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August 18, 2011
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Author to sign books

in Cape Coral

Author Joy Rocco will be doing her first book signing of the just released book "Blue Moon, Red Blood-2012 End Times" Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Night in the Cape event at Wine & Roses Italian Restaurant, 1404 Cape Coral Parkway, from 5-7 p.m. Enjoy a buffet dinner for only $5 and other local vendor displays.

For more information at or This is Rocco's third novel to be published.

Mirror Mirror opens

Mirror Mirror, a hair and nail salon, has opened at 1223 S.E. 47th Terrace, in South Cape Coral. There will be a grand opening/ribbon-cutting ceremony at the salon at 5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 25, and the public is invited. The event will feature refreshments and appetizers, gift baskets, a raffle drawing and more.

Mirror Mirror is owned by Carmel Ferraro. Other staffers include Christine Levelli, Lily Null and Barbara Holdsworth.

Regular hours at the salon are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with late hours to 7 p.m. by appointment

For information, contact the salon at 239-540-8993

Anthony's on the BLVD

to celebrate fourth anniversary

Anthony's on the BLVD in Cape Coral is celebrating four years in business by hosting a customer appreciation pig roast and comedy roast of the owner, Tony Serrago, Saturday, Aug. 20.

Serrago is looking forward to celebrating four years in business with people who helped make it possible - his customers.

The pig roast will be held at noon Saturday. The $10 all-you-can-eat event will be served until supplies last. The tented outdoor patio bar will be open and there will be outdoor games, a limbo contest and cornhole - for prizes.

The roast of Serrago is a benefit for cancer research. The highest bidders will be able to roast the owner starting at 7 p.m.

Anthony's on the BLVD is located at 1303 Del Prado Blvd., The restaurant has daily entertainment, lunch and dinner specials. For information, visit or call 772-5900.

Hussey named district chair of committee

Pavese Law Firm partner Alison C. Hussey has been named chair of The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar Committee for District 6960. The eight-county district includes 56 Rotary clubs from Palmetto to Marco Island.

Hussey will oversee a committee of nine Rotary members who are responsible for reviewing applications and selecting Ambas-sadorial Scholarship recipients who are awarded funding for travel, tuition, books and room and board. The purpose of the Ambas-sadorial Scholarships program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas.

For more information, visit or contact Hussey at or 239-344-3905.

Based in the firm's Cape Coral office, Hussey conducts a general practice with a focus on estate planning, real estate and probate.

Pavese Law Firm is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and West Palm Beach. For more on the firm, visit

King earns top award

Cape Coral resident Stephen King, managing partner of the LongHorn Steakhouse in Fort Myers, has been presented with Darden Restaurants' top honor - the Joe R. Lee Diamond Club Award, named after the company's retired chairman and CEO. Now in its 14th year, the award is presented annually to Managing Partners throughout North America who demonstrate outstanding results by extending Genuine Western Hospitality and achieve top financial performance in the company's previous fiscal year.

The Fort Myers LongHorn Steakhouse is located at 13701 S. Tamiami Trail. For more information, please visit

Wilcox honored as institute's

'Volunteer of Distinction'

R. Alan Wilcox, MAI, SRA, of Cape Coral has been recognized as the Appraisal Institute's August "Volunteer of Distinction" for Region X.

The Appraisal Institute is the nation's largest professional association of real estate appraisers; Region X consists of Florida and Puerto Rico. Wilcox is a member of the West Coast Florida Chapter.

A member of the Appraisal Institute since 1984, Wilcox currently serves as vice president of the Appraisers Liability Insurance Program's board of directors, on which he is serving his second year.

Since 1993, Wilcox has been president/owner of Wilcox Appraisal Services, Inc.

Learn more at

Hoek joins Pavese Law Firm

Andrew Kurt Hoek has joined Pavese Law Firm as an associate. Based in the firm's Fort Myers office, Hoek's practice areas include land use, environmental, real estate and real estate related litigation.

As a legislative intern for Florida Senate President Jeff Atwater and a judicial intern for the U.S. District Court, Hoek was responsible for preparing drafts of legal opinions, drafting bench and other legal memoranda.

Pavese Law Firm is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and West Palm Beach. For information, visit

Pushing the Envelope wins award

Pushing the Envelope, Inc. , a local mixed marketing communications firm was recently honored with a Judges' Award at the Golden Image Awards Ceremony by the Florida Public Relations Association.

The award was for the firm's work done on behalf of the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida and their Literacy Buddies program.

Pushing the Envelope, Inc. is a mixed marketing communications firm offering complete public relations, social media strategy, marketing and advertising services.

For additional information, call 239-221-2858, visit or email

Royal joins FineMark National Bank & Trust

Joseph R. Catti, president & CEO of FineMark National Bank & Trust, and Robert Arnall, executive vice president of banking, have announced the addition of Dan Royal as vice president of new business development.

Royal, a long-time resident of Southwest Florida, comes to FineMark with nearly three decades of experience in mortgage lending. He will be responsible for developing new relationships in Southwest Florida.

FineMark National Bank & Trust offers a comprehensive array of banking, trust, investment and brokerage services to clients interested in establishing long term, high touch relationships.

For more information, call 239-461-5956.

Laser Lounge Spa

to hold grand re-opening

The Laser Lounge Spa, a medical day spa located at 20400 Trailside Drive in Estero, will hold a grand re-opening Friday, Aug. 26. There will be two celebrations: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 5-8 p.m.

The events are free and open to the public. Those attending are encouraged to bring at least one non-perishable food item that will be donated to the Harry Chapin Food Bank.

The first event, "Sultry Days," takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m., and will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, appetizers, beverages and a tour of the spa.

The second event, "Caliente Nights," takes place from 5-8 p.m. and will feature appetizers, beverages and wine, a Latin dance exhibition and complimentary Salsa lesson.

Reservations to attend the event are required by Aug. 24. Call (239) 728-1234.

FUEL & Truck Daddy's Back Alley Grill

open in Fort Myers

FUEL & Truck Daddy's Back Alley Grill opened July 25 next door to Harley Davidson of Fort Myers, 2158 Colonial Blvd., #1.

Live music is featured at FUEL on Friday and Saturday nights from 9:30 p.m. to closing, and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.

Truck Daddy's Back Alley Grill is open from Monday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.; and Sundays - Smokin' Sundays - the smoker will be cookin' all day long.

For more information call 239-278-3835 or, via email,

Blevins to be guest speaker at seminar

Bill Blevins, Lee County Mar-ket Executive for Encore National Bank, will be guest speaker at a seminar entitled, "Financing Your Business and How to Get a Commercial Loan" scheduled for Sept. 22, at 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fort Myers.

Blevins will join a panel of other local banking professionals that will provide solutions and answers on business and commercial lending and financing. This free informational roundtable seminar will provide attendees the opportunity to speak directly with local lenders about how to get funds to start or expand a business.

Attendees will also learn about the types of loans available, including Small Business Administration loans. The panel of lenders will discuss their criteria for loan consideration, collateral requirements, and the application process. To attend the seminar, RSVP to 239-433-5554 or

J.J. Taylor to host

'Cheers to Education' event

J. J. Taylor, the ninth-largest beer wholesaler in the U.S., will be hosting "Cheers to Education," an evening networking event, Tuesday, Sept. 13, at its distribution center in Fort Myers. The event will celebrate the corporate redirection of beer excise taxes to the Step Up For Students Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, which provides K-12 scholarships to low-income students in Florida.

Guests will be invited to sample craft beer and food pairings. J.J. Taylor serves more than 10,000 retail customers in 17 Florida counties and has over 670 full-time employees across the state.

J.J. Taylor Distributing is located at 2040 Park 82 Drive, Fort Myers. For more information, call (239)267-1006.

Pyles joins Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company, P.A., has announced that Lisa Pyles has joined the firm as an administrative assistant in the Fort Myers office. In this role, Pyles is instrumental in the day-to-day operations of the front office and greeting clients. Pyles joins the firm after relocating to southwest Florida from Denver, Colorado.

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company P.A. is a certified public accounting and consulting firm with offices in Fort Myers and Naples. It offers a wide range of services including business consulting, technology consulting, technology management and support, tax preparation and planning, litigation, mediation, forensic accounting and elder services.

For more information about the firm, call 239-433-5554 or visit

Myers, Brettholtz & Company

to host seminar Sept. 6

Myers, Brettholtz & Company, PA, certified public accountants and business consultants, will host the second session in its series of free "Sunrise Quickinars" for nonprofit organizations Tuesday, Sept. 6, at United Way in Fort Myers.

Focusing on accounting practices and requirements specifically for nonprofits, all the seminars are coordinated with Southwest Florida Community Foundation in partnership with United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades.

The second session Fraud and Internal Control will be held Tuesday, Sept. 6 at United Way in Fort Myers and Thursday, Sept. 8, at Bank of the Islands on Sanibel.

Space is limited and participants must register in advance by contacting Shamera Rye at or 239-939-5775.

GCM Contracting Solutions Inc.

hires a new project manager

GCM Contracting Solutions Inc. has appointed Jim Frederick to the position of project manager. In this position he will be responsible for planning, directing and budgeting the company's commercial construction projects in Southwest Florida.

Frederick is a licensed general contractor and a certified project management professional.

GCM Contracting Solutions, Inc. was founded in 1988 by Robert Brown, company owner and president. Serving Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties, the Fort Myers-based company is a design-build general contractor providing turnkey services and specializing in tilt-up concrete construction.

For more information, call 239-334-8800 or visit



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