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THIS ISN’T BASEBALL. YOU DON’T throw curves or hit fastballs. And there’s only one kind of pitch: Pitching in. You play this game in a field of dreams — broken dreams, sometimes. Or magnificent dreams come true on other occasions. It’s called volunteering, and it’s a high-contact sport. When you pitch in, volunteers say, you come in contact with need — people in need, a community in need, a need for something people may not

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An old Anderson Avenue address is still printed inside the front entranceway of McCollum Hall, even though it’s been Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard for 20 years. The pale yellow brick building on the corner at Cranford Avenue has been vacant even longer, light filtering through the ceiling beams into rooms full of the

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Among the grand misperceptions held by many on the North American continent, including 68.7 percent of the current residents of the great state of Florida*, is this one: Florida has only two seasons. Wet and too hot, they say, or warm and too dry. I don’t come from Florida, so I hesitate to say too much about it. As a matter of fact, it’s risky to say anything with natives of anywhere reading what you write about anyplace. But somehow I manage. And somehow my editors let me. And somehow, more or less, we all suffer for my big mouth (they suffer more, I suffer less). I will say this, however: I have personally counted 12 seasons in Florida. And we are now firmly adrift in one of the most beautiful — the 11th season, the season I call (not fall, not winter, not spring, not summer) the GoldenMoment. Northerners have this season, too, but it comes in October or even in September away up there. Or in years when somebody proposes drilling for oil in Rocky Mountain National Park at the top of where I come from, it even comes in August, just out of spite. But never in December. In those distant northern places the

Golden-Moment is stunted, like the Rocky Mountain bristlecone pine that grows up near tree-line between about 10,500 and 11,800 feet — a tree capable of taking root, growing 3 or 4 feet tall, and surviving for 2,435 years (the oldest known specimen in central Colorado). That’s more than two full miles above our own Golden-Moment. In the high Colorado Rockies, a Golden-Moment lasts about 15 minutes. Then the wind picks up and the world turns gray and dark and as hostile as a deep-freeze nightmare. Clouds with no sense of humor or bluff both above you and below you snow like hell, and if you get caught up there, you better know how to dig a snow cave. When the sun finally punches back through, hours or days later, it explodes off alabaster-white snowfields in a golden light so dazzling you can’t see the world without burning your eyes, except through thick snow goggles. Here, the golden moment lasts about three weeks, or maybe three months, I’m not sure which. And it’s so gentle it can slip past you like the haunting strain of a melody you heard on the next street over in a crowded city. If you live in Florida and you get out of that city to search on a Saturday or Sunday now, you’ll find our singularly luscious Golden-Moment hanging like ripe citrus over the road, waiting everywhere for you. I recommend driving away from the beach and back into the country — the

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whole 120-mile-wide swath that somebody, God or Nature, left to dangle off the southeastern tip of the United States like a pizzle without a groin (unless, of course, you think of Georgia as a groin, which many do when the Bulldogs meet the ‘Gators or Seminoles on the gridiron). The golden is everywhere on the Florida peninsula right now. In the wild, it’s live oaks caught in the lambent light of late afternoon. It’s slash pines communing in windsoaked dreams dancing through sunlight dusted with pollen and ferment. It’s the hissing dry-rub of palmettos making love above the restless curl of an eastern diamondback stunned by the daytide — the tough native flora sharp and inhospitable to any but their own, like some people. But in the country, it’s the golden harvest — it’s tomatoes and onions and strawberries. It’s squash and sunflowers, it’s collards and mustard greens,

it’s the ripening glory of Meyer lemons or pomelos or tangerines or calamondins, all hung like exotic botanical jewels from the earth’s ear. And it’s all awash in the light of a GoldenMoment. For me, this year, the Golden Moment arrived as a tawny hayfield cut and rolled so clean and dry under a blue-bell sky with cotton that I could only stop, and get out of a car in the middle of the road. “Maybe it’s better to pull off to the side,” my wife said kindly. My neighbor, Paul Meloy, Florida born and raised, gave us that hayfield along with the dwindling year’s 11th season. He knows more about it than I ever will. But whether you’re native or not, you can stop and look for it, too — in a thousand places from Key West to Kissimmee, or Miami to Marco, or from Palm Beach to Punta Gorda. Then you’ll see it. You’ll spot colors so warm you could heat with them: ambers and cinnamons and the aureate spangles of light-fused honey and harvest. You’ll see that long, slow Florida gift I call the 11th season as clearly as the autumn sun. * The number of Florida’s nearly 19 million residents who don’t know their seasons — cited here at 68.7 percent, or about 13.05 million — is a figure based on highly intuitive and thoroughly irrational guesswork likely to bear no relevance whatsoever to the truth. ■

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Newt Gingrich racked up between $1.6 and $1.8 million in payments from Freddie Mac through the years for, the former speaker maintains, essentially doing nothing. It’s not inconceivable that he’s right. Such was the incredible largesse available to the government-sponsored mortgage giant that one or two million dollars over the course of a decade was practically chump change. Gingrich says he didn’t lobby for Freddie, and in response to a question about his payments at one of the Republican debates, said he only offered advice to Freddie “as a historian” that its lending practices were insane. Surely, though, there must have been historians available who were cheaper and had more expertise in the history of foolishly loaning money to poor credit risks. At the very least, Freddie wanted to keep Gingrich on a leash in order to prevent him from blasting it in public. Contra Gingrich, former Freddie officials say they paid him for his advice

o on its policy initiatives and his insight o on how to reach out to conservatives. IIf Gingrich did chastise his benefactors, F Frederick the Great’s line about the hesiitant Austrian empress at the partitioniing of Poland in the late-18th century a applies: “She wept but she took.” Gingrich profited from one of the greatest and most damaging Washington scandals of our time. The whole sorry tale is recounted in detail in Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner’s maddening book “Reckless Endangerment.” Fannie Mae realized in the early 1990s that it was in the Washington business as much as the mortgage business; it had to preserve at all costs its government backstop to keep its advantage over other financial institutions. It hired the Washington fixer James Johnson as its CEO, and he perfected the model that allowed Fannie and Freddie to run amok. He hitched Fannie to the fashionable cause of affordable housing knowing that it provided a handy shield against criticism. When anyone pointed out its reckless profiteering, Fannie could reply that it was only bringing the American Dream to poor households, in keeping with the wishes of Congress. Fannie hired a phalanx of lobbyists and even paid lobbyists simply not to work

against it. One bank lobbyist opposed to Fannie is quoted by Morgenson and Rosner complaining: “I tried to find academics that would do research on these issues, and Fannie had bought off all the academics in housing. I had people say to me, ‘Are you going to give me stipends for the next 20 years like Fannie will?’” As Fannie and Freddie kept their regulators and critics at bay, their risky lending practices rippled throughout the mortgage market. When the bust came, taxpayers ponied up more than a hundred billion dollars, in exactly the bailout Fannie and Freddie denied would ever happen. After everything, the two firms still backstop almost nine in 10 new mortgages. The entire noxious episode explains why people are so desperate for Washington outsiders. Newt Gingrich channels that impulse masterfully, but he knows too well whereof he speaks. When the more respectable 21st-century equivalent of the Watergate burglars came to him with their black bags, Gingrich took his cut. ■

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The United Nations’ annual climate summit descended on Durban, South Africa, this week, but not in time to prevent the tragic death of Qodeni Ximba. The 17-year-old was one of 10 people killed in Durban Sunday, the night before the U.N. conference opened. Torrential rains pummeled the seaside city of 3.5 million. Seven hundred homes were destroyed by the floods. Ximba was sleeping when the concrete wall next to her collapsed. One woman tried to save a flailing 1-year-old baby whose parents had been crushed by their home. She failed, and the baby died along with both parents. All this, as more than 20,000 politicians, bureaucrats, journalists, scientists and activists made their way to what may be the last chance for the Kyoto Protocol. How might the conference have prevented the deaths? A better question is, How might the massive deluge, which fell on the heels of other deadly storms this month, be linked to human-induced climate change, and what is the gathering in Durban doing about it? Durban has received twice the normal amount of rain for November. The trends suggest that extreme weather is going to get worse. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a group with thousands of scientists who volunteer their time “to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change.” The group won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Last week, the IPCC released a summary of its findings, clearly linking changing climate to extreme weather events such as drought, flash floods, hurricanes, heat

w waves and rising sea levels. The World M Meteorological Organization released a ssummary of its latest findings, noting, to d date, that 2011 is the 10th-warmest year o on record, that the Arctic sea ice is at its a all-time low volume this year, and that 113 of the warmest years on record have occurred in the past 15 years. Which brings us to Durban. This is the 17th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or, simply, COP17. One of the signal achievements of the U.N. process to date is the Kyoto Protocol, an international treaty with enforceable provisions designed to limit greenhouse-gas emissions. In 1997, when Kyoto was adopted, China was considered a poor, developing country, and, as such, had far fewer obligations under Kyoto. Now, the U.S. and others say that China must join the wealthy, developed nations and comply with that set of rules. China refuses. That is one of the major, but by no means the only, stumbling blocks to renewing the Kyoto Protocol (another major problem is that the world’s historically largest polluter, the United States, signed Kyoto but did not ratify it in Congress). In Copenhagen in late 2009 (at COP15), President Barack Obama swept in, organized back-door, inviteonly meetings and crafted a voluntary — i.e., unenforceable — alternative to Kyoto, angering many. COP16 in Cancun, Mexico, in 2010 heightened the distance from the Kyoto Protocol. The prevailing wisdom in Durban is that this is make-or-break time for the U.N climate process. Exacerbating Obama’s failures is the Republican majority in the House of Representatives that largely holds human-made climate change as being either a hoax or simply nonexistent, as do eight of nine Republican presidential candidates. Oil and gas corpora-

tions spend tens of millions of dollars annually to promote junk science and climate-change deniers. Their investment has paid off, with an increasing percentage of Americans believing that climate change is not a problem. Coincident with the disappointing U.N. proceedings has been a growing movement for climate justice in the streets. Protests against fossil-fuel dependence, which accelerates global warming, range from the nonviolent direct action against mountaintopremoval coal mining in West Virginia to the arrest of more than 1,200 people at the White House opposing the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline. Which is why Durban, South Africa, is such a fitting place for civil society to challenge the United Nations process. The continent of Africa is projected to experience the impact of climate change more severely than many other locales, and most populations here are less well-equipped to deal with climate disasters, without proper infrastructure or a reserve of wealth to deploy. Yet these are the people who threw off the oppressive yoke of apartheid. South African novelist Alan Paton wrote of apartheid in 1948, the system’s first year, anticipating a long fight to overturn it, “Cry, the beloved country, these things are not yet at an end.” The same determination is growing in the streets of Durban, providing the leadership so lacking in the guarded, airconditioned enclave of COP17. ■

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It happens every year, but locals still seem surprised. Small signs at first. Not so many free parking spaces at the grocery store. A bit of traffic on the Matanzas Pass bridge as sunset nears. Before long, you have to wait for a seat at the restaurant. Someone's sitting on your favorite barstool. The snowbirds are back. Just as predictable, and just as mystifying, are the sometimes angry responses to this temporary migration. As if they're being original, a vocal minority can be counted on to decry the muchneeded influx of cash and contribution with which our seasonal population favors us every year. Granted, some good-natured grumbling is not out of place when you're stuck behind a car going 5 mph with a map spread across the wheel, but GPS units have almost eliminated that phenomena. Makes me wonder why they put up with it sometimes. There are so many alternatives, why show up in Southwest Florida year after year? The answer to that question came in the form of an opportunity to do some consulting work in Portland, Ore. There's not a better place to be from July to October, but my fingers are

c cramped from cold as I write this — and II'm inside. I did live here through a few w winters several lifetimes ago, but for the llast decade I've been firmly planted in tthe Southwest Florida sand. Funny how y you forget all the little things that come with cold weather. Like socks. I'll slip on sandals for formal occasions back home, but my feet stay bare most of the time. Here, I have a selection of socks depending on the footwear and precipitation outlook. I feel like I've lost a connection to the planet. For a guy who hates to do laundry, the little suckers are a clingy, mismatched mess. The wind that keeps kites aloft and sails filled in SWFL chaps lips and chills bones here. Worst of all, I was just celebrating the end of a wonderful subtropic rainy season — and the Pacific Northwest downpour has just begun. There are compensating balances, to be sure. Douglas firs and noble evergreens add a holiday spirit despite the

absence of mine. Fall has come so late the deciduous trees are still a riot of color. Coming out of the weather to find a fire glowing in a hearth is a pleasure. People seem a little friskier than the torpor that accompanies subtropical heat, but it hasn't resulted in a love connection. If I'm a good boy and get all my work done, there's a snowboard in the closet waiting for a trip to the mountain (less than an hour's drive). Kind of nice to be in a big city as well. National news reports would have you believe Portland is a mass of barricades and tents, but I stepped off the light rail from the airport to a clean city full of people happily engaged in their daily business. You can get a handmade bulgogi and kimchi taco from a food cart for under three bucks, among other culinary adventures. Holiday activities are everywhere, from brass bands engaging in street corner concerts to a huge holiday ale festival in the city center. I don't know who was in charge of putting twinkly lights in trees,

but it's as if they fell from the sky and covered everything that stood still. All of which is cold comfort when I reflect on the balmy pleasures of a Southwest Florida winter. As a concept, the whole state enjoys the reputation of winter paradise in the national consciousness, but coconut trees tell the real story. You won't find any north of Sarasota, or the assurance of a much warmer winter than the rest of the country will experience. Especially important this year, as cyclic patterns suggest our northern neighbors are in for a deep freeze of it. If you're no fan of east coast congestion, Southwest Florida is the golden spot. I've been guilty of snowbird abuse myself from time to time in the past, looking up from my beach bike ride at incoming flights and commenting on the arrival of another giant tube of flu. For those folks on the plane, however, walking into the sunshine is akin to a miracle. I can't tell you how many times I've had my own wonder in the area renewed by a kid amazed at the sight of a lizard, or watching an old couple hand-in-hand on the beach at sunset. That's what the snowbird knows, and has to teach all of us: the life you enjoy every day is the wonder of the world. A green, sunny place in a cold, wet, gray land. They're willing to put up with a few sneers and grumbles to share in our wealth. We should be willing to put up with some traffic and a little waiting to share in their joy. ■


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VOLUNTEERISM From page 1 even know they need. Sometimes you raise money, or manage it or give it away on behalf of people in need. Sometimes you cook for them or feed them or teach them or hold them or put them on a horse when they suffer from a debilitating condition. It isn’t easy, but frequently it’s something you’ve seen done before, by a parent or mentor you can’t forget. “My grandmother was a teacher, and she voluntarily taught in a low-income area in Queens, New York. I spent many summers going with her and seeing how she interacted with children at the school — I guess it wore off on me,” explains Melissa Titus, the mother of two elementary school children in east Lee County. Mrs. Titus spends at least 25 hours a week helping children in the classrooms where her own children are learning and maturing, and has for the last four years — which amounts to a total of about 3,600 hours. What you discover, many volunteers say, is a remuneration that benefits the heart and mind, justifying the significant effort and sometimes noteworthy personal expense. Volunteering, in other words, is good for you, and it feels good, too. “I have read studies, and it’s true for me, that when you volunteer you’re happier and healthier. And when you volunteer more — when you become part of the world in a way that allows you to learn from everyone you meet — you’re even happier still,” explains Mike Sullivan, a retired school principal who spends five days a week volunteering at the Naples Botanical Garden. In about 18 month’s, he’s contributed more than 1,500 hours. To put it in monetary terms, the estimated dollar value of volunteer time in 2010 was $21.36 per hour, according to an analysis by independentsector.org. Mr. Sullivan, therefore, has contributed roughly $32,000 worth of work to the Naples Botanical Garden. Mrs. Titus, additionally, has given the equivalent in volunteered work of about $75,600 to public schools and public school children. And they’re not the only ones. Up and down the southwest coast, volunteers abound — and so do donors (one particular species of volunteer, perhaps). Together, they make a qualitative and rarely celebrated difference in the way we live. “They’re all volunteers — they help us connect donors who care with the causes they care about,” says Debbie Gauvreau, director of nonprofit resources for the Charlotte Community Foundation, describing the brain trusts of individuals who roll up the sleeves on their white-collar shirts to voluntarily help a multitude of folks they may never meet. “There are 10 board members (of the Charlotte Community Foundation), seven members of the endowment council, four members of the investment committee, 10 members of the grants advisory committee, three members of the marketing advisory council, seven members of the nonprofit leadership advisory council — there are about 100 nonprofit groups that take part in the monthly training programs and workshops they do to build their business skills. They teach them fundraising, marketing, governance, strategic planning — we’re the only provider of that kind of help, here.” So who and how many are pitching in, and what does that say about us?

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— only 12.1 percent of the resident population pitched in to help somebody other than themselves. That statistic doesn’t mean much to Colleen Murphy, president and CEO of the $67 million Collier Community Foundation, the largest monetarily on the southwest coast. “I’m surprised at that statistic, and the only thing that might explain it is that a lot of people here change their residences from North to South,” she says. Since the statistics analyze the data of residents, those who qualify as snowbirds and may contribute significantly to their part-time communities are not counted there as volunteers. “I can tell you there are many wonderful people who give of themselves both time and treasure,” Ms. Murphy adds. “About 30 percent of the nonprofits here have no paid staff. Their work is done completely by volunteers. “Not including Naples Community Hospital — that place is a $500 million revenue organization — the rest of the nonprofits in Collier generate another $500 million, and there are probably 250 of them serving our citizens.” For Sarah Owen, the newly named CEO of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation in Lee, the statistics are mere leaves in the wind. The volunteers, on the other hand, are rock solid. “My own personal experience is that I’ve seen folks really go above and beyond what any nonprofit has ever asked of them,” she says. “It runs the whole gamut and it takes everyone, from the people picking chicken off the bones to serve a meal in the commu-

In the United States, roughly one in four people actually volunteered last year — they pitched in to do something for somebody at a pay level amounting to exactly zero in dollars and cents, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Sometimes Brian (Holley, executive director at the Naples Botanical Garden) tells me he’s going to give me a raise,” says Mr. Sullivan, chuckling. “I say, ‘Thank you. Zero times zero is zero.’” But in Florida, ranked 49th among the 50 states for those with the grit and will to come off the bench in their communities and pitch in, only about one in five residents volunteered, notes CNCS. The corporation analyzes data from nonprofit organizations and community groups in all 50 states, and reports the findings at www.volunteeringinamerica.gov. On the Southwest coast, the percentages of volunteers vary widely, depending on the community — and it’s difficult to say what this means about particular communities. Is recession a factor? Wealth? Age? Residency status? Nobody really knows, and the answer probably involves all of the above, say volunteer leaders. In 2010, with 26.3 percent of Americans pitching in but only 21.3 percent of residents in the Sunshine State, a whopping 28.8 percent of Lee County residents pitched in, according to CNCS. No numbers exist for Charlotte, but in Collier County — defined as Naples

One of those, for example, is James Burton, a 57-year-old line cook at an Olive Garden restaurant. A husband and father who brought his family to the southwest coast from Northern Virginia (he’s a Texan by birth and upbringing), after cooking all week Mr. Burton then spends his day off cooking as a volunteer in the Community Café at CCMI. There, kids who are sleeping in cars (a documented reality in the region), or men and women who were laid off during a recession that ended two years ago but not for them, can get one of Mr. Burton’s meals, rather than starve. “I get here about 10 or 11 a.m. and I help cook the food Richard and I prepare for the day,” he explains simply. “Today, we did stuffed peppers, sweet potatoes, barbecued turkey with mushroom rice, zucchini, orange slices and bread. There’s juice and water as well.” Ask Mr. Burton why he wants to spend his day off back in a kitchen, and you know what he’s going to say. “I just want to give back to somebody. Ever since this recession started, you see people walking the street, and they’re homeless and hungry…what are you gonna do?” What are you going to do, indeed. “There but for the grace of God go I,” the mantra of many who act in the interests of the less fortunate, is a sentiment that deeply affects many volunteers, they say. And if you’re one of them — If you’re Mr. Burton, or Pat Schmidt, for example — you take it upon yourself to do something. At 7 a.m. on a cool December morning last week, Mrs. Schmidt, a 79-yearold widow who spent more than 70 years of her life in or around Minneapolis-St. Paul, came wheeling into a nearly deserted Publix parking lot in a red Jeep. She hopped out and raced across the asphalt to enter the doors a minute or so after the store opened for the day. All that is merely a slight exaggeration — she didn’t actually hop and she didn’t race. She lowered herself stiffly from the vehicle and walked slowly across the lot. But Mrs. Schmidt appeared just as determined and lively — more so, in fact — than any hopper or racer who ever appeared bent on picking up some groceries. Each weekday she drives the early morning miles to stores that give away left-over baked goods. She collects them — hauling two full-sized shopping carts at a time from the store’s entrance where clerks have filled them for her the night before, to her Jeep — then she transports the food she’s offloaded into large plastic bags back to the CCMI food store, known as the pantry. There, shoppers pay for what they want in vouchers obtained after they meet with counselors — volunteers themselves who are trained to help determine their need, offer job counseling and the like. Mrs. Schmidt then manages the pantry, something she’s been doing for about six years, since even before her husband died in 2010. So that’s about 25 to 30 hours per week, and 35 miles per day, she figures. There’s a proximate cause and a once-upon-a-time cause for Mrs.


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Schmidt’s case of Good Samaritanism in her community. Proximately, she became part of CCMI after meeting Sam Galloway in church. A prominent businessman and philanthropist in Lee County, he helped found the organization, and his children remain past or current members of its volunteer board. But her willingness to pitch in, like that of so many volunteers, began decades earlier when she was a small girl walking with her mother through a brutally frigid winter morning in Minneapolis. “My parents were always the ‘be kind and help the next person if you can’ kind of people,� she recalls. “So I was going down the street holding my mother’s hand one morning when she saw a couple with two small children waiting for a bus. It was so cold, and they had no winter coats. “My mother walked up and said to them, ‘You meet me at the department store.’ And we met them there and my mother bought them warm coats.� That single act happened in a single hour in the 1940s — the decision of one woman on a city street who chose in a single moment to spend her extra money warming and protecting a family of strangers, on a single winter morning in another time and another place, far away. Her name was Darlene Hallgrin, and she had a little girl named Pat. Mrs. Hallgrin has been gone from this world for a long time, but her act of love and charity continues to resonate through her daughter, who has now grown old — an act arguably as vibrant and contemporary in spirit as a bright afternoon sun. Which is just where Christi Sarlow, Jan Fifer and Rudy Cifolelli were stand-

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Pat Schmidt does 25 hours a week and 30 miles a day. ing last week while they brushed and readied a stable of steady horses for the riders about to descend for the afternoon — the Special Equestrians. That happens to be the name of the organization that brings people with almost every kind of disability together with well-trained horses donated by generous equestrians, and experienced, volunteer instructors and caretakers. The riders come from the region, sometimes their visits are doctor prescribed, most are children but their ages range from 3 to 70, and their cost is held down to a startlingly low $12 per hour. That’s due to the many donors and volunteers who maintain Special Equestrians. Result: The riders benefit from

beautifully maintained animals in an immaculate and gentle setting. The stables are comfortable and clean. The grounds include fenced pastures, broad pole barns and facilities allowing physically disabled people to mount and dismount easily. Trails both open and wooded wind through the property, and a “sensory trail� designed and built by FGCU student volunteers offers riders the chance to feel, taste, smell, see and hear things they could not otherwise experience in their lives. Volunteer caretakers here share a vast experience both with horses and humans — and everybody seems to benefit from the all-volunteer Florida sunshine. “There’s a magic about people and horses — these people will do things on a horse they wouldn’t do in a therapy room, for example,� says Ms. Fifer, 60, executive director of Special Equestrians (she’s a volunteer, of course) and a retired teacher. “This is the result of a huge effort and generosity by many (donors and volunteers),� explains Ms. Sarlow, president of the board of Special Equestrians. Although her clients together show a range of about 25 disabilities, the most frequent she and her volunteer staff embrace are autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and developmental problems. “I can’t do this with a clear eye,� says Mr. Cifolelli, a 70-something master of the equestrian art who started riding and training horses as a young teenager in Detroit, of all places. “I began working at a city stables there when I was about 14,� he says. “Everybody here is well-trained, and to us the safety of the clients and the care of the horses is paramount. So any risk is washed away.�

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One of Ms. Fifer’s equestrian students, for example, was born without legs. She began at Special Equestrians when was 6, and now — about six years later — she’s a wonder on horseback, completely comfortable on her own, Ms. Fifer says. “She uses a surcingle — a girth and a handle — to ride,� she explains. Many of the students do, too, mounting from a special platform to enter a world of freedom unlike any they know in the course of daily life. “The movement of a horse’s walk is similar to the movement of a human pelvis,� says Ms. Fifer. “So it helps them with muscle strength and self control, and it gives those who can’t a sense of what it really feels like to walk.� What it feels like to walk in a world where walking has been left out of the equation of living — symbolically and even literally that’s the gift that volunteers give each day up and down the southwest coast. What they get, in return, couldn’t buy a cup of coffee or a Maserati, either one. Instead, perhaps, it pays a dividend of knowing — of seeing. “I met a Hindu couple one day and they were in the butterfly house, and one of the butterflies had succumbed,� recalls Mike Sullivan. “And they asked the docent on duty if they could hold it in the palms of their hands and do a prayer. He agreed, and they did. Then they set the butterfly down on the ground behind some bushes where it wouldn’t be stepped on� — where it might just become part of the earth, again. “I see those things and that’s my gain,� he concludes. “I gain from every experience I have in every garden.� ■

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Picture frames were very elaborate during Victorian times. The rectangular frame for an oil painting could be 3 or 4 inches deep with several different types of carving on the borders. And the frame often was covered with gold leaf. Small frames were sometimes made of carved pieces of dark wood joined in a crisscross fashion. The simple silver frame favored today for photographs was unknown to Victorians. They preferred odd-shaped silver-plated frames with added figures or objects because they liked lots of ornamentation. Their picture frames often were more important than the pictures in them, and added decorative value to a group display. Today, picture frames and mats are made to enhance pictures. During the past 25 years, museums and serious collectors have tried to keep pictures in their original frames. Artists, after all, often made the frames to go with a special “look” they were trying to achieve. Landscapes were put in frames with wide borders that slanted into the painting, giving added depth. Signed picture frames by known makers sell for hundreds to thousands of dollars. Do not put a new frame on an old painting, print or drawing before you learn what type of frame it ought to have. And if you have some old frames, you might try to

Q: A while ago, I purchased a papier-mache duck decoy made by the General Fibre Co. of d St. S Louis. The decoy is impressed “General Fibre Co., Ariduk, Reg. U.S. Pat. Off., St. Louis F 2, 2 Mo.” There’s a 2¼-inch hole on the top A jeweled rake and sickle are applied to this 19th-century picture frame. The unmarked mixed-metal frame is 11 inches high. It was made in about 1875, and sold recently for $225 at Jackson’s Auction in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

of the duck. Why the hole? And what is the decoy worth? A: Your molded-fiber (papier-mache) decoy dates from the mid-1940s or early 1950s. One clue to its age is the postal zone, 2, in the address. Postal zones were first used in 1943. Another clue is the material your decoy is made of. Molded fiber was first used for factory-made decoys in 1939, but it really took off after World War II. Then, in the early 1950s, molded fiber was replaced by Styrofoam and plastics. The hole on the top of your decoy originally was covered with a thin layer of fiber. It was designed to be closed with a wooden plug after the decoy was filled with ballast. Ariduk duck decoys sell for $5 to more than $100, depending on condition, color and type of duck. Q: I have a cookie jar that seems to be an

ad for Nabisco Sunshine cookies. Did many companies make their own special cookie jars? A: Cookie jars have long been popular with collectors, and some collectors specialize in advertising jars. Enough can be found to make it an interesting collecting category. Look for jars by Nestle’s, Aunt Jemima, Blue Bonnet margarine, Milk Bone dog biscuits, Coca-Cola, Quaker Oats, Barnum’s Animal Crackers, M&M’s and Quaker Oats. There also are jars for smaller companies, like Haggard’s Quality Cream Flake Cookies and Dad’s Oatmeal Cookies. Q: I have a clear glass pitcher that belonged to my grandmother, who died more than 50 years ago. It has a scalloped base and a beautiful pattern. It weighs about two pounds and is almost 9 inches tall. On the inside of the base it says, “Let Hartman Feather Your Nest.” Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated. A: The slogan “Let Hartman Feather Your Nest” was used by Hartman Furniture and Carpet Co. of Chicago. Leon Hartman founded a Chicago furniture company called People’s Outfitting Co. in 1888. The firm’s name was changed to Hartman Furniture and Carpet Co. in 1898. Hartman had stores in several cities and was in business until at least the late 1920s. Furniture and carpets made by other companies were sold through Hartman’s stores and by mail order. The company’s logo was used on a large pitcher made by McKee Glass Co. in about 1910. The pattern is called “Aztec Sunburst” or “McKee’s Sunburst.” Your pitcher would sell for about $100.

Q: My husband and I recently inherited the boots that Sunset Carson wore in all of his cowboy shows. We believe they are oneof-a-kind. We also have many autographed pictures of Carson from the 1950s and ‘60s. My father-in-law was Carson’s booking manager. Are these items worth much? A: Sunset Carson (1920-1990) was an actor in Western B-movies and TV shows from the 1940s until about 1985. His given name was Winifred Maurice Harrison, but he used the name “Michael Harrison” as a rodeo rider. He was listed as Sonny “Sunset” Carson in an early 1944 movie, and after that became just Sunset Carson. The value of Carson’s boots depends on their style and condition. He was a minor star, so the boots probably would sell for about what any good cowboy boots would bring. Q: A Bavarian tea set has been in my family for several decades. The mark on the bottom of the dishes is “Porzellanfabrik Arzberg, Arzberg, (Bayern).” Please tell me something about the maker and when the set was made. A: Porzellanfabrik Arzberg (translation: Porcelain Factory Arzberg) has been in business in Arzberg, Bavaria (“Bayern” in German), Germany, since 1927. But the mark you describe was used only from 1930 to 1947. Tip: Be sure to remove the weights and pendulum when moving a clock. ■

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for about an hour, but Pence failed to show. Then, one officer noticed the money slowly moving across the field and finally caught up to Pence, who was pulling a very, very long, partially concealed rope from a location a distance from the drop site. ■

Cultural diversity ■ Globally (except in Japan), familyrun businesses underperform those run by professional managers. Japanese corporations often seem to have a talented son to take over for his father. The main reason for that, according to an August Freakonomics radio report, is that the family scions usually first recruit an ideal “son” and then adopt him, often also encouraging their daughters to marry the men. (Japanese adage: “You can't choose your sons, but you can choose your sons-in-law.”) If the man is already married, sometimes he and his wife will both get adopted. In fact, while 98 percent of U.S. adoptions are of children, 98 percent of Japan's are of adults. ■ At an October ceremony in the Satara district in India's Maharashtra state, 285 girls were allowed to change their names, as each of them had originally been named the Hindi word “Nakusa,” which translates to “unwanted” (expressing their parents' disappointment at not having had a son). In Satara, only 881 girls are born for every 1,000 boys, reportedly the result of abortion, given the expense of raising a girl (whose family is expected to pay for any wedding and give a dowry to the groom's

family). ■ Swedish Judges Get Tough: (1) A court dismissed charges against two 20-year-old men in October, accused of having bared a passed-out, 18-year-old woman's breasts at a party and taken photographs. Since the woman was not “aware” that she was being molested, the act was not a crime, ruled the Stockholm District Court. (2) Also in October, the Falun District Court in central Sweden convicted 23 women of possession of “large quantities” of child pornography, but gave them suspended sentences, merely fining them in amounts as low as the equivalent of $375. Their male “ringleader” was sentenced to one year in prison. ■ Dubai is a city of towering, architecturally brilliant skyscrapers, but since all were built only in the last several decades, the city's central sewer system has not been able to keep up. Consequently, reported NPR's “Fresh Air” in November, only a few are hooked up to the municipal system, and the remainder must hire fleets of tanker trucks to carry away the waste water. The trucks then must queue up, sometimes for 24 hours at a time, to dispose of it at treatment plants. ■

Least-competent criminal A lawyer's first rule of cross-examination is to never ask a question you don't already know the answer to, but criminal defendants who act as their own lawyers typically do not get that memo. Philome Cesar, charged with about 25 robberies in the Allentown, Pa., area, began questioning his alleged victims at

his trial in November. Please describe, he asked the first, what the robber sounded like. Answered victim Daryl Evans, “He sounded like you.” After Cesar asked a second victim the same question and received the same answer, he decided to stop cross-examining the victims. (He was convicted of 19 counts.) ■

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Questionable judgments Each August in Urakawa, Japan, a “hallucination and delusion competition” takes place among visiting alcoholics and sufferers of mental disorders, who in principle are helped by bonding with fellow patients and revealing their failures and successes. The Bethel Festival, named for its sponsor, brings about 600 people together for on-stage presentations (sometimes in the form of song or dance)

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HOT SPOT From page 1 and a boarding house. It may only be a year before McCollum, on the National Register of Historic Places, is finally welcoming customers again. Many are warming to the idea that a popular Harlem soul food restaurant called Sylvia’s, which officials say is interested in occupying a space here, will come to town. There are also plans for retail shops, the hope being McCollum can be a catalyst to transform a neighborhood official reports have called “blighted.” Harriet Myers, president of the Lee County Black History Society, is hoping for something similar. “It’ll be great to have that building back,” she said. “Maybe it’ll put some life back into that street.” The first phase of construction on the nearly 10,000-square-foot structure will mean bringing the building back from the brink: stabilizing the walls, adding a viable roof, reinforcing columns. The city hopes private businesses will take the place over.

Back to life There are old warped records inside a big dirty window; someone had fingered the word “clean” into the dust. The smell of urine wafts from a rusted stairwell that leads up to the second floor out. Walls have crumbled. Caroline McCollum’s family built and owned the building until they sold it to Fort Myers in 2008. “For years we had ideas and plans (for the building), but we didn’t have the money,” she said. “Now people are going to see a more beautiful building when they pass.

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They’ll see the old and the new.” Her father-in-law, Clifford “Buck” McCollum Sr., built it in 1938. They owned a liquor store there. Long-time community activist Willie Green remembers “Big Buck” often wore shiny black Florsheim shoes and a brown suit. He’s surprised to see this restoration happening with his own old eyes. “It seemed like it was never going to happen,” said Mr. Green, who is now 78 years old and says he moved to the area from Miami in 1953. “Sometimes government works slow, but if you have enough patience and live long enough, it can happen.” He says he saw performers Duke Ellington, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi and Count Basie play there. They are said to have come through Fort Myers on the Chitlin’ Circuit, places black musicians could play during segregation. During World War II, white officers from local military bases came to the segregated club along with black officers and people in the community. “That was very odd, but because they were military, people just obeyed,” said Mr. Green. “When a group of soldiers came in, you were honored to have them.” Alcohol was served at the club, and as the night wore on, black and white patrons danced together, he and others remember. “We all got along,” said Mr. Green, looking up at the broken out second story window inside which blues legends performed. “You can see how small the stage was up there. You’d be very close. People would go up to the stage and throw money and all kinds of things. ■

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Officials focus on reducing traffic deaths The Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition is observing 4D Prevention Month to increase awareness of the dangers of drunk, drugged, drowsy and distracted driving and provide prevention strategies. To date, there have been 67 traffic fatalities on record in Lee County in 2011. In 2010, there were 65 traffic-related deaths. Injuries from motor vehicle crashes continue to be the No. 1 trauma alert at Lee Memorial Health System’s Trauma Center. “More than 50 percent of the motor vehicle injury cases that come into Lee Memorial Trauma Center involve alcohol and nearly 30 percent involve drugs,” said Syndi Bultman, injury prevention manager for Lee Memorial Health System and chairperson for the coalition. “With the holidays upon us, it’s an especially important time to remind people of the dangers of drinking, drugs, distracted and drowsy driving.” According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, three out of every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol related traffic crash in their lifetime. “National 4D Prevention Month is an opportunity for health and safety professionals to remind the community that driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, drowsy or distracted, can result in the loss of someone we love,” says Deborah

Comella, execuDrive!, an organitive director for zation that works the Lee County to prevent distractCoalition for a ed driving. Drug-Free SouthAs the national west Florida. spotlight contin“Driving under ues to focus on the influence distracted drivincludes alcoing, Mr. Anderson hol, illicit drugs notes that in the and prescription U.S. over the past drugs,” said Ms. five years there has Comella. “When The Lee County Sheriff’s Office displays a crash been a 25 percent starting a new vehicle that depicts the dangers of texting and reduction in traffic p r e s c r i p t i o n driving. fatalities, yet there medication, people should read the label has been a 42 percent increase in fatalities carefully. If the label includes a warning not directly related to driver distractions. to operate heavy equipment while taking “Distracted driving continues to be a this medication, this includes your motor public health threat, putting other drivers, vehicle as some prescription drugs can bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorcyclists in cause drowsiness and slow reaction times. the bulls-eye,” he says. When mixed with alcohol, these effects can During the holiday season and yearbe enhanced.” round, take simple steps to avoid driving A new study by the AAA Foundation under the influence of drugs and alcohol, for Traffic Safety finds nearly a third of while tired or distracted: drivers admitted nodding off at the wheel ■ Plan a safe way home before the fesduring the past month of driving. Drowsy tivities begin. driving may cause as many as 17 percent of ■ Designate a sober driver before drinkall crashes and 5,000 deaths a year on the ing and give them the keys. nation’s roads, according to Jay Anderson, ■ Use a taxi, limo service, public transexecutive director of Stay Alive …. Just portation or call a sober friend or family

member to get home safely. ■ If you see an impaired driver on the road, call local law enforcement. ■ Don’t let friends drive drunk. Take their keys and help them make arrangements to get safely home. ■ Get adequate rest, bring a friend or family member on long trips and take frequent breaks when driving on trips. ■ If you need to take a call, pull over to a safe location until your phone call is completed. The Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition has been working to prevent injuries in Lee County since 1995 under the auspices of the Lee County Health Department. Today the group is composed of more than 80 different health and safety agencies and experts. The coalition is a multi-disciplinary cooperative of private and public partners that include emergency medical services, fire and rescue agencies, law enforcement agencies, hospital outreach programs, health agencies, and public and private schools. This strong partnership provides increased resources, efficiency and consistent delivery of unified safety messages to the public. For more information, visit http://leecountyinjuryprevention.org/. ■

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FGCU to host lecture on end of life issues Florida Gulf Coast University’s Continuing Education and Off Campus Programs, in collaboration with 21st Century C.A.R.E. and the Fort Myers Ministerial Association, presents “Ethical Dilemmas at End of Life,” a lecture and luncheon for faith leaders, health-care professionals, caregivers and those involved or interested in palliative care, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18, at The Atrium, 8695 College Parkway, Suite 1181, in Fort Myers. Registration begins at 11 a.m. A buffet luncheon will be provided by Dignity Memorial. There is no cost for the lecture; however, for clergy or health-care professionals desiring a certificate of attendance, the cost is $10. Contact hours through state of Florida's CE Broker for most health-care professions are available. The cost for contact hours is $15. Seating is limited to 75, and reservations are required by Jan. 6 by calling 938-9301.

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Cruise for a cause The Above Board Chamber of Florida and the Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will host Cruise for a Cause from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. Guests will leave from Lovers Key and cruise around Estero Bay while enjoying refreshments and lots of holiday fun. The cost is $30 plus one

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BY DAY, SOME SOUTHWEST FLORIDA BUSIness executives and professionals may present a guise similar to Clark Kent or Diana Prince. Mild-mannered, suited up and taking on the corporate and nonprofit world. But after hours, the alter egos of these doctors, executive directors and company presidents emerge, taking the form of hockey player, dance competitor, pilot and triathlete. For these professionals, a leisurely pursuit has transcended mere hobby status. Thiers is a passion that requires complete concentration, expert skill or strength, and in some cases a touch of bravado. Yet, as diverse as these pastimes may appear, there’s also an underlying theme of stress release and new friendships that extend beyond the office walls.

Bo Kagan Fort Myers orthopedic surgeon Abbott “Bo” Kagan was a child with his head in the clouds, enthralled by flying and his father’s Air Force service. “My dad was a huge factor in me learning to fly,” he says. “He was my mentor.” Dr. Kagan took to the skies often as a mere babe of three or four, had his pilot’s license at 17 and commercial and instrument licenses by 1970. Twenty-one years ago his interest kicked into daredevil mode, when a friend who had taken up aerobatics suggested he give it a go. “He was having a great time, and I was looking for something fun to do,” says Dr. Kagan. As a competitive aerobatic pilot, he is among an elite group of flyers. “It’s a very small sport. At any given time, there are probably fewer than 1,000 people in the world competing,” says Dr. Kagan, who performs his maneuvers in a two-set red, white and blue Russian Sukhoi 29 – the “winningest aerobatic airplane in the world. They were made in Russia before the collapse with the single purpose of winning the world

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Above: Surgeon Abbott “Bo” Kagan flies stunt planes for fun. Right: Teri Hansen, president of Priority Marketing, dances competitively. aerobatic championships.” Aerobatics is the higher altitude, slightly tamer and competitive version of the stunt flying performed at air shows. In Dr. Kagan’s plane, a thin Plexiglas enclosure separates him from the rush of 250 mph winds as he performs lines, loops and rolls. Pilots wear parachutes and ensure there’s always enough altitude for an escape route. Dr. Kagan’s favorite stunt is a half-snap roll — “a very violent rotational maneuver that if you do it right the whole airplane shudders and stops.” Dr. Kagan has won several competitions and will begin training soon for his next in Sebring in May. He’ll double up his twice weekly flights as the contest nears. Aerobatic flying is sensory, even sensual experience, explains Dr. Kagan. “When I started, it was thrilling. Then I began to look forward to learning more about the airplane and improving my skills. Like anything else you do, you want to do it very, very well. There’s

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MONEY & INVESTING Getting a grip on the Euro crisis jeannetteSHOWALTER, CFA jshowaltercfa@yahoo.com

The average citizen is easily confused by recent news of a multi-country plan to provide more liquidity to international banks, particularly to European banks struggling to stay solvent. Europe has supposedly agreed to leverage its European Financial Stability Facility up to $1 trillion â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a mindboggling move for many to comprehend. This must have been great news: international equity markets responded with big gains. Or was it really just a stop-gap measure? Gains in gold and silver on the same news suggest that the crisis worsened. Frightening recent news prompted the action. Germany (with big GDP and best sovereign credit) failed to get bids for 35 percent of its 10-year debt offering. According to The Wall Street Journal (Nov. 17, 2011), â&#x20AC;&#x153;Banks face funding stress, European institutions resort to potentially risky swaps to generate liquidity.â&#x20AC;? In the U.S., the congressional super committee failed to find $1.2 trillion to cut in cumulative deficits over the next 10 years. And China reported another monthly low Purchasing Managers Index, or PMI, suggesting a slowdown there as well. All of these topics are big and intertwined; this column offers my opinions on the Euro crisis and sovereign debt in general. It is no secret that Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the PIGS as theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve become known â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are facing insolvency. They canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pay their sovereign debts. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have

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refinance at interest rates much lower than a rate accorded their individual countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poor credit, as Germany could lend its better credit rating to the Euro bond. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not so fast,â&#x20AC;? say many Germans. They fear: 1) money supply exploding if their bank leadership is chaired/membered by spendthrift countries; 2) their â&#x20AC;&#x153;co-signâ&#x20AC;? of a Euro bond will turn out to be a German â&#x20AC;&#x153;sole-payâ&#x20AC;? of Eurobonds. So, nix the Eurobond plan until the borrowing-gone-wild countries are contractually committed to fiscal responsibility via new EU treaties requiring negotiation, drafts, arguing, political positioning and countryby-country ratification. Are we talking late 2012? 2013? Will the U.S., England, Canada, Japan and Switzerland provide more interim help? That might be a very tough sell with very poor timing. England is already on an austerity plan. The American citizenry wants U.S. problems solved first. And slippery U.S. politicians will want to pass until after 2012â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elections. Can China help? Sure, but when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s help (in dollars/Yuan) is needed, China sometimes portrays itself as merely a developing country. Historically, what have governments with excessive debt done? Governments with fiat currency have solutions beyond what is available to corporations or individuals: governments can monetize their debt â&#x20AC;&#x201D; just print more of their fiat currency to pay bills and debt. But Greece and Italy canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t run Euro presses unless the Germans agree to print Euros. Thus, there is a tug-of-war between easy and tight money policy. A fiat or paper currency (i.e. one not

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Lobbyists are big winners in South Florida gambling debate BY LILLY ROCKWELL The News Service of Florida

The only winners so far in the effort to allow luxury resort casinos in South Florida, which has widespread implications for every form of gambling in the state, are lobbyists. Gambling groups from across the nation have spent millions on outside lobbyists since July in preparation for a legislative session that will be dominated by the debate over “destination” resort casinos and their impact on everything from Internet cafes, parimutuel race tracks, video gaming vendors and the Seminole Tribe’s casinos. Gambling businesses and anti-gambling groups have spent up to $2.6 million on lobbyists in the third quarter of this year, according to recently released lobbying financial disclosure forms. The big spenders this quarter were casino developers like Genting Americas, which spent up to $430,000 on lobbyists in the quarter ending Sept. 30 in preparation for a fight to get legislative approval to build a large resort casino in Miami that it is calling Resorts World Miami. Genting spent far more than competitor Las Vegas Sands, which spent up to $165,996 on lobbyists during the same quarter. In total, casino operators interested in coming to South Florida have spent up to $715,979 on lobbyists in the third quarter alone, making their total for the year $1.7 million. Jessica Hoppe, the general counsel and vice president of governmental affairs for Genting, defended the lobby-

ist spending as a necessary means to an end, saying destination resorts have the potential to create 100,000 jobs. “It’s important that message is heard throughout the Capitol and the state,” Ms. Hoppe said in an e-mail, noting that “we put together a great team.” Casino operators who want to expand in South Florida that are spending big aren’t the only big spenders. Groups such as International Internet Technologies, which makes the software used in video gaming machines, spent up to $410,000 on lobbyists in the third quarter. The company is one of many that appear wary of several bills that attempt to crack down on Internet cafes that offer sweepstakes games and fall under an unregulated grey area in the law. Dog and horse race tracks throughout the state are also spending big in anticipation that a proposal on destination resorts could yield a better tax rate for them and increase the value of a parimutuel license. Racetracks across the state have spent up to $599,973 on lobbyists in the third quarter, while groups representing horse and dog breeders, kennel clubs, and jai alai players spent up to $320,000 on lobbyists during the third quarter. Whether any of this spending translates into results remains to be seen. After up to $4.6 million was spent on gambling lobbying in the first six months of the year, an attempt to pass a destination resorts bill fell apart. This was seen as a victory for some lobbying groups — such as the pari-mutuels and Seminole tribe — but not others. ■

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ON THE MOVE Health Care Maxine A. Michael has joined Park Royal Hospital as director of business development. She is responsible for marketing, product development and strategic community alliances for the private Michael 76-bed mental health facility, which will open in January on the HealthPark Medical Center campus in Fort Myers. Psychologist Sharon E. Bloom has joined Lee Memorial Health System’s Center for Psychology. She obtained her degree from Yeshiva UniversityFerkauf Graduate School of Psychology and a post-doctoral residency at Elizabeth Seto Pediatric Center. Adriana Cadilla, M.D. has joined Dr. Robin Churchill with the Lee Memorial Health System. Dr. Cadilla obtained her medical degree at Ponce School of Medicine. Rodolfo Freire, M.D. has joined IMA Hospitalists with the Lee Memorial Health System. He obtained his medical degree at the Institute Superior de Ciencias Medicas de la Habana. He completed an internal medicine internship at the Institute of Medical Science of Habana and an internal medicine residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Syeda S. Hussain, M.D. has joined Florida Medical Affiliates with the Lee Memorial Health System. Dr. Hussain obtained her medical degree at Deccan College of Medical Sciences. She completed a family medicine residency at Flower Hospital and is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. Joseph M. Kukla, has joined Southwest Florida Ankle & Foot Care Specialists with the Lee Memorial Health System. He obtained his degree at Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. He completed podiatric residency programs at Des Moines General Hospital and Mineral Area Regional Medical Center. Carrie Jo Prather, D.O. has joined Cogent HealthCare with the Lee Memorial Health System. She obtained her degree at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed an internal medicine residency at Palmetto General Hospital. Ruperto C. Vallarta, Jr., M.D. has joined Family Health Centers with the Lee Memorial Health System. He obtained his medical degree at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. He completed a pediatrics internship and residency at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Ophthalmologist Jeffrey L. Willig, M.D. has joined Florida Eye Health. After receiving his doctor of medicine from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Willig performed his medicine internship Willig at Manhattan Veterans Medical Center and ophthalmology residency at Lenox Hill Hospital. He completed an ocular immunology and Uveitis fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Pharmaceuticals VR Laboratories has hired nutritional brand marketing expert Tom Hall as the company’s national sales and marketing director. Mr. Hall will apply his 30 years of executive marketing experience to position- Hall ing and promoting the VR Laboratories brand and to launch new company products in the international marketplace.

Building Glenn Bailey, president of Colonial Roofing has been appointed chairman and CEO. Chris Rakos, current vice president and general manager, will assume the role of president and chief operat- Rakos ing officer. Current sales and business development manager, Todd Pflaumer, has been appointed vice president and will oversee business development and customer satisfaction.

Financial Planning Timothy McGee has joined Leading Edge Retirement Plan Advisors. In his new role, he will serve as a retirement plan specialist for the Southwest Florida marketplace. His focus will be on offering cli- McGee ents services including assistance with retirement plan design and implementation and fiduciary education.

Food Service Jason Babel has been promoted to director of sales and community relations for the Southwest Florida Jason’s deli restaurants. A graduate of Central Michigan University, he has more than seven years of experi- Babel ence as a catering manager for Jason’s deli in Naples and Fort Myers.

Law Southwest Florida attorney Shawn Seliger has joined the newly organized Bonita Springs/ Estero Economic Development Council. Thomas G. Coleman has joined Fowler White Seliger Boggs as an associate in the Fort Myers office. Mr. Coleman practices in the firm’s commercial litigation practice group. His practice consists of a variety of business disputes, contract disputes, banking litigation, real estate and construction litigation, and labor and employment matters. He received his B.B.A., cum laude, from the University of Miami and his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif.

Real Estate London Bay Homes has named Randy Shelton its director of sales. Mr. Shelton will manage the company’s new home sales operations throughout Southwest Florida from Naples to Sarasota. He brings more than 30 years of home sales experience to his position. ■


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The North Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Holiday Social and Fundraiser from 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8. The event will will take place at the Shell Factory & Nature Park in Cap't Fishbones Dolphin Room. New to the event is live entertainment provided by Rick Valentine whose repertoire includes interpretations of hits from Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darrin, Dean Martin and many others. Hors d'oeuvres will be served and guests will have the opportunity to win door prizes and raffle items provided by Belk Department Store, Hyatt

Place and Neff Studio Salon. Each year the North Fort Myers Chamber Holiday Social raises funds to provide holiday dinners for deserving families in cooperation with Faith Assembly of God. The NFM Chamber Holiday Social is sponsored by Fuccillo Kia and Tyson Eye Center. Tickets for the Holiday Social are $25 per person and can be purchased online at www.nfmchamber.org or at the NFM Chamber Welcome Center located at the Shell Factory or at the door. Reservations are encouraged. For more information, call 997-9111. ■


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Mary Love As a child in northern Indiana, Mary Love had the fearlessness of youth. Now as a mother and the wearer of many hats for her husband’s thriving business, Norman Love Confections, she looks back with a bit of unease thinking about skating on those frozen ponds. Yet six years ago, this hockey mom made the leap from pond to rink, donning hockey skates and padding and a what-the-heck attitude when she helped found a co-ed novice team. “It went from mothers hanging around at the rink watching our sons play hockey to us saying, ‘Hey, why don’t we try it?” says Ms. Love, captain of the Everkegs — a title she says she earned by default and a moniker that sums up the team’s intentions. “I’m the oldest and one of the originals on the team. I’m really not a good player. I play for the exercise, the social experience … and the beer. It’s all about the beer in the locker room after the game.” She may joke that her rank, ability and involvement is purely situational or questionable, however Ms. Love experiences the same adrenaline rush as the first time she stepped onto the ice — one in which she was grateful for padding. “It’s still a big-time rush to be out there,” she says. “I get the same nervous feeling every time.” The Everkegs compete year-round, playing every Sunday at Germain Arena against six other co-ed teams. “It’s mostly men, and one of my sons plays with me,” she says. “But we do have a lady who drives from Port Charlotte every week.” The team has also won several sea-

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Mike Shumans As the regional director of AMI Kids in Fort Myers Beach, Mike Shumans has witnessed the transformative power that occurs when a troubled youngster attempts an activity they thought impossible. A certified scuba instructor and captain, he’s seen at-risk and abused children overcome life’s larger obstacles after participating in the national non-profit’s annual ocean dive challenge. It was the same philosophy Mr. Shumans faced a couple of years ago when he realized aging and a less active lifestyle had impacted his lifestyle. “I was always physically active,” he says. “I was motivated to get in good shape.” His exercise program, however, wasn’t geared just to improving muscle tone and cardio ability. Mr. Shuman’s ultimate end goal was competing in the 2011 Ironman Florida triathlon, a grueling 150-mile swim, bike and run competition that would also lend the opportunity to raise money and awareness for AMI Kids, a cause near and dear to his heart. “AMI Kids has a 42-year history of helping turn kids’ lives around and I am so proud to be part of that mission for the past 15 years,” he says. “When you have the opportunity to meet a child like Kari, who was physically and emotionally abused since she was born, you understand the dramatic difference that AMI Kids can make.” Just as he’s seen children like Kari transform their lives after working their way up to an ocean dive — an endeavor that builds upon trust and teamwork skills — Mr. Shumans says training and

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Teri Hansen It took just one dance lesson for image-maker Teri Hanson to realize she had found a creative outlet to her day job as the president of Priority Marketing, a Fort Myers marketing, advertising and public relations firm. “I had never taken a single dance lesson,” she says. “I was an athlete growing up. I played sports in school, and was a singer. Dancing was just something I did for fun when my dad and I were kidding around.” But her 20th high school reunion and a discussion with a classmate in 2000 prompted Ms. Hansen to consider the possibility. “My friend told me she was taking classes and was having

a blast. She invited me to come and see.” One class and Ms. Hansen was hooked. “I’m a very, very competitive person and it really clicked with me. After taking lessons an hour a week for three months, I was so in love with it I stepped up the hours a week I would practice. I told my instructor I wanted to be a competitor.” A year later, Ms. Hansen took the leap into the competitive world of amateur American smooth and rhythm dances, a nine-dance combo of waltz, tango, foxtrot, Viennese waltz, cha-cha, rumba, swing, bolero and mambo. She finished in the finals, placing fifth. “I did very well for having no basis or idea of what I was walking into,” she says. “I was so relaxed and unencumbered during that first competition. Now, when I compete, it’s hard work and very stressful. But it’s still also very charging, both the physical demand and mental challenge.” As she honed her skills, Ms. Hansen set her sights high, deciding just two years ago she wanted to win the American nine-dance national championship. And she’s close: In September, Ms. Hansen ranked second in the U.S. Dance Championships in the 25 to 50 age division. It was no small feat considering she competes against women nearly half her age and she trains sporadically with her professional partner of two years who lives in Tennessee. “This competition is where they give out the titles you see on ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ she says. “The really amazing thing is my partner and I rarely get to practice. When we’re preparing for a competition, we’ll get together on a Thursday afternoon and practice 18 hours through Saturday for four to six weeks. The other dancers are practicing hours a week; our time together in two years doesn’t even total two months.” A hobby, albeit a competitive one, Ms. Hansen says dancing fulfills her creative muse and competitive spirit. “I work 10 to 12 hours a day, so this provides a different kind of creative expression and release,” she says. “Leadership and executive training always talks about the need to work hard and the need to play hard as well. In doing so, it replenishes and balances you.” ■

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HEALTHY LIVING Study suggests a major shift in how to help autistic children socialize SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY _________________________

Children with autism spectrum disorder or ASD who attend regular education classes may be more likely to improve their social skills if their typically developing peers are taught how to interact with them rather than if only the children with ASD are taught such skills. According to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health, a shift away from more commonly used interventions that focus on training children with ASD directly may provide greater social benefits for children with ASD. The study was published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. “Real life doesn’t happen in a lab, but few research studies reflect that,” said Thomas R. Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, a part of NIH. “As this study shows, taking into account a person’s typical environment may improve treatment outcomes.” The most common type of social skills intervention for children with ASD is direct training of a group of children with social challenges, who may have different disorders and may be from different classes or schools. The intervention is usually delivered at a clinic, but may also be school-based and offered in a one-on-one format. Other types of intervention focus on training peers how to interact with classmates who have difficulty with social skills. Both types of intervention have shown positive results in studies, but neither has been shown to be as effective in community settings. Connie Kasari, Ph.D., of the University of California, Los Angeles, and colleagues compared different interventions among 60 children, ages 6-11, with ASD. All of the children were mainstreamed in regular education classrooms for at least 80 percent of the school day. Children with ASD whose peers received training — including those who may also have received the child-

focused intervention — spent less time alone on playgrounds and had more classmates naming them as a friend, compared to participants who received the child-focused interventions. Teachers also reported that students with ASD in the peer-mediated groups showed significantly better social skills following the intervention. However, among all intervention groups, children with ASD showed no changes in the number of peers they indicated as their friends. At follow-up, children with ASD from the peer-mediated groups continued to show increased social connections

despite some of the children having changed classrooms due to a new school year and having new, different peers. According to the researchers, the findings suggest that peer-mediated interventions can provide better and more persistent outcomes than childfocused strategies, and that childfocused interventions may only be effective when paired with peer-mediated intervention. In addition to the benefits of peermediated interventions, the researchers noted several areas for improvement. For example, peer engagement especially helped children with ASD to be

less isolated on the playground, but it did not result in improvement across all areas of playground behavior, such as taking turns in games or engaging in conversations and other joint activities. Also, despite greater inclusion in social circles and more frequent engagement by their peers, children with ASD continued to cite few friendships. Further studies are needed to explore these factors as well as other possible mediators of treatment effects. For more information, visit www. nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml.

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Cape Coral Hospital recently converted to to Epic, Lee Memorial Health System’s electronic health record system or EHR. With this implementation, the team at Cape Coral Hospital joins the ranks of nurses, physicians and staff of Lee Physician Group, Lee Convenient Care, the entire Gulf Coast Medical Center and all four Lee Memorial Health System emergency departments who are benefitting from the access, safety and power of Epic EHR. This is an exciting time for Lee Memorial Health System. EHRs are a vital part of the future of health care delivery — allowing the secure sharing of information and enabling us to deliver high quality patient care in a more coordinated and efficient manner. EHRs facilitate

better collaboration and communication among physicians and other key caregivers enhancing patient safety and allowing real-time documentation of tests, diagnoses and notes. For our patients, EHRs mean a lot more than just the elimination of duplicate paperwork and testing. The Epic EHR provides the capability for patients’ health records to follow them from appointment to appointment, primary care physician to specialist to outpatient facility, emergency department to hospital. Thus, patient records will provide a seamless history of every illness, diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Too often, patients and their families have to manage records, compile notes and attempt to translate their health care to the next provider they see. With Epic EHR and just a few keystrokes, lab and imaging results, prescription details and all pertinent information is available for the medical team. Soon all of the hospitals and affiliate care settings of Lee Memorial Health

System will be implementing the Epic EHR system, ensuring that your health record is immediately accessible no matter which of our facilities you use. “Converting to EHRs is a significant change,” says Mike Smith, chief information officer. “But, the change is also an important step toward delivering more coordinated and clinically effective care. Epic is the premier health system and large medical group EHR in the nation. Lee Memorial Health System joins other leading facilities — including Johns Hopkins, Kaiser Permanente and Cleveland Clinic — in implementing Epic. Our implementation team is excited for Dec. 1 and we are working diligently to ensure a smooth transition.” From managing issues, coordinating and training staff and installing the program, implementing Epic has been and continues to be a huge undertaking and requires support and resources from throughout the health system. Our Information Systems team, along with hundreds of staff and physicians, have

been working tirelessly. Their hard work is paying off again as we launch Epic at Cape Coral Hospital and prepare for HealthPark Medical Center, Lee Memorial Hospital and our outpatient centers to go-live early next summer. We know some of our patients may feel unsure about this new technology. For those who are concerned, rest assured that your information is protected, secured by sophisticated password mechanisms and firewalls. In addition, a backup system will update daily in case of a system crash. Most importantly, we want our patients and the community to know that this technology is a vital step in our commitment to ensuring the safest, most efficient care. With the ongoing conversion to Epic throughout Lee Memorial Health System, health care in Lee County is taking substantial steps toward the future and the ultimate goal of “one patient, one record.” To learn more about Lee Memorial Health System, visit www.LeeMemorial. org. ■


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Getting serious about employee wellness BY KELLY ANN PACKARD Special to Florida Weekly

In an industry as high-paced and stressful as health care, it is sometimes common for heath care professionals to put their patients’ and families’ health before their own. But leaders at Lee Memorial Health System are determined to bring personal health and wellness to the forefront of employees’ mindsets. “We tell our patients to eat better, exercise more and find healthy outlets for stress,” says Salvatore Lacagnina, D.O., Lee Memorial Health System vice president of health and wellness. “But if we aren’t practicing what we preach, then why should our patients listen to us?” Dr. Lacagnina transitioned to his current position in September 2010, when the health system decided to make the health and wellness of employees a priority. The hospital cafeterias offer selections deemed “Fresh Harvest,” which are low in calories, fat and sodium. The selections — entrees, side dishes, snacks, desserts and drinks — are similar in cost to other options, but allow employees and visitors alike to make healthier choices. Employees who complete an annual wellness exam can attend weight loss or diabetes classes and purchase products or memberships at either of the two Lee Memorial Health System wellness centers. While encouraging employees to purchase gym memberships is a step in the

right direction, Lee Memorial Health System leaders wanted to make it even easier for employees to get the recommended 30 minutes of daily exercise. “In August, we launched our lunchtime walking program,” Dr. Lacagnina says. Leaders and staff from each hospital meet at lunchtime once a week and complete a walking course around the inside or outside of the hospital. From nurses and physicians to administrative staff and housekeepers, everyone is welcome to participate. This fun, duringthe-workday physical activity has now expanded to include the dance/fitness program Zumba and yoga classes. With more than 50 physicians’ offices, outpatient centers and business offices, not everyone can join in the hospital walks or fitness classes. Instead, employees at other locations have their own walking groups. Information Services employees started a weight loss competition similar to the TV show “The Biggest Loser.” Sally Jackson, system director government and community relations, encouraged her co-workers — who work in an office building on College Parkway — to start walking on their lunch breaks. But in a busy department, not every day provides enough time to take a lunch break outside the office. Instead, many of them walk whenever they can find a few minutes to spare throughout the day. Many employees have jobs that require them to sit or be otherwise immobile for long periods of the day, so a sedentary lifestyle can become the norm. Customer service representative

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Debbie Flanders, Stephanie Atkisson, Desirea Flanders and Heather Fowler, employees at Lee Physician Group’s College Pointe office, take a walk during their lunch break. for Lee Physician Group Desirea Flanders used to spend her hour-long lunch breaks in the break room. “I would sit there for the whole hour, and I realized I would be eating for that whole hour, too,” Ms. Flanders says. She decided to start eating a quick meal and then spending the rest of her break — usually 35-40 minutes — walking around the neighborhood. Eventually, she was joined by her mother, who works in the same physicians’ office. “Our walking trend caught on,” Ms. Flanders says. Now, several employees from the office walk during lunch breaks — some alone, some in groups, but always in their work scrubs. They are easily identifiable as health-care workers to passersby in their cars, hope-

fully encouraging the community to follow their lead. Some employees find that there simply is not enough time during the workday to fit in exercise. Instead, employees who work at an office building in northwest Cape Coral participate in Zumba 5:15-6:15 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursdays. “It’s right after work, so I have no excuse not to stay,” says Helen Wilson, a program assistant for the health system’s nursing internship program. “My job requires me to be at my desk — on the phone or computer — for almost the entire eight hours.” Ms. Wilson makes sure she gets up and walks around several times a day, but likes the convenience of a group exercise class at the end of her workday, downstairs in the building’s lobby. Through Zumba, she has become friends with others in the building that she hadn’t met before, and even decided to join the Wellness Center of Cape Coral, whose instructors — Debbi Jarvis and Lisa Salerno — teach the Zumba lessons. Now, Ms. Wilson goes to the Wellness Center on the days she is not doing Zumba. “I get in my strength training on those days, and my cardio during Zumba,” she says. Lee Memorial Health System employees understand the importance of staying healthy so that they can provide the best care for their patients at work and their families at home. To find out what you or your organization can do to make wellness a priority, e-mail Dr. Sal Lacagnina at Dr.Sal@LeeMemorial. org. ■

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Florida Gulf Coast University hosts the ninth annual FGCU Mathematics Competition for more than 900 middle and high school students from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8, in Whitaker Hall. FGCU will host more than 40 different schools from Southwest Florida as well as multiple schools from all over the state. The contest has grown to the largest mathematics competition in Florida. Participation is open to all middle school, junior high school and senior high school students and is divided into six divisions: algebra I, algebra II, geometry, statistics, pre-calculus and calculus. Students can participate in individual and team rounds for each division. This year, a special section in chemistry will be offered as a pilot for

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The eighth annual Everyone Rides cycling event will be held in Fort Myers on Sunday Dec. 11. Professional cyclist Tom Danielson from Team Garmin will lead out the 100-mile riders on Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. Mr. Danielson finished in the top 10 in the 2011 Tour de France and was the top placed American cyclist. The ride starts at Buckingham Park in Lehigh Acres and travels through some of the least-travelled rural roads in the area. The 100-mile loop sees less than 10 traffic lights. With additional routes of 15, 30 and 62 miles, the event has a course for riders of all levels. Last yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; event resulted in the largest fundraising effort to date with proceeds going to buy bikes for the kids of

the Boys and Girls clubs of Lee County. Over the past several years, this event has raised tens of thousands of dollars to help support the Boys and Girls clubs of Lee County. The Crowne Plaza in Fort Myers, along with Tom Danielson, will host an all-you-can-eat pasta lunch from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday Dec. 10, as well as a packet pickup and preregistration. The hotel will host a Christmas party for the Boys and Girls clubs and some lucky kids will receive their new bikes on Saturday, Dec. 15. All riders are invited to be on hand when the kids are surprised with their new bikes courtesy of donors and Naples Cyclery. For more information, visit www.everyonerides. org to register or e-mail everyone_ rides@yahoo.com. â&#x2013; 


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Being the Rodney Dangerfield of our public roads and getting no respect from a few motorists just because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re bikehaters is one thing, but when roadway designers and transportation managers treat cyclists as second-class users itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s little wonder why otherwise bike-friendly fellow road users do the same. A few examples of this unfair treatment include: roadway designs that may or may not provide accommodation for cyclists, including features like bike lanes and paved shoulders that unexpectedly disappear; roadways built like racetracks which induce drivers to speed and scare many cyclists off the roads; and intersection configurations that only the bravest bicyclists will traverse in traffic, forcing most to become pedestrians-on-wheels, who are then even more at risk because of design meant to move motor vehicles first and foremost. But one glaring casein-point stands out to any cyclist whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s waited in vain for a traffic signal to change â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it simply wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. The loop-sensors that are installed in the ground at signalized intersections are notorious for sensing only motor vehicles, thus leaving cyclists a few bad choices in order to proceed: 1) Wait for motorists to pull up and set off the sensor (hoping they understand the need to pull up over the loop). 2) Become a pedestrian â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or

at least call the pedestrian signal by going to the sidewalk and pushing the button (assuming thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pedestrian signal/button in place). 3) Break the letter of the law and treat the malfunctioning traffic control device as a stop sign and proceed when deemed safe. The question I have for those who manage our traffic signals and for others who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a problem is, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do motorists routinely â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or even occasionally â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have to deal with such situations?â&#x20AC;? The answer, of course, is that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s extremely rare. So why must one class of road user be forced to deal with it on a regular and predicable basis? As many readers of this column are aware, Lee County and the city of Fort Myers have adopted a â&#x20AC;&#x153;complete streetsâ&#x20AC;? policy. They have formally agreed to accommodate all road users equally and in a context-sensitive manner. Clearly, this situation is a contrary to such an agreement. To be fair, the complete streets policy is in its early stages of implementation and it will take time to add necessary features such as bike lanes, sidepaths, and major intersection improvements that make crossing safe and practical. And to give credit to those working to make those positive changes, Lee County, in particular, is very committed. But one thing that can be done almost immediately and relatively inexpensively is fixing the problem cyclists face at loop-sensor intersections. Other communitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; transportation departments have addressed the problem by increasing the sensitivity of the sensors and painting a bike symbol directly over the best spot to

trigger the signal. So, until photo-sensors are installed everywhere our transportation managers should treat cyclists fairly by making the necessary changes to the existing technology.

Upcoming events Before changing gears from bicycling to running I want to remind everyone about Everyone Rides on Sunday, Dec. 11 and CyclingSavvy sessions in mid-January. Being prime running season, some excellent long distance events are right around the corner. The rain has subsided so the challenging trails at Caloosahatchee Regional Park should be in good condition for those training for the River, Roots, & Ruts Half-Marathon and 5K Fun Run. Registration numbers are limited and the maximum is reached every year well before the race date, which is on Sunday, Jan. 8. Exactly one week later, on Sunday, Jan. 15, the annual Naples Daily News Half Marathon takes runners on a route through some of Naplesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; finest neighborhoods. After recovering from those backto-back races youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be in good shape for Hooters-to-Hooters Half Marathon, happening this year on Sunday, March 4. Go to www.ftmyerstrackclub.com for all the details and registration link. Until next time, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll look for you on the roads and trails.

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Dan Moser is a League Cycling & CyclingSavvy instructor/trainer and programs director for the Florida Bicycle Association. He can be contacted at dan@ floridabicycle.org or 334-6417.

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Pick a pair We give cats the time we can spare and the love we can share from our busy schedules, but that’s not always enough. Sometimes a furry friend of the feline persuasion helps to fill a cat’s day when his people are away. They can hear the flutter of a fly’s wings or hear a mouse creeping in a crawl space ... you can’t. They can get crazy on catnip together, groom each other with those raspy tongues, chase each other playfully in a game of zoom-around-the-room or just crash on the cat tree with each other while soaking up the sun during a cat nap. One of the many myths about cats is that they prefer to live alone, but that’s not necessarily true. When people ask me about getting a second adult cat, I always encourage them to do so. There will be a period of adjustment, of course. Shelter and colony studies show that it may take up to one year for a new adult cat to be accepted by other cats. But in many cases, if not most, it’s worth the effort: Veterinary studies show that when cats have company, both cats are healthier. Animals with buddies are sick less often, require shorter stays when they are hospitalized and live longer. The friendship usually works best if the cats are of the opposite sex. Two males or two females may each seek to be top cat, even if they are spayed or neutered.

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Sanibel and Captiva were the place to see and be seen this past weekend. The islands filled with crowds of revelers to enjoy the 27th annual Luminary event. Luminary is a Sanibel Island & Captiva Island Chamber of Commerce sponsored event to promote local businesses. Over the years, Luminary — so named for the countless candles that are placed around the islands to guide people around the shops — has become a favorite event among visitors and residents. Shops and businesses serve drinks and hors d’oeuvres. And in some places, live music plays, creating this wonderful, festive atmosphere. This year’s Luminary was no different — except for the weather. This year’s moderate temperatures and clear skies seemed to draw everybody looking for a bit of cheer. At Sanibel Art & Frame, Island artist Myra Roberts showed visitors some of her new tropical pieces, including one of her beloved vintage buxom beach beauties. In the art shop I spotted Greg and Diane Cortese, Wes Roberts and Tom McCarter. Next door at Island Paws, artist Lorraine Capps captured the holiday spirit in a cheery red shirt with a Christmas

s scene. The always-bubbly owner, Liza C Clouse, hosted her packed shop. The p people cookies and dog treats were all s beautifully decorated I had trouble so t telling which tray I should eat from — s much to everybody’s amusement, so I asked. At Amy’s S o m e thing Special, owner Amy Horton buzzed about with a dazzling smile. Her boutique is one of the best for finding one-of-akind island gifts. I rarely leave her shop without some b a u b l e or pretty trinket. My husband and I strolled over to Lily & Co. Jewelers where we spent some time with coowners Dan Schuyler and the lovely Karen Bell. Also on hand was store manager Kim DeVito, wearing a chic ensemble, and Dan’s pretty wife, Sharon. For anyone looking to spoil someone special in his or her life, Lily’s is the place to do it. I found an entire case of sparkling confections that I

wouldn’t mind being spoiled with. A hop away from Lily’s in the Village shopping Center I noted that Vicki Miles, owner of Sanibel Tropical Wines, was busy attending to a store full of customers wanting to sample her Floridabased wines. Hint: Try the red raspberry, Eleganta. The sweet and refreshing wine is perfect for a holiday libation that is not too overpowering. A few steps away, at the Watson MacRae Gallery, the affable owner and island socialite Maureen Watson greeted us with enthusiastic hugs. The elegant and beautiful Hollis Jeffcoat chatted with guests about her passionate and vivid abstracts hanging on the walls. And the charming, always funny Sally Ann Heit kept conversation flowing and interesting. Ms. Heit, who actually starred in a “Law & Order” episode, is one of my favorite people to chat with. She has led an adventurous life on and off the stage

and screen. Check her out this season at BIG ARTS. She usually can be seen singing with the local band sensation Island Jazz. After enjoying a wonderful time with Luminary, my husband and I capped off our day with a sumptuous dinner at Traditions at the Island Inn. There Sanibel resident and playwright Robert Hilliard joined us. During dinner, Bob entranced us with stories from his time as a young Army G.I. in World War II and his trips around the globe during his time as head of public broadcasting for the Federal Communications Commission. Dinner was just about over when Blanaid Colley, co-owner of Hillgate Communications on Sanibel, came over to our table. She was drafting people to sing Christmas carols with the restaurant’s live band. Though I didn’t sing — I was enjoying a plate of rich chocolate ganache cake — watching other folks dance and sing made an already memorable evening that much more enchanting. In other island news: Sea life adventurer/photographer Rob Masino will be the guest presenter at the Shell Museum’s Friday Lunch Hour series from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. The program is free with museum admission or membership. See you over the bridge! ■

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Florida real estate experts and investors were pessimistic for a second consecutive quarter, despite encouraging signs in the rise of occupancy rates and prices in the rental apartment market, a new University of Florida survey finds. The Survey of Emerging Market Conditions, conducted quarterly by the Kelley A. Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies at UF’s Warrington College of Business Administration, indicates the main reason for the third-quarter malaise was the falling market for single-family houses, condominiums and most types of land. Uncertainty over unsettling economic news at the international, national and state levels provides the backdrop for the declining perspective, says Timothy Becker, director of the Bergstrom Center. The Commercial Real Estate Sentiment Index declined in the third quarter, marking the second consecutive decline of the year. The survey takers anticipate a sluggish recovery for the real estate market in the coming years. A large inventory of home foreclosures partly explains their gloomy expectation. Respondents also worry about employment. Since January, 70,000 new jobs have been created in Florida, but they were offset by 63,000 lost positions, keeping the unemployment rate at 10.6 percent since April. Respondents also believe that a weak economy continues to discourage the private sector from adding new hires. Companies instead are likely to squeeze more productivity from workers and store profits to sustain them through future tough economic times. Concern over stock market turmoil, ongoing gridlock in Washington and the upcoming presidential election added to the overall pessimistic outlook. The UF survey also reveals worry that securities-backed mortgages on commercial properties became harder to get during the third quarter. And there was wariness over the newly enacted Dobbs-Frank Act, which expands federal regulation of banks. ■ SEE MARKET, B12 X

House Hunting: 18621 Verona Lago Drive, Miromar Lakes “House Hunting” is a new Florida Weekly feature that focuses on one listing in the local marketplace. Waterfront views of more than 700 acres of freshwater lakes are the hallmark of this estate home designed for the ultimate in outdoor living in the Verona Lago neighborhood at the award-winning Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club. Relax on the expansive lanai warmed on cooler nights by the glow from three fire pits. Awake to the sunrise and enjoy your morning coffee on the second-story balcony. Enjoy a leisurely swim or dip in the spa accompanied by underwater music and fiber optic lighting. This nearly 4,900-square-foot home has four bedrooms, five full baths, den, theater and exercise room with designer finishes and details including crown molding throughout. The chef’s kitchen boasts four ovens, warming and steam trays, six burners and solid stone surfaces. State-of-the art electronics include a home automation system. The backyard is steps from the lake for

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3Bed 3 Bath pool home right on Whiskey Creek. Boat lift, outdoor tiki bar right on the water. Updated kitchen with S/S appliances, Gas cook top w/stainless hood. Separate Mother in Law suite w/full bath. Cherry wood flooring, Walk to Shopping - Great Location

Stunning 4 bed/2bath/2car garage, pool/spa home. . Beautiful wood like flooring, ceramic tile, crown molding, granite counters, s/s appls, breakfast nook overlooking pool area, formal dining room. Lge covered lanai for entertaining. Spa w/waterfall. Hurricane shutters all round.

Own your piece of paradise in this lovely 3 bed/3bath/3car garage, waterfront home that sits on 4 lots. Sparkling Pool. Boat dock & lift. Family room w/cathedral ceilings, wood burning fireplace, skylight & much more.

$419,900

$359,900

$339,000

Clare Mannion 287-7624 clare.mannion@cypressrealty.com

Shane Wilson cell: 851-3861 SMWRealtor@aol.com

Tom Gehringer Cell: 470-3644 tgehringer@msn.com

Julia Krumenaker Cell: 246-1265 julia@cypressrealty.com

REDUCED - GULF ACCESS!

POOL HOME IN S FT MYERS/ESTERO

BANK APPROVED SHORTSALE

5 ACRE PARCEL IN S FT MYERS

Build your dream home in this great area! Lot has seawall with all assesments PAID! Close to everything yet very private location. Drive by and check it out!

Great 4BR + Loft/Den & Beautiful Pool! Approx 2557 SqFt of Living Area. Prime Location Near Everything. Soaring 2 Story Ceiling w/Lots of Light, Downstairs Master Suite & Additional Family Room & Dining Areas. See www.GinaGoodrich.com for Photos & Info.

Gorgeous 3 Bed/2 Bath w/Family Room. Fabulous Kitchen with Plenty of Storage, Walk-in Pantry, Granite Counters & Built-in Buffet. Oversized 2 1/2 Car Garage. Walk to Community Clubhouse/Pool/Playground & Basketball.

Great 5 Acre parcel located in South Fort Myers. Located off Six Mile Cypress and Daniels. If you are looking for privacy to build your custom dream home this is your opportunity.

$239,500

$249,000 Maria Polo Cell: 770-4401 MariaPolo@earthlink.net

$189,900

$150,000

Gina Goodrich Cell: 910-7768 GMGoodrich@aol.com

Sheryl Hetzel Cell: 940-4692 sherylh13@aol.com

BEAUTIFUL CARRIAGE HOME

BANK APPROVED SHORT SALE!

TIMBERBEND CHARMER - A GREAT VALUE

GORGEOUS - LIKE NEW

3 Bed/2 Bath W/ 2 Car Garage 2nd floor corner unit overlooking pool & lake w/soothing fountain! Graceful Arched Openings Showcase this Home's Bonus Room. Fully Equipped eat-in kitchen, Screened Balcony, Lots of Space. MOVE IN READY! Call HOLLY For Your Private Showing TODAY!

2 BR, 2 BA Plus Den w/2 Car Garage.With Full Golf and Social Membership. No Cart Fees. Great Golf Course and Best Amenities in the Area. BANK WILL PROCESS QUICKLY!

$145,000

Beautiful 1994 built home with 3/2/2 and 1739 sq. ft. of living area and approx. 2652 total sq. ft. Numerous updates include roof, re-faced cabinets, newer a/c, wind rated garage door, corian counters, extra large screened Lanai and more!

Completely furnished Manufactured Home in a well sought after 55+ gated community. Close to Beaches & Shopping. Lots of community activities, shuffle board, tennis, volleyball, club house, pools.this community is planned out beautifully. Not your average manufactured community.

$130,000

$119,000

Mike Powell cell: 292-3051 MikeP@CypressRealty.com

Monica Shay Cell: 980-1010 MonicaShay@CypressRealty.com

Linda K Davis Cell: 851-0737 realtorlkd@aol.com

$149,900 Holly Quesinberry Cell: 246-0442 Holly@CypressRealty.com

PALMONA PARK

NORTH FT. MYERS

Concrete Stucco Home, Large Lot, Good Condition. 1704 Square Feet Living Area with 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Central Air and New Roof in 2006. Not a Short Sale or Foreclosure!

$50,000

Jandy Wade Cell: 247-3216 Jandy@CypressRealty.com

GREAT CONDO NEAR EDISON MALL

ABR®

BEHIND ON YOUR MORTGAGE?

Recently Remodeled 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath Condo. New Cherry Wood Laminate Floors. Gorgeous Totally Renovated Bathroom with Jacuzzi Tub. Great Title Work Throughout. Private Balcony Overlooking Pool and Courtyard with Lush Tropical Grounds, Gazebo and Sauna. YOU MUST COME SEE!

Using an Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR ®) is the best decision you can make when buying a new home. Your transaction will be in good hands and have fewer complications because of the knowledge the ABR ® carries. Call Me Today, YOU will be in good hands

As the area’s premier authority on Loan Modifications, Foreclosures and Short Sales, I can assist you through this troubling time. Call for a confidential, no obligation, conversation about your options – Because you do have options.

Jerry Webb Cell: 240-5400 jwebb@cypressrealty.com

Nick Lindeberg Cell: 878-9505 www.Hosted.CDPE.com/Nick

$49,900 Karen Turano Cell: 810-3365 KTurano@CypressRealty.com

Valentina Taft Cell:677-6882 valentina@cypressrealty.com


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Consider it SOLD!   CODE 7342

CODE 7343

CODE 7344

CODE 7345

SW CAPE GULF ACCESS POOL HOME!

SAILBOAT ACCESS!

Tons of upgrades in this high-end 3/3/2 pool home on Gulf Access canal. Large eat in kitchen, pool with waterfall, spacious den, boat dock with boat lift. ..................$475,000

Beautiful 3 bedroom 2 bath custom Aranda Home w/over 1900 sq.ft. split floor plan, huge lanai, Teak Sauna & Assess. paid! Super clean, in move-in condition. ......................$243,733

This home is ready for your family. Lots of upgrades including tray ceilings, lg kitchen w/breakfast nook, frml dining rm, nicely landscaped yard. ...................................$235,000

Florida is still on Sale! Great lakefront home w/2 car gar. in gated comm. Close to Ft. Myers & Sanibel beaches. Neutral tile, carpet, kitchen nook & bar. .........................$232,900

CODE 7346

CODE 7347

CODE 7348

CODE 7349

GULF ACCESS HOME!

NORTH PORT!

Immaculate light & bright gulf access home on CUSTOM BUILT, 3/2/2 WITH HEATED POOL, Anchor Canal w/seawall, dock & 7,000lb FENCE IN BACK YARD, EXTREMELY WELL canopied boatlift*Tiled throughout*Ample MAINTAINED, OFFERED FULLY FURNISHED, kitchen w/breakfast nook* ..............$225,000 $199,000 CODE 7350

CAPE CORAL MULTI-FAMILY INVESTMENT! Location! Location! Location! * This all tiled, 2bed, 2-bath duplex is centrally located, minutes from shopping & the Mid-point Bridge * City utilities paid! ............................$120,000 CODE 7354

INCREDIBLE INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY!

CODE 7351

PINE LAKES CC HOME!

LARGE SW CAPE 3/2/2 POOL HOME! HERITAGE COVE-2 BED/2 BATH W/DEN!

GULF ACCESS QUADPLEX W/EFFICIENCY!

NOT A SHORT OR FORECLOSURE!

These deals won't last forever! Live in the huge, 2 bedroom 2 bath upstairs & rent out the lower three units. River views from your lanai!...............................................$189,000

Immaculate 3 bedroom 2 bath + a den or office with inground pool. Greatroom, split plan, Double door formal entrbuilt ins, and open kitchen w/ breakfast bar.........$135,000

CODE 7352

CODE 7353

CAPE CORAL, FL!

Large 2/2/1.5, 1589 SqFt, under roof, AC/Roof EXCELLENT CORNER HOME CLOSE TO ISLAND replaced, Large Kitchen/Island w/Breakfast COAST HIGH SCHOOL. 4 BEDROOMS, 2 Bar, range top w/four burners, wall oven/walk BATHS, 2 CAR GARAGE. NEW INTERIOR PAINT. in Pantry, Family room.....................$115,000 $84,900 CODE 7355

ADORABLE 1ST FLOOR!

GREAT DEAL! Very well-maintained house with lots of improvements. Not a foreclosure/short sale. City water/sewer and All Assessments In and Paid! .................................................$79,900

CODE 7356

TWO STORY HOME!

Ideal location at the corner of US 41 and Dean 2 bedroom, 2 bath just off Beach Pkwy near Great views from a private two story home Circle. 3 bdrm, 1 bath home w/newer roof, Jaycee Park & the River. 1100 SQ FT, New roof with fireplace on oversized 0.44 acre lot, next stainless steel appliances, & lg private back- on building in 2007 with NO assessment due. to canal with large detached 2 car garage. yard. .................................................$76,900 $59,900 $40,000

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CAPTIVA W NE

CAPTIVA

G TIN S I L

W NE

OPEN DEC. 10TH 2-5:00

16891 CAPTIVA DRIVE

â&#x20AC;¢ 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths â&#x20AC;¢ 1,800 S.F. Captiva Cottage with Dock â&#x20AC;¢ Pool, Tennis Court, Deeded Beach Access â&#x20AC;¢ Excellent Rental History â&#x20AC;¢ $1,389,000 MLS 2111211 â&#x20AC;¢ Cathy Rosario 239.464.2249

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PELICAN PRESERVE

G TIN S I L

3BD/2BA Beach Cottage w/Loft Vaulted Ceilings & Large Windows Quiet Street Between Beach and Bay Captiva "Village" Location $875,000 MLS 2111213 John and Denice Beggs 239.357.5500

CAPTIVA

SIENA AT PELICAN PRESERVE

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3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths 1,450 S.F. of Living Space Lake & Preserve Views Great Community Amenities $129,800 MLS 201145506 Denny Grimes 239.489.4663

CAPTIVA

BEACH VILLA 2336

CAPTIVA HIDE-A-WAY

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2BD/2BA Corner Haven Dockage w/Gulf Access First Floor Advantages Near the Beach in Captivaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Village $649,000 MLS 2900694 John and Denice Beggs 239.357.5500

CAPTIVA W NE

OPEN SUNDAY 12/11 2-4PM

14344 HARBOUR LANDINGS DR. #C

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3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths 2,800 S.F. of Living Space Exquisitely Furnished Penthouse w/Magnificent Marina Views $1,550,000 MLS 201127001 Katie Brady 239.770.6061

SOUTH FORT MYERS

â&#x20AC;¢ Direct Gulf Access â&#x20AC;¢ Exquisite Bud Lawrence Designed Castle â&#x20AC;¢ Luxurious Master w/Fireplace â&#x20AC;¢ Beautiful Heated Pool & Boat Dock w/Lifts â&#x20AC;¢ $1,199,000 MLS 201144570 â&#x20AC;¢ Kay Mullins 239.273.6072

GULF HARBOUR

SOUTH FORT MYERS -DIRECT ACCESS

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STONEYBROOK AT GATEWAY

COLONIAL FARMS

4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths 2,605 S.F. of Living Space Professional Renovation 2 Boat Docks/Minutes to the River $699,000 MLS 201112259 Katie Brady 239.770.6061

MCGREGOR RESERVE

SOUTH FORT MYERS

2 Bedrooms + Den, 2 Baths 2,134 S.F. of Living Space Lake-Golf Views First Floor Coach Home $498,900 MLS 201133297 Kay Mullins 239.273.6072

CENTRAL FORT MYERS

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SHENANDOAH ESTATE HOME

5 Bedrooms, 3 Full + 2 Half Baths New Cherry Kitchen Cabinets Granite Countertops Wood Burning Fireplace $475,000 MLS 201124718 Michael & Jamie Polly 239.850.0487

LAGUNA LAKES

3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths 1,820 S.F. of Living Space Beautiful Pool Home Lovely Lake Views $214,800 MLS 201133020 Denny Grimes 239.489.4663

LEHIGH ACRES

GULF BEACH VILLA

â&#x20AC;¢ 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Furnished â&#x20AC;¢ Direct Beach Front â&#x20AC;¢ South Seas Island Resort â&#x20AC;¢ Perfect Island Getaway & Rental Income â&#x20AC;¢ $429,000 MLS 2701218 â&#x20AC;¢ Jim Branyon 239.565.3233

CAPTIVA

LANDS END AT SOUTH SEAS

Spacious 2 Bedroom, 2 Baths Just Steps to Water Breathtaking Gulf of Mexico Views Gorgeous Upgrades $1,299,000 MLS 2110386 Burns Family Team 239.464.2984

CAPTIVA

CAPTIVA ISLAND RETREAT

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2 Bedrooms and 2 Baths + Loft Deeded Beach Access Chic Island Décor Pool/Tennis/Bayside Boat Dockage $789,000 MLS 2100240 Jim Branyon 239.565.3233

CAPTIVA

2 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms Heart of Captiva Village! Exceptional Amenities New Everything in 2005 $679,000 MLS 2801611 Sally Davies 239.691.3319

HIDDEN LINKS

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"ISLAND LIFE"

239.689.7653

4 Bedrooms, 5.5 Baths Stunning Gourmet Kitchen Vanishing Edge Pool & Open Lanai 4-Car Garage $1,950,000 MLS 201054114 Denny Grimes 239.489.4663

3 Bedrooms + Office, 2 Baths 2,343 S.F. of Living Space Golf Course Views 2 Car Garage $279,800 MLS 201132510 Toni Shoemaker 239.464.3645

FORT MYERS BEACH

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5 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths 5,000 S.F. of Living Space 140' Dock w/16,000 lb Lift Wonderful Bay Views $2,250,000 MLS 201141933 Denny Grimes 239.489.4663

TOWN & RIVER

D CE U D RE

SOUTH FORT MYERS

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2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths 1,103 S.F. of Living Space First Floor Corner Unit Beautiful Lake Views $59,000 MLS 201132069 Toni Shoemaker 239.464.3645

239.992.9100

LEHIGH ACRES CHARM

â&#x20AC;¢ 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths â&#x20AC;¢ 1,307 S.F. of Living Space â&#x20AC;¢ Wood Laminate Flooring â&#x20AC;¢ Well Maintained â&#x20AC;¢ $89,900 MLS 201136222 â&#x20AC;¢ Heather & Darin Maciaszek 239.851.7653

ISLAND SHORES

VENETIAN PALMS

G TIN LIS

â&#x20AC;¢ 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths â&#x20AC;¢ Just Steps to Captiva Beaches â&#x20AC;¢ Beautifully Remodeled and Professionally Decorated â&#x20AC;¢ Beautiful Enclosed Pool & Spa â&#x20AC;¢ $1,149,000 MLS 2111207 â&#x20AC;¢ Burns Family Team 239.464.2984

FORT MYERS

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GATEWAY

CAPTIVA W NE

CAPTIVA TOWNHOME!

SOUTH FORT MYERS

â&#x20AC;¢ 5 Acres in the Heart of Fort Myers â&#x20AC;¢ Two Pastures w/2 Horse Barns â&#x20AC;¢ Exquisite Interior Touches â&#x20AC;¢ Horse Lover's Paradise â&#x20AC;¢ $525,000 MLS 201143686 â&#x20AC;¢ Heather & Darin Maciaszek 239.851.7653

W NE

THE FOREST

SOUTH FORT MYERS

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5 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths 3,273 S.F. of Living Space Gourmet Kitchen Large Screened Lanai w/Pool & Spa $549,800 MLS 201139533 Denny Grimes 239.489.4663

Deep Water Access/100' Waterfront Award Winning Kitchen & Baths Breathtaking 360' Views of River/Canal Outdoor Kitchen/Fireplace $3,200,000 MLS 201137470 Chad Reedy 239.989.8838

239.472.0078

4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths 2,623 S.F. of Living Space Large Heated Pool Great for Entertaining $249,900 MLS 201124907 Michael & Jamie Polly 239.850.0487

SOUTH FORT MYERS

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3 Bedrooms, Plus Den, 3.5 Baths Huge Master Bath Lake & Preserve Views Large, Open Kitchen $140,000 MLS 201107538 Toni Shoemaker 239.464.3645

ULTIMATE DREAM LOCATION

SOUTH FORT MYERS

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2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths First Floor Turn-Key Fresh Paint and Hardwood Floors Gated Community $139,000 MLS 2111026 Kathy Polk 239.989.3141

239.472.0078

SOUTH FORT MYERS

SANIBEL

SANIBEL

â&#x20AC;¢ 3 Bedroom, 3 Bath Gulf Front Elegance â&#x20AC;¢ Totally Renovated in 2000 â&#x20AC;¢ Situated on 1 Acre of Serene Natural Landscape â&#x20AC;¢ Gulfside Pools, Spa and Cabana â&#x20AC;¢ $3,900,000 MLS 2111032 â&#x20AC;¢ Sarah Ashton 239.691.4915

THE SHALLOWS

239.213.9100

OPEN DEC. 11 1-4:00

1244 PAR VIEWS

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4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths Spacious and All on One Level Peaceful Views of Golf Course Large, Solar Heated Pool $898,900 MLS 2110332 Cathy Rosario 239.464.2249

ST. CHARLES HARBOUR

G TIN LIS

SOUTH FORT MYERS

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CLAM SHELL TOWNHOUSE BEACH CONDO

â&#x20AC;¢ 2 Bedrooms on 2 Levels with 2 Huge Porches â&#x20AC;¢ Gulf Front Townhouse with Only 6 Owners â&#x20AC;¢ Master Bedroom Encompasses Entire 2nd Level â&#x20AC;¢ Virtual Tour: www.clamshellcondo.info â&#x20AC;¢ $749,000 MLS 2111102 â&#x20AC;¢ Bob & Viv Radigan 239.691.6240

W NE

â&#x20AC;¢ 5 Bedroom, 4.5 Bath Gated Estate â&#x20AC;¢ 5+ Private Acres in Heart of Fort Myers â&#x20AC;¢ Bud Lawrence Design with Elegant Craftmanship â&#x20AC;¢ Pool/Spa, Tennis, Pond â&#x20AC;¢ $1,699,000 MLS 2110218 â&#x20AC;¢ McMurray & Nette 239.850.7888

SANIBEL

Furnished 3BD/3BA w/Gulf Side Pool Beautiful, Private Setting over 1 Acre Beach Cottage Feel-Over 2,400 S.F. Originally Priced at $3,600,000! $2,275,000 MLS 2110997 McMurray & Nette 239.281.4435

STUNNING AND SERENE

G TIN LIS

2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths Magnificent Gulf Views On-Site Rentals and Management Light & Bright with Extra Windows $809,000 MLS 2111195 Burns Family Team 239.464.2984

G TIN LIS

CHATEAUX BEACH FRONT

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G TIN S I L

PELICANS ROOST

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SANIBEL

FORT MYERS W NE

W NE

â&#x20AC;¢ Architectural Gem with Utmost Privacy â&#x20AC;¢ Protected Bay Locale near Ding Darling Refuge â&#x20AC;¢ Private Beach with Wildlife Views Galore â&#x20AC;¢ Open Deck, Pool, Hot Tub, Boat Dock & Lift â&#x20AC;¢ $2,995,000 MLS 2801656 â&#x20AC;¢ McMurray & Nette 239.281.4435

REFLECTION ISLES

GARDENS AT BEACHWALK

G TIN LIS

SOUTH FORT MYERS

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CUSTOM BUILT COURTYARD HOME

SANIBEL

G TIN S I L

CAPE CORAL

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DUPLEX UNIT IN SNUG HARBOR

â&#x20AC;¢ Only 1 of 2 Units Like It â&#x20AC;¢ Beautifully Updated w/ Gulf Views â&#x20AC;¢ 2 Bedrooms Plus Den and 2 Baths â&#x20AC;¢ Ground Floor Cabana, Under Bldg Parking â&#x20AC;¢ $589,000 MLS 2100065 â&#x20AC;¢ Burns Family Team 239.464.2984

SANIBEL W NE

SOUTH FORT MYERS

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D CE U D RE

BAYOU ESTATE

D CE U D RE

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SANIBEL

G TIN S I L

â&#x20AC;¢ Boaters Dream Location â&#x20AC;¢ Newer 4BD/4.5BA with Pool & Spa â&#x20AC;¢ Olde Florida Style with Boat House â&#x20AC;¢ Separate Garage/Workshop Bldgs, RV Hook-up â&#x20AC;¢ $2,495,000 MLS 2111215 â&#x20AC;¢ McMurray & Nette 239.850.7888

W NE

"VILLAGE BY THE SEA"

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SANIBEL

G TIN LIS

â&#x20AC;¢ Newer 4BD/4BA Village Home â&#x20AC;¢ Comfortable, Light & Bright â&#x20AC;¢ Just Steps to Beach, Galleries, Restaurants â&#x20AC;¢ Fabulous Pool/Porches/Deck â&#x20AC;¢ $1,499,900 MLS 2800277 â&#x20AC;¢ McMurray & Nette 239.281.4435

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TOWN & RIVER

G TIN S I L

â&#x20AC;¢ 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths â&#x20AC;¢ 2,229 S.F. of Living Space â&#x20AC;¢ Pristine Condition w/Upgrades â&#x20AC;¢ 3-Car Garage â&#x20AC;¢ $235,000 MLS 201145336 â&#x20AC;¢ Heather & Darin Maciaszek 239.851.7653

CAPTIVA

ST. CHARLES HARBOUR

W NE

GATEWAY W NE

â&#x20AC;¢ Top Floor, 2 Bedroom with Loft â&#x20AC;¢ Direct Gulf with Extended Lanai â&#x20AC;¢ Fabulous Sunsets/White Sand Beach â&#x20AC;¢ Great Personal Vacation or Rental â&#x20AC;¢ $769,900 MLS 2800792 â&#x20AC;¢ Fred Newman or Vicki Panico 239.826.2704

GULF HARBOUR

G TIN S I L

W NE

SUNNY CAPTIVA BEACH COTTAGE

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3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths Fully Furnished Pool Home Near Sanibel on Quiet Tree-Lined Street Nearly $50,000 in Recent Renovations $325,000 MLS 2111216 Vallee Arnett 239.645.1903

239.213.9100

SOUTH FORT MYERS

â&#x20AC;¢ 4 Bedroom Waterfront Oasis â&#x20AC;¢ 256' Directly on River â&#x20AC;¢ New 40' Dock Accommodates 70' Boat â&#x20AC;¢ Call Today for Private Showing â&#x20AC;¢ $3,495,000 MLS 2110821 â&#x20AC;¢ Fred Newman or Vicki Panico 239.826.2704


CAPTIVA W NE

CAPTIVA

G TIN S I L

W NE

OPEN DEC. 10TH 2-5:00

16891 CAPTIVA DRIVE

â&#x20AC;¢ 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths â&#x20AC;¢ 1,800 S.F. Captiva Cottage with Dock â&#x20AC;¢ Pool, Tennis Court, Deeded Beach Access â&#x20AC;¢ Excellent Rental History â&#x20AC;¢ $1,389,000 MLS 2111211 â&#x20AC;¢ Cathy Rosario 239.464.2249

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PELICAN PRESERVE

G TIN S I L

3BD/2BA Beach Cottage w/Loft Vaulted Ceilings & Large Windows Quiet Street Between Beach and Bay Captiva "Village" Location $875,000 MLS 2111213 John and Denice Beggs 239.357.5500

CAPTIVA

SIENA AT PELICAN PRESERVE

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3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths 1,450 S.F. of Living Space Lake & Preserve Views Great Community Amenities $129,800 MLS 201145506 Denny Grimes 239.489.4663

CAPTIVA

BEACH VILLA 2336

CAPTIVA HIDE-A-WAY

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2BD/2BA Corner Haven Dockage w/Gulf Access First Floor Advantages Near the Beach in Captivaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Village $649,000 MLS 2900694 John and Denice Beggs 239.357.5500

CAPTIVA W NE

"VILLAGE BY THE SEA"

GULF BEACH VILLA

â&#x20AC;¢ 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Furnished â&#x20AC;¢ Direct Beach Front â&#x20AC;¢ South Seas Island Resort â&#x20AC;¢ Perfect Island Getaway & Rental Income â&#x20AC;¢ $429,000 MLS 2701218 â&#x20AC;¢ Jim Branyon 239.565.3233

CAPTIVA

LANDS END AT SOUTH SEAS

STONEYBROOK AT GATEWAY

COLONIAL FARMS

Spacious 2 Bedroom, 2 Baths Just Steps to Water Breathtaking Gulf of Mexico Views Gorgeous Upgrades $1,299,000 MLS 2110386 Burns Family Team 239.464.2984

CAPTIVA ISLAND RETREAT

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2 Bedrooms and 2 Baths + Loft Deeded Beach Access Chic Island Décor Pool/Tennis/Bayside Boat Dockage $789,000 MLS 2100240 Jim Branyon 239.565.3233

3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths 2,800 S.F. of Living Space Exquisitely Furnished Penthouse w/Magnificent Marina Views $1,550,000 MLS 201127001 Katie Brady 239.770.6061

SOUTH FORT MYER

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IF YOU COULD VISUALIZE SOUND, THIS is what it might look like: Zimoun’s kinetic sculptures that writhe and rattle and vibrate and quiver. The Swiss artist puts common industrial items — wire, motors, cotton, cardboard boxes — together in uncommon ways. The effect is surprisingly mesmerizing and hypnotic. Take, for example, his 2010 piece, “361 prepared dc-motors, filler wire 1.0mm.”

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very funny play back for a third season,” said Robert Cacioppo, producing artistic director. “It has been a huge hit for us two years running, with nearly sold out runs, and we hope that it becomes a holiday tradition for Southwest Florida audiences. If you missed it last season, now is your chance to get tickets. If you saw it and loved it last year, I encourage you to come back.” Being served up as an antidote to the saccharine sweetness of the holiday season, “The San-

taland Diaries” was written by bestselling humorist and NPR and New Yorker contributor David Sedaris. It is a hilariously funny and bitingly honest portrait of the Christmas season that Sedaris spent working as an elf at Macy’s in Herald Square. Adapted for the stage by Tony-winning actor and director Joe Mantello, the play takes audiences on an elfin journey from the interview process to the last crazed shopping days before Christmas. Mr. Parrish, associate director at the Florida Rep, stars again as Crumpet SEE SANTALAND, C13 X

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SANDY DAYS, SALTY NIGHTS A romantic move to real letters artisHENDERSON sandydays@floridaweekly.com

I remember when the Internet was invented. Not invented, exactly, but when it first appeared on the scene. I’m talking AOL, chat rooms, life before Facebook, when instant messaging and e-mails were still new. I remember the feeling of boundless freedom, the way we could suddenly communicate with people we were too shy to approach in person. Those early days felt limitless, as if we were suddenly blessed with the ability to cross boundaries and be bold. We thought ourselves pioneers. We were foolish. The Internet ushered in a brave new world of communication that we had to figure out as we went along. People took risks online that they’d never take in actual life. Sometimes they got carried away. Over time I learned that e-mail and instant message conversations aren’t real. Not real conversations, not real exchanges. Nothing like what is said face-to-face. The first time a boy told me he loved me on IM, he put the words in asterisks as if to emphasize the sentiment, to assure me that he *really* loved me. He wanted me to know that saying it via computer did not cheapen the experience. Which of course it did.

In the years since the dawn of the mmunication Internet, electronic communication aily lives. We has become part of our daily e-mail, we Skype, we text. It’s all there on the computer screen, our emotions writ digitally. But lately I’ve become restless with d by so much the ease of it. I’m dissatisfied facile communication the way we might ave burrito. It be dissatisfied by a microwave looks like it should fill us up, but somehow it doesn’t. he larger I must have tapped into the consciousness, because my friend Andy recently asked for my mailing address. d?” “Are you getting married?” I said. Andy laughed. Or I imag-ine him laughing because the whole exchange played out over e-mail. “No,” he wrote. “I was thinking I hadn’t written any real letters in a long time. I might give it a try.” I smiled, my face mirrored in the computer e screen, touched to be included on his mailing list.. ved The first letter I received antic from him had a certain romantic pening quality. I took my time opening h word the envelope and read each carefully. When I finished I set the letter aside, already anticipating my response. I didn’t y that feel the usual tug of worry

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SOUND From page 1 (Zimoun’s titles all sound like hardware store lists; they’re functional descriptions of all the elements used.) The 361 filler wires all turn, courtesy of the dc motors embedded in a square wooden tabletop, planted in straight rows, like a crop. The wires, looking much like metallic grass waving in the wind, create light clanking sounds as they sway back and forth and hit against each other. The patterns they form are simple and beautiful. The sculpture is one of five works in Zimoun’s solo show at Sarasota’s Ringling Museum of Art. The exhibit, “Zimoun: Sculpting Sound,” is a coup for the museum, as it’s the first time the artist’s work has been shown in Florida, and one of the few times it’s been shown in the United States. “I think of it as a metallic wheat field,” says Dr. Matthew McLendon, the museum’s associate curator of modern and contemporary art. “It’s a wonderful juxtaposition — the industrial, the mass produced, the electric, with the organic.” Dr. McLendon, who curated the show, first learned about Zimoun’s work through Matthew Harmon, the museum’s exhibition designer. Mr. Harmon sent him videos of Zimoun’s work in action. (The artist himself photographs and videotapes his own work. For a look at the Ringling exhibit, go to www.zimoun.ch/ works/2011/sarasota/ringling.html.) “I thought they were great; I was blown away by the videos,” says Dr. McLendon. “I immediately contacted his gallery in New York. We then had an eight- or nine-month conversation leading up to the exhibit. “This is the largest museum showing he’s had, and it’s probably the most ideal as a setting. He was very pleased with it.” The Ringling Museum sent the artist diagrams of the galleries, and Zimoun responded by describing what the ideal site would look like. The museum then proceeded to tear down some walls in the West Galleries and build new ones to accommodate the works. “One of the things that’s really important is how you interact with the pieces,” says Dr. McLendon, adding that the museum has all-white walls especially for this show, something Zimoun has never had before when exhibiting his works. Even the floors were painted a highgloss white, adding to the industrial feel. Heavy plastic vertical strips, the kind you’d see in meat lockers, separate the various rooms, so the sound from one work doesn’t bleed into the next. “I was taking someone from his gallery in New York through the exhibit,” Dr. McLendon says. “She’d seen ‘361 prepared dc-motors’ installed elsewhere, and she remarked how great it was that there’s so much room around it here. It gives the piece space to breathe… Little things like that make so much difference.”

Playful yet complex Zimoun’s work can be experienced on two levels, Dr. McLendon says. As he’s watched museum visitors walk through the exhibit, “Their first response is to smile,” he says. “There’s something playful about Zimoun’s work. It brings out the inner child in us. When we were children, we wanted to take apart our toys to see how they work. You get a sense of that in Zimoun’s work.” His work also subverts the history of minimal art by his use of different

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The sound sculptures and installations of Zimoun are graceful, mechanized works of playful poetry. markings on the boxes. The boxes are starting to degrade. They are changing. “These are works in progress, in a lot of ways.”

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materials. For example, he uses the geometrical shape of the cube, “but rather than a large, monolithic steel cube, it’s a cardboard box. You have a handmade quality to it.” You can also think about Zimoun’s work in terms of chance, the aspect of chance that’s a part of all our lives, he says. The first piece patrons see when they enter the gallery is “175 prepared dcmotors, filler wire 1.0 mm.” The 175 thin, spinning wires dangle from a row of small motors set into the wall. It’s like seeing straight pencil lines come to life, or like a Cy Twombly painting in motion. “It’s the same type of motor, all receiving the same amount of electricity,” Dr. McLendon says. “It’s the same wire: same length, diameter. In this system, they all should be acting in the same way. But you have the element of chance at play. The wires start to tangle with each other, and this affects how they rotate. “It doesn’t work as a perfect system. Each motor and wire almost takes on a personality of its own. You can relate this to our lives, and how chance impacts all of our lives.” As the wires spin and hit each other, they also scrape against the white wall, creating marks. “It’s fascinating to watch. The markings on the wall become more and more pronounced as the exhibition continues.”

Thinking outside the box(es) The remaining three works all incorporate large cardboard boxes. “246 prepared dc-motors, wire isolated, cardboard boxes 41x41x41 cm” is a towering semi-circle of boxes. When you step inside the semi-circle, you see a bare light bulb hanging from the ceiling in the middle. Small motors on each

box rotate long curved wires that whip about like snakes. Over and over again, the wires constantly strike the cardboard, like self-flagellating monks. More than one viewer has compared the sound to that of rain striking a roof or a tent. “Zimoun’s sculpture is abstract,” says Dr. McLendon. “It’s always fascinating to me how there is this real instinctual need to make meaning where there is no meaning. It’s an abstract sound. We layer something onto it, the sound of rain, for example.” And the titles are simple lists of the materials used “so he’s not layering meaning onto the work. It leaves space for the viewer to make his or her own meaning.” In the next room is “80 prepared dcmotors, cotton balls, cardboard boxes 71x71x71 cm,” a staggered wall of cardboard boxes line one wall. On each face is a tiny motor, from which hangs a wire with a cotton ball at the end. The motors turn the wires, and the cotton balls, looking like timpani mallets, continuously beat against the cardboard. The sound is not dissimilar to taiko drumming. One viewer exclaimed that it sounded like the roar of a subway train. The sound changes the closer a viewer gets to the piece, and the Doppler effect can be achieved by walking along the length of the wall. The fifth and final piece consists of “49 prepared dc-motors, cotton balls, cardboard boxes 51x51x51 cm,” but these boxes are all lying on the floor. The cotton balls at the end of the wires can’t fight against gravity, so they vibrate and rumble against the surfaces of the boxes. “In that last piece with the cotton balls rotating on the tops of boxes, the cotton is starting to degrade,” Dr. McLendon points out. “There are

Zimoun came from Switzerland to assemble the installations earlier this fall, working with assistance from 10 students from the nearby New College of Florida and Ringing College of Art and Design. “It gave the juniors and seniors the chance to work with an international artist and gain behind-the-scenes experience in how an artist and a museum work together,” Dr. McLendon says. “He’s great fun. He worked around the clock while he was here. “Hands down, he’s the nicest person I’ve ever worked with in any capacity. I cannot sing his praises high enough. He’s a consummate professional.” Zimoun is a self-taught artist who’s always been interested in sound and art. “He started out playing music as a young kid and has always been involved in music,” Dr. McLendon says. “Simultaneously, he was making little comic books and drawing. He started out doing some photography, and then he came into this, all through his own experimentation and self-teaching.” Though the kinetic, industrial sculptures are a far cry from the Old Masters in the museum’s permanent collection, patron response has been so overwhelmingly positive that the exhibit, originally scheduled to close Jan. 8, has been extended through mid-February. The most common reaction from visitors, Dr. McLendon says, is: “I’ve never seen anything like this before.” And that pleases him. “I want to expose people to new, unfamiliar work that will hopefully get them thinking and seeing in a different way.” ■

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The Shell Point Retirement Community presents its annual Fine and Performing Arts Concert Series, featuring Boston Brass Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Village Church auditorium. $35. 454-2067 or www. shellpoint.org/concerts. ■ Book Chat - A book discussion of Geraldine Brooks’ “Caleb’s Crossing” starts at 2 p.m. at the South County Regional Library. 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy. ■ Holiday Event - The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs presents “Live at the Promenade!… The Voices of Naples” at 7 p.m. at the Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Dr. $20 members/$25 non-members. 495-8989 or www.artcenterbonita.org. ■ Country Legend - Loretta Lynn, the first lady of country music, takes the stage at 8 p.m. at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. 597-1900 or www.ThePhil.org. ■ Art Class - The Estero Art League offers a glass painting class free to members from 9 a.m.-noon at the Estero Community Center. Taught by Jackie Marth the class covers basic techniques with the opportunity to complete one painted object. Sign up on Monday mornings at the center.

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■ Holiday House - Enjoy holiday sights and sounds tonight through Dec. 23 at the Burroughs Home on the corner of Fowler and First Street. 738-3710.

■ Hot Bikes - Cape Coral Bike Night runs from 5-10 p.m. on SE 47th Ter. near Coronado and Vincennes. Enjoy live music and food. 573-3125.

■ Guest Speaker - The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum hosts its “Friday Lunch Hour at the Museum” series from noon-1 p.m. with sea adventurer Rob Masino. Bring a lunch to enjoy during the presentation. dothomas@shellmuseum.org or 395-2233.

■ Country Tunes - David Allan Coe takes the stage at 7 p.m. at Seminole Casino Immokalee. $20. (800) 218-0007.

■ Pet Party - Holiday Yappy Hour runs from 6-8 p.m. at the Bell Tower Shops. Enjoy an evening of music, shopping and Santa pictures ($5 donation) and see adoptable pets from the Gulf Coast Humane Society. 489-1221. ■ Live Nativity - First United Methodist Church hosts a live nativity tonight through Sunday and Dec. 16-18 at the corner of Fowler and First streets. 332-1152. ■ Funny Lady - Comedian Rene Bray performs at 8 and 10 p.m. tonight through Saturday at the Laugh In Comedy Cafe, 8595 College Pkwy. $12. 479-LAFF. ■ Weekend Concerts - Gulf Coast Town Center offers its free Weekend Concert Series in Market Plaza from 7-9 p.m. Tonight: Classic oldies by Richie C. 2670783 or www.gulfcoasttowncenter.com.

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■ Holiday Fun - A Holidayland Family Fun Event with Santa and winter holiday activities runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Imaginarium Science Center, 2000 Cranford Ave. Enjoy Santa photos, face painting and other activities, including a Science of the Circus Show and Animal Encounters. 321-7420 or www.imaginariumfortmyers.com. ■ Santa Event - Santa reads from 8:30-9:30 p.m. at Book-A-Million in the Edison Mall. Hear a holiday story and bring a non-perishable food item for the Harry Chapin Food Bank or a toy to be donated to the Salvation Army. ■ Vienna Evening - The Dinners with Berne Series returns to the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center with “An Evening in Vienna” starting at 6 p.m. Enjoy the music of Mozart, Strauss, Lehar and more while enjoying food prepared by Carlo Rao of Mastello’s Restaurante and Touch of Italy. $175. 2301 First St. 3331933 or www.sbdac.com.

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■ Book Sale - The Friends of the Fort Myers Library host a Holiday Book Sale from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room. 2050 Central Ave. 549-9625 or www.fortmyersfriends.org. ■ Boat Parade - The Bonita Springs Boat Parade kicks off at 6 p.m., beginning and ending at The Fish House restaurant, 4685 Bonita Beach Rd. View the lighted boats from the restaurant or the Imperial River boat ramp. www.www. bonitaboatparade.com or 495-0455. ■ Benefit Event - Black Tie, White Christmas, a public formal holiday party to benefit Toys for Tots, is set for 8 p.m.-2 a.m. at The Edison Restaurant, 3583 McGregor Blvd. $20 admission and toy donation. www.blacktiewhitechristmas.net. ■ Classic Rock - “A Family Affair,” a dinner and show with guest stars performing ’50’s-’60’s classic rock, top 40 and country music, is set for 7-10 p.m. at the Cadillac Restaurant, 16641 San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers Beach. $19. For reservations: 267-4132. ■ Holiday Display - An open house for the Holiday Dreams 2011 display runs from 5-8 p.m. at The Butterfly Estates. The display can be seen through Dec. 25. 690-2359. ■ Handbell Concert - The Southwest Florida Handbell Ensemble Outdoor Concert starts at 2 p.m. at the South County Regional Library. 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy. 479-4636. ■ Piano Concert - St. Vincent de Paul presents a concert by Jan Mulder at 7 p.m. to benefit its Meals-On-Wheels program. The concert takes place at the Euro Grand Piano Gallery in the Imperial Square shopping plaza. $30. 775-1667. ■ Seasonal Sounds - The Village Church at Shell Point Retirement Community presents a Christmas Celebration with Jan Mulder at 2:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Sunday. 454-2147 or www.shellpoint.org/villagechurch/events. ■ Trekkie Time - The Calusa Nature Center presents the Star Trek Movie Saga, with a showing of “The Wrath of Khan” at 8 p.m. This is a dress-up event, or come as you are. Films are shown once a month. $10 non-members, $5 members. ■ Date Night - Cool Hand Luc’s presents a metal show with From The Throne, Iodine Sky and more 7-9 p.m. 2040 Collier Ave. #B. 791-8666 or www. coolhandlucs.com. ■ Weekend Concerts - Gulf Coast Town Center offers its free Weekend Concert Series in Market Plaza from 7-9 p.m. Tonight: Riverside Blues. 267-0783 or www.gulfcoasttowncenter.com.

Sunday, Dec. 11 ■ Chorus Performs - The Spirit of the Gulf Chorus Concert starts at 3 p.m. at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. 481-4849 or www.bbmanpah.com.


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WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO Tuesday at The Edison Bar and Restaurant, 3583 McGregor Blvd. www.SWFLMUSIC.com.

â&#x2013;  Jingle Bellies - Southwest Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Holiday Belly Dance Showcase starts at 7:30 p.m. at Rhythm in Motion Dance Academy. Enjoy group and solo performers, a gift bazaar and appetizers. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 542-3500.

Wednesday, Dec. 14 â&#x2013;  Tenor Tunes - The Irish Tenorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Christmas Reunion starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. $42.50-$72.50. 481-4849 or www. bbmanpah.com.

â&#x2013;  Classical Tunes - BIG ARTS presents Classical Afternoon Series: Alexander Schimpf at 3:30 p.m. $32. 395-0900. â&#x2013;  Holiday Show - A Talents Holly Jolly Christmas Show starts at 2 p.m at the Lake Kennedy Senior Center. Enjoy a holiday dance extravaganza by Turner Talents. 400 Santa Barbara Blvd. $7. 574-0575. â&#x2013;  Outdoor Concert - The Bonita Springs Concert Band performs at 2 p.m. at Riverside Park on Old 41 Road. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. â&#x2013;  Benefit Concert - â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blues, Sweat & Cheers,â&#x20AC;? benefiting local musician Kenny Cox and the National Foundation for Transplants, runs from noon-6 p.m. at the Alliance for the Arts. Enjoy food, beverages, raffles and music. kellypohler@ yahoo.com or kristihyde@msn.com. â&#x2013;  Live Tunes - Cool Hand Lucâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presents a show featuring Thou (Incredible LA heaviness), False and more from 9-11 p.m. 2040 Collier Ave. #B. 791-8666 or www.coolhandlucs.com. â&#x2013;  Blues Jam - The Buckingham Blues Bar hosts open blues jams from 3-6 p.m. every Sunday. 5641 Buckingham Road. 693-7111 or www.buckinghambar.com.

Monday, Dec. 12 â&#x2013;  Film Series - The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs Films for Film Lovers series presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paris, Je Tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;aimeâ&#x20AC;? at 7 p.m. at the Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Dr. $8. Enjoy a film discussion after each film. 495-8989 or www. artcenterbonita.org. â&#x2013;  Holiday Lights - Ride the Seminole Gulf Railway to Punta Gorda for a boat tour of the holiday lights in Punta Gorda Isles at 3:30 p.m. today and Tuesday and Dec. 19-20. 2805 Colonial Blvd. $79. 275-8487 or http://semgulf.com. â&#x2013;  Holiday Show - Paul Toddâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Illuminated Christmas takes the stage at 7 p.m. at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. Tickets start at $25. 481-4849 or www.bbmannpah.com.

Irving Berlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;White Christmasâ&#x20AC;? plays at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre through Dec. 25. 278-4422 or www.broadwaypalm.com.

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â&#x2013;  Film Event - Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s TGIM for the Fort Myers Film Festival at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers. Learn how films are selected for the event and intellectualize with the indie film community, assorted guests, and host Eric Raddatz. www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com

â&#x2013;  Hibiscus Series - The Melody Anglin Trio performs at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at Beach United Methodist Church, with a reception to follow. 155 Bay Rd. Free will offering. 463-9656.

Tuesday, Dec. 13 â&#x2013;  Book Discussion - Talk about Erik Larsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the Garden of Beastsâ&#x20AC;? at 2 p.m. at Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Rd.

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â&#x2013;  Golf Exhibition - Verandah teams up with PGA Tour player Derek Lamely, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven and others for a golf exhibition benefiting The Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital of SWFL. The event starts at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 15 on Verandahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Old Orange golf course. $75. 694-7229 or cindym@ bonitabaygroup.com.

â&#x2013;  Holiday Favorite - The North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;? at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at 7 p.m. $7-$25. 997-2131.

â&#x2013;  Pasta & Tunes - The Estero High School Music Boosters host a Spaghetti Dinner & Winter Concert on Dec 15. Dinner is served from 5-6:30 p.m., with the concert starting at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. $10 adults, $5 children. 826-4648.

â&#x2013;  Carol Sing - A Holiday Carol Sing starts at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Fort Myers. The event benefits the CCMI Soup Kitchen. Admission is two cans of food and a voluntary donation to CCMI.

â&#x2013;  Dinner Theater - First Christian Church of Cape Coral presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Greatest Gift Of All,â&#x20AC;? an original Christmas musical written by Laura Rivera, at 7 p.m. Dec. 15-17 and at noon and 7 p.m. Dec. 17. 2620 Country Club Blvd. 574-7272.

â&#x2013;  New Exhibit - â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sacred Season; Sacred Artâ&#x20AC;? opens from 5-7 p.m. at the Watson MacRae Gallery, with an Artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Talk from 10:30-noon Wednesday. 472-3386.

â&#x2013;  Ho Ho The Christmas Show At Cultural Park Theater, Cape Coral, Dec. 15-18. 772-5862.

â&#x2013;  Holiday Classic - See George Balanchineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;? performed by the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center live in HD at 6 p.m. at Hollywood Coconut Point 16 and at the Bell Tower 20. $20 adults, $16 students. www.fathomevents.com. â&#x2013;  Holiday Party - The Hispanic Chamber Holiday Party starts at 6 p.m. at The Edison Restaurant. Enjoy food, dancing and more. RSVP to 418-1441. 3583 McGregor Blvd. â&#x2013;  Musical Showcase - Southwest Florida Music hosts a Showcase of Musial Talent from 7:30-10 p.m. every

â&#x2013;  Cantors Perform - Gulf Coast Symphony hosts â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cantors: A Faith in Songâ&#x20AC;? on Dec. 15 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. A preconcert reception starts at 6:30 p.m., followed by the concert at 8 p.m. $37-$102. 277-1700 or www.gulfcoastsymphony.org.

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â&#x2013;  Holiday Lights - See Holiday Arbor Lights from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 16-23 on the trails at the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium. 275-3435. â&#x2013;  Eco CafĂŠ - â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mangrove Gathering,â&#x20AC;? an eco cafe with the live music of Kraig Kenning, runs from 7:30-10 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Eco Living Center at Rutenburg Park. Bring a reusable mug for free refreshments and a dessert to share while socializing with people who care about the Earth. 432-2163. â&#x2013;  Holiday Lunch - The Estero Historical Society hosts a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Lunch at the Parkâ&#x20AC;? from noon-2 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Estero Community Park. Enjoy music by The Brooks Brothers band. 498-0678. â&#x2013;  Funny Guys - Comedians R.C. Smith and Chris Gay perform at 8 and 10 p.m. Dec. 16-17 at the Laugh In Comedy CafĂŠ. 479-LAFF. â&#x2013;  Winter Wonderettes - At the BIG ARTS Herb Strauss Theater Dec. 16-31. 2200 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island. 395-0900. â&#x2013;  Sacred Tunes - The Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida performs â&#x20AC;&#x153;Messiahâ&#x20AC;? at 8 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. $22-$42. 418-1500, 560-5695 or www.swflso.org. â&#x2013;  Holiday Pops - The Southwest Florida Symphony performs its annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Pops - Timeless Treasuresâ&#x20AC;? at 8 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall and at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Village Church at Shell Point. 418-1500 or www.swflso.org.

â&#x2013;  Art Event - The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs presents Art Walk from 5-8 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Arts Studios at the Promenade at Bonita Bay. 26811 S. Bay Dr. 495-8989 or www.artcenterbonita.org.

â&#x2013;  Button Show - The Fort Myers Button Club presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Buttons & Babble,â&#x20AC;? its inaugural meeting, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Riverdale Branch Library in East Fort Myers. Space is limited and reservations are required. buttonsandbuckles@comcast.net. â&#x2013; 

â&#x2013;  Exhibit Opening - The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs hosts an opening reception for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Small Worksâ&#x20AC;? exhibition from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 16.

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THEATER REVIEW Sweet, not sappy: ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ inspires, delights nancySTETSON nstetson@floridaweekly.com

Life rarely turns out the way you think it will. Even if we live in our desired locale, marry the one we love and work at our dream job, life has a sadistic way of pitching curve balls when we least expect it. Friends die, people betray us, illness robs us of our vitality and mobility, sometimes temporarily, sometimes permanently. Accidents happen. Businesses falter or move overseas. Banks foreclose. We lose jobs, homes, spouses. Sometimes we lose faith. George Bailey, like all young men, nurses big dreams. He’s going to go to college, travel and make his mark on the world. He’s bubbling over with excitement about his future and all the myriad possibilities. “I want to do something big!” he exclaims. And whatever that “something big” turns out to be, it certainly doesn’t include Bedford Falls, N.Y., the small, predictable town in which he’s grown up. But various circumstances conspire to trap him there, even after he falls in love and marries. His father suddenly dies, forcing George to take over the family’s savings and loan and remain in that snooze of a town, his dreams unrealized. Years later, his uncle’s absent-minded mistake and an evil man’s plotting drive him to contemplate suicide one Christmas Eve. But in answer to his desperate prayer, and the prayers of those who love him, heaven sends down Clarence, George’s guardian angel. Clarence might be 293 years old, but he’s still trying to earn his wings. Because George wishes he’d never been born, Clarence shows him what the world would be like if he’d never existed. “Strange, isn’t it?” Clarence asks him. “Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around, he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” The story, of course, is “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Through Dec. 18, Florida Repertory Theatre is staging a version of Frank Capra’s classic holiday movie. You should catch it while you can. It’s the perfect production for the season.

Director Robert Cacioppo has achieved t the right balance of tone: The show is s sweet, not sappy or o overly cloying — n an easy thing to not a accomplish with a s show such as this, one that could dangerously teeter in the wrong direction if directed or performed with too heavy a hand. Playwright Joe Landry adapted the tale for the stage, cleverly transforming it into a showwithin-a-show. In this version, a group of actors gather together on Christmas Eve 1946 to perform a live radio play, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” So the Florida Rep actors are playing actors who in turn portray various characters. As was the norm for old-time radio dramas, it takes only a handful of actors to populate an entire town; they play multiple roles, sometimes with one actor portraying two or three people conversing together, changing accents and voices for a line or two, then switching back again. It takes pretty deft acting to do this credibly.

A step back in time The action begins a half hour before curtain time, as singers rehearse, messengers deliver telegrams, a crusty soundman tests his props (creating a lot of noise during Christmas carols) and the actors arrive, walking down the aisle as if they’re strutting on a red carpet, squealing fans at their heels. Florida Rep provides a complete experience: walking into the Arcade Theatre in downtown Fort Myers feels like stepping back in time. Designer Richard Crowell’s art deco set is painted in shades of blue, just like the actual Arcade Theatre’s interior. And thanks to Roberta Malcolm’s costumes, the men sport argyle sweaters or doublebreasted suits, and most wear bowties. Peter Thomasson plays Freddie Filmore, the radio host, with great finesse. His elegant, smooth voice introduces the WFRT “Playhouse of the Air” and narrates the tale. Displaying his range, he also portrays the evil Mr. Potter and several others.

Chris Kipiniak does a stand-up job as George Bailey, and he’s careful — and smart — not to attempt a Jimmy Stewart impersonation. He presents George as a young guy with a strong sense of fairness, trying to do right in this world. He has a couple of speeches throughout the play, and to his credit, none sound like lectures; they’re all heartfelt. It’s scary how relevant this play is even now: Mr. Potter has a vested interest in keeping people poor and in debt to him. A slum landlord, he has them living in shacks. He also has a monopoly on pretty much everything in town: the banks, the department stores, the bus line. He’s rich beyond measure, but still greedy for more — more money, and more power. At one point George challenges him, saying: “Just remember this, Mr. Potter. That this rabble that you’re talking about… they do most of the working and paying and living and dying in this community.” In other words, George is standing up for the 1946 version of the 99 percent. Unfortunately, their own hard work is what’s made Mr. Potter rich; they’re laboring, but he’s the one who profits. George’s wife, Mary, is played with sweet charm by Claire Guy. She portrays Mary as a woman with a gentle spirit and plenty of common sense. We can see why George falls for her. The two have great chemistry together. One of their best scenes occurs when they’re listening and talking on the same phone, their heads touching. Mary knows they’re meant for each other, but it takes George a little while to catch on. Brad DePlanche, previously seen in Florida Rep’s “Rumors” and “The 39 Steps,” once again displays his considerable comedic talent as he plays a flirty, swaggering actor who’s quite believable as a fumbling Uncle Billy and also as Clarence, the angel, in addition to numerous other characters. Playing the rest of the female characters is Carrie Lund, who takes this role and runs with it. Her range is quite impressive, as she plays a bitter older woman

who’s lost her only son, a flirtatious young beauty, a maid and a burlesque dancer, to name just a few. And while he doesn’t have a speaking part, Mark Chambers is an essential part of the play as Melvin Swabbington. Melvin provides the sound effects that create a realistic ambience to the scenes — slamming doors, beeping horns, ringing bells, crunching snow. Due to his character’s hard work, we can imagine a boy falling through the ice on a lake, a train pull into a station, a family seated around the table at mealtime. Part of the appeal of Mr. Chambers’ role is seeing the unusual way some sounds are created; the other part is his curmudgeonly attitude as he dispassionately goes about his work. It’s great fun to watch him, though he’s careful not to upstage the others.

A grand finale on opening night “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how radio dramas were performed in front of a live audience (including commercials) and also feeds our need for a holiday show of genuine sweetness. This production is magical and authentic from start to finish, avoiding cheap sentimentality and faked cheer. It just might restore your faith in the goodness of others and spur you to reconsider your blessings, despite these difficult times. And because this is live theater, opening night attendees were treated to an unexpected moment after the curtain calls. Chris Simpson, the company’s technical director, came out on stage, dropped to one knee and proposed to Ms. Guy, the actress. Referencing George Bailey’s promise to Mary that he’d “lasso the moon” for her, he said, “Claire, I might not be able to lasso the moon for you, but I can design one to scale. Will you marry me?” Ms. Guy, so overcome she was unable to speak, nodded her reply. And the audience gave their second standing ovation of the evening. ■

“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” >> When: through Dec. 18 >> Where: Florida Repertory Theatre >> Tickets: $45, $40 >> Info: 332-4488 or www.floridarep.org


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GIVING Giving back: Deciding to get started BY JAY BRETT

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Do you ever read about wealthy people who donate loads of money to a good cause and think to yourself, “If I had lots of money, just think of the good things I could do,” and then because you don’t have that much money, you quickly turn your thoughts away from philanthropy? If you are like most people, the “call” to community service is an obtuse proposition. You would like to help, but you just don’t know how. Are talented and successful people who have no community service on their resume simply self-centered or incapable? Surely not. They just don’t know how to get started. Getting started is nothing more than realizing that donating your own time and talents to a worthy organization is every bit as valuable to an organization as the donated money it receives. There are a myriad of ways to become involved in community service. Activities can include simple kindnesses, such as collecting food for food banks or serving at a soup kitchen. However, for busy professionals possessed of training, leadership, and passion, joining a nonprofit organization’s board can be the most meaningful way to achieve social impact. Serving on a nonprofit board requires you to check your ego at the door, as you will be serving as an ambassador for that organization. You will likely need to embark on an organizational learning curve, which requires you to “start at the bottom.” In selecting your best fit for involvement, you should consider what cause you are most passionate about. Once you identify your passion, it is easier than you think to find a nonprofit organization that engages in that cause. Contacting a target organization and asking the simple question “How can I help?” is all that is required. Here are some helpful tips: 1. Determine why you want to volunteer. Motivations can include meeting new people, gaining work or social skills or simply giving back to the community. 2. Identify personal skills that you bring to the volunteer table. Are you an “out front” person who is not shy about asking someone for money, or are you a “back room” person who can work at special events or perhaps serve on an audit committee? 3. Choose an issue that you care about. Whether it is human services, the environment, education, animal welfare, or the arts, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation serves a plethora of nonprofits and can con-

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nect you to the type of organization you seek. 4. Learn something about the organization. Read its website and ask around. Who do you know who may already be on the staff or on the board? 5. Consider how much time you have to volunteer and if you are committed to donating that time. 6. Volunteer as a social exercise with friends, family or business associates, and keep an open mind to meeting new people. 7. Consider signing up for a local leadership program such as Leadership Lee County, which can provide a wonderful experience in expanding your horizons and creating possibilities. In the long run, nobody inscribes your tombstone with how hard or how long you worked at the office. When the one great scorer comes to write against your name, your human legacy is the one that counts. Call it karma, inspiration, purpose, mentoring, philanthropy, altruism, or servant leadership, it all comes down to this: How have I served my fellow humans and how will I be remembered by those I served? Nonprofit organizations rise or fall based on the success of individuals who volunteer their time. How soon can you get started? ■

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HOROSCOPES â&#x2013;  SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) All signs point to a bright holiday, with all of those pesky problems finally resolved in your favor. Share the good times with people you love and, of course, who love you. â&#x2013;  CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Your plans should not be set in stone and cemented over. Leave some openings in case you need to make changes. Spend the holidays with your nearest and dearest. â&#x2013;  AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Surprise! This holiday finds you on the receiving end of the generosity of those who are usually the recipients of so much that you give so freely and lovingly. â&#x2013;  PISCES (February 19 to March 20) That piece of good news assures that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be swimming in clearer, calmer waters this holiday season. There might be a storm or two ahead, but youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll weather it all in fine style. â&#x2013;  ARIES (March 21 to April 19) I know, dear Lamb, that you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like anyone trying to take charge of one of your projects, but try to be a bit more flexible. A new idea could help hasten a positive result. â&#x2013;  TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure, like the time-thrifty Taurus that you are, that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done much of your holiday shopping. But donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t relax yet. Wrap those gifts now to save yourself lots of unwanted pressure. â&#x2013;  GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Be receptive when a family member or

friend asks to confide in you. Your positive reaction could ensure that he or she will have a happy holiday experience. â&#x2013;  CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be rushed into wrapping up that workplace problem. Consider leaving it until after the holidays. This way youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have the facts you need to reach the right resolution. â&#x2013;  LEO (July 23 to August 22) Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get news that will make you glow brighter than the lights of the holiday season. Be sure to use what you learn both carefully and kindly, to avoid giving the wrong impression. â&#x2013;  VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) That frayed relationship could be mended in time for the holidays if you were more flexible. Give a little, and you could get back a lot more than you imagined. â&#x2013;  LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Things might not seem to be settling down as quickly as you would prefer. But it might be just a little holiday time flutter. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll soon get news that will lead to more stability. â&#x2013;  SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Stop getting so involved in everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personal problems that you lose precious time with loved ones. Remember, even the Supreme Court closes for the holidays. â&#x2013;  BORN THIS WEEK: You have a flair for seeing things as youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like them to be, as well as a gift for turning your perceptions into reality. â&#x2013; 

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his father left behind inside a robot. The good news is he finds the key around his new friend Isabelle’s (Chloe Grace Moretz) neck. The bad news is Hugo’s notebook with all the robot’s information is in the possession of Isabelle’s Papa Georges (Ben Kingsley), and he’s not interested in giving it back. And because Hugo lives at the train station, he also must fear the station inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen), who has a reputation for sending children to the orphanage. Lovers of early film history — which director Scorsese is — will appreciate the direct ties to filmmaker Georges Melies and his impact on cinema. Much to the delight of film geeks (like me,) Scorsese doesn’t shortchange these elements. However, he and screenwriter John Logan also never find a way to get around the easy predictability of the story. It’s as if they got lazy and figured, “Hey, this is a children’s movie,” and stopped worrying about insulting the intelligence (and testing the patience) of older viewers. Worse,

Purchase $500 or more in gift cards, receive 15% in bonus gift cards. the plot doesn’t have the same drive or intrigue that Scorsese’s movies often have, and as a result, the narrative sputters when it needs to thrust forward. But wow, does this movie look spectacular. From the opening moments when it feels as though the show is falling in your lap to the camera breezily moving through walls and around the train station, Scorsese has taken his vast visual creativity and perfectly adapted it for 3D. (The maestro of 3D, James Cameron, reportedly called “Hugo” the best use of 3D that he’s seen, including his own films. Based on the source, that’s high praise for any filmmaker, especially considering this is Scorsese’s first attempt at 3D.) More than that, though, the production design provides a plethora of rich and vivid colors that offer a storybook feel while transporting us back to 1930s Paris, and the costumes and visual effects superbly complement the stellar cast. Scorsese’s last foray into a PG-rating was “The Age Of Innocence” in 1993, which dealt with decidedly adult material. “Hugo” is, therefore, his first attempt at a children’s movie, and although it’s unusual to see him fall short in terms of storytelling, you can rest assured that he’s on top of his game in every other regard. ■

>> The film we see of a man hanging off a clock is called “Safety Last!” (1923), and it was made by the (often forgotten about) great silent comedian Harold Lloyd.

CAPSULES Arthur Christmas★★★ (Voices of James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent) After Santa’s (Broadbent) long night out, his son Arthur (McAvoy) races to give a little girl her present on Christmas morning. Nothing too special here, but it’s a fun, harmless and enjoyable Christmas movie that’s nice for the kids and easily tolerable for adults. Rated PG.

My Week With Marilyn ★★★½ (Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh) Well-to-do 23-year-old Colin (Redmayne) wants to join the film industry in 1950s England, and lucky for him his

first job is on a set with Laurence Olivier (Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe (Williams). Much of the focus is on Colin’s time with Monroe and the story is nicely told, but the real highlight is Williams’ phenomenal performance. Rated R.

Melancholia ★★ (Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland) Two sisters (Dunst and Gainsbourg) fight as another planet threatens to collide with Earth. Dunst is very good and the film is visually appealing, but writer/director Lars Von Trier (“Dogville”) doesn’t explain enough of the story. He needs to be less lyrical/abstract if he wants his messages/themes to hit home. Rated R. ■

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“Hugo” is a love letter to movies made by a man who’s given us numerous movies to love. It’s not a masterpiece, but it does demonstrate a masterful use of 3D, camera work and production design, all of which provide a visual splendor unlike anything we’ve seen in quite some time. In 1930s Paris, young Hugo’s (Asa Butterfield) watchmaker father (Jude Law) dies. Tough break for any 12-year-old, especially when you’re then adopted by your often-inebriated uncle (Ray Winstone) and forced to mind the clocks at a Paris train station. Through it all Hugo also searches for a heart-shaped key that he believes will unlock a secret message

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BEACH READING ‘Crude Awakening: Money, Mavericks and Mayhem in Alaska’ ‘Crude Awakening: Money, Mavericks and Mayhem in Alaska’ By Amanda Coyne and Tony Hopfinger (Nation Books, $26.99) REVIEWED BY LARRY COX Special to Florida Weekly

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In the WPA Guide to Alaska published in 1939, its editor states that the best way to know Alaska is to spend a lifetime there. After reading “Crude Awakening,” there’s the feeling that not even a lifetime would be adequate to understand the remote region with its fragmented history, shady dealings and corrupted political and business leaders. There’s a Wild West mentality that puts Alaska’s rich natural resources up for grabs. Amanda Coyne and Tony Hopfinger, two seasoned Alaskan reporters based in Anchorage, document the epic tale of America’s final frontier, including its soaring hopes, fading dreams, drying oil fields, threatened ecology and an uncertain future. It’s a story with a cast of bigger-than-life characters, such as “Uncle Ted” Stevens, the late U.S. senator who for more than

40 years was the state’s most powerful politician — until he was brought down by scandal. Stevens rubbed elbows with oil tycoon Bill Allen, who arrived in Alaska with a grade-school education but eventually became one of the country’s wealthiest lobbyists. He, too, was the target of a government corruption investigation. The narrative by Ms. Coyne and Mr. Hopfinger make it clear that in Alaska, everything — and I do mean everything — is connected and corrupted in one way or another. Examples include Bami Tyree, a Wasilla beauty with a crack problem who was sexually involved with Bill Allen; and Frank Murkowski, who also was involved in dealings with Mr. Allen and who appointed his daughter, Lisa Murkowski, to serve out his term in the U.S. senate after he was elected governor. This triggered a feud between the Murkowski family and Sarah Palin. Ms. Palin, according to the authors, is a political opportunist with Alaska-bred hubris, charisma and, more importantly, an incredible sense of timing. Out of the ashes of cronyism and corruption, Ms. Palin was born. ■

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SANTALAND From page 1 the Elf, and was seen most recently in â&#x20AC;&#x153;King oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; the Moonâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Noises Off.â&#x20AC;? He is a familiar face in Southwest Florida as an actor and director, and was the recipient of the 2010 Angel of the Arts Award for Performance Artist of the Year. He will appear later this season in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bedroom Farceâ&#x20AC;? and will direct â&#x20AC;&#x153;Truâ&#x20AC;? in the Studio Series. Director Chris Clavelli is another familiar Florida Rep ensemble member whose work as both an actor and director with the Rep goes back to 2002 when he directed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Side Man.â&#x20AC;? Seen most recently onstage in â&#x20AC;&#x153;August: Osage Countyâ&#x20AC;? and all of the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nationally acclaimed productions of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sylvia,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;You Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Take it With Youâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dancing at Lughnasa,â&#x20AC;? Mr. Clavelli works extensively with the Rep, but also in theaters across the country as an actor, director and educator. General admission to â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Santaland Diariesâ&#x20AC;? is $25. College student tickets are $10. Tickets are available online and through the Florida Rep box office at 332-4488. The show contains adult language and content, and is not appropriate for children.

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The Veranda expands music lineup The Veranda restaurant in downtown Fort Myers has added additional musicians to provide its nightly entertainment Tuesday through Saturday nights. Sinatra-style vocalist and pianist Wayne Corelli performs a collection of swing and jazz classics and originals at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays. Gary Goetz plays a collection of jazz, pop and classical tunes from 6-10 p.m. Fridays. Musician and composer Julian Sundby accompanies vocalist Katelyn Gravel on the Verandaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s piano at 7 p.m. Saturdays. The duo will perform a mix of classic and modern jazz and pop stan-

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other poultry in most residential areas in Lee County. Andrea Guerrero, director of Heartland Gardens, will be the guest speaker. The GreenMarket will provide live music for guests during subsequent Saturdays, Dec. 17 and 24. The market will be open on Christmas Eve, allowing for last-minute holiday shopping for fresh, local dinner ingredients and one-of-akind gifts. GreenMarket will be closed on Saturday, Dec. 31. The Alliance for the Arts GreenMarket works to create a more sustainable community by supporting local growers and artisans and by encouraging people to have their own backyard and kitchen gardens. More information is available at www.ArtInLee.org or call 939-2787. The Alliance for the Arts is located at 10091 McGregor Blvd., south of Colonial Boulevard, in Fort Myers. ■

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COMING UP AT BIG ARTS distract from the absence of the jolly big guy in red. Festive tunes like “Santa Baby,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and “It’s a Marshmallow World” quickly warm the crowd, but when the chilling details explaining Santa’s sudden disappearance are discovered, the pressure is on for the girls to keep the Christmas spirit alive. LA Weekly calls “Winter Wonderettes,” “The perfect Christmas revue ... the musical numbers crackle with energy and joy.” There will be a special New Year’s Eve performance at 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, which will include a champagne reception and toast with the cast.

Cleveland International Piano Competition winner to perform The Sunday Classical Afternoon series begins with the 2011 Cleveland International Piano Competition winner, Alexander Schimpf, who performs at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. The first German winner of the prestigious Cleveland International Piano Competition, Mr. Schimpf triumphed over finalists from around the world in the August 2011 competition. His performance alongside the Cleveland Orchestra helped him to win the $50,000 cash prize, as well as 50 concert engagements throughout the U.S. over the next two years. Mr. Schimpf will perform at New York City’s Carnegie Hall just one week before his BIG ARTS Classical Afternoon debut on Sanibel. Mr. Schimpf’s program includes Ravel's “Tombeau de Couperin,” Schubert’s “Sona-

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World-renowned cantors return to SWFL The Gulf Coast Symphony presents a special holiday concert. The long awaited return of “Cantors: A Faith in Song,” promises to warm the hearts of all faiths during a one-night-only performance at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. A historic concert of cantorial music was taped in the revered Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam in September of 2003. In the magnificent candlelit setting of this 17th-century synagogue, the three leading Jewish cantors of our time performed an evening The Cantors of popular and religious Jewish song arranged by composer Benedict Weisser. Cantors Alberto Mizrahi, Naftali Herstik and Benzion Miller were accompanied by the Netherlands Theater Orchestra, London’s Ne’imah Singers, and conducted by Jules van Hessen. For centuries, classical Jewish liturgical music has been a constant element in the synagogue service and the role of the cantor is not only to lead this vocal music, but also to pass on the traditional melodies from generation to generation. Already a favorite musical offering by most PBS stations in the U.S., “Cantors: A Faith in Song” is also released on CD and DVD.

On Jan. 20, 2008, the Gulf Coast Symphony presented the U.S. debut of the full production, with music never before seen on TV. Now, by popular demand, the three cantors return to Fort Myers for an encore performance. Enjoy both

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the classic moments heard in 2008 and new arrangements created specially for this performance. This will be the Cantors’ only Florida performance for the 2011-2012 performance season. Tickets to “Cantors: A Faith in Song” cost $37, $42.50 and $52. VIP tickets are $102 and include a preconcert kosher dessert reception, beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.gulfcoastsymphony.org, by calling 481-4849 or at the box office one hour prior to the concert. For more information, e-mail info@gulfcoastsymphony.org. ■

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This week on WGCU TV ➤ THURSDAY, DEC. 8, 8 P.M. Victor Borge: Comedy in Music! Hold on to your sides as PBS presents a compilation of recently rediscovered Victor Borge skits and routines. ➤ FRIDAY, DEC. 9, 9 P.M. ’60s Pop, Rock & Soul Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits and Davy Jones of The Monkees host this concert spectacular featuring classic songs from the decade of profound social change, performed by groups including Paul Revere and the Raiders, Jefferson Airplane and a host of others. ➤ SATURDAY, DEC. 10, 10 P.M. Human Nature Sings Motown With Special Guest Smokey Robinson The Australian pop group Human Nature takes a high-energy walk through the Motown songbook with Robinson at Las Vegas’ famed Paris Theatre.

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Warehouse Book Sale to help local students This Scholastic Warehouse Book Sale offers parents, teachers, students, school personnel, and community members the opportunity to acquire high-quality books and gifts at a significantly reduced cost, anywhere from 25 to 80 percent off of their cover price. The book sale is open to the public at the Lee County Public Education Center, 2855 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. By having this sale, the school district raises money that goes directly to purchase books for classroom library

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KEN HOWARD / THE METROPOLITAN OPERA

A1 Marina Poplavskaya as Marguerite in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Faust.â&#x20AC;?

Opera fans can enjoy the real thing live from The Met at area theaters Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new staging of Gounodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Faustâ&#x20AC;? for The Metropolitan Opera will be screened live at area cinemas as part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Met: Live in HDâ&#x20AC;? beginning at 12:55 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Four Southwest Florida cinemas will broadcast the performance (see box). The new staging sets the quintessential tale of a manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bargain with the devil in the first half of the 20th century. Jonas Kaufmann sings the title role for the first time at The Met, opposite Marina Poplavskaya as Marguerite, the woman he loves and destroys, and RenĂŠ Pape as the devil himself, MĂŠphistophĂŠlès. Russell Braun sings Margueriteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brother, the soldier Valentin, and Michèle Losier is the lovesick student SiĂŠbel. Yannick NĂŠzet-SĂŠguin, who also led the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live in HDâ&#x20AC;? transmissions of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Don

Carloâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carmen,â&#x20AC;? conducts. Joyce DiDonato, star of The Metâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upcoming world premiere â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Enchanted Island,â&#x20AC;? hosts the presentation. Running time is estimated to be 3 hours, 40 minutes, including two intermissions.

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CONTRACT BRIDGE BY STEVE BECKER

The survival principle Some hands contain built-in traps that can lead many a player astray. The situation might seem to call for standard operating procedure, but, upon closer inspection, it turns out to be merely a snare in disguise. Here is a typical example. South is in three notrump, and West leads a club. Declarer finesses the queen, losing to East’s king, and back comes a low spade. West wins with the king, returns a spade to East’s queen, South ducking for the second time, and East then forces out declarer’s ace. With only eight sure tricks in sight, South now attempts a heart finesse. Dummy’s jack loses to the king, and East cashes two spades to put the contract down two. It is not difficult to prove that declarer misplayed the hand. All he had to do to ensure the contract was to take the opening club lead with dummy’s ace, cross to the ten of diamonds and try a heart finesse. Had he done this, nothing could have stopped him from scoring at least nine tricks, since no lie of the opponents’ clubs would permit them to score more than three club tricks. It is true that in most cases where declarer or dummy holds the A-Q doubleton and a defender in front of the A-Q leads the suit, declarer automatically takes the finesse. But that is a

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FLORIDA WEEKLY SOCIETY Jewish Book Fair >> What: The Jewish Book Fair >> Who: Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte counties >> Details:

â&#x2013;  7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the federation: Local Author Night with Ella Nayor (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anne Frank: Faces of Intolerance Past and Presentâ&#x20AC;?), Cantor Lyle Rockler (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chazzanosâ&#x20AC;?) and Gerald Honigman (â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Quest for Justice in the Middle Eastâ&#x20AC;?). Anne Frank theme artwork by Sanibel artist Myra Roberts will be on display. Free.

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VINO Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to wine gifts that keep giving all year long jimMcCRACKEN vino@floridaweekly.com

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gift-giving season and, once again, we struggle to come up with something that will delight and surprise friends and family. While a great bottle of wine is always welcome, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also fleeting. So how about something wine-related instead? There are plenty of gifts available in all price ranges. Here are some items that have struck my fancy this season: â&#x2013;  A customized gift basket: ABC Fine Wine and Spirits on South Tamiami Trail in Fort Myers offers a wide variety of gift selections for the holidays. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have the ability to make gift baskets on the fly,â&#x20AC;? says Craig Hartman, a store wine consultant, adding â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stock many pre-made selections, because guests like the flexibility of pairing a certain wine with their choice of basket accessories.â&#x20AC;? Spend whatever amount you are comfortable with and end up with a gift customized for your recipient. Check with your local ABC store for details. â&#x2013;  Chateau Laguiole Sommelier Corkscrew ($130 and up): Handcrafted in France with polished handles available in a variety of horns and woods, each comes with a certificate and a custom leather pouch. Look for the bee on the

h handle for authenticity. Available online. â&#x2013;  EuroCave SoWine Home Wine Bar (($400): This attractive wine bar chills a and preserves opened wine for up to 10 d days. Place an uncorked bottle inside, c close the door, slide the cylinder over tthe bottleneck and set the desired temperature. The two independent compartments preserve red and white wines at the correct serving temperatures. Available online. â&#x2013;  Grand Tour of Bordeaux ($5,355 at current exchange rate): Discover the very best Bordeaux has to offer on this unrivalled grand tour. Visit and taste wines at all five red first growths: Chateau Margaux, Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Latour and Chateau Haut Brion, and also at Chateau dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Yquem in Sauternes. Travelers also will taste wines at leading chateaux in Saint Emilion and Pomerol that normally are closed to the public. Includes gourmet meals at three Bordeaux chateaux and in a Michelin twostar restaurant, while staying at Chateau Coulon Laurensac. All estates visited on this tour are Classified Growths. Contact Bordeaux Wine Experience (bxwinex.com) for details. â&#x2013;  Kevin Zralyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Complete Wine Course ($20): The newly revised edition from noted wine educator Kevin Zraly covers vineyards and regions around the world, including new smart phone tags linking to videos of the author talking about wine. Includes sections on wine

basics, tasting and matching wines with foods. Available at local bookstores. â&#x2013;  Matrix Wine and Beverage Cellar ($900): Two smoked-glass front drawers hold up to 45 wine bottles in separate temperature zones with exterior touch screen controls. Compact style fits in small areas (33x24x24 inches). Available online at Wine Enthusiast. â&#x2013;  Private Preserve Wine Preservation System ($10): This aerosol wine preserver seals open wine to preserve flavor by injecting an inert gas blanket (a mixture of argon, carbon dioxide and nitrogen) under the cap or cork. Can preserve up to 120 bottles of wine per can. Available at Total Wine. â&#x2013;  Spanish-style wooden box by WrapArt ($14): For fashionable gift giving or just transporting wine with class, this dark wooden box comes with leather straps and buckle. Available at Total Wine. â&#x2013;  Steady Sticks bottle holder or two wine glass holders ($15): Use these durable stainless steel glass and bottle holders to keep your favorite beverages from spilling while at a picnic or barbecue. Can be pushed into any kind of ground and holds stemware and regular or champagne bottles upright. Available at Total Wine. â&#x2013;  Wine cork caddy in wineglass, cask or handbag design ($25): Perfect for collecting pulled corks from bottles, available in three designs. Available at Total Wine. â&#x2013;  Wine Wipes by Borracha ($8):

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FLORIDA WEEKLY CUISINE Drop anchor at Shoals, a fresh start for Sandy Butler drewSTERWALD pgnews@floridaweekly.com

Pastries stuffed with seasoned ground beef taste of the Caribbean.

Citrus flavors brighten many dishes at Shoals, including this mahi-mahi with lemon orzo and green beans.

A miniature sponge cake with butter cream icing and orange glaze is a nice way to end a meal at Shoals.

Tender, juicy pork tenderloin is painted with apricot glaze.

Gulf pink shrimp are seared and served with mango-poppyseed sauce.

Changes in the restaurant scene don’t ing the best provisions from Europe, and subtly seasoned so that the spices occur too often at and around Fort Myers including oils, vinegars and spices. Even didn’t overwhelm the fish. The citrus Beach, so I was surprised to discover the mineral water served, Acqua Filette sauce and diced kiwi added a bright, recently that the Sandy Butler Ressweet flourish without going overboard clo taurant has become Shoals Restauinto cloying territory. On the side: lemqaureony orzo orz and crisp haricots verts. rant & Wine Bar. The 10,000-sqaurehed in Des foot gourmet market established Despite its penchant for seafood, utive Shoal 2005 is still there, and Executive Shoals handles meat dishes equally well. The Key West dry-rubbed pork Chef Michael Ragusa is still runmed tend ning the show at the renamed tenderloin ($14) was excellent. Thick he slic restaurant next door. But the slices of juicy, fork-tender pork were e co change provided a good excuse coated in an apricot glaze. The “Key e W to revisit and reevaluate the West” spice rub didn’t have a terrribly assertive presence, so it was restaurant. d The new nautical decor difficult to discern its ingrediand generally lower prices ents. Perfectly browned, crusty suggest a more casual dinsteak fries accompanied the ing experience, but they do pork along with a tart applenot indicate that its commitfennel slaw and green beans. Citrus sauce balances the richness of flourless chocolate cake. ment to fresh ingredients, local Dessert is more than an afterseafood and bright flavors has sailed off ($4), is sourced from Italy. thought at Shoals. Chocolate lovers will into the sunset. Each dish we tried was Before we could even dip our first enjoy the super-moist flourless chocoflavorful and colorful and lived up to its slice of bread, the first course arrived. late cake with citrus sauce ($7). Those description on the menu. The kitchen must have been ready and who favor fruit will find a mango-manic Prices are such that diners can enter- waiting to pounce on orders as they trio of custard, sorbet and fresh fruit, as tain the idea of enjoying a second glass came in. well as a bananas Foster cake. I opted of wine or indulging in dessert without The spicy Caribbean empanadas ($6) for the butter cream-frosted sponge cake breaking the bank. were hot, crisp turnovers stuffed with with orange glaze ($5), which was light The dining room was fairly quiet for juicy ground beef well seasoned with and delicious. Both servings were appro7 p.m. on a Saturday, but a few more cumin and other spices and studded priately sized to conclude a meal. parties trickled in as the evening pro- with bits of vegetable. The pastry flaked We finished the evening strolling the gressed. The seafoam-blue walls and nicely when we bit into them. The two aisles of the Sandy Butler, spending a white trim, along with assorted maritime empanadas were served with a creamy few more dollars on gourmet foodstuffs artwork, give the room an appropriate pico de gallo — an odd hybrid of salsa while digesting a fine dinner. ■ seaside-resort-town air. Classic crooners and creamy cheese that didn’t quite work such as a Sinatra warbled quietly in the for me. background. One shouldn’t eat out near Fort Myers If you go Under its previous name, the res- Beach without sampling the locally taurant was recognized by The Wine caught shrimp. The seared gulf pinks Shoals Restaurant & Wine Bar Spectator for its generous offerings. Best ($10) were perfectly cooked — caramel17650 San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers; of all, wines are offered at retail pricing; ized but succulent within. The half-doz482-6765 selections may also be purchased at the en plump shellfish lay in a pool of sweet market and enjoyed for a mere $5. We mango puree with poppy seeds for a bit Ratings: enjoyed a glass of crisp Fault Line Sauvi- of crunch and pink and purple flowers Food: ★ ★ ★ ★ gnon Blanc from New Zealand for just $5, for added color. Service: ★ ★ ★ Atmosphere: ★ ★ ★ as well as a fruity ginger cosmopolitan We devoured the appetizers with ($10). abandon but then were left to wait a con>> Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, siderable interval for entrees to arrive. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday While sipping, we mulled over the There didn’t appear to be many servers >> Reservations: Accepted menu, which naturally leans heav>> Credit cards: Major cards accepted ily toward seafood. The appetizer list is working, but our waitress maintained a >> Price range: Appetizers, $6-$14; entrees, quite diverse, encompassing everything high level of attention without appearing $12-$26 overextended. from the simple (steamed shrimp and >> Beverages: Full bar The main course had involved some commonplace conch fritters) to the more >> Seating: Indoors, with a few tables outside fanciful (diver scallops with lemon-coco- tough choices. Fish options were grou>> Specialties of the house: Seafood and per, mahi-mahi, hognose snapper, red nut-curry sauce and jerk Angus beef slidCaribbean flavors ers with Tillamook cheddar and roasted snapper, tilapia and salmon, all of which >> Volume: Low had varying sauces and garnishes. I pineapple). Entrees are equally varied, >> Parking: Free lot ranging from mahi-mahi fajitas to farfalle would have opted for my favorite, hog >>Website: www.sandybutler.com snapper, but the sea salt and lemon carbonara to steaks. ★★★★★ Superb Crusty, chewy bread soon arrived with olive oil preparation didn’t sound ter★★★★ Noteworthy a plate of Italian herbs, lemony olive oil ribly exciting. ★★★ Good The cumin-citrus-zest-rubbed mahi and balsamic vinegar for dipping. The ★★ Fair ($20) proved a good choice. It was two Sandy Butler Group is known for import★ Poor good-sized fillets beautifully bronzed

food & wine CALENDAR ➤ Wednesday, Dec. 7, 6-8 p.m., Marker 92 Waterfront Bar & Bistro: This monthly dinner, held on the first Wednesday of the month, features wine and food in a waterfront setting; $45, The Resort at MarinaVillage, 5951 Silver King Blvd., Cape Coral; 541-5600. Reservations required. ➤ Friday, Dec. 9, 16, 23 and 30, 5:30 p.m., The Sandy Butler Market: Sample a variety of cheeses from Italy (served with wine) during a 30-minute class; $10 (receive a $10 voucher toward a purchase), 17650 San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers Beach; 482-6765. ➤ Saturday, Dec. 10, 6-9 p.m., Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center: The first of four Dinners with Berne features an evening in Vienna, with Viennese cuisine by Chef Carlo Rao of Mastello’s and

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Reservations required. ➤ Tuesday, Dec. 13, 4 and 6 p.m., Sasse’s Restaurant: Sample sparkling wines from California, Spain, Italy and France and receive 10 percent off your dinner check following the event; free, 3561 Evans Ave., Fort Myers; 278-5544. Reservations required. ➤ Friday, Dec. 16, 6 p.m., Sasse’s Restaurant: Sample sparkling wines from California, Spain, Italy and France and receive 10 percent off your dinner check following the event; free, 3561 Evans Ave., Fort Myers; 278-5544. Reservations required.

Bridge; West First Street, downtown Fort Myers. ➤ Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. through April 27, Lakes Park Farmers Market, Gladiolus Drive just west of U.S. 41, Fort Myers; for more information, visit Facebook. ➤ Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon, GreenMarket at Lee County Alliance for the Arts, Colonial and McGregor boulevards; 9392787. On Dec. 10, yoga instructor and coach Don Anthony will discuss superfoods that boost the immune system. ➤ Saturday, 7 a.m.-noon, The Promenade: The Bonita Springs Lions Club farm market, 26851 South Bay Drive, Bonita Springs.

Farmers markets ➤ Thursday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Centennial Park: Under the Caloosahatchee

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In difficult times like these, please join us in song to lift your spirits, help those less fortunate (if you can), and thank God for your blessings.

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