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May 17, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Goodwill to close South Fort Myers retail and donation center

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida Inc. has announced that it will be closing its retail and donation center located in South Fort Myers, 11601 S. Cleveland Ave., effective at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 26. Goodwill's lease is expiring and will not be renewed.

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida successfully operates 28 other non-profit retail and donation centers throughout the five-county-area to generate revenue for much needed programs and services for people with disabilities and disadvantages.

Associates affected by the closing will receive assistance with job placement and will be encouraged to apply for open positions among the other Goodwill locations. Customers are encouraged to shop at Goodwill's many other convenient locations, including: 13500 Plantation Road, off Daniels Parkway; 16523 Island Park Road and the McGregor Book Store, 15165 McGregor Blvd.

In preparation for the store closing, the store will have two special sale days Friday, May 25, and Saturday, May 26. All donated goods will be 50 percent off.

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. Its mission is to help people with disabilities and disadvantages by offering life-changing opportunities to achieve independence.

For more about Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, visit or call (239) 995-2106.

Hurricane preparedness topic of next WIB meeting

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Committee will host its June networking meeting from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, at Wayne Wiles Floor Coverings, 16240 South Tamiami Trail in Fort Myers.

This month's WIB event will focus on hurricane preparedness while providing open networking for local professionals. During the program, three local business professionals will share their real-life experiences and lessons learned from Hurricane Irma. This panel will provide insight on what you should or shouldn't do, in both business sand home life, when preparing for the worst-case scenario.

The event will be catered by Franco's and there will be a 50/50 raffle, as well as a raffle for a hurricane preparedness kit donated by our host and sponsor, Wayne Wiles Floor Coverings.

The panel members include Karen Ryan, PR manager for LCEC, Keith Ruebeling, president/owner of Larue Pest Management, and Will Prather, executive producer/owner of Prather Productions, also named "Best Chill" in a hurricane in Florida Weekly's Best Of issue.

All business professionals are invited to attend. Admission is $10 for GFMCC members and $20 for future GFMCC members. To register, call 239-332-3624 or visit

Schoenfeld appointed co-chair of Lee County Bar Association group

Attorney Jennifer J. Hammond of Green Schoenfeld & Kyle LLP has been appointed co-chair of the Lee County Bar Association's Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Practice Section.

Hammond has nearly 20 years of business and legal experience. Her focus areas include estate planning, trust administration, taxation, probate, corporate, business and partnership law, and wealth preservation.

Hammond is a member of the Florida and Lee Bar Associations, as well as the American and Maryland Bar Associations.

Hammond is joined by Kenneth Kemp as co-chair.

Established in 1949, the Lee County Bar Association was formed as a voluntary organization of attorneys living and working in Lee County, Florida. The purpose of the organization is to further the education of its members, create meaningful interaction among its members, and to inform the community on important legal matters.

Since 2000, Green Schoenfeld & Kyle LLP has provided legal services to Florida individuals and businesses. The firm's specialty areas of practice are estate planning; probate, estate and trust administration; business planning, corporate, LLC and partnership law; and estate and gift tax issues. For more information, visit

Pushing the Envelope's Scott to address FPRA

The Florida Public Relations Association Southwest Florida Chapter has announced that Samantha Scott, APR, president of the marketing communications firm, Pushing the Envelope, will be the keynote speaker for its May 22 luncheon program. Scott will present "Social Media For Business Growth" from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m at the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport at Town Center, located at 9931 Interstate Commerce Drive in Fort Myers. Scott will educate attendees on how to create motivating content, strategically choose the most effective channels to optimize peak performance, as well as, how to attribute leads, sales and revenue accurately. Social media use by businesses today is no longer optional or uncommon, however, using it as a definitive business driver is.

The cost for attending the luncheon program is $25 for members, $30 for non-members and $20 for students. Space is limited, so registering early is encouraged. RSVP online at

Established in 1938, FPRA is the oldest public relations organization in the country. FPRA is dedicated to developing public relations practitioners, who, through ethical and standardized practices, enhance the public relations profession in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. For additional information, please visit the Southwest Florida Chapter of FPRA website at

Local dentist named one of America's best

The National Consumer Advisory Board has named Pediatric Dentistry of Florida, Dr. Tim M. Verwest, DMD, one of America's best dentist for 2018. Verwest selection is based on a proprietary assessment of a dentists experience, training, continuing education, and commitment to excellence to ensure the most impartial unbiased review of all applicants.

Verwest is a board certified diplomat of the National Board of Pediatric Dentistry with professional interests in the areas of pediatric pharmacology, biomaterials, and pediatric anesthesia.

Pediatric Dentistry of Florida, Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD & Associates has provided pediatric dental care to children for the last 26 years. Areas of service include comprehensive dental exams, cleanings, composite fillings, dental hygiene education, extractions, fluoride treatments, sealants, sedation dentistry, space maintainers, x-rays and tooth nerve treatment. For more, visit or 239-482-2722.



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