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Jessica Waters

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  • Eternal rest, supporting life: Reef balls contain ashes of loved ones Published 07/29/2006 at midnight

    Like many of us, Don Brawley gains comfort from visiting the resting place of a loved one. But while most people don somber suits, walking in silence through row upon row of small gravestones set into the regulation-clipped green lawns ...

  • Coalition striving to curb teen drug problem Published 07/29/2006 at midnight

    Elizabeth Creston heaved a deep sigh full of teenaged angst, handing over her purse over and leaning a shoulder against the door of the idling Dodge Caravan. Hands sporting silver and enameled rings on each finger were tucked into the ...

  • Dress for Success program gives boost to women seeking jobs Published 07/29/2006 at midnight

    It is hard to believe a first-year law student and three nuns in New York's Spanish Harlem could help determine the success of a woman struggling to find a job in Fort Myers. It would be even harder to believe ...

  • Lee County genealogical group helps people explore their family history Published 07/22/2006 at midnight

    Where do we come from? From the earliest age, that question plays an important part in determining who we, as individuals, become. Cultures throughout the world, and throughout time, have acknowledged the importance not just of societal history, but individual ...

  • Hospitals host ice cream socials to recruit additional volunteers Published 07/22/2006 at midnight

    As South Lee County continues to grow, the impact of the rising population is felt throughout the community. Housing gets scarce, traffic gets snarled and businesses expand and adjust to the higher volume of business. Unfortunately, hospitals are one of ...

  • Planet Earth Book Center offers spiritual antidote to technology bug Published 07/19/2006 at midnight

    Southwest Florida came crashing into the 21st century right along with everyone else, clinging to the coattails of technology to forge our way into the future. It's a future that seems to have more in common with science fiction and ...

  • Leadership programs to begin Published 07/19/2006 at midnight

    You cannot lead unless you know where you are going, and the only way to know where you are going is to know where you come from, and where you are now. That basic precept is the guiding principle behind ...

  • Readerboard sign installed in front of SCP fire station Published 07/15/2006 at midnight

    The San Carlos Park Civic Association has a new sign, and association members hope it will point the way to not only meetings and events, but also increased involvement from the community. Struggling with low turnout to the monthly meetings ...

  • FGCU group continues oyster restoration work in local waters Published 07/15/2006 at midnight

    It's not often South Lee County residents get the chance to help build the foundation for an entire community in a single day, much less four hours, but that is exactly the opportunity being offered by the Florida Gulf Coast ...

  • Swimmers take the plunge to send kids to Lions Camp Published 07/12/2006 at midnight

    Michigan native and water-skiing fanatic Chuck Risch moved from the chill of Michigan to the perpetual summertime of Florida when he retired in 2002 with the overriding goal of being able to water ski year round. Fate had other plans. ...

  • Margarita Grille offers up a little something for everyone Published 07/12/2006 at midnight

    Got a song to sing? A joke to tell? Perhaps a poem to recite? Then the Margarita Grille is the place for you. Of course, if you simply want a good meal, a well-mixed drink and a place to meet ...

  • Residents find little amusement as delays keep fun park from opening Published 07/12/2006 at midnight

    The two small bikes rested against the locked gate and two sets of small fingers clutched at the chain link fencing. The two boys, one tow-headed with a quick grin and green eyes, the other a bit taller and dark-headed, ...

  • Embassy Suites unique in Estero Published 07/08/2006 at midnight

    One week after opening, the new Embassy Suites hotel in Estero is settling nicely into its niche. That niche, according to Assistant General Manager Charles Vitale, is not easy to label. "There is nothing like the Embassy in the Fort ...

  • Rumors swirl about new tenant, but Winn-Dixie building remains empty Published 07/05/2006 at midnight

    Afloat, but left drifting. That is how business owners and managers in the San Carlos Park Marketplace on U.S. 41 are still describing the status quo nearly a year after Winn-Dixie shut its doors after more than 20 years in ...

  • Independence Day Parade: Celebrating the red, white and blue Published 07/05/2006 at midnight

    Gwen Wrightson may have had four wiggling toddlers to dress Saturday morning, but at least she didn't have to give much thought to the choice of outfits. Red, white and blue was the only way to go, and with matching ...

  • Efforts by Fort Myers woman get supplies, Beanies to troops Published 07/05/2006 at midnight

    "Dear Solder: Thank you for protecting my dog, my mom and my dad." That was the message scrawled in the wide swoops of an 8-year-old, penned by a boy named Alexander on the blue and white stationary provided by Robin ...

  • Women's Network thriving Published 07/05/2006 at midnight

    There is an old boys club in Fort Myers — the kind where business was done in dark rooms thick with cigar smoke. Where deals were sealed with a whiskey and a handshake. Except there is no cigar smoke, and ...

  • Keeping pets safe from summer hazards like fireworks and storms Published 07/01/2006 at midnight

    There is one thing Jeri Howard can count on seeing this Independence Day — two doggy rears sticking out from under the bed as her Rottweiler and her collie try and hide from the noise of the fireworks. Howard, a ...

  • Local family endures wait for new roof, repairs Published 07/01/2006 at midnight

    William and Michaela Mcnair are fed up. They are sick of the blue tarp still draped over their roof; tired of the wet carpets and moldy walls in the laundry room every time it rains, and just plain sick and ...

  • Star-spangled San Carlos Park Published 06/28/2006 at midnight

    As American as apple pie and as traditional as a Norman Rockwell painting. That is how Beth Campbell describes the Fourth of July in San Carlos Park. "It's a real community event," she said. "It's almost like traveling back in ...

  • Where love reigns Published 06/24/2006 at midnight

    "There is nothing special about my wife and I at all," said Ed Ravish. "We are just doing a job that we've been called to do." There might be a number of people, however, who disagree with Ravish's modest statement. ...

  • Program brings arts to patients Published 06/24/2006 at midnight

    Mary Johnson doesn't wear a white lab coat or a stethoscope. She doesn't even carry a prescription pad. But she is one of the most sought-after figures on the fourth-floor cardiac unit at HealthPark Medical Center in South Fort Myers. ...

  • 125 international students to descend on Southwest Florida Published 06/21/2006 at midnight

    One month ago, Lee County's future made the transition from youth to adulthood as Lee County's high school graduates received their diplomas. And a unifying fact, one common thread, wove its way through the stories of a number of the ...

  • County road projects struggling to catch up with growth, traffic Published 06/21/2006 at midnight

    "Lee County has just got a big ole case of you can't get there from here-itis," said Cole Preliend. "Seems like no matter where I'm headed, I run into either traffic jams or road construction, usually both." It was late ...

  • Launching new way of teaching Published 06/17/2006 at midnight

    Turnabout is fair play, and this summer dozens of Southwest Florida teachers are experiencing the flip side of the education coin. As part of the Whitaker Center's Project Launch Summer Institute at Florida Gulf Coast University, this group of nearly ...

  • Summertime's the right time for crime, association learns Published 06/17/2006 at midnight

    The lazy days of summer are here. Days of kids traipsing in and out of the house — front door left open as the family gathers around the barbecue in the back yard. Time for summer vacations, weekend trips to ...

  • Do the Right Thing: Local youths honored for inspirational efforts Published 06/17/2006 at midnight

    "Doing the right thing isn't always the easy thing," said John McGraw of the Lee County Sheriff's Office. "But we sure have a lot of kids here that are doing exactly that." McGraw, coordinator for the Do The Right Thing ...

  • Uncommonly Generous: Uncommon Friends Foundation presents scholarships Published 06/14/2006 at midnight

    One thing can be said about the members of the Uncommon Friends Foundation: You won't find them in low places. In fact, the overriding mission of the organization is to seek, and walk, the high road. Their driving motivation is ...

  • Photo Essay: Buck-wild competition Published 06/14/2006 at midnight

    The Pro Bull Riders association pulled in a full house at Germain Arena Friday. Parking lots were full, with overflow parking lining the driveway off Ben Hill Griffin Parkway. Top contenders of the PBR tour competed in stifling heat to ...

  • Alliance for the Arts hosting fun for children, adults alike Published 06/14/2006 at midnight

    Although the first day of summer is still a week away, Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers is already knee-deep in summer fun, with their 18th Annual Summer Arts Camp in full swing and arts classes for adults being ...

  • Housing symposium to address growing problem in South Lee Published 06/10/2006 at midnight

    "Daddy, if you break the house, are we going to move?" piped up a youthful voice as young Nick Grafton, 6, helped his father choose a new hammer at Ace Hardware. Grafton, busy making repairs on his small San Carlos ...

  • Scuba program introduces kids to undersea wonders Published 06/10/2006 at midnight

    Indistinct shapes coiled and writhed under the blue waters and air bubbles wriggled their way from the depths to reach the surface and pop with a noise that can only be described as a Darth Vader hiss. The scene is ...

  • Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center the place to be Published 06/07/2006 at midnight

    With barely four months passed since the grand opening, the Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center is settling nicely into its niche as the "fun place to be" in southwest Fort Myers, according to Greg Mooneyham. A retired college baseball coach, Mooneyham ...

  • Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival draws attention back to nature's beauty Published 06/07/2006 at midnight

    Diamond-glitter drops fell from the sculling paddles, forming interlacing ripples across the dark surface of the Estero River as more than a dozen canoes and kayaks set out from Estero River Outfitters Saturday morning. "It is so important for people ...

  • Babysitter education course set Published 06/07/2006 at midnight

    Emma Madison, blonde, petite and 35, came awfully close to giggling like a schoolgirl as her husband Greg, 38, pulled a classic high school maneuver. Stretching his arms overhead with an exaggerated yawn, he let them drop again, one arm ...

  • 'Queen of the Tropics' reigns at hibiscus show Published 06/03/2006 at midnight

    There is something fitting about a preeminent ophthalmology group in South Lee County sponsoring the 55th annual Hibiscus Show. With a flower of such beauty it is called the "Queen of the Tropics," 20/20 vision is the least you would ...

  • Vocal school holds voice recital Published 06/03/2006 at midnight

    Not quite two years ago, Pamela Pyles Linkhart and Lorene Noe were standing in the small kitchen used by chocolatier Norman Love. Nearly ready to move to his new location, Love was discussing the progress of the move when the ...

  • Flights to Germany on the rise Published 06/03/2006 at midnight

    Silvery traces of afternoon rain trickled down the window, blurring the view of the tarmac beyond the streaked pane. Inside the terminal, passengers waited in varying degrees of impatience as the red and white Airbus 332 completed its taxi across ...

  • Chapin family, community join for food bank fundraiser Published 05/31/2006 at midnight

    The year 1969 was a time of peace demonstrations and music with a message. It was the era of Woodstock and flowered Volkswagens, and it was the year Wayne Chaffin asked his high school sweetheart to marry him. "She told ...

  • Some pause for reflection on Memorial Day 2006 Published 05/31/2006 at midnight

    As the majority of Lee County residents were donning shorts, slathering on sunscreen and heading to the beach or heading to local stores for a day of bargain-seeking shopping, A small somber group gathered under the warming day surrounded by ...

  • Eventful year for new Rayma C. Page Elementary Published 05/31/2006 at midnight

    Rayma C. Page Elementary may not look much like the Kmart store it started out as, but neither does it look much like a train. A train, however, is exactly what the school, and its students, remind Paul Page of ...

  • Storms have insurance industry grappling with rates, coverage Published 05/27/2006 at midnight

    Homeowners insurance has long been seen as a safety net providing security against one of the largest drawbacks to living in Southwest Florida: hurricanes. However, with the rash of damage-heavy storms blowing through South Lee County over the last handful ...

  • Storm preparedness key to surviving hurricane season Published 05/27/2006 at midnight

    Not much frightens Michaela Mcnair. A resident of Sheltering Pines Mobile Home Village, electrician Mcnair has toughed it out through seven operations with barely a whimper after falling from a ladder onto a cement floor.

  • Community patrol program returns to San Carlos Park Published 05/24/2006 at midnight

    There's a new sheriff in town — well, two of them actually. Cpls. Thomas Cole and Mike Detar make up the new community patrol assigned to San Carlos Park. "They are two very proactive officers," said Capt. Gill Allen of ...

  • Seniors warned to be on guard against scammers Published 05/24/2006 at midnight

    It was good advice — advice prosecutor Nick Thompson remembers to this day. "My grandpa always said 'if you have to pay money to win money, you haven't won anything,'" he remembers. For Thompson, those words of simple wisdom are ...

  • Project ChildSafe hands out gun locks to keep children safe Published 05/24/2006 at midnight

    Florida State Statute 790.174 states any person who stores a loaded firearm in his or her home and knows any child under the age of 16 may gain access to that firearm has the responsibility to keep the firearm in ...

  • Power boats jostle for victory offshore Published 05/24/2006 at midnight

    Mother Nature didn't rain on Steve Page's parade this year. In fact, she was on her best behavior for the weekend the Fort Myers resident has been looking forward to for 12 months. The Edison Oil Offshore Race for Recovery ...

  • Sheriff's office honors seven fallen comrades Published 05/20/2006 at midnight

    Looking up at the flag flow at half-mast, Craig Sweenton didn't even try to brush away the tear that slipped down his cheek as the mournful sound of bagpipes faded. "You can almost feel St. Michael watching us," he said ...

  • Lee County Chamber moves into new offices Published 05/20/2006 at midnight

    With more than 38,000 businesses licensed in Lee County — everything from one-man operations to major corporations — it is little surprise the Lee County Chamber of Commerce moved from the small offices it started in six years ago.

  • New zip codes in the works for South Lee Published 05/17/2006 at midnight

    Effective July 1, the United States Postal Service will be adding two new zip codes to South Lee County, splitting the 33912 zip code area into three zones.

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