Stevens Construction Inc. completes Florida Hospital renovation

2016-11-08T15:01:31-05:00December 30th, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Stevens Construction Inc. has completed the interior renovation at the Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Orthopaedic & Spine Institute, announced Mark Stevens, company president.   Located at 6748 Gall Blvd., the project consisted of the interior demolition and reconstruction of a 10,200-square-foot medical office building.  The facility houses the new office of the Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Orthopaedic [...]

Bacchus introduces prix fixe menu

2016-11-08T15:01:31-05:00December 29th, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Bacchus has launched a new prix fixe menu at the Bell Tower Shops restaurant to provide customers a fine-dining experience with a fixed price and customized menu options. The prix fixe menu features three courses for $35 per person. For an additional $10, diners can upgrade to a wine dinner, which includes three glasses of [...]

Builders Care completes “extreme home makeover” for local family

2016-11-08T15:01:31-05:00December 23rd, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , |

It is not often that roofing companies work together, but Advanced Roofing and Sheet Metal and Crowther Roofing teamed up to help out a local family in need this holiday season. The roof of the Castro family’s carport was about to give in, leaking pipes rotted the main roof overhead and there was only a [...]

Gora/McGahey completes services for FineMark National Bank & Trust

2016-11-08T15:01:31-05:00December 22nd, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Gora/McGahey Architects (GMA) designed and provided construction administration services for FineMark National Bank & Trust’s new Shell Point location. The 1,300-square-foot banking facility features a client reception area, financial advisor areas, two teller stations, coupon room, safe deposit, meetings room and a lounge area for employees. The facility features traditional wood treatments, granite surfaces and [...]

Bacchus introduces guest chef wine dinners

2016-11-08T15:01:31-05:00December 22nd, 2009|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , , |

Continuing to provide an array of culinary options for its guests, Bacchus is inviting prominent Southwest Florida chefs to the restaurant on select evenings to prepare custom menus. The first guest chef wine dinner will be presented by Chef Kris Zook on Jan. 11 from 6-10 p.m.  This event will launch a series of guest [...]

Owen-Ames-Kimball office manager elected to Charlotte-DeSoto BIA Board

2009-12-18T13:33:51-05:00December 18th, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Owen-Ames-Kimball Company (OAK) announces that Charlotte market office manager Frank Bell has been elected to the 2010 Charlotte-Desoto Building Industry Association (CDBIA) board of directors. Bell is a long-term OAK employee, beginning in 1982 in the Michigan operations and transferring to the Florida operation in 1993. Bell was promoted to his current position of general [...]

Leading eye experts present findings at free macular degeneration seminar Jan. 30

2016-11-08T15:01:31-05:00December 17th, 2009|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , |

Retina Health Center and the Foundation Fighting Blindness will host the seventh annual Southwest Florida Macular Degeneration Symposium on Jan. 30. Two identical sessions will take place on Sat. Jan. 30 at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs. Low-vision devices will be available.   [...]

The Sandy Butler featured in O The Oprah Magazine

2016-11-08T15:01:33-05:00December 16th, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

The January issue of O, The Oprah Magazine features The Sandy Butler Group’s exclusive Fernando Pensato flavored olive oils in “The O List,” a column featuring a limited number of unique products selected by Oprah Winfrey or the publication’s editors. These authentic, imported olive oils are sold and distributed exclusively by The Sandy Butler Group. [...]

FGCU students present research on falls outside the home

2016-11-08T15:01:33-05:00December 16th, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , |

According to new research presented by students from Florida Gulf Coast University, the most common causes of falls outside the home include environmental hazards, incorrect size or type of assisted devices including canes, walkers or crutches and poorly designed public spaces.   The students reviewed about 250 fall cases recorded from April through November 2009 [...]

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida names 2010 Hall of Fame advisory board

2016-11-08T15:01:33-05:00December 11th, 2009|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , |

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida announces its Business Hall of Fame Advisory Board, Lee County co-chairs and members for 2010.   Richard Durnwald, president of Northwestern Mutual/Durnwald & Associates, and Dilman Thomas, executive vice president and director of client relations for Oswald Trippe & Company, will serve as co-chairs. Other members selected to this year’s [...]

Builders Care provides complete home renovation in time for the holidays

2016-11-08T15:01:33-05:00December 11th, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , |

All Mamie Jackson wants this holiday season is a safe and healthy home for her disabled adult son, John, and thanks to Builders Care her wish has come true. Previously, parts of her home, including the floors, were in dangerous condition because of prior termite damage. Several areas of the home were sinking where wood [...]

JP Pencil earns Lee BIA Hearts and Hammers award

2016-11-08T15:01:33-05:00December 10th, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , |

J.P. Pencil, superintendent for Stevens Construction, was presented with the Hearts and Hammers award at the 2009 Lee BIA installation banquet, announced Mark Stevens, company president.  The Hearts and Hammers award honors individuals who display exemplary performance and commitment in a Builders Care project. Builders Care, the non-profit arm of the Lee BIA provides emergency [...]

Ring in the New Year at The Sandy Butler

2016-11-08T15:01:33-05:00December 8th, 2009|Categories: Events|Tags: , |

The Sandy Butler Restaurant is offering a special four-course New Year’s Eve menu. In addition, The Sandy Butler Market offers a holiday take-home menu with a wide assortment of party platters, cheese and hors d’oeuvres trays, desserts and a boutique wine selection. For customer convenience, The Sandy Butler gourmet market will be open New Year’s [...]

Gora/McGahey’s Buschle selected for Edison State College advisory committee

2016-11-08T15:01:33-05:00December 7th, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Ken Buschle, head of quality control and specifications for Gora/McGahey Architects since 1988, has been selected to serve on the Edison State College Drafting and Design Advisory Committee. The committee supports the school’s drafting and design program by consulting with faculty and staff on programs and courses and insuring accountability to students and community. The [...]

Bacchus hosts New Year’s Eve dinner and party

2016-11-08T15:01:33-05:00December 7th, 2009|Categories: Events|Tags: , , |

The gourmet restaurant Bacchus, located in Bell Tower Shops, is hosting a New Year’s Eve dinner and party starting at 7 p.m. on Dec. 31. For $75 per person, guests will choose three courses and dessert from the restaurant’s special New Year’s Eve menu and participate in a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Reservations are [...]

Leading orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Peter Curcione to host free educational seminar Dec. 16

2016-11-08T15:01:33-05:00December 4th, 2009|Categories: Events|Tags: , |

Following minimally invasive hip replacement surgery, patients of orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Peter Curcione are reporting a faster recovery and improved mobility compared to patients who undergo traditional hip replacement surgery. Curcione is among the first orthopaedic surgeons in Southwest Florida to offer the anterior approach to hip replacement, an innovative, less invasive alternative to traditional [...]

Bacchus hosts Dec. 10 South African wine dinner

2016-11-08T15:01:33-05:00December 4th, 2009|Categories: Events|Tags: , , |

Bacchus will host a four-course South African wine dinner on Dec. 10 from 6-10 p.m. featuring a variety of wines from Cape Classics, the largest importer of South African wines to the United States. Heath Higginbotham, executive chef at Bacchus, will pair three specially crafted courses with some of his favorite South African vintages. Priced [...]

What’s your social media status?

2016-11-08T15:01:33-05:00December 3rd, 2009|Categories: Hot Tips, Social Media, Texas Marketing Forum|Tags: |

The next time you’re updating your Facebook status or Tweeting about your day, take a moment to consider this…. The nation’s top three brands (Coca Cola, Microsoft and IBM) can all be found on these social media sites, and they are not alone. From mom-and-pop shops and local churches to nearly every major brand in [...]

The Sandy Butler hosts Italian wine dinner

2016-11-08T15:01:34-05:00December 3rd, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

The Sandy Butler will host “From Italy, with Love” Italian wine dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. The dinner will feature four specially crafted courses prepared by Chef Michael Ragusa, paired with fine Italian wines from the Tuscan winery Terralsole. Featured guests Mario Ballog from Terralsole and Norman Love, founder of Norman Love [...]

Sponsorships available for 2010 The News-Press Market Watch

2016-11-08T15:01:34-05:00December 3rd, 2009|Categories: Events, News|Tags: |

Sponsorship opportunities are available for Lee County’s most anticipated business and real estate event, The News-Press Market Watch 2010. At the event, industry experts will present an all-inclusive overview and forecast of the local economy complete with 2009 statistics to aid Southwest Florida businesses in strategic planning for 2010. The program is scheduled for Thursday, [...]

Stevens Construction Inc. completes Surgery Center of Mount Dora

2016-11-08T15:01:34-05:00December 2nd, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Stevens Construction Inc. has completed the construction of the Surgery Center of Mount Dora, announced Mark Stevens, company president.   Located at 3710 Lake Center Drive, the 11,052-square-foot facility features three operating rooms, a minor procedure room, pre-operation beds, post-operation beds and associate support service areas.   “We are delighted with our experience with Stevens Construction [...]

The Sandy Butler offers Christmas Eve dining options

2016-11-08T15:01:34-05:00December 2nd, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

The Sandy Butler Restaurant is offering a special three-course Christmas Eve menu. In addition, The Sandy Butler Market offers a holiday take-home menu including fresh all-natural turkeys, certified angus prime rib, sliced honey-baked hams, vegetables, cranberry sauce, all the traditional side items and fresh-baked desserts. For customer convenience, The Sandy Butler gourmet market will be [...]

Local builders give thanks to local war hero by providing free ramp

2016-11-08T15:01:34-05:00December 1st, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , |

John Rohal, 73, has had multiple medical issues over his lifetime. He served in the Vietnam War, airborne division, where he was shot multiple times. He survived the ordeal only to later suffer two debilitating strokes, triple by-pass surgery and most recently a fall that lead to head and vision injury. Despite his struggles, Rohal [...]

Bearce Carter joins Vineyards as new home specialist

2016-11-08T15:01:34-05:00December 1st, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: |

Bearce Carter has joined the sales and marketing team at Vineyards as a new home specialist. In this position, Carter is responsible for educating customers about Vineyards and assisting with new home purchases.   Originally from Maine, Carter graduated from the University of Southern Maine and went on to become an entrepreneur and community leader [...]

Mad Cuisine offers gourmet holiday “Feast-To-Go” menu

2016-11-08T15:01:34-05:00November 30th, 2009|Categories: News|

Mad Cuisine is offering a gourmet “Feast-To-Go” for winter holiday celebrations, including Christmas and Hanukah. Designed for customers who prefer to avoid the time-consuming preparation of a large holiday meal, the menu includes a large selection of appetizers, soups, entrées, accompaniments and desserts.   The à la carte menu features a variety of hors d’oeuvres [...]

Rick McCormack joins Gora/McGahey Architects

2016-11-08T15:01:34-05:00November 30th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

Renowned local architect Rick McCormack has joined Gora/McGahey Architects (GMA) as project architect and marketing director. McCormack has more than 30 years of experience in the industry and served as principal architect of his own firm prior to joining GMA. “We are so pleased to welcome Rick to the Gora/McGahey leadership team,” said Dan McGahey, [...]

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida receives national honor

2016-11-08T15:01:34-05:00November 30th, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Junior Achievement Worldwide Headquarters has awarded Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, Inc. with a Gold Summit Award for reaching outstanding success in financial health, program quality, management effectiveness and program growth.   “The Summit Award winners represent the best JA has to offer,” said Sean C. Rush, president and CEO of JA Worldwide. “They set [...]

Lee County leads state in death rates due to falls

2016-11-08T15:01:34-05:00November 30th, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Lee County leads the state in death rates due to falls among counties over 250,000 people, according to the newest statewide statistics. Last year, 94 people in Lee County died from falls, and falls remain the leading cause of accidental deaths in the county.   Because of the high death rate, a campaign to prevent [...]

MotorAge magazine recognizes Terry Wynter Auto Service Center with ‘Top Shop’ award

2016-11-08T15:01:34-05:00November 30th, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

MotorAge magazine has named Terry Wynter Auto Service Center among the top ten in the nation for its prestigious Top Shop Awards for 2009. Terry Wynter Auto Service Center was the only Florida shop to qualify for the national recognition and will be featured in the December issue of the magazine.   “I am extremely [...]

Studio RK Salon offers new at-home spa products for the hands and feet

2016-11-08T15:01:34-05:00November 25th, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Studio RK Salon, a full-service hair and nail salon in Fort Myers, now is offering at-home or in-salon healthy, eco-friendly hand and foot treatments for $15. The self-heating spa mitts and socks are available in the salon and online at   “This makes the perfect stocking stuffer or special treatment before your big holiday [...]

Gourmet holiday gifts available at The Sandy Butler

2016-11-08T15:01:35-05:00November 24th, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

The Sandy Butler offers a multitude of gifting options to satisfy every gourmand. While a variety of beautifully-wrapped pre-made gift baskets such as the Coffee Lovers Basket and Holiday Hostess Basket are available, the gourmet market also creates custom gift baskets that are individually designed to reflect the recipients’ personal taste. Individual items such as [...]

Stevens Construction Inc. collects Toys for Tots donations

2016-11-08T15:01:35-05:00November 23rd, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Stevens Construction Inc. is collecting toy donations for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, announced Mark Stevens, company president.   Located at 6208 Whiskey Creek Drive, Stevens Construction is among numerous businesses in Southwest Florida serving as drop-off sites for those interested in donating to the program. The company is collecting new, [...]

Stevens Construction awarded contract for Glenview at Pelican Bay renovation

2016-11-08T15:01:35-05:00November 17th, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Stevens Construction Inc. has been awarded the contract for the renovations at The Glenview at Pelican Bay, announced Mark Stevens, company president.   Construction will occur in two phases and include interior renovations of the 12-story Continuing Care Retirement Community, including the skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, located at 100 Glenview Place. The community will [...]

Builders Care miniature golf tournament raises more than $2,000

2016-11-08T15:01:35-05:00November 10th, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Builders Care, the nonprofit arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA), hosted its first miniature golf tournament to raise funds to help local homeowners in need. BIA members, volunteers and community residents totaling nearly 30 teams and more than 100 players came out to play 18 holes of miniature golf for a family night [...]

Donations, volunteers needed for Thanksgiving Day meal for less fortunate

2016-11-08T15:01:35-05:00November 10th, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Christ Community Church is hosting a free Thanksgiving Day meal for the less fortunate on Thursday, Nov. 26 from Noon-3 p.m. at Christ Community Church, 4801 Orange Grove Blvd. in North Fort Myers. Organizers are requesting donations and volunteer support to feed about 250 people on Thanksgiving Day. “This year has been especially difficult for [...]

Local ophthalmologist presents groundbreaking research at conference

2016-11-08T15:01:35-05:00November 3rd, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

New research by Dr. Hussein Wafapoor of Retina Health Center may help ophthalmologists better predict whether patients who have epiretinal membrane, also referred to as a “wrinkled retina,” are more likely to develop macular edema and require further treatment following cataract surgery. With this new information, physicians can better educate patients on macular edema and [...]

Now is the time to start planning your 2010 marketing initiatives

2016-11-08T15:01:35-05:00November 2nd, 2009|Categories: Hot Tips, Marketing|Tags: , , |

While it may seem strange to see Christmas decorations in the stores the day after Halloween, the fact is Christmas is just six weeks away. When you take into consideration the various holiday closings, there are less than 40 business days left in 2009 – which means it’s time to begin planning for 2010.   [...]

The Sandy Butler offers Thanksgiving Day menu or gourmet-to-go

2016-11-08T15:01:35-05:00November 2nd, 2009|Categories: News|

The Sandy Butler is offering multiple options for Thanksgiving Day dinner planning in its gourmet market and restaurant. For guests who want a home-cooked holiday meal without the fuss, The Sandy Butler market offers a new holiday take-home menu including fresh all-natural turkeys, certified angus prime rib, sliced honey-baked hams, vegetables, cranberry sauce, all the [...]

New York’s celebrity caterer to lead Mad Cuisine, formerly Mad Take Out

2016-11-08T15:01:35-05:00November 2nd, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Swanky Lifestyle Company is providing Southwest Florida residents and businesses with celebrity treatment by importing the talents of one of New York’s top caterers, Andrea Correale to lead Mad Cuisine. Asmanaging partner of Mad Cuisine (formerly Mad Take Out), Correale will apply her experience cooking for celebrities such as the Trumps, Brooke Shields, Gweneth Paltrow [...]

Gora/McGahey’s Buschle named to USGBC executive board

2016-11-08T15:01:35-05:00October 28th, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Ken Buschle, head of quality control and specifications for Gora/McGahey Architects since 1988, has been elected secretary of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Florida Gulf Coast Chapter. The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter serves an 11-county area on the west coast of Florida extending from Citrus County to Collier County. There are three branches within [...]

TripAdvisor ranks The Sandy Butler top restaurant in Fort Myers

2016-11-08T15:01:35-05:00October 27th, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TripAdvisor, an online travel guide, has ranked The Sandy Butler number one of 351 restaurants in Fort Myers. On TripAdvisor, restaurants are ranked in an online survey completed anonymously by customers. The criteria include an overall ranking in five categories, selection of dining options, general commentary, recommendations and more. “We are proud of The Sandy [...]

Stevens Construction Inc. awarded contract for Gorovoy Cornea Laser Center

2016-11-08T15:01:35-05:00October 22nd, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Stevens Construction Inc. has been awarded the contract for construction of the Gorovoy Cornea Laser Center, announced Mark Stevens, company president.   Located at 12453 South Cleveland Ave., the facility will include the addition of a 4,600-square-foot ambulatory surgery center to an existing two-story facility to total 10,580 square feet upon completion. The center will [...]

Vineyards names McLaughlin top producer for September

2016-11-08T15:01:36-05:00October 19th, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: |

The Vineyards has named Barbara McLaughlin the top sales associate for the month of September.   A Naples resident since 1998, McLaughlin has 31 years of real estate experience. Her extensive background in real estate spans from Connecticut to Coral Springs, Fla., where she moved in 1977.   Vineyards is an award-winning 1,375-acre gated residential [...]

Swanky Lifestyle launches new Web sites

2016-11-08T15:01:36-05:00October 19th, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Swanky Lifestyle has launched a new corporate Web site and a new Web site for one of its restaurants, Bacchus in the Bell Tower Shops. The Web sites were designed to provide customers with information about the company, to promote events and highlight seasonal menu offerings for the companies. features information on the [...]

Media relations important to success of company’s communications effort

2016-11-08T15:01:36-05:00October 16th, 2009|Categories: Hot Tips, Media Relations, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Media relations is an important business development function that sometimes gets sidelined, especially in difficult economic times.  It’s difficult to quantify its results, so it’s easily disregarded.  However, media relations can be vitally important to ensure a company stays ahead of the competition and its message is heard by potential customers.   Media relations is [...]

Four physicians join Lee County Medical Society

2016-11-08T15:01:36-05:00October 15th, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: |

The Lee County Medical Society has accepted four new members into the association. The four Fort Myers-based physicians serve patients in a variety of specialties throughout Lee County.   The new members are: Dr. James Bynum, A. Kagan Orthopedics, orthopedic surgery, relocated from Plano, Texas Dr. Charles Camisa, Riverchase Dermatology, dermatology and dermatological immunology, relocated [...]

Paul Homes donates $1,500 to Lee BIA Builders Care

2016-11-08T15:01:36-05:00October 13th, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: |

Paul Homes has donated $1,500 to help the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA) Builders Care program provide free home repairs to disadvantaged Lee County residents. “This donation demonstrates Paul Homes’ ongoing commitment to Builders Care, especially during these trying times,’’ said Heidi Taulman, Builders Care executive director. “We are so grateful for their support.”   [...]

Terry Wynter Auto Service Center launches new Web site and blog

2016-11-08T15:01:36-05:00October 13th, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: |

Once again leading the way with exceptional customer service and innovation, Terry Wynter Auto Service Center has launched a new Web site,, with groundbreaking new conveniences. Now customers can make appointments online, obtain manufacturer maintenance schedules and communicate with mechanics regarding automotive concerns.   Additionally, the Web site offers comprehensive information about the business’ [...]

New seasonal menus debut at The Sandy Butler

2016-11-08T15:01:36-05:00October 13th, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , |

The Sandy Butler restaurant introduces its new seasonal menu offering fresh gourmet cuisine, along with a new affordably priced boutique wine list. With a focus on fresh and seasonal dishes, Chef Michael Ragusa and his culinary team have redesigned The Sandy Butler’s lunch and dinner menus, added new vegetarian and children menus, and introduced a [...]

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