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August 28, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

NicMar Administrative

Services Inc. available

NicMar Administrative Services Inc., a locally owned and operated, full service administrative support team, is available in Cape Coral.

The company, located at 1008 N.E. 7th Terrace, Suite C, in Cape Coral, offers clients: document preparation and mailing, contact existing and prospective customers with special offers and promotions, payment due reminders and an accounts receivable recovery program.

Owned by Nicolas Castellanos, the business is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For additional information, call 239-424-8637; fax, 239-424-8427; email nicholas@nicmar-admin.com; or visit the web at www.nicmar-admin.com

Sicily Trattoria opens in South Cape

Sicily Trattoria, am "authentic" Italian restaurant, has opened in South Cape at 1211 Cape Coral Parkway, East, in the South Cape Towne Center. The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and closed Sunday. For information, call 239-945-7285.

Cape Chamber to present

Disney Institute seminar

The Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral is offering a full day with Disney Institute professionals on the topic of employee selection, training and engagement.

The seminar date is Sept. 27, and the investment is $299 per person.

Program benefits Include learning: the key elements of the Disney people management strategy to strengthen your organization, to build organization-wide processes to reinforce your corporate culture, to analyze and improve your existing selection and hiring process, to adapt Disney training strategies to promote and emphasize organizational values, to develop effective communication methods to meet your organization's needs and to create a supportive environment based on recognition in order to leverage talent and skill.

In order for the chamber to continue to host these training opportunities with Disney, local participation is needed - either by attending or by communicating this opportunity to other business professionals who may benefit from this valuable training.

Satellite Surveyors LLC opens

A. J. Watson and John Veatch have opened Satellite Surveyors LLC, focusing on the Cape Coral market.

The two have been involved in land surveying from the time they were teenagers. They got to know each other when they both worked for a large Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm. It was 1964 that they traveled together to Richmond, Va., to the Jefferson Hotel, site of the famous "Gone With The Wind" stairway scene, to take their professional land surveyors exam.

In 1969, Watson came to Florida to work for the engineering firm that was developing the plans for Cape Coral. Veatch stayed in the D.C. area and later became vice president of the consulting firm; now the 23rd largest in the country. The two got back together by chance recently when Watson came to the Veatch's house to check some surveying information that was required for a building permit. The recognition was quickly confirmed and a conversation started about land surveying in Southwest Florida and that was when the idea Satellite Surveyors was born.

Watson eventually moved to Southwest Florida and started his own company, A.J. Watson Land Surveys. Veatch teamed up with a couple of investors and started VARgis.com. Satellite Surveyors will focus on the Cape Coral market and operated independent of their other companies.

For more information for the products and services provided, contact Watson and Veatch at 239-282-9170 or email to jwv@satellitesurveys.com

Fit Rite products in Walgreens

Fit Rite, LLC, which distributes medical compression, diabetic and sports legwear, is now marketing its products in Walgreens stores on the west coast of Florida. Company owner Cathy Franklin will be in the Venice, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, and Cape Coral areas the end of August and the beginning of September for in-store promotions.

Franklin will be at the Walgreens located at 1534 Cape Coral Parkway, Cape Coral, Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 10 a.m. to noon.

To learn more about Fit Rite's product and for a location near you, visit the website at www.fitritemedical.com.

Weiss joins Ted Todd Insurance Agency

Jade Weiss has joined the Ted Todd Insurance Agency as a licensed insurance agent, following her May graduation from Florida Gulf Coast University with dual B.S. degrees in business management and marketing. Operating out of the agency's headquarters office at The Brooks, 10020 Coconut Road, #144, Bonita Springs, Weiss holds a Florida 4-40 insurance license and assists clients with property and casualty insurance policies to protect them from unexpected financial losses. She is a lifelong resident of Clewiston.

Ted Todd formed The Ted Todd Insurance Agency 26 years ago, and it is now one of the largest Allstate agencies in the country. It has a total of seven locations throughout Lee, Brevard, Palm Beach and Sarasota counties. The agency provides home, auto, business, commercial, retirement, and life insurance products to more than 30,000 customers in Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Estero, Lehigh Acres, Naples, Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, Indian Harbour Beach, Sarasota, Satellite Beach, Melbourne, Viera, Boca Raton, and Palm Bay.

For more information, visit www.TedTodd-Insurance.com or call 866-760-3999.

BetterhalfBall.com Wedding Anniversary Nights opening in Cape

BetterhalfBall.com Wedding Anniversary Nights is opening in Cape Coral. With its global headquarters in Cincinnati, BetterhalfBall.com Wedding Anniversary Nights will be offering its one-of-a-kind service for married couples celebrating another year of marital bliss in Cape Coral.

One hundred couples that were all married during their particular month beginning this November and every month after will be treated to and open bar and four-course dinner, and one couple will win $1,000 cash prize and dance to their original wedding song.

Contact Anthony Myers 239-257-8583 for details.

Chartwell Law Offices

opens Fort Myers office

The Chartwell Law Offices, LLP, has announced the opening of its newest office, in Fort Myers.

The Fort Myers office will be headed by James Myers. He was most recently the managing partner of the Fort Myers office of Swartz Campbell LLC. He currently concentrates his practice in civil litigation defense, handling insurance claim disputes, construction defect claims, commercial contract disputes, products liability, premises liability, toxic tort (asbestos and silica), and personal injury claims in Florida federal and state courts.

Jessica Teitelbaum joins Myers as a partner in the Fort Myers location. Previously with Swartz Campbell, LLC, she concentrates her practice on civil litigation defense, handling insurance claim disputes, construction defect claims, commercial contract disputes, product liability, premises liability, and personal injury claims in Florida federal and state courts.

The new office is located at 8695 College Parkway.

Chartwell was formed in 2002 by four lawyers in Valley Forge, Pa. The firm, now comprised of more than 75 lawyers, has five Pennsylvania offices. In the last three years, the firm has opened offices in New York City, southern New Jersey, Miami and Boston.

Schwinn to present seminar

While disputes in the workplace are inevitable, left unresolved, conflicts can disrupt productivity, negatively impact morale and could create liability for the employer. Pavese Law Firm partner Christina Harris Schwinn will share strategies for effectively preempting and addressing disputes in the office during a Sept. 4 seminar from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Myerlee Manor Condominium Association located at 1499 S. Brandywine Circle in Fort Myers. The event is sponsored by the United Community Association Networking Inc. To attend, contact UNET at 239-425-2630 or by email at ftmyersnetworking@gmail.com.

Among other aspects of conflict management in the workplace, Schwinn will help attendees understand: underlying dynamics that lead to conflict at work, how to address improper employee conduct, the value of the employee handbook/workplace policies, potential liabilities for employers and the communication styles of the DISC profile and how to leverage personality profiles to resolve conflict in the workplace

Schwinn's primary practice areas are employment law, business transactions, community association law and real estate law.

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

Port Authority earns FPRA award

The Lee County Port Authority was honored with an Award of Distinction from the Florida Public Relations Association at the 2012 Golden Image Awards held in St. Augustine. FPRA conducts the Golden Image Awards annually to recognize outstanding public relations programs. The awards have become a standard of excellence in demonstrating the best of innovation, planning and design in the state of Florida. LCPA received an Award of Distinction in the Public Relations Programs Special Events category for its Base Ops Dedication Ceremony.

An Award of Distinction is presented to entries that meet the standard of excellence set forth by the judges. The 2012 Golden Image competition received 110 entries from throughout the state and was judged by the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Established in 1938, FPRA is the oldest public relations organization in the United States. FPRA is dedicated to developing public relations practitioners, who, through ethical and standardized practices, enhance the public relations profession in Florida. For more information, visit www.fpra.org The Lee County Port Authority operates Southwest Florida International Airport and Page Field in Fort Myers. No ad valorem taxes are used for the operation or improvement of either airport.

For more information, please visit www.flylcpa.com.

Family Medicine Residency Program

Florida State University College of Medicine and Lee Memorial Health System's new Family Medicine Residency Program are celebrating a major milestone with the opening of the program's family medicine practice. The practice is part of Lee Physician Group and located at Lee Memorial Hospital.

Serving as the learning center of the residency program, the family medicine practice will be staffed by the program's faculty of five physicians, a clinical psychologist and a nurse practitioner.

Two faculty physicians, Gary Goforth, M.D., residency program director, and Rick Waks, D.O., medical director, as well as Arlene Wright, ARNP, are currently accepting new patients and laying the foundation to train the program's first family residents next summer.

Three additional board certified family practitioners and faculty members, Christy Cavanagh, M.D.; Julia Fashner, M.D.; and Alfred Gitu, M.D., will join the practice by mid-October.

A collaboration between Florida State University College of Medicine and Lee Memorial Health System, the Family Medicine Residency Program is the first residency program of its kind in Southwest Florida. The program will provide three years of training for six family residents each year.

Residents will complete a 36-month rotational program to include patient care at the new clinic, as well as inpatient care at Lee Memorial Hospital, HealthPark Medical Center and The Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida. They also will complete outpatient rotations in specific medical areas throughout Lee Physician Group offices.

'Honor, Country & Heroism'

exhibit featured at RSW

The "Honor, Country & Heroism" exhibition is on display at Southwest Florida International Airport. This new exhibit features 32 colorful canvases and is the latest addition to the Lee County Port Authority's Art in Flight program.

The Lee County Alliance for the Arts worked with 34 local artists, including six military veterans, to bring this patriotic-themed art to RSW. The paintings in "Honor, Country & Heroism" serve as a welcome home for troops returning to Southwest Florida and pay tribute to veterans.

The paintings will be on display at Southwest Florida International Airport through July 2013. The community is welcome to visit the "Honor, Country & Heroism" exhibition, which is located pre-security along the hallways leading to Concourses B and D. For more information or to see the pieces, please visit the airport's Art in Flight page at www.flylcpa.com/artinflight/.

Southwest Florida International Airport served more than 7.5 million passengers in 2011 and is one of the top 50 U.S. airports for passenger traffic. No ad valorem (property) taxes are used for airport operation or construction. For more information, log onto www.flylcpa.com.

LCPA's Catlett receives Distinguished Aviation Service Award

Wayne Catlett, terminal operations manager for the Lee County Port Authority, was honored with the 2012 Distinguished Aviation Service Award by the Florida Department of Transportation during the Florida Airports Council Annual Conference in Naples, Fla. This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated exceptional professionalism and made significant contributions to Florida aviation. The recipient must have retired or will retire within a year of presentation of the award.

In his current role, Catlett serves as a direct liaison between multiple LCPA departments and airport tenants including concessionaires and airlines at Southwest Florida International Airport. He works with the airport community to ensure the terminal is operating within the guidelines and high-service standards established by the Lee County Port Authority.

The Lee County Port Authority operates Southwest Florida International Airport and Page Field in Fort Myers. For more information, please visit www.flylcpa.com

Wilson United Way campaign chair

Robert Wilson, vice president and general manager for Enterprise Holdings in Southwest Florida, and a United Way Board member, has been named 2012-2013 United Way campaign chair. As the campaign chair, Wilson will lead the campaign that includes thousands of volunteers working to meet the $8,060,193 fund-raising goal.

Wilson is a graduate of Duke University and has been employed at Enterprise for 22 years. He is a resident of Fort Myers and has two children.

For information, call United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades at (239) 433-2000 or visit www.unitedwaylee.org.

Since the inception of United Way in 1957, $100 million have been raised in our community. All money raised in the United Way campaign stays in the local community to help support the local human service network. United Way Partner Agencies and initiatives such as the, Alvin A Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center, LARC, Harry Chapin Food Bank, the Boys and Girls Clubs, and United Way 211 serve a diverse range of needs in our community such as nurturing children and youth, strengthening families, meeting critical needs such as helping the elderly and disabled live independently, and empowering communities by bringing health and human services to neighborhoods.

Bank employees pack rice and beans for Harry Chapin Food Bank

Eighteen employees of Northern Trust Bank helped pack 3,100 pounds of rice and beans for the Harry Chapin Food Bank on Saturday, Aug. 11. Over 2,000 meals will be provided to families as a result of their effort.

Businesses, organizations or individuals who would like to volunteer in assisting Harry Chapin Food Bank in packaging rice and beans are invited to contact Bedzaida Bryen at the food bank, 239-334-7007, extension 141. She will set a date and time convenient for everyone.

The Harry Chapin Food Bank solicits, collects and stores quality food for distribution to families in need through a network of nonprofit agencies in Lee, Collier, Hendry, Charlotte and Glades counties, who provide food to more than 30,000 people monthly. Over 1 million pounds of food are distributed monthly. For every dollar donated, about $6 in food value goes back to the community. In the past calendar year, The Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed more than 13.7 million pounds of food and other grocery items valued at more than $22.5 million. This is roughly the equivalent of 11 million meals to people in need.

Additional information about or to contribute financially to the Harry Chapin Food Bank, contact 239-334-7007 or go to harrychapinfoodbank.org.

Bass Pro Shops to host

Labor Day Hometown Festival

Labor Day Weekend typically signals the last hurrah of summer as families finish vacations and kids head back to school. This year, enjoy summer's grand finale at Bass Pro Shops during their Labor Day Hometown Festival. This fun, free family event occurs Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1 and 2, from noon to 5 p.m. at 54 Bass Pro Shops store locations.

Festival activities include product demonstrations and outdoor seminars the whole family can enjoy. There's still plenty of summer left to cook out so freshen up your grillin' techniques and learn all about smokin' on the grill Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. during the "Smokin' and Grillin' Techniques" seminar.

Late summer and early fall are great for fishing so learn some new fishing tips Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m during the "Power vs. Finesse Fishing" seminar. At 2 and 4 p.m. each day, the Apparel Fashion Show will be held.

Kids can enjoy activities such as the Net a Fish Pond Game, Metal Detector Treasure Hunt, try their hand at Casting Buckets or enjoy the Bean Bag Toss. If they complete all four activities they get a spin at the Prize Wheel (while supplies last.)

Other fun kids' activities offered Saturday and Sunday include face painting, a leaf craft and coloring pages (while supplies last).

Bokan appointed to board of directors

Attorney Andrew A. Bokan of Knott Ebelini Hart has been appointed to the board of directors for the Association of Family Law Professionals. AFLP is a multidisciplinary organization whose mission is to promote cooperation in matters of family law, including dissolution of marriage, in order to achieve cost-effective resolutions and to maintain emotional stability and necessary family relationships.

A shareholder at the Fort Myers-based firm Knott Ebelini Hart, Bokan recently established the firm's marital and family law practice. Prior to joining Knott Ebelini Hart, Bokan served as a family law magistrate for the Twentieth Judicial Circuit in Lee County.

Knott Ebelini Hart serves individuals and businesses in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, and Hendry counties and throughout Florida, offering a broad range of legal services in the following areas: commercial litigation, community association, business law, real estate law and litigation, banking law, bankruptcy and creditors rights, wills and trusts, construction law, zoning and land use, alternative dispute resolution, and marital and family law. For marital and family law questions or consultations, contact Andrew A. Bokan at 239-334-2722 or visit www.knott-familylaw.com

Deadline quickly approaching for Blue Chip Award applications

Time is growing short for owners of small businesses to submit applications for the 18th Annual Southwest Florida Blue Chip Community Business Award.

BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company and BB&T Bank coordinate and sponsor the program to recognize successful small businesses and share their stories of how they overcame adversity as a way to teach and inspire other entrepreneurs. Applications must be submitted no later than 5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 10.

Previous award winners relied on ingenuity, stamina and hard work to meet challenges, vault financial hurdles and overcome adversity.

The competition is open to companies that meet the following criteria: for-profit business; operating under the same ownership for at least three continuous years with principal office located in Lee, Collier or Charlotte counties; employs five to 400 people; and has overcome adversity to achieve success.

Business owners may nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else. Complimentary assistance is available to draft applications. For information and applications, contact Stacey Mercado at 239-433-7189 or SMercado@BBandT.com.

The award, presented to a single Southwest Florida business each year, recognizes that company's innovative methods of overcoming hardship.

Independent judges will select one Lee, Collier or Charlotte business from the field of applicants to receive the 2012 award. Winners will be recognized during the Nov. 1 luncheon ceremony at Harborside Event Center, located at 1375 Monroe St. in Fort Myers. Registration begins at 11 a.m. The program starts at 11:30 a.m.

NicMar Administrative Services Inc. available

NicMar Administrative Services Inc., a locally owned and operated, full service administrative support team, is available in Cape Coral.

The company, located at 1008 N.E. 7th Terrace, Suite C, in Cape Coral, offers clients: document preparation and mailing, contact existing and prospective customers with special offers and promotions, payment due reminders and an accounts receivable recovery program.

Owned by Nicolas Castellanos, the business is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For additional information, call 239-424-8637; fax, 239-424-8427; email nicholas@nicmar-admin.com; or visit the web at www.nicmar-admin.com

Sicily Trattoria opens in South Cape

Sicily Trattoria, am "authentic" Italian restaurant, has opened in South Cape at 1211 Cape Coral Parkway, East, in the South Cape Towne Center.

The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and closed Sunday.

For information, call 239-945-7285.

Chamber to present Disney Institute seminar

The Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral is offering a full day with Disney Institute professionals on the topic of employee selection, training and engagement.

The seminar date is Sept. 27, and the investment is $299 per person.

Program benefits Include learning: the key elements of the Disney people management strategy to strengthen your organization, to build organization-wide processes to reinforce your corporate culture, to analyze and improve your existing selection and hiring process, to adapt Disney training strategies to promote and emphasize organizational values, to develop effective communication methods to meet your organization's needs and to create a supportive environment based on recognition in order to leverage talent and skill.

In order for the chamber to continue to host these training opportunities with Disney, local participation is needed - either by attending or by communicating this opportunity to other business professionals who may benefit from this valuable training.

Satellite Surveyors LLC opens

A. J. Watson and John Veatch have opened Satellite Surveyors LLC, focusing on the Cape Coral market.

The two have been involved in land surveying from the time they were teenagers. They got to know each other when they both worked for a large Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm. It was 1964 that they traveled together to Richmond, Va., to the Jefferson Hotel, site of the famous "Gone With The Wind" stairway scene, to take their professional land surveyors exam.

In 1969, Watson came to Florida to work for the engineering firm that was developing the plans for Cape Coral. Veatch stayed in the D.C. area and later became vice president of the consulting firm; now the 23rd largest in the country. The two got back together by chance recently when Watson came to the Veatch's house to check some surveying information that was required for a building permit. Within seconds the recognition was confirmed and a conversation started about land surveying in Southwest Florida and that was when the idea Satellite Surveyors was born.

Watson eventually moved to Southwest Florida and started his own company, A.J. Watson Land Surveys. Veatch teamed up with a couple of investors and started VARgis.com. Satellite Surveyors will focus on the Cape Coral market and operated independent of their other companies.

For more information for the products and services provided, contact Watson and Veatch at 239-282-9170 or email to jwv@satellitesurveys.com

Chartwell Law Offices opens Fort Myers office

The Chartwell Law Offices, LLP, has announced the opening of its newest office, in Fort Myers.

The Fort Myers office will be headed by James Myers. He was most recently the managing partner of the Fort Myers office of Swartz Campbell LLC. He currently concentrates his practice in civil litigation defense, handling insurance claim disputes, construction defect claims, commercial contract disputes, products liability, premises liability, toxic tort (asbestos and silica), and personal injury claims in Florida federal and state courts. He also defends federal flood insurance claims brought under the National Flood Insurance Program and FEMA regulations, for hurricane losses in Florida.

Jessica Teitelbaum joins Myers as a partner in the Fort Myers location. Previously with Swartz Campbell, LLC, she concentrates her practice on civil litigation defense, handling insurance claim disputes, construction defect claims, commercial contract disputes, product liability, premises liability, and personal injury claims in Florida federal and state courts. She also defends federal flood insurance claims brought under the National Flood Insurance Program and FEMA regulations for hurricane losses in Florida.

The new Fort Myers office is located at 8695 College Parkway, Fort Myers.

Chartwell was formed in 2002 by four lawyers in Valley Forge, Pa. The firm, now comprised of more than 75 lawyers, has five Pennsylvania offices. In the last three years, the firm has opened offices in New York City, southern New Jersey, Miami and Boston.

Bokan appointed to board of directors for the Association of Family Law Professionals

Attorney Andrew A. Bokan of Knott Ebelini Hart has been appointed to the board of directors for the Association of Family Law Professionals. AFLP is a multidisciplinary organization whose mission is to promote cooperation in matters of family law, including dissolution of marriage, in order to achieve cost-effective resolutions and to maintain emotional stability and necessary family relationships.

A shareholder at the Fort Myers-based firm Knott Ebelini Hart, Bokan recently established the firm's marital and family law practice. Prior to joining Knott Ebelini Hart, Bokan served as a family law magistrate for the Twentieth Judicial Circuit in Lee County.

Knott Ebelini Hart serves individuals and businesses in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, and Hendry counties and throughout Florida, offering a broad range of legal services in the following areas: commercial litigation, community association, business law, real estate law and litigation, banking law, bankruptcy and creditors rights, wills and trusts, construction law, zoning and land use, alternative dispute resolution, and marital and family law. For marital and family law questions or consultations, contact Andrew A. Bokan at 239-334-2722 or visit www.knott-familylaw.com

Schwinn to present seminar

While disputes in the workplace are inevitable, left unresolved, conflicts can disrupt productivity, negatively impact morale and could create liability for the employer. Pavese Law Firm partner Christina Harris Schwinn will share strategies for effectively preempting and addressing disputes in the office during a Sept. 4 seminar from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Myerlee Manor Condominium Association located at 1499 S. Brandywine Circle in Fort Myers. The event is sponsored by the United Community Association Networking Inc. To attend, contact UNET at 239-425-2630 or by email at ftmyersnetworking@gmail.com.

Among other aspects of conflict management in the workplace, Schwinn will help attendees understand: underlying dynamics that lead to conflict at work, how to address improper employee conduct, the value of the employee handbook/workplace policies, potential liabilities for employers and the communication styles of the DISC profile and how to leverage personality profiles to resolve conflict in the workplace

Schwinn's primary practice areas are employment law, business transactions, community association law and real estate law. Schwinn is an accomplished public speaker and regularly writes articles that have been published both locally and nationally in a variety of publications.

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

Lee County Port Authority earns FPRA award

The Lee County Port Authority was honored with an Award of Distinction from the Florida Public Relations Association at the 2012 Golden Image Awards held in St. Augustine. FPRA conducts the Golden Image Awards annually to recognize outstanding public relations programs. The awards have become a standard of excellence in demonstrating the best of innovation, planning and design in the state of Florida. LCPA received an Award of Distinction in the Public Relations Programs Special Events category for its Base Ops Dedication Ceremony.

An Award of Distinction is presented to entries that meet the standard of excellence set forth by the judges. The 2012 Golden Image competition received 110 entries from throughout the state and was judged by the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Established in 1938, FPRA is the oldest public relations organization in the United States. FPRA is dedicated to developing public relations practitioners, who, through ethical and standardized practices, enhance the public relations profession in Florida. For more information, visit www.fpra.org The Lee County Port Authority operates Southwest Florida International Airport and Page Field in Fort Myers. No ad valorem taxes are used for the operation or improvement of either airport.

For more information, please visit www.flylcpa.com.

Family Medicine Residency Program opens

Florida State University College of Medicine and Lee Memorial Health System's new Family Medicine Residency Program are celebrating a major milestone with the opening of the program's family medicine practice. The practice is part of Lee Physician Group and located at Lee Memorial Hospital.

Serving as the learning center of the residency program, the family medicine practice will be staffed by the program's faculty of five physicians, a clinical psychologist and a nurse practitioner.

Two faculty physicians, Gary Goforth, M.D., residency program director, and Rick Waks, D.O., medical director, as well as Arlene Wright, ARNP, are currently accepting new patients and laying the foundation to train the program's first family residents next summer.

Three additional board certified family practitioners and faculty members, Christy Cavanagh, M.D.; Julia Fashner, M.D.; and Alfred Gitu, M.D., will join the practice by mid-October.

A collaboration between Florida State University College of Medicine and Lee Memorial Health System, the Family Medicine Residency Program is the first residency program of its kind in Southwest Florida. The program will provide three years of training for six family residents each year.

Residents will complete a 36-month rotational program to include patient care at the new clinic, as well as inpatient care at Lee Memorial Hospital, HealthPark Medical Center and The Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida. They also will complete outpatient rotations in specific medical areas throughout Lee Physician Group offices.

'Honor, Country & Heroism' exhibition featured at Southwest Florida International Airport

The "Honor, Country & Heroism" exhibition is on display at Southwest Florida International Airport. This new exhibit features 32 colorful canvases and is the latest addition to the Lee County Port Authority's Art in Flight program.

The Lee County Alliance for the Arts worked with 34 local artists, including six military veterans, to bring this patriotic-themed art to RSW. The paintings in "Honor, Country & Heroism" serve as a welcome home for troops returning to Southwest Florida and pay tribute to our veterans.

The paintings will be on display at Southwest Florida International Airport through July 2013. The community is welcome to visit the "Honor, Country & Heroism" exhibition, which is located pre-security along the hallways leading to

 
 

 

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