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January 24, 2014
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Blue Moon Antiques Collectibles and Furniture moving to larger space

Blue Moon Antiques Collectibles and Furniture opened its doors in Cape Coral only three months ago, selling vintage items and offering booth/dealer space for others to display their antiques and collectibles.

During that brief period, the store now has 13 dealers plus a waiting list.

A bigger storefront and space became available at 820 S.E.47th St., next to Annie's Restaurant, and by Jan. 27 the owners of Blue Moon Antiques Collectibles & Furniture plan to be moved from the current 725-square-foot building to the new location with its 1,100 square feet of space.

The store will be offering dealer space for $30 per month plus 10 percent commission. The facility will also be an Ebay resale store -- people can bring their items in and let Blue Moon sell them on Ebay. Appraisals are also available.

Hair Cuttery Salon to provide free haircuts for the homeless

For every adult or child who visits any Cape Coral Hair Cuttery salon to purchase a haircut Feb. 4-5, a free haircut certificate will be donated to a homeless person right in their community through local organizations such as the United Way and Salvation Army.

Hair Cuttery salons nationwide have participated in the annual August Share-A-Haircut program, where for every child's haircut purchased, one in turn is donated to a disadvantaged child in the community, just in time for back-to-school. Hair Cuttery is now adding another way to give with next month's Share-A-Haircut for the homeless.

"Through our Share-A-Haircut program, more than 725,000 free haircut certificates have been donated to children in need over the years," said Dennis Ratner, founder and CEO of Hair Cuttery. "We're evolving this program so adults in the community who are in need of a fresh look for a job interview or simply for added self-confidence as they get back on their feet can benefit as well."

In partnership with government and non-profit social service organizations near each salon location, vouchers are distributed to adults to obtain a free haircut this winter. Last year, 100,000 free haircut certificates were donated through Share-A-Haircut at nearly 900 Hair Cuttery salon locations nationwide, a result of excellent participation from Hair Cuttery communities.

Hair Cuttery is a division of Ratner Companies, based in Vienna, Va. Visit www.haircuttery.com

RSW shows 8.2 percent passenger count hike in December

During December, 735,739 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport, an increase of 8.2 percent compared to December 2012. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is up 3.9 percent from the same period last year.

"December 2013 was the best December in the 30-year history of the airport and our performance for the year was the best since 2007. In addition, international traffic had a significant increase of nearly 12 percent in 2013 compared to 2012," said Robert M. Ball, A.A.E., executive director of the Lee County Port Authority.

The traffic leader in December was Delta with 158,452 passengers traveling to and from Fort Myers. Rounding out the top five airlines were AirTran (89,633), JetBlue (84,200), Southwest (80,671) and Spirit Airlines (70,506).

Southwest Florida International Airport had 7,785 aircraft movements (takeoffs and landings), a decrease of 0.06 percent compared to December 2012. Page Field saw 7,012 movements, a 6.2 percent decrease from December 2012. In addition, more than 3.5 million pounds of air freight moved through Southwest Florida International Airport in December 2013, an increase of 4.9 percent compared to December 2012.

Southwest Florida International Airport served more than 7.6 million passengers in 2013 and is one of the top 50 U.S. airports for passenger traffic.

For more information, log onto www.flylcpa.com or Like Us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/flyRSW.

Synergy's solar powered data center

Synergy Networks has announce that as of Jan.16, The Synergy Data Center is now powered by renewable solar power and will achieve an 80 percent reduction in electric costs. The photovoltaic panels will produce 50kw of power.

The Data Center, located in Fort Myers, houses Synergy Networks' servers, routers and fiber optic equipment. Six redundant different fiber optic connections through Miami, Orlando, and Atlanta keep the equipment connected to the Internet at all times. The solar project was coordinated by Kenneth Boyd, vice president of finance for Synergy.

World Electric, a subsidiary on Sonepar and a worldwide electrical distributor, was instrumental in putting the project together, and also the supplier of all the materials needed to complete the project.

Synergy Networks has been an industry leader in delivering Internet solutions, designed exclusively for businesses, since 1999. One of Florida's fastest-growing Internet service providers, Synergy Networks is dedicated to providing the highest-quality Broadband Internet access, web hosting, and design and internet marketing solutions. Synergy Networks offers a broad range of Internet and communication solutions designed to help businesses boost productivity, expand into new markets and maximize the benefits of the Internet.

Synergy Networks, a Fort Myers-based operation, is located at 10970 S. Cleveland Avenue, Suite 406 (Page Field Plaza). For more information, call 239-790-7000 or visit www.snworks.com

Hersch and Hill present estate planning workshops Feb. 5-6

Attorneys Craig R. Hersch and Michael B. Hill of Sheppard, Brett, Stewart, Hersch, Kinsey & Hill, P.A. will present two informative Florida estate planning workshops on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 5 and 6, at 2 p.m., to provide answers to many estate planning questions on wills, trusts and other documents.

The Feb. 5 workshop will be held at Temple Beth El, located at 16225 Winkler Road, Fort Myers. The identical workshop will also be held on Feb. 6 at the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

All attendees will receive an informative Florida Estate Planning Guide and DVD.

New and partial-year residents will learn about Florida homestead laws, if their will and trust documents from up north are valid in Florida, the advantages of declaring Florida residency, how to avoid probate, and why changes in the laws make it is necessary for everyone to have older estate planning documents updated. Attendees are invited to bring a copy of their current estate planning documents and arrive a half hour early to receive a confidential, complimentary review and written analysis following the presentation.

Sheppard, Brett, Stewart, Hersch, Kinsey & Hill, P.A. is located at 9100 College Point Court in Fort Myers. Hersch and Hill are Florida Bar Board Certified attorneys in wills, trusts and estate planning, specializing in estate planning, probate and trust administration, and asset protection strategies.

Reservations can be made by calling 239-425-9379 or at www.sbshlaw.com/seminars.shtml.

Houck-Toll receives AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell

The law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., has announced that Attorney Erin Houck-Toll has received an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell. According to the website, the "Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings help buyers of legal services identify, evaluate and select the most appropriate lawyer for a specific task at hand. Lawyer ratings serve as an objective indicator that a lawyer has the highest ethical standards and professional ability and are used by buyers of legal services to justify their hiring decisions."

Houck-Toll is Florida Bar Board Certified in Tax Law. She concentrates her practice in the areas of federal and state taxation, including representing taxpayers before the IRS and Florida Department of Revenue. She also assists clients in many aspects of business planning, health care law matters, mergers and acquisitions, and intellectual property issues.

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is one of the largest law firms between Tampa and Miami. A full-service firm, Henderson Franklin has 55 attorneys practicing in the areas of business and tax planning, estate planning, family law, commercial and civil litigation, immigration law, workers' compensation, employment law, real estate, and land use and environmental law.

Henderson Franklin was founded in Fort Myers in 1924 and operates offices in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, and on Sanibel Island.

For more information on Houck-Toll or Henderson Franklin, please visit www.henlaw.com.

Bolduc assistant manager for BB&T Oswald Trippe

Shelley Bolduc, APA, has been appointed assistant agency manager for commercial lines at BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company.

According to John Pollock, CIC, senior vice president and Florida regional insurance president with BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company, Bolduc will be based in the company's Fort Myers office.

With more than six years of industry experience, Bolduc will manage the daily supervision of commercial lines support staff, including training, performance, planning, directing, compliance, work flow, policy and procedures as well as improve perfect client experience.

BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company provides comprehensive insurance and risk-management services to families and businesses throughout Florida.

Visit Insurance.BBT.com/ to learn more. BB&T Insurance Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of Branch Banking & Trust Company.

Linkhart opening new vocal arts studio

Now celebrating her 10th year in business in Southwest Florida, Pamela Linkhart, the president and founder of She Sings for Chocolate, has announced the opening of her new vocal arts studio. Now located at 13550 Reflections Parkway in Fort Myers, She Sings for Chocolate has provided private voice instruction for singers and speakers since 2004.

Linkhart, a professional voice instructor with more than 40 years' experience, offers vocal coaching that gets results for professionals across a wide spectrum of careers.

To schedule a complimentary initial session, call (239) 810-4413.

Bob Janes Triage Center/Low Demand Shelter winner of UNITE Award

Myers, Brettholtz & Company PA announced Jan. 14 that the Bob Janes Triage Center/Low Demand Shelter was the winner of the inaugural UNITE (Uniting Nonprofits In Teaming for Excellence) Award and the $25,000 cash prize.

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 Award is a regional award that recognizes successful nonprofit collaborative models across the five-county area that exemplify excellence and community impact. Its goal is to provide information to the nonprofit community about collaborative models that have succeeded in Southwest Florida area and to share proven effective practices for nonprofits working together.

The winner was announced at the annual Myers, Brettholtz & Company's full-day nonprofit seminar held at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers. In addition, each of the runners up, Families First: Children's Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida, Inc. and Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc. and Southwest Florida Addiction Services/Lee Mental Health Merger, received $2,500 thanks to funding made available by the Wayne Smith of the Smith Family Foundation who wished to reward the other finalists for their dedication to collaboration in the community.

The Bob Janes Triage Center/Low Demand Shelter is a collaboration with the Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties, the Lee County Board of County Commissioners, law enforcement, Lee Memorial Health System, SalusCare, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the United Way.

The Triage Center serves primarily as a voluntary pre-arrest diversion program to reduce the number of individuals with mental illness and/or substance use disorders that are arrested and sent to jail for minor offenses.

For more information on the UNITE Award, call 239-939-5775 or visit Myers, Brettholtz & Company's website at www.mbcopa.com, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation's website at www.floridacommunity.com or the United Way's website at www.unitedwaylee.org.

 
 

 

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