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Lee County Sports Development was awarded $65,000 in grant money from the Florida Sports Foundation to support the organization in hosting amateur sports events that generate significant economic impact for Lee County. A grant for $55,000 was awarded to Lee County for the North American Roller Hockey Championships and a $10,000 grant was awarded for the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic. More than 200 teams from around the U.S. will converge on Lee County March 1-31, 2014 for the 24th Annual Lee County Parks and Recreation Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic. The event offers men’s and women’s NCAA and NAIA baseball and softball teams an opportunity to participate in “spring break” tournaments before their seasons begin. Games are played at Terry Park, Lee County Sports Complex, Cape Coral’s Northwest complex and the Cape Coral Sports Complex. Last year’s Cusic Classic drew 110 teams and more than 4,000 visitors to Lee County. Lee County Sports Development office anticipates the 2014 event will surpass those numbers. In July 2014, more than 300 teams will roll into Lee County for the North American Roller Hockey Championships. The event will be held at Germain Arena in Estero, and will bring an estimated $16 million in economic impact to Lee County. The grant dollars are awarded quarterly by Florida Sports Foundation to sports commissions to assist communities in attracting and hosting professional and amateur sports events, which generate out-of-state economic impact for the state of Florida. The grants are funded by the sale of Florida’s nine professional sports team license tags available for Florida registered vehicles only. Each year the tag program generates more than $250,000 for local youth charities and supports major and regional sports events throughout Florida’s communities.



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Farmer Mike’s U Pick reopening

Farmer Mike’s U Pick is reopening its family-owned and operated farm for its 19th year of business. The Bonita Springs farm, 26031 Morton Ave., reopened Tuesday after being closed for summer. Customers will enjoy picking strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, onions and other vegetables. And beginning Dec. 1, Farmer Mike’s fresh produce and fruits will be available at several farmer markets throughout Southwest Florida. Information:, 239-825-8311 or email

Shores Club Thanksgiving

The Bonita Shores/Little Hickory Club is again this year hosting a community Thanksgiving dinner. For $6 per person, plus a covered dish to be shared, this 3 p.m. dinner is open for all to enjoy. The club will provide roasted turkey, homemade stuffing, real mashed potatoes and gravy. This popular holiday feast was enjoyed by a hundred members of the Bonita Springs community last year, and the array of delicious foods and desserts were well received. Such an easy way to share Thanksgiving with friends and neighbors — no great preparation, no hours of cleanup, just a traditional Thanksgiving of sharing the way it was originally meant to be. What a wonderful way to meet new friends and/or to reacquaint oneself with old acquaintances. Reservations are required. Call Shirley at 239-992-4985 before Nov. 24. Location: 315 West Avenue, Bonita Springs.

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women participated in the child’s baptism and took an active role in the child’s early education. Approximately two and one-half years after the child was born, the couple separatA: In the case of D.M.T ed. Initially, T.M.H. made v. T.M.H., Florida’s Suchild support payments It’s the Law preme Court answered which were accepted by your question in the affirD.M.T. The separated mative. The parents in that couple ultimately agreed WILLIAM case were two women into divide the child’s time G. MORRIS volved in a long-term comevenly, so support paymitted relationship. They ments stopped. agreed to jointly conceive The relationship beand raise a child together as equal par- tween the former partners deteriorated enting partners. The child was conceived and D.M.T. left the country with the child. with assisted reproductive technology. T.M.H. sued to establish parental rights T.M.H. provided the egg and D.M.T. gave and other relief. birth to the child. D.M.T. argued that T.M.H. claims were When the couple consulted a repro- barred by Florida’s assisted reproductive ductive specialist, they found that D.M.T. technology statute. That statute that a dowas infertile. They told the doctor they nor of any egg or sperm, other than the intended to raise the child as a couple commissioning couple or a father who has and they even went to counseling with a executed a pre-planned adoption agreemental health professional to prepare for ment, relinquishes all maternal or paterparenthood. The couple gave the child nal rights and obligations with respect a hyphenation of their last names. The to the donation of the resulting children. couple sent out birth announcements It also defines a commissioning couple under their joint names announcing the as the intended mother and father of the birth of “our beautiful daughter.” Both child conceived by assisted reproductive

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relationship. In summation, the only difference between T.M.H. and a biological father was T.M.H.’s gender. It was the totality of circumstances in the T.M.H. case confirming T.M.H. was a partner, intended to be a parent, involved in birth and raising of a child, and acted as a parent. It is the totality of those circumstances that led the Court to confirm T.M.H. had parental rights. If you are planning to go down a similar road, I suggest you discuss your plans with an experienced attorney to maximize your chances for success in any later dispute about parental rights.

William G. Morris is an attorney whose practice covers a broad range of subjects, including civil litigation, real estate, business and corporate law, estate planning and probate, domestic relations and contracts. He writes this column periodically with respect to legal matters that frequently affect non-lawyers. The information contained in this column is not intended as legal advice and, of necessity, is generalized. For questions about specific circumstances, the reader should consult a qualified attorney. Questions for this column can be sent to: William G. Morris, email: or by fax, (239) 642-0722.


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FMIHansa Medical Products will host a grand opening from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at its new location, 3511 Plover Ave., Naples. The event starts with a ribbon cutting at noon, followed by a flag-raising ceremony at 2 p.m. Hot hors d’oeuvres, canapés and beverages will be served from 2 to 6 p.m. Meet president Dave Pelizzon, vice president of operations James Eby and staff, and tour the new facility. FMIHansa manufactures precision machined implants, instruments, and devices for the orthopedic industry. Information: 239-775-9090 or email or visit

Alexander resigns at Alico

JD Alexander has announced he will resign as CEO of Fort Myers-based Alico Inc. In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Alexander said his resignation would take effect immediately after the closing of the anticipated sale of all of the shares owned by Alico Holding LLC to 734 Investors LLC. On Nov. 6, Alexander entered into a consulting and no-compete agreement with Alico Inc. Under the agreement, he would provide consulting services to the company for two years after the closing, for which he would earn $2 million. In a separate agreement, Alexander promised not to sell or transfer shares awarded to him under a restricted stock award agreement for two years after the anticipated sale to 734 Investors, valued at $137.8 million. Alico Inc. is a land manager and grower. The company owns about 130,800 acres in five counties, including Collier and Lee.

Networking event set for Nov. 21

The Council of Hispanic Business Professionals will host a networking meeting Nov. 21. Bruce C. Register, Collier County director of business and economic development, is the featured guest. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at McCormick & Schmick’s in the Mercato, North Naples. Others expected to attend include Juan Alvarez, a business columnist for Vista Semanal, an online publication of Naples News Media Group.

Business network hosts event Nov. 21

The Southwest Florida Small Business Resource Network will host a networking and discussion event Nov. 21. The event, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Holiday Inn, Fort Myers Airport at Town Center, 9931 Interstate Commerce Drive, will help show ways government agencies can help small businesses. It is sponsored by the Florida Gulf Coast University Small Business Development Center. Space is limited and RSVP is required. Register by Nov. 20 at Information: 239-745-3700.

Downtown Naples chocolate shop opens Nov. 22

A sweet treat awaits chocolate lovers in Naples next week. Naples Chocolate Stroll plans to begin a guided walking tour Nov. 22 along Fifth Avenue South. The one-mile stroll, which lasts about two hours, educates tour guests about everything from the history of chocolate to interesting facts about Fifth Avenue South. The tour also includes visits to Naples food shops, including tasting a variety of chocolates along the way. Advance registration is required. For more information, visit or call 239-653-7933.

New Chase Bank branch opens

Another Chase Bank branch is opening. The new branch at the southwest corner of Immokalee Road and Juliet Boulevard in North Naples, west of Interstate 75, opens Wednesday, states a sign posted on the building. For the past two years, JPMorgan Chase & Co. has been expanding in Southwest Florida. Boos Development Group purchased 1.45 acres of vacant land for $1.85 million from A. Grover Matheney, trustee, at the end of December 2011. Chase showed interest in Florida when it converted 200 Washington Mutual branches to Chase branches in 2009.

Fowler receives GRI designation

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate has announced that Lori Fowler has received the Graduate Realtor Institute designation.

Fowler completed more than 105 hours of classroom instruction to receive the designation. She completed the task in seven months. The training provides real estate agents with a specialized education that helps them to advise and assist their clients in buying or selling real estate. Fowler may be reached at 239-8773800, email at Lori@Lorimovesflorida. com, or

Cosper, Price host domicile workshop

Fredrica Cosper, formerly with the Florida Department of Revenue, and Craig Price with Wells Fargo Advisors FINET, will host a presentation on how to declare Florida Domicile and protect your assets from your northern states. The workshops start at 2 p.m. Wednesday and Nov. 20 and at 10 a.m. Thursday and Nov. 21. Call 239-417-3313 to RSVP and find the location.

Coffee house celebrates opening at The Mercato

Second Cup Mercato will host an event to celebrate its opening. The new Florida flagship location for the Canadian-based coffee café retailer is welcoming the public from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 21 for “Lattes, Libations and Local Delights.” Guests will enjoy live music, along with complimentary coffee and desserts from Second Cup’s local food vendors Mitch’s Cookies and Mikkelson’s Pastries, and a wine sampling. The atmosphere encourages guests to linger in the style of a European coffee shop, with beverages served in traditional heavy mugs and glassware. RSVP with an email at

Business nominations now accepted

Nominations for the ninth annual Business Ethics Award of the Uncommon Friends Foundation are being accepted until Feb. 1. The award will be presented in recognition of ethical leadership in today’s businesses and organizations during the Uncommon Evening event March 26, at Harborside Event Center, Fort Myers. Business, political, community, and

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New engineering firm launches

Velocity Engineering Services has launched in Southwest Florida. The new geotechnical and environmental engineering, facilities consulting, and building inspection firm is led by Christopher J. Pacitto, founder and president. A Massachusetts native, Pacitto received his bachelor’s degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Information: 239-896-6376 or

Vasquez joins firm

Eric J. Vasquez has joined Bond, Schoeneck & King as a partner in the litigation department. The Naples attorney’s practice areas include complex commercial/business litigation, catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, employment-related matters, summary administrative proceedings and civil rights. Vasquez is a graduate of Upsala College in East Orange, N.J., and New England School of Law. Bond, Schoeneck & King, in addition to Naples, has offices in New York and Kansas.

Pleimling joins law firm

Andrea S. Pleimling has joined Aloia, Roland & Lubell as an associate attorney. Pleimling, who specializes in general liability, civil litigation, commercial law and real estate, received her bachelor’s degree from Edgewood College in Madison, Wis. She graduated from Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, where she was a Merit Scholar. Aloia, Roland & Lubell has offices at 2254 First St. in Fort Myers and 1716 Cape Coral Parkway E. in Cape Coral. Information: 239-791-7950, 855-793-5249 or www.floridalegalrights. com All business briefs must be emailed to or submitted online at

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Richard Broome, a senior vice president with Hertz, speaks with Jane Badger and Paul Seifert of the Community School of Naples, following Broome’s address at the Speakers Assembly of Southwest Florida on Nov. 15.

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ertz’s new worldwide headquarters in Estero will stand out from the sea of terra cotta with a sleek skin of glass. Architect Peter Wong described the building’s modern look as “the lady in white, almost as if a cloud has touched down on the ground.” It will be a modern marvel among the primarily Mediterranean architecture in Estero. Although some members of the Estero Community Planning Panel (ECPP) expressed reservations about amending the style, required throughout the Coconut Point development district, most agreed a Fortune 500 company’s headquarters deserves to be different. “We’re very comfortable with the variation of the architecture,” said ECPP member Jeff Maas, representing the Estero Chamber of Commerce. “It’s a very beautiful building, and we’re pleased with it.” The three-story building will be built to meet LEED Gold certification, Wong said. Landscaping will make the sleek scene a bit obscured from the road and will surround it. The parking lots proposed in earlier plans have been replaced by a parking garage for up to 1,000 vehicles. “Hertz has gone to great lengths to remove the sea of asphalt,” Wong said. Inside, the modern, clean look will continue with technology and open spaces. A central courtyard will be a green oasis and natural gathering place, Wong said. Employee amenities will include a fitness center, food service area and onsite childcare. Hertz is hoping to attract quality talent to staff its new headquarters, as at least half of the approximately 700 employees are expected to be hired from Southwest Florida, said Richard Broome, Hertz’s senior vice president for Corporate Affairs and Communications. “We’re hungry for talent,” he told the Speakers Assembly of Southwest Florida during its season opener Friday. The event was held at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort, the same location where Hertz conducted a hiring fair in late September. Hertz collected about 2,300 resumes, with about 600 candidates having useful skills, Broome said. Despite the company’s efforts to help “trailing spouses” find quality jobs, many of Hertz’s employees in New Jersey are choosing not to relocate due to a spouse’s career or other personal reasons, he added.

Above: Estero residents get a first look at the plans for Hertz’s new headquarters during the a presentation to the Estero Community Planning Panel on Nov. 18. Left: Charles Hopkins, president of the Speakers Assembly of Southwest Florida, thanks Richard Broome, a senior vice president with Hertz, following Broome’s address to the group on Nov. 15.

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Local economic development organizations are working hard to dispel the myth there are no jobs in Southwest Florida. The Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council recently created a — Peter Wong, architect for local job bank with more than 50 postHertz’s headquarters in Estero ings. Southwest Florida Works also has a relocation program specifically for Hertz families. “We want to show as many jobs here as possible so the company’s commitment to sustainability, as well as everybody coming into town can see a large breadth its “reinvented” brand. of opportunities,” said Christine Ross, the Economic The new headquarters -- estimated at 200,000Development Council’s executive director. “There’s a 290,000 square feet and set to open in 2015 -- has been designed to serve as a flagship for the company’s new wide spectrum of really solid positions.” Several Hertz executives and administrative staff al- look, incorporating clean lines and a mostly white pallet ready have relocated with their families. Four of them with bursts of “Hertz yellow.” “That’s important to us to maintain brand consishave chosen to enroll their children at the Community tency no matter where we are throughout the world,” School of Naples. “They’re wonderful families,” said Jane Badger of Lehman said. Broome said he’s been “blown away” by the consisthe Community School, who greeted Broome after his presentation. “We hope to welcome more families tently warm welcome Hertz has received from business leaders, local government officials and community from Hertz.” Broome met with six students from Estero High members in Southwest Florida. Hertz plans to develop School prior to his address to the Speakers Assembly. partnerships with Florida Gulf Coast University, Edison They asked him what Hertz was doing to reduce its State College and Hodges University through internship programs, he added. environmental footprint. Broome received a hearty applause when he told the With 20 million car transactions worldwide, Hertz takes corporate social responsibility seriously, Speakers Assembly he thinks other large companies will follow Hertz’s lead in making Southwest Florida home. Broome said. “We’re proud to be able to bring a Fortune 500, glob“Every aspect of our operations, we are looking at the ally known brand name to this community,” he said. “It’s environmental aspect,” he added. Joy Lehman, Hertz’s Chief Sustainability Officer, ac- a stamp of approval this is a place a major company can companied Broome to the ECPP meeting to talk about feel comfortable making a long term investment.”


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EDUCATIONBRIEFS K-12 Lee County PACE Center purchases new property

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Traffic Safety Tip of the Week: The Lee County Sheriff’s Office joins law enforcement across America in participation of “Click It or Ticket,” a campaign to encourage and enforce the use of seat belts. The most recent statistics reveal more than half of all vehicle occupants who died were not wearing a seat belt.

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By February, the 45 students of Lee County’s PACE Center for Girls could be moving in to a newly renovated 15,000 square-foot facility, officials announced Wednesday. The center purchased the former Richard Milburn Academy at 3800 Evans Avenue in Fort Myers and will start renovations immediately, according to a statement from the school. PACE stands for Practical, Academic, Cultural, Education and the school aims to provide girls who face challenges stemming from such situations as foster care, domestic violence, abuse and neglect. They strive to provide an opportunity for a better future through counseling, training and advocacy for girls ages 12-18. The purchase of the property was made in part from funds raised as part of the “Dream BIG” capital campaign, in which $746,000 was raised. The campaign was launched in 2011 with a matching gift challenge from the Kleist Family Foundation. Eleanore Kleist serves as the honorary co-chair along with PACE Lee Board Treasurer Sonya Sawyer. An additional $400,000 needs to be raised by Dec. 31 to pay for renovations. “We are at maximum capacity with no room for growth at our current location that we have rented since we opened our doors in 2007,” said Meg Geltner, executive director, in an email. “Our expansion will provide the Center more room to grow our capacity, increase our services to the Girls as well as engage volunteers, interns, and community agencies annually.”

25 Lee schools named 2013 5-star school recipients

Twenty five Lee County schools have been named recipients of the 2013 Five Star School Award, an award that is presented each year to deserving schools by the Florida Commissioner of Education’s Community Involvement Council. The award recognizes schools that have demonstrated exemplary community imvolvement. To qualify for this award, a school must achive 100 percent of the required criteria and maintain a portafolio that documents the achievement of criterion in five areas: community/ business partnership; family involvement; volunteers; student community service; and school advisory council. The Lee schools earning

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Annual financial aid nights for students

For many students, the dream of continuing their education past high school would not be possible if not for financial aid. There are numerous ways students can get the financial assistance they need to make their college or university dreams a reality. To help, the School District of Lee County has partnered with a local financial aid expert to host several Financial Aid Nights. The events will run from 7 – 9 p.m. on the following dates: ■ Wednesday, Nov. 20: South Fort Myers High School, 14020 Plantation Rd., Fort Myers ■ Thursday, Jan. 16: Dunbar High School, 3800 Edison Ave., Fort Myers While the events are scheduled at high schools in all three attendance zones, parents are invited to attend whichever event is most convenient for them. Those attending the meetings will learn about the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form and steps they need to take to help their children receive federal financial aid from postsecondary institutions (colleges, community colleges, high tech centers, etc.) College financial aid experts will cover the definition of financial aid, how to apply, deadlines, step-by-step instructions for completing the FAFSA, Bright Futures, state aid versus federal aid and more. While the financial aid process can be very intimidating, the District is confident that these workshops will help demystify the procedure and help parents and students feel more comfortable when going through these steps. All school briefs must be emailed to or submitted online at

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CHARITYBRIEFS Fifth annual Stockings 4 Kids helps local children

For the fifth year, local business consultant Lee Knapp is rallying the community to make Christmas dreams come true for local, less fortunate children through Stockings 4 Kids. She is seeking funds to purchase children’s toys to fill 1,500 stockings. Knapp started Stockings 4 Kids, a nonprofit organization and a United Way partner organization, bringing local businesses, adults and children together to provide a Christmas stocking filled with surprises to 1,500 less fortunate children in the area. In order to meet the 1,500-stocking goal, Knapp needs to raise $20,000. To date, the organization has 15 sponsors and has collected $14,980, just $5,020 shy of the total goal. Information: 239-898-0491 or email

Fashion show raises $5K for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Almost 300 people attended a fashion show benefiting Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. The charity event raised a little over $5,000, which is a $1,000 more than last year’s fashion show. The proceeds were donated to the American Cancer Society and Lee County Making Strides against Breast Cancer. The “Be Delicious Now Fashion Show” held on Oct. 15 was the number four top raiser out of 122 teams in Lee County.

Champions For Learning name Glass Slipper Award recipients

The Education Foundation — Champions For Learning is announcing the 2013 Glass Slipper Award recipients as Myra Daniels, Stacey Herring, and Adria Starkey. These women have been chosen for their passion, dedication, and lifelong commitment for serving children. The recipients will receive their award at the Women Tomorrow event on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at The Club at Olde Cypress. Women Tomorrow engages the young women of the Take Stock in Children Scholarship and Mentoring Program by creating real world experiences with leading community and business women. Information: 239-643-4755 or

Grace Place names new chairwoman, director

Grace Place for Children and Families announces Trisha Hare as its new chair of the board of directors. She was appointed to the position, which carries a two-year term, on Oct. 28 during the annual meeting of the board. Gerri Miller is also joining the board of directors. Miller has been involved with Grace Place since its early days. She previously held a leadership position on The Campaign for Grace Place committee which accomplished the goals of: acquiring and purchasing the Grace Place campus in 2010, remodeling the chapel into a multipurpose classroom building in 2012 and raising the annual fund from $465k in 2010 to $1M in 2013. Grace Place for Children and Families is a nonprofit education center committed to breaking the cycle of poverty by teaching literacy, language and life skills to children and families at-risk in Golden Gate City.

UNITE Award receives 27 entries

Established by Myers, Brettholtz & Company, PA and supported by the Southwest Florida Community Foundation and the United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties, the UNITE (Uniting Nonprofits In Teaming for Excellence) Award received 27 entries during its first application submission process held Sept. 1 through Oct. 31. The Unite Award is an award that recognizes successful nonprofit collaborative models that exemplify excellence and community impact. Its goal is to provide information to the nonprofit community about collaborative models that have succeeded in our area and to share proven effective practices for nonprofits working together. The first winner of the $25,000 award will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at the annual Myers, Brettholtz & Company’s full-day nonprofit seminar held at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. Information: 239-939-5775.

15 agencies receive grants from SWFL Community Foundation

Leaders of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, along with community leaders from Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties, traveled to a number of nonprofit agencies in the Southwest Florida region the week of Nov. 4 to present and celebrate $440,000 in funds

during the inaugural “regional road trip.” Fifteen agencies in the five-county area were the recipients of funds totaling $439,812 in Community Impact Grants provided by the SWFLCF. The agencies receiving funds included: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida, Inc., Dress For Success SW Florida, Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida, Grace Community Center, Gulf Coast Humane Society, Healthy Start Coalition of Southwest Florida, Inc., Hendry County Library System, Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, Literacy Council Gulf Coast, Naples Botanical Garden, P.A.W.S. Lee County, Inc., Pine Manor Improvement Association and Redlands Christian Migrant Association. Information: 239-274-5900 or www.

Lee County Homeless Coalition fundraiser earns $20K to benefit homeless

The Lee County Homeless Coalition raised more than $20,000 during the organization’s Roaring 20s themed annual dinner and silent auction. More than 200 guests attended the Nov. 2 event and bid on more than 100 donated auction items. The funds raised help the Lee County Homeless Coalition and its partners to continue their mission to end homelessness in Lee County. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the dinner were donated to the Bob Janes Triage Center, a place for individuals who are at risk for committing minor nonviolent crimes, and those who suffer from a behavioral health crisis. Hosted by master of ceremonies Lee County Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass, the event featured special guest speaker Casey Jones, survivor of Flight 1549, the plane that landed safely in the Hudson River. Information: Janet Bartos at 239322-6600 or

Evelyn & Arthur partner with Hope Hospice

Evelyn & Arthur, a destination for the latest fashions for women, is partnering with Hope Hospice to support efforts the nonprofit makes through their resale shop. Through Nov. 30, Evelyn & Arthur will collect gently used clothing, shoes, and handbags, as part of their donation drive

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Home Depot to bring Christmas to the Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees announces that The Home Depot will once again be the events’ Starlight Sponsor. For the last seven years, The Home Depot has provided major support to the Festival by donating pre-lit holiday trees, wreaths, and volunteer support. The Festival of Trees is a weeklong holiday celebration that begins the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 29) with a showcase of lavishly decorated Christmas trees at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in the Fort Myers River District. The holiday celebration culminates with the black-tie Tux & Trees Gala on Saturday, Dec. 7. Information: call Madison Mitchell at 239995-2106, ext. 2213 or

Businesses hosts teddy bear drives for local children

Local businesses are holding public “teddy bear drives” for Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida’s seventh annual Festival of Trees. ArtFest Fort Myers, GMA Architects and TDM Consulting, Imaginarium Science Center, Kelly Road Self Storage, Puddy n’ Pearl II, Rnells Tuxedos, and Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center are all hosting teddy bear drives for the Festival’s “A Very Beary Christmas” tree. Goodwill hopes to collect 300 bears by November, in time for the start of the Festival of Trees on Nov. 29 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in the Fort Myers River District. If you are interested in hosting a teddy bear drive, or have new bears to donate contact Madison Mitchell at 239-995-2106 ext. 2213. Information: All charity briefs must be emailed to or submitted online at






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aste of Bonita was bigger than ever—bouncing back from lower attendance in the recession years and going all out for the 20th anniversary of the event. Ticket sales were higher than recent previous years. The crowds were bigger, came earlier and stayed longer, said Rob Grady, chairman of the event, which was hosted by the Rotary Club of Bonita Springs Noon and Physicians Regional Healthcare Systems. “It’s really jammed up at the food tents,” said Mike McDonald, of Bonita Springs, as he sat in a lawn chair conveniently located between the food offerings from 25 locally-owned restaurants and the live music provided by Rolling Stones and Beatles tribute bands on Sunday. McDonald came to Taste of Bonita both days, saying the music was some of the best he’d heard throughout the years of attending the event. “It’s been great. We really enjoyed the Jimmy Buffet music last night (Saturday). It’s just really happy music,” said McDonald. His friends, Bob and Joan Reiske, married 58 years, agreed that the Caribbean Chillers were a blast. The music was going to end at 9 p.m., but organizers decided to keep the music going another hour as attendance remained high, said Grady. The event usually draws about 10,000 people, but this year about 13,000 people visited, according to Grady’s early estimates.

IT SEEMS LIKE this year there are more people and more food options. The kids are having fun. That’s what is important to me.” — Harry Casimir, Estero resident


Smoke rises off grills as Julio Elvira, left, and Julio Mateo cook ribs during Taste of Bonita Sunday, Nov. 17, at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs.

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Alex Millet , center, helps his kids, with their burgers on Sunday at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs. A few thousand came out to enjoy the 20th anniversary of the Taste of Bonita.

Organizers weren’t the only ones to notice the )larger crowds. “It seems like this year there are more people and more food options,” said Harry Casimir, an Estero resident. He, along with his wife Esther and their three children—Ethan, 4, Levi, 1 and 3-month old Audrey—spent much of their time enjoying the children’s activity area, with Ethan taking many rounds of laser tag. “The kids are having fun. That’s what is important to me,” Casimir said. Though there were many returners, including the Casimir’s, there was much new this year, including a home cooking style mini Taste of Bonita on Saturday with a chili, gumbo soup and pulled pork cook-off. Winners of the cook-off were the Masonic Lodge of Naples for their pulled pork, incoming Rotary Club of Bonita Springs Noon President Betty Jean Christiansen for her gumbo soup and the Twisted Sisters for their chili. “The Twisted Sisters are fun. They are a group of women who just get together for these cook-offs. They come in wild garb, big pink wigs, miniskirts and pink leggings. They’re a great time,” said Grady. They also served up a great chili, earning them a trophy. The gumbo cook-off had its entertainment value as well. The winner, Christiansen, had never made a gumbo soup in life prior to being challenged to a cook-off by the expected shoe-in, Mary Shallies, who has New Orleans roots and shipped in her ingredients. The win left many people, including David Ziccarelli, a member of the Taste of Bonita committee, shaking their heads. Ziccarelli agreed with the voting though, loving Christiansen’s gumbo most, getting extra to take home, and then returning for the main event Sunday. “Ticket sales are pretty brisk. It’s been busier this year right from the first hour. It’s really recovered from the years of the economy being down,” Ziccarelli said. That means more money going to several charitable causes supported by the Rotary Club Noon, including the Bonita Springs Assistance Office, Junior Achievement and many others. Food tastings ran the gamut, including mini cupcakes from Cupcakes in Paradise, prime rib from Fitzgerald’s, a plethora of fresh baked cookie options from Old 41 Restaurant, including pumpkin spice, S’mores and more. A huge hit was a Thanksgiving themed sandwich, The Bobbie, from Capriotti’s. The sandwich included roasted turkey, cranberry sauce and stuffing. “It’s Thanksgiving on a bun,” said Michelle Nemet, who owns Capriotti’s along with husband Augustine Nemet. The duo donated half of their sales to the Rotary Club, adding another taste of authenticity to Thanksgiving and to the Taste of Bonita. Visitors loved the opportunity to meet the owners of the restaurants and sample new menu items all in a one-stop shop. “Look at that plantain wrap. It’s beautiful,” exclaimed Elaine Roehl, a part-time resident of Cape Coral and Bloomington, Indiana, as she viewed the samplings offered by the Hot Caboose. Roehl and friend Cheryl Rapp of Fort Myers visited Taste of Bonita for the first time to assist in their goal of finding a new place to go together every week. They found their next stop. “We’ll be going to the Old 41 Restaurant. We picked up their menu and learned they have scrapple for breakfast,” said Roehl. Rapp was enthusiastic about their planned outing. “It’s kind of like Goetta, which is very popular in Cincinnati, where I’m from. It’s a German dish,” Rapp said. Old 41 Restaurant owner Tony Backos decided to participate in Taste of Bonita for the first time and was glad he did, he said. “Scrapple was one of Ben Franklin’s favorite foods from what I’ve been told. It’s popular for breakfast. It’s

Trish Cadieu kisses her rag doll cat “Coco Blu” during Taste of Bonita on Sunday at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs.

Bonita Springs resident Omar Mejia rests with his daughter, Zoe, 5 months, while his wife, Marie, plays with their other daughter, Lily, 5, during Taste of Bonita on Sunday.

made of what’s left over from the pork after processing, buckwheat flour and various spices. Then, it’s sliced and grilled,” Backos said. Taste of Bonita was a great opportunity for restaurants to kick off the season. “We reopen for winter the day after this event (Monday). It’s a great opportunity to let people know we’re open,” said Mike Clevenger, owner of Farmer Mike’s U-Pick, as he stood by his stand of vibrant fresh salads.



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30 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK ‘BABY DOE’ HEADED TO FOREVER HOME; BONITA INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS DISCUSSED By Cathy Cottrill Banner Correspondent A FOREVER HOME: Four months after her mysterious abandonment on the steps of a local church, an infant nicknamed Baby Doe was about to meet her forever family. “We are ready to place Baby Doe in a home,” said Health and Rehabilitative Services Administrator Mark Geisler. “She’s going to have a real name soon.” The healthy, brown-haired baby was discovered July 5, 1983, on the steps of St. Leo Catholic Church. Estimated to be only a few weeks old, the baby was taken to an emergency shelter and later a foster family, while investigators tried to piece together her story. Agent Robert Pack of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said no pertinent leads ever surfaced in the investigation. Pack said he doubted whether the mystery surrounding the baby would ever be solved. GROWTH ISSUES: Infrastructure was the topic on the minds of Bonitans who met with District 3 Lee County Commissioner Roland Q. “Ro” Roberts at the Old 41 Community Hall. Among the subjects discussed during the monthly “rap session” were a sewer system, the need for upgraded roads and funding sources for needed services. “There will be much debating before this is firmed up into any one direction or another,” Roberts said of the possibility of a sewer system for Bonita Springs, adding that he would fight the idea until it was absolutely necessary because so many Bonitans were opposed to a sewer system. While discussing the need for more east-west roads in the community, Roberts confirmed his support of a bridge linking the Bonita causeway to Coconut Road. He said he would favor a toll facility if the bridge were built. “That way the people who take advantage of these facilities are the ones who pay for them,” he concluded. VETERANS’ CEREMONY: Undaunted by ominous skies, a solemn crowd gathered to pay homage to those who gave their lives for their country. “We’re here because we love America,” said Dr. Charlie Lewis during

the invocation at the Bonita Springs Cemetery. Guest speaker retired Army Col. William T. Hornaday told the group he had lived through three wars and prayed that a day would come when mankind would not have to face the terror of war. “How many veterans are resting in this tranquil place?” Hornaday mused. REAL ESTATE: Glazier Real Estate & Building was offering “Bonita Springs’ Best Housing Value,” a two-bedroom home starting at $29,900. The company was also advertising an enchanting home on the river with three bedrooms, three baths, access to a waterfront recreation area and a boat ramp, for $262,900. Russ Construction priced a three-bedroom two bath custom home at $99,500. Newton Associates Inc. was selling a two-bedroom, one bath cottage on a 100foot gulf-front lot for $390,000, and a three-bedroom Mediterranean-style home on the gulf with Spanish décor and a Roman sunken bath for $365,000. Pollard & Hedrich Realtors was offering a two-

bedroom Pine Haven condo for $58,900 and Downing Frye and Associates had a listing o a two-bedroom canal home near the Imperial River for $85,500. DINING OUT: A new restaurant was coming to Bonita Beach — Mr. B’s on the Beach, offering homemade pizza with all-natural ingredients. As you might remember from a previous 30 Years Ago a while back, Mr. B’s was the predecessor of Doc’s Beach House. On Old 41, the Lemon Tree Restaurant had two-for-one specials including barbecue ribs for $7.95 and steak and shrimp for $9.95. All-you-can-eat fried chicken was available for $4.29 and friend fish dinners were $3.99. Just up the road, Buffalo Chips had a Monday Night Football special with chicken wings for 10 cents each and draft beer for 50 cents. A Saturday special included $1 wine cocktails and 50 cent hot dogs. And at Gee & Dee’s Buffet and Restaurant in Springs Plaza, breakfast was 99 cents and Sunday’s special was chicken and dumplings for $3.99.

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Decisions, decisions, decisions! There were so many things going on in Citrus Park on Friday night that I had a hard time choosing what I should do. I started at the Snack Bar where Bill and his crew stirred up a fish fry and bowled us over with his delicious clam chowder. Joe Sassarini added his wonderful music to the evening and we had a grand time visiting with old friends and new as we dined. We decided to join the bridge players at the clubhouse this time for we wanted to see our old bridge-playing friends who have returned to the park. I am better at shuffling and dealing than I am at bidding and playing the cards but I had fun and our opponents were happy to add their winning scores to their chits. I put a shine on my dancing shoes and joined the swingers at our Sadie Hawkins dance on Saturday. We girls had a lot of fun selecting our partners and dancing the night away. The Citrus Park Computer Club opened the season on Sunday with a big crowd of geeks and us wanna be geeks who use the computer as a primary means of communication with our worlds. New skills and technical assistance are presented with compassion and a little good humor as well. Lilianne is ready to launch the early morning aerobics sessions at the clubhouse for those who can claim their spots by 8 a.m. Her cheerful approach to life challenges all of us to emulate her attitude and enthusiasm. I noticed a new item on the calendar for Dec. 14: the Hollywood Night Dinner Dance. Tammy Truitt, who adds music to our atmosphere of “living to the max,” in this upbeat retirement park, will entertain us as we sashay around the dance floor in our “Hollywood Look-Alike Costumes.” Sounds like fun to me. Our annual Fall Festival is happening on Friday, Nov. 22, and I know there will be precious pooches in the Cutest Dog Contest, sizzling hot and spicy chili will scorch the taste buds of the Best Homemade Chili judges and sug-

ary smiles will beam across the faces of those judging the entrees in our Homemade Pies Contest. I can hardly wait to catch up will old friends there and to cruise among the vendors’ kiosks with them. The Sassy Survivors of Citrus Park, our Relay for Life team which supports the American Cancer Society’s programs and helps survivors celebrate more birthdays, will host Sassy’s Coffee House, on Dec. 7, at the clubhouse, where John and Elsie are hosting the Holiday Craft Show. This event is open to the community at large and our artisans have crafted a wide variety of items which are ready to be stuffed into loved ones Christmas stockings. Mark your calendars for you do not want to miss this show and you do want to visit with your friends as you sup a cup and munch on homemade goodies at Sassy’s. I hope you attended the tribute to our American heroes at Riverside Park where an avenue of American flags welcomed those who visited the mobile Vietnam Memorial, a replica of the original located on the mall in Washington, DC, and speakers contributed their words of praise and thanksgiving to all who have stood in the gap to defend and preserve the freedom which we cherish. Dr. Ben Carson, whose book entitled, America the Beautiful, was in Naples on Thursday night. I did not have the privilege of attending that event but I am blessed by his dedication to our nation and his words of wisdom to us who hold dear our heritage and our responsibility to keep all aspects of America beautiful. His book is quite inspiring and I encourage you to read it. Have you started composing your I AM THANKFUL FOR – LIST? Mine is almost as long as my CHRISTMAS WISH LIST. That one includes peace and joy, a safe trip back to Maryland to celebrate Christmas with our family and good health, also. Hey, all of those are on both lists. Make this week count. Get out there and gift those you meet with one of your sparkling smiles. They will most likely smile right back at you or wonder what mischief you have in mind.

IMPERIAL HARBOR By Jane Roberts Special to The Banner

November has arrived and with it the shopping season begins in earnest. The Thanksgiving holiday becomes a blur in the midst of the Christmas spirit. Here is a look at the Thanksgiving celebrations of our youth. The big feast day was always planned out ahead of time with a list of dishes needed and who would bring what to compliment the turkey that grandma would roast in the oven stuffed with sage dressing. The over the river and thru the woods scenario did occur in many areas as it always seemed to be cold and snowy if only flurries at this time of year. In our family the men would go hunting leaving at daybreak and at the same time grandma would be putting the bird in the oven. The various aunts and cousins were preparing their dishes to make the meal complete. Children would begin to get ready with special outfits, some dresses and some casual depending on the age group. Aromas of mince and pumpkin pies filled the kitchens, also the green bean casserole, sweet potatoes. Meanwhile at grandmas the first family to arrive got to set out the cornicopia and fill it with fruits and nuts til overflowing. Of course some nibbling occurred. As the noon hour approached the menfolk returned from their hunt sometimes with rabbits, squirrels or even a pheasant or two. The rest of the relatives began arriving and the dining table with all it’s leaves stretched from dining room to end of living room with card table placed at end and all covered with tablecloths. This immense feast was prepared in a tiny kitchen and once the turkey came out of the oven it was placed in the alcove on a separate table to cool. Then the aroma of the drippings filled the air as the gravy was made. Dinner rolls browned in the oven and all the prepared dishes lined up down the center of the table. As the turkey was carved by grandpa the drumsticks went to two of the grandsons and then the white and dark meats were stacked on the platter. The most that were present at one of the last gatherings was twenty- three. The feasting was com-

pleted within the hour and then as the dishes were cleared, stacked , washed and dried the Sears and Penny catalogs came out and the teenagers made their Christmas lists. The younger children went outside to play and the adults sat around and talked of holidays past and current matters. The men cleaned their hunting catches and as the day waned food was divided and packed to go home with each family. Another Thanksgiving had come and gone but it was an enjoyable day together.


Club events are up and running. The Halloween Potluck/Dance was a big success due to the energetic volunteers led by chief decorater Marian Westscott. Ticket seller, Linda Gaither, is hard to refuse as she describes what one would miss out on if they didn’t go. Lots of improvements and additions to the clubhouse over the summer, new plantings around clubhouse and pool, newly covered lounge chairs, billiard table recovered, and the Mah-Jongg group bought four new round tables with the club adding three more for their game but also perfect size for card playing for others. A note to all the returning snowbirds, the game hours for Scrabble, Mah-Jongg and Hand n Foot have all been set for 1 p.m. Much easier to keep track of. Do check the updated activities sheet for all activities and times on bulletin board. ■ Nov. 28: Thanksgiving dinner 5 p.m. Cost $10. ■ Imperial Cafe: Every Wednesday 11:30 a.m. ■ Saturday Nite Potlucks: Every Saturday at 5:30 p.m. unless other event scheduled.

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It feels great, even if it is only temporary

As we take in all that is the beauty of season here I paradise, there are a few “givens” that hold true year in and year out. There is a high level of confidence that we will have our coveted ”Chamber of Commerce” Money weather now going forTalks ward until the Spring. Low humidity and beauWILLIAM tiful sunny skies are the HAGUE norm and man does it feel great. We all know that as we take full advantage of our “season”, it is only temporary with the coming of the rainy summer months. The same can be said about the current state of the financial markets. Now, I know many do not want to see or hear anything other than the battle cry that all of this is good and due and most importantly, justified when discussing the current levels of the stock market. Fundamentally, yes, we should have rallied at some point in time from the last market crash a few years back, even with a questionable economy. Sorry, but as good as it feels, even though the economy is certainly better off coming out of the massive recession, the foundation is still very shaky. Without going into mind numbing details with economic jargon that could put anyone straight to sleep, there are some obvious tendencies that bear a closer look. Perhaps the most obvious “pink elephant” in the room is the very fact that the Federal Reserve openly admits that the temporary stimulus is just that, temporary. Many on Wall Street agree that this artificial stimulus has, in fact, buoyed the markets to allow the recent rally in value. However, many are not reading between the lines here that the artificial stimulus was designed to prop the market up until the economy could recover and move the market on its own. Folks, that has not happened. I know it feels great, even if it is only temporary. With the day of reckoning on its way, we must prepare for potential fallout when they government pulls the plug on the silly notion of printing treasuries only to buy them back from themselves. (See ponzi scheme) Frankly, this

alone should scare the heck out of any investor who is planning on making their life savings last, well…a lifetime. Remember retired investors, it is critical to consider that markets tend to ruin in cycles and in those cycles, historically at least, there has been a market correction approximately every five years, Now the question is “…how many five and ten year windows do you have left to subject your assets to potential market loss?” As good as it feels today, and we certainly are a “…what does it do for me today” society, investors should know that some type of pullback is imminent. This artificial market rally has already begun to hit what is commonly referred to as a “ceiling” whereby the ability to create significant new highs continues to fall short. No, I’m not referring to a new record when the market goes from 15,590 to 15,593. Yes, that would qualify as a new all time high, but really… are we so desperate that we are willing to hang our hats on such a meaningless commentary? Even more bothersome is that the new highs that we are celebrating are a mere few percentage points up from the all time highs of six years ago. Yes, the numbers never lie and as good as it feels, the market is only up, depending on the day, four or five percent from levels of six years ago. Yes, I know, startling to say the least. Imagine how great it would feel if it wasn’t temporary. Imagine the ability to take full, advantage of the recent gains knowing that they would be locked in so that when the Fed stops propping up the market, and the losses rear their ugly head yet again, there would be no chance for market loss. Yes, educated investors have insured their assets against market loss and can take in the “it feels great” moment and enjoy the life of a SWAN, Sleep Well At Night. William F. Hague is a managing partner of Hague Wealth Management. Email



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NEIGHBORHOODNEWS By Barbara Floyd Special to The Banner


On Nov. 11 there was a ceremony in the Memorial Garden at the park entrance. It was well attended. It was announced that a new committee has been formed to insure that future ceremonies will be held. Many thanks to Don Owsley, a longtime resident of SCV, and Fred Dowd and Ed Sabo both newcomers to the park this year for volunteering to serve on The Veterans Committee. This brings to mind the words of a favorite President, John F. Kennedy, who so long ago said “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” As we remember the untimely death of JFK 50 years ago, it is time to apply those words to our lives today. Have you considered stepping up to do what you can to make our life here in Spring Creek Village even better than it already is. How about in our adopted city of Bonita Springs where there are many volunteer opportunities available no matter what your skills are. The local schools, churches and organizations offer a multitude of things you can do. Check it out and get on the move. Retirement is more fun if you are doing something both for yourself and others. Please mark Thursday, Nov. 21, on you calendars as there will be a memorial in the clubhouse for Kay Hadam’s grandson, Eddie McAudy. He was a part-time resident for several years while he took care of his adopted Mother, Mary Ann Lash. He passed away unexpectedly last month. Please join Kay and her family from 1 to 3 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Join Louella Mosciski and Barbara Floyd for coffee hour on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 9:30 a.m. to mingle with your neighbors and catch up on what’s been going on over the summer. At 10 a.m. we will try to bring you up to date on what is happening in the park while you continue to enjoy fresh coffee and breakfast pastries. We always love to hear your stories of days gone by in Spring Creek Village and the jokes you’ve been saving to share with all of us. Pot Luck is held on the second and

fourth Wednesday of the month unless a holiday should happen to fall on one of those days. Bridge players are enjoying their weekly Thursday night games so sign up and join them for a good time. Last week Alice Cates, Don Owsley and Betty Edwards took the honors. Bingo is still held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. Arrive a little early to pick out your Bingo cards and find a good seat. Coffee and desserts are served at intermission. I want to thank Millie Pearson and Barb Bohrer for taking care of setting up and preparing the coffee while I was out of town. I know it was appreciated by all who attend Bingo each week. Your donations to the dessert table are always appreciated. This month we will celebrate the November and May birthdays. The first Shuffleboard tournament of the season was held on Oct. 16 with six teams competing. A lunch of Sloppy Joes, chips and some great cookies were served by Sally Wright. Julie Vaccaro and Steve Hoffer placed first and Arlene Henderson and Joe Bohrer second. Second Division Winning team was Bev Ferreira and Mike Crecelius. The November tournament is today. The Board of Directors meeting was held last Wednesday and it sounds like a lot of things are on the agenda in the coming months. You still have time to volunteer to run for the board but only until Dec. 17. Thanksgiving Dinner is officially on the SCV calendar for Thursday, Nov. 28. I will be coordinating this event and invite you to join us for the social hour at 4 p.m. and dinner at 5 p.m. The lists are up to help you decide what you want to bring to share with the other diners and let me know what you can do to help. Contact me if you will not be back in time to sign up but want to attend. Marilyn Dunn would like to start a Bible study group in the park so if you are interested contact her. She also has a painting class you might be interested in. Looking ahead to December, the first event on the 7th will be the “Welcome Back Snowbirds Dinner and Dance”. Music will be provided by Colton James and hosted by Linda Hill and George Yakubesin. Linda Hill and Ruby D’Agostino have tickets and if you have questions contact George. I received a nice note from Nancy Griffin, daughter of the late Nick Pappas. She has taken the responsibility of caring for her step-mother, Rose Pappas. Rose has

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moved and is doing well and likes her new home. Contact me to drop her a card. I will be posting an updated list of residents who have moved or are in an extended care facility. Check the bulletin board for the list. I was out and about Bonita Springs since my return last week and noticed some new and interesting things happening in town. The Bonita Lions Club Saturday Farm Fresh Market has moved to Bonita Commons on the east side of 41 a little north of the where they had been for several years. I know that many of you

enjoy shopping there so be sure to put this on your calendar. That strip mall is now home to the Lee County Board of Elections and, soon, the Tax Collection office will be there. Figs restaurant has been there for a couple of years and I’m sure they are happy to be joined by so many new businesses. I was especially happy to see my favorite nail tech, Tony, has opened the #1 New York Nails and Spa next to Figs. He made me even happier because he offers a discount to first time customers. Everyone likes to save money. So when you visit the Farmers

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More memories of the water system PLUS SOME HISTORY OF THE TUCKER HOUSE By Cathy Cottrill Banner Correspondent

IT IS ONE of the original homes built on that street in that time period, 1933-34.” — Doris Ruth Wollam

Thanks to Doris Ruth Wollam, we now know a little more about the residence known as the Tucker house on South Riverside Drive. “It is one of the original homes built on that street in that time period, 1933-34,” said Wollam. “We called it the Tucker home. There was a little cottage in back of the home on the creek that my family lived in when we first moved here from Illinois before we my parents went to run the Wayside Inn.” Wollam said the Tucker house “was strange, because you never went in the front door.” Like other homes of its era, it had a tin roof. The home is still standing, but has undergone many changes. “They’ve done a lot of revamping,” she added. “It doesn’t look like that now.” And going back to an earlier photo, the 1971 picture of fundraising efforts to launch the Bonita Springs Water System, it’s noteworthy to mention that the majority of the Bonitans who banded together to form the utility were self-made men who were heavily involved in their community. Many who served on the utility’s board of directors did so for years. They were men who gave generously of their time and knowledge for the betterment of their community. All of the men in the photo devoted time to community projects and organi-


zations, everything from the chamber of commerce and the Lions Club to churches and the fire board. Paul Schmidt was a local Realtor, Harvey Haines was the proprietor of Haines Refrigeration, and Byron Liles ran an insurance business. David Edge was the vice president of First National Bank of Bonita Springs and Arnold Glazier owned Glazier Real Estate & Building, Like the most of the other movers and shakers on the early water board, Glazier was active in many community organizations: the Bonita Springs Board of Realtors, the Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce and his church. His wife, Beverly, was equally passionate about community involvement, helping to found the Board of Realtors in 1963 and serving as its president in 1984. “They wanted to make a better community,” said his son, Alan Glazier. “It was more of a thing they did out of community pride. And they just grew that themselves. They didn’t come from abackground of community involvement.” Alan Glazier shared several tidbits about the men in the photo. He recalled that he bought his first insurance from Liles. Glazier picked Haines out of the group because of his signature penholder and the Haines logo on his shirt. “We were the original committee appointed by the chamber of commerce to look into the feasibility of a water system,” said Haines, who served on the board for

36 years and describes himself as the “last of the original Mohicans.” According to Haines, quite a few water board members held their seats on the board for many terms. Bob McGrath served more than 20 years, Arnold Glazier and David Edge each put in at least 15, and Frank Liles (Byron’s cousin) is still serving. “We did it to help the community,” said Haines, who also served as a fire commissioner and was on the board of directors of Bonita’s first bank. “Everyone in our small community knew we needed a decent source of potable water. We campaigned and knocked on doors” to meet the Farmers Home Administration criteria. “It was very rewarding. It was a good feeling to see the progress,” he said. “And we had great camaraderie with the staff and the board. We didn’t always agree on everything, but we never left a meeting mad.” Not pictured, but most worthy of mention is the late Ben Nelson Sr., a longtime water board member and father of current mayor Ben Nelson Jr. A big supporter of the community, Ben Sr. was involved in all sorts of community endeavors, including the Olde 41 Association and the chamber of commerce. “My Dad was not on the original board, but he got involved soon after it formed, as I recall,” said Ben Jr.“But from then until the time that I was elected, he was extremely active... It was something that was all consuming. He liked to remind

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Fred Partin (executive director of what is now known as Bonita Springs Utilities) that he was the one who convinced the board to hire him. Around that time, my dad ran for county commissioner, but you could tell that his heart really wasn’t in it.â€? Ben Jr. said his father was active in the chamber for a while and worked to further issues he felt were important. “He was very involved with the Old 41 Business Association, but the only other organization that I recall him being active in was the Masonic Lodge. He was very active with Cypress Masonic Lodge of Naples, serving as Master in the late ’60s and the Scottish Rite and the Shriners of Araba Shrine in Fort Myers. His two brothers were also extremely active in Masonry during that period. As I am presently at a Cypress Lodge, it is comforting to see his picture on the wall there. Two years ago, a monument dedicating the agpole that I had built there was dedicated to my father.â€? According to the Bonita Springs Utilities website, organizers of the water system needed commitments from 1,000 property owners to secure an FHA loan needed to build the system. Each homeowner paid $108 for a residential water meter, and commercial meters ranged from $132 to $317. Water fees were projected at $6 per month for 6,000 gallons.

In 1970, an FHA loan for $976,000 was secured for the development of a central water system to serve 900 users in Bonita Springs. In 1971, a second loan, for an additional $266,000, was secured, so that the system could serve 1,200 users. The Banner reported the arrival of 80 ďŹ re hydrants “as the ďŹ rst visible signs of progressâ€? for the system in March 1971. In May, the ďŹ rst of what eventually would be 50 miles of pipeline was installed. By July 1972, the system was in operation and water began to ow to 800 customers. By the following summer, the water system was serving more than 1,200 users.

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Cathy Cottrill’s 30 Years Ago and Remember columns appear in The Banner on the ďŹ rst and third Wednesdays of the month.


I know the general location of this home, but nothing about its location or its history. What do you know about this house? When was it built? Who owned it? Who lived there over the years? When was this picture taken? Please share some memories about this photo. Call Cathy Cottrill at 239-253-1658 and leave a detailed voice mail, including your name, with spelling of both ďŹ rst and last, your telephone number and any information you have about this photo, no later than noon on Dec. 1 for inclusion in the next column on Dec. 4. You can also e-mail or


Historical photos are needed in order for this column to continue. If you have scanned photos of people and places from Bonita’s or Estero’s past that you would like to see pictured in The Banner, please e-mail them as high-resolution jpegs to Cathy Cottrill at or I am especially seeking photos of Nelson’s Hardware and Chuck’s Poorhouse.







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‘Purple with a Purpose’

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, and I am proud to say that I “Like the Fight” against the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Others in our community are also volunteering to make a difference in the outcome for those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. We are fighting alongside the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network whose mission is to advance research, support patients and create hope for all those affected by this devastating disease. On Oct. 9 I lost my grandfather to pancreatic cancer just seven months after diagnosis. I understand firsthand the urgent need to create hope for others and their loved ones. I volunteer with the South Florida chapter of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and I am happy to be working with the organization to raise much needed awareness. On Saturday I will join thousands across the country for Purple With a Purpose, where I will wear purple in honor of my grandpa and also for those who have been touched by this disease and Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Join me, and “Like the Fight.” Please visit to take action today. Together we can make a difference.


Laws and fixes Hey, I’ll lose my (cushy) job! I find it very interesting that every Democrat voted for Obamacare when it was to be voted on, and that every Republican voted against it. Did the Democrats feel it was good legislation, or were they following marching orders from the party? They pushed and pushed until it became law. Now we are witnessing a massive, catastrophic meltdown with the rollout of the legislation. The “you-cankeep-it” promise has turned into a huge misstatement and the Democratic congressmen and senators up for re-election in 2014 are running for cover. Not because delaying certain aspects of the law is good for the people, but because any association with the legislation will cost them their jobs. It appears that keeping their jobs is more important than good legislation. Now the president is attempting to arbitrarily change the law. That is unconstitutional. The president’s job is to enforce laws, not change them when it suits him.

But this should come as no surprise as he has chosen, on numerous occasions, to selectively enforce laws that suited his agenda. His attempted fix is nothing more than a deflection, throwing the onus back on the insurance industry. Their business model was altered due to Obamacare, now he wants them to change gears and revert to a modified system combining aspects of Obamacare and the “you-can-keep-it” promise. Not that easy. Actually, it may not be doable.

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No pain, no gain Many of us, fortunate enough to have comprehensive medical insurance with premiums paid, exist in cozy symbiosis with our health care providers. Not all are so lucky; hence the Affordable Care Act. Relatively very few people will be worse off under Obamacare, while vastly more will benefit. Still, President Barack Obama never should have implied otherwise by saying, “If you want to keep your insurance, you can.” A complicating factor is insufficient appreciation for how insurance companies were selling bad insurance at inflated prices to individuals. Precisely because most buyers of such insurance didn’t have to make claims for benefits above their very high deductibles, they never had to face a rejected claim or a cancellation of their policies upon reaching a lifetime cap. Now we’re offered mandated better coverage at better prices, but those whose policies have been canceled because they don’t meet the minimum coverage standards can’t get on to see how much better off they’ll be, especially, if they’re low income and qualify for subsidies. The glitch is temporary. I wanted to avoid all this. It’s been covered a lot in the media. Let’s go back to the motivating concept behind Obamacare in the first place: universal health care coverage.

We decided long ago on universal income support and universal health care coverage for seniors. Obamacare represents the next big step. It’s meeting the same growing pains that first greeted Social Security and Medicare, but it’s quite possible that we’ll come to regard it as untouchable as those other entitlements.

ARLENE RUTSTEIN | Bonita Springs Poetic injustice President Barack Obama said you can keep your policy; but in truth, it was a fallacy. Next he said register on the Internet, but in truth, again he was all wet. Next he said just use your cell, and like the others, that promise fell. He begrudgingly decided to apologize. I wish he knew how to compromise. BOB SINGER | Bonita Springs Ask Bill about bill? I am pleased to see Sen. Bill Nelson working on legislation to delay rate increases on flood insurance policies

that could adversely affect many here in Florida. I am curious and would like to hear his explanation as to why he voted in favor of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Act that led to these increases? Is this another case of “we have to pass the bill to learn what’s in the bill”?


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Allen A. ’Gator’ Christ, Jr. 73, of Bonita Springs died Monday, November 11, 2013 at his residence. Gator had been a resident of Bonita Springs for the past 30 years coming from Baton Rouge, LA. He was born October 24, 1940 in Baton Rouge a son of the late Allen A. and Evelyn (nee Kidd) Christ, Sr. He attended Baton Rouge East Parish High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1958. After moving to Bonita Springs in 1962, he began working as a horticulturalist at a nursery and in 1983 began working for Buffalo Chips Restaurant and retired in 2005. He is survived by his many friends and acquaintances at Buffalo Chips. Friends are invited to a Remembrance Celebration of Gator’s life to be held Tuesday, November 26, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the patio at Buffalo Chips restaurant 26620 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs.

Katherine Jane Anderson, Naples, FL, passed away unexpectedly November 13, 2013. She was born in Chicago, Ill., July 22, 19??, as the daughter of Peter and Stella Theodoros and sister of George Theodoros. Katherine grew up with humble beginnings as a first generation Greek. She attended Knox College and later became a self-made businesswoman owning the successful Ann K Hair Salon from 1968 to 1999. She married the love of her life, Kenneth A. Anderson, and just celebrated

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