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[INSIDE] January 2019

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are al-

ways hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.


Roald Dahl

6 Wine

California Dreaming

8 Concoctions Fun with Martinis

10 Feature

General James Dozier


14 Witticisms 15 Quick Reads 15 Comedy 16 From the Brewer A Taste of Beer (Part II)

18 Real Estate

Questions for our Real Estate Expert


20 Health

Surgery for Droopy Eyelids

22 Fitness New Years Resolutions 2019

25 Communities in Action 30 Calendar of Events 4






California Drea California, the crown jewel of the United States’ wine producing empire, harvests over four million tons of grapes yielding 214 million cases of wine annually. That volume represents 90% of the total domestic wine production. It single-handedly skyrockets America to the impressive spot as the 4th largest wine producer in the world. The Golden State is divided into five major wine regions – North Coast, Central Coast, Central Valley, Sierra Foothills and Southern Coast. These regions comprise over a hundred American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) which are place-name designations assigned by the government’s Alcohol and Tobacco Trade and Tax Bureau. The North Coast is where the wine industry dates back to the mid1800s and is located north of the San Francisco Bay. It contains the heavy-hitters of Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake Counties. Napa boasts over 300 wineries with 45,000 acres under vine. It is mainly known for its famous Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux style blends. However, a quarter of the grapes grown there are white and the region is equally revered for its premier Chardonnays. Neighboring Sonoma County features over 60 miles of coastline which allow for significant ocean influences. The cooler overall climate ripens the region’s flagship Pinot Noir grapes perfectly. North of Sonoma, Mendocino County is more mountainous. It is noted for being the largest concentration of wineries that are certified organic in the country. Lastly, smaller Lake County showcases only 8,500 acres under vine, but represents itself with deep, flavorful, well-respected Cabernets. Moving further down the western seaboard is the Central Coast where Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the popular varietals. The wines are stylistically lighter with most featuring medium-body and more youthful flavor profiles. The main areas in the Central Coast are Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. Monterey is known for Chardonnay as it produces a fifth of all the California Chardonnays. The other areas are focused on red grapes, specifically Rhone varietals, including copious amounts of Syrah and Grenache.

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The Central Valley is the largest wine region in terms of land size. It encompasses over half of the entire state’s vineyard acreage. Unfortunately, though, its location straight down the center of the state means much of the climate is too hot for growing quality grapes and a majority of the region’s output ends up being simple grape juice. However, there are pockets and enclaves in the Central Valley, such as Lodi, that


amin’ produce reliable, fresh, fruit-forward everyday

table wine. White and red varietals are given

relatively equal representation throughout the area with favorite whites consisting of Chenin

Blanc, Muscat and Chardonnay, while preferred reds include Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

East of the northern half of the Central Valley is the Sierra Foothills. Although sizeable in terms of geography, the actual vineyard acreage

is small as the grapes are grown only on the

high western peaks of the mountains. This topography disconnects the wineries from their neighbors and tends to keep them smaller with more family-owned, boutique operations than

in other parts of the state. Wine making as a

whole was introduced to the Sierra Foothills area during the California Gold Rush in the

mid-nineteenth century. Present-day devotees to the area are drawn by its firm, full-bodied, fleshy Zinfandels.

Lastly, the South Coast is the smallest of California’s





Located below Los Angeles, the area contains only 3,000 acres of vineyards. Its southern

location provides the vines with warm, sunny

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which has led to the area battling a crippling blight called Pierce’s Disease. Originally planted mainly with Chardonnay grapes, this plague has resulted in a switch to more resistant Italian grape varietals being produced in the area.

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35-Years of Service. Thank you,

General James L. Dozier Story by Timothy Jacobs, Jacobs Writing Consultants Pictures by Gregory Wagner Photography




hree weeks after joining the Florida

National Guard, the North Koreans

invaded South Korea. Eighteen-year-old

Jim Dozier’s unit was one of the first to be called to active duty.

Kidnapped By “Plumbers”

During the scuffle with the Red Brigades,

General Dozier was kidnapped by the

nothing but survival. The fight spilled out

In 1981, while stationed in Verona, Italy,

Italian Red Brigades, part of the Marxist militant group.

He hadn’t joined because he was

“It was about 5:30 in the afternoon. My

Chief for all able-bodied men, or from

kitchen before going to a community

heeding a call from the Commander-inan overwhelming sense of duty to his

country, but rather because “It was the

social thing to do in my high school class.”

Luckily for him it started him on a career path he thoroughly enjoyed. Arcadia, Florida

James L. Dozier was born in 1931, in the small town of Arcadia, Florida. Upon

graduating from high school, he went

to the United States Military Academy alongside General Norman Schwarzkopf.

He graduated in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.

He would go on to earn a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering

from the University of Arizona. General

Dozier also attended the Army Command and General Staff College, as well as the Army War College.

wife and I were having a drink in the meeting. There was a knock at our door and I asked “Who’s there?”

They answered that they were plumbers

and there was a leak in the apartment

below and needed to see where the water was coming from.

General Dozier says he was thinking of into the hallway. When he was hit in the

back of his head, landing him on his back, he looked into the kitchen and saw one

of the men had his wife Judith on her

knees with a pistol pointed at her head. Fearing for her safety he surrendered. “That’s when the fight was over,” says

General Dozier. “And they hauled me off in a clothes trunk.” 42 Days

Judith was tied, gagged, and chained in a

storage closet, but she was able to attract

It sounded reasonable to me because the

attention by constantly banging her body

were always things going wrong with it.

rescued by neighbors who accessed the

building was twenty years old and there

against a washing machine. She was

So I let them in.

apartment through a bathroom window.

They looked for leaks and couldn’t find

Dozier who was held captive for forty-

any. Then the two young men spoke a

word in Italian which I didn’t understand.

I told them I need to go to the kitchen to

The ordeal lasted a bit longer for General two days

“I had no training on how to handle

get my Italian/English dictionary.

myself in a situation like this, but I had

As I was looking the word up, they

and WWII POW’s. The story-line that ran

jumped me. They spun me around and

I was looking down the barrels of two silenced pistols. A fight ensued which I rapidly began to lose.”


read stories of North Vietnamese, Korean, through most of their stories was that you

plan one day at a time. You try not to look too far ahead.”


This sounded reasonable to General Dozier and he used this

approach to cope. “Deal with the problems you can handle and don’t worry about the ones you have no control over.”

His captors kept one of his legs and one of his arms chained to

a bunk. They fed him three meals a day, which “weren’t great, but certainly adequate.”

During this time, General Dozier was put on trial in a people’s court. The purpose for this, as told to him by the Red Brigades, was to show the Italian people the kind of war criminals Americans were. They used the general’s award citations from his tour in Vietnam as evidence of him being a war criminal.

On January 28, 1982, a team of Nucleo Operativa Centrale di

Sicurezza (a unit of the Italian police) liberated General Dozier without firing a single shot. They captured the entire terrorist cell. This action should have been the death of the general as

one guard had been assigned to shoot him if a rescue attempt

was made. However, the guard was so overwhelmed by the episode he was unable to carry out his orders.

The NOCS told General Dozier that they needed to hustle

him out because the building was rigged with explosives. The apartment was also full of explosives, but luckily none of them had been rigged.

Can’t Say No to the President

Shortly after his rescue, (then) President Ronald Reagan called General Dozier and his wife to invite them to the National Prayer Breakfast. “I made the mistake of telling him no. I had been out

of the loop for six weeks and felt it was important to catch up on things.”

Twenty minutes later, the general received a call from the Chief of Staff at the Army Office letting him know he was going back

to the United States. “I quickly learned you don’t say no to the president.”

Deboarding the plane at Andrews Air Force Base, General Dozier was greeted by then Vice-President George H. W. Bush and his wife Barbara. “That was quite a thrill and a true honor,” he says.

During his ten-day furlough, he also had a complete physical and an intelligence debriefing. After attending the National Prayer Breakfast, the general and his wife returned to Italy.



Life After Military & Family

In 1985, after thirty-five years of faithful service General Dozier retired from the military. He and Judith returned to a job in Arcadia, but quickly decided they wanted to live near the water.

So they drew a one hour driving radius from Arcadia and began to explore. They ended up in Fort Myers.

General Dozier now spends his time being involved with the community by serving on a number of boards. “Fort Myers is a

perfect place for boaters,” he says. “And I’ve certainly seen some changes in the past thirty-three years. It’s a good place to live.”

The Dozier’s have two children. Daughter Cheryl followed in her father’s footsteps and served in the military, retiring as a Colonel

in the Air Force. When he asked Cheryl, “Why don’t you join the

Army?” She replied, “I’ve already spent eighteen years in the Army. I want to do something different.” Their son, Scott, is an artist and owns a landscaping company.

General James L. Dozier lived quite the life. He gave thirty-

five years of faithful service to our country. He was awarded

the Distinguished Service Medal, a Silver Star, the Defense Superior Service Medal, a Legion of Merit, a Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal,

Army Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and three Bronze Stars.

For Gen. Dozier, it was thirty-five “very enjoyable” years... minus the forty-two days he was held captive.



Witticisms By Tony Henkels

Don’t be afraid to ask a dumb question – it’s easier to handle than a dumb mistake. A smile is a curve that can straighten out a lot of things. If there were more self starters, the boss wouldn’t have to be such a crank. An optimist is a person who expects the ketchup to come out after two shakes. I can keep a secret – but those I tell never do. The only people you should want to get even with are those who have helped you. Luck is often nothing but a tricky name for hard work. PMS jokes aren’t funny, period.

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By Tony Henkels Moral Combat - R. Marie Griffith. How moral issues (mostly sex) affected political divisions from birth control, starting in the 1920’s, to same sex marriage & LGBT in the 2000’s.♥♥

The Triumph of Christianty - Bart D. Ehrman. Good history lesson from 25 years before the birth of Jesus until 420 years after the birth of Jesus. How the Romans, Jews, Pagans & Christians interacted. ♥♥♥

The Geraldo Show - Geraldo Rivera. An interesting memoir of Geraldo’s

personal life & as a reporter. He was a war corespondent for many different war zones. ♥♥♥♥

The Stowaway - Laurie Gwen Sharpiro. The story of Billy Gawronski, a poor Polish kid who managed to stow away on Admiral Byrd’s trip to the South



What did our parents do without the internet when they were bored? I asked my 18 brothers & sisters & they didn’t know either.

A father buys a lie detector robot that slaps people when they lie. He decides to test it out at dinner one night. The

Pole in the late 20’s. ♥♥♥

father asks his son what he did that

Dollars And Sense - Dan Ariely/ Jeff Kreisler. Shows how emotions and

afternoon. The son says, “I did some

for anyone between 19 & 60. ♥♥♥

schoolwork.” The robot slaps the son.

Suicide of The West - Jonah Goldberg. A study of the history of all forms of

The son says, “Ok, Ok. I was at a

expectations affect our decision making about spending money. Good read

government from 400 BC through Donald Trump. Pretty deep, but great for political interests. ♥♥

New Possibilities in Memory Care - Loren Shook & Stephen Winner.

friend’s house watching movies.” Dad asks, “What movie did you watch?”

Authors started Silverado memory care treating Alzheimer & Dementia

Son says, “Toy Story.” The robot slaps

amazing recovery rates. ♥♥♥

the son. Son says, “Ok, Ok, we were

Secret Empires - Peter Schweizer. A revealing book about 10’s & 100’s

watching porn.” Dad says, “What?

people as if they didn’t have those problems. Became very successful with

of millions of $ paid to politicians family members. Almost all involves

corruption, buying influnce, inside information & votes. Names names, but

At your age I didn’t even know what

still nothing will be done. ♥♥

porn was.” The robot slaps the fa-

The New American Revolution - Kayleigh McEnany. Covers many stories

ther. Mom laughs and says, “Well,

government. ♥♥

he certainly is your son.” The ro-

The Future of Terrorism - Walter Laqueur & Christopher Wall. Left leaning

bot slaps the mother. Robot for sale.

about Americans attitudes about politics, politically correctness, and big

authors look at terrorism throughout history with a brief look at the beginning of Trump’s presidency. ♥



BEER There are many variables and things to look at when tasting a beer. We’ve broken these down into five simple-to-use guidelines which attempt to quantify your psychological and experiential perception.

From The Brewer......

Appearance – This is your first experience with a particular beer and often sets the tone for the rest of the senses. If the beer appears light, bubbly, and effervescent, you will likely have a preconceived notion about how it will taste. This rings very true with “dark” beers. There is a significant misconception that dark beers are always thicker with more flavor and more alcohol than a lighter beer. However, this is often not the case. There are many styles of light beer that have high alcohol contents and are very flavorful, ie Barleywine, Belgain Triple, Double IPA. Conversely, there are many styles of dark beer that are light bodied, light flavored, and effervescent, ie Tmave’ Pivo, Mild, English Brown Ale. Aroma – The aroma is the most powerful of your perceptions. Often this is dependent on the person. Since the neurons make a detour to the hippocampus, they can bring back vivid memories or previous experiences, both positive and negative. However, aroma can also be a defined and quantifiable experience. For example, a Hefeweizen should have isoamyl acetate (banana) which should be perceived as isoamyl acetate by everyone. The preferential variable is, however, that one person may have had a wonderful experience with bananas in their lifetime, while another person may have had a horrible experience, thus psychologically conditioning that person to be less likely to enjoy that Hefeweizen they are tasting. Taste – While this is subjective to each individual, beer does have chemicals that should be perceptible and defined. For example, bitterness from hops, grainy flavors from particular malts used, spiciness from certain yeast strains, or tartness from the use of bacteria to lower the pH. Many times, the taste will mimic the aroma.

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A Taste of Beer (Part II)

Mouthfeel – Proteins from malts, brewing, fermentation, and filtering affect this. Words to describe this would be chewy or viscous, like with a thick Russian Imperial Stout. Or thin, like with an American Light Lager. This also describes the carbonation. An American Light Lager would have a high carbonation level, while the Russian Imperial Stout would be on the lower end of carbonation. Overall – This is your psychological response and the culmination of your experiential or quantifiable responses to the beer you are tasting. Like the other categories, the preferential portion is very much unique to you, while the experiential portion should be set to specific guidelines for a style of beer. Tasting beer is a very complex process with a lot of terminology, however, there are great resources out there to help you describe what you are tasting. I would encourage you to look at Randy Mosher’s Book *(2009) “Tasting Beer.” Check out online resources like ‘Beer Advocate’ for other people’s tasting notes. Look at the style guidelines for a certain style of beer you are trying. Or simply relate the beer you are tasting to something you are familiar with, like music. I encourage you to think about the beer you are drinking next time. There are many different styles of beer and I encourage you to rate or review beer based on your experiential perception of the beer (those things you are able to quantify) such as: the beer is well made, the beer adheres to the style, the beer doesn’t possess offflavors. This does not necessarily mean you will like the beer. It may be an exceptionally made beer, you may just have a different psychological and preferential response to it. * Mosher, Randy (2009). Tasting beer. Adams, MA: Storey Publishing



When I List My Home How Do I Decid You really need a Realtor who is very active in your market -- and markets around SWFL are relatively small. Example: • Realtor A has sold 6 listings in Naples in the past 6 months. Their average sales price was $600,000. • Realtor B has sold 4 listings in NW Cape Coral in the past 6 months. Their average sales price was $220,000. • Realtor C has sold 10 listings in NE Cape Coral in the past 6 months. Their average sales price was $2,000,000. • Realtor D is your good friend’s friend, and sold a naked lot in La Belle last year for $7,000. • Your property is in NW Cape, and worth about $200,000. So, Which Realtor Should You Choose? Realtor B is the only one who knows your market.

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There are approximately 15,000 to 20,000 Realtors in SWFL at any given time. Yes, that’s not a typo; up to 20,000 Realtors. Just use your sense of logic. Are they ALL selling properties? Are they ALL experts in your neighborhood? You know the answer. The real estate market is no different from the stock market; it is everchanging. Sure, it often changes more slowly than other markets, but sometimes changes can also come on very quickly. Sometimes the real estate market changes more quickly than


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e for Sale, What’s My Market, Really? What Are My Obstacles? de Whether My Realtor and I Are a Good Match? Part II the public, or even many professionals, can even grasp. I’ll never forget driving down I-494 in Bloomington, Minnesota, on one fine, icy day. I was shaking my head because I had just had two deals fall through:

As real estate professionals, we are often beholden to economic conditions, competing factors, and other challenges of which wemay not even be aware until they are already upon us – or even engulfing us.

Deal #1

There is no question that this is a shifting economy. Interest rates are on the rise after years of historic lows. The stock market is on the drop after years of historic highs. Employment is at historic highs, even as underemployment is also at historic highs.

My buyer’s Countrywide loan had just fallen through. When I called the lender, the lender stated – exacerbated – “Mr. Larson, I don’t know what to tell you… that loan is just gone.” I said, while navigating the icy interstate, “What do you mean it’s gone!?” He had said, “I’m not really sure. Pretty much all the loans I used to sell are gone.” yourmoney/26country.html Deal #2 This deal “didn’t appraise.” I was so green, after four years of nothing but showings and sales, that I had demanded that they (somebody) appraise it. I told the listing agent, “So get it appraised!” The listing agent replied, “No. It didn’t appraise… for value.” I had demanded, “Well…… GET IT appraised for value!” I, apparently, had thought that it was an appraiser’s job to simply mark a box stating “Yes” to the sales price. As I drove down that frigid interstate that day, in Bloomington Minnesota – watching for traffic, working not to slip as green and brown peeked through white snow all around me – I looked up and saw the sign. It was a giant billboard, which read: “Cold Real Estate Market Got You Down? Spring is the Perfect Time to Buy!” It was the spring of 2007. A few months later, the real estate economy, followed by the economy of the entire planet earth, collapsed. I’ll bet that sign isn’t there anymore. What’s the Bottom Line? Every Realtor has access to the MLS. They can all look up the same basic information. They can all input the same basic information. Then your property goes out to all the websites.

In some markets, your re-sale property is in direct competition with new construction. Many – if not all – of those custom home builders are driving prices down, and much of that inventory will never see the MLS. So, your Realtor may not take those properties (your biggest competition) into account when estimating value. And Zillow and Trulia may well not account for them, either. But I do know one person who will, for sure, see those new custom home lots: your potential buyer. In other markets, lender-required flood insurance rates have skyrocketed since Hurricane Irma. If your Realtor is not aware of that, boy is their buyer in for a $$$ surprise. If you choose a Realtor just because they tell you a listing price that you want to hear, you may well be missing your opportunity to sell fast. And if you spend lots of energy trying to get someone who will do full service at a cheaper rate, you may well be missing your opportunity to get a great Realtor to pay attention to you and to your property. Your best bet is to get three or four Realtors competing for your business by proving that they know the most about your local market, and your place within it. Once you have that squared away, pricing (and hopefully selling) will be as much Sunshine and Rainbows as is reasonably possible.



Surgery to fix dro offers visual imp By Dr. Sarah Eccles-Brown, Elmquist Eye Group Maintaining healthy eyesight is essential. That’s why it is important to seek proper treatment for issues that can impact the quality of your vision. Changes in the eyelid tissues and surrounding skin are a common, yet often overlooked, development that can affect the way you see the world. Nearly every day at Elmquist Eye Group, we see patients who are frustrated by eyelids that seem droopy and notice their eyes aren’t open all the way, even though they don’t feel tired or sleepy. Eyelid skin is very thin and is often one of the first areas in the body to show signs of aging. There are many influencing factors that may contribute to this, including smoking, sun damage, genetics as well as wear and tear from blinking and rubbing. The skin and muscles of your eyelids and eyebrows can start to lose their elasticity and sag over time. These changes, along with the weight of redundant skin, can affect the eyelid contour and begin blocking your peripheral or even central vision. Consciously trying to keep your eyes open wider might temporarily expand your scope of vision, but it may come with an unintended consequence – wrinkles on your forehead. If your vision is suffering due to sagging eyelids, surgery may be an option for you. How can droopy eyelids be fixed? Blepharoplasty, the official name for the most common type of upper eyelid surgery, is a relatively simple medical procedure that can enhance the positioning of upper eyelids by removing loose skin, tightening muscles and removing fat as needed.




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Patients are given anesthesia and made very drowsy while a local numbing medicine is placed in the eyelids. After that, patients remain awake during the surgical procedure, but may be given more medication for relaxation as needed. Eye surgeons try to minimize scarring by making incisions that will be concealed within the eyelid after healing. The key to successful healing is doing your part after surgery: don’t rub your eyes or perform heavy lifting during the recovery period. It’s also advisable to wear protective glasses whenever possible. After a few weeks, you will notice the biggest impact is improved peripheral vision. The days where droopy eyelids impaired your side or peripheral vision will be long gone, and the larger visual field will allow in more natural light, helping you see better. Like all surgical procedures, there are risks with blepharoplasty. If you are suffering from droopy eyelids, it is important to speak to your ophthalmologist about the best options for your individual needs, what to expect for the surgery and how to ensure a smooth recovery process.

To schedule a comprehensive eye exam or If you have concerns about your vision, it is

important to speak to a doctor to discuss treatment options. Dr. E. Trevor Elmquist, Dr.

Kate Wagner, Dr. Nina Burt and Dr. Sarah Eccles-Brown of Elmquist Eye Group are available to answer your questions. With more than 25 years of service to the Southwest Florida community, Elmquist Eye Group offers experienced doctors that are dedicated to patient care. Elmquist Eye Group’s Fort Myers office is located at 12670 New Brittany Blvd.,

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New Year Fitness Resolutions 2019!



1. Set A Goal! Be specific, measurable and realistic. For example, “I would like to loose 5 lbs. a month and 15 lbs. by March 31st.” Or maybe you have a favorite pair of jeans you would like to get back into. You need a goal to keep you motivated. Don’t forget to reward yourself once that goal is met! 2. Don’t ban your favorite food! Just remember “everything in moderation.” I always tell my clients to control your portions, and treat yourself to that glass of wine at night or your favorite treat. The best advice is to not have that temptation staring in your face. Keep it out of sight if you really don’t have much control.


3. Workout with a friend! Try finding a workout partner to meet you at the gym, your group fitness class or to maybe just walk or run with you in your neighborhood. This way you will hold each other accountable. You could also hire a personal trainer to keep you on track. Working out with a group of people in a group setting is also a fun and exciting way to keep you motivated.


4. Don’t expect results right away! It takes 60-90 days to start seeing results once you start changing your eating habits and start working out. Most people get frustrated and quit within the first 2 months because they don’t feel like they are getting results. Keep it up, you will get there!

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Cape Coral FOP Lodge 33 Treats Local Children to Free Holiday Shopping Nearly 50 children were treated to free holiday shopping on Saturday, December 15th, courtesy of the Cape Coral Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 33. Dubbed the ‘holiday shopping trip,’ the annual event is all about giving. It provides local children with gift cards valued at around $150 to purchase presents for their family members. Kicking off the day with a uniformed police chaperone picking them up from their homes, the kids are treated to breakfast at McDonald’s, then escorted to Walmart to do their shopping and take photos. Then, greeted by volunteers, the children visit the police department where their gifts are wrapped, and they can enjoy pizza and a movie. “We love giving back to the community and taking part in such a meaningful event,” said Sergeant Paul Blanchard, President of the Cape Coral FOP Lodge 33. “Seeing the joy on the children’s faces is so rewarding and a feeling I can’t describe.” This is the 15th annual event held by the organization, which represents active and retired men and women of the Cape Coral Police Department. Overall, the shopping trip benefits over 100 children.





The Cape Coral Arts and Music Festival will be hosted by the Rotary Club of Cape Coral on Saturday, Jan. 12 and Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. They have announced Tim Parker as this year’s poster artist. Owner of Art2D Gallery & Studio in Naples, FL, Parker concentrates on abstract figurative art, animals, abstract landscapes, and non-objective paintings. The Cape Coral Arts and Music Festival, Southwest Florida’s largest juried art show, features paintings, sculptures, mixed media, jewelry and more by over 300 artists and artisans from around the country. Parker’s work, Lift Off #2, was selected from the competitive pool of exhibitors by the Festival committee and is prominently featured on the event poster. The event poster will be sold for $20 at the festival and online at or on the

ABOUT PARKER Parker has been involved in the artistic and creative fields his entire life. After studying art at Parsons School of Design in New York, he went on to earn his master’s degree. Following school, Parker embarked on a career in New York City, working as an illustrator, graphic designer, and creative director in the marketing, branding, and advertising industry for high-end fashion, fragrance, and cosmetic companies. Eventually, Parker decided to concentrate on fine art full time and relocated to Southwest Florida, as he was drawn to the region’s thriving and vibrant art market. Today, his work is shown in various select galleries across the country, as well as in his own gallery, Art2D Gallery & Studio. Parker’s can also be found in numerous corporate and private collections worldwide.

ABOUT THE CAPE CORAL ARTS AND MUSIC FESTIVAL The 34th Cape Coral Arts and Music Festival will take place on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will also feature live music on an outdoor stage. Entertainment will also be provided at several bars and restaurants in the South Cape on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. The festival, held on Cape Coral Parkway in downtown Cape Coral, runs between Del Prado Boulevard and SE 10th Place. Admission and parking are free for Festival attendees. For more information about the Cape Coral Arts & Music Festival, visit




The public is invited to nominate an exemplary civic-minded citizen for the 2018 Paulette Burton Citizen of the Year Award. The annual award strives to recognize a citizen who has provided outstanding civic contributions to Lee County government. The selection criteria include a positive attitude, knowledge of the objectives and activities of Lee County government, a demonstrated interest in community/county government partnerships and promotion of harmony between the community and county government. Lee County Commissioners will select the winner. Nomination forms are available at Lee County libraries and recreation centers or at

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s scholarship application process for the 2019-2020 school year will begin nearly a month earlier than in the past.

Students can now apply for scholarships at www.

The scholarship application process will close Feb. 24. Students may review the scholarships available online, as well as a tutorial about how to create and submit the online application.

Students may apply for multiple scholarships and have the ability to upload transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, letters of

Nominations are due by Feb. 22. The award was created in 1991 to honor Burton, a long-time Sanibel resident and government watchdog.


recommendation and the FAFSA Student Aid Report.

Approximately $500,000 in scholarship money is available through more than 100 scholarships for high-school,

undergraduate and graduate students from Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee counties.

Last year, one in five students who applied received a scholarship from the Foundation.

All scholarships require the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, available at




Cape Coral Police Lodge Raises Funds for Prostate Cancer Awareness Campaign

PAL Boxers keep advancing with tournament wins The Fort Myers Police Athletic League (PAL) Boxing Team has

garnered more championships and is seeking sponsors to help them move onto the next level of national competition. This past week team members competed in the 2018 Florida

State Silver Gloves tournament in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The Florida Silver Gloves is designed to get at-risk kids off the street and motivated to engage themselves into a positive

athletic competition. The Fort Myers PAL boxers brought back 3 State Champions who are advancing to the Regional Sliver Gloves in Washington D.C. during the first week of January. FMPD PAL winners include: • Terry Sanders, 10 years old in the Peewee division at 90lbs. • Nathan Martinez 13 years old in the Intermediate division Cape Coral Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 33 raised over $1,200 for a prostate cancer awareness campaign benefiting the Movember Foundation.

at 106lbs

• Josiah Bravo Vasquez 13 years old in the Intermediate division at 125lbs.

The campaign, known as “Movember,” encourages men to grow out their facial hair for 30 days during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues.

The Fort Myers Police Athletic League Boxing Academy is

Normally not acceptable of their respective departments’ professional grooming standards, members of FOP Lodge 33 were permitted to grow mustaches that extended past the corners of the mouth or goatees to help support the cause. Participating police officers each contributed $15 towards the campaign totaling around $600, FOP Lodge 33 matched the total amount raised, bringing the overall contribution to over $1,200.

and sponsorships to assist with travel, equipment and related

a non-profit organization funded in part by the Fort Myers

Police Department and dependent upon private donations expenses. Interested sponsors can email Officer Lamar Campbell at or call (239) 284-0112.

“Men’s health issues are increasing at an alarming rate,” said Sergeant Paul Blanchard, President of FOP Lodge 33. “We appreciate the administration allowing us to participate in the campaign this year. Donating to a cause that helps bring more awareness to conditions that could impact any one of us is something we strongly support. We look forward to growing our support of the program in the future.” According to, one in nine men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Prostate cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among men, after skin cancer. For







Guardian ad Litem Foundation Trivia Night Guardian ad Litem Foundation, 20th Judicial Circuit, raised $7,145 at its lively Trivia Night in November to support the organization’s “I am for the child” program. The 60 guests in attendance enjoyed an extensive appetizer buffet and drinks at Bokampers Sports Bar & Grill in Naples. Participants then formed teams and competed for prizes, showcasing their intelligence in a variety of categories, including arts and entertainment, sports, science and nature, geography, history and riddles. Proceeds from Trivia Nite, the first in a series of fundraising events this season, support an essential program that pairs volunteer advocates with abused, neglected and abandoned children in Southwest Florida. More than one-third of local children in crisis do not yet have a volunteer advocate to offer a voice in the courtroom, schools and child welfare system.



January Calendar of Events 4-6

Fort Myers Home & Remodeling Show

Inspiration starts here! Just in time for all of your remodeling, home improvement, decor and outdoor spaces with hundreds of experts all under one roof at the Lee Civic Center. Show begins Friday at 10 am and runs thru Sunday at 5 pm.

Fort Myers Seafood & Music Festival

Come on down to the River District for the inaugural Fort Myers Seafood & Music Festival held on the waterfront in historic downtown Fort Myers, FL on January 4-6, 2019. Festivities begin Friday evening 4pm - 10pm and continue Saturday 11am - 10pm and Sunday 11am - 6pm. General admission is FREE. Live music by local bands and all the seafood you could possibly eat!


Art Walk

First Friday of each month in the Fort Myers River District from 6 to 10 pm. Art at 10 galleries and Art Vendors on First Street from Monroe to Jackson Streets. Enjoy music as you walk the streets from vendor to vendor. This is a FREE event. Bring the whole family!


Cape Coral Arts and Music Festival

The 34th Annual Cape Coral Arts and Music Festival is produced by the Rotary Club of Cape Coral and takes place on Cape Coral Parkway in South Cape. The festival is FREE to attend! It is a celebration of national and local fine art, fine craft and music. The 2019 event will feature 300 juried exhibitors. A Music Festival has been added to the Festival for 2019. It is an indoor event separate from the Arts Festival Area. Local establishments have been invited to host a variety of


live musical genres and create a “Music Walk” for patrons to go starting in the late afternoon and on into the night. Attendees can visit for music from 3pm-9pm on January 12th.


Fort Myers Bike Night

Bikes of all kinds welcome at this public party in the streets of downtown Fort Myers. Enjoy the sights of hundreds of motorcycles displayed along the downtown streets while listening to live bands from 6-10 pm. FREE to the public with many venues featuring specials.


Quarter Auction

Come raise your paddles for the SWFL Military Museum & Library. If you have never been to a quarter auction, you are missing out on all the fun. Win prizes for just 1, 2 or 3 quarters. Doors open at 6 pm, the fun starts at 6:30. Bring your friends, win great prizes and help raise money for the veterans in our community.


Music Walk

Enjoy great sounds during a casual evening in the Downtown Fort Myers River District! Music Walk is FREE to Attend. Fun for the whole family! Starts at 6 pm each month.


Hometown Hero Speaker Series

The Hometown Hero Speaker Series will take place monthly at the SWFL Military Museum & Library in Cape Coral. The speaker series will be on every 4th Thursday, beginning this month with General James L. Dozier from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM. *Refreshments will be available, along with a cash bar. For the most comprehensive Calendar of Events in SW Florida checkout and



4th Annual Cape Coral Historical Museum Bluegrass Jamboree

The Bluegrass Jamboree is January 26th, 2019. Gates open at 11 am, Opening Ceremony at Noon, and music till 5 pm. The event is being held at 544 Cultural Park Blvd. Dick Spottswood of Bluegrass Country 88.5 will Emcee the event. General Admission tickets are $15 in advance and $20 day of the event. Limited VIP tickets are $40 in advance, $50 (if available) at the gate. Parking donation (to Boy Scouts) is $3. National Band Nu-Blu of Siler, North Carolina is appearing at the 4th Annual Cape Coral Historical Museum’s Bluegrass Jamboree. Southwest Florida’s Swinging Bridge, Tribute to Patsy Cline by Linda Fazioli and local Blu-Ridg at the gate will also be performing.

13th Annual Best South Cape Martini Competition Trolley Event

South Cape Hospitality and Entertainment Associations present “THE 13th ANNUAL BEST SOUTH CAPE MARTINI COMPETITION” Trolley Event! You’ll travel around the Cape Coral Entertainment District on a special fleet of trolleys – stopping at various establishments to relax with their custom martini sample and appetizer sample. At the end of the evening, everyone votes on their favorite martini and appetizer. The top favorites will be declared the winners. Tickets are $25.00 in advance and $30.00 on the day of the event, and can only be purchased here on Eventbrite. Check in starts at 6 pm, trolleys start at 7 pm.



Join us at the Shell Factory from 1-6 pm for the 17th Annual Gumbo Fest. Enjoy live entertainment, festival food (including phenomenal Gumbo,) $5,000 reverse raffle, and MUCH more!





RiverStyle Magazine January 2019  
RiverStyle Magazine January 2019