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October 24, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Schuman Family Insurance opens in Fort Myers

Schuman Family Insurance, an independent agency specializing in home, auto, boat, motorcycle, life and commercial insurance, has opened in Fort Myers at 4600 Summerlin Road.

Matt Schuman, agent, was born in Cape Coral, attended St. Andrew School and graduated from Bishop Verot High School. He became a professional licensed agent at the age of 18, but his insurance history did not start there. Although he has now been licensed for 12 years, he has been around insurance his entire life. His father is a local insurance agent and his first summer job as a kid was in his father's office.

The agency is open Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, call 239-938-0051.

West Coast Mattress

now open in Cape

West Coast Mattress, a retail mattress store, recently opened at 311 Del Prado Blvd., S., in Cape Coral. The company has also been in business in Port Charlotte for 8 years

A locally owned and operated business, the store offers wide range of name-brand mattresses - Simmons, Sealy, Serta and Tempurpedic.

The store is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For additional information, call 239-829-0143.

Dog Days Delight

expanding, moving

Dog Days Delight, a pet grooming, dog boarding and day care facility, is expanding to a new location at 1318 Lafayette St., behind the McDonald's on Cape Coral Parkway, in downtown Cape Coral.

Owner Nancy Kane says the store is a "bigger place, with the same low prices."

The store is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, call 239-471-0414.

"Show Me" Seminar

Series scheduled

Cape Coral Shores Assisted Living & Adult Day Stay is hosting a "Show Me" Seminar Series starting Oct. 31, with "Show Me ... The Money," a free lunch and learn seminar concerning Medicare, diverson, VA aid and attendance from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The same seminar will be held Dec. 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The series continues with "Show Me ... How to Plan My Future" Nov. 3 and Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon. The topic for this free brunch and learn seminar is long-term care insurance and financial planning.

"Show Me ... The Care Options" will be held Nov. 8 and Dec. 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The free lunch and learn seminar will discuss assisted living, skilled nursing, in-home care and Hope HealthCare.

"Show Me ... Where the Fun Is" will be held Nov. 16 and 30 and Dec. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This free lunch and learn seminar features community recreation, veterans foundation and volunteerism.

RSVP at 239-573-9442.

Maria's Pasticceria Italian Bakery open in South Cape

Maria's Pasticceria Italian Bakery is now open at 1239 Cape Coral Parkway, E., in the former Pete's Philly Cheese Steak location. The bakery, which offers authentic Italian pastries and stuffed breads, is open Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It's closed Monday.

For additional information, call 239-542-3611


men's health lecture

featuring Dr. John Tillett

IBERIABANK (, a 125-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, will host a lecture focused on "Men's Health" Thursday, Nov. 8, featuring Dr. John W. Tillett from Specialists in Urology. Dr. Tillett will tackle the tough questions relative to men's health issues including how often should you visit your doctor, what you should know about the prostate, and what changes to expect as you age.

The lecture is free and open to the public at the IBERIABANK branch located at 1715 Cape Coral Parkway West in Cape Coral from 6-7 p.m.

This free lecture is open to the public, however, seating is limited. Please call (239) 541-5200 to make a reservation. Lecture content is provided by the featured physician. IBERIABANK is responsible for hosting this event and not responsible for lecture content.

IBERIABANK has 276 combined offices, including 186 bank branch offices in Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Texas, and Florida, 22 title insurance offices in Arkansas and Louisiana, and mortgage representatives in 59 locations in 12 states. IBKC also has eight locations with representatives of IBERIA Wealth Advisors in four states, and one office of IBERIA Capital Partners, L.L.C.

Fifth Third Bank's eBus

to visit Cape today

As part of Fifth Third's goal to bring "Financial Empowerment" to the community, the bank's eBus - a vehicle that has been electronically retrofitted to serve as a mobile classroom with all the tools needed to help residents become financially successful - will visit Cape Coral today, Oct. 24, from 2-7 p.m.

Visitors to the bus receive one-on-one credit counseling, money management and budget advice, and homeownership educational opportunities. The event is hosted by the National Association of Women Business Owners. Radiology Regional and HUD certified counselors will provide information and services in English, Spanish and Creole. Free health screenings for adults and children will also be offered.

The Fifth Third Bank Financial Center is located at 2724 Del Prado Blvd.

Ortiz returns to Juniper Village

at Cape Coral as executive director

Brenda Ortiz, formerly of Cape Coral, has returned to the area and to her previous position as executive director of Juniper Village at Cape Coral Assisted Living. As executive director, she is in charge of all operations at the community that is home to about 80 residents.

Ortiz was originally named executive director in June, 2009, having been promoted from her position as business office manger. Her family relocated to New York state to be closer to her family, but they missed Cape Coral and so decided to return after two years. Three months ago she was able to rejoin the Juniper Village team.

Boogie DuPlantis

joins Leapin' Lizard's

Boogie DuPlantis, a third generation restaurateur from New Orleans, is bringing exciting changes to Leapin' Lizard @ the Bridge. Leapin' Lizard owner Jack Evans a fellow Louisiana native who also has family restaurant ties to New Orleans - is thrilled.

Jack's father directed a famous dinner club on Lake Champlain. The senior Evans was instrumental in setting up the cargo flights of fresh seafood from the gulf coast to Las Vegas. He developed and directed the gourmet rooms in major hotels in Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe in the late 1940s and 1950s. Evans Street in Las Vegas was named after Jack's dad.

"We are blessed to have found such a capable manager with regional experience," he said. "Boogie is perfect for our operation. He is hands on - meets every guest and runs a tight ship."

This ramshackle Florida Fish House has two pet friendly patios, three bars and three dining rooms to serve everyone from the single guest to large groups and special concert events. The open air Tiki Bar fills daily with guests who enjoy the live entertainment and dancing. Sports fans enjoy full college, NFL, baseball and NASCAR coverage. Families love the kids eat free specials and the happy hour is one of the best in Lee Co. with $1 mugs of draft beer specials. The bar features over 35 brands of domestic, international and hand crafted beer.

Leapin' Lizard has always specialized in casual southern cuisine using market fresh ingredients, seafood and Angus beef.

Boogie is featuring Oysters Bienville, Shrimp Etouffee, Cajun Gumbo, Andouille Sausage with Red Beans & Rice, Muffaletta Sandwiches, Boom Boom Shrimp, AYCE Fried Catfish, Jambalaya and Fried Oyster Po-Boys

The Leapin Lizard Bar & Grille is located at 1719 Cape Coral Parkway, E. For information, call (239) 542-6400.

Yoga for autism and yoga therapy in Cape Coral

Yoga and Massage Studios of Cape Coral now offers specialized classes for children and adults in our community with autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome and for those who want a more specialized practice that can help address specific health issues- referred to as "Yoga Therapy." The studio will be celebrating its third anniversary!

An open house was held Oct. 13 at the studio, at 3046 Del Prado Blvd., S., Unit 2/B, Cape Coral.

Inga Balciuniene, owner of Yoga and Massage Studio in Cape Coral, recently returned from KYM Yoga Institute in Chennai, India, and has brought back with her invaluable information to share with her students, along with new ways to customize yoga practice that focus' more on the individual needs of her students.

For information, call 239-265-4367.

Greenfield Advertising Group

representing Park Royal hospital

Park Royal, the area's newest hospital for behavioral disorders, has announced the appointment of Greenfield Advertising Group of Fort Myers as advertising agency of record. The agency will create the initial campaign to introduce the facility, its people, and its advanced therapies to the Southwest Florida community.

Park Royal Hospital provides care for adult and geriatric patients who have trouble coping with life's challenges. The facility offers inpatient treatment for depression, anxiety, mood disorders, memory issue, post traumatic stress disorders and co-occurring mental health issues. It is a state of the art behavioral treatment facility committed to providing a full range of high quality, cost-effective clinical programs to patients and their families.

Greenfield Advertising Group will be responsible for the creation, development, and production of marketing programs, as well as creative and media strategy and placement for the hospital. Greenfield Advertising Group was originally founded in Tampa by Jerold Greenfield in 1987. For 25 years, the firm has specialized in media buying for all media and award-winning creative work. The agency currently provides marketing and media services to clients in five states in the areas of automotive sales, restaurants, clinical study recruitment, multi-outlet retail, and real estate.

Mutual of Omaha Bank employees assist Children's

Advocacy Center with United Way Day of Caring

Employees from Mutual of Omaha Bank in Fort Myers recently participated in a United Way Day of Caring project for Children's Advocacy Center, a United Way partner agency. The Mutual of Omaha Bank volunteers helped by assembling "Comfort Kits" for the children and families of the Children's Advocacy Center.

The Children's Advocacy Center is a crisis center that helps sexually and physically abused children. The mission of the agency is to improve the lives of children and their families through a coordinated response to child abuse and neglect. When children come to the agency, they are often without clothes and personal care items.

Mutual of Omaha Bank employees assembled 225 comfort kits that contained soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo and sunscreen for the children.

The United Way's Days of Caring is a year-round program that connects businesses with nonprofit agencies in need of assistance. Businesses have many choices as they select projects as needed by the agencies, including the type of project, location in our community, degree of physical labor, and time commitment. For more information call 433-2000.

JetBlue Park at Fenway South earns distinguished LEED certification

A forward-thinking collaboration between Lee County and the Boston Red Sox is expected to save Lee County more than $100,000 each year - or more than $3 million over the life of the Red Sox lease agreement through the sustainable design of JetBlue Park at Fenway South, the team's new 106-acre Spring Training and Player Development Complex that opened earlier this year.

On Oct. 1, JetBlue Park was LEED Certified. Established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute, LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the nation's preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

The certification came as a result of decisions made early in the design process of the facility by the long-standing public-private partnership between Lee County and the Boston Red Sox to demonstrate leadership, innovation, environmental stewardship, social responsibility and a focus on reducing operating costs.

Energy and water use played a key role in achieving LEED certification. JetBlue Park was designed to reduce life-cycle costs by reducing energy use by approximately 26 percent of that of a traditionally designed stadium. It is estimated this will save more than $83,000 in annual operating costs. With an estimated reduction in water use of approximately 1.7 million gallons per year compared to a similar traditionally designed building, Lee County expects to save nearly $18,000 annually in water/sewer costs. TLC Engineering for Architecture provided the engineering design, energy modeling and LEED support for the mechanical and electrical systems.

JetBlue Park held its grand opening celebration Feb. 25, 2012.

For more information on the U.S. Green Building Council, visit

Kinetico Water Systems Recognizes Achievements

Kinetico Water Systems of SWFL has announced that territory manager and water specialist Jennifer Byrd has been awarded an associate member seat on the National Association of Home Builders. Her first board meeting assignment will be at the International Builder Show in Las Vegas in January.

Kinetico Water Systems of SWFL services residential and commercial water treatment markets from Bradenton to Marco Island through its headquarters in Bonita Springs, and its northern office in Venice.

For more information call (800) 795-8897 or visit

Kelsey Thompson

becomes a certified

public accountant

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company P.A. announces that team member Kelsey Thompson has recently passed the American Institute of CPAs exam and met the requirements to become a licensed certified public accountant in Florida.

The certified public accountant certification is one of the most prestigious professional certifications available. It indicates that the accountant has satisfied a demanding set of educational, professional and ethical standards. The designation is provided by the Florida Board of Accountancy and requires a bachelor's degree in accounting or accounting-related field, the written CPA exam and significant work experience.

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company P.A. is a certified public accounting and consulting firm with offices in Fort Myers and Naples.

For more information, visit

Powerful You! Women's Network

Powerful You! Women's Network has announced the Women Living Consciously National Tour & Networking Event. These events reach out to women across the entire Southwest Florida Area and they are beneficial for women from all walks of life, especially entrepreneurs and women in business. It serves as a great way for women to come together, learn, share, grow and network with other incredible women.

The event will be held on Friday, Nov. 2, in Fort Myers at The

Plantation Golf & Country Club. This full-day event features three

expert speakers, vendors, coordinated networking sessions,

introductions, lunch, door prizes and gifts.

The keynote presentation by Sue Urda, author, inspirer and co-founder

of Powerful You! Inc. is titled, "Living Alive ~ Living Free".

Featured speakers include: Shannon M. O'Regan, owner of SMO Ventures,

who will speak on the topic "Living Fit, Well & Fabulous, ~ You've

come a long way Baby!, and Jennifer Connell, Owner Jennifer Connell

International on the topic of "Conscious Leadership Secrets for

Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners".

Powerful You! Women's Network is hosting Women Living Consciously

National Tour & Networking Events in five cities across the country in

2012-2013. The Premier Sponsor for the tour is AlphaZelle, LLC,

global distributor of toxin-free, eco-friendly products. Strategic

Partners include iPEC Coaching Company and Penn Creative. Local and

National sponsorship opportunities are available as well as vendor


This event is open to all women; it is not strictly for women in business. Pre-

registration is required. To register and for more info. visit or call Kathy Fyler at 973-248-1262.

Five Southwest Florida businesses

named Blue Chip Award finalists

Owners of five Southwest Florida businesses overcame challenges

caused by illness, bureaucracy, the turbulent economy and Mother

Nature to become finalists for the 18th Annual Southwest Florida Blue

Chip Community Business Award.

One business will receive the 2012 award at the annual luncheon,

which takes place Thursday, Nov. 1, at Harborside Event Center,

located at 1375 Monroe St., in Fort Myers. Registration begins at

11 a.m. The program starts at 11:30 a.m. There is no cost to attend.

Contact Stacey Mercado at 239-985-7614 or for

reservations and information by Thursday, Oct. 25.

This year's five Southwest Florida Blue Chip Community Business Award

finalists are:

- Kim and Gerard Campanella, Bicycle Center of Port Charlotte:

- Shelly Osterhout, Computer Solutions of America:

- David Wacker, Intech Printing & Direct Mail Inc.

- Rob and Annette Lopez, ServiceMaster-CCS:

- Peter Garda and Larry Smith, owners; Matt Smith, vice president; P&L

Foods Inc. d/b/a Stan's Coffee Service

The Southwest Florida Blue Chip Community Business Award is endorsed

by the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, Cape Coral Chamber of

Commerce, Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, Charlotte County

Economic Development Office, Christian Chamber of Southwest Florida

and Beyond, City of Cape Coral Economic Development Office, Edison

State College, Englewood-Cape Haze Chamber of Commerce, Florida Gulf

Coast University, Florida Weekly, Greater Fort Myers Chamber of

Commerce, Greater Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Coast

Business Review, Gulfshore Business, Hodges University, Lee County

Economic Development Office/Horizon Council, Punta Gorda Chamber of

Commerce, Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce, Southwest

Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, The Greater Fort Myers Beach

Areas Chamber of Commerce and The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce.



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