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May 2019






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[INSIDE] May 2019

“Don’t Let Yesterday Take Up Too Much Of Today.” – Will Rogers


5 Witticisms 6 Fitness

All about Yoga

8 Comedy 9 Quick Reads

Ten Books - No Waiting

10 From the Brewer Berliner Weisse

12 Real Estate


I Want to Buy a House. What is the Right Order of Things? And Does Chronology Really Matter? Part 2

14 Home & Garden

Grow vegatables in your house

16 Wine

Wine Loving Grill Masters


18 Communities in Action Our Calendar of Events is now online ! Go to: or For everything going on in Lee County



Witticisms By Tony Henkels

"Neck pain and arm pain were two things I suffered with for over 30 years. It affected my sleep and work life and bothered me daily. I also couldn’t move my arm in certain motions. I went to other doctors, and the pain would become manageable but never fully went away. That all changed when I met the Experience Family Chiropractic team at a local event. After starting care, the knots and pain in my neck were gone and have yet to come back; my range of motion in my arm has improved as well. I wish I had started chiropractic care sooner! The Experience Family Chiropractic staff is great and the office is beautiful; I definitely recommend chiropractic care to others." - Kathleen

Cannibals don’t eat clowns because they taste funny. It isn’t our position but our disposition that makes us happy. When you buy a cured ham, do you wonder what it had? Why is the third hand on a watch called the second hand? We have enough youth – how about a fountain of smart?

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All about Yoga

Workout fads come and go but yoga has been around for almost 5,000 years. Yoga is not just a “ho hum” relaxation exercise, but it is also a calorie burner and muscle toner. There are several different forms of yoga and, the best part, it is great for all fitness levels and ages! Example of different types of yoga: • Hatha: the form most often associated with yoga, it combines a series of basic movements with breathing. • Vinyasa: a series of poses that flow smoothly into one another. • Power: a faster, higher-intensity practice that builds muscle. • Ashtanga: a series of poses, combined with a special breathing technique. • Bikram: also known as “hot yoga,” it’s a series of 26 challenging poses performed in a room heated to a high temperature.

• Iyengar: a type of yoga that uses props like blocks, straps, and chairs to help you move your body into the proper alignment. Areas Yoga targets: • Arms • Legs • Glutes • Back Benefits: • Flexibility • Aerobic • Strength • Low-impact • Relaxation and stress release Where can I practice this? There are classes offered at local yoga studios and some fitness studios. You can also find some classes online (You Tube or On-Demand) to take at your convenience in your own home.

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By Tony Henkels

The guys were playing poker. Pete lost $1,000 on a single hand, clutched his chest and died. Realizing that Pete’s wife needed to know, Frank agreed to tell her. “Be discreet,” his friends told him. Frank went to Pete’s home and knocked on the door. When Pete’s wife answered, Frank told her that Pete had lost $1,000 playing poker and was afraid to come home. Pete’s wife said, “Tell him to drop dead.” Frank says, “O.K. I’ll tell him.” While I was taking lessons to parachute, I asked, “If we have a complete malfunction, how much time do we have to deploy our reserve parachute?” The instructor said “the rest of your life.” One night, an 87 year-old woman came home from Bingo and found her 97-year-old husband in bed with another woman. She

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became violent and ended up pushing him off the balcony of their 20th floor, assisted living apartment, killing him instantly. Brought before the court on the charge of murder, the judge asked her if she had anything to say in her defense. She began coolly, ‘Yes, your honor. I figured that at 97, if he could

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QUICK By Tony Henkels

TICKER - Mimi Swartz. The attempts by heart doctors & engineers to

create a permanent artificial heart. O.H. Frazier, Michael DeBakey, Denton Cooley, Christiaan Barnard, Robert Jarvik, Daniel Timms, & others, mostly at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston. Lot’s of medical jargon. ♥♥♥

Chasing New Horizons - Alan Stern/David Grinspoon. Inside story of the mission to explore Pluto. Many details of the process taking 26 years, from the start to the ‘fly by’ of Pluto. ♥ ♥

The Perfect Weapon - David E. Sanger. A scary look at cyber war & sabotage. Everyone is subject to cyber attacks from individuals to governments, military, companies, basic services. ♥♥♥

Zig - Zig Zigler. His autobiography. Lots of interesting stories about his

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Janesville - Amy Goldstein. A pretty dry read about the personal stories

of people in this Wisconsin town after the GM plant shut down in 2008. ♥ The Russia Hoax - Gregg Jarret. Former trial attorney & pro Trump

guy gives a lawyer’s view of the corruption in the Justice department’s handling of the Russia probe. ♥ ♥

Liars, Leakers, and Liberals - Judge Jeanine Pirro. Another book about the anti-Trump people. ♥ ♥

Selling the Dream - David E. Dodrill. Story of the Rosen brothers, Jack &

Leonard, their selling of land & developing Cape Coral & other Florida properties. ♥ ♥

The Allure of Immortality - Lyn Millner. The story of the Koreshans, a religious movement started in rural New York, then moved to Chicago & then Estero for many years. Interesting history of their cult beliefs. ♥ ♥

Under Contract - Cherokee Paul McDonald & Allen Smith. Smith was an

undercover cop with Fort Lauderdale Police Department. He posed as a contract killer & would bust people who contracted & paid him to kill someone. ♥♥♥


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From The Brewer......

Berliner Weisse is an enigmatic style that originated in the early 1700’s and still takes many different forms, flavors, and appearances today. In 1809, Napoleon dubbed this style the “Champagne of the North.” As the name suggests, Berliner Weisse hails from Berlin, a city that began its brewing tradition in 1572, and its wheat beer brewing tradition in 1642. Initially, these beers were brewed with up to 100% wheat malt, however, something between 50% and 70% was more typical. The grains used were under-modified, which would leave less starch to be converted to sugar for the yeast to consume and more proteins in the beer, which act as foam stabilizers, giving the beer good head retention. Typically, Berliner Weisse would be low alcohol, 3% abv. This allowed them to be consumed in place of water, which was typical in many areas of Europe at the time. The beer was also brewed using wooden barrels. Brewers would take fresh hay and lay it inside the barrel in order to act as a filter when extracting the sweet wort from the mash. The hay worked well, leaving the wheat behind. Now, you typically don’t see a grist profile above 50% wheat malt. That is because with the advent of new brewing technology, the typical mash tun is unable to filter the wheat as well as fresh hay can. From the mash, brewers would typically skip the boil, and thus skip the addition of hops, which as you may know act as a preservative and inhibit certain types of bacteria. Because Berlin in the 1700’s was a relatively new brewing town, they would have yeast brought in from other brewing towns. Although, it wouldn’t be until 1857 when Louis Pasteur outlined the role of yeast in brewing. Brewers at this time knew that adding the “left over” slurry from a previous batch would help make a new batch. The yeast was typically transported in baskets and would be checked, via smell method, to see if it had soured or developed unpleasant odors. After mashing out, brewers would run the sweet wort down copper pipes filled with cool water in order to cool the beer. Some of these cooling mechanisms are still in use or are still part of traditional breweries today. Brewers would also employ


something called a coolship, essentially a large, shallow, copper pan. Because of the increased surface area of coolships, brewers were able to cool large batches overnight. From here, it was typically transferred to fermenters and yeast was pitched. Traditional Berliner Weisse is unique. It is a wheat beer, like many styles of German beer, however, it has a reserved lactic sourness. This is likely due to the lack of hops, which often work as an inhibitor for lactobacillus, the main souring agent in beer. Along with the lack of hops and multiple opportunities of long-term exposure to air, this beer was known as being tart, bone dry, highly effervescent, with a long lasting white head. It often had the essence of peach or apricot from the alternative yeast Brettanomyces that was found in the beer. The fermentation of this beer was usually pretty quick. From there, it was bottled in champagne bottles to high levels of carbonation and served. During the 1800’s, this style became high-class in Berlin. It was common to have 9-year-old bottles that had been buried and aged in clay available. Typically, higher-end locations would offer fruit liqueur along with the beer. Because of the co-fermentation with Brettanomyces and souring bacteria, some have suggested it is similar to a young Lambic style beer. With the advent of Lagers in the early 1900’s, this style almost became extinct. By the 1980’s, all but one Berliner Weisse brewery had closed. Kindl Weisse is the only surviving historic example, however it does not represent the majority of historical Berliner Weisse. It is back sweetened and not fermented with a mixed culture. With the brewing renaissance, many American breweries began to research and revive this style of beer. Unfortunately, even now it is difficult to find a true historic example of a Berliner Weisse beer. Many of the breweries that make this style utilize a souring method patented by Otto Francke in 1906. This “kettle sour” method employs souring for 24-48 hours in a boil kettle, then boiling to kill off the bacteria, and finally pitching typical brewers yeast. This method gives the beer a clean lactic sourness but typically misses the head retention and peach and apricot essence of co-fermented Berliner Weisse.


Berliner Weisse Tasting Notes Berliner Weisse should have a thick, long lasting white head. Typically it is clear due to the acidity level. Peach and apricot should be present, along with lactic acid, sometimes a lemon quality. The beer should be subtly tart with no bitterness and finish bone dry. It should be well carbonated, up to 4 bars of pressure, low abv, and very drinkable. It pairs well with fruit such as cherries, strawberries, or melon. Havarti and aged ham or pretzel work as well.

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When you decide to buy a home, whether it’s your first or your one-hundredth, it is vitally important to do things in the right order.

Last month we discussed the first few steps, this month we continue. What is the Best Time-Conscious Order of Things When Buying a House? 1. Get Pre-Approved with a Lender 2. Get Pre-Qualified with an Agent 3. Go Shopping 4. Write a Good Offer 5. Negotiate 6. Make Sure Your Agents Gets the Docs to the Right Places 7. Remove Contingencies 8. Close How Should I Shop for Housing? If you live in a house you need to sell, get it on the market immediately. You DO NOT want to write an offer contingent on your sale. That is a needlessly-weakened offer. Get on the market, price it like you’re serious about moving, and time the two closings so that you only have to move once. If you are renting, decide whether you’re going to time your purchase with the termination of your lease. Florida LandlordTenant law is very strongly in favor of the landlord, so do not skip out on your lease and expect your last month’s rent or damage deposit returned. Before shopping, ask yourself: If I find the home of my dreams, will I buy it? If the answer is anything other than an emphatic yes, it is a no. If the answer is no, you try to figure out why before going shopping. For example, “Yes, I’d buy my dream home, but only if I can get it for 10% under market value.” That is not a yes. Instead, that is a not-so-flushed-out attempt at being an investor. Make sure you get to yes before you go shopping. Having your agent talk you through it is a good idea. Use the Rule of 20 • Get your dream home search down to about 5 or 10 properties. Then, plan on going shopping 2, 3, or 4 times. Anything more than that is going to be very taxing. • Think about it in this context: Once you find the home you want, the process has now just started. You don’t want to spend months or years not-even-starting with this process. • We are on step 3 of 8. • Try to keep your home search to around 20 properties. If you’ve looked at 40 properties, go back to step 2, and ask yourself which of those 6 pre-qualifying questions you’ve not yet answered clearly.


How Do I Write a Good Offer? In short: Have a good agent. More specifically, your agent should not take the seller’s word for it, regarding value. Make sure your agent does a CMA (Competitive Market Analysis), to find the true value. Write an offer somewhere in the realm of that value. Keep in mind that the seller owes you almost nothing. Housing discrimination law protects a buyer only from discrimination for the following: 1. Race 2. Religion 3. Color 4. Sex 5. National Origin 6. Familial Status (kids) 7. Disability That’s it. ALL other discrimination is perfectly legal! In other words, the seller rejects your offer, stating, “This buyer has a horrible attitude, writes insulting offers, and is using a government-insured loan. Tell them never to talk to me again.” Nearly every word of that statement is discriminatory. However, attitude, perceived bad manners, and use of FHA loans are not protected classes. The statement would be discriminatory, and also perfectly legal. The buyer would not be buying that home, and would have nowhere to turn. The next step would be going back to step 3. With your agent’s help, write a good offer. What Are the Last Steps? 5. Negotiate 6. Make Sure Your Agent Gets the Docs to the Right Places 7. Remove Contingencies 8. Close Your agent, your lender, and your title company will collectively take you through these last steps. So, What’s the Bottom Line? The order in which you complete the first four of these eight steps is imperative. It will be the difference between a long, frustrating, failing effort, and a smooth transition into your new home. The last four steps will naturally occur in the right order, when the first four are taken in the right order. A good lender, and a good agent, will require you to go through each of these steps. And, if they are allowing you to go through these steps in a different order, it’s worth asking yourself who’s wasting the time and energy of whom. And that’s the bottom line.


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Home & Garden

“Don’t wait for someone to bring you flowers, Plant your own and feed your soul”. -Mario Quintana


Welcome to your new happy place. My name is Shelbie & I own a Mobile Gardening business in Cape Coral. We specialize in weeding, trimming, organic vegetable gardening and, well, green gardens. I urge everyone to give it a try and “Get Growing” down that road to a greener, healthier tomorrow. Front yard vegetable gardens are in and non-nutritious grass is out. It’s time to make the change and the Florida Senate agrees! They have jumped on board with a bill they passed in March stating you can now garden in your front yard all over the state of Florida!


So....What are you waiting for? Let’s “Get Growing.” I’ll show you some easy fun ways how you, too, can start growing with kitchen scraps you would normally just throw away!

“There are no Gardening mistakes, only experiments.” -Janet Killburn Phillips


Let’s take a walk..... all the way to your refrigerator. What do you see? Maybe some green onions, garlic, carrots, celery, romaine lettuce, potatoes, maybe some herbs. That’s just to name a few pf the over 20+ edible plants that you can regrow time and time again! All you need is a small jar, shot glass, cup, or even an ice cube tray/ These can all be perfect for these gardening experiments! Chop about 2 inches from the bottom, place in water for a few days until you see mature roots, then plant and enjoy!

Green Onions

Chop the end off about 1 1/2 inch from the bottom, set roots in water and watch them grow! You can plant them in a few days or keep chopping them as you cook. It’s that easy!


I’m going to walk you through my garden every month so you, too, can experience all the wonders gardening has to offer.

Chop 2 inches from bottom, place in water, then plant and enjoy.

Stay tuned & watch your new projects grow. Happy Gardening!


One of my favorites! Not only is it a beautiful plant for your yard, it will bear fruit time and time again. Cut close to the top of the fruit, take off all the fruit, then peel the bottom leaves off until you see little roots. Place in water until the roots have matured, about 5 days to a week, then plant.



Cut about 1 inch from the top of greens, place in water and watch them grow. The carrots themselves don’t grow much, but the carrot top are a great source of calcium, potassium, vitamin C and more. Not to mention they go great on salads & wraps.

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Wine Loving Grill Masters


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Here in Southwest Florida, we have the benefit of being able to grill, cook out and barbeque year round. For all of us northern transplants, this a very big deal. It means almost endless opportunities for grilling newbies to expand their horizons with more than just burgers and for grilling aficionados to perfect their techniques on unusual meats or alternative fishes. With such a variety of grilled foods and grilling styles, our options for what to drink broadens as well. While visions of California Zins and Argentinean Malbecs symbiotically matched with juicy steaks are floating through everyone’s minds, there are countless other pairing options that will surprise and entertain guests at your next barbeque. One of the reasons the aforementioned Zins and Malbecs harmonize so well with the classic steak on the grill is due to the oak flavors in those wines. So if your menu will be featuring charred foods or meats cooked with the direct method on charcoal grills, you will want to include wines with noticeable oak flavors. In addition to the go-to Zins and Malbecs, a toasty California Chardonnay or Australian Shiraz is bound to please. For line ups including flame grilled chicken or pork loin, try a barrel aged California Pinot Noir.

When spicy barbeque sauces will be taking center stage, there are compatible options in both reds and whites. Full bodied, high alcohol, dry reds work to balance the spice, so bring out a Chilean Carmenère or Italian Barbera. Big bold reds such as these are generally served between 59-64˚ but it would be a good idea to chill the wine a bit cooler as the decreased temperature will counteract the heat. If a white wine is desired, go with a light bodied, low alcohol, sweet white. An Italian Moscato or a German Riesling will work very well. Please note though, not all Rieslings are sweet and a dry one just won’t compliment the spicier fare the way a sweet one will. One of the main principles of wine and food pairing is that bitter food and bitter wine accentuate each other’s bitter qualities and do not go well together. So, if you’ll be indulging in meats with turmeric based spice rubs or salmon steaks seasoned with dill you will want to avoid tannic wines and explore an Oregon or Burgundy Pinot Noir. Similarly, in season staples, broccoli and brussel sprouts, may make their way to an avid grillers repertoire and are inherently bitter, so avoid oaked wines and try go with a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand or Chenin Blanc from South Africa.


Grilled fish generally tend to pair well with lighter reds and a wide variety of whites. If a fish is delicate or flaky it is usually grilled en papillote which limits the amount of grill flavor imparted to the fish. That being said if flounder or sole is on the agenda, it will generally complement the same Sauvignon Blancs or Pinot Grigios it would have had it been pan fried or baked. To liven things up, try a Spanish Albariño or Argentinean Torrontes. They will go just as well as the old standbys and add an unusual twist. For Mahi, Grouper, Snapper and their meatier brethren, a full bodied Chardonnay or a single varietal Grenache (Garnacha as they say in Spain) is light and zippy. Heavy fish including tuna, salmon and shark go very nicely with a cool region Merlot. Other grill favorites from the sea include barbequed shellfish. Two good matches that are off the beaten path are Italian Greco di Tufo and Spanish Verdejo. A rosé from Province will please the crustacean loving senses as well. Since it’s always a great time here in Southwest Florida to try some new wines while perfecting your grill skills. Wow the guests at your next barbeque with some of these fresh and fun wine pairings.



The 3rd Annual Woman of Distinction Awards Winners are Crowned

The Ladies Leading Right in Cape Coral crowned the 3rd Annual Woman of the Year, along with 6 Women of Distinction, a Humanitarian of Distinction, and a Young Woman of Distinction at the annual Gala in April. “It was my distinct honor to be awarded “Woman of the Year” in Cape Coral. Very humbling to be included with inspirational women I support, including our State Attorney Amira Fox. Sincerely appreciate being presented “Hometown Hero” award by Lisa Zimmer Barnes, another Woman of Distinction and our Deputy Chief of Police in Cape Coral. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to continue being of service with these women of integrity. Thank you all sincerely.” – 2019 Woman of the Year Amanda Goodlin About 200 people were on hand to celebrate all the outstanding Women of Distinction in Lee County. “Some of our winners are names that many in the crowd knew, while others were women who don’t ever get recognized for their achievements, women who, if asked, would say that they are not special. And that’s what makes these women so deserving, “ said Susan McNamara, Chair for the 2019 Women of Distinction Committee. The 2019 winners are: • Nadege Borgat, Woman of Distinction -- Business • Dina Comer, Woman of Distinction -- Education/Mentoring • Therese Everly, Woman of Distinction -- Politics • Deborah Smith Ford, Woman of Distinction -- Creative Arts • Amanda Goodlin, Woman of Distinction -- Hometown Hero • Diane Meyes, Woman of Distinction – Trailblazer • Jonette Kessack, Humanitarian of Distinction • Megan O’Grady, Young Woman of Distinction



“I was beyond humbled to be nominated and awarded. Thank you and everyone who worked so hard to recognize the outstanding women in our community.” – Woman of the Year Amanda Goodlin “From the dozens of nominations, a total of 22 finalists were picked by our panel of 7 judges, all community leaders. From those finalists, the 8 winners were picked. And from those winners, the Woman of the Year was awarded,” said McNamara. “Each year, the competition between the nominations is so tight, making it difficult to choose a winner. I’m so glad that I don’t have to be a judge!” 2017 Woman of the Year Connie RamosWilliams and 2018 Woman of the Year Lisa Barnes were both on hand to participate in the ceremony. “What a wonderful event to recognize these incredible women of distinction. Congratulations to all the nominees and finalists,” shared Ramos-Williams. Do you know a woman in Lee County who goes above and beyond? A woman who exemplifies what it means to be distinctive? Nominations for the 2020 Women of Distinction will be open by December 1st. Visit for details. The 2020 Women of Distinction Gala is already scheduled for April 10th. Make plans now to be a part of the celebration!




Publix Serves Day

Enrollment Open for 30th Annual FMPD Respect for Law Camp

Publix Serves Day was on Tuesday, April 2. This is a company-wide effort of Publix Super Markets that involves Publix associates serving in a variety of volunteer work around the community. The United Way Volunteer Center facilitated the volunteer event as a United Way Day of Caring and worked with LARC, Inc., the agency who benefited from the volunteer work, and Publix Super Markets to make the event a success.

The 2019 Respect for Law Camp is sponsored by the Fort Myers Police Department each year. The Camp is now enrolling children ages 11-14 for its 4-day, 3-night camping experience.

LARC, Inc. is a United Way Partner Agency with the mission to empower and support individuals with disabilities and their families to reach their full potential. LARC accomplishes this mission by providing vocational training and community residential services to help people with disabilities live happier, fuller, and more productive lives in the community, as independently as each is able.

An enrollment fee of $125.00 includes food, lodging, shirts, hats, prizes, and fun. Enroll by April 30th and receive an early registration discount of only $110.00.

The law enforcement themed camp will be held at Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School from June 6th to the 9th. Activities include S.W.A.T. Team and K-9 Unit demonstrations, emergency vehicle displays, law enforcement training and drills, dodge ball and more. Children experience the challenges and expectations that come with being a member of law enforcement in a fun and exciting camp atmosphere.

On-line registration is open, but participation is limited to the first 132 campers. An online registration link is available on the Fort Myers Police Department’s website at For more information contact Officer Athena Mitchell, Youth Relations Division, at (239) 321 – 7700 or email

Publix associates painted, cleaned windows, laid lava rock, trimmed trees, and interacted with the clients. The volunteers came from 10 Publix stores in the community. 80 Publix associates participated in the project at LARC. Publix Serves Day is a unique volunteer opportunity for associates to give back to their communities in which they work. Associates volunteered on their own time for the project. The United Way’s Day of Caring is a yearround program, coordinated by the United Way Volunteer Center which matches businesses’ desires to help with the needs of the community. Many local groups and companies have participated such as T3 Communications; Markham, Norton, Mosteller, Wright & Company, PA; and Fifth Third Bank. The United Way Volunteer Center connects individuals and companies to volunteer opportunities throughout our community. The United Way Volunteer Center also manages the Family Mentor Program, ReadingPals, and VITA. You can reach the United Way Volunteer Center by calling (239) 433-7567, or by visiting the United Way website at www.



COMMUNITIES IN ACTION ‘Eat.Clay.Love…Once Again’ event raises more than $30,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities® of SWFL

David Mulicka, Jenna Persons, Luis Insignares (standing), Rebekah MacFarlane Barney, Jeff Barney

Ronald McDonald House Charities’ 22nd anniversary “Eat.Clay.Love…Once Again” event held on March 28th raised more than $30,000 to help the charity support programs that keep families together and near the care they need. More than 90 guests gathered at the Ronald McDonald House and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, a live auction and dinner prepared by renowned Chef Brian Roland of CRAVE Culinaire. Donations came from auctioned off platters painted by local celebrities, including Golisano Children’s Hospital Chief Administrative Officer Armando Llechu, Cape Coral Mayor Joe Coviello,The News-Press Executive Editor & Vice President of Content Cindy McCurry-Ross, NBC2 News Anchor Rachel Pierce and Ronald McDonald House Charities® SWFL Executive Director Laura Ragain just to name a few. “We are grateful for the community’s support in helping to fulfill our mission,” said Ragain. “We look forward to the event each year and are consistently amazed at the artistic talents of our local celebrity participants.” Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southwest Florida creates, finds and supports programs that directly impact the health and well-being of children and their families in Southwest Florida.







El Caribe Latin Flavor Hosts Brew with Blue Officers with the Fort Myers Police Department and members of the community enjoyed coffee and conversation at El Caribe Latin Flavor. The café hosted the event to allow people a chance to sit with many of their neighborhood cops and ask questions or request assistance from the FMPD. Inquiries range from business applications to calming traffic along local streets. This was one of several community events that have been held by the department to reach out to various sections of the City in a comfortable and convenient environment. Special thanks go out to El Caribe Owners Yenner Garcia Asebedo and Lei is Vallafana Beritan for their hospitality.

Restaurants Lend Hand to Charity and Pass on Savings FORT MYERS, Fla. (April 23, 2019) – The Fort Myers Metro-McGregor Kiwanis has recruited 56 local restaurants in Lee County to offer dining discounts in a “Delicious Dining Discount” coupon book for $25. Most discounts are valid now through Nov. 15, 2019. Now in its 11th year, the coupon book is the club’s largest fundraiser with all profits going back to help local children and the local community. Typically, the coupon is “Buy one entrée, get one of equal or lesser value, with the purchase of two beverages,” but some restrictions may be applied depending on the restaurant. Each coupon can only be redeemed one-time. A few of the restaurants featured in the “Delicious Dining Discounts” book include 3 Fisherman Seafood Restaurant, Buon Appetito Restaurant & Bar, Cabañas Beach Bar and Grill, Cancún Bar & Grill, Cibo, Clancey’s Restaurant, Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille, Edison Restaurant, El Azteca Taqueria, The Fish & Vine, Il Pomodoro, Haney’s Café, India’s Grill, Maria’s Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant, Marker 92 Waterfront Bar & Bistro, Matanzas on the Bay, Mona Lisa Italian Restaurant, Monarca’s Authentic Mexican Cuisine, Nick & Stella’s Family Sports Pub, Old 41 Restaurant, Parrot Key Caribbean Grill, PierSide Grill, Sasse’s Restaurant, Shoeless Joe’s Sports Café, Trattoria Mia, The Whale and Wylds Café. To purchase a “Delicious Dining Discount” book, please visit one of the following locations: Bennett Chiropractic, 7130 Estero Boulevard Suite #1, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce, 2051 Cape Coral Parkway E Cape Coral, FL 33904 Cozette Salon, 16731 McGregor Boulevard, Suite #113, Fort Myers, FL 33908 Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce, 2450 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931, Gavin’s Ace Hardware, 16025 San Carlos Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33908 Hope United Presbyterian Church, 7470 Hickory Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33967 Kiwanis Fort Myers Beach Thrift Store, 11050 Summerlin Square Drive, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931, My Pack & Ship, 15271 McGregor Boulevard, Suite #160, Fort Myers, FL 33908, Saint Michael Lutheran Church, 3595 Broadway, Fort Myers, FL 33901 Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, 15975 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33908 Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, 7040 Winkler Road, Fort Myers, FL 33919, Siesta Bay RV Resort, 19333 Summerlin Road, Fort Myers, FL 33908, The UPS Store, 16970 San Carlos Boulevard, Suite #160, Fort Myers, FL 33908, VIP Realty Group, Inc., 13131 University Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33907 The book can be purchased online through the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce website at for $28. You can buy your Delicious Dining Discount book by mail by making $25 checks payable to Fort Myers Metro-McGregor Kiwanis P.O. Box 61104 Fort Myers, FL 339061104. For more information, please email or visit

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