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Naples family is home for the holidays

2016-11-08T15:00:58-04:00December 23rd, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

As they placed the star atop their tree, Rene and Roseanne Hernandez could hardly believe that they would finally celebrate Christmas in a home of their own. Gazing at the tree which held special ornaments handmade by their four young children, Javier, Justin, Natalee and Valeree they recalled the journey that had brought them home [...]

Retina Health Center physicians named to Best Doctors in America

2016-11-08T15:00:58-04:00December 23rd, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

Drs. Alexander M. Eaton and Hussein Wafapoor of Retina Health Center have been chosen to be in the Best Doctors in America® 2011-2012 database by Best Doctors, Inc. Selected through a peer-review process, only 5 percent of physicians in the U.S. are selected for inclusion into the database, which is used by employers, insurers and [...]

National media icon and author Glenn Beck kicks off 2012 Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speaker Series on Jan. 7

2016-11-08T15:00:58-04:00December 23rd, 2011|Categories: Events, News|Tags: |

National television, radio host and author Glenn Beck will host the first event of the Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speaker Series 29th season on Jan. 7 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples. Beck will be joined by long-time friend, New York Times best-selling author Eric Metaxas. In addition to hosting the nationally syndicated radio [...]

Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition presents 2011 Injury Prevention Awards

2016-11-08T15:00:58-04:00December 22nd, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

The Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition  honored several local organizations and citizens with its annual Injury Prevention Awards. The awards ceremony, held Dec. 21 at the Cape Coral Yacht Club, was hosted by Lee Memorial Health System board member Chris Hansen. The awards are presented to member organizations and/or citizens in recognition of their contributions [...]

With hard hats instead of toys, Builders Care surprised local family with wheelchair ramp before Christmas, project no. 100

2016-11-08T15:00:59-04:00December 22nd, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

Builders Care, with the help of local Lee Building Industry Association (BIA) members and volunteers, has completed a much-needed wheelchair ramp at the Lehigh Acres, Fla. home of Robert Smith, age 40. Smith, who suffers with degenerative disc disease and severe leg embolisms, uses a wheelchair as his primary form of mobility.  With a 4’ [...]

Pavese Law Firm partners with Salvation Army to brighten the holidays for local families

2016-11-08T15:00:59-04:00December 21st, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

Pavese Law Firm presented a check to The Salvation Army for $2,500 as part of the company’s annual tradition of participating in the Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family program, which pairs local businesses, organizations and individuals with deserving recipient families to help provide for their tangible needs at Christmas. In addition to the check donation to the [...]

Safe Kids Lee/Collier Counties to provide free car seat inspections in 2012

2011-12-21T03:16:35-04:00December 21st, 2011|Categories: Events, News|Tags: |

Safe Kids Lee/Collier Counties, The Kohl’s Kids Safety Program at The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and other members of the Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition are offering free car and booster seat inspections throughout Southwest Florida in 2012. Nationally certified child passenger safety technicians will assist families with learning how to secure their children [...]

Latest study on Eylea treatment for macular degeneration demonstrates sustained vision improvement and fewer treatments for patients

2016-11-08T15:00:59-04:00December 19th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

A new study confirms that patients who received Eylea over two years achieved visual improvements with fewer treatments, compared to those receiving an alternative medication. Following a three-year international study at Retina Health Center and centers around the world and approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Eylea is now offered as an available [...]

Holiday safety tips and statistics from the Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition

2016-11-08T15:00:59-04:00December 19th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

With the holidays upon us, the Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition shares the following statistics on seasonal injuries as well as some simple steps to help ensure a safe and happy season: Did you know? • 260 home fires begin with Christmas trees each year, resulting in 12 deaths, 24 injuries, and $16.4 million in property [...]

GCM Contracting Solutions begins construction on Algenol Biofuels’ Pilot-Scale Integrated Biorefinery

2016-11-08T15:00:59-04:00December 16th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

GCM Contracting Solutions has begun construction of the Pilot-Scale Integrated Biorefinery (IBR) for Algenol Biofuels, located in Fort Myers, Fla. Located on 36 acres north of Alico Road, the first-of-its-kind facility in Lee County, will be used for the development and deployment of Algenol’s advanced technology used for the sustainable production of biofuels and green [...]

Gora/McGahey Architects to design Chico’s National Store Support Center Corporate Office Building 10

2016-11-08T15:00:59-04:00December 14th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

To support future company growth, Chico’s is developing  a new office building at their National Store Support Center (NSSC) campus with a strong, graphic building image that speaks to a modernist approach within the environment. Chico’s has selected Gora/McGahey Architects (GMA) to plan and design their new office building. GMA will provide the architectural design, [...]

New York Times Best-Selling Author Rita Cosby shares ‘Quiet Hero’ story during Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speaker Series Special Event on Jan. 16

2016-11-08T15:00:59-04:00December 13th, 2011|Categories: Events, News|Tags: |

Rita Cosby, who has now added the title of New York Times best-selling author to her resume, will host a Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speaker Series Special Event on Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Moorings Park Clubhouse Auditorium, 120 Moorings Park Dr.  in Naples. Tickets and sponsorships are still available. Tickets for the [...]

Pavese Law Firm sponsors annual Florida Gulf Coast University’s Entrepreneur’s Law School

2016-11-08T15:00:59-04:00December 12th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

To provide small business owners with answers to their legal questions, Pavese Law Firm is sponsoring the 13th Annual Entrepreneur’s Law School presented by Florida Gulf Coast University’s Small Business Development Center. Pavese Law Firm is the exclusive title sponsor for the event to be held on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. – 3 [...]

GCM Contracting Solutions completes construction of Law Office of Kevin F. Jursinski

2016-11-08T15:00:59-04:00December 12th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

GCM Contracting Solutions has completed construction of the Law Office of Kevin F. Jursinski located at 15701 S. Tamiami Trail in Fort Myers, Fla. The project involved reconstructing both the interior and exterior of the 9,700-square-foot facility. The building includes 20 offices as well as conference rooms and storage space. Additional space in the building [...]

Wells Fargo partners with Habitat for Humanity of Collier County, gives $500,000 grant to aid local community revitalization

2011-12-09T17:08:49-04:00December 9th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

Habitat for Humanity of Collier County has received a $500,000  grant, the largest grant made by Wells Fargo to a Habitat affiliate in the state of Florida. The grant was presented to Habitat for Humanity of Collier County at their corporate office in Naples on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 12:30 pm. The grant will aid [...]

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida announces 2012 Advisory Board for Business Hall of Fame, Lee County

2016-11-08T15:00:59-04:00December 9th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida announces the members of its 2012 Business Hall of Fame, Lee County, Advisory Board. The co-chairs are Richard Durnwald, financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, and Dilman Thomas, director of client relations with BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company. Other members selected to this year’s board include: Betsy Alderman, second vice [...]

Dr. Michael A. Schmidt named to VR Laboratories board of directors

2016-11-08T15:00:59-04:00December 8th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

VR Laboratories LLC today announced the appointment of Michael A. Schmidt, Ph.D. to its board of directors. Schmidt will take the lead in driving select scientific collaborations for VR Laboratories with leading academic institutions nationwide aimed at advancing VR Laboratories’ products to commercialization.  Schmidt will also support VR Laboratories in business development, negotiations, discovery and [...]

Pavese Law Firm partners with Salvation Army to brighten the holidays for local families

2016-11-08T15:00:59-04:00December 8th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

Pavese Law Firm continues their annual tradition of participating in the Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family program, which pairs local businesses, organizations and individuals with deserving recipient families to help provide for their tangible needs at Christmas. Armed with the families’ Christmas wish lists, Pavese Law Firm’s “elves” go shopping, purchasing gifts and other needed items for [...]

RE/MAX Hometown Properties brokers sale of former Island Pines in Cape Coral, developer to transform foreclosed property into new home community

2016-11-08T15:00:59-04:00December 8th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

William J. Noah of RE/MAX Hometown Properties has brokered the sale of the former, foreclosed Island Pines development in Cape Coral located on the corner of Pine Island Rd. and Hancock Creek S. The more than 30-acre property was purchased by developer Pasquale Franchi who plans to offer seller financing to homebuyers, one of the [...]

Bill Roach joins Stevens Construction Inc.

2016-11-08T15:00:59-04:00December 7th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

Bill Roach has joined Stevens Construction as project manager, announced Mark Stevens, company president. Roach will have overall responsibility for the management and execution of healthcare projects in the Tampa and Orlando markets. Roach brings 25 years of construction experience, previously serving as general manager of a commercial contractor in Orlando where he completed more [...]

Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven Pizza Fort Myers acquired by Lorel Enterprises

2016-11-08T15:00:59-04:00December 7th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

Lori Vitello-Summers and E.L. Fox, Jr., owners of Lorel Enterprises, LLC, have purchased the Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven Pizza’s Fort Myers location. Located at The Park Shops at Andrea Lane, 14261 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 11 in Fort Myers, Fla., the restaurant offers fresh, coal-fired pizzas, marinated baked chicken wings, a variety of fresh salads [...]

Retina Health Center physicians present research findings, new technology at national eye health conference

2016-11-08T15:01:00-04:00December 2nd, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

Drs. Alexander Eaton and Hussein Wafapoor of Retina Health Center recently presented new research being used to help identify new treatment options for retinal disorders. The physicians shared their findings to more than 25,000 attendees of the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s annual meeting held in Orlando in late October. Eaton’s presentation focused on the identification [...]

Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition kicks off 4D Prevention Month aimed at preventing drunk, drugged, drowsy and distracted driving

2016-11-08T15:01:00-04:00December 1st, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

Members of the Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition offered sobering statistics at a news conference held today at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in Fort Myers, Fla. To date, there have been 67 traffic fatalities on record in Lee County in 2011. In 2010, there were 65 traffic-related deaths. The event marks the beginning of [...]

Nulman Mediation Services donates $1,000 to Lee BIA Builders Care

2016-11-08T15:01:00-04:00November 30th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

For the third year in a row, Nulman Mediation Services has donated $1,000 to help the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA) Builders Care program provide free home repairs to disadvantage Lee County residents. “This donation is such a special way to show their on-going support for the community and Builders Care,” said Heidi Taulman, Builders [...]

Tom Hall named national sales and marketing director for VR Laboratories

2016-11-08T15:01:00-04:00November 30th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

VR Laboratories LLC has hired nutritional brand marketing expert Tom Hall as the company’s national sales and marketing director. Hall will apply his 30 years of executive marketing experience to positioning and promoting the VR Laboratories brand and to launch new company products in the international marketplace. “Tom’s extensive experience and success in product marketing [...]

Emerging treatments for macular degeneration are the focus of free seminar Jan. 22

2016-11-08T15:01:00-04:00November 30th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

To provide Southwest Florida residents, visitors and the medical community with the latest research and news on treatment options including Eylea, recently approved by the FDA to treat macular degeneration, Retina Health Center and the Foundation Fighting Blindness will host the ninth annual Southwest Florida Macular Degeneration Symposium on Sunday, Jan. 22 at the Hyatt [...]

Fox News Anchor Bret Baier shares insights about the 2012 Presidential campaign during Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speaker Series Special Event on Feb. 25

2016-11-08T15:01:01-04:00November 29th, 2011|Categories: Events, News|Tags: |

Bret Baier, anchor of Fox News Channel's "Special Report with Bret Baier," will host a Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speaker Series Special Event on Feb. 25, 2012 at the Ritz Carlton Golf Resort in Naples. Baier will share behind the scenes observations, anecdotes and photos from the Republican presidential primaries and debates. By the special [...]

Local builders answer the call to build wheelchair ramp for North Fort Myers girl with cerebral palsy

2016-11-08T15:01:02-04:00November 28th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

Builders Care, with the help of local Lee Building Industry Association (BIA) members and volunteers, has completed a much-needed wheelchair ramp at the North Fort Myers home of Shayna Miller. The 17-year-old has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and is wheelchair bound. Prior to Builders Care building the ramp, her home was was not handicap accessible, [...]

Cypress Lake Country Club Tennis Director Terry See wins USPTA Florida Division Grand Prix

2016-11-08T15:01:02-04:00November 22nd, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

Cypress Lake Country Club Director of Tennis Terry See has captured two division titles at the 2011 United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Florida Division Grand Prix Masters Year-End Event. The tournament was held Nov. 5-6 at Williams Island in Aventura, Fla. See won both the men’s singles and doubles titles in the men’s 60’s [...]

Retina Health Centers offers new treatment for macular degeneration as FDA gives green light for VEGF Trap-Eye

2016-11-08T15:01:02-04:00November 21st, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

Following participation in a three-year international study of a new treatment for macular degeneration, Retina Health Center announces that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of aflibercept (Eylea), also known as VEGF Trap-Eye, for "wet" age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness for people over 65. The disease occurs [...]

What is causing your foot pain? Physicians host free seminar on Dec. 7

2016-11-08T15:01:02-04:00November 18th, 2011|Categories: Events, News|Tags: |

Athletic Orthopedic and Reconstructive Center physicians, Drs. David B. Sudderth and Peter B. Walimire, will host a free seminar on foot pain. Walimire, a podiatrist and Sudderth, a board-certified neurologist, will discuss causes of foot pain and numbness, including the joints, nerves, illness or other conditions that can result in foot pain. In addition, attendees [...]

Fox Electronics announces new global franchise distribution agreement with Premier Farnell, expands company’s product reach

2011-11-17T17:37:33-04:00November 17th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

Fox Electronics, a leading global designer and supplier of frequency control solutions, has entered into a global franchise distribution agreement with Premier Farnell, a multi-channel distributor of electronic and industrial products. Customers of Premier Farnell’s operating businesses of Farnell, Newark/element14 and element14 will now have global access to Fox Electronics’ full line of crystals, oscillators, [...]

Dr. John C. Kagan hosts free seminar Dec. 10 on treatment options for joint pain

2016-11-08T15:01:02-04:00November 17th, 2011|Categories: Events, News|Tags: |

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. John C. Kagan is offering a free seminar to provide information about advances in joint replacement and other non-surgical and surgical options. The public is invited to attend the free seminar and ask questions on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon at Lee Memorial HealthPark Medical Center Rooms 201/202, located [...]

Anne Frazier named president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida

2016-11-08T15:01:02-04:00November 16th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

The Executive Committee serving Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida Inc. (JA) unanimously voted to hire Anne Frazier as the next president and CEO for the non-profit organization, which through a dedicated volunteer network provides in-school and after-school programs for students in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties that focus on three content areas:  work readiness, entrepreneurship [...]

John Saltamartine to lead operations as VR Laboratories’ chief operating officer

2016-11-08T15:01:02-04:00November 14th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

VR Laboratories LLC today announced the appointment of John Saltamartine as chief operating officer (COO). Saltamartine brings more than 40 years of management and executive experience at both privately and publicly-held companies, including several in health, wellness and consumer product industries. Most recently, Saltamartine led beverage manufacturing and distribution operations for NBTY Manufacturing & Distribution [...]

Stevens Construction Inc. awarded Suncoast Beverage Sales renovation

2016-11-08T15:01:02-04:00November 14th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

Stevens Construction Inc. has been awarded the contract for a 30,640-square-foot remodel and addition at Suncoast Beverage Sales, located at 2996 Hanson St. in Fort Myers. Stevens Construction will convert the existing drive-thru to a chilled warehouse. The project also includes removing the existing 2,880-square-foot draught cooler and building a new 5,969-square-foot cooler. Additionally, Stevens [...]

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida needs volunteers for 2011-2012 school year

2016-11-08T15:01:02-04:00November 10th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida (JA) is seeking classroom volunteers who want to help prepare the next generation of Southwest Floridians with lessons on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Participants of all ages and walks of life are eligible to teach JA’s curriculum in elementary, middle and high school classes in Collier, Lee and [...]

James Rothman named chief scientific advisor at VR Laboratories

2016-11-08T15:01:02-04:00November 7th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

VR Laboratories LLC today announced the appointment of James Rothman, Ph.D. as chief scientific advisor.  Rothman will head scientific research and development for VR Laboratories, which will manufacture and bring to market world-class botanical consumer, medicinal food and beverage, and pharmaceutical products to foreign and domestic markets. In addition to assisting in product development, Rothman [...]

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida wins Summit Award

2016-11-08T15:01:02-04:00November 1st, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

JA Worldwide  recently recognized Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida with a Gold Summit Award for reaching outstanding success in financial health, program quality, management effectiveness and program growth. The office’s most notable achievement that contributed to it earning this award was a 1,500-student increase in program growth during the 2010-2011 school year. This is the [...]

Stevens Construction begins construction of surgical center

2016-11-08T15:01:02-04:00November 1st, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

Stevens Construction has started construction of a 9,102-square-foot surgery center for Orthopedic Specialists of SW Florida, announced Mark Stevens, company president. Located at 2565 Cleveland Ave., the surgical facility will feature three operating rooms, step-down recovery, recovery, nurse station, consultation room, reception, staff lounge and administrative offices. Upon completion in summer of 2012, the project [...]

Jeff Kottkamp chosen to lead VR Laboratories

2016-11-08T15:01:02-04:00October 27th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

 VR Laboratories LLC today announced the appointment of Jeff Kottkamp to the position of Chief Executive Officer. Kottkamp will oversee operations at VR Laboratories, leading the company’s efforts to manufacture and bring world-class botanical consumer, medicinal food and beverage, and pharmaceutical products to foreign and domestic markets. “There is no other business leader better equipped to [...]

Award-winning tennis professional joins Cypress Lake Country Club

2016-11-08T15:01:03-04:00October 27th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Cypress Lake Country Club has hired tennis professional Terry See as its director of tennis. A level one certified instructor by the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), See will provide members of all ages with individual and group tennis lessons at a variety of experience levels from beginning to advanced instruction. Prior to joining [...]

Athletic Orthopedic and Reconstructive Center welcomes podiatrist Peter B. Walimire to its medical team

2016-11-08T15:01:03-04:00October 27th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Athletic Orthopedic and Reconstructive Center founder Dr. John C. Kagan welcomes Dr. Peter B. Walimire to the practice. A podiatrist, Walimire specializes in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery, including foot and ankle trauma, diabetic limb salvage and application of both internal and external fixation devices. Walimire joins Drs. John C. Kagan, Michael Jugan, Pedro E. [...]

Helena A. Dabrowski named director of finance for Sunshine Ace Hardware

2016-11-08T15:01:03-04:00October 27th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Sunshine™ Ace Hardware has named Helena Dabrowski as its Director of Finance. In this role, Dabrowski is responsible for overseeing the company’s financial operations for their six stores located throughout Southwest Florida. Dabrowski is based in Sunshine Ace Hardware’s corporate office in Bonita Springs. Before joining Sunshine Ace Hardware, Dabrowski held a variety of finance [...]

Builders Care to host miniature golf tournament

2011-10-21T13:29:55-04:00October 21st, 2011|Categories: Events|Tags: , , , , |

Builders Care, the nonprofit arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA), will host its third annual miniature golf tournament to raise funds to help local homeowners in need. BIA members and the community are invited to come out and play a round of 18 holes and join in the festivities to benefit local elderly [...]

Lakes Park announces winners of “Scarecrows in the Park” celebrity-judged contest, invites the public to vote and help determine winners

2016-11-08T15:01:03-04:00October 20th, 2011|Categories: Events|Tags: , , , , , |

Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation announces the winners of the “Scarecrows in the Park” contest chosen by local celebrity judges during the “Scarecrows in the Park” kick-off event held on Friday, Oct. 14. The winners were selected from three categories: Gulf Coast Orthodontics’ scarecrow “Scared Straight” was selected “Most Creative,” the award for “Best Company Correlation” [...]

Stevens Construction earns Contractor of the Year

2016-11-08T15:01:03-04:00October 18th, 2011|Categories: Awards and Recognition|Tags: , , , , , |

Stevens Construction Inc. earned five awards at the sixth annual Lee Building Industry Association (BIA) Commercial Contractors Council Summit Awards event on Oct. 15, including the highest honor of Contractor of the Year. “It is truly an honor to receive this prestigious award. However, it belongs to each team member at Stevens Construction for their [...]

Tickets still available for Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame, Collier County

2016-11-08T15:01:03-04:00October 12th, 2011|Categories: Events, News|Tags: |

Tickets for the Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida 2011 Business Hall of Fame, Collier County are still available and can be purchased online at www.jaswfl.org. At the dinner and awards ceremony on Oct. 25 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort, Junior Achievement will induct George G. Beasley, chairman and CEO of Beasley Broadcast Group Inc., [...]

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