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February 14, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

First-Class Air Conditioning

celebrates 35 years in business

First Class Air Conditioning is celebrating its 35th year in business, announced company president David Harmer.

A family-owned and operated enterprise, First Class Air Conditioning provides air conditioning systems solutions. The company offers annual and semi-annual maintenance agreements, repairs, air balancing and testing of existing systems and specializes in replacement air-conditioning systems.

"We work hard to keep Southwest Florida cool and we are thrilled to celebrate our 35th year in the community," said Harmer.

In the last 35 years, First Class Air Conditioning has earned numerous certifications and designations including the Trane Comfort Specialist Dealer recognition, the North American Technician Excellence certification. The company's standards conform to Air Conditioning Contractors of America's requirements, and the National Balancing Institute certifies their residential air balancing and diagnostic specialists.

First Class Air Conditioning provides 24-Hour service to Lee and Collier counties, along with the Punta Gorda area. For more information, call (800) 226-4864 or visit

El Rapichurro

opens in Cape

El Rapichurro has announced its grand opening at 1480 N.E. Pine Island Road, Suite 1-E, in Cape Coral. The restaurant and grill is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The restaurant specializes in fresh roasted pulled pork, fresh-made pork belly, specialty churros and Spanish desserts.

The restaurant also delivers.

For additional information, call 239-573-8228.

Curtis Allen Designs

Jeffrey Spector, one of the original founders of Sun Control Aluminum Company Inc., had joined Curtis Allen Designs at its new location, 1919 Courtney Drive, Suite 2, Fort Myers, across from the Edison Mall.

Curtis Allen Designs is family-owned and operated since 1981. It is a complete one-stop design center specializing in kitchen, baths, custom interior design (including window treatments and wallpaper) and a complete line of aluminum products, including replacement and hurricane impact windows, enclosed Florida rooms (screen, acrylic, glass and vinyl enclosures), decorative and security entryways, storm shutters (roll-up, accordion, removable storm panels, Bahama shutters) and hurricane protection.

Call 239-418-011 or stop by the showroom to see all the products and services available. The store is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Houdini's Pizza Magic

Houdini's Pizza Magic opened earlier this year at 1110 Del Prado Blvd., S., in Cape Coral. The pizzeria features pizza, sandwiches and magic shows.

Owned by two well-known local radio personalities, B.J. Odom and Dave Devereaux, who met 30 years ago while working at WINK Radio, Oldies 95, WDCQ. Odom has performed a comedic magic routine in comedy clubs for the past 15 years and Devereaux had worked in his family's pizza business in Ohio before moving to Florida.

The food, including calzones, strombolis, Philly steaks and salads, is all made from scratch with fresh ingredients and, they say, from recipes passed down for generations.

There are three magic shows on Saturdays - at 3:30, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., and family karaoke Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Fun birthday parties are also available for kids.

The shop is open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and closed Sundays.

For more information, call 239-242-4200.

Beaulieu joins Markham Norton Mosteller

Wright & Company

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company, P.A., announces that Shannon Beaulieu has joined the firm as an executive assistant in the Fort Myers office. In this role, Beaulieu with provide administrative support to firm partner, Karen Mosteller as well as the bookkeeping, consulting and technology departments.

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company P.A. is a certified public accounting and consulting firm with offices in Fort Myers and Naples. It offers a wide range of services including business consulting, technology consulting, technology management and support, tax preparation and planning, litigation, mediation, forensic accounting and elder services.

For more information, call 239-433-5554 or visit

Schwinn to discuss evolving

workplace social media policies

Social media can either be a drain on productivity or a great promotional opportunity for businesses. Either way that it is viewed, social media has made its way into the workplace. As a result of a growing number of employee complaints filed with or by the National Labor Relations Board stemming from employee use of social media to air workplace grievances, the NLRB is taking employers to task over their social media policies.

To address this growing issue, Pavese Law Firm partner Christina Harris Schwinn will speak before the Chamber of Southwest Florida Feb. 29 from 7:30 - 9 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza, 13051 Bell Tower Drive, in Fort Myers. During her presentation titled "Social Media and the National Labor Relations Act: What you need to know regarding new developments that could affect your business," Schwinn will address how employers can reduce exposure to unfair labor practice charges. To attend, contact David Miller at 239-275-2102, or visit the website:

Schwinn's primary practice areas are employment law, business transactions, community association law and real estate law. Schwinn, who joined Pavese Law Firm in 2005, is an accomplished public speaker and regularly writes articles that have been published both locally and nationally in a variety of publications.

Pavese Law Firm is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and West Palm Beach. The firm provides a broad range of legal services for individuals, families, small businesses and large corporations. Established in 1949 as a one-person general practice firm, Pavese Law Firm has grown into one of the largest legal practices in Southwest Florida.

Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber's

'2012 Spring Job Fair' March 15

The Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce invites the community to its 2012 Spring Job Fair Thursday, March 15, from 1-5 p.m., at Hodges University Fort Myers Campus, located at 4501 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers.

Around 25 hiring companies will be present at this event. Anyone interested in changing careers or in need of a job is welcome. This event is free to the public.

For information about the Job Fair or to rent a booth, please call the Chamber at 239-418-1441, or send an e-mail to

LCEC employee honored

as Hodges Accounting "Student of the Year"

LCEC general accounting representative Pamela Eignor has received the Accounting "Student of the Year" Award for 2011 from Hodges University. She was recognized with a commemorative framed certificate and $250 in tuition aid at the Student Recognition Awards Program Jan, 29 at the Hodges University Naples Campus. Eignor utilizes LCEC's tuition reimbursement program to help finance her schooling, and will graduate with a bachelor's degree in Accounting in 2013. She has been employed at LCEC since August 1999.

Himschoot, Simons-Burnside named

partners at Condo & HOA Law Group, PLLC

Condo & HOA Law Group, PLLC, has announced that associate attorney Jason R. Himschoot has been named a partner in the firm.

Himschoot is an experienced trial lawyer specializing in real estate, business, condominium and homeowner association disputes.

Diane Simons-Burnside has been named a partner in the firm. Simons-Burnside focuses her practice on matters involving condominium and homeowners association law.

The Condo & HOA Law Group's legal practice is tailored to representing associations and provides such services as governing document amendment, revisions and interpretation; covenant and rule enforcement; collection of delinquent assessments; foreclosures; contract drafting and review; general civil litigation, arbitration and mediation; insurance coverage issues; turnover from developer control; construction defect and developer warranty enforcement; corporate mergers; MRTA preservation and revitalization; fair housing, handicap and civil rights disputes; and construction liens.

The firm's practice is regionally based, serving the counties of Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades and the cities of Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres, Naples, Bonita Springs, Marco Island and LaBelle.

The Fort Myers office is located at 2030 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers and the Naples office is at 780 Fifth Avenue South, Naples. For more information, call the Fort Myers office at 239-333-2992 or Naples office at 239-261-9033, or visit

Junior Achievement hosts Business Development Day

With the goal of preparing high school students for the work force, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida hosted its annual "Business Development Day" in partnership with the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce. The event was held on Jan. 11 at The Palmetto Pines Country Club in Cape Coral. Twenty-eight high school juniors representing several schools in Cape Coral and North Fort Myers were selected to take part in the Cape Coral Chamber 2012 Junior Leadership program. This is the seventh year that Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida has participated in the "Business Development Day."

Cecilia St. Arnold, program director with Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida and corporate partner Diane Everhart with Northwestern Mutual, provided students with strategies and resources on how to find a job, steps to prepare for employment and an overview of what they need to know about business ethics as they enter the work force. In addition, they teach students how to network and engage with business professionals, then pair each student with a Chamber sponsor.

Following the course, the student and their sponsor attend a Cape Coral Chamber luncheon to practice their skills in a "real-world" setting.

Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida Inc. provides in-school and after-school programs for students in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties that focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

For more information, contact the Southwest Florida office at 239-225-2590 or visit

Strategies for retirement planning,

wealth management seminar set

Durand & Gallentine Investment Management Group will host a free seminar to discuss strategies for retirement planning and wealth management, as well as other general investment topics. The seminar, titled "Will You Outlive Your Retirement Income? Investment Strategies for Today's Retirees," will be held on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 8:30 a.m., at The Landings Yacht, Golf & Tennis Club at 4420 Flagship Drive, in Fort Myers. Complimentary breakfast will be served and reservations are requested. Call 239-277-1793 or visit to reserve your space.

With more than 60 years of combined experience, local certified financial planner professionals Frank P. Durand and David B. Gallentine will host the free seminar, which is open to the public.

Durand & Gallentine Investment Management Group serves individuals and businesses in all areas of investment planning including retirement planning, tax efficient investments, estate investment planning, education funding, risk management and employee and executive benefits.

Durand & Gallentine Investment Management Group is located at 5249 Summerlin Commons Blvd., Suite 200, in Fort Myers.

For additional information, call 239-277-1793 or visit



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