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Florida SBDC Network Announces New Cybersecurity Service
 Byte-Size Program Provides Education, Resources to 
Arm Small Businesses Against Cyberattacks 
 
Florida SBDC Network Headquarters (Pensacola, Fla.) – The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, the state’s principal provider of business assistance, is pleased to announce a new cybersecurity service available to small businesses.
 
Cyberattacks against small businesses are on the rise. According to Symantec’s 2016 Internet Security Threat Report, 43 percent of all attacks worldwide were targeted at small businesses with less than 250 employees.
 
The Florida SBDC Network’s Byte-Size Small Business Cybersecurity Program provides small business owners with a sound understanding of the risks of cyberattacks, common cybersecurity threats, and strategies to safeguard their business.
 

Small business owners hear from Karen Krymski, a consultant with the Florida SBDC at USF, at a recent cybersecurity workshop in Tampa

Through the program, Florida SBDCs across the state will offer no-cost workshops covering four topics: basic cybersecurity threats, security, remediation, and cybersecurity resources.
A key takeaway and the foundation for these workshops is a new in-depth resource guide, which offers user-friendly information to help businesses become more cyber-secure.
 
In addition to training, Florida SBDC professionally certified business consultants will work one-on-one with business owners to help address their individual needs. They can also assist business owners through the development of a comprehensive cybersecurity plan.
 
“While no technology or program can stop every attack, taking basic precautions can significantly reduce the risk of a business falling victim,” said Michael Myhre, CEO of the Florida SBDC Network. “We are very proud to offer this new service to help small businesses protect their business, employees, customers, and profits.”
 
Established in 1976, the Florida SBDC Network is a statewide service network of more than 40 centers. State designated as Florida’s principal provider of business assistance, the Florida SBDC Network provides consulting, training, and information to existing and aspiring businesses.
 
The Florida SBDC Network recently partnered with Ridge Global, a globally-recognized risk management cybersecurity firm, to launch the program statewide.
 
In December, the Florida SBDC Network partnered with Florida International University, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce to host the Florida Cybersecurity Conference, which brought together cybersecurity experts both locally and nationally from government, law enforcement, and the private sector to help businesses develop, evaluate, and strengthen their cybersecurity programs. To view pictures from the event, please click here.
 
To learn more about the program, and to register for a workshop, please visit www.FloridaSBDC.org/cyber.
 
About the Florida SBDC Network:
For over forty years, the Florida SBDC Network, the state’s principal provider of business assistance [Fl. Stat. 288.001], has nourished a statewide partnership between higher education and economic development to provide existing and emerging small and medium-sized business owners with management and knowledge resources that enable overall growth, increased profitability, and economic prosperity for Florida’s economy. Since 2011, Florida SBDCs have provided 513,107 hours of professional business consulting to 74,669 client businesses, resulting in 252,955 jobs created, retained, or saved; $33.3 billion in sales growth; $2.6 billion in government contract awarded; $1.4 billion in capital investments acquired; and 4,159 new businesses started. A statewide network of over 40 offices, the Florida SBDC is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida and other private and public partners. The Florida SBDC Network, headquartered at the University of West Florida, is nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs and is a 2016 recipient of the President’s E Award for Export Service. Florida SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for individuals with limited English proficiency. For more information, please visit www.FloridaSBDC.org.
 
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ART WALKS THE RUNWAY BRINGS THREE DAZZLING DAYS OF INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL FASHION TO DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS

Fort Myers’ favorite fashion show is back for its 7th year at the Sidney &…

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Fort Myers’ favorite fashion show is back for its 7th year at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center! Produced and hosted by Melissa DeHaven, Art Walks the Runway takes place from March 8th – 10th. See international Couture fashion from Vivre Couture, Marmar Halim, Diana Couture, and Usama Ishtay! Plus, enjoy runway-ready local boutique styles from Forema, Saratoga Sundress, and Hollie’s Boutique. Experience inspiring performances from Frankie Colt, Emma Arnold, John Davis, Katarina Danks, and Elements of Body Art. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. in the historic downtown Fort Myers River District.
 
Art Walks the Runway’s three dazzling days of fashion begin on Thursday, March 8th at the Opening Night Celebration, featuring Vivre Couture. Vivre Couture is an organic partnership between a designer and an artist.They came together with a vision for an inspired line of wearable original paintings with the highest quality elements of art, design, and construction. Sarah LaPierre is the artist who painted the Palm Beach Collection featured at this season’s Art Walks the Runway. Palette knives and heavy bodied acrylic paints provide the full textures and vibrant colors that are characteristics of her style. Thursday night’s Opening Celebration also features a contortionist performance by Katarina Danks, and a musical performance by singer-songwriter Emma Arnold, accompanied by cellist John Davis.
 
Then on Friday, March 9th, experience the best in local fashion from Forema, Saratoga Sundress, and Hollie’s Boutique. Forema is known for their inviting, happy, boho atmosphere, and specializing in chic, affordable clothing. They own three Florida locations, one of which is located in Gulf Coast Town Center. Saratoga Sundress located in the Bell Tower Shops carries a large variety of merchandise, including a range of boho chic summer and winter apparel. Hollie’s Boutique boasts two locations in SWFL on Sanibel Island and Fort Myers. They’re widely known for trendy, everyday fashion that works for the busy yet stylish woman. Friday also features the debut of locally loved musician Frankie Colt’s new line, Cobra Empire. Enjoy a musical performance from Frankie as her fashion takes the runway for the first time!
 
Saturday’s finale runway brings international Couture designs to Fort Myers. Take in awe-inspiring Haute Couture from Marmar Halim, Diana Couture, and Usama Ishtay. The designer label of Marmar Halim incontestably yields and creates elite fashion blends that are flanked by a fusion of Eastern and Western Couture with a sheek and lavish flair. Diana Couture has grown to being one of the most successful couture brands in Surabaya, Indonesia. A-list socialites from all over Indonesia, as well as iconic Indonesian celebrities, have been common clients to the brand. Usama Ishtay is young designer of Arab descent raised in Venezuela. His eye for fashion and living in Couture-centric Los Angeles lead him to work with Fashion Hearts at L.A. Fashion Week. Ishtay has dressed celebrities like Eve for the red carpet. The final evening also features a burlesque-style performance piece from Elements of Body Art, and a contortionist performance by Katarina Danks.
 
7th Annual Art Walks the Runway Fashion Show
March 8th – 10th 2018
All Nights: Runway • 8pm | Cocktails • 7pm
For tickets and info, visit www.sbdac.com.
 
Runway music for all three nights provided by Sol Productions’ DJ Tommy Giaime.
Thursday and Friday night’s hair: Scene 826 | http://scene826hairstudio.com/
Saturday night’s hair: Red Salon & Spa. | http://redsalonandspa.com/.
All nights’ makeup: Sunstate Academy | http://www.sunstateftm.com/.
 
All evenings co-decorated by Planned Perfection. Visit http://www.plannedperfectioninc.com/ for more info.
 

Lee County Tax Collector strives to create convenience New features enhance speed of service

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Feb. 27, 2018) – Change is hard. Anyone who’s had to try…

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (Feb. 27, 2018) – Change is hard. Anyone who’s had to try to figure out this year’s federal tax changes understands that all too well. But in Lee County, the only changes for 2018 aren’t in the tax code — they’re in the ways taxes are becoming easier to pay. Lee County Tax Collector Larry Hart is committed to upgrading service to county residents — or as Hart calls them, his customers.
 
“We want to be able to provide the best public service that we possibly can, because we have a responsibility to them,” Hart said. “We are the only place they can go. So, if we don’t take our customers seriously, then they’re going to be frustrated with us. We need to be able to provide service quickly.”
 
The tax collector’s services are detailed on leetc.com. Hart is proud of the website, and his office has worked to make it mobile-friendly and introduce new features like TagsToday®, which injects convenience into the annual hassle of renewing vehicle registration. Customers who are within five days of a birthday or have an expired registration can use the website to renew and, rather than waiting for the renewal sticker to be mailed, pick it up at the nearest tax collector’s office location — without waiting in line.
 
“They can walk in, they can pick it up and they can walk out the door,” Hart said.
 
Hart’s No. 1 goal is to make the tax collector’s office as much of a resource to the citizens of Lee County as it can be.
 
“I’ve been totally blessed to have this opportunity to be voted in by the citizens. It’s just a wonderful opportunity,” Hart said. “We do our very best to get the citizens who utilize our services in and out, and provide that technology so they can do a lot of this stuff from home.”
 
About Lee County Tax Collector
The Lee County Tax Collector (LCTC) exists to serve the citizens of Lee County. The office takes pride in organizational excellence and offering exemplary customer service and operates by the credo of “We’ve got your back.” The LCTC operates leetc.com, the official interactive website of the tax collector, which allows county residents to quickly and easily take care of motor vehicle and vessel registration, pay property taxes, make appointments for concealed weapon permits and more. The agency operates six service centers open daily throughout the county to provide efficient, convenient services. The LCTC works to provide innovative and quality service that supports the growth and sustainability of the community. For more information, visit leetc.com or follow Lee County Tax Collector on social media.
 
 
 

FSW Career Fairs Open to Public

February 27, 2018 – FORT MYERS, FLA – The local community is invited to upcoming…

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February 27, 2018 – FORT MYERS, FLA – The local community is invited to upcoming Career Fairs at Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) locations.
 
Students and members of the community are encouraged to bring their resumes, transcripts, or work portfolios to show prospective employers on the spot. They should dress professionally and be prepared for a formal interview. Dozens of local companies and businesses are slated to appear.
 

Wednesday, March 21
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thomas Edison (Lee) Campus
Building U, Room 102
8099 College Parkway
Fort Myers
Monday, March 19
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Collier Campus
Building J, Room 103/104
7505 Grand Lely Dr.
Naples
Wednesday, March 21
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Charlotte Campus
Outside of Buc Store
26300 Airport Rd.
Punta Gorda

 
“Many of our graduates are seeking local employment in a variety of fields and the college offers tools and resources to help them reach that next step,” said Mark Bukowski, FSW Dean of Students. “As a service to the community, we’ve also decided to open our Career Fairs to the public.”
 
FSW’s Career Coach (www.FSW.edu/careercoach) program is a free resource for both students and the community. Anyone living in Southwest Florida can use it to take a personal career assessment, browse current job openings on Indeed.com, or build a resume from scratch.  Students can also explore what degree programs would help them reach their desired career.
 
The Office of Student Engagement will be hosting workshops for current students on writing resumes and cover letters, interviewing techniques, and dressing for success before the fairs begin.
 
Florida SouthWestern State College is Southwest Florida’s largest and one of the most affordable institutions of higher education. Annually serving nearly 22,000 students globally, FSW offers a variety of nationally-ranked, career-focused academic programs with two- and four-year degrees, and professional certifications. Students are also active in clubs and programs catered to their interests. FSW debuted its intercollegiate athletics program in January 2016. Visit www.FSW.edu for more information.
 
 
 
 
 

Norman Love Confections hatches 2018 Easter Collection

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Feb. 27, 2018) – The Norman Love Confections’ limited-edition Easter Collection will…

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (Feb. 27, 2018) – The Norman Love Confections’ limited-edition Easter Collection will be available March 19 through April 1, featuring rich egg crèmes in white, dark and milk chocolate. The 2018 Easter Collection offers fruity flavors including strawberry, lemon, orange and raspberry; delicacies like mint, caramel, peanut butter and coffee; and everyday favorites of chocolate and vanilla.

Norman Love Confections’ 2018 Easter Collection is offered at Norman Love Confections’ chocolate salons in Fort Myers, Naples and Estero or at www.normanloveconfections.com. The 5-piece Easter Egg Box is offered at $13.25, the 10-piece Easter Egg Box is available for $24, and the 25-piece box is $50. Additionally, Gourmet Easter Baskets and other specialty gifts are available, including the Norman Love Mystery Boxes, offering themed assortments of chocolate treats by delivery.

Flavor descriptions of the 2018 Easter Collection

Lemon

White Chocolate

A splash of lemon mixes beautifully with white chocolate in this refreshing confection.

Orange

White Chocolate

A classic combination of orange juice and vanilla in white chocolate will always quench your thirst.

Strawberry

White Chocolate

Real fresh strawberries blended into white chocolate provide a pleasing pop of sweetness.

Raspberry

Dark Chocolate

A sweet surprise lies at the center of this dark chocolate – creamy white chocolate raspberry ganache.

Chocolate

Dark Chocolate

Drink a double dose of dark chocolate with this rich, creamy ganache-filled confection.

Vanilla

Dark Chocolate

We’re honoring yesteryear with this timeless combination of vanilla custard and dark chocolate.

Mint

Dark Chocolate

Just a “sip” of sweet mint flavors the vanilla ganache in this delicious dark chocolate.

Caramel

Milk Chocolate

Treat yourself to a spoonful of our famous creamy caramel, enrobed in a milk chocolate shell.

Peanut Butter Cream

Milk Chocolate

Peanut butter and milk chocolate are an ever-popular pair, from the soda fountain to the Chocolate Salon.

Coffee

Milk Chocolate

Roasted coffee beans enrich the creamy ganache center of this milk chocolate confection.

About Norman Love Confections

Founded in 2001 by Norman and Mary Love, Norman Love Confections creates and distributes handcrafted artisanal chocolates from its corporate headquarters at 11380 Lindbergh Blvd. in Fort Myers, Florida. The award-winning Fort Myers-based chocolatier has been lauded more than a dozen times by a leading consumer ratings magazine, including recognition six times for producing the best ultra-premium chocolates in the nation. Forbes.com included Norman Love Confections BLACK line on its list of the nation’s top 10 truffles; The Huffington Post listed it among the six best U.S. destinations in its Chocolate Lover’s Travel Guide; and USA Today named Love as one of its top 10 entrepreneurs for 2014. Love has recently been named as the inaugural inductee of Dessert Professional Magazine’s Chocolatier Hall of Fame, partnered with local chefs to present a six-course meal at the James Beard House in New York and Norman Love Confections was ranked among the top 10 shops in the world for chocolate lovers by U.K. media outlet Daily Telegraph.

Norman Love Confections has four Chocolate Salons in Southwest Florida, and chocolates, gift baskets, sipping chocolate and Love’s book, “Artistry in Chocolate, A Story of Love,” also can be ordered online at www.normanloveconfections.com. In addition, Norman Love Confections chocolates and desserts are offered on 18 Princess Cruises’ ships through the “Chocolate Journeys” partnership and at independent retail locations throughout the U.S. For more information visit www.normanloveconfections.com or call 239-561-7215.

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Shell Point hosts annual celebration to commemorate 50 years

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Feb. 28, 2018) – Shell Point Retirement Community, a resort-style, nonprofit continuing…

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (Feb. 28, 2018) – Shell Point Retirement Community, a resort-style, nonprofit continuing care retirement community in Fort Myers, recently hosted its annual celebration event, which commemorated Shell Point’s 50th year in operation as a leading independent retirement living community.
More than 1,200 residents gathered for the annual celebration to honor the nonprofit’s half-century anniversary. During the program, Shell Point president, Martin Schappell, toasted the community’s progress made over the past year and highlighted planned growth and development for the future.
“We are very proud of the legacy we have created, and the many wonderful lifestyle enhancements that have been made to ensure Shell Point as a premier destination for senior living,” said Schappell. “Looking ahead, all plans for growth and development will strive to exceed the needs of our current residents as well as those who will join us in years to come. In doing so, we are confident we will also enjoy the continued success of Shell Point as a leader in the senior living industry.”
Jeff Cory, executive director of The Legacy Foundation at Shell Point had the distinct honor of recognizing the inaugural members of the Legacy Society, as well as numerous key donors whose 2017 contributions positively impacted the Shell Point community and its residents.
Attendees enjoyed musical entertainment by two-time Grammy-award winner Sylvia McNair and pianist Kevin Cole, who is deemed the world’s foremost interpreter of George Gershwin music. Handcrafted, decadent desserts by local chocolatier Norman Love Confections hit the sweet spot, thanks to sponsorship from FineMark National Bank & Trust.
About Shell Point Retirement Community           
Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers, Florida. Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care for its 2,400 residents in an active, resort-style environment. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access, six public restaurants, a championship 18-hole golf course, and many other recreational and educational activities. Learn more at www.shellpoint.org or 1-800-780-1131.
 
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Leadership NEXT to visit LARC, an organization servicing those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, on March 13th

Guests to network, tour the facility, hear from LARC executives, along with a LARC board…

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Guests to network, tour the facility, hear from LARC executives,
along with a LARC board member and client.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (February 26, 2018) – Leadership NEXT, a professional organization for advancing business leaders in Southwest Florida, brought to you by the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, will host its next program on March 13th from 5 to 7 p.m. at LARC at 2570 Hanson Street in Fort Myers. This program comes at a perfect time as March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.
The program will offer guests the opportunity to network, learn about LARC services, programs, economic impact and the importance and value LARC brings to the community. In addition, guests will tour the 5-acre training campus and hear from Executive Director, Kevin Lewis; Development Director, Angela Katz; Community Support Service Director, Pamela Jenkins; along with board member, Ian Keith; and a LARC client. LARC is here to light the path to a better tomorrow by helping individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities live happier, fuller, more productive lives as independently as possible.
The March program sponsor is Island Mortgage of SWFL, Inc. – Your Neighborhood Mortgage Experts. Island Mortgage specializes in Residential Mortgages for Conventional, FHA and VA for Purchase and Refinance. NMLS # 1507471.
Leadership NEXT is free to attend for members of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce and $10 for future members. Refreshments will be provided. All guests are encouraged to register in advance at www.fortmyers.org.
Leadership NEXT is a premier networking group for advancing professionals in Southwest Florida. More than 50 guests representing a variety of businesses and industries throughout the region regularly attend the monthly programs designed to provide valuable information and foster collaborative working relationships. Programs take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month. The location will change every month based on the program topic. Follow Leadership NEXT on Facebook to learn more.
About the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce:
The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, Inc. represents over 900 businesses, professionals, and individuals throughout Lee County. The Chamber provides opportunities for members to network with other business people, participate in meaningful committee work, become better educated through various Chamber-sponsored programs and communicate one-on-one with community leaders. Ten percent of all membership dues are returned to the community for education-related projects, scholarships, and workshops. To learn more, visit www.fortmyers.org.
Media Contacts:
 
Colleen DePasquale, Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, 239-332-2930 ext. 210, 239-822-2271 (cell) or colleen@fortmyers.org
 
Melissa Cofta, 239-267-2638, 239-980-3048 (cell) or melissa@prioritymarketing.com
 
 
 
 

LATEST FACIAL REJUVENATION PROCEDURES TO BE FEATURED AT FREE SEMINAR;

JAMES L. NEWLON TO BE INTRODUCED   FORT MYERS, FLA., February 25, 2018 – The…

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  1. JAMES L. NEWLON TO BE INTRODUCED

 
FORT MYERS, FLA., February 25, 2018 – The latest procedures to smooth wrinkles and rejuvenate the face will be explained at a free seminar Friday, March 23, conducted by Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Stephen Prendiville.
Dr. Prendiville also will introduce Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. James L. Newlon, who will be collaborating with Dr. Prendiville, effective March 1.  Dr. Newlon is Board-certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.
The seminar, which includes a light lunch, starts at 11:30 a.m. at Bonita Bay Country Club, 26660 Country Club Drive, Bonita Springs. The seminar is free, but reservations are required by calling 239-437-3900.  Space is limited.
The newest facelift techniques can rejuvenate the cheek, jawline and neck, Dr. Prendiville said.
“They are especially effective when combined with fractionated laser resurfacing which can reduce or eliminate fine lines, wrinkles and sunspots,” he said.
Laser resurfacing also is one of the more popular and effective procedures to reduce skin irregularities such as blemishes and acne scars, according to Dr. Prendiville.
“Individuals who have noticed sagging in the cheek, neck and jawline areas along with fine lines or wrinkles are good candidates for the combined procedures of structural rejuvenation facelift and laser resurfacing,” Dr. Prendiville said.
The laser beam used in laser resurfacing removes the outer layer of skin while simultaneously heating the underlying skin, called the dermis. This action works to stimulate growth of new collagen fibers. As the treated area heals, the new skin that forms is smoother and firmer.
The two types of lasers most commonly used in laser resurfacing are carbon dioxide (CO2) and erbium.  The newest version of CO2 laser resurfacing is the fractionated CO2 which uses very short pulsed light energy or continuous light beams that are delivered in a scanning pattern to remove thin layers of skin with minimal heat damage.
Erbium laser resurfacing is designed to remove surface-level and moderately deep lines and wrinkles on the face, hands, neck or chest.
Using before and after photos of actual patients, Dr. Prendiville also will discuss the latest advances in facelifts, eyelid lifts, nose surgery, lasers and reconstructive surgery during the February seminar.  He will review injectable wrinkle fillers Botox®, Sculptra®, Juvederm®; Restylane®, Restylane Silk®, Radiesse®
Voluma®, and the newest filler on the market, Revanesse Versa, for deeper wrinkles and lines.
Another new advance that Dr. Prendiville will discuss is SculpSure®, which is approved by the FDA as the world’s first non-invasive fat-melting laser device to treat stubborn fat in just 25 minutes.  SculpSure is available at the Assuage Luxury Spa in Naples, where Dr. Prendiville serves as medical director.
Attendees will be able to make an appointment for a free consultation with Dr. Prendiville and Dr. Newlon.
Dr. Prendiville is the only Fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon in Fort Myers who is certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.
He is recognized nationally as a facelift expert with more than 20 articles published in medical journals and he has served as guest editor for Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America. He also is a featured presenter at many state and national meetings about facial plastic surgery.
Dr. Prendiville is one of 500 doctors in the world to receive the prestigious RealSelf 500 Award from RealSelf, the leading online community that helps people make confident choices in elective cosmetic procedures.  Dr. Prendiville has been a reviewer on RealSelf.com since 2008 and has now achieved Distinguished Member status for his responses to patients with questions about facial plastic surgery and skin rejuvenation techniques.
Dr. Prendiville also is the past president and secretary/treasurer of the Florida Society of Facial Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Prendiville graduated with his M.D. degree with high honors from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and served his residency at Georgetown University.
He was awarded a Fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at St. Louis University in Missouri, where he was a clinical instructor in the St. Louis University Department of Otolaryngology.
Dr. Newlon is the former assistant chief of otolaryngology Services at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in Fort Bliss, Tex., and has extensive experience in reconstructive and facial enhancement surgery to help injured soldiers returning from combat to the U.S.
Dr. Newlon earned his medical degree from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif., with help from an Army scholarship and began his medical career as an Army officer.  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, from Kennesaw State University in Georgia.
Dr. Newlon has received several honors including Surgical Intern of the Year in 2000-01 and number one ranking in the 2007 American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery’s written board certification exam.
Since leaving the Army in 2009, Dr. Newlon has been practicing in Southwest Florida as a facial plastic surgeon and is the current chairman of otolaryngology for the Lee Health system.
All surgeries are performed at Dr. Prendiville’s state-of-the-art Surgical Center adjacent to his office in South Fort Myers at 9407 Cypress Lake Drive.  The Surgical Center is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities (AAAASF), which is the largest accrediting body for outpatient surgical facilities in the United States.  For more information, visit www.drprendiville.com.
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FORT MYERS FILM FESTIVAL TO HOST FLORIDA PREMIERE OF “MELODY MAKERS”

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FORT MYERS, FLA., February 27, 2018 – The Fort Myers Film Festival kicks off its 8th season March 21 with the premiere showing of “Melody Makers,” a rock documentary that tells the story of the rise and fall of the world’s most influential music publication and uncovers an era of unprecedented creative freedom.
This will be the Florida premiere for the film, which has won awards at a dozen other festivals. The red carpet party rolls out at 5:30 p.m. at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. The film starts at 7 p.m. with afterparty on the stage to follow with stars and cast attending the Fort Myers Film Festival.
Tickets are $10 for the show and $49 for the show and afterparty. Tickets are available at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall Box Office or by visiting  https://www.bbmannpah.com/performance.php?id=1015
At the heart of the opening night film’s story is Barrie Wentzell, chief contributing photographer of Melody Maker Magazine (1965-1975) and his iconic photographic archive featuring prominent legendary musicians and musical groups that emerged during the birth of rock n’ roll including Led Zepplin, Eric Clapton, The Who, The Beatles, Elton John, Ian Anderson, The Animals, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd and more. Select musicians, and Melody Maker journalists, Chris Welch, Chris Charlesworth, Richard Guardian, Alan Lewis, Mick Watts and Allan Jones infuse the film with stories about a unique period when Melody Maker Magazine, founded in 1926 as a jazz musician’s trade paper, boldly became the first publication to cover popular music seriously in the early 1960s, setting the stage for publications like Rolling Stone.
“Melody Maker” captured the attention of the musicians, fans, and the journalists who shared a common passion, the music. Bands were formed from the back page classified section, a pop culture phenomenon. This landmark documentary takes a fresh look at the changing landscape of music journalism that lead to the end of Melody Maker Magazine, and a style of music journalism that no longer exists today.
“Melody Maker” is the first independent film to be shown during the four-day festival March 21-25. Tickets are $10 per film.  An all-access VIP pass to all events and parties is $199 and is available at  https://fortmyersfilmfestival.ticketleap.com/vip2016/details
Other events include:
●   PARTY & GALA AT SIDNEY & BERNE DAVIS ART CENTER – Friday, March 23, 2018: Friday night gala with drinks, mingling & musical entertainment with local and international filmmakers prior to the featured movie.
● MULLETS & MANGROVES II – History of Cayo Costa – Friday, March 23, 2018 at 7:45 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. The Friends of Cayo Costa and Barrier Island Park Society will present their new film at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Boulevard. Mullet & Mangroves II is the latest production of a two-part documentary and will view Cayo Costa Island through the eyes of pioneering fishing families and modern day children.  The film will be preceded by a short historical film about the contributions of Tom Smoot to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates.
●  LOCAL PROGRAMMING at the Alliance for the Arts Saturday, March 24, and IMAG March 23-25: Enjoy local programming from some of the top filmmakers in town as Fort Myers Film Festival keeps it local. Enjoy screenings and panel discussion at the Alliance for the Arts at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL and IMAG 2000 Cranford Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33916
●  CHAMPAGNE & DESSERT AWARDS GALA DINNER at the Broadway Palm, 1380 Colonial Blvd Sunday, March 25:  champagne and dessert awards gala, where the Fort Myers Film Festival will honor the winners with a showing of one award-winning film.  Tickets are $15 each. The official afterparty follows at the Twisted Vine in Fort Myers for song, dance, and more libations.
The Fort Myers Film Festival supports Lee County Schools filmmakers, Raddatz Foundation and Golisano’s Children’s Hospital.
Sponsors are Florida Weekly, Bennett’s Fresh Roast Coffee, Twisted Vine Bistro, J. Bert Davis M.D., F.A.C.S, Facial Surgeon, La Trattoria de Napoli, Black Tie Tuxedos, Hampton Inn Suites, Twisted Vine Bistro, Best Western, Riverside Realty, Blu Sushi, Douglas E. Spiegel. P.A., Capone’s Pizza, UBS Wealth Management, Kearns Restaurant Group, Mr. Tom’s Spirits, LYNQ, BLANC and Susan Bennett Marketing & Media, L.C.

About the Fort Myers Film Festival

The Fort Myers Film Festival is an independent filmmaker’s preferred event to create, unite and showcase the finest artistic cinematic works.   The Fort Myers Film Festival was awarded the prestigious 2015 Chrysalis Award for Cultural Achievement by the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau and the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce at their annual Celebration of Business & Tourism Awards Luncheon and Trade Show.  The Fort Myers Film Festival was founded by Eric Raddatz, the award-winning presentation editor of Florida Weekly, regular contributor for NBC-2 in Fort Myers, and host of Fort Myers Film Festival’s indie film show, “T.G.I.M.”
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Danny Morgan Band Performing at Edison & Ford Winter Estates

      Danny Morgan Band Performing at Edison & Ford Winter Estates FORT MYERS, Fla.…

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Danny Morgan Band Performing at Edison & Ford Winter Estates

 
    Danny Morgan Band Performing at Edison & Ford Winter Estates
FORT MYERS, Fla. (February 26, 2018) — On March 2, Edison & Ford Winter Estates will host its monthly Rhythm on the River music celebration with the Danny Morgan Band at 5:30 p.m. in the river pavilion. Morgan has traveled the world and has performed with the Beach Boys and Jimmy Buffet. He has been entertaining Southwest Floridians with his island-themed music for many years.
The Edison Ford river pavilion offers a beautiful river view and a chance to see a spectacular sunset. A limited number of seats will be provided; guests are encouraged to bring a folding chair.
Event tickets are $20 or $15 for Edison Ford members. A cash bar will be available. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit EdisonFordWinterEstates.org or call 239-334-7419.
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Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Edison & Ford Winter Estates is the internationally known winter home site of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. More than 250,000 visitors walk through the site each year from all around the globe. The organization has received many awards, including the National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Garden Clubs’ Historic Preservation Award. The site is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures,” a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. The Edison Botanic Laboratory is a National Historic Chemical Landmark. The site is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and until 9 p.m.