisions each object, each life force speaking out no, shouting out to her. She tries to portray nature as honestly and beautifully as she sees it. She exaggerates color and movement. Having a vivid imagination her portraits are a favorite. Carol hopes viewers will experience joy when they look at my paintings. Alisha Koyanis is a new and emerging artist but is quickly making her mark in the art scene. She has been featured in galleries, won awards and even started her own event (Drink and Doodle) in Southwest Florida. She is an art teacher in Fort Myers. She attended FSU, but is a self-taught painter. She was raised in Rhode Island by her mother who fed her creative imagination full of colorful, whimsical creatures which can be seen in her work today. Koyanis work can be best described as a skittles bag explosion of color. Not a tradition artist inspiration is drawn from comic, tattoos, childhood adventures, found materials, family and friends. Each piece does not follow a constant theme. However, each piece is bright and eye catching in hopes of bringing happiness to the viewer. These exhibits continue through Monday, December 30. Regaae Night by Carol Anfinsen Hendrix by Alisha Koyanis Abandoned by Pam Brodersen Red Fish House by Lynn Berreitter ENDLESS TRAILS STABLES ENDLESS TRAILS STABLES GUIDED HORSEBACK TRAIL RIDING IN FLORIDA WOODLANDS GUIDED HORSEBACK TRAIL RIDING IN FLORIDA WOODLANDS 19201 Matt Road, N. Fort Myers, FL 33917 (239) 731-3265 (239) 731-3265 Trick pony parties Trick pony parties for the kids for the kids with with Jules the trick Arabian Jules the trick Arabian Misty Misty and and Majik Majik trick trick miniature horses for any miniature horses for any event or holiday event or holiday From page 9Fort Myers Fareoffice holiday party. Reserve space in airconditioned 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. 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THE RIVER NOVEMBER 29, 201322 Lakes Regional Library ProgramsNext months roster of activities at Lakes Regional Library offers topics for all ages. The following activities are free to the public: Adults English Caf 6 p.m. Mondays, December 2, 9 and 16 Practice English with English Caf, a free, conversation session for adult ESOL and ESL students. Each 90-minute session provides adult learners an opportunity to practice speaking English with native speakers. Participants may start at any time. Advanced registration is not necessary. Book Discussion: Sugar in the Blood by Andrea Stuart 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 17 Read and discuss Sugar in the Blood by Andrea Stuart. Stuart uses her own family story, from the seventeenth century through the present, and connects it with the history of migration, settlement, slavery and the making of the Americas. Registration is required. Families Baby-Parent Rhyme Time 10 a.m. Mondays, December 2 and 9 Be prepared to tickle, jump and fly with your baby. These rhymes and songs are for infants, up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. This 20-minute program is filled with songs designed to introduce rhyming and movement to infants. Registration is required. Toddler Storytime 10 a.m. Wednesdays, December 4 and 11 Children 2 years old and their caregivers participate in song, fingerplays and short stories. The success of this age group depends on adult participation and encouragement. Toddler storytime lasts approximately 30 minutes. Family Storytime 11 a.m. Wednesdays, December 4 and 11 This program is for the whole family and lasts about 30 minutes. Registration is required. Children Preschool Storytime 11 a.m. Mondays, December 2 and 9 Preschoolers (ages 3 to 5) attend this storytime independently while parents or caregivers wait nearby in the library building. This storytime includes activities that require more participation and a longer attention span. Each preschool storytime lasts about 30 minutes. Registration is required. Read Around America: Northeast Adventures 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 3 Join the library for books, games and crafts from the Northeast region of America. Explore the culture and attractions as well as learn what makes this region truly remarkable! Perfect for home-school students or anyone who loves this area of the country. Sponsored by the Friends of Lakes Regional Library. For grades K to 5. Registration begins November 21. Reading Academy 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 4, 11 and 18 Books + puppets + drawing = fun! Well bring out the puppets and mini drawing boards for this interactive event. Join us each week for new stories and games. This program is designed for children who can read and write. Sponsored by the Friends of Lakes Regional Library. For children in grades 1 to 5. Registration is required. Special Needs Storytime 10 a.m. Saturday, December 7 This storytime emphasizes books, music and sensory experiences designed for children with special needs. The welcoming environment will create a positive experience for children. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver, who will be an active participant with the child. Class size is limited to 10 children, plus their parents or caregivers. Registration required. For ages 3 to 12 with special needs. Registration begins 3 weeks prior to event. Music Together 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 12 The librarys friends from Family Music Time will create a relaxed, playful environment where parents and kids can share songs, play instruments and learn rhythm patterns. Sponsored by the Friends of Lakes Regional Library. Registration begins November 21. Kids Read Down Fines 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, December 14 Children and teens can earn a $2 coupon for every 15 minutes of reading, during the allotted time. A total of $8 per day may be earned. For ages 18 and younger. Coupons may be applied to cards issued to patrons age 18 and under only. Baby and Me! 10 a.m. Monday, December 16 This special interactive program is designed just for babies and their caregivers! Come discover all new fun literacy activities, rhymes and even a craft that parents and babies can continue to enjoy at home. For ages up to 23 months. Sponsored by the Friends of Lakes Regional Library. Registration begins November 25. Drop-In Winter Craft 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, December 19 Drop by the library between 1 and 3 p.m. for a make-and-take winter craft. Bring the creativity and the library will supply the rest! Sponsored by the Friends of Lakes Regional Library. While supplies last. For ages 2 to 12 years old. No registration required. Teens Kids Read Down Fines 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, December 14 Children and teens can earn a $2 coupon for every 15 minutes of reading, during the allotted time. A total of $8 per day may be earned. For ages 18 and younger. Coupons may be applied to cards issued to patrons age 18 and under only. The Lakes Regional Library is located at 15290 Bass Road in Fort Myers. For more information about a program or to register, call the library at 533-4000. A sign language interpreter is available with five business days notice to library staff. Check the Lee County Library Systems website at www.leelibrary.net to find out about programs at other locations. Call the host library, or Telephone Reference at 479-INFO (4636), for more information about a specific program. North Fort Myers Public Library ProgramsNext months roster of activities at North Fort Myers Public Library offers topics for all ages. The following activities are free to the public: Adults Books n Bites 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 2 Join this monthly social hour. Discuss any books in any format, or movies of interest. Whether given a rant or a rave it will be fun to talk about. The library provides the coffee and refreshments, attendees provide the enthusiasm. Miss Marple Monthly Knitters 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 3 These sessions are for knitters and crocheters of all levels. Come visit and share project and technique ideas. Family Family Storytime 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, December 4 and 11 This program is for the whole family and lasts about 30 minutes. Registration is required. Baby-Parent Rhyme Time 11 a.m. Thursday, December 5 Be prepared to tickle, jump and fly with your baby. These rhymes and songs are for infants, up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. This 20-minute program is filled with songs designed to introduce rhyming and movement to infants. Registration is required. Children Kids Read Down Fines 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, December 7 Children and teens can earn a $2 coupon for every 15 minutes of reading, during the allotted time. A total of $8 per day may be earned. For ages 18 and younger. Coupons may be applied to cards issued to patrons age 18 and under only. Wonderful Winter Tales 2 p.m. Monday, December 23 Don mittens and gloves and come celebrate winters arrival with cold weather stories that will make you shiver. For grades K to 5. Teens Kids Read Down Fines 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, December 7 Children and teens can earn a $2 coupon for every 15 minutes of reading, during the allotted time. A total of $8 per day may be earned. For ages 18 and younger. Coupons may be applied to cards issued to patrons age 18 and under only. Ornament Crafting for Teens 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 18 Make a unique holiday ornament to give or keep at this program just for teens. Middle and high school students welcome. The North Fort Myers Public Library is located at 2001 N. Tamiami Trail NE in North Fort Myers. For more information about a program or to register, call the library at 533-4320. A sign language interpreter is available with five business days notice to library staff. Check the Lee County Library Systems website at www.leelibrary.net to find out about programs at other locations. Call the host library, or Telephone Reference at 479-INFO (4636), for more information about a specific program. Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library ProgramsThe Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library is offering the following free program for children and teens during December: Kids Read Down Fines 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays, December 7, 14 and 21 Children and teens can earn a $2 coupon for every 15 minutes of reading, during the allotted time. A total of $8 per day may be earned. For ages 18 and younger. Coupons may be applied to cards issued to patrons age 18 and under only. The Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library is located at 3095 Blount Street in Fort Myers. For more information about a program or to register, call the library at 533-4150. A sign language interpreter is available with five business days notice to library staff. Check the Lee County Library Systems website at www.leelibrary.net to find out about programs at other locations. Call the host library, or Telephone Reference at 479-INFO (4636), for more information about a specific program. Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702 or email press@riverweekly.com


23 THE RIVER NOVEMBER 29, 2013 Symphonic Chorale FundraiserSomething fishys going down on December 6 from noon until 9 p.m. at Matanzas on the Bay Restaurant. Its owners have agreed to donate 100 percent of the proceeds of selected seafood menu items to benefit the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida. The chorale will sing Christmas carols on the hour from noon to 2 p.m. and Fort Myers Beach Town Manager Terry Stewart, a chorale board member, will entertain during the dinner hour along with a fellow board member, Fort Myers attorney Rana Holz Moeggenberg. The chorale will offer items to win through a Chinese auction too. The fundraising effort is part of the Chorales Gift to the Community Campaign. The dream is to build sufficient financial support over three years to provide its choral masterworks concerts free to the public. The chorale is in its third season as an independent arts organization. While newly formed, it shares a 50 year history with the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra with whom it was previously affiliated. The two organizations continue to perform together periodically and will share the Barbara B. Mann stage on December 14 for Holiday Pops, to be repeated on December 16 at Shell Point Village. The chorales self-produced masterworks concerts are on February 9 and April 5. A repeat Pops concert with Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra is scheduled for March 7 and 8. For more information about the chorale, visit www.symphonicchorale.org, call 5605695 or email symphonicchorale@yahoo.com. The Symphonic Chorale Music Under The Oaks ConcertMother of God House of Prayer invites the community to bring their chairs, their families and their neighbors to the 2nd annual Music Under The Oaks concert on Sunday, December 8 from noon to 4 p.m. Live music will be provided by Owen Feeney and Mike Kennedy of Naples, who will be playing acoustic rock from the 1960s through today, plus some holiday favorites. Pine Island groups include Fishn Tips, performing old-time bluegrass, and Claude Memoli, who will entertain with soft rock. In addition to the live music, there will be food for purchase including hamburgers, vegetarian goodies, hot popcorn, sweets and beverages. Local artisans and authors will also have displays along with gently-used treasures for sale. The concert is being held at the Mother of God House of Prayer Retreat and Spiritual Growth Center, located at 17880 Cypress Creek Road in Alva. Admission is a non-perishable item to be donated to Bethany House Food Pantry in Alva. For more information, call 728-3614, email moghop@gmail.com or visit www.moghop.com. Fishn Tips, a Pine Island bluegrass group, performing at Music Under The Oaks Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702or email press@riverweekly.com


THE RIVER NOVEMBER 29, 201324 The Sanibel Lighthouse: Part IIsland Icon More Than A Beautiful Beaconby Jeff LysiakAfter more than five decades of requests for a navigational aid for an increasingly busy Southwest Florida seaport, which at the time was importing more cattle than tourists, the Sanibel Lighthouse became operational on August 20, 1884, when her lamps were lit for the very first time. The uniquely designed, 98-foot tall iron structure, located on the easternmost end of the island, has withstood severe weather, the perils of war and the passage of time during her tenure overlooking San Carlos Bay. Now 129 years old, the Sanibel Lighthouse also known as Point Ybel Light is as iconic a symbol of the islands as any other. When it was built, it was the highest structure in all of Lee County, said Charles LeBuff, local author, historian and former JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge staff member who lived at Lighthouse Quarters #2 for almost 22 years. This lighthouse guided boats in and out of San Carlos Bay safely during hurricanes for protection. They used to look out for German U-boats during World War II from the tower there. Its the most photographed landmark along the entire coast, I think. People are just fascinated with lighthouses. In 1883, the United States Congress appropriated $50,000 to construct a lighthouse on Sanibel Island a midpoint light between Egmont Key (Tampa) and Key West. The structure an open skeletal-type iron tower with a central cylinder was built at the Phoenix Iron Companys factory in New Jersey. It was then transported by ship to the island. However, part of the tower sank en route to Sanibel, but was recovered by divers two miles off shore. Simultaneously constructed on the site was a pair of wooden keepers quarters, erected on iron stilts. The lighthouse and both cottages are the oldest surviving structures on the island. The accommodations for the lighthouse keepers were modest, at best. In 1923, both quarters were remodeled and indoor plumbing was installed. Screen porches were added to the bay side of each building, and bathrooms with plumbing replaced the earlier outdoor privies. It was pretty primitive living, recalled LeBuff, who moved to Sanibel in 1958. We had no air conditioning we didnt have a telephone during my first three or four years and it was very buggy out there before mosquito control started knocking them back. Originally illuminated with kerosene gas, the lighthouse converted to acetylene gas in late 1923. In April 1949, the lighthouse became automated and, in 1962, the facility was fashioned with electronic equipment to light her rotating lens. One of the original lenses used at the lighthouse is now stored inside the Burnap Cottage on the grounds of the Sanibel Historical Museum & Village. In The Sanibel Lighthouse and the pair of keepers quarters cottages, located at the base of the historic structure, were construc ted simultaneously in 1883-84 photos by Jeff Lysiak The drum lens, which once occupied the Sanibel Lighthouse, now sits inside the Burnap Cottage at the Sanibel Historical Museum & Village Among the artifacts on display is an original door knob from the lighthouse keepers quarters Burnap Cottage also displays a large collage of various lighthouse images The lighthouse and keepers quarters were placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1974


25 THE RIVER NOVEMBER 29, 2013fact, a scale replica of the lighthouse itself stands in front of the 1898 structure. From what Ive been told, the lighthouse keepers job wasnt very easy, said Helene Smith, a volunteer docent at the museum. They had to carry two big buckets filled with oil up those stairs (there are 127 steps from the ground to the top of the tower) twice a day to keep it lit, so that was pretty rough work. Burnap Cottage contains a number of historic artifacts from the lighthouse, including copies of the original blueprints created for the structure, oil cans, oil lamps, various signs, shingles from the keepers quarters and assorted photographs of the iconic iron tower. Interestingly, the lens on display at the museum remains property of the U.S. Coast Guard, according to Smith. A couple of gentlemen from the Coast Guard stopped by here last year and they told me that they were taking an inventory of their lenses, Smith said with a laugh. Apparently, this lens and the lens thats still in use at the lighthouse is still their property. Over the years, the Sanibel Lighthouse has survived Mother Natures most treacherous storms including major hurricanes in 1910, 1926, 1928, 1960, 2004 and 2005 with the only casualty being the U-boat tower damaged by Hurricane Donna in 1960. The U.S. Coast Guard operated the Sanibel Lighthouse from 1939 through automation a decade later. By the time LeBuff received his assignment at the then-Sanibel National Wildlife Refuge in the late 1950s, the Coast Guard had already begun reassigning duties of the former lighthouse keepers. The City of Sanibel took over management of the light station but not the tower itself in 1982. Finally, in 2010, the city purchased the lighthouse, keepers quarters and 44.7 acres of land upon which it sits from the U.S. Department of the Interiors Bureau of Land Management for $10 per acre, or a total cost of $447.70. During the deed ceremony when the city officially took ownership of the property, longtime island resident and then leader of the citys Historic Preservation Committee, the late Sam Bailey, shared some of his favorite memories of the lighthouse with the gathered crowd. This lighthouse has been a great part of the island for many, many years, said Bailey, who also recalled playing inside the tower as a child. We used to have races running up the steps to the top. Nowadays, I couldnt make it up there if you gave me an hour! But while the structure itself is not open to the public for tours, the surrounding beachfront and walking trails is one of the most frequented areas on the entire island for residents and visitors. An awe-inspiring sight at sunrise, the Sanibel Lighthouse catches the attention of every passerby. Just as it was intended well more than a century ago. (Next week: Part II explores the recent refurbishment of the Sanibel Lighthouse) A vintage postcard, circa 1915, shows the Sanibel Lighthouse as well as a covered pier and boathouse from the San Carlos Bay si de of the island photo courtesy of Sanibel Historical Museum & Village In this postcard from 1949, a U-boat tower and cottage which were added during World War II can be seen to the left of the lighthouse photo courtesy of Sanibel Historical Museum & Village Lighthouse KeepersDudley Richardson (Head Keeper, 1884-1892) John Johnson (Asst. Keeper, 1884-1888) Henry Shanahan (Asst. Keeper, 1888-1892) Henry Shanahan (Head Keeper, 1892-1913) Eugene Shanahan (Head Keeper, 1913-unknown) Clarence Rutland (Asst. Keeper, 1936-1941) William Robert England, Jr. (U.S. Coast Guard, 1946-1949) Sanibel Island Lighthouse Established: 1884 Automated: 1949 Height: 98 feet Steps: 127 Primary Color: Brown Original Lens: Third Order, Fresnel Characteristic: Fixed white varied by a white flash every 2 minutes Ownership: City of Sanibel Operated by: U.S. Coast Guard Placed on National Registry of Historic Places:1974


THE RIVER NOVEMBER 29, 201326 LeBron James And David Beckham Exploring Idea Of Soccer In Miamiby Ed FrankTwo iconic names in professional sports, LeBron James and David Beckham, want to bring a Major League Soccer team to South Florida, preferably to Miami. There is little doubt that the interest in soccer is sweeping America, from tiny tots to the World Cup, and it appears that more and more parents are pushing their children into the sport and away from the inherent dangers of football. A professional soccer team in Miami would be the 21st franchise in Major League Soccer. Beckham, the sports most famous player, and James, who some consider the best to ever don a basketball uniform, certainly have the public recognition and financial resources to make a serious effort in this regard. But its far from a done deal. Both confirmed last week that negotiations have begun and that research is underway. The four-time MVP in the NBA said, I think Miami is a great town for soccer. There are a lot of soccer players here. There is a lot of great youth soccer here. Its a pretty intense sport and my kids love it. And Beckham, recently retired, reportedly has been exploring the idea of running his own MLS franchise for several months. James went on to say there is interest on both sides, but it is in the preliminary stages. David has been a good friend of mine the last few years. No stranger to the game, James became a minority owner of the English Premier League club Liverpool PC two years ago. Major League Soccer had a franchise in South Florida from 1998 to 2001, but the team, the Fusion, playing in Fort Lauderdale, folded. ESPN reported that Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has expressed interest in joining Beckham in bringing an expansion soccer team to Miami. They also reported that Beckham has an option to acquire a MLS expansion franchise at a discounted rate of $25 million, but the option expires at the end of the year. It is believed that MLS would require building a soccer stadium for a new franchise, but the team could probably start out in a temporary facility such as Marlins Park or the football stadium at Florida International University. James has led the Miami Heat to backto-back NBA championships and is recognized as the best player in the league. He also is becoming one of the richest as he markets himself in all sorts of off-the court ventures. He is earning hundreds of millions of dollars in endorsements and business investments, much like Michael Jordan has done for years. Success on the soccer field or the basketball court does not insure success in owning a professional team. Jordan has struggled with his Charlotte Bobcats of the NBA although the team is showing improvement this year. But the dynamics of Beckham and James are intriguing. Its a scenario worth watching. LeBron James David Beckham South Florida Mud Run Registration OpenRegistration is now open for the Second Annual South Florida Mud Run, a challenging three-mile obstacle course event that lets you get dirty for a great cause. This event takes place on January 11 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Redneck Yacht Club in Punta Gorda. Participants can sign up as individuals or teams, and the event is open to children and adults ages 4 and up. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit the Golisano Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida. Register now for the special introductory rate of $45 for adults and $15 for children. This unique event features three miles of challenging and fun obstacle courses designed for all ages and degrees of athleticism. Participants will run, jump, crawl and climb through obstacles in the mud. This year, the event will feature two adult courses, one for those who would like to be challenged and another for beginners who just want to have fun. There will also be two child-friendly courses a half-mile course and a one-mile obstacle run. Last year we expected a turn out of about 500 runners, and nearly 2,600 people participated in the event, said Stephanie Ink-Edwards. After seeing the fantastic show of support and attendance by members of our community, we knew that this was a worthwhile opportunity for us to raise funds for a valuable cause while supporting an active family lifestyle. Register now to take advantage of reduced prices. Registration is $45 for adults and $15 for children for the month of November. For the month of December, registration for adults is $50 and children $20. From December 31 until January 5, rates increase to $55 for adults and $25 for children. January 5 is the last day to register for the event. South Florida Mud Run will be offering reduced registration rates on Monday, December 2 as part of Cyber Monday for the first 100 people. Enter the code CYPERMONDAY to receive $10 off of the registration fee for this event. For more information or to register, email southfloridamudrun@gmail.com or visit http://southfloridamudrun.com. Damaged Goods At Theatre Conspiracyby Di SaggauThe dynamics of the characters in playwright Gina Gionfriddos Becky Shaw are both strange and engrossing. The play, showing now at Theatre Conspiracy, provides an evening of sharp wit and humor with an ending that really leaves you wondering. Suzanna (Denise Scott) and her husband Andrew (Christopher Brent) decide to fix up her adopted brother Max (Mike Breen) with Becky Shaw (Tera Nicole Miller), one of Andrews mysterious coworkers. The date is set and what follows is a series of events that changes their lives. We sense immediately that Becky has a dark, dangerous side, and Max is virtually without a conscience in dealing with anything besides money. Suzanna is the most relatable character, not quite understandable, but always believable. Andrew is an idealistic wannabe writer who fell in love with Suzanna on a ski trip and there is more to him than what we first see. Important to the cast is Susan (Kim Crow), who is the matriarch to all of the lost souls. Following the death of her husband, she is content with a neer-do-well boyfriend. Her character has the most controversial monologues of the play and she handles them with skill. New to Theatre Conspiracy, she looked familiar and then I realized I had seen her in Wit years ago at Florida Rep. I loved her in that play as well as this one. The ensemble cast is up to the task of handling the rich material in this play. Simply put, it is a darkly twisted comedy about bad manners, awful sex and marriage as a metaphor for prison. There is a great deal of adult language that fits with the characters and is not there for any shock value. Its fun for the audience to try and figure out the characters. All five personalities in the script are both easy to love and easy to hate. They are all desperate for love and companionship. Recognition is due the stage hands who swiftly convert one scene to another, in record time. The action takes place in New York City, Providence, Boston and Richmond. Becky Shaw provides a rewarding evening of theater. It plays through December 15 at Theatre Conspiracy, 10091 McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers. For tickets, go to www. theatreconspiracy.org or call 936-3239. 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. Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702 or email press@riverweekly.com


27 THE RIVER NOVEMBER 29, 2013Perceptions Art Show WinnersThe Arts of the Inland Perceptions Art Show was held Sunday, November 10 at the Majestic Golf Course in Lehigh Acres. Best of Show winner is artist Bobbee Cera for her scratch board work entitled Polar Bear & Cubs. Judge Lindsey England remarked, This is a finely executed piece demonstrating beautiful contrast as well as a strong use of line and composition. First place winner is artist Deb Kik for her oil painting entitled Mya, about which England commented, This is a realistic portrait. It is particularly convincing in the eyeshadow and the wetness of the eyes and lips. In second place is June DeVincent for her watercolor on rice paper entitled The River. England commented, I love the color palette the artist used as well as her ability to depict convincing depth. Third place winner is Pat Papa for her Pathway to Tranquility. Judge England said, This piece demonstrates a strong sense of perspective and is realistic especially in the vine tendrils. Honorable mentions went to Diane Carmen for her oil Flutter Bye, and Peggy Parker for her mixed media piece Harns Marsh II. England is a fourth generation Floridian who graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelors degree in art. She has exhibited her environmentally-conscious artwork throughout the region as well as in national venues and is currently the assistant at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Edison State College. Winners of the Best of Show, first, second and third places are eligible for the Art Council of Southwest Floridas Biennial Winners Circle Show 2015. For more information about The Arts of the Inland, contact LaVon Koenig, president, artsinland@gmail.com. The Greater Lehigh Chamber of Commerce performed the ribbon cutting for member Arts of the Inland at the Perceptions Art Show Best of Show went to Bobbee Cera for her scratch board work Polar Bear & Cubs First Place went to Deb Kik for her oil painting Mya Winners Diane Carmen, June DeVincent, Peggy Parker, Pat Papa and LaVon Koenig president of AOI. Not shown, winners Bobbee Cera and Deb Kik. Second place went to June DeVincent for her watercolor on rice paper The River Third place went to Pat Papa for Pathway to Tranquility Honorable mention: Diane Carmens oil Flutter Bye Honorable mention: Peggy Parker for her mixed media piece Harns Marsh II 1101 Periwinkle Way #105, Sanibel, FL 239-472-0044Happy Turkey Day! ENGEL & VLKERS Isabella Rasi 239-246-4716 $3,900,000 Sanibel Beachfront


THE RIVER NOVEMBER 29, 201328 Financial FocusHave You Started Taking Your RMDs?by Jennifer BaseyThroughout your career, you have been working hard to save in one or more retirement accounts. Then, once you retire, youll have some new decisions to make. But one choice has already been made for you: the age at which you must start taking withdrawals, or distributions. Its a good idea to familiarize yourself with these distribution rules because they can have a big impact on your retirement income. And you may even want to take action before the end of the year. Here, in a nutshell, is the story: Once you reach age 70, you must begin taking taxable withdrawals known as required minimum distributions, or RMDS from your traditional IRA and most other retirement plans, such as a 401(k) plan, a 403(b) plan or a 457(b) plan. A Roth IRA, however, is not subject to RMDs. If you turned 70 in 2013, you may want to take your first RMD no later than December 31. You could wait until April 1, 2014, to take your initial distribution, but youd then have to take your next one by December 31, 2014 and two distributions in one year could have a sizable impact on your taxes. After youve taken your first RMD, youll have to take one by December 31 of each calendar year for the rest of your life or until your account balance is zero. These minimum distributions are calculated annually based on your age, account balance at the end of the previous year, marital status and spouses age. If you do not meet the annual minimum distribution, you may be subject to a 50 percent penalty on your underpayment, plus ordinary income tax as the funds are withdrawn. Of course, while you have to take at least the minimum distribution from your retirement plans, you can always take more but should you? Theres no one right answer for everyone. Obviously, if you need the money, you may have to go beyond the minimum when taking distributions. But if you have enough income from other sources such as investments in other accounts, Social Security and even earnings from a part-time job you may want to stick with the minimum distributions and leave your retirement accounts as intact as possible for as long as possible, thereby allowing them to potentially continue growing on a taxdeferred basis. Whatever your decision, youll want to allow sufficient time to determine the size and timing of your RMDs, because if you have several retirement accounts, you may need to make some choices. For example, if you have more than one IRA, you can add the RMDS and take the combined distribution amount from any one or more of your IRAs. And if you have more than one 401(k), you must calculate your RMDs separately for each plan. To help ensure youre doing things by the book, consult with your tax and financial advisors before you start taking your RMDs. You work hard to build your retirement plans so when its time to start tapping into them, youll want to make the right moves. Jennifer Basey is a financial advisor in Fort Myers. She can be reached at jennifer.basey@edwardjones.com. VCB Breaks Tax Collection RecordThe Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB), representing The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel in Southwest Florida, reported record-breaking tax collections for the third year in a row, with $28.6 million in tourist tax on paid accommodations for fiscal year 2012-13, which ended September 30. The new record is a nearly 8 percent increase over last years record-breaking $26.5 million in collections and a 30.9 percent rise from the $22.7 million collected in fiscal year 2010. These numbers are even more impressive given their historical context, said VCB Executive Director Tamara Pigott. The bed tax has dipped only three times in county history, the most recent being during the recession-hit 2009 season. The four-year climb in collections since then says a great deal about how hard our community has worked together to make our local tourism industry strong. The VCB also reported positive results for other key tourism performance indicators for the destination. Visitation rose 8.5 percent from fiscal year 2011-12; expenditures increased 4.5 percent; and average occupancy jumped by 6.8 percent. Similarly, the average daily room rate climbed 2.9 percent, and the average party size for visitors also finished up by 3.2 percent year-over-year. In addition to the record-breaking numbers for the VCBs fiscal year, the calendar year visitor statistics were favorable. From January through September 2013, visitation rose 12.3 percent, and average occupancy climbed 6.6 percent. Expenditures were up 3.7 percent, with visitors spending $2.1 billion in Lee County so far this year. Our local tourism partners played an important role in our collective success by delivering a great product, fantastic deals and outstanding customer service, said Pigott. Im also proud of our recent marketing efforts. We fine-tuned our approach to target visitors both by geography and by their behaviors, and thats certainly paying off. Lee Countys tourism industry has an economic impact of $2.7 billion annually and generates nearly $149 million in local government revenues. It employs 52,300 residents, which accounts for one in five jobs in the county. Pigott said the VCB remains committed to serving the broader interests of Lee Countys economy by acting as an industry leader to market the entire area globally, facilitate travel to the destination, and preserve and protect the areas unique attributes for the continual benefit of its residents and visitors. Tourist tax revenue also known as the bed tax funds three countywide functions: destination marketing; beach and shoreline renourishment, maintenance and enhancement projects; and stadium debt service and major maintenance for Lee Countys spring training facilities. The countywide tax is authorized by Florida Statute 125.0104 to increase tourist-related business activities in Lee County. The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel include Sanibel and Captiva islands, Fort Myers Beach, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Estero, Cape Coral, Pine Island, Boca Grande and outer islands, North Fort Myers and Lehigh Acres. Volunteers Sought For Tax AssistanceThe United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee is seeking volunteers to help lower to middle income taxpayers to file their federal income taxes through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. VITA volunteers can make a difference in the lives of people in the community. Volunteers have helped families get back the money they have earned and become more financially stable. The United Way is currently recruiting volunteers to serve as tax preparers, greeters and interpreters. Free training will be provided. Volunteers will complete a certification online and software training will be provided by the IRS. VITA is a program offered through the United Way that helps low to moderate income persons by providing free tax preparation assistance. Both English speakers and bilingual volunteers are needed to better serve clients. No experience is necessary. Flexible hours are available February through mid-April. Taxes will be prepared at many locations in Lee, Hendry, Glades, Collier, and Charlotte Counties. For more information, email Amy Singer at amy@unitedwaylee.org or call 433-2000 ext. 229. Last year over $3.2 million was returned to the communities taxpayers through the VITA program. For some families, their tax returns were large enough to help them stay in their homes instead of losing them to foreclosure or being evicted. In addition, VITA clients saved the cost of tax preparation by a commercial service.


29 THE RIVER NOVEMBER 29, 2013 School Smartby Shelley M. Greggs, NCSPDear Readers, The holiday season is here and while it most often elicits many positive feelings it also can create a great deal of extra stress for everyone but especially children and teens. Here is information from the American Psychological Association (APA) series Stress in America about the signs of stress in children what to watch for and how to cope with it. All young people are susceptible to stress. It can come from a variety of sources including doing well in school, peer relationships or the lack of them, or coping with demands from parents, teachers, or coaches. Some stress can be positive in that it provides the energy to tackle a big test, presentation, or sports event. Too much stress, however, can create serious problems for a child. Sometimes parents may be unaware when their children or teens are experiencing overwhelming feelings of stress. Tuning into emotional or behavioral cues is important in identifying potential problems and to provide guidance and support to successfully work through difficult times. Here are some tips from the APA on ways to recognize possible signs of stress: Watch for negative changes in behavior. All children, but especially younger children, may find it difficult to recognize and verbalize when they are experiencing stress. For children, a signal of stress is typically seen through changes in behavior. Common changes can include acting irritable or moody, withdrawing from activities that used to give them pleasure, routinely expressing worries, complaining more than usual about school, crying, displaying surprising fearful reactions, clinging to a parent or teacher, sleeping too much or too little, or eating too much or too little. With teens, while spending more time with and confiding in peers is a normal part of growing up, significantly avoiding parents, abandoning long-time friendships for a new set of peers, or expressing excessive hostility toward family members, may indicate that the teen is experiencing significant stress. While negative behavior is not always linked to excessive stress, negative changes in behavior are almost always a clear indication that something is wrong. Adults will want to pay attention to these behaviors and determine an appropriate response or intervention. Understand that feeling sick may be caused by stress. Stress can also appear in physical symptoms such as stomachaches and headaches. If a child makes excessive trips to the school nurse or complains of frequent stomachaches or headaches (when they have been given a clean bill of health by their physician), or if these complaints increase in certain situations (e.g., before a big test) that child may be experiencing significant stress. Listen and translate. Because children are often not familiar with the word stress and its meaning, they may express feelings of distress through other words such as worried, confused, annoyed and angry. Children and teens may also express feelings of stress by saying negative things about themselves, others, or the world around them (e.g. No one likes me, Im stupid, Nothing is fun.). It is important for parents to listen for these words and statements and try to figure out why your child or teen is saying them and whether they seem to indicate a source or sources of stress. Seek support. Parents, children, and teens do not need to tackle overwhelming stress on their own. If a parent is concerned that his or her child or teen is experiencing significant symptoms of stress on a regular basis, it can be helpful to work with a licensed mental health professional. For additional information on stress and lifestyle and behavior, visit www.apahelpcenter.org, read APAs Mind/Body Health campaign blog www.yourmindyourbody.org 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. After-School Art Clubs Inspire Students And Student TeachersAdding an art experience to elementary afterschool programs is the focus of the ArtFest Fort Myers Art Clubs. This collaborative effort of Southwest Floridas premier art festival and Edison State College provides students an opportunity to get creative and have fun. Student teachers from Edison State College head up these clubs, while ArtFest Fort Myers provides the art supplies and facilitates a mentoring program between Karen Flanders, art teacher at Edison Park Creative & Expressive Arts School, and the Edison State College teacher candidates. This fall, the after-school art experiences took place at Orangewood Elementary and Heights Elementary. A broad variety of projects, including watercolor, sculpture and collage will give hands-on art experience to elementary students and real world teaching experience to Edison State teacher candidates. ArtFest Fort Myers, the annual juried fine art festival, takes place January 31 to February 2 in the Fort Myers River District. For more information about supporting the ArtFest Fort Myers art education outreach program visit ArtFestFortMyers.com or call 768-3602. Students getting creative 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.


THE RIVER NOVEMBER 29, 201330 Hilton Employees Have Day Of Caring For KidsLocal Hilton Hotel employees participated in a United Way Day of Caring that assisted Child Care of Southwest Florida. This event was conducted in conjunction with Hiltons Global Week of Service. Lee Bellamy, general manager of Homewood Suites at the Bell Tower Shops said, Approximately 20 team members from eight Hilton Worldwide Hotels in Lee County united around their passion for hospitality and service to celebrate 2013s Hilton Global Week of Service. Local team members spent the week spreading the light and warmth of hospitality, while helping to improve the community where they live and work. Hotels represented were Embassy Suites Fort Myers-Estero, Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Myers-Colonial, Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Myers-Estero/FGCU, Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Myers/Sanibel Gateway, Hilton Garden Inn Airport/FGCU, Hilton Garden Inn Fort Myers, Homewood Suites by Hilton Airport/FGCU and Homewood Suites by Hilton Fort MyersBell Tower. On day six of Hiltons Global Week of Service, team members from these Lee County Hilton Hotels led more than six projects at the Messina Childrens Center, operated by Child Care of Southwest Florida Inc. Ranging from installation of an air conditioning unit and security cameras to pressure washing exterior windows and walkways, all to help make the Messina Center a safer and more productive learning environment. Cliff Smith, president of the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee, said, Because of community minded companies like Hilton Worldwide Hotels, non-profit agencies like Child Care of Southwest Florida can get projects accomplished that they might not otherwise be able to complete. The volunteer hours are an important supplement to their programs that are helping children. Thank you very much for giving back to our community. The United Ways Days of Caring is a year-round program that connects businesses with nonprofit agencies in need of assistance. Businesses have many choices as they select projects as needed by the agencies, including the type of project, location in our community, degree of physical labor, and time commitment. The United Way Volunteer Center connects individuals and companies to volunteer opportunities throughout the community. To reach The United Way Volunteer Center, call 433-2000 ext. 260. Local Hilton Hotels employees who volunteered at Child Care of Southwest Florida Hilton employees helping with the children at Child Care of Southwest Florida Impact Grants Awarded To Local AgenciesLeaders of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, along with community leaders from Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties, traveled to a number of nonprofit agencies in the Southwest Florida region the week of November 4 to present and celebrate $440,000 in funds during the inaugural regional road trip. Fifteen agencies in the five-county area were the recipients of funds totaling $439,812 in Community Impact Grants provided by the SWFLCF. The foundation administers more than 330 endowed funds that are created through the generosity of local donors today and those who plan for the future through the power of endowed funds. Turning the unemployed into entrepreneurs, improving conditions for homeless animals and protecting people from human traffickers are just a few of the ways the recipient nonprofits are helping to strengthen our region. This is more money than weve directly given to individual nonprofits during this grant cycle compared to prior years, and its going to have a bigger impact for our community, said Joe Mazurkiewicz, board chair of the Community Foundation. The agencies receiving funds included: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, Childrens Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida, Inc., Dress For Success SW Florida, Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida, Grace Community Center, Gulf Coast Humane Society, Healthy Start Coalition of Southwest Florida, Inc., Hendry County Library System, Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, Literacy Council Gulf Coast, Naples Botanical Garden, P.A.W.S. Lee County, Inc., Pine Manor Improvement Association and Redlands Christian Migrant Association. An important part of the funding includes a new foundation endeavor aimed at strengthening nonprofits across the region by providing ongoing collaboration and group meetings of the grantees, coined as tribes based on their organizations missions. These tribes are focused on education/mentoring, early-childhood education and prevention, life empowerment and economic development and animal welfare. The tribes meet monthly for coaching from the SWFLCFs chief strategy officer, for ongoing exploration into regional issues and solutions. Through this practice, the Community Foundation expects to award larger annual grants to organizations like these that are working to have a greater collective and regional impact. We want to walk alongside the organizations, be a resource and connect them with other opportunities, said Anne Douglas, the SWFLCFs director of regional initiatives. Examples of success stories resulting from the SWFLCFs funding include how one womans fruitless job search led her to Dress For Success new Entrepreneurial Spirit Project, which was funded by a $10,000 grant. Through a series of free workshops, she learned the basics of crafting a business plan, marketing and other aspects of starting a business that looks after homes when homeowners are away. If we did not have the Entrepreneurial Spirit Program, she would have not known how to start her business, said Barbara Dell, executive director of Dress For Success SW Florida, which promotes economic independence for disadvantaged women in Collier and Lee counties. The program gave her the idea, then it gave her the inspiration. For decades, Gulf Coast Humane Society struggled with dilapidated chainlink fences, which had jagged holes through which dogs could escape and that were hazardous for workers and volunteers. I was going to have to shut down the back half of the kennels. It was too dangerous for anybody, said Jennifer Galloway, executive director of the Gulf Coast Humane Society. With $15,000, the Gulf Coast Humane Society was able to repair the fences and rehab its Canine Clubhouse area, which now means the nonprofit does not need to turn away animals from this no-kill shelter. Nola Theiss, founder and executive director of Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships, knows the power of collaboration. Her Sanibel Island-based organization has partnered with dozens of entities, including law enforcement, hospitals and businesses, to fight trafficking, leading to the formation of the Southwest Florida Regional Coalition Against Human Trafficking. A $15,000 grant from the SWFLCF last year enabled the group to create training materials so HTAPs Point of Contact, Point of Rescue program could educate and train workers at malls, medical facilities and restaurants to recognize signs of human trafficking and report suspicious activities. The effort is expanding into Charlotte, Hendry, Glades and DeSoto counties to further inform and protect potential victims. During the funding regional road trip, SWFLCF leaders joined community leaders in each county during the following presentations: November 4 Childrens Advocacy Center, Messina Center, Fort Myers Received $50,731 to expand the Family First prevention and early intervention program to two additional childcare centers in collaboration with Child Care of Southwest Florida. Redlands Christian Migrant Association, Immokalee Community School, Immokalee Received $25,237 to provide iPad minis for students at the Immokalee Community School, which will be used for individualized instruction, learning, and assessment in math and science and will also be used to involve parents in their childrens education.continued on page 32 Send your editorial copy to:press@riverweekly.com


31 THE RIVER NOVEMBER 29, 2013 deaRPharmacistIf You Were Going To Eat Gluten, Wouldnt You Eat Stuffing?by Suzy Cohen, RPhDear Pharmacist: I heard your lecture on free The Gluten Summit last week and was shocked to find out I take gluten every day in my medicine, and Im a Celiac. Can you write more about this food additive? PM, Austin, Texas Being gluten free myself (by choice), I am frustrated with you. If you were going to eat gluten by choice, you wouldve eaten the stuffing, right? Its hard to exercise the necessary self-restraint to pass up pies, bagels, bread and traditional pasta, and some of you have to because of your condition. I wish pharmaceutical companies would post their sources for ingredients, but this isnt required yet. You have to do the digging. Medications are always gluten free. Its the hidden sources of gluten that present the biggest challenge for Celiacs and those with gluten sensitivity. No one can fully digest this protein, so that makes us all technically sensitive to some degree. Gluten may be found in the excipient which is an inactive ingredient used to absorb water, allow for disintegration and release of the the ingredients and lubricate the mixture. These binders and fillers may be sourced from various ingredients. Here are my key points: Point #1 The word starch is questionable, so call the manufacturer and ask if it came from wheat. Maltodextran may be extracted from wheat, corn, potato or rice. You have to find out. Dextrimaltose may be from barley malt. Pregelatinized starch is another potential source of gluten, depending on the source. Dextrose is a sugar derived from corn, so it is gluten free. Sugar alcohols like xylitol are gluten free. Glycerin, lactose and cellulose are also gluten free. There are dozens more, so Ive created a big list to help you check your vitamin labels and medications and learn what ingredients are gluten free, which are endocrine disruptors, which are derived from petroleum, and which come from bug juice... yes, some do! I also posted a big list of gluten free medications. Visit www.DearPharmacist.com Point #2 Even if your medication and all the excipients are gluten free, makers have the ability to change the ingredient list without advertising this. You need to constantly check the label, or contact the manufacturer. Point #3 Lets say you have a brand that is 100 percent gluten free, then one day, you switch to generic to save money. You may suddenly be ingesting gluten without realizing because the FDA does not require generic makers to match up the excipients, they only require them to match up the active ingredient (the drug portion). Im all for generics to save you money, I just want you to check the inactive ingredient list before switching. There are usually several generic makers of one brand drug, so dont give up if the first generic maker uses gluten, keep investigating. Look at the Patient Package Insert or go online. If that doesnt help, contact the manufacturer directly. 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. Cypress Cove Execs Speak At ConferenceExecutives from Cypress Cove at HealthPark Florida, a continuing care retirement community in South Fort Myers, recently spoke at the national LeadingAge conference in Dallas. The presentation, given by Acting Executive Director and Vice President of Cypress Coves parent organization, Lee Healthcare Resources, Joel Anderson and Marketing and Sales Director Nicole Muller, related a behind-the-scenes look how Cypress Coves integrated marketing and finance strategy led to a positive response in resident sales despite devastating economic and housing crisis that gripped Southwest Florida beginning the spring of 2007. Their presentation explained the negative impact that the regions economic turmoil had on the value and salability of single-family homes, thereby impacting the ability for new residents to move to its beautiful 48-acre Cypress Cove campus. Anderson, who joined Cypress Cove in 2010 as Director of Financial Services, welcomed the appointment of Muller at Marketing and Sales in 2011. Together, with their team of colleagues, they helped sculpt an integrated strategy to improve occupancy at the 470 residence CCRC. Organizational and marketing strategies included culture change within the entire organization, the development and retention of an experienced sales and marketing team and reinvention of its marketing brand and promotion. Also included in the effort was the implementation of innovative methods for aiding the wishes of interested individuals to move into the community sooner. Financial changes were also made which made it more possible for new residents to move to Cypress Cove while also improving the financial restructuring for the community. Anderson and Muller described to their Dallas conference attendees how, in the past two years, Cypress Cove has seen significant improvements in occupancy and financial strength as a result of these strategic efforts. It has been a tremendous success story and we (Nicole and I) are delighted to have had an opportunity to share our experience with others within the industry, recounted Anderson. Cypress Cove a not-for-profit organization opened in 1999 is a well-established, highly-respected, continuing care retirement community with regional and national recognition. Located on a beautiful 48-acre campus at HealthPark Florida in South Fort Myers, Cypress Cove is home to more than 500 residents and offers a variety of quality living options (independent living, home health, assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitative care). 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, This past Christmas we decided to give our daughter and our daughter-in-law money for their presents. We seemed to be unable to choose the right size or color for gifts in the past so we thought it a very good idea to give money. A month later, to our horror, we found they spent our hard-earned cash on manicures and pedicures. We think that this is disgusting and a total waste, when the money could have been spent in a far better way. What is your opinion? Harry and Mary Dear Harry and Mary, Professionally done manicures and pedicures now seem to be a necessity for many of the boomer generation, and even for some of their 10-year-old daughters. These procedures do not come cheap and I am amazed to see how many women and young girls line up outside these salons waiting to get in on a Saturday. That being said, when you give a gift of money it belongs to the recipients and rarely comes with a manual of special instructions as to how the money is to be spent. You may not approve of their choice, but this is just a perfect example of the many differences between the generations Lizzie Dear Harry and Mary, I am sorry you feel the money gift you gave is being squandered. However, how the gift is spent is not about you, it is about the receiver, your daughter, and what she wants to do with the money. Manicures and pedicures fall into the same category as day spas, massages, facials and eyebrow plucking. All these services pamper and make one feel special. I believe that it is a great gift to give any loved one. Pryce Lizzie and Pryces email address is momandmeaging@hotmail.com. ISLAND INSURANCE SERVICE Kathleen Papaleo President Mark OBrien General Manager Susan Barnes Personal Lines Gina Loeber Agent 703 Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel, FL (239) 472-3022 Summer is over and its time to enjoy those beautiful winter days in Paradise. Have an insurance question? Call our office today for a new Auto quote. We are HERE for all your insurance needs Farmers Market Special HoursThe River District Farmers Market in downtown Fort Myers has announced special day-before-Thanksgiving 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 29, 201332 Plant Seeds With PACE Luncheon Raises $147,000PACE Center for Girls of Lee County hosted its 7th annual luncheon on Wednesday, November 14 raising donations and pledges totaling $112,000 for daily operations and $35,000 towards a capital campaign match by David and Cheryl Copham. At the Plant Seeds with PACE gardentheme event, PACE Lees executive director, Meg M. Geltner, spoke of the growth PACE Lee will embrace once settled into the newly-purchased building, recently named the PACE Center for Girls L. Gail Markham Building to honor Markhams seven-year leadership as the founding board chair. Members of PACEs Believing in Girls (BIG) Giving Society were recognized, Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto was honored as Senator of the Year by PACE and State Representative Heather Fitzenhagen conducted an ASK for the BIG Society along with Diana Willis of Jasons Deli. Two of the most moving moments in the program were from PACE girls themselves. Aaliyah Debose, 19, transitioned out of the program in 2012 and joined her PACE family once again to testify the change PACE made in her life. Before PACE, Aaliyah was broken. She told an audience of over 300, I did not have a healthy relationship with either of my parents and I began to stop caring about everything, including school. While at PACE Aaliyah finally found a reason to love life. A counselor, Rachel Wylie, reflected back on Aaliyahs quick ride to success once she enrolled at PACE, She became so involved and engaged at PACE in no time, it was like PACE was the light switch someone just needed to help her turn on. Aaliyah was voted PACE Prom Queen, was a member of many PACE clubs and continued to succeed throughout her year at the center. She has since graduated from Dunbar High School and is enrolled at the Heritage Institute, studying to be a pharmacy technician. When asked if she had any advice for the PACE girls of today, she smiled and responded, You all have greatness in you. So, you better start acting like it! The program concluded with chills and tears after the audience heard an amazing a cappella performance by Loammi Robiero who sang PACE is Home. The videos of Loammis performance and Aaliyahs speech can be found on the PACE website at www.pacecenter.org/ lee. The Plant Seeds with PACE luncheon was chaired by Diana Willis and emceed by NBC-2 news anchor, Kellie Burns. Sponsors included Connie and Ed Lizak, Fort Myers Police Department, Publix, Lee Memorial Health Systems, Enterprise Holdings, Investors Security Trust, Century Link, Wittenborn Plastic Surgery, Jasons Deli, Caloosa Tent & Rental, Ruth Messmer Florist, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Palm Printing and Red Door Studio. For more information about PACEs capital campaign visit www.pacecenter. org/lee or call Dolly Farrell, director of development, 462-8068. Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto, left, was awarded Senator of the Year by PACE, pictured with Meg Geltner Representative Heather Fitzenhagen, Believing in Girls (BIG) Society Member, and Cora Molloy Cheryl and David Copham, $100,000 Capital Campaign Match, with Sandy Stilwell, chairwoman of PACE Lee board of directors PACE Center for Girls L. Gail Markham Building, 3800 Evans Avenue Fort Myers Aaliyah DeBosePACE Center alumni apeaker Loammi Riberio, PACE student singer, and Meg M. Geltner From page 30Impact GrantsHendry County Public Library, Clewiston Library, Clewiston Received $50,000 to implement the IHELP (Impact Hendry Employability Program) in collaboration with community partners to provide classes to unemployed, underemployed and small business entrepreneurs and provide access to additional technology resources. November 6 Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, Charlotte High School, Punta Gorda Received $30,500 to launch the Decisions to Win Dropout Prevention Mentoring Program in Lee County high schools and to expand the program in Charlotte County high schools. Grace Community Center, North Fort Myers Received $30,000 to expand Grace Creative Solutions for Exceptional Entrepreneurs, which provides job training to special needs students by teaching all aspects of worm farming from production to marketing and sales. November 7 Pine Manor Improvement Association, Fort Myers Received $41,258 to support the continued implementation of the Institute for Culinary Awareness, Research, and Education (ICARE) at Pine Manor, which includes a commercial culinary training kitchen and community garden to provide training in the culinary arts and create job opportunities for residents. Founded in 1976, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation supports the communities of Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties by connecting donors and their philanthropic aspirations with evolving community needs. With assets of more than $70 million, the SWFLCF has provided more than $56 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves. During its 2013 fiscal year, the SWFLCF granted more than $4 million to more than 100 different organizations supporting education, animal welfare, arts, healthcare and human services. For more information about SWFLCF, call 274-5900 or visit www.floridacommunity.com. Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702 or email press@riverweekly.com


33 THE RIVER NOVEMBER 29, 2013DID YOU KNOW My Stars FOR WEEK OF DECEMBER 2, 2013ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Decisions involving your finances might seem to be foolproof. But they could have underlying risks you should know about. Dont act on anything until all the facts are in. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Youre attracted to a situation that appeals to your Bovine intellect. And thats good. But dont neglect your passionate side when romance comes calling later in the week. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A recent development enhances that special relationship. Spending more time together also helps make the bonding process stronger. Expect news about a possible career change. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) A suspicious situation should be dealt with before it leads to serious problems. Get all the facts needed to resolve it. Then refocus your energies on those tasks that need your attention. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Try to be more open-minded in working toward a resolution of that standoff between yourself and a colleague or family member. A little flexibility now could work to your advantage later. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) You might feel a bit threatened by a proposed workplace change. The best way to deal with it is to ask questions. Youll find that those involved will be happy to provide you with the facts. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Feeling alone in a crowd during the early part of the week is an unsettling emotion. But your spirits soon perk up, putting you into the right mood to start making holiday plans. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) A pesky problem should be dealt with immediately so you can put your time and effort into something more important. Someone from your past could have significant news for you. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) High-energy aspects dominate, both on the job and at home. Use this time to put some long-range plans into operation. Things level off later in the week. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Even the usually gregarious Goat might feel overwhelmed by a flurry of activities. Be patient. Things soon return to your normal social routine. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Career choices that seem too confusing to deal with at this point probably are. More information would help uncomplicate them. On the personal side, a friend might need your advice. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Your Piscean imagination is stimulated by possibilities you see in a new opportunity. But keep those ideas to yourself until you feel ready to translate them into a workable format. BORN THIS WEEK: You have an ingratiating way of helping people deal with their fears. Have you considered a career in social work or with the clergy? On Dec. 8, 1542, in Linlithgow Palace in Scotland, a daughter is born to James V, the dying king of Scotland. Named Mary, she was the only surviving child of her father and ascended to the Scottish throne when the king died just six days after her birth. On Dec. 2, 1777, legend has it that Philadelphia housewife and nurse Lydia Darragh single-handedly saves the lives of Gen. George Washington and his Continental Army. She made notes when she overheard the British planning a surprise attack and got them to Washington. On Dec. 6, 1921, The Irish Free State, comprising four-fifths of Ireland, is declared, ending a five-year Irish struggle for independence from Britain. The Irish Free State was renamed Eire, and is now called the Republic of Ireland. On Dec. 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified, bringing an end to the prohibition of alcohol. Prohibition did little more than slow the flow of booze, and bootleggers like Al Capone built criminal empires out of illegal distribution. On Dec. 4, 1945, the U.S. Senate approves U.S. participation in the United Nations. The U.N. allowed world leaders to observe each other as never before, as in the 1961 incident when Russian leader Nikita Khrushchev presented a spectacle by pounding his table with his shoe for emphasis during a U.N. debate. On Dec. 3, 1979, the last Pacer rolls off the assembly line at the American Motors Corp. (AMC) factory. In 1975, the ads said, When you buy any other car, all you end up with is todays car. When you get a Pacer, you get a piece of tomorrow. Today polls and experts agree: The Pacer was one of the worst cars of all time. On Dec. 7, 1982, the first execution by lethal injection takes place at the state penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Charles Brooks, Jr., convicted of murdering an auto mechanic, received an intravenous injection of sodium pentothal, the barbiturate that is known as a truth serum when administered in lesser doses. It was lexicographer Samuel Johnson who made the following sage observation: Always, set a high value on spontaneous kindness. He whose inclination prompts him to cultivate your friendship of his own accord, will love you more than one whom you have been at pains to attach to you. On Jan. 31, 2013, it officially became legal for women to wear pants in Paris. Before that, a law on the books only allowed women to wear pants if they were holding a bicycle handlebar or the reins of a horse, or if they had requested special permission from the police to dress like men. Japanese consumers are now able to buy a smartphone attachment that emits the odors of short ribs, beef tongue and buttered potatoes. Other attachments are also available, with scents such as the ylang-ylang flower, cinnamon rolls, coffee, corn soup, mint, strawberries, jasmine and curry. Its well known that famed childrens book author Dr. Seuss had no children of his own, but you might be surprised to learn that he created an imaginary daughter, Chrysanthemum Pearl. He dedicated his book The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins to her: To Chrysanthemum Pearl, aged 89 months, going on 90. If youre like 6 percent of Americans, when you vacuum you do it in your underwear -or naked. Before the invention of the electric light, people slept, on average, nine hours a night. Since then, its been about 7.5. Sleep researchers say that in a lab setting, people deprived of electric light go back to sleeping nine hours a night. If you dont go after what you want, youll never have it. If you dont ask, the answer is always no. If you dont step forward, youre always in the same place. -Nora Roberts THIS WEEK IN HISTORY STRANGE BUT TRUE THOUGHT FOR THE DAY PUZZLE ANSWERS 1. SCIENCE: What is the function of the amygdala in the brain? 2. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: How many member states belong to the United Nations in 2013? 3. LANGUAGE: What is a pugilist? 4. GEOGRAPHY: What is the capital of Canada? 5. ENTERTAINERS: What is Donald Ducks middle name? 6. TELEVISION: What was the name of the spaceship on Lost in Space? 7. LITERATURE: Who wrote the 19th century novel The Pathfinder? 8. EXPLORERS: What was the name of Sir Francis Drakes ship, which he sailed around the world? 9. SLOGANS: What company uses the slogan Imagination at Work? 10. MATH: How many faces does a cube have? TRIVIA TEST 1. The almond-shaped brain portion is known as a fear center that tells us whether to ght, ee or be afraid. 2. 193 3. A boxer 4. Ottawa 5. Fauntleroy 6. Jupiter 2 7. James Fenimore Cooper 8. The Golden Hind 9. General Electric 10. Six. ANSWERS SPORTS QUIZ 1. Who was the last Detroit Tiger before Drew Smyly in 2013 to record at least a fourinning save? 2. Outfielder Paul ONeill was a member of how many World Series-winning teams? 3. When was the last time before 2011-12 that the University of South Carolinas football team posted consecutive 11-win seasons? 4. The Los Angeles Lakers have retired nine jersey numbers in their franchise history. How many of them have not been worn by centers? 5. Who was the only man to play for all of the Original Six NHL teams? 6. How many consecutive World Cup downhill titles has Lindsey Vonn won? 7. In 2013, Europe recorded the biggest victory ever in golfs Solheim Cup (18-10). What had been the largest margin of victory? ANSWERS 1. Esteban Yan, in 2004. 2. Five -Cincinnati in 1990, and the New York Yankees in 1996 and 1998-2000. 3. The Gamecocks had never accomplished that before. 4. Six -Elgin Baylor, Gail Goodrich, Magic Johnson, Jerry West, James Worthy and Jamaal Wilkes. 5. Vic Lynn (1942-54). 6. Six (2008-13). 7. Europe beat the U.S. 17.5-10.5 in 2003.


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THE RIVER NOVEMBER 29, 201336 REAL ESTATE CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIED DEADLINE FRIDAY AT NOON CLASSIFIED DEADLINE FRIDAY AT NOON 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 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.com RS 1/25 BM TFN ROGER NODRUFF ELECTRICLic# EC12002788. Call Roger 239-707-7203. Aqualink Motor Controls. 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37 THE RIVER NOVEMBER 29, 2013TO PLACE A CLASSIFIED LOG ONTO: IslandSunNews.com CLICK ON PLACE CLASSIFIED VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITYThe Sunshine Ambassador Program is a new and exciting volunteer opportunity offered at the Golisano Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida located within HealthPark Medical Center. The Sunshine Ambassadors will greet, assist and be a positive rst point of contact for patients, families and visitors entering the hospital. The Ambassadors also make a difference to families by providing educational and healthful resources to assist in GRANDparenting for GRANDchildren. We are currently seeking year-round volunteers to work one 4-hour shift Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm or 12:00pm to 4:00 pm. If you would be interested in learning more about this wonderful new opportunity, please contact Lisa Ellinwood, Volunteer Resources Coordinator at 239-343-5062 at the Golisano Childrens Hospital. NS 2/8 NC TFN Read us online at IslandSunNews.com CLASSIFIED DEADLINE FRIDAY AT NOON CLASSIFIED DEADLINE FRIDAY AT NOON CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS FOR SALESilver and Gold Jewelry Great Gifts for Him and Her 2431 Periwinkle Way www.SanibelSeaLifeGallery.comNS 11/1 CC TFN BUY SELL TRADE 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 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.org RS 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 1-866-440-3280RS 9/6 CC 11/29 BOATS CANOES KAYAKSDOCKAGEHourly, Daily, Weekly and Monthly. Captiva Island 472-5800RS 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 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 FOUNDIN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR INDIAN RIVER COUNTY GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO. 31-2013-CA-000223 J.P. MORGAN MORTGAGE ACQUISITION CORP, Plaintiff, vs. MICHAEL J. STASZEWSKI, et al., Defendants.NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALENOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered October 2, 2013 in Civil Case No. 31-2013-CA-000223 of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for Indian River County, Florida, wherein J.P. MORGAN MORTGAGE ACQUISITION CORP is Plaintiff and MICHAEL J. STASZEWSKI AKA MICHAEL STASZEWSKI AKA MIKE STASKI, ANN M. STASZEWSKI, KEITH L. MASON, UNKNOWN TENANT IN POSSESSION 1, UNKNOWN TENANT IN POSSESSION 2, are Defendants, the Clerk of Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash electronically at www.indianriver.realforeclose.com in accordance with Chapter 45, Florida Statutes on the 12th day of __December__, 2013 at 10:00 AM on the following described property as set forth in said Summary Final Judgment, to-wit: LOT 3 AND 4, BLOCK B, OSLO PARK UNIT NO. 6, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGE 27, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, FLORIDA. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens, must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. I HEREBY CERTIFY that a true and correct copy of the foregoing was: [check all used] (x) E-mailed (x) Mailed this 21st day of November, 2013, to all parties on the attached service list. It is the intent of the 19th Judicial Circuit to provide reasonable accommodations when requested by quali ed persons with disabilities. If you are a person with a disability who needs an accommodation to participate in a court proceeding or access to a court facility, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact: Court Administration, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34986; (772) 8074370; 1-800-955-8771, if you are hearing or voice impaired. H. MICHAEL SOLLOA, Esq. Florida Bar No. 37854 For Kristina A. Nubaryan, Esq. McCalla Raymer, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff 225 E. Robinson St. Suite 660 Orlando, FL 32801 Phone: (407) 674-1850 Fax: (321) 248-0420 Email: MRService@mccallaraymer.com Fla. Bar No.: 51318NS 11/29 CC 11/29 HELP WANTEDBillys Rentals on Sanibel now hiring outgoing individuals to assist customers with bicycle rentals & deliveries. Also Cashier with ability to multi task with a smile! Valid drivers license required, transport from FM location available. call Billys Rentals 239-472-5248 ask for Robin. NS 11/29 CC 12/6 GARAGE MOVING YARDSALES CAUTION ESTATE SALEFri. Dec. 6 noon to 4 & Sat. Dec. 7, 9-4 1494 Center St. Sanibel (behind Billys Bikes) No early birdes Furniture, tools, household goods, collectables, books/DVDs, boat building kits, kids stuff, something for everyone.NS 11/29 CC 12/6 GARAGE SALE Sat. Nov. 30, 9 a.m. 4597 Bowen Bayou Road, Sanibel Lawn/pool furniture; garden & building supplies; lamps; art work; trailer hitch; odds and ends. NS 11/29 CC 11/29 GARAGE SALESaturday, 11/30, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 1125 Schooner Place. McCoy Pottery, TV console, coffee tables. Household items, Collectibles and art. No early birds. RS 11/29 NC 11/29 LEGAL NOTICE


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 35 THE RIVER NOVEMBER 29, 201338 Hello, my name is Dolly Madison. Im a 3-year-old spayed female brown hound mix. Just like my name indicates, Im a real doll! I need some training, but Ive got lots of great qualities to build on: I walk nicely on a leash and Im a very manageable size. Im also very affectionate, cute and smart. So please give me a chance. My adoption fee is $45 during Animal Services Petsgiving Adoption Promotion. Hello, my name is Camry. Im a yearand-a-half old female tortie domestic short hair. I would love to be your one and only! If you can shower all your attention on me, I will double the love and affection I give you. Im a very self-sufficient kitty, so when youre not around I can entertain myself for hours, playing with toys and taking cat naps. My adoption fee is $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 in 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. Camry ID# 572738 Dolly Madison ID# 574007 photos by squaredogphoto.com


BEACH CHAIR PASTIMEanswers on page 3339 THE RIVER NOVEMBER 29, 2013


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